Position: PhD Student

Email: kiedra@amu.edu.pl

Phone: 61 829-57-49

Room: 1.22


Research Interests

  • Ecology and evolution of dispersal
  • Dispersal strategies of eriophyoid mites
  • Host specificity of grass-feeding eriophyoid mites
  • Interaction between parasites and their hosts

Current Projects

  1. Dispersal strategies of eriophyoid mites differing in their host plant specifity (PhD project)
  2. Dispersal strategies of eriophyoid mites (Polish National Science Centre grant no 2018/28/T/NZ8/00060)
  3. A bidirectional selection experiment to test the evolution of specialization and dispersal in the invasive wheat curl mite, Aceria tosichella (Polish National Science Centre grant no. 2016/21/B/NZ8/00786, 2017-2020, Investigator)
  4. Genetics of host specificity of the wheat curl mite complex (USDI-BLM and USDA-ARS agreement no 60-2060-7-001, Investigator)

Completed Projects

  1. Host specificity of Aceria tulipae (MSc project)
  2. Spatial distribution of Aceria tosichella biotypes differing in their host specificity and invasive potential (National Science Centre grant no. 2011/03/B/NZ8/00129, Investigator)

Career History

  • currently- PhD student (ecology), Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University
  • 2014- MSc in Biology, Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University
  • 2012- BSc in Biology, Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University
  • 2011- Short training in Institute of Plant Protection – National Research Institute

Honors & awards

  • 2018 – scholarship funded by Polish National Science Centre 2018/28/T/NZ8/00060
  • 2017 – dr. Jan Kulczyk scholarship for PhD students for scientific record
  • 2017 – Rector of Adam Mickiewicz University scholarship for the scientific record in 2016
  • Rector of AMU Scholarship – awarded to the best PhD students in 2016/2017
  • Rector of AMU Scholarship – awarded to the best PhD students in 2015/2016
  • 2014 – Dean of Faculty of Biology UAM award for outstanding academic achievement and activity at Student Scientific Society of Naturalists
  • 2013/2014- Ministry of Science and Higher Education Scholarship


  1. Ecology



Skoracka A., Lopes L. F., Alves M. J., Miller A., Lewandowski M., Szydło W., Majer A., Różańska E. i Kuczyński L. 2018. Genetics of lineage diversification and the evolution of host usage in the economically important wheat curl mite, Aceria tosichella Keifer, 1969. BMC Evolutionary Biology 18: 122, https://doi.org/10.1186/s12862-018-1234-x


Kiedrowicz A., Rector B. G., Lommen S., Kuczyński L., Szydło W., Skoracka A. 2017. Population growth rate of dry bulb mite, Aceria tulipae (Acariformes: Eriophyidae), on agriculturally important plants and implications for its taxonomic status. Experimental and Applied Acarology, DOI: 10.1007/s10493-017-0173-3

Kiedrowicz A., Kuczyński L., Lewandowski M., Proctor H., Skoracka A. 2017. Behavioural responses to potential dispersal cues in two economically important species of cereal-feeding eriophyid mites. Scientific Reports, 7, Article number: 3890, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-04372-7


Kiedrowicz A., Lewandowski M., Skoracka A. 2016. Diversity and significance of eriophyoid mites (Acari: Eriophyoidea) associated with coniferous trees in Poland: a review. Biological Letters, 53(1): 19–30, DOI: 10.1515/biolet-2017-0003

Kiedrowicz A., Rector B. G., Zawierucha K., Szydło W., Skoracka A. 2016. Phytophagous mites (Acari: Eriophyoidea) recorded from Svalbard, including the description of a new species. Polar Biology, 39(8): 1359-1368, DOI: 10.1007/s00300-015-1858-x

Kiedrowicz A., Denizhan E., Bromberek K., Szydło W., Skoracka A. 2016. Eriophyoid mites (Acari: Prostigmata: Eriophyoidea) from Turkey: description of five new species. Zootaxa, 4066(3): 255–270, DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4066.3.3

Kuczyński L., Rector B. G., Kiedrowicz A., Lewandowski M., Szydło W., Skoracka A. 2016. Thermal niches of two invasive genotypes of the wheat curl mite Aceria tosichella: congruence between physiological and geographical distribution data. PLoS One, 11(4): e0154600. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0154600


Kiedrowicz A., Rector B., Denizhan E., Szydło W., Skoracka, A. 2014. Infestation of grasses by eriophyoid mites (Acari: Eriophyoidea) in Turkey. International Journal of Acarology, 40(6): 421–427. DOI: 10.1080/01647954.2014.941004


Gołębiewska M., Kiedrowicz A., Skoracka A. 2013. Host specialization in eriophyoid mites: Aceria tosichella, Abacarus hystrix and Aculodes mckenziei: are these plant parasites generalists or specialists? Annals of Parasitology, 59, ISSN 2299-0631


External Activities

  • The Polish Acarological Society member