foto Piotr Ślipiński

  Department of Ecology and Biodiversity

Principal research interestsassemblages in the habitats after disturbances/stress

Research interestsbiodiversity, biologytaxonomyfaunistic survey of scuttle flies (Diptera: Phoridae)

Current projects:

1.Influence of habitat disturbances on species diversity of the scuttle fly(Diptera: Phoridae) assemblages (habilitation project).

2.Behavioral interactions between parasitic species of Phoridae and their hosts (species of Phalacrotophora Enderlain as parasitoids of Coccinellidae).

3.Scuttle flies (Diptera: Phoridae) of saline habitats of the Gulf of Gdańsk.

4.Cold-adapted Triphleba (Diptera: Phoridae) species.

My investigations on the phorid assemblages in moist pine forests ofdifferent zoogeographical regions in Polandand in Tyresta Forest (Sweden) after wildfires indicate that habitat heterogeneity resulting from various disturbances (clearcuts, wildfires, windthrowns) may create very similar conditions for colonizing small patches established after environmental stress.

The aims of the project are following:

(1)Characteristicsof the dominance structure, abundanceand species diversityof the scuttle fly assemblages of pine plantations of the Polish Lowlands established after clear-cuts and comparing them to the Phoridae assemblages constituted after wildfires and windfalls.

(2)Interpretation of the effects of disturbances (stress) on high diversity of pioneer Phoridae assemblages.

(3)Assessment of thesuitability of the Phoridae as a model group for the studies of ecological disturbancesas well as an ecosystem diversity indicator, especially in early stages of the secondary succession after environmental stress.

Publications:

  • Durska E. 2009. The scuttle fly (Diptera: Phoridae) assemblages of pine plantations of the Biała Forest (Poland). Entomologica Fennica (In press).
  • Disney R. H. L. and Durska E. 2008. Conservation evaluation and the choice of faunal taxa to sample. Biodiversity and Conservation 17: 449-451.
  • Durska E. 2006. Diversity of the scuttle fly (Diptera: Phoridae) communities in the plantations of moist pine forests of the Białowieża Primeval Forest and the Tuchola Forest (Poland). Biodiversity and Consevation 15: 385-393.
  • Durska E., Kaczorowska E., Disney R. H. L. 2005. Scuttle flies (Diptera: Phoridae) of saline habitats of the Gulf of Gdańsk, Poland. Entomologica Fennica 16: 159-164.
  • Durska E. 2003: The phenology of Triphleba Rondani species (Diptera: Phoridae) in moist pine forests in the Białowieża Forest. Entomologica Fennica 14: 177-182.
  • Durska E., Ceryngier P.& Disney R. H. L. 2003. Phalacrotophora beuki Disney (Diptera: Phoridae), is a parasitoid of ladybird pupae (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). European Journal of Entomology 100: 627-630.
  • Durska E. 2002. The phenology of dominant scuttle-fly (Diptera: Phoridae) species in the Białowieża Forest. Entomologica Fennica, 13: 123-127.
  • Soszyńska A. & Durska E. 2002. Cold-adapted scuttle - flies species of Triphleba Rondani (Diptera: Phoridae). Annales Zoologici 52: 279-283.
  • Durska, E. 2001: Secondary succession of scuttle fly (Diptera: Phoridae) communities in moist pine forest in Białowieża Forest. Fragmenta Faunistica 44: 81-130.
  • Disney R. H. L., Durska E. 1998. A new genus and species of Phoridae (Diptera) from Poland. European Journal of Entomology 95: 437-453.

dr. Luca Pietro Casacci, Adiunkt

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Italian Scientific Habilitation in Zoology – BIO/05 (05.04.2018).

PhD in Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity Conservation (2008-2010). Thesis: Eco-ethological and evolutionary processes in the Maculinea-Myrmica system. University of Turin, Turin, (Italy).

Italian Professional Habilitation in Biology (03.09.2009)

Master’s degree in Animal Conservation and Biodiversity (2004-2007), University of Turin, Turin (Italy).

Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences (1999-2004), University of Turin, Turin (Italy).

Current projects:

Evolution of vibro-acoustic communication in ants.

Evolution of acoustic signals in butterfly-ant interactions.

Relationship between Myrmica ants and their parasitic fungus Rickia wasmannii.

Studies on inquiline social parasite, Myrmica karavajevi.

Conservation genetics of Euphydryas italica (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) in italy.

Habitat quality in the Euphydryas aurinia (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) complex

Main research interests:

Insect bioacoustics

Chemical ecology in social insects

Host- parasite evolutionary dynamics

Butterfly conservation

Phylogeny, biogeography and taxonomy of butterflies

Research grants and scholarships:

  • NCN Research grant No. 2016/23/P/NZ8/04254 within POLONEZ 3 call (2018/2019 – 24 months) for the project “VIBRANT - Evolution of VIBRoacoustic communication in ANTs”, Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw (Poland)
  • Research scholarship (2017 - 7 months) “Characterisation of the vibroacoustic and chemical signals mediating the interaction between lycaenid butterflies and their host ants”, Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology, University of Turin, Turin (Italy)
  • Research grant (2016/2017 - 12 months) for the project "Acoustic communication in Lycaenid butterflies", Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology, University of Turin, Turin (Italy)
  • Grant by Fondazione Ricerca e Talenti (05.03.2016) for the “Organisation of Scientific Workshops”.
  • Research scholarship (2015/2016 - 12 months) for the project “Knowledge about the Lepidoptera species in Capanne di Marcarolo National Park”, Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology, University of Turin, Turin (Italy)
  • Mobility Grant (27.11.2015) “Short Term Scientific Mission. Progetto COST – Action 1405
  • Basic research investment fund (FIRB) grant (2013/2015 - 24 months) within the project "Multi-taxa approach for the study of the Italian Biodiversity to climate change", Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology, University of Turin, Turin (Italy)
  • Research grant (2011/2013 - 24 months) within the project "Development of an index for the evaluation of agri-environmental measures of the 2007-2013 Rural Development Program through the use of Lepidoptera as bioindicators", Department of Animal and Human Biology, University of Turin, Turin (Italy)
  • PhD scholarship (2008/2010 - 36 months), Department of Animal and Human Biology, University of Turin, Turin (Italy)

Academic work experience:

  • Italian Scientific Habilitation (2018)
  • Adjunct Professor (2017/2018) - General Zoology course with Laboratory, Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Sciences, University of Turin
  • Expert in Biological Sciences(BIO/05) (from 2014), Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology, University of Turin
  • Adjunct Professor (2011/2012) – Animal Conservation and Biodiversity, Master’s Degree in animal Conservation, University of Turin
  • Teaching assistant (2008/2009 - 2014/2015) - General Zoology, Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences, University of Turin
  • Teaching assistant (2008/2009 - 2012/2013) - Biological Conservation, Master’s Degree in Animal Conservation and Environmental Biology, University of Turin
  • Teaching assistant (2007/2008, 2009/2010, 2010/2011, 2012/2013, 2014/2015) – Lepidopterology, Master’s Degree in Animal Conservation and Environmental Biology, University of Turin

Publications:

Abreu de Assis R., Casacci L.P., Bonelli S., Barbero F., Elias de Assis L.M., Venturino E. (2018) Effects of host interspecific interaction in the Maculinea-Myrmica parasite-host system. BULLETIN OF MATHEMATICAL BIOLOGY

Trigos Peral G., Casacci L.P., Ślipiński P., Grześ I.R., Moroń D., Babik H., Witek M. (2018) Ant communities and Solidago plant invasion: Environmental properties and food sources. ENTOMOLOGICAL SCIENCES.

Bonelli S., Casacci L.P., Barbero F., Dapporto L., Sbordoni V., Scalercio S., Zilli A., Battistoni A., Teofili C., Rondinini C., Balletto E., (2018). The first red list of Italian butterflies. INSECT CONSERVATION AND DIVERSITY.

de Assis R.A., dos Santos Cecconello M., Casacci L.P., Barbero F., de Assis, L.M.E., Venturino E. and Bonelli S. (2017) A theory and a mathematical model for the evolution of single and multiple host behavior in a parasite-host system (Maculinea-Myrmica). ECOLOGICAL COMPLEXITY.

Dapporto, L., Cini, A., Menchetti, M., Vodă, R., Bonelli, S., Casacci, L.P., Dincă, V., Scalercio, S., Hinojosa, J.C., Biermann, H. and Forbicioni, L., 2017. Rise and fall of island butterfly diversity: Understanding genetic differentiation and extinction in a highly diverse archipelago. DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTIONS, 23(10), pp.1169-1181.

Csata E. 1, Timuş N. 1, Witek M. 1, Casacci L.P. 1, Lucas C., Bagnères A.G., Sztencel-Jabłonka A., Barbero F., Bonelli S., Rákosy L. and Markó B., (2017). Lock-picks: fungal infection facilitates the intrusion of strangers into ant colonies. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 7. (1 first authors)

Schönrogge K., Barbero F., Casacci L.P., Settele J., Thomas J.A. (2017) Acoustic communication within ant societies and its mimicry by mutualistic and socially parasitic myrmecophiles. ANIMAL BEHAVIOR, doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2016.10.031.

Riva F., Barbero F., Bonelli S., Balletto E., Casacci L. P. (2016). The acoustic repertoire of lycaenid butterfly larvae. BIOACOUSTICS, 1-14.

Patricelli D., Barbero F., Occhipinti A., Bertea C.M., Bonelli S., Casacci L.P., Zebelo S.A., Crocoll C., Gershenzon J., Maffei M.E., Thomas J.A., Balletto E. (2015) Plant defenses against ants provide a pathway to social parasitism in butterflies. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LONDON B: BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 282:1-9, doi: 10.1098/rspb.2015.1111.

Barbero F. and Casacci L.P. (2015) Butterflies that trick ants with sound. PHYSICS TODAY, 68.4: 64-65.

Bonelli S., Barbero F., Casacci L.P., Cerrato C. and Balletto E. (2015) The butterfly fauna of the Italian maritime alps: results of the «edit» project. ZOOSYSTEMA, 37(1), 139-167.

Bonelli S., Barbero F., Casacci L.P., and Balletto E. (2015) Habitat preferences of Papilio alexanor: implications for habitat management in the italian maritime alps. ZOOSYSTEMA, 37.1: 169-177.

Casacci L.P., Cerrato C., Barbero F., Bosso L., Ghidotti S., Paveto M., Pesce M., Plazio E., Panizza G., Balletto E., Viterbi R., Bonelli S. (2015) Dispersal and connectivity effects at different altitudes in the Euphydryas aurinia complex. JOURNAL OF INSECT CONSERVATION, doi: 10.1007/s10841-014-9715-8.

Sala M., Casacci L.P.*, Balletto E., Bonelli S., Barbero F. (2014) Variation in Butterfly Larval Acoustics as a Strategy to Infiltrate and Exploit Host Ant Colony Resources. PLOSONE 9.4 (2014): e94341. (* corresponding author)

Barbero F., Casacci L.P., Balletto E., & Bonelli, S. (2014). Breaking the acoustical code of ants: The social parasite’s pathway. THE JOURNAL OF THE ACOUSTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, 36(4), 2184-2184.

Carlos A.A., Barbero F., Casacci L.P., Bonelli S. & Bueno O.C. (2014). Bioacoustics of Trachymyrmex fuscus, Trachymyrmex tucumanus, and Atta sexdens rubropilosa (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). THE JOURNAL OF THE ACOUSTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, 136(4), 2074-2074.

Casacci L.P., Barbero F., & Balletto E. (2013). The “Evolutionarily Significant Unit” concept and its applicability in biological conservation. ITALIAN JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, 1-12.

Witek M., Casacci L.P., Barbero F., Patricelli D., Sala M., Bossi S., Maffei M., Woyciechowski M., Balletto E., Bonelli S. Interspecific relationships in sympatric populations of ant social parasites (2013) BIOLOGICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY 109(3), 699-709.

Casacci L.P., Thomas J.A., Sala M., Treanor D., Bonelli S., Balletto E., Schonrogge K. (2013) Ant pupae employ acoustics to communicate social status in their colony’s hierarchy. CURRENT BIOLOGY, Vol. 23, pp. 323–327.

Abreu de Assis R., Bonelli S., Witek M., Barbero F., Casacci L.P., Balletto E., Venturino E., Castro Ferreira W. (2012) A model for the evolution of parasite-host interactions based on the Maculinea-Myrmica system: numerical simulations and multiple host behavior, NONLINEAR ANALYSIS: REAL WORLD APPLICATIONS (ISSN:1468-1218) , Vol. 13, pp. 1507- 1524.

Patricelli D., Barbero F., La Morgia V., Casacci L.P., Witek M., Balletto E., Bonelli S. (2011). To lay or not to lay: oviposition of Maculinea arion in relation to Myrmica ant presence and host plant phenology. ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR, Vol. 82; pp. 791-799.

Casacci L.P., Witek M., Barbero F., Patricelli D., Solazzo G., Balletto E., Bonelli S. (2011). Habitat preferences of Maculinea arion and its Myrmica host ants: implications for habitat management in Italian Alps. JOURNAL OF INSECT CONSERVATION, vol. 15; pp. 103-110.

Witek M., Patricelli D., Casacci L.P., Barbero F., Balletto E., Bonelli S., (2011). Notes on the biology and host ant specificity of the myrmecophilous syrphid fly Microdon major (Diptera: Syrphidae), a social parasite of Formica ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). SOCIOBIOLOGY, vol. 57; pp. 261-269.

Patricelli D., Witek M., Barbero F., Casacci L.P., Bonelli S., Balletto E., (2010) - Evidence of high larval host ant specificity in the first post-adoption phase for the myrmecophilous butterfly Phengaris (Maculinea) nausithous (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). SOCIOBIOLOGY, Vol. 55, pp. 861- 870.

Sielezniew M., Patricelli D., Dziekańska I., Barbero F., Bonelli S., Casacci L.P., Witek M., Balletto E., (2010) - The first record of Myrmica lonae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) as a host of the socially parasitic Large Blue Butterfly Phengaris (Maculinea) arion (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). SOCIOBIOLOGY, Vol. 56 (2), pp. 465-475.

Books:

Balletto E., Barbero F., Casacci L.P., Chakira H., Dafiné A., Ouledi A. (2015) Les papillons diurnes des Îles Comores/The butterflies of the Comoros. PENSOFT, ISBN 978-954-642-754-0

Book chapters:

Bonelli S., Cerrato C., Bordignon L., Lai V., Ripetta S., Vovlas A., Patricelli D., Witek M., Barbero F., Sala M., Casacci L.P., Balletto E. (2012) Le farfalle come bioindicatori: revisione e casi di studio. BIOLOGIA AMBIENTALE (ISSN:1129-504X), Vol. 26(2), pp. 59-67 (in Italian)

Barbero F., Patricelli D., Witek M., Balletto E., Casacci L.P., Sala M., Bonelli S. (2012) Myrmica ants and their butterfly parasites with special focus on the acoustic communication, PSYCHE (ISSN:0033-2615), pp. 1- 11, Vol. 2012.

Bonelli S., Barbero F., Casacci L.P., Cerrato C., Patricelli D., Sala M., Vovlas A., Witek M., Balletto E. (2011) Butterfly Diversity in a Changing Scenario. In: O. Grillo. CHANGING DIVERSITY IN CHANGING ENVIRONMENT: 99-132, Belgrado: INTECH Open Access Publisher.

Bonelli S., Barbero F., Casacci L.P., Balletto E. (2009) - Evolution of host-parasite interactions in the Maculinea vs. Myrmica system, in Casellato Sandra, LIFE AND TIME: THE EVOLUTION OF LIFE AND ITS HISTORY, Casellato S., Burighel P., Minelli A., Padova, pp. 7- 23.

Other publications:

Hamada C., Tufail A.W., Casacci L.P., Hua H.X., Yue Ping He, Juma M., Elyamine A.M., Ouledi A., Balletto E. (2015) The butterflies of Ngazidja and their main habitats significances. JOURNAL OF BIODIVERSITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES, 7(6): 10-22

Balletto E., Barbero F., Casacci L.P., Cerrato C., Patricelli D., Bonelli S., (2009) – The impact of climate change on Italian butterflies, STUDI TRENTINI DI SCIENZE NATURALI , pp. 2- 6,  Vol. 86 (in Italian)

Participation at Congresses:

Butterfly Conservation’s 8th International Symposium – 06-08.04.2018, Southampton (United Kingdom)

  • Casacci L.P., Zaccagno M., Wanderlingh A.A., Clerico S., Bonelli S., Friard O., Fiedler K., Barbero F. Evolution of acoustic signals in lycaenid-ant interactions (Poster)
  • Casacci L.P., Chiadò Caponet M., Dapporto L., Vila R., Vodă R., Dincă V., Čelik T., Dolek M., Sielezniew M., Balletto E., Meregalli M., Bonelli S. Is Euphydryas italica a new species for italy? (Oral)

7th Central European Workshop of Myrmecology – 22-23.04.2017, Krakow (Poland)

  • Csata E., Keresztes K.K., Casacci L.P., Heize J., Ruther J., Markò B. The interference of an ectoparasitic fungus with kin-non-kin discrimination abilities in ants (Oral)
  • Casacci L.P., Bonelli S., Balletto E., Barbero F. Maculinea butterflies evolved two distinct chemical strategies to integrate within host ant colonies (Poster)

1st International Symposium on Biotremology – 5-7.07.2016, San Michele all’Adige (Italy)

