Welcome to the Wild Urban Evolution & Ecology Lab!
We are based at the Centre of New Technologies, University of Warsaw in Poland. Our research focuses on the evolution and ecology of wild vertebrates in the Anthropocene – a human-dominated time period with a significant global impact on Earth’s ecosystems. In particular, we aim to infer patterns and processes related to natural variation in wild organisms living in a gradient of environments – this ideally includes primeval and secondary forests as much as sub-urban green areas and highly urbanised space such as cities.
Until recently, virtually all long-term studies of vertebrates investigated in the wild and used as cornerstone in evolutionary ecology research were started in natural environments with little or no human interference. Currently, urban areas cover c. 0.5% of the planet’s land area, and are predicted to expand several-fold between 2000 and 2050. As urban space is an environment with conspicuously altered ecological dynamics relative to original natural habitat, more insight into the evolutionary ecology of free-living animals in urban environments is needed. Urbanisation should also be viewed as a fascinating opportunity to study patterns of selection and rates of adaptation to novel environments.
To understand the footprint of cities on the phenotype and genotype of wild passerine birds, the Wild Urban Evolution & Ecology Lab is starting a new, long-term study of great tits Parus major and blue tits Cyanistes caeruleus in a gradient of urbanisation.
phone: +48 2255 43706
Prof. Marta Szulkin
Marion Chatelain, PhD
Sylwia Czarnomska, PhD
Joanna Sudyka, PhD
Michela Corsini, MSc
Irene Di Lecce, MSc
Lucyna Wojas, MSc
PhD Arnaud Da Silva
|Title||Project Leader||Project period||Project funding|
|Impact of food availability on avian reproduction in a gradient of urbanisation||Michela Corsini||2018 - 2021||PRELUDIUM, NCN|
|Ecological genetics of the great tit in a new, long-term population study set along a rural-urban environmental gradient||Marta Szulkin||2015 - 2020||SONATA BIS, NCN|
|Tit extra-pair mating in the Anthropocene: from life in a primeval forest to life in the city||Marta Szulkin||2017 - 2020||OPUS, NCN|
|Trace metal effects on wild great tit Parus major oxidative stress and fitness in a gradient of urbanisation||Marion Chatelain||2016 - 2018||POLONEZ, NCN|
Sudyka, J., Podmokła, E., Drobniak, S. M., Dubiec, A., Arct, A., Gustafsson, L., & Cichoń, M. (2019).
The Science of Nature, 106(1-2), 6.
Sudyka, J., Arct, A., Drobniak, S. M., Gustafsson, L., & Cichoń, M. (2019).
Biology Letters, 15(1), 20180637.
Leclaire, S. Chatelain, M. Pessato, A. Buatois, B. Frantz, A. Gasparini, J. (2019).
Ecotoxicology, 28(1), 76-85
Perrier, C., Lozano del Campo, A., Szulkin, M., Demeyrier, V., Gregoire, A., & Charmantier, A.
Evolutionary Applications. 2018
Olsson, M., Friesen, C. R., Rollings, N., Sudyka, J., Lindsay, W., Whittingtion, C. M., & Wilson, M. (2018).
Molecular ecology, 27 (24), 5154-5164.
Di Lecce, I., Bazzocchi, Ch., Cecere, J. G., Epis, S. (2018)
Parasites & Vectors, 11(1)
Corsini, M., Dubiec, A., Marrot, P., & Szulkin, M. (2017).
Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 5, 82.
Szulkin M., Gagnaire P.-A., Bierne N. & Charmantier A. (2016)
Molecular Ecology 25:542-558.
Charmantier, A., Doutrelant, C., Dubuc‐Messier, G., Fargevieille, A., & Szulkin, M. (2016).
Evolutionary Applications 9:135-152.
Cole, E. F., Long, P. R., Zelazowski, P., Szulkin, M., & Sheldon, B. C. (2015).
Ecology and evolution, 5(21), 5057-5074
Szulkin, M., Zelazowski, P., Marrot, P., & Charmantier, A. (2015).
Remote Sensing 7: 13319-13336.
|Title||Deadline for applications|
|Post-doctoral position in Urban Ecological Genomics||30/11/2018|