Alexander Ph. Pakhomov

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Academic degree: Candidate of Biological Sciences
Academic title: No title
Position: Senior Researcher
Contact phone: +7 (401) 504-12-51
Educational background: Lomonosov Moscow State University, 2012
Dissertations: “Role of magnetic compass and magnetic map in choosing of migratory direction by songbird migrants.” (PhD)
Research interests: animal orientation and navigation.
Field studies: Courish Spit, Kaliningrad reg.
Scientific projects and grants:
  • Russian Science Foundation 21-74-00093. PI A. Pakhomov. Magnetoreception in mammals: the magnetic compass of migratory bats and its position in a hierarchy of compass systems.
  • RFBR 20-04-01059 А. PI A. Pakhomov Light-dependent magnetoreception in songbird migrants: true or false?
  • RFBR 19-14-50676. PI A. Pakhomov A hierarchy of compass systems in migratory birds.
  • RFBR 14-34-50046-mol_nr, PI N.S. Chernetsov. Study of star compass in migrating birds.
  • RFBR 15-34-50151-mol_nr, PI N.S. Chernetsov. Role of magnetic declination in the navigation system of songbirds.
  • RFBR 15-04-05386-a, PI N.S. Chernetsov. Impact of oscillating magnetic fields of different frequency on orientation behaviour in passerines.
  • Russian Science Foundation 16-14-10159, PI N.S. Chernetsov. Magnetic compass mechanism in migrating birds.
  • Russian Science Foundation 17-14-01147, PI D. Kishkinev. Sensory systems underlying short- and long-distance navigation in birds.
Selected Publications:
  • Zolotareva A., Utvenko G., Romanova N., Pakhomov A., Chernetsov N., 2021. Ontogeny of the star compass in birds: pied flycatchers (Ficedula hypoleuca) can establish the star compass in spring. Journal of Experimental Biology, 224(3): jeb.237875
  • Pakhomov A., Chernetsov N., 2020. A hierarchy of compass systems in migratory birds. Biological Communications 65(3): 262-276,
  • Chernetsov N, Pakhomov A, Davydov A, Cellarius F, Mouritsen H, 2020. No evidence for the use of magnetic declination for migratory navigation in two songbird species. PLOS ONE 15(4): e0232136,
  • Bojarinova J., Kavokin K., Pakhomov A., Cherbunin R., Anashina A., Erokhina M., Ershova M., Chernetsov N., 2020. Magnetic compass of garden warblers is not affected by oscillating magnetic fields applied to their eyes. Scientific Reports 10: 3473,
  • Pakhomov A., Anashina A., Heyers D., Kobylkov D., Mouritsen H., Chernetsov N. 2018. Magnetic map navigation requires input from the trigeminal nerve in a migratory songbird. Scientific Reports 8: 11975,
  • Chernetsov N., Pakhomov A., Kobylkov D., Kishkinev D., Holland A. R., Mouritsen H. 2017. Migratory Eurasian reed warblers can use magnetic declination to solve the longitude problem. Current Biology, 27 (17): 2647–2651
  • Pakhomov A., Bojarinova J., Cherbunin R., Chetverikova R., Grigoryev P.S., Kavokin K., Kobylkov D., Lubkovskaja R., Chernetsov N. 2017. Very weak oscillating magnetic field disrupts the magnetic compass of songbird migrants. Journal of Royal Society Interface, 14 (133): 20170364
  • Pakhomov A., Anashina A., Chernetsov N. 2017. Further evidence of a time-independent stellar compass in a night-migrating songbird. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 71 (3): 48
  • Kishkinev D., Chernetsov N., Pakhomov A., Heyers D., Mouritsen H. 2015. Eurasian reed warblers compensate for virtual magnetic displacement. Current Biology, 25 (19): R822–R824
  • Pakhomov A., Chernetsov N. 2014. Early evening activity of migratory Garden Warbler Sylvia borin: compass calibration activity? Journal of Ornithology, 155 (3): 621-630
  • Kavokin K., Chernetsov N., Pakhomov A., Bojarinova J., Kobylkov D., Namozov B. 2014. Magnetic orientation of garden warblers (Sylvia borin) under 1.4 MHz radiofrequency magnetic field. Journal of Royal Society Interface, 11 (97): 20140451