Professional training

  • 2014 Bayesian Population Analysis by Marc Kéry & Michael Schaub, Swiss Ornithological Institute

  • 2012 Zero Inflated Models and Generalized Linear Mixed Models by Alain Zuur & Elena Ieno, Highland Statistics

  • 2011 Wildlife Population Analysis by Evan Cooch, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University

  • 2011 Embedded Systems at the Department of Computer Science, Cornell University


Flyway ecology: full annual cycle ecology of long-distance migrants

Where and how populations of seasonal migrants are limited? How parts of the annual cycle are interconnected? How migrants adjust to the ongoing changes?

FLightR: an R package for Solar Geolocation data Analysis

A new method for analysis of solar geolocation data loggers.


In 2018 I have developed and taught Bayesian Population Modelling part in ‘Advanced Population and Community Ecology’ course for masters students in Conservation Ecology at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands)

I have developed and taught master student courses at the Department of Vertebrate Zoology Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia):

  • 2016-2019 Introductory statistics for zoologists with R

  • 2005-2015 Databases and statistics for zoologists

2015, 2017 & 2018 I joined prof. Theunis Piersma to teach course on Flyway Ecology at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands).

As long as I have developed software for solar geolocation analysis (R package FLightR) I teach short courses on solar geolocation data analysis

  • 2018 Solar geolocation with open access tools at International Ornithological Congress in Vancouver (Canada)

  • 2017 Solar geolocation with open access tools at International Wader Study Group Conference in Prague (Czech Republic)

  • 2016 Solar geolocation with open access tools at the North American Ornithological Congress in Washington, DC (USA)

  • 2015 FLightR – an R package for solar geolocation data analysis, Groningen University, (Netherlands)

  • 2015 Solar geolocation with open access tools at the AOU-COS conference in Oklahoma (USA)

  • 2015 FLightR – an R package for solar geolocation data analysis, Swiss Ornithological Institute (Switzerland)



E. Rakhimberdiev, S. Duijns, J. Karagicheva, C. J. Camphuysen, A. Dekinga, R. Dekker, A. Gavrilov, H. J. ten, J. Jukema, A. Saveliev, M. Soloviev, T. T. Lee, J. A. van Gils, and T. Piersma, Fuelling conditions at staging sites can mitigate arctic warming effects in a migratory bird. Nature communications, 9, 2018.

J. Karagicheva, E. Rakhimberdiev, A. Saveliev, and T. Piersma. Annual chronotypes functionally link life histories and life cycles in birds. Functional Ecology, 2018.

S. Lisovski, H. Schmaljohann, E. S. Bridge, S. Bauer, A. Farnsworth, S. A. Gauthreaux, S. Hahn, M. T. Hallworth, C. M. Hewson, J. F. Kelly, F. Liechti, P. P. Marra, E. Rakhimberdiev, J. D. Ross, N. E. Seavy, M. D. Sumner, C. M. Taylor, D. W. Winkler, S. J. Wotherspoon, and M. B. Wunder. Inherent limits of light-level geolocation may lead to over-interpretation. Current Biology, (28): R99–R100, 2018.


S. Åkesson, M. Ilieva, J. Karagicheva, E. Rakhimberdiev, B. Tomotani, and B. Helm. Timing long-distance migration: from internal clock mechanisms to global flights. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 2017 372: 20160252.

N. G. Perlut, T. C. Klark, and E. Rakhimberdiev. Geolocator data reveal the migration route and wintering location of a carribean swallow (Progne dominicensis). Wilson Journal of Ornithology, 129(3): 605-10, 2017.

D. W. Winkler, F. A. Gandoy, J. I. Areta, M. J. Iliff, E. Rakhimberdiev, K. J. Kardynal, and K. A. Hobson. Long-distance range expansion and rapid adjustment of migration in a newly established population of barn swallows breeding in Argentina. Current Biology, (7): 1080–1084, 2017.

E. Rakhimberdiev, A. Saveliev, T. Piersma, and J. Karagicheva. FLightR: An R package for reconstructing animal paths from solar geolocation loggers. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 8(11) 1482–1487, 2017.

J. Jouta, M. W. Dietz, J. Reneerkens, T. Piersma, E. Rakhimberdiev, G. T. Hallgrímsson, and I. Pen. Ecological forensics: Using single point stable isotope values to infer seasonal schedules of animals after two diet switches. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, (8): 492–500, 2017.

J. S. Gutiérrez, E. Rakhimberdiev, T. Piersma, and D. W. Thieltges. Migration and parasitism: habitat use, not migration distance, influences helminth species richness in charadriiform birds. Journal of Biogeography, 44(5): 1137-1147, 2017.


