Animal Ecology Research Group represents the Department of Ecology at the Faculty of Biology.

Research interests include population genetics, ecology of populations and multispecies communities, ecotoxicology and bioindication, biodiversity (properties, processes, functions), imaging information.


Professor Michał Kozakiewicz



Professor Michał Kozakiewicz,
phone (4822) 55 26 514,
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.



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.