Research topics

Evolutionary and population ecology of plankton and fish 

(A. Bednarska, T. Brzeziński, P. Dawidowicz, Z.M. Gliwicz, P. Maszczyk, A. Mikulski , B. Pietrzak, J. Pijanowska, M. Ślusarczyk, PhD students) 

Food and predation in governing (1) life history, behavior and morphology of an individual, (2) density and distribution of a population, and (3) structure of an offshore community. Phytoplankton-zooplankton interactions. Prey-predator interactions: chemical communication, inducible defenses, diel vertical migrations (DVM) and life-history patterns in zooplankton. Evolution and maintenance of personalities and its effects on clonal fitness and invasion potential. Diapause in temporal and spatial dispersal. Optimal foraging. Diel habitat shifts in fish.

Ecology of lake littoral communities

(P. Koperski, A. Mikulski)

Biology of different plant and animal species (macrophytes and algae, nematodes, leeches, crustaceans, mollusks), antipredation defense, herbivory and detrivory. Algae-macrophyte-invertebrate interrelations.

Stress ecology

(A. Bednarska, A. Mikulski, B. Pietrzak, J. Pijanowska, M. Ślusarczyk, PhD students)

Ecology of stress. Molecular, behavioral, life-history and morphological adaptations of Daphnia to stress from biotic (predation, starvation, cyanobacteria) and abiotic (temperature, salinity, xenobiotics such as pharmaceuticals or polychlorinated biphenyls) factors. The adaptive role of maternal effect in expression of phenotypic adjustments to stress. The role of Heat Shock Proteins (HSP) in the individual reaction to various stress factors.

Water quality and aquatic biodiversity

(P. Dawidowicz, P. Koperski, A. Mikulski)

Monitoring of water quality and biodiversity. In vivo monitoring of invertebrates as indicators of water quality. Food-web manipulations, lake restoration and fisheries management. Impact of climate change on individuals, populations and aquatic communities. Biology of invasive species and dynamics of invasion.


 Ongoing projects financed by the National Science Center

  • Chemical communication in aquatic ecosystems: the predator's fear as another piece of information that cannot be ignored by the prey
    Project leader: mgr Monika Sysiak
    Project type: PRELUDIUM 16; Starting year: 2019 
  • Effect of planctivorous fish and Daphnia on the density and quality characteristics of microplastic particles
    Project leader: mgr Ewa Babkiewicz 
    Project type: PRELUDIUM 16; Starting year: 2019;
  • Learning pace and behavioral types in native and competing invasive species of freshwater fish 
    Project leader: mgr Alicja-Pawelec Olesińska
    Project type: PRELUDIUM 15; Starting year:  2019
  • Identification of the mechanisms responsible for the increased proportion of small zooplankton species in warm lakes
    Project leader: dr Piotr Maszczyk
    Project type: SONATA 12; Starting year:  2017 
  • Mechanisms of animal behavioral individuality emergence
    Project leader: dr Barbara Pietrzak
    Project type: SONATA 12; Starting year:  2017
  • Application of stable isotope analysis to identify the impact of environmental factors on planktonic populations of Cladocera 
    Project leader: dr Tomasz Brzeziński
    Project type: SONATA 11; Starting date: 2017-02
  • The effect of artificial light at night on the interaction of plankton animals-plankton-eating fish in pelagic systems
    Project leader: mgr Joanna Tałanda
    Project type: PRELUDIUM 11; Starting date: 2017-02



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