Unia Europejska

foto Piotr Ślipiński


Anna Dubiec



Research interests

My research interests focus on questions within the field of evolutionary ecology with a special emphasis on development and functioning of immune system and patterns and fitness consequences of infection with haemoparasites. 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. 



Recent publications:

Arct A., Martyka R., Drobniak S. M., Oleś W., Dubiec A., Gustafsson L. Effects of elevated nest box temperature on incubation behaviour and offspring fitness-related traits in the collared flycatcher Ficedula albicollis. Journal of Ornithology, in press.

Culina A., Adriaensen F., Bailey L. D., et al. Connecting the data landscape of long-term ecological studies: The SPI-Birds data hub. Journal of Animal Ecology 90: 2147–2160.

Corsini M, Schöll E. M., Di Lecce I., Chatelain M., Dubiec A., Szulkin M. 2021. Growing in the city: urban evolutionary ecology of avian growth rates. Evolutionary Applications 14: 69–84.

Maziarz M., Broughton R. K., Casacci L. P., Dubiec A., Maák I., Witek M.  2020. Thermal ecosystem engineering by songbirds promotes a symbiotic relationship with ants. Scientific Reports 10: 20330. 

Harnist I. Dubiec A. Mazgajski T. D. 2020. Changes of nest mass in relation to nesting stages in the Great Tit Parus major. Bird Study 67: 292–299.

Møller A. P., Balbontín J., Dhondt A. A., et al. 2020. Interaction of climate change with effects of conspecific and heterospecific density on reproduction. Oikos 129: 1807–1819.

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, doi: 10.1007/s10336-020-01753-0.

Norte A.C., Margos G., Becker N.S. et al. 2020. Host dispersal shapes the population structure of a tick-borne bacterial pathogen. Molecular Ecology 29:485–501, doi: 10.1111/mec.15336.

Janas K., Lutyk D., Sudyka J., Dubiec A., Gustafsson L., Cichoń M., Drobniak S. 2020. Carotenoid-based colouration correlates with the hatching date of blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) nestlings. Ibis 162: 645-654, doi: 10.1111/ibi.12751.

Sudyka J., Podmokła E., Drobniak S., Dubiec A., Arct A., Gustafsson L., Cichoń M. 2019. Sex-specific effects of parasites on telomere dynamics in a short-lived passerine - the blue tit. The Science of Nature 106: 6, doi: 10.1007/s00114-019-1601-5.

Janas K., Podmokła E., Lutyk D., Dubiec A., Gustafsson L., Cichoń M., Drobniak S.M. 2018. Influence of haemosporidian infection status on structural and carotenoid-based colouration in the blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus). Journal of Avian Biology 2018: e01840, doi: 10.1111/jav.01840.

Møller A. P., Balbontín J., Dhondt A. A. et al. 2018. Effects of interspecific co-existence on laying date and clutch size in two closely related species of hole-nesting birds. Journal of Animal Ecology 87: 1738-1748, doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12896.

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.