Supervisors from Museum and Institute of Zoology



Alfredo Attisano earned his PhD from the University of Exeter, UK, with a thesis on the physiological and behavioural mechanisms of coping with food limitations in insects. He then moved to a post-doctoral position at the University of Cambridge, UK, where his research focused on the role of parental care as mediator of evolutionary change. Since 2015, he has been a research associate at the Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Sciences, where he currently works on 1) coevolutionary interactions in an avian brood parasite–host system from New Caledonia and 2) social structure of the flightless kagu from New Caledonia.

My research focuses on behavioural and evolutionary ecology of birds and insects. I am particularly interested in how intra- and inter-specific interactions shape the evolution of life-history traits and contribute to evolutionary change.


Research interest:

Behavioural ecology, coevolution, ornithology, conservation.


Major publications:

Alfredo A., Groß L.B., Sato N.J., Okahisa Y., Tanaka K., Gula R., Ueda K., Theuerkauf J. (2020). “Impact of brood parasitism and predation on nest survival of the fan-tailed gerygone in New Caledonia”, Journal of Avian Biology

Attisano A., Thiel F., Sato N., Okahisa Y., Bolopo D., Tanaka K.D., Kuehn R., Gula R., Ueda K., Theuerkauf J. (2019). “Breeding biology of the Fan-tailed Gerygone Gerygone flavolateralis in relation to parasitism by the Shining Bronze-cuckoo Chalcites lucidus”, Journal of Ornithology 160: 91-103.

Attisano A., Sato N.J., Tanaka K., Okahisa Y., Kuehn R., Gula R., Ueda K., Theuerkauf J. (2018). “Visual discrimination of polymorphic nestlings in a cuckoo-host system”, Scientific Reports 8: 10359.

Attisano A., Kilner R.M. (2015). “Parental effects and flight behaviour in the burying beetle, Nicrophorus vespilloides”, Animal Behaviour 108: 91-100.

Attisano A., Tregenza T., Moore A.J., Moore P.J. (2013). “Oosorption and migratory strategy of the milkweed bug, Oncopeltus fasciatus”, Animal Behaviour 86: 651-657.


Anna Dubiec is an assistant professor at the Lab of Ornithology, Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Sciences, which she joined in 2009. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Warsaw and PhD from the Jagiellonian University (Kraków). Before joining the Lab of Ornithology at the Museum and Institute of Zoology PAS she worked in the Department of Ornithology PAS in Gdańsk. During her PhD work she received two scholarships: a Swedish Institute scholarship at the Department of Animal Ecology at Uppsala University (Sweden) and a Marie Curie Training Site scholarship at the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Jyväskyla University (Finland). She was also awarded a 1-year postdoctoral fellowship from the Foundation for Polish Science at the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. She has been the principal investigator on four projects funded by Polish funding agencies and acted as a co-PI on several other projects. She explores questions of interest in natural populations of birds both experimentally and observationally using an array of physiological tests and a molecular approach.


Research interests:

Avian haemosporidian parasites, ecological immunology, reproductive strategies, biology of cavity-nesting passerines.


Major publications:

Kubacka J., Podmokła E., Korb J., Dubiec A. (2020). “Heterozygosity and fitness in a threatened songbird: blood parasite infection is explained by single-locus but not genome-wide effects”, Journal of Ornithology 161: 803-817.

Dubiec A., Podmokła E., Harnist I., Mazgajski T. D. (2018). “Haemoparasites of the pied flycatcher: inter-population variation in the prevalence and community composition”, Parasitology 145: 912–919.

Dubiec A., Podmokła E., Zagalska-Neubauer M., Drobniak S. M., Arct A., Gustafsson L., Cichoń M. (2016). “Differential prevalence and diversity of haemosporidian parasites in two sympatric closely related non-migratory passerines”, Parasitology 143: 1320–1329.

Podmokła E., Dubiec A., Drobniak S. M., Arct A., Gustafsson L., Cichoń M. (2014). “Avian malaria is associated with increased reproductive investment in the blue tit”, Journal of Avian Biology 45: 219–224.

