Anna Bednarska, PhD


Department of Hydrobiology
Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw
at Biological and Chemical Research Centre
Żwirki i Wigury 101
02-089 Warsaw
Tel.: +48 22 55 26568
Fax.: +48 22 55 26575
Email: a.bednarska[at]

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Research interests:

  • ecology of zooplankton
  • fito - zooplankton interaction
  • adaptive response of Daphnia to environmental stress
  • impact of forecasted global climate change on Daphnia - cyanobacteria interactions
  • molecular basis of phenotypic plasticity

Given courses:

  • Field workshop of Aquatic Ecology (for the graduate students of Department of Hydrobiology)

Grant projects

  • Significance of maternal and fraternal genes set in the shaping of phenotypic responses of Daphnia from D. longispina complex induced by the presence of cyanobacteria (project leader, 2005)
  • Phenotypic plasticity of Daphnia from D. longispina complex in response to the different aspects of filamentous cyanobacteria presence (project leader, 2005-2007)
  • Cyanobacteria – herbivorous zooplankton interaction under forecasted global warming conditions (project leader, 2009-2012)
  • Impact of cyanobacteria and global warming on reproductive related traits of planktonic cladocerans of Daphnia genus (project leader, 2016-2019)
  • Ecological and molecular aspects of aging - Daphnia model (investigator, 2007-2009)
  • Ecology of sex: Daphnia model (investigator, 2008-2012)
  • Ecology of ageing - Daphnia model (investigator, 2010-2011
  • Plankton of small astatic ponds – study of dispersal in time and space (investigator, 2011-2014)
  • The effect of temperature on species composition and size structure of the lake zooplankton communities (investigator, 2011-2014)

Selected publications

  • Bednarska A., Pietrzak B., i Pijanowska J. (2014) - Effect of poor manageability and low nutritional value of cyanobacteria on Daphnia magna life history performance. Journal of Plankton Research, 36: 838-847 PDF via publisher
  • Bednarska A., Slusarczyk M. (2013) - Effect of non-toxic, filamentous cyanobacteria on egg abortion in Daphnia under various thermal conditions. Hydrobiologia 715:151–157 PDF via publisher
  • Pietrzak B., Bednarska A., Markowska M., Rojek M., Szymanska E., Slusarczyk M. (2013) - Behavioural and physiological mechanisms behind extreme longevity in Daphnia. Hydrobiologia 715: 125-134 PDF via publisher
  • Bednarska A., Łoś J., Dawidowicz P. (2011) - Temperature dependent effect of filamentous cyanobacteria on Daphnia magna life history traits. Journal of Limnology 70: 353-358 PDF
  • Pietrzak B., Bednarska A., Grzesiuk M. (2010) - Longevity of Daphnia magna males and females - Hydrobiologia 364: 71-75 PDF via publisher
  • Pietrzak B., Grzesiuk M., Bednarska A. (2010) - Food quantity shapes life history and survival strategies in Daphnia magna (Cladocera) - Hydrobiologia 364: 51-54 PDF via publisher
  • Van Doorslaer W., Stoks R., Duvivier C., Bednarska A., De Meester L. (2009) - Population dynamics determine genetic adaptation to temperature in Daphnia - Evolution 63: 1867-1878 PDF
  • Bednarska A., Dawidowicz P. (2007) - Change in filter-screen morphology and depht selection: uncoupled responses of Daphnia to the presents of filamentous cyanobacteria - Limnol.Oceanogr. 52:2358-2363 PDF
  • Bednarska A.(2006) - Adaptive changes in morphology of Daphnia filter appendages in response to food stress - Pol. J. Ecol. 54:663-667 PDF
  • Bednarska A. (2006) - Cyanobacteria and their influence on herbivore zooplankton (in Polish, English summary) - Wiad. Ekol. 52:58-87


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