J. Karagicheva, M. Liebers, E. Rakhimberdiev, K. K. Hallinger, A. Saveliev, and D. W. Winkler. Differences in size between first and replacement clutches match the seasonal decline in single clutches in tree swallows tachycineta bicolor. Ibis, 158(3): 607-613, 2016.

E. Rakhimberdiev. Ornithology by light levels today: dealing with a developing teenager. Wader Study, 123(1): 1–3, 2016.

J. Karagicheva, E. Rakhimberdiev, A. Dekinga, M. Brugge, A. Koolhaas, H. J. ten, and T. Piersma. Seasonal time keeping in a long-distance migrating shorebird. Journal of Biological Rhythms, 31(5): 509-521, 2016.

E. Rakhimberdiev, N. Senner, M. Verhoeven, D. Winkler, W. Bouten, and T. Piersma. Comparing inferences of solar geolocation data against high-precision gps data: annual movements of a double-tagged black-tailed godwit. Journal of Avian Biology, 47(4): 589-596, 2016.

J. A. van Gils, S. Lisovski, T. Lok, W. Meissner, A. Ozarowska, J. de Fouw, E. Rakhimberdiev, M. Y. Soloviev, T. Piersma, and M. Klaassen. Body shrinkage due to arctic warming reduces red knot fitness in tropical wintering range. Science, 352(6287) :819–821, 2016.


E. Rakhimberdiev, D. W. Winkler, E. Bridge, N. E. Seavy, D. Sheldon, T. Piersma, and A. Saveliev. A hidden markov model for reconstructing animal paths from solar geolocation loggers using templates for light intensity. Movement Ecology, 3(1), 2015.

E. Rakhimberdiev, P. J. van den Hout, M. Brugge, B. Spaans, and T. Piersma. Seasonal mortality and sequential density dependence in a migratory bird. Journal of Avian Biology, 46(4): 332–341, 2015.


E. Rakhimberdiev, J. Karagicheva, K. Jaatinen, D. W. Winkler, J. B. Phillips, and T. Piersma. Naïve migrants and the use of magnetic cues: temporal fluctuations in the geomagnetic field differentially affect male and female ruff Philomachus pugnax during their first migration. Ibis, 156(4): 864–869, 2014.

D. W. Winkler, K. M. Ringelman, P. O. Dunn, L. Whittingham, J. T. Hussell David, R. G. Clark, R. D. Dawson, J. L. Scott, A. Rose, S. H. Austin, R. W. Douglas, M. P. Lombardo, P. A. Thorpe, D. Shutler, R. J. Robertson, M. Stager, M. Leonard, A. G. Horn, J. Dickinson, V. Ferretti, V. Massoni, F. Bulit, J. C. Reboreda, M. Liljesthröm, M. Quiroga, E. Rakhimberdiev, and D. R. Ardia. Latitudinal variation in clutch size–lay date regressions in tachycineta swallows: effects of food supply or demography? Ecography, 37(7): 670–678, 2014.


D. W. Winkler, M. K. Luo, and E. Rakhimberdiev. Temperature effects on food supply and chick mortality in tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor). Oecologia, (173): 129–138, 2013.


Y. I. Verkuil, N. Karlionova, E. Rakhimberdiev, J. Jukema, J. J. Wijmenga, J. C. W, P. Pinchuk, E. Wymenga, A. J. Baker, and T. Piersma. Losing a staging area: Eastward redistribution of afro-eurasian ruffs is associated with deteriorating fuelling conditions along the western flyway. Biological Conservation, 149(1): 51–59, 2012.


J. Karagicheva, E. Rakhimberdiev, D. Dobrynin, A. Saveliev, S. Rozenfeld, O. Pokrovskaya, J. Stahl, J. Prop, and K. Litvin. Individual inter-annual nest-site relocation behaviour drives dynamics of a recently established barnacle goose Branta leucopsis colony in sub-arctic russia. Ibis, 153(3): 622–626, 2011.

E. Rakhimberdiev, Y. I. Verkuil, A. A. Saveliev, R. A. Väisänen, J. Karagicheva, M. Y. Soloviev, P. S. Tomkovich, and T. Piersma. A global population redistribution in a migrant shorebird detected with continent-wide qualitative breeding survey data. Diversity and Distributions, 17(1): 144–151, 2011.


E. Rakhimberdiev, M.Y. Soloviev, V.V. Golovnyuk, T.V. Sviridova. The influence of snow cover on selection of nesting grounds by Charadrii waders grounds in South-Eastern Taimyr Peninsula. Zoologicheskiĭ zhurnal, 86(12): 1490-1497, 2007.

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PhD position Shared between the University of Groningen, Netherlands, and Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia