Joanna Pijanowska, prof. dr hab.


Department of Hydrobiology
Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw
at Biological and Chemical Research Centre
Żwirki i Wigury 101
02-089 Warszawa
Tel.: +48 22 55 26597
Fax.: +48 22 55 26575



Scientific interes:
I am interested in the responses of aquatic organisms to abiotic and biotic stress, at molecular, phenotypic and population level. I am searching (with no success, though) the universal markers of stress in aquatic invertebrates. Large part of my research is related to the phenotypic plasticity in the response to stress and the evolution of interspecific relationships in the open water habitats. I am equally interested in animals rights and in alternatives to animal testing.



Grant projects:
"Evolution of resistance to abiotic stress of active and diapausing forms of organisms in temporarily varying habitats" (principle investigator, NCN, 2013-2016)
"The effect of temperature on species composition and size structure of the lake zooplankton communities" (principle investigator, 2011-2013),
„Role of heat shock proteins and DNA methylation in expression of phenotypic plasticity – Daphnia model”, (project leader, 2003-2007)
„Ecology of sex: Daphnia model.”, (project leader, 2008-2012)


Selected publications:
Bernatowicz P, Pijanowska J. (2011). - Daphnia response to biotic stress is modified by PCBs. - Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 74: 711-718 PDF
Mikulski A., Bernatowicz P., Grzesiuk M., Kloc M., Pijanowska J. (2011) - Differential levels of stress proteins (HSPs) in male and female Daphnia magna in response to thermal stress: a consequence of sex-related behavioral differences? – Journal of Chemical Ecology 37: 670–676 PDF
Mikulski A., Pijanowska J. (2010) - When and how can  Daphnia prepare their offspring for the threat of predation? - Hydrobiologia 643: 21-26. PDF
Bentkowski P., Markowska M., Pijanowska J. (2010) - Role of melatonin in the control of depth distribution of Daphnia magna - Hydrobiologia 643: 43-50 PDF
Markowska M., Bentkowski P., Kloc M., Pijanowska J. (2009) - Presence of melatonin in Daphnia magna – Journal of Pineal Research 46: 242-244 PDF
Mikulski A., Pijanowska J. (2009) - Maternal experience can enhance production of resting eggs in Daphnia exposed to the risk of fish predation - Fund. Appl. Limnol. 174: 301-305.
Mikulski A., Grzesiuk, M., Kloc, M., Pijanowska J. (2009) - Heat shock proteins in Daphnia detected using commercial antibodies: description and responsiveness to thermal stress – Chemoecology 19: 69-72.  PDF
Pijanowska J., Bernatowicz P., Fronk J. (2007) - Phenotypic plasticity within Daphnia longispina complex: differences between parental and hybrid clones - Polish Journal of Ecology 55: 761-769 PDF
Pijanowska J., Dawidowicz P., Howe A., Weider L. J. (2006) - Predator-induced shifts in Daphnia life-histories under different food regimes - Archiv für Hydrobiologie 167: 37-54
Pijanowska J., Dawidowicz P., Weider L.J. (2006) - Predator-induced escape response in Daphnia - Archiv für Hydrobiologie 167: 77-87
Mikulski A., Lipowska D., Pijanowska J. (2004) - Ontogenetic changes in Daphnia responsiveness to fish kairomone - Hydrobiologia 526: 219-224 PDF
Pijanowska J., Kloc M. (2004) - Daphnia response to predation threat involves heat shock proteins and the actin and tubulin cytoskeleton - Genesis 38: 81-86 PDF
Gliwicz Z.M., Biernacka A., Pijanowska J., Korsak R. 2000 - Ontogenetic shifts in migratory behavior of Chaoborus flavicans Meigen: field and experimental evidence - Archiv für Hydrobiologie 149: 193-212
Pijanowska J. (1997) - Alarm signals in Daphnia? - Oecologia 112: 12-16 PDF
Pijanowska J., Stolpe G. (199) - Summer diapause in Daphnia as a reaction to the presence of fish - Journal of Plankton Research 18: 1407-1412
Pijanowska J., Weider L. J., Lampert W. (1993) - Predator-mediated genotypic shifts in a prey population: experimental evidence - Oecologia 96: 40-42

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