Piotr Dawidowicz, 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 26534
Fax.: +48 22 55 26575
Email: p.dawidowicz@uw.edu.pl
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Scientific interes:

I am interested in evolutionary  and behavioral ecology of freshwater animals, particularly zooplankton and fish, as well as in applications of ecological knowledge in solving environment issues (biomanipulation). I study induced defenses in freshwater animals, selection factors that shape the evolution of animal longevity and also the impact of climate change on freshwater plankton communities, with special attention to the Cyanobacteria-cladocerans interactions and fish-zooplankton interactions.


Community ecology
Ecology for bioinformatics
Mechanisms of evolution II
Productivity and expoitation of biocenoses
Population management and exploitation
MSci seminars                                                                                           



"The effect of temperature on species composition and size structure of the lake zooplankton communities" (2011-2013), project leader
 "Cyanobacteria – herbivorous zooplankton interaction under forecasted global warming conditions" (2009-2012), principle investigator
"Ecological and molecular aspects of aging - Daphnia model" (2007-2009), principle investigator


Selected publications

Dawidowicz P., Ozimek T. 2013. Cladoceran Moina branchiata can not reduce suspended solids in Lemna System macrophyte wastewater treatment plant. Ecol.Eng. 58: 262-265. PDF      
Dawidowicz P., Prędki P. i Pietrzak B. 2013. Depth-selection behavior and longevity in Daphnia: an evolutionary test for the predation-avoidance hypothesis. Hydrobiologia 715: 87–91. PDF  
Bednarska A, Los J. & Dawidowicz P. 2010. Temperature-dependent effect of filamentous cyanobacteria on Daphnia magna life history traits. J. LIMNOL. 70: 353-358. PDF
Brzezinski T, Dawidowicz P. & von Elert E. 2010. The role of food quality in clonal succession in Daphnia: an experimental test. Oecologia 164: 379-388 PDF
Dawidowicz P., Prędki P. & Pietrzak B. 2010. Shortened lifespan: another cost of fish-predator avoidance in cladocerans? Hydrobiologia 643: 27–32 PDF
Bednarska A., Dawidowicz P. 2007. Change in filter-screen morphology and depth selection: uncoupled responses of Daphnia to the presence of filamentous cyanobacteria. Limnol. Oceanogr. 52: 2358-2363 PDF
Szulkin M. i Dawidowicz P. & Dodson S.I. 2006. Behavioural uniformity as a response to cues of predation risk. Anim. Behav. 71: 1013-1019. PDF
Dawidowicz P., Prejs A., Engelmayer A., Martyniak A., Kozłowski A., Kufel L. & Paradowska M. 2002 - Hypolimnetic anoxia hampers top-down manipulations in the eutrophic lake - Freshwat. Biol. 47: 2401-2409. PDF
Brewer M.C., Dawidowicz P. & Dodson S.I. 1999.  Interactive effects of fish kairomone and light on Daphnia escape behavior - J. Plankt. Res. 21: 1317-1335. PDF
DeMeester L., Dawidowicz P., van Gool E. & Loose C.J.  1999. Ecology and evolution of predator induced behavior of zooplankton: depth selection behavior and diel vertical migration - In: R. Tollrian, C.D. Harvell (Eds.) The ecology and evolution of inducible defenses. Princeton University Press. Princeton, New Jersey.
Perrow M.R., Meijer M.-L., Dawidowicz P. & Coops H. 1997. Biomanipulation in shallow lakes: state of the art - Hydrobiologia 342/343: 355-365.
Loose C. J. & Dawidowicz P. 1994. Trade-offs in diel vertical migration by zooplankton: the costs of predator avoidance - Ecology 75: 2255-2263.
Dawidowicz P. & Loose C.J. 1992b. Metabolic costs during predator-induced diel vertical migration in Daphnia - Limnol. Oceanogr. 37: 665-669.
Dawidowicz P., Pijanowska J. & Ciechomski K. 1990 - Vertical migrations of Chaoborus larvae is induced by the presence of fish - Limnol. Oceanogr. 35: 1631-1637.
Dawidowicz P., Gliwicz Z.M. & Gulati R.D. 1988. Can Daphnia magna prevent a blue-green algal bloom in hypertrophic lake? A laboratory test - Limnologica (Berlin) 19: 21-26.
Dawidowicz P. & Pijanowska J.1984. Population dynamics in cladoceran zooplankton in the presence and absence of fishes - J. Plankt. Res. 6: 953-959.
Dawidowicz P. & Gliwicz Z.M. 1983. Food of brook charr in extreme oligotrophic conditions of an alpine lake - Env. Biol. Fish - 8: 55-60.

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