Sergey Budaev


Latest position and work address

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Academic qualification

2000, PhD. in biology (кандидат биологических наук) from the Russian Academy of Sciences (A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution).

Research interests

My current research focuses on animal and human behaviour in the adaptive and evolutionary perspective. How cognition, behaviour and personality have evolved through adaptation and natural selection? In my work I try to integrate both proximate and ultimate causation and use both experimental and modelling approaches.

My principal research interests and experience are quite diverse and encompass these fields: (1) animal behaviour and cognition broadly defined, especially linked with ecology and evolution; (2) individual differences in animal behaviour, behavioural ecology, behavioural development, neuroscience, and evolution;(3) ecological models of competition and species invasion; (4) complex biological interactions in symbiont and parasite communities; (5) ecology and conservation, monitoring and assessment of aquatic ecosystems, the use of hydroacoustic methodology and GIS; (6) ecological and behavioural methodology and advanced statistical analysis.

Basic employment

  • August 2015 on: researcher, Theoretical Ecology Group, Department of Biology, University of Bergen, Norway;

  • 2010-2015: research scientist, A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences;

  • 2007-2009: research fellow, Centre for Neuroscience, School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex;

  • 1995-2006: research scientist, A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences;

  • 1994-1995: senior engineer; 1992-1993: engineer; 1989-1991: research assistant; 1987-1989: called up to the Soviet Army; 1986: research assistant, A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences.

Research projects and grants

  • 2015-2019: AHA!: Adapted Heuristics and Architecture: toward an understanding of personalities and phenotypic diversity.

  • 2015-2017: Interaction between elementary symbiotic associations within a coral reef ecosystem (Russian Foundation for Basic Research, 15-05-05865).

  • 2014-2016: Biological interactions in marine symbiotic assemblages of different complexity (Russian Science Foundation, 14-14-01179).

  • 2014-2016: Lethal and nonlethal interactions in food chains: predators and parasites as modifiers of fish trophic relations (Russian Foundation for Basic Research, 14-04-00090).

  • 2013: Scientific project for expedition to water bodies of the Volga River basin for studying predator effects on the structure of zooplankton communities (Russian Foundation for Basic Research, 13-04-10105).

  • 2013-2015: Regularities of distribution of fishes on the water area of bottom holes in lothic and limnic reservoirs (Russian Foundation for Basic Research, 13-04-00060).

  • 2011-2013: Aggregations of parasites and fish: behavioural mechanisms of formation and the role in host-parasite relations (Russian Foundation for Basic Research, 11-04-00136).

  • 2012-2013: Structure reconstructions in zooplankton communities as a result of fish introduction (Russian Foundation for Basic Research, 12-04-00715)

  • 2012-2013: Mechanisms of reconstruction of plankton communities under the effects of alien bivalve mollusks at different nutrient loading (Russian Foundation for Basic Research, 12-04-90005).

  • 2010-2012: Russian Governmental project on development of a hydro-acoustic method for assessment of freshwater fish stocks in rivers of Western Siberia (data analysis and modelling).

  • 2010-2011: Mechanisms of invasion processes in hydrobiont communities under the effects of global warming (Russian Foundation for Basic Research, 10-04-90013)

  • 2009-2011: Individual variability impact on alien species invasions into cladoceran communities under global warming (Russian Foundation for Basic Research, 09-04-00353).

  • 2007-2009: Evolution and Development of Cognitive, Behavioural and Neural Lateralisation (EDCBNL, EU Sixth Framework Programme, the Sussex Team leaded by Prof. Daniel Osorio and Prof. Richard Andrew).

  • 2003-2005: A simulation study of the strategies and trophic conditions of species invasion, an example of the zooplankton community (Russian Foundation for Basic Research, 03-04-49147), co-applicant.

  • 2003-2005: Role of individual differences in social behaviour of fish: interactions between individual characteristics and environmental factors (Russian Foundation for Basic Research, 03-04-48789), co-applicant.

  • 1999-2001: Individual differences of reproductive and social behaviour in fishes (Russian Foundation for Basic Research, 99-04-48674), co-applicant.

  • 1999-2000: Fishes as indicators of ecological conditions in nearshore coral reef habitats of Nhatrang bay. Research grants from Nhatrang Institute of Oceanography (Vietnam) and the Joint Russian-Vietnamese Research and Technology Centre.

  • 1996-1998: Parental care in relation to individual characteristics in fishes (Russian Foundation for Basic Research, 96-04-49066), co-applicant.

  • 1993-1995: “The Black Sea,” Russian government program in ecology and conservation;

  • 1989-1993: Russian government programs on sturgeon conservation and artificial reefs.


  • Outstanding Young Researcher Awards from the Russian Science Support Foundation (two times, in 2002 and 2003);

  • Young researcher award from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (2001);

  • Young researcher award from the Russian Academy of Sciences (1997-2000).

Editorial boards

  • 2010-2012: Editorial board of Animal Behaviour.

  • 2001-2007: translator, deputy and chief translator / scientific editor of the Journal of Ichthyology and Russian Journal of Marine Biology, translator of Human Physiology (these are official English versions of Russian peer-reviewed scientific journals, published for the Russian Academy of Sciences by MAIK Nauka and distributed by Springer).

Reviewer for

Animal Behaviour, Animal Cognition, PLOS ONE, Journal of Fish Biology, American Naturalist, Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, Journal of Insect Behavior, Journal of Ichthyology etc. Reviewed research grant proposals for Czech Science Foundation and the National Science Foundation.


I took part at many conferences: ASAB meetings, International Ethological Conferences (also routinely function as an invited section/symposium chair). Participation in scientific meetings was supported by travel grants from the International Science Foundation, International Ethological Council, Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, and Russian Foundation for Basic Research.