Dubiec A., Cichoń M., Deptuch K. (2006). “Sex-specific development of cell-mediated immunity under experimentally altered rearing conditions in blue tit nestlings”, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London 273: 1759–1764.


Andre Moura’s research is focused on the interaction between genetics, anatomy/physiology and ecology, and how it determines species habitat choice and evolutionary survival. His main approach is to correlate genetic/morphological variation with ecological factors, with particular emphasis on functional genes and signals of natural selection. He earned his PhD at Durham University (UK), where he also carried out postdoctoral work. Following this he worked as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln, where he taught and carried out research in wildlife genetics, anatomy and physiology, and parasitology. In 2019, he moved to the Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Sciences, to develop his research program, which includes projects on striped dolphin immunogenomics in relation to morbillivirus infection, bottlenose dolphin functional genomics and skull shape, and several other international collaborations.


Research interests:

Evolutionary ecology, functional genomics, anatomy and physiology, natural selection, cetacean ecology and evolution.


Major publications:

Moura A.E., Shreves K., Pilot M., Andrews K.R., Moore D.M., Kishida T., Möller L., Natoli A., Gaspari S., McGowen M., Chen I., Gray H., Gore M., Culloch R.M., Kiani M.S., Sarrouf Willson M., Bulushi A., Collins T., Baldwin R., Willson A., Minton G., Ponnampalam L., Rus Hoelzel A. (2020). “Phylogenomics of the genus Tursiops and closely related Delphininae reveals extensive reticulation among lineages and provides inference about eco-evolutionary drivers”, Molecular Phylogenetic and Evolution 146:106756.

Gaspari S., Marsili L., Natali C., Airoldi S., Lanfredi C., Deeming C., Moura A.E. (2019). “Spatio-temporal patterns of genetic diversity in the Mediterranean striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba)”, Journal of Zoological and Systematics Evolutionary Research 57:721–734.

Moura A.E., Silva S.E., SPEA, Correia A.M., Sousa-Pinto I., Gil Á., Freitas L., Ribeiro C., Carvalho A., Dinis A., Alves F., Ferreira R., Azevedo J.M. V., Fernández M., Cecchetti A., Medeiros R., Machete M., Silva H., González L., Faustino C., Carvalho I., Brito C., Martinho F., IFAW/MCR, Síllero N. (2019). “Mamíferos marinhos”, In: Bencatel J., Álvares F., Moura A.E., Barbosa A.M., editors. Atlas de Mamíferos de Portugal. Portugal: Universidade de Évora. p. 159–205.

Gaspari S., Scheinin A., Holcer D., Fortuna C., Natali C., Genov T., Frantzis A., Chelazzi G., Moura A.E. (2015). ”Drivers of population structure of the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) in the eastern Mediterranean Sea”, Evolutionary Biology 42:177–190.

Moura A.E., Kenny J.G., Chaudhuri R., Hughes M.A., Welch A., Reisinger R.R., de Bruyn P.J.N., Dahlheim M.E., Hall N., Rus Hoelzel A. (2014). “Population genomics of the killer whale indicates ecotype evolution in sympatry involving both selection and drift”, Molecular Ecology 23:5179–5192.


Małgorzata Pilot is an associate professor at the Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Sciences. She earned her PhD degree from the same institution in 2005. She spent 5 years at Durham University, UK as a postdoctoral researcher and then as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow. In 2012-2019 she worked as a senior lecturer at the School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln, UK. In August 2019 she took up her current position as a research group leader at the Museum and Institute of Zoology PAS.


Research interests:

Evolutionary genomics, molecular ecology, carnivoran mammals.


Major publications:

Pilot M., Moura A. E., Okhlopkov I. M., Mamaev N. V., Alagaili A. N., Mohammed O. B., Yavruyan E. G., Manaseryan N. H., Hayrapetyan V., Kopaliani N., Tsingarska E., Krofel M., Skoglund P., Bogdanowicz W. (2019). “Global Phylogeographic and Admixture Patterns in Grey Wolves and Genetic Legacy of An Ancient Siberian Lineage”, Scientific Reports 9: 1-13.

