Staff

Head of the department

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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.

Teaching or scientific staff

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My research interests focus on ecology and evolution of phyto-zooplankton interactions, stress ecology, adaptive responses of aquatic organisms to various stress factors, phenotypic plasticity in the response to stress and molecular basis of stress response. Also, I am interested in the management of cyanobacteria blooms in the perspective of global climate change.

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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.

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For years, I have been looking into behavioral and evolutionary aspects of ecology of zooplankton and fish, with focus on the role of predation. At the moment, I am busy trying to find an experimental proof that such predators-harvesters as planktivorous fish are very rapid in locating patches of prey, this causing fast elimination of zooplankton within any encountered aggregation, hence leading to a striking homogeneity in distribution of each population of plankton animals across a lake or an ocean.

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I am greatly interested in science phylosophy and methodology. The main objects of my scientific interest are freshwater animals, especially leeches and insects. I am involved in research on their conservation, ecology, taxonomy and phylogenetics, trophic relationships and their suitability in biological assessment. Also the application of statistical and numerical methods in zoology and ecology are included in my scientific activity.

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I am interested in ecology and evolution of planktonic animals and fish. The goal of my recent studies is focused on finding the optimal distribution of Daphnia in overlapping gradients of food and predation risk in the water column, and on assessing the role of zooplankton in "active transport" of nitrogen from subsurface layers to the depth. My future plans consider the effects of cyanotoxins and temperature on learning abilities of planktivorous fish.

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My research focuses on evolutionary ecology of planktonic animals – how genes and environment interact in shaping water flea life history and behaviour, in particular. I have been studying evolution and phenotypic plasticity of longevity, as well as dispersal mechanisms in aquatic animals. I am now venturing into the study of how consistent between individual differences in behaviour, so called animal personalities, emerge. I am also interested in links between molecular, individual, population and community level responses to environmental change.

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I am interested in biology and ecology of freshwater organisms, mainly planktonic crustaceans.
I study  behavioural, developmental and reproductive risk avoidance strategies of pelagic animals. Recently, I have focused on various functions, consequences of diapause and mechanisms controling its occurence in freshwater crustaceans.

PhD students

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My research interests focus on the effectiveness of feeding of planktivorous fish in the context of the changes of temperatures caused by global warming and under different underwater light conditions.

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I’m interested in the effects of pharmaceuticals on freshwater organisms from different trophic levels. I’m looking at the responces of these organisms at molecular, phenotypic and population level.

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The main object of my scientific interests is a group of freshwater macroinvertebrates. Currently, my research focus on the use of these organisms in biological monitoring of freshwater environments (watercourses and small water bodies). I am also interested in faunistics and ecology of dragonflies, as well as the predator - prey interaction occurring between aquatic invertebrates.

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The main object of my resarch is zooplankton. I am working with dormant stages of planktonic cladocerans. I am interested in their resistance and longevity.

Associate researchers

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My topic of research is the ecology and evolution of planktonic organisms, mainly in freshwater environments. I focus on the genetic diversity of Daphnia, thier microevolution, phenotypic plasticity and life history.

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My main research interest is in issues related to qualitative and quantitative water scarcity. I deal with bioremediation of arsenic, water purification technology, and protection and restoration of fresh water bodies. I am also interested in the study of the potential effects of global warming on feeding efficiency of planktivorous fish.

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I am interested in ecology of freshwater cladocerans of the genus Daphnia.  In my research I am investigating the effect of temperature on species composition and size structure of zooplankton communities.

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