Ms Daria Erastova

Master of Biology (with Honors), St. Petersburg State University, Department of Botany

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Recent ornithological studies

2017 Training course at the Bird‘s Ringing Station of Kandalaksha State Nature Reserve

2017 Practice traineeship at the 3rd International Conference on Veterinary Medicine of Wild, Exotic and Zoopark Animals (section Ornithology), held at Oka Nature Reserve

2016-2017 Cousera courses: Chicken Behaviour and Welfare by the University of Edinburg Dino101: Dinosaur Paleobiology by University of Alberta Paleontology: Theropod Dinosaurs and the Origin of Birds by University of Alberta

2016 Attended lectures and practical courses in ornithology for undergraduate and graduate students of St. Petersburg State University

2016 Attended veterinarian ornithological workshop held by "Green Parrot" bird clinic 

Professional Experience

2017 Oka Nature Reserve, volunteer curator of crane chicks and independent researcher.

2016 Lab assistant at the Department of Microbiology of Medical Company "Labstory" .

2016 Animal keeper at a private farm "Zolotko"

2014–2016 Junior researcher at Botanical Institute of Russian Academy of Science

2012 Animal keeper at a private zoo "Zolotoy Klutch"

2010–2013 Trainee in molecular biology and phylogenetic methods at Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecology, University of Greifswald, Germany

2009–2014 Lab assistant at Botanical Institute of Russian Academy of Science

Abstracts and Proceedings

2017 Kashentseva T.A., Postelny T.V., Kondrakova K.D., Erastova D.A. Congenial aggression in white crane chicks. Proceedings of VI All-Russian congress on animal behavior, Moscow, Russia (in Russian).

2017 Schnittler M., Erastova D., Shchepin O., Okun M.V., Novozhilov Yu.K. How far does morphology reach? Molecular taxonomy of the nivicolous Diderma species (Myxomycetes). Proceedings of The Ninth International Congress on the Systematics and Ecology of Myxomycetes, Tanabe, Japan.

2017 Schnittler M., Novozhilov Yu.K., Yun Feng, Dagamac N.M., Dahl M.B., Shchepin O., Erastova D. Myxomycetes: species concepts and species diversity in the molecular era. Proceedings of The Ninth International Congress on the Systematics and Ecology of Myxomycetes, Tanabe, Japan.

2012–2015 Six oral and poster presentations. 


2018 Schnittler M., Erastova D.A., Shchepin O.N., Okun M.V., Novozhilov Yu.K. How far does morphology reach?
Morphological and molecular taxonomy of the nivicolous Diderma species (Myxomycetes). Mycologia (in press).

2017 Erastova D.A., Novozhilov Yu.K., Schnittler M. Nivicolous myxomycetes of the Khibiny Mountains, Kola Peninsula, Russia. Nova Hedwigia 104(1-3), 85-110.

2017 Novozhilov Yu.K., Erastova D.A., Shchepin O.N., Schnittler M, Alexandrova A.V., Popov E.S., Kuznetzov A.N. Myxomycetes associated with monsoon lowland tall tropical forests in southern Vietnam. Nowa Hedwigia 104(1-3), 143-182.

2017 Novozhilov Yu.K., Schnittler M., Erastova D.A., Shchepin O.N. Myxomycetes of Sikhote-Alin State Nature Biosphere Reserve (Far East, Russia). Nowa Hedwigia 104(1-3), 183-209.

2015 Erastova D.A., Novozhilov Y.K. Nivicolous myxomycetes of the lowland landscapes of the Northwest of Russia. Mikologia i fitopatologia 49(1), 9-18.

2015 Novozhilov Yu.K., Erastova D.A., Shchepin O.N. Myxomycetes of Lapland Reserve. Chronicles of nature of Lapland State Nature Reserve in year 2015, 58-77 (in Russian).

2014 Schnittler M., Erastova D.A., Shchepin O.N., Heinrich E., Novozhilov Y.K. Four years in the Caucasus - observations on the ecology of nivicolous myxomycetes. Fungal Ecology 14, 105-115.

2013 Erastova D.A., Okun M.V., Fiore-Donno A.M., Novozhilov Yu.K., Schnittler M. Phylogenetic position of the enigmatic myxomycete genus Kelleromyxa revealed by SSU rDNA sequences. Mycological progress 12(3), 599-608.

2013 Novozhilov Yu.K., Okun M.V., Erastova D.A., Shchepin O.N., Zemlyanskaya I.V., Garcia-Carvajal E., Schnittler M. Description, culture and phylogenetic position of a new xerotolerant species of Physarum. Mycologia 105(2), 1535-1546.

2013 Novozhilov Y.K., Schnittler M., Erastova D.A., Okun M.V., Schepin O.N., Heinrich E. Diversity of nivicolous myxomycetes of the Teberda State Biosphere Reserve (Northwestern Caucasus, Russia). Fungal Diversity 59, 109-130.

2009 Erastova D.A., Gimelbrant D.E., Kuznetsova E.S. A preliminary check-list of lichens of "Sredneluzskyi"  wildlife sanctuary (Leningrad oblast). Proceding of Tver State Yniversity, Ser. Biol. and Ecol. 13(14), 157-173 (in Russian).

Scientific Interests

• • • Wildlife conservation

• • • Biodiversity

• • • Ornithology

• • • Animal behavior

• • • Bird ecology 


Research | Current

PhD Research: The influence of sugar-feeders on native birds in urban gardens

Bird feeding is one the most popular past time in Nez Zealand, with almost 20% of people providing sugar water to native birds (Galbraith et al. 2014). Sugar feeders are especially important for supporting indigenous species instead of bread and seeds attracting mainly the invasive species. However, little is known about how provision of sugar water affects the behaviour and health of native birds. There is a concern that sugar feeders used by householders may transmitt avian disease. Another possible problem is a high level of aggression at feeding sites leading to changes in social structure. Finally, supplementary resource may alter the contribution  bird species make to plant pollination.

My project will be focus on the following goals: 1) explore feeder hygiene procedures used by householders and determine the potential for avian pathogen transmission; 2) determine how supplementary feeding affects competitive interactions among native birds (both within and between species); and 3) construct time budgets for tūī to explore whether supplementary feeding affects the level of contribution these species make to plant pollination services.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Margaret Stanley

Dr Josie Galbraith

Dr Kristal Cain


University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship


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