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Position: PhD Student

Email: alicja.laska@amu.edu.pl

Phone: 61 829-57-49

Room: 1.22

Research

Research Interests

  • Host specialization-generalization trade-offs in phytophagous invertebrates
  • Evolution of dispersal-dependent phenotypic traits in phytophagous mites
  • Sprematogenesis and reproductive systems in mites
Projects

Current Projects

  1. Host specialization-generalization trade-offs in an invasive wheat curl mite, Aceria tosichella (National Science Centre grant no. 2017/27/N/NZ8/00305, PI)
  2. Evolution of dispersal-dependent