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Anna Dubiec



Research interests

My research interests focus on questions within the field of evolutionary ecology with a special emphasis on the evolutionary ecology of immune defense. In the center of those studies are trade-offs in resource allocation between the immune system and other bodily functions (reproduction, the development of carotenoid-based plumage coloration), seasonal patterns in the development of the immune system and the role of major histocompatibility complex genes in mate choice decisions. I address these issues in natural populations of birds both experimentally and observationally using the array of physiological tests and molecular approach. My other research interests include reproductive strategies in birds, especially the occurrence of extra-pair paternity and sex allocation patterns. 


Current projects:

Interactions between ecto- and endoparasites and its effects on the host - the case study of blue tit parasites, project funded in years 2013 - 2015 by the Polish National Science Centre (grant no 2011/03/B/NZ8/03051)

The project focuses on the causal relationship behind the occurrence of co-infection with ecto- and endoparasites in the hole-nesting bird. Specifically, by experimental manipulation of the infestation level with the common bird ectoparasite – the hen flea the project examines how the variation in the flea infestation level influences the incidence of infection with blood parasites from the genus Plasmodium and Haemoproteus.


Recent publications:

Janas, K., Podmokła, E., Lutyk, D., Dubiec, A., Gustafsson, L., Cichoń, M., Drobniak, S.M. Influence of haemosporidian infection status on structural and carotenoid-based colouration in the blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus). Journal of Avian Biology, accepted for publication.

Møller A. P., Balbontín J., Dhondt A. A. et al. Effects of interspecific co-existence on laying date and clutch size in two closely related species of hole-nesting birds. Journal of Animal Ecology,

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. 

Corsini M., Dubiec A., Marrot P., Szulkin. M. 2017. Humans and tits in the city: quantifying the effects of human presence on great tit and blue tit reproductive trait variation. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 5:82.5:82. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2017.00082

Dubiec A., Podmokła E., Gustafsson L. 2017. Intra-individual changes in haemosporidian infections over the nesting period in great tit females. Parasitology Research 116: 2385–2392. doi: 10.1007/s00436-017-5540-9

Podmokła E., Dubiec A., Drobniak S. M., Sudyka J., Krupski A., Arct A., Gustafsson L., Cichoń M. 2017. Effect of haemosporidian infections on host survival and recapture rate in the blue tit. Journal of Avian Biology 48: 796–803. doi: 10.1111/jav.01108

Vaugoyeau M., Adriaensen F., Artemyev A., et al. 2016. Interspecific variation in the relationship between clutch size, laying date and intensity of urbanization in four species of hole-nesting birds. Ecology and Evolution 6: 5907–5920. doi: 10.1002/ece3.2335

Dubiec A., Podmokla 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 nonmigratory passerines. Parasitology 143: 1320–1329.

Witek M., Ślipiński P., Naumiec K., Krupski A., Babik H., Walter B., Symonowicz B., Dubiec A. Performance of Myrmica ant colonies is correlated with presence of social parasites. Ecological Entomology 41: 284-291.

Dubiec A., Zieliński P., Zielińska M., Iciek T. 2015. Morphometric sex identification in the Mediterranean Gull (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus). Waterbirds 38: 229-237.

Drobniak S. M., Dubiec A., Gustafsson L., Cichoń M. 2015. Maternal age-related depletion of offspring genetic variance in immune response to phytohaemagglutinin in the blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus). Evolutionary Biology 42: 88-98. 

Podmokła E., Dubiec A., Arct A., Drobniak S. M., Gustafsson L., Cichoń M. 2015. Malaria infection status predicts extra-pair paternity in the blue tit. Journal of Avian Biology 46: 303-306.

Sudyka J., Arct A., Drobniak S., Dubiec A., Gustafsson L., Cichoń M. 2014. Experimentally increased reproductive effort alters telomere length in the blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 27: 2258–2264.

Møller A. P., Adriaensen F., Artemyev A., et al. 2014. Variation in clutch size in relation to nest size in birds. Ecology and Evolution 4: 3583–3595. 

Podmokła E., Dubiec A., Drobniak S. M., Arct A., Gustafsson L., Cichoń M. 2014. Determinants of prevalence and intensity of infection with malaria parasites in the blue tit. Journal of Ornithology, 155: 721-727. 

Møller A. P., Adriaensen F., Artemyev A., et al. 2014. Clutch size variation in Western Palearctic secondary hole-nesting passerine birds in relation to nest box design. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 5: 353–362.

Rutkowska J., Dubiec A., Nakagawa S. 2014. All eggs are made equal: meta-analysis of egg sexual size dimorphism in birds. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 27: 153-160.

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.

Drobniak S. M., Wiejaczka D., Arct A., Dubiec A., Gustafsson L., Cichoń M. 2013. Low cross-sex genetic correlation in carotenoid-based plumage traits in the blue tit nestlings (Cyanistes caeruleus). PLoS ONE 8(7): e69786. 

Dubiec A., Góźdź I., Mazgajski T. D. 2013. Green plant material in avian nests. Avian Biology Research 6: 133-146. 

Dubiec A., Mazgajski T. D. 2013. Nest mass variation over the nesting cycle in the Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypolecua). Avian Biology Research 6: 127-132. 

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