Pilot M., Greco C., vonHoldt B.M., Randi E., Jędrzejewski W., Sidorovich V.E., Konopinski M.K., Ostrander E.A., Wayne R.K. (2018). “Widespread, long-term admixture between grey wolves and domestic dogs across Eurasia and its implications for the conservation status of hybrids”, Evolutionary Applications, 11: 662–680.

Pilot M., Malewski T., Moura A.E., Grzybowski T., Olenski K., Kaminski S., Fadel F.R., Alagaili A., Mohammed O., Bogdanowicz W. (2016). “Diversifying selection between pure-breed and free-breeding dogs inferred from genome-wide SNP analysis. G3: Genes, Genomes”, Genetics 6: 2285-2298.

Pilot M., Malewski T., Moura A.E., Grzybowski T., Olenski K., Rusc A., Kaminski S., Fadel F.R., Mills D.M., Alagaili A., Mohammed O., Klys G., Okhlopkov, I., Suchecka, E., Bogdanowicz, W. (2015). “On the origin of mongrels: evolutionary history of free-breeding dogs in Eurasia”, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 282: 20152189.

Pilot M., Greco C., vonHoldt B.M., Jędrzejewska B., Randi E., Jędrzejewski W., Sidorovich V.E., Ostrander E.A., Wayne R.K. (2014). “Genome-wide signatures of population bottlenecks and diversifying selection in European wolves”, Heredity 112, 428–442.


Robert Rutkowski’s main scientific interests are focused on molecular population genetics, especially in relation to the conservation of endangered species and adaptation of wild animals to the urban environment. In his career, he has dealt with various organisms, including ladybirds, large blue butterflies, woodland grouse, raptors, rodents and jackals. His main approach is to identify conservation units among populations of endangered species and track genetic changes in animals existing in urbanized areas. He also uses molecular markers to investigate paternity, mainly in birds. Prof. Rutkowski graduated from Warsaw University of Life Sciences, where he also earned his PhD. In 2001 he moved to the Laboratory of Molecular Techniques at the Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Sciences, to carry out genetic studies on wild species. Since 2019, he has been working as an associate professor.


Research interests:

Genetic diversity and gene flow in fragmented landscape, conservation genetics of woodland grouse, genetic basis of reintroduction success, adaptation to urban environment, breeding biology of birds.


Major publications:

Nowicki P., Deoniziak K., Dziekańska I., Kostro-Ambroziak A., Plazio E., Rutkowski R., Sielezniew M. (2019). “What keeps 'living dead' alive: demography of a small and isolated population of Maculinea (=Phengaris) alcon”, Journal of Insect Conservation 23: 201–210.

Rutkowski R., Pałucki A., Dulisz B., Ciach M. Nowak-Życzyńska Z., Kowalewska K. 2018. “Conservation genetics of the Black Grouse Tetrao tetrix in Poland – distribution of genetic diversity among the last populations”. Acta Ornithol. 53: 181–204. DOI 10.3161/00016454AO2018.53.2.008

Rutkowski R., Zawadzka D., Suchecka E., Merta D. (2017). “Conservation genetics of the Capercaillie in Poland ― delineation of Conservation Units”, PLoS One 12(4): e0174901.

Gortat T., Rutkowski R., Gryczyńska A., Kozakiewicz A., Kozakiewicz M. (2017). “The spatial genetic structure of the yellow-necked mouse in an urban environment ― a recent invader vs. a closely related permanent inhabitant”, Urban Ecosystems 20: 581–594.

Rutkowski R., Krofel M., Giannatos G., Ćirović D., Männil P., Volokh A.M, Lanszki J., Heltai M., Szabó L., Banea O.C., Yavruyan E., Hayrapetyan V., Kopaliani N., Miliou A., Tryfonopoulos G.A., Lymberakis P., Penezić A., Pakeltytė G., Suchecka E., Bogdanowicz W. (2015). “A European concern? Genetic structure and expansion of golden jackals (Canis aureus) in Europe and the Caucasus”, PloS ONE 10: e0141236.

