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OUR TEAM

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Weronika Antoł

Weronika obtained her MSc and PhD degrees in Biology from the Jagiellonian University (Poland). Her research interests include the conservation of amphibians and experimental evolution in nematodes. Currently she's an adjunct at the Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals, PAS, where she focuses on the molecular and physiological aspects of health and disease in honeybees. 

Weronika in the lab. Photo: W. Antoł

Photo: Weronika Antoł / Private collection

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Krzysztof Miler. Photo: Leszek Zych (POLITYKA)

Photo: Leszek Zych / POLITYKA

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Krzysztof Miler

Krzysztof obtained his MSc in Biology and an MA in Psychology from the Jagiellonian University (Poland). This was followed by a PhD in Biology from the same institution. Later, he completed a post-doc stay at Tel Aviv University (Israel). Currently, he's an associate professor at the Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals, PAS. His projects and interests focus on cognitive ecology and addiction biology. 

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Monika Ostap-Chec

Monika studied solitary bees for her two MSc degrees in Biology and Natural Resources Management obtained from the Jagiellonian University (Poland). Currently, she's a PhD student in Biology there and investigates the short- and long-term effects of dietary alcohol on the honeybee. Monika has beekeeping qualifications and a keen interest in popularizing knowledge about pollinators. 

Monika with a demonstration hive. Photo: M. Ostap-Chec

Photo: Monika Ostap-Chec / Private collection

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Daniel Stec. Photo: Jakub Włodek (Wyborcza.pl)

Photo: Jakub Włodek / Agencja Wyborcza.pl

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Daniel Stec

Daniel obtained his MSc and PhD degrees in Biology from the Jagiellonian University (Poland). Now, he's an associate professor at the Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals, PAS. His research centers around taxonomy, systematics, biodiversity, and ecology of tardigrades with a strong integrative approach. In turn, his personal passion is beekeeping.

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Bartłomiej Surmacz

Bartłomej obtained his MSc in Biology from the Jagiellonian University (Poland). Currently, he continues his education as a PhD student at the same University. He is involved in several projects that deal with different aspects of ecology, botany, population genetics, forestry, and meiofauna research. 

Bartek Surmacz in the field. Photo: B. Surmacz

Photo: Bartłomiej Surmacz / Private collection

Filip Turza during Biologists' Night. Photo: F. Turza

Photo: Filip Turza / Private collection

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Filip Turza

Filip obtained his two MSc degrees in Biology and Ecology and Evolution from the Jagiellonian University (Poland). As a student, he completed short internships at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology and Institute of Science and Technology Austria. Now, as a PhD student back at the Jagiellonian, Filip conducts research on the eco-evolutionary determinants of rescue behaviour in ants. He collaborates with the University of Turin (Italy). In his spare time, he posts on the most popular Polish myrmecological blog, myrmeblog.pl.

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Matteo Vecchi

Matteo completed his PhD in the area of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. He then moved and took a postdoctoral researcher position at the Jyväskylä University (Finland). Now, under the EU funding, he continues his mobility in Poland where he is an adjunct at the Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals, PAS. His current research focuses on exploring the ecological and functional aspects of tardigrade assemblages. 

Matteo posing with a balloon tardigrade installation. Photo: M. Vecchi

Photo: Matteo Vecchi / Private collection

STUDENTS

Daniel Bajorek

Daniel is a MSc student in Neurobiology at the Jagiellonian University (Poland). He works with Krzysztof on a thesis devoted to the effect of alcoholic diet on health of the honeybee workers.

Krystian Budzik

Krystian is a BSc student in Biology at the Jagiellonian University (Poland). He is training his skills in an integrative data collection for tardigrade research, and field work.

Jakub Godziek

Jakub is a MSc student in Biology at the Jagiellonian University (Poland). He collaborates with Daniel on the research devoted to tardigrade ecology.

Yelyzaveta Matsko

Liza completes her MSc degree in Biology at the University of Silesia in Katowice (Poland). In our team, she participates in the projects related to tardigrade patterns of diversity and distribution.

ALUMNI

  • Szymon Grzesik (2023, intern)

  • Monika Opałek (2023, intern)

  • Daniele Camarda (2024, intern)

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