Vladimir Dinets is a zoologist and author, known for his studies of Crocodilian behavior and of numerous rare animals in remote parts of the world, as well as for popular writings in Russian and English.

Vladimir Dinets
Vladimir Dinets with a skull of a black caiman, Puerto Francisco de Orellana, Ecuador.
Moscow, Russia
ResidenceUnited States
Alma materMIREA
University of Miami
Scientific career
Conservation Biology
Behavioral Ecology
InstitutionsOkinawa Institute of Science and Technology
University of Tennessee
Louisiana State University
Doctoral advisorSteven Green



Dinets was interested in zoology from an early age,[1] and was a winner of all-USSR Student Biology Olympics at Moscow State University.[2] However, due to his Jewish ancestry, he was unofficially banned from entering that university,[3] and obtained a master's degree in biological engineering from Moscow State Institute of Radio-engineering Electronics and Automation. In 1997 Dinets emigrated to the United States, and in 2011 obtained a Ph.D from University of Miami (adviser Steven Green).[4] In 2017 he moved to Okinawa, Japan. Dinets maintains a popular bilingual blog on LiveJournal, and a website with a number of illustrated essays on biology, conservation and travel.



  • In 1993-1997 Dinets wrote a number of books about travel that remain popular in Russia.[32]
  • Volumes of Encyclopedia of Russian Nature series, Actual Biology Fund, 26,000 copies published:[33] A. Beme, A. Cherenkov, V. Dinets, V. Flint. Birds of Russia (1995); V. Dinets, E. Rotshild. Mammals of Russia (1997); V. Dinets, E. Rotshild. Domestic Animals, 1998.
  • J. Newell (ed.) The Russian Far East: A Reference Guide for Conservation and Development.[34] Daniel & Daniel Publishers (2004).
  • V. Dinets. Dragon Songs: Love and Adventure among Crocodiles, Alligators, and Other Dinosaur Relations [35] Arcade Publishing (2013).
  • V. Dinets. Peterson Field Guide to Finding Mammals in North America (Peterson Field Guides series) [36] Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2015).
  • V. Dinets. Wildlife Spectacles: Mass Migrations, Mating Rituals, and Other Fascinating Animal Behaviors [37] Timber Press (2016).
  • G. Burghardt, V. Dinets, S. M. Doody. Reptile Social Behavior[5] In press, Johns Hopkins University Press.


  1. ^ 15/dinets.html Dinets V. Spontaneous development of hunting-like behavior in juvenile humans: a case study. Humanimalia 8:32-40[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Archive of Moscow State University student biological olympics (in Russian)
  3. ^ Dinets, V. Farewell, My Empire! AVP, Moscow, 1998, 220 pp. (in Russian)
  4. ^ Dinets, Vladimir (2011-04-12). "The Role of Habitat in Crocodilian Communication". Open Access Dissertations.
  5. ^ a b c d e Vladimir Dinets CV
  6. ^ Dinets, V. Winter ecology of willow and rock ptarmigans at the northern limit of their range. Ornitologia 29: 326-327 (in Russian with English summary)
  7. ^ "Chasing butterfly poachers". Archived from the original on 2012-12-15. Retrieved 2013-02-14.
  8. ^ Dinets, V. Shadows around a lamp. Arguments and Facts, December 19, 2001 (in Russian)
  9. ^ Rodents of the Plains
  10. ^ Dinets, V. First Photo of a Bay Cat in the Wild. IUCN/SSC Cat News 38: 5.
  11. ^ Dinets, V. Observations of the woolly flying squirrel Eupetaurus cinereus in Pakistan. Mammalia 75(3): 277-280.
  12. ^ First observations on the behavior of the flightless anomalure (Zenkerella insignis). Zoology DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.zool.2017.06.003
  13. ^ "Dinets, V. Nocturnal behavior of American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) in the wild during the mating season. Herpetological Bulletin 111: 4-11". Archived from the original on 2012-04-23. Retrieved 2013-02-14.
  14. ^ Dinets, V. Effects of aquatic habitat continuity on signal composition in crocodilians. Animal Behavior 82(2): 191-201.
  15. ^ Dinets, V. The role of Habitat in Crocodilian Communication
  16. ^ Dinets, V. Coordination and collaboration in cooperatively hunting crocodilians. Ethology Ecology & Evolution DOI: 10.1080/03949370.2014.915432.
  17. ^ Dinets, V., Brueggen, J. & Brueggen, J. Crocodilians use tools for hunting. Ethology Ecology & Evolution. 27: 74-78
  18. ^ Dinets, V. Play behavior in crocodilians. Animal Behavior & Cognition 2: 49-55
  19. ^ Feb2017 Dinets_HH(7)_final.pdf Dinets, V. Coordinated hunting by Cuban boas. Animal Behavior and Cognition 4:24-29.
  20. ^ Dinets, V. Tracking the mystery animal. Vokrug Sveta 2012(2) (in Russian)
  21. ^ Dinets, V. Crane dances as play behavior. Ibis 155: 424-425
  22. ^ Dinets, V. Predation on amphibians and reptiles by reintroduced whooping cranes (Grus americana) in Louisiana. American Midland Naturalist 175:135-138
  23. ^ Burghardt GM, Dinets V & Murphy JB. 2014. Highly repetitive object play in a cichlid fish (Tropheus duboisi). Ethology DOI: 10.1111/eth.12312
  24. ^ Dinets, V. Can interrupting cultural transmission be beneficial? The Condor 117:624-628
  25. ^ Dinets, V. Trogloxeny in Caucasian parsley frog, Pelodytes caucasicus. Herpetological Review 133:31-32
  26. ^ Dinets, V., Eligulashvili, B. Striped hyenas in gray wolf packs: cooperation, commensalism or singular aberration? Zoology in the Middle East 62:85-87
  27. ^ Dinets, V. Long-term cave roosting in the spectral bat (Vampyrum spectrum). Mammalia 81:529-531.
  28. ^ Dinets, V. Surface foraging in Scapanus moles: are there fully fossorial insectivorous mammals? Mammalia DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2016-0091
  29. ^ Dinets, V., Sanchez, M. Brown dippers (Cinclus pallasi) overwintering at -65°C in northeastern Siberia. Wilson’s Journal of Ornithology 129:397-400
  30. ^ Dinets, V., Samaš, P., Croston, R., Grim, T., Hauber, M. E. Predicting the responses of native songbirds to trans-oceanic invasions by brood parasites. Journal of Field Ornithology 86:244-251
  31. ^ OIST Science and Technology Group webpage
  32. ^ Academy of Free Travel (in Russian)
  33. ^ ABF books catalog (in Russian)[permanent dead link]
  34. ^ J. Newell (ed.) The Russian Far East: A Reference Guide for Conservation and Development. ISBN 978-1880284759
  35. ^ V. Dinets Dragon Songs: Love and Adventure among Crocodiles, Alligators, and Other Dinosaur Relations ISBN 978-1611458930
  36. ^ V. Dinets Peterson Field Guide to Finding Mammals in North America ISBN 978-0544373273
  37. ^ V. Dinets Wildlife Spectacles: Mass Migrations, Mating Rituals, and Other Fascinating Animal Behaviors ISBN 978-1604696714

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