Article in Biological Reviews

The journal Biological Reviews has published a paper authored by Anna Skoracka, Lechosław Kuczynski and Jacek Radwan and colleagues from the University of Lisbon and the University of Montpellier ( It is a review publication that explains the evolutionary and ecological relationships between dispersal and host specialization using herbivorous arthropods as a model group. The [...]

2023-09-29T22:48:58+02:00September 29th, 2023|Publications|

Publication in Methods in Ecology and Evolution

The journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution ( has published a paper by Katarzyna Malinowska, Katarzyna Markowska and Lechoslaw Kuczynski. The paper describes a new algorithm for generating so-called "virtual species." Virtual species are synthetic data structures that replicate the spatial distribution of real organisms. They are used to test various statistical tools, as well [...]

2023-07-12T22:43:24+02:00July 12th, 2023|Publications|

Article in Global Change Biology: masting breakdown and tree size

Climate change continues to reshape our natural ecosystems, and its impact on tree populations is a topic of great concern. Recent study (link: led by Michal Bogdziewicz investigating the response of European beech (Fagus sylvatica) to climate warming has uncovered intriguing insights into the complex relationship between tree reproduction, climate change, and forest dynamics.

2023-05-22T11:24:43+02:00May 22nd, 2023|Publications|

Publication in Nature Ecology and Evolution

In a recent paper (link) Jon Parrett and co-authors from our Institute and Ghent University provided genomic evidence from mites with sexually selected weapon  that this costly trait captures genome-wide variation and facilitates the purging of genetic load from populations.

2022-09-11T13:13:10+02:00September 8th, 2022|Publications|

A new article in Animal Behaviour about the greater diversity of personalities among urban than rural shrews

Leszek Rychlik and co-authors (mainly from the University of Lisbon, Portugal) tested average differences in behaviour as well as the inter-individual variation in behaviour in rural and urban populations of shrews belonging to two species differing in life history and time since synurbanization: the fast-paced Sorex araneus and the slow-paced Crocidura russula. As predicted, [...]

2022-05-27T19:12:25+02:00May 27th, 2022|Publications|

Discovery of basking in shrews – publication in Journal of Thermal Biology

Leszek Rychlik and co-authors from Portugal assessed the use of an external heat source (basking) in the thermoregulatory strategies of three shrew species. Shrews were tested in a terrarium where they had access to a heat rock which could be turned off (cold) or on (heated). In accordance with authors' predictions, Crocidura russula (the [...]

2022-05-23T10:22:05+02:00May 23rd, 2022|Publications|

Negative frequency-dependent selection on MHC uncovered by an emergent parasite

High polymorphism of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes that encode proteins crucial for adaptive immunity of vertebrates have been long hypothesized to be maintained by negative frequency-dependent selection resulting from adaptation of parasites to common MHC types, but supporting evidence is scarce. In our new paper in Molecular Ecology (Migalska et al. 2022, we find [...]

2022-05-23T09:53:29+02:00May 23rd, 2022|Publications|

New publication on the role of associative learning in originating sexual preferences

In the article published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, dr Magdalena Herdegen-Radwan (Department of Behavioural Ecology) presents empirical suport for the role of associative learning in originating sexual preferences. Sexual preferences of guppy females changed following food-conditoning on different colours, supporting the emergence of an association between the colour of the stimulus [...]

2022-04-26T23:28:26+02:00April 26th, 2022|Publications|

New publication: How environmental heterogeneity influences niche breadth

In this article, we explain how the degree of environmental heterogeneity may influence pests’ niche breadth evolution, which may in turn affect the ability of pests to persist in agricultural systems. The study was supported by the National Science Centre, Poland, research projects no. 2016/21/B/NZ8/00786 and 2017/27/N/NZ8/00305. Skoracka A., Laska A., Radwan J., Konczal. M., Lewandowski [...]

2022-03-13T20:51:45+01:00March 13th, 2022|Publications|

A next paper on Crocidura shrews in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

This time Leszek Rychlik and co-authors from Portugal (University of Lisbon) published in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology the paper on social thermoregulation in Crocidura russula. They analyzed the behavior and physiology of shrew groups from winter (acclimated to 14 °C) and summer (acclimated to 24 °C). All group mates were frequently found huddling in the [...]

2021-12-23T10:45:39+01:00December 19th, 2021|Publications|
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