Tadeusz Malewski joined the Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Sciences, in 2007. Since 2019 he has been full professor in the Department of Molecular and Biometric Techniques. He earned his PhD from the University of Life Sciences, Warsaw. Next he completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, NIH, USA. Prior to coming to the Museum and Institute of Zoology, he worked for 16 years at the Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding, PAS in Jastrzębiec. Prof. Malewski has authored over 70 publications included in the WEB of Science Database, ORCID: 0000-0001-8061-435X and about 30 patents Prof. Malewski is also a scientific advisor of Kostrzyca Forest Gene Bank, KAWASKA Ltd., and­ MBS – Training, Conference, Services Ltd.


Research interests:

Genomics, molecular mechanisms of gene expression, DNA barcoding, molecular methods of species identification, forensic entomology.


Major publications:

Malewski T., Brzezinska B., Lassaad B., Oszako T. (2019). “Role of avian vectors in the spread of Phytophthora species in Poland”, European Journal of Plant Pathology, 155: 1363–1366.

Behrens–Chapuis S., Malewski T., Suchecka E., Geiger M.F., Matthias F., Herder F., Bogdanowicz W. (2018). “Discriminating European cyprinid specimens by barcode high–resolution melting analysis (Bar–HRM) – a cost efficient and faster way for specimen assignment?”, Fisheries Research 204: 61–73.

Pilot M., Malewski T., Moura A.E., Grzybowski T., Oleński K., Kamiński S., Fadel F.R., Alagaili A.N., Mohammed O.B., Bogdanowicz W. (2016). “Diversifying selection between pure-breed and free-breeding dogs inferred from genome-wide SNP analysis”, G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics 6: 2285–2298.

Malewski T., Bogdanowicz W., Durska E., Łoś M., Kamiński M., Kowalewska K. (2015). “Expression Profiling of Heat Shock Genes in a Scuttle Fly Megaselia scalaris (Diptera, Phoridae)”, The Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A 323A: 704–713.

Malewski T., Draber–Mońko A., Pomorski J., Łoś M., Bogdanowicz W. (2010).  “Identification of forensically important blowfly species (Diptera: Calliphoridae) by high-resolution melting PCR analysis”, International Journal of Legal Medicine 127: 277–285.


Tomasz Mazgajski works mostly on various aspects of primary and secondary cavity nesting birds’ ecology. His studies deal with biotic and abiotic factors affecting the studied species, such as competition, parasites pressure, forest fragmentation, urbanization etc. His recent work focuses on birds’ nests and nest-building behaviors – costs and benefits and intraspecific variations. Long term data collected annually in a quite large nestbox colony offers an opportunity for fruitful collaboration with researchers working on hole-nesting birds across Europe. Apart from birds, he studies populations of amphibians in relation to urbanization pressure.


Research interest:

Ornithology (primary – woodpeckers; secondary – cavity nesters), herpetology, urban ecology, forest fragmentation.


Major publications:

Mazgajska J., Mazgajski T.D. (2020). “Two amphibian species in the urban environment: changes in the occurrence, spawning phenology and adult condition of common and green toads”, The European Zoological Journal 87: 170-179.

Møller A. P., Balbontín J., Dhondt A. A., Remeš V., (…), Mazgajski T.D., (…) Lambrechts M.M. (2018).

“Effects of interspecific coexistence on laying date and clutch size in two closely related species of hole-nesting birds”, Journal of Animal Ecology 87: 1738–1748.

Møller A. P., Adriaensen F., Artemyev A., Bańbura J., Barba E., (...), Mazgajski T.D., (…), (2014). “Clutch size variation in Western Palaearctic secondary hole-nesting passerine birds in relation to nest box design”, Methods in Ecology and Evolution 5: 353–362.

Mazgajski T.D. (2007). “Effect of old nest material on nest site selection and breeding parameters in

secondary hole nesters – a review”, Acta Ornithologica 42: 1–14.

Mazgajski T.D., Rejt Ł. (2006). “The effect of forest patch size on the breeding biology of the great

spotted woodpecker Dendrocopos major”, Annales Zoologici Fennici 43: 211–220.