Mirosław Ślusarczyk, dr hab.


Department of Hydrobiology
Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw
at Biological and Chemical Research Centre
Żwirki i Wigury 101, 02-089 Warszawa, Poland
Tel.: +48 22 55 26530
Fax.: +48 22 55 26575
Email: m.slusarczyk@uw.edu.pl
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ORCID: 0000-0002-2311-5033

Director of the Hydrobiological Field Station in Pilchy


Scientific interests:

  • physiological, behavioural and life-history adaptations of organisms to stressful abiotic and biotic conditions,
  • interspecific interactions  mainly between prey and predators and between competitors,
  • inter- and intra-specific chemical communication between organisms,
  • developmental and reproductive strategies of organisms in stable and unstable  habitats,
  • features, functions and consequences of arrested development (diapause)  of organisms,
  • object of the study: freshwater planktonic crustaceans and fish,
  • research habitats - inland waters: puddles, ponds, lakes and rivers. 

More about scientific interest

Given courses:

Grant projects

  • Evolution of resistance to abiotic stress of active and diapausing forms of organisms in temporarily varying habitats (project leader, NCN, 2013-2016)
  • Plankton of small astatic pools. Study of spatial and temporal dispersion (principle investigator, MNiSW, 2011-2014)
  • The mechanisms of dispersion of planktonic cladocerans (kierownik projektu, MNiSW, 2004-2008)
  • Diapause in planctonic cladocera as inducible predator avoidance adaptation (project leader, KBN, 2001-2003)
  • Ultimate causes of summer diapause of Daphnia pulicaria in the lake Brome (project leader,GRIL, Kanada, 2002)
  • Plasticity of spatio-temporal fish avoidance mechanisms in Daphnia (project leader, GRIL, Kanada, 2001)
  • Life history strategies of D. pulicaria in alpine type lakes of different predation regimes (project leader, KBN, 1996-1999)
  • Diapause as a predatory avoidance adaptation in cladocera (principle investigator, KBN, 1995-1999)

Selected publications

  • Ślusarczyk M., Pinel-Alloul B., Pietrzak B. (2019) - Mechanisms facilitating dispersal of dormant eggs in a planktonic crustacean. In: Alekseev V., Pinel-Alloul B. (eds) Dormancy in Aquatic Organisms. Theory, Human Use and Modeling. Monographiae Biologicae, vol 92.  pp 137-161. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-21213-1_8
  • Ślusarczyk M., Chlebicki W., Pijanowska J., Radzikowski J. (2019) - The role of the refractory period in diapause length determination in a freshwater crustacean. Scientific Reports 9: 11905. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-48389-6 
  • Ślusarczyk M., Flis S. (2019) - Light quantity, not photoperiod terminates diapause in the crustacean Daphnia  Limnol. Oceanogr.  64: 124-130. DOI:10.1002/lno.11023
  • Ślusarczyk M., Starzyński J, Bernatowicz P. (2017) - How long to rest in unpredictably changing habitats? - PLoS ONE 12(4): e0175927. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0175927
  • Ślusarczyk M., Grabowski T. , Pietrzak B. (2015) - Quantification of floating ephippia in lakes: A step to better understanding high dispersal propensity of freshwater plankters. Hydrobiologia 798: 61–72. DOI: 10.1007/s10750-015-2437-4
  • Ślusarczyk M., Ochocka A., Cichocka D. (2012) - The prevalence of diapause response to risk of size selective predation in small and large bodied prey species. Aquatic Ecology 46: 1-8.
  • Ślusarczyk M., Rybicka B. (2011) - Role of temperature in diapause response to fish kairomones in crustacean Daphnia - Journal of Insect Physiology 57: 676-680.
  • Ślusarczyk M. (2009) - Extended lifespan traded for diapause in Daphnia - Freshwater Biology 54: 2252-2262
  • Ślusarczyk M, Pietrzak B. (2008) - To sink or float: the fate of dormant offspring is determined by maternal behaviour in Daphnia - Freshwater Biology 53: 569–576.
  • Ślusarczyk M, Dawidowicz P.,Rygielska E. (2005) - Hide, rest or die: a light-mediated diapause response to the threat of fish predation in Daphnia magna - Freshwater Biology 50: 141-146.
  • Ślusarczyk M, Rygielska E. (2004) - Fish faeces as the primary source of chemical cues inducing fish avoidance diapause in Daphnia magna - Hydrobiologia 526: 231-234.
  • Ślusarczyk M. (2004) - Environmental plasticity of fish avoidance diapause response in Daphnia magna. Journal of Limnology 63 (Suppl1): 70-74.
  • Ślusarczyk M. (2001) - Food threshold for diapause in Daphnia under the threat of fish predation - Ecology 82: 1089-1096.
  • Ślusarczyk M. (1999) - Predator induced diapause in Daphnia magna may require two chemical cues - Oecologia 119: 159-165.
  • Ślusarczyk M. (1998) - Diapauza jako strategia przetrwania (Diapause as a strategy for survival) - Wiadomości Ekologiczne 44: 279-303.
  • Ślusarczyk M. (1995) - Predation-induced diapause in Daphnia - Ecology, 76, 1008-1013.

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