DESCRIPTION OF THE GROUP

The Animal Ecology Research Group is mainly involved in research on population genetics and evolutionary ecology, as well as modeling eco-logical processes and analysing factors affecting biodiversity.

A significant part of the research concerns the urban ecology – in particular, the processes of synurbisation, i.e. the adaptation of organisms to live in a specific urban environment (impact of isolation, noise, pollution, etc.). The work also covers the creation and application of IT net-works as a tool to support biodiversity research – the work of the National Biodiversity Informa-tion Network, which is a member of the World GBIF Network, is coordinated within the Animal Ecology Research Group. As part of the research on evolutionary ecology, work is being carried out on the co-evolution of the parasite-host system at the molecular level


GROUP MEMBERS


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Professor Michał Kozakiewicz

THE LEADER OF THE GROUP

TEAM

Professor Michał Kozakiewicz,
phone (4822) 55 26 514,
e-mail: kozak@biol.uw.edu.pl,
CNBCh UW room 4.36

Krzysztof Dmowski D.Sc.,
Tomasz Gortat Ph.D.,

Alicja Gryczyńska Ph.D.,
Danuta Jędraszko-Dąbrowska Ph.D.,
Marek Karolewski M.Sc.,
Agnieszka Kloch Ph.D.,
Anna Kozakiewicz Ph.D.,
Robert Meronka Ph.D.,
Antoni Mikoszewski Ph.D.,
Marek Ostrowski Ph.D.,
Agnieszka Pieniążek M.Sc.,
Anna Rybińska M.Sc.,
Miłosława Sokół Ph.D.,
Piotr Tykarski Ph.D.

 

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

In their research, members of this group, focus on:

Population genetics:

  • Influence of spatial and temporal variability of habitats on differentiation of population gene pool: isolation, ecological barriers and corridors, differentiation in size and quality of habitat patches, metapopulations
  • Influence of ecological structure of a population on the differentiation of population gene pool: mating systems and strategies, sexual behavior, mobility, social relations and kinship levels of individuals
  • Genetic structure of endangered and expanding species
  • Genetic structure of populations living in urban and/or polluted habitats

Ecology of populations and communities:

  • Analyses of population dynamics
  • Population models and theoretical bases of population management
  • Ecological mechanisms of establishing and functioning of multispecies communities
  • Biodiversity and its considerations
  • Biocenotic role of chosen species
  • Ecology of populations and multispecies communities living in urban and/or polluted habitats

Ecotoxicology and bioindication:

  • Animals as bioindicators of environmental conditions (research at individual, population and community levels), biomarkers
  • Heavy metals and chloroorganic compounds in highly polluted ecosystems
  • Accumulation of xenobiotics in abiotic (water, sediments, soil) and biotic (plants, fungi, animals) elements of ecosystems and its consequences
  • Influence of environmental pollution on genetic structure of population
  • New types of pollutants (sources, potential threats)

Biodiversity – properties, processes and functions:

  • Ecological mechanisms of establishing and functioning of multispecies communities
  • Spatial distribution of organisms and its considerations, distribution models
  • Data networks as tools in research on biodiversity.

OFFER:

  • Environmental expert opinions
  • Modelling of ecological processes
  • Spatial and statistical analyses

Particular achievements of the last few years include the recognition of the role of the synurbisation process in shaping the genetic structure of the population of selected animal species and the interspecies relations and biodiversity in urban areas, as well as the development of a new method for modelling the population and the comprehensive development of the fauna of the Polish beetle.