Supervisors from Mammal Research Institute



Andrzej Zalewski is a professor and has headed the Behavioural Ecology and Ecophysiology research group at the Mammal Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences (MRI PAS) since 2010. He earned his PhD from the University of Warsaw, and next spent a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Aberdeen. He is the author or co-author of 120 publications, including 85 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 17 book chapters, and 4 books.


Research interests:

Behavioral ecology, invasive species, population genetics.


Major publications:

Brzeziński M., Żmihorski M., Nieoczym M., Wilniewczyc P., Zalewski A. (2020). “The expansion wave of an invasive predator leaves declining waterbird populations behind”, Diversity and Distributions 26: 138-150.

Kołodziej-Sobocińska M., Brzeziński M., Niemczynowicz A., Zalewski A. (2018). “High parasite infection level in non-native invasive species: It is just a matter of time”, Ecography 41: 1283-1294.

Zalewski A., Brzeziński M. (2014). Norka amerykańska: Biologia gatunku inwazyjnego [The American Mink: Biology of an Invasive Species], Instytut Biologii Ssaków PAN, Białowieża.

Zalewski A., Piertney S., Zalewska H., Lambin X. (2009). “Landscape barriers reduce gene flow in an invasive carnivore: geographical and local genetic structure of American mink in Scotland”, Molecular Ecology 18: 1601-1615.

Zalewski A., Jędrzejewski W. (2006). “Spatial organisation and dynamics of the pine marten Martes martes population in Białowieża Forest (E Poland) compared with other European woodlands”, Ecography 29: 31-43.


Dries Kuijper is an associate professor (since 2015) at the Mammal Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences. He studied biology and later earned his PhD from the University of Groningen, Netherlands. Next he spent a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Groningen (Arctic Centre) followed by a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Mammal Research Institute in Białowieża, Poland.


Research interests:

Herbivore-plant interactions, predator-prey relationships, trophic cascades.


Major publications:

Bubnicki et al. (2019). eLife 8:e44937.

Kuijper D.P.J. et al. (2019). Biological Conservation 235: 102–111.

Kuijper D.P.J. et al. (2016). Proceedings of the Royal Society B: 283: 20161625.

Kuijper D.P.J. et al. (2015). Behavioral Ecology 26: 1558-1568.

Kuijper, D.P.J. et al. (2013). Ecography 36: 1263–1275.