  • Riva F., Barbero F., Bonelli S., Balletto E., Casacci LP. Evolution of lycaenid vibroacoustic signals (Oral)

Ant interactions with fungi, microbes, other insects, and plants - Insights from integrative approaches – 5-7.05.2016, Munich (Germany)

  • Csata E., Witek M., Casacci L.P., Markó B. Infiltration chances for ‘others’: how fungal infection shapes ant societies (Oral)

Future of Butterflies in Europe IV – 31.03-02.04.2016, Wageningen (Netherlands)

  • Bonelli S., Casacci L.P., Barbero F., Cerrato C., Toffoli R., Balletto E. The effect of management and environmental matrix on butterfly diversity in Natura 2000 farmlands (Oral)
  • Bonelli S., Casacci L.P., Barbero F., Dapporto L., Sbordoni V., Scalercio S., Zilli A., Battistoni A., Teofili C., Rondinini C., Balletto E. A Red List of Italian Butterflies (Poster)
  • Dapporto L., Cini A., Menchetti M., Voda R., Bonelli S., Casacci L.P., Dinca V., Scalercio S., Forbicioni L., Mazzantini U., Venturi L., Zanichelli F., Shreeve T., Balletto E., Dennis R., Vila R. – Coupling academia and society facilitates the discovery and protection of a multifaceted butterfly fauna on islands (Poster)
  • Ghidotti S, Casacci L.P., Cerrato C., Barbero F., Bosso L., Paveto M., Pesce M., Plazio E., Panizza G., Balletto E., Viterbi R., Bani L., Bonelli S. Habitat quality in the Euphydryas aurinia complex (Poster)

Workshop COST Action FA1405 "CAMo: from molecules to modeling" – 14-15.09.2015, Torino (Italy)

4th Central European Meeting of IUSSI – 26-29.03.2015, Lichtenfels (Germany)

  • Trigos Peral G., Babik H., Grześ I., Moroń D., Casacci L.P., Walter B., Ślipiński P., Witek M. Influence of goldenrod invasion on ant species diversity and colony life history traits (Oral)

BioButterfly, 7th International Conference on the Biology of Butterflies – 11-14.08.2014, Helsinki (Finland)

  • Casacci L.P., Cerrato C., Ghidotti S., Viterbi R., Plazio E., Pesce M., Bosso L., Paveto M., Barbero F., Bonelli S. – Dispersal abilities and habitat preferences of the Euphydryas aurinia complex (Poster)
  • Riva F., Barbero F., Bonelli S., Balletto E., Casacci L.P. – Evolutionary aspects of lycaenid acoustic emissions (Poster)

BCE, Butterfly Conservation's 7th International Symposium – 4-6.03.2014, Southampton (United Kingdom)

  • Bonelli S., Casacci L.P., Cerrato C., Ghidotti S., Barbero F., Balletto E., Viterbi R. - Mobility dynamics, habitat preferences and conservation perspectives of the Euphydryas aurinia complex (Oral)
  • Paveto M., Pesce M., Plazio E., Bosso L., Panizza G., Casacci L.P., Barbero B., Bonelli S. e Balletto E. - Conservation status assessment of mediterranean populations of the Euphydryas aurinia complex (Poster)

3rd European Insect Science meeting – 6-9.11.2012, Ivrea (Italy)

  • Sala M., Barbero F., Casacci L.P., Di Giulio A., Maurizi E., Balletto E., Bonelli S. - Acoustic behaviour in myrmecophilous insects (Oral)
  • Barbero F., Patricelli D., Bonelli S., Casacci L.P., Crocoll C., Zebelo S.A, Bertea C.M., Gershenzon J., Maffei M.E., Thomas J.A., Balletto E. - A social parasite exploits cues from the coevolutionary race between food plant and host ant (Oral)

JSPS Core-to-Core, Max Plank Institute for Chemical Ecology – 15-16.10. 2012, Jena (Germany)

  • Barbero F., Patricelli D., Bonelli S., Casacci L.P., Crocoll C., Zebelo S.A, Bertea C.M., Gershenzon J., Maffei M.E., Thomas J.A., Balletto E. Ant-induced plant volatiles reveal host presence to a myrmecophilous parasite butterfly (Oral)

5th Congress of European Section of the IUSSI – 26-30.08. 2012, Firenze (Italy)

  • Casacci L.P., Bonelli S., Balletto E. Comparison of chemical deception strategies and acoustical mimetism between two social parasites of ants (Oral)
  • Witek M., Casacci L.P., Barbero F., Patricelli D., Sala M., Balletto E., Bonelli S. Temporal and spatial patterns of ant social parasite segregation (Oral)

ISCE, 28th Meeting of the International Society of Chemical Ecology – 22-26.07. 2012, Vilnius (Lithuania)

  • Casacci L.P., Bonelli S., Balletto E. Cuckoo versus predatory Maculinea butterfly species: distinct chemical integration strategies inside the host ant colonies (Poster)

Future of Butterflies in Europe III – 29-31.03 2012, Wageningen (Netherlands)

  • Bonelli S., Barbero F., Cerrato C., Casacci L.P., Loglisci N., Balletto E., Buffa G. 30 years changes in alpine butterfly communities (Oral)
  • Bonelli S., Ferrando S., Cerrato C.,Casacci L.P., Quirino M., Balletto E., Alliani N. Butterflies as bioindicators in agricultural landscapes? A case study from NW Italy (Poster)

IBAC - The XXIII meeting of the International Bioacoustics Council - 12-16.09.2011, La Rochelle (France)

  • Sala M., Casacci L.P., Barbero F., Balletto E., Bonelli S. Acoustic behaviour in butterfly social parasites: a comparison between cuckoo and predatory species (Oral)

BCE - Butterfly Conservation's 6th International Symposium – 25-28.03. 2010, Reading (United Kingdom)

  • Casacci L.P., Witek M., Barbero F., Patricelli D., Solazzo G., Balletto E., Bonelli S. Habitat preferences of Phengaris (Maculinea) arion and its Myrmica host ants: implications for habitat management in the Alps (Oral)
  • Fracastoro L., Casacci L.P., Cerrato C., Barbero F., Bonelli S., Balletto E. Shift in alpine butterfly communities along an altitudinal gradient (Poster)

ESEB 12th Congress – 24-29.08.2009, Torino (Italy)

  • Casacci L.P., Barbero F., Bonelli S., Balletto E. - Ant ecology and the evolution of their Maculinea social parasites (Poster)

SERL - 5th "Ecology and Behavior" Meeting – 6-10.04.2009, Lione (France)

  • Barbero F., Casacci L.P. - Multimodal communication in the butterfly social parasite of the genus Maculinea: the acoustical domain (Oral)
  • Casacci L.P., Barbero F. - Multimodal communication in the butterfly social parasite of the genus Maculinea: the chemical domain (Oral)

RES - Entomological Forum of the Royal Entomological Society – 4-5.02.2009, York (United Kingdom)

  • Casacci L.P., Bonelli S., Balletto E. - The chemical coevolution between a butterfly social parasite and its host ant (Oral)

UZI - 69° Congresso Nazionale Unione Zoologica Italiana – 22-25.09.2008, Senigallia (Italy)

  • Barbero F., Bonelli S., Casacci L.P., Balletto E. - Parassitismo e comunicazione interspecifica nel complesso sistema Maculinea (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) (Oral)

17-18.04.2008, BCE - Future of Butteflies in Europe II – Wageningen (Netherlands)

  • Barbero F., Balletto E., Bonelli S., Casacci L.P., Elmes G.W., Shonrogge K., Thomas J.A. - The acoustical communication in the myrmecophilous butterfly of the genus Maculinea (Oral)

UZI - 68° Congresso Nazionale Unione Zoologica Italiana – 24-27.09.2007, Lecce (Italy)

  • Balletto E., Barbero F., Bonelli S., Canterino S., Casacci L.P. Effetti dei cambiamenti climatici sulle estinzioni di popolazioni italiane di farfalle diurne e zigenidi (Oral)

BioButterfly, 5th International Conference on the Biology of Butterflies - 2-7.07.2007, Roma (Italy)

  • Barbero F., Bonelli S., Casacci L.P., Schonrogge K., Elmes G.W., Balletto E., Thomas J.A. Relationship between Maculinea butterflies and Myrmica ants (Oral)
  • Casacci L.P., Barbero F., Bonelli S., Balletto E. - The host-specificity of Maculinea rebeli in Italy (Poster)
  • Bonelli S., Scalercio S., Casacci L.P., Canterino S., Balletto E. – Biology and conservation of Euphydryas maturna in Italy (Oral)

UZI - 67° Congresso Nazionale Unione Zoologica Italiana – 12-16.09.2006, Napoli (Italy)

  • Turchetto M., Gherlenda M., Camerin L., Moretto E., Casacci L.P., Bonelli S., Balletto E. La specificità del rapporto ospite parassita nei licenidi mirmecofili (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) (Poster)

Research abroad:

  • Institute of Zoology, University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany (2017 – 2 weeks). Behavioural ecology of Myrmica ants and their parasitic fungus Rickia wasmannii.
  • Institute of Evolutionary Biology, Barcelona, Spain (2017 – 2 weeks). Conservation genetics of Euphydryas maturna in Italy (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae).
  • Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland (2016 - 3 weeks). Population genetics training.
  • Institute of Evolutionary Biology, Barcelona, Spain (2016 - 1 week). Conservation genetics of Euphydryas maturna in Italy (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae).
  • Research Institute on Insect Biology, Tours, France (2015 - 6 weeks). Chemical ecology of Myrmica ants and their parasitic fungus Rickia wasmannii.
  • Institute of Evolutionary Biology, Barcelona, Spain (2014 – 5 weeks). Philogeny of the genus Hipparchia (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae)
  • University of Mahajanga (Madagascar) and Gran Comora (Comoros Islands), (2012 - 1 month). Member of the Committee for Thesis Dissertation for "International Master in Sustainable Biodiversity Management and Conservation".
  • Center for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford, United Kingdom (2011 - 1 month). Bioacoustics in ant societies.
  • Center for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford, United Kingdom (2010 - 3 months). Chemical ecology of Maculinae-Myrmica

Research interests

  • wintering of White-throated Dipper and Jack Snipe in northern Poland;
  • breeding biology and seasonal assemblies of Common Crane;
  • monitoring of birds in Poland;
  • methods of field work;
  • protection of birds and their habitats.

Selected publications

Sikora A., Neubauer G. 2008. Scandinavian and central European subspecies of White-throated Dipper Cinclus cinclus interbreed in an isolated population in northern Poland. Ornis Fennica 85: 73-81.

Sikora A. 2007. Gniazdowanie cennych gatunków ptaków na Wysoczyźnie Elbląskiej. [Breeding of valuable bird species in the Wysoczyzna Elblaska upland] Not. Orn. 48: 246-259.

Sikora A., Rohde Z., Gromadzki M., Neubauer G., Chylarecki P. (red.) 2007. Atlas rozmieszczenia ptaków lęgowych Polski 1985–2004. [The atlas of breeding birds of Poland 1985-2004]. Bogucki Wyd. Nauk., Poznań.

Sikora A., Dubiec A. 2007. Sex identification of Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus by discriminant analysis of morphometric measurements. Ardea 95: 125-133.

Sikora A. 2005. Catching Jack Snipe with the dip-nets in non-breeding season. WSG Bulletin 107: 70-75.

Tulp I., Schekkerman H., Chylarecki P., Tomkovich P., Soloviev M., Bruinzeel L., van Dijk K., Hilden O., Hötker H., Kania W., van Roomen M., Sikora A., Summers R. 2002. Body mass patterns of Little Stints during incubation and chick-rearing at different latitudes. Ibis 144: 122-134.

Sikora A. 2001. Gniazdowanie czeczotki Carduelis flammea na polskim Pobrzeżu Bałtyku. [Breeding of the Redpoll Carduelis Carduelis flammea on the Polish Baltic coast] Not. Orn. 42: 73-88.

Sikora A., Maniakowski M. 2000. Zimowanie bekasika Lymnocryptes minimus w północnej i środkowej Polsce. [Wintering of the Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus in northern and central Poland] Not. Orn. 41: 225-238.

Sikora A. 1996. Ekologia rozrodu szlachara (Mergus serrator) na Pojezierzu Kaszubskim. [Breeding ecology of the Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) on the Pojezierze Kaszubskie lake district] Not. Orn. 37: 5-24.

Sikora A. 1994. Dalekodystansowy przelot środkowoeuropejskiego podgatunku pluszcza (Cinclus c. aquaticus) i jego lęg mieszany z podgatunkiem skandynawskim (C. c. cinclus) na północy Polski. [A long-distance passage of the Central European Dipper subspecies (Cinclus c. aquaticus) and its cross-breeding with the Scandinavian subspecies (Cinclus c. cinclus) in the north of Poland]. Not. Orn. 35: 182-185.

Sikora A. 1993. Występowanie skandynawskiego podgatunku pluszcza (Cinclus cinclus cinclus) w Polsce. [Occurrence of Scandinavian subspecies of the Dipper (Cinclus cinclus cinclus) in Poland] Not. Orn. 34: 213-230.

Research focus

I’m interested in natural and sexual selection & phenomenon of hybridization. Recently I have focused on the MHC gene complex and its wide connections with adaptive traits, survival and mating performance in bird species. My model species: Herring Gull complex Larus argentatus sensu lato, Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis, Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo.


Projects

2007- 2010 Research Grant of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education POL-POSTDOC III “The influence of the MHC genes polymorphism on adaptive traits in Collared Flycatcher  Ficedula albicollis”; Nr ZB/MNiSW/07/2006/14. Conducted at the Jagiellonian University, Institute of Environmental Sciences; principal investigator with the cooperation of prof. J. Radwan & prof. M. Cichoń

2006-2009 Research Grant of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education “The role of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) in mate choice in the colonial gull species”; Nr N304 073 31/2805. Principal investigator; other investigators- dr. Grzegorz Neubauer


Participation in fallowing projects

2008-2011 Research Grant of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education “The influence of helminth parasites on the survival, growth and condition of the cormorant chicks Phalacrocorax carbo”; Nr N N304 081035. Principal investigator- dr Gerard Kanarek, Ornithological Station, Museum and Institute of Zoology, Gdansk; other investigators- dr Andrzej Kruszewicz, dr M. Zagalska-Neubauer

2008-2010 Research Grant of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education “The role of extrapair mating in maintenance of reproductive isolation in the Herring and Caspian Gulls hybrid zone”; Nr N N304 339334. Principal investigator- dr Grzegorz Neubauer, Ornithological Station, Museum and Institute of Zoology, Gdansk; other investigators- dr M. Zagalska-Neubauer

2004-2005 Polish-French bilateral program Polonium, The Ministry of Science and Higher Education ‘Hybridization in large white-headed gulls of the Larus argentatus-cachinnans-michahellis complex: biometric and genetic analysis of mid-polish population. In cooperation with Department of Vertebrate Zoology/ Ornithological Station PAS (dr. G. Neubauer-PI, dr. M. Zagalska-Neubauer) & CEFE CNRS, Montpellier, France (dr. L. Gay-PI, dr. J.-M. Pons, dr. P.-A. Crochet)


Selected publications 

Neubauer G., Zagalska-Neubauer M., Pons J.-M., Crochet P.-A., Chylarecki P., Przystalski A., Gay L. 2009. Assortative Mating Without Complete Reproductive Isolation in a Zone of Recent Secondary Contact between Herring Gulls (Larus argentatus) and Caspian Gulls (L. cachinnans). Auk 126: 409-419.
Gay L., Neubauer G., Zagalska-Neubauer M., Pons J.-M., Bell D. A., Crochet P.-A. 2009. Speciation with gene flow in the large white-headed gulls: does selection counterbalance introgression? Heredity 102: 133-146
Gay L., Neubauer G., Zagalska-Neubauer M., Pons J.-M., David P. & Crochet P.-A. 2007. Molecular and morphological patterns of introgression between two white-headed gull species in a zone of recent secondary contact. Molecular Ecology 16: 3215-3227.
Neubauer G., Zagalska-Neubauer M., Betleja J., 2007. Origin of Caspian Gulls Larus cachinnans breeding in Poland. Brit. Birds 100: 554-557.
Zagalska-Neubauer M., Dubiec A. 2007. Techniki i markery molekularne w badaniach zmienności genetycznej ptaków. Not. Orn. 48:193-206.
Dubiec A., Zagalska-Neubauer M. 2006. Molecular techniques for sex identification in birds. Biological Letters 43:3-12.
Neubauer G., Zagalska-Neubauer M. 2006. Dymorfizm płciowy i oznaczanie płci w grupie mewy srebrzystej Larus argentatus na podstawie pomiarów biometrycznych. Not. Orn. 47: 185-191.
Neubauer G., Zagalska-Neubauer M., Gwiazda R., Faber M., Bukaciński D., Betleja J., Chylarecki P. 2006. Breeding large gulls in Poland: distribution,
numbers, trends and hybridization. Vogelwelt 127: 11-22.
Neubauer G., Faber M., Zagalska-Neubauer M. 2005. Występowanie mewy srebrzystej Larus argentatus, mewy białogłowej L. cachinnans i mewy romańskiej L. 
michahellis w środkowej Polsce w cyklu rocznym. Not. Orn. 46: 61-76.
Zagalska-Neubauer M. 2004. Wzrost liczebności mew z kompleksu mewy srebrzystej w Wielkopolsce w latach 1990-2001. Not. Orn. 45:159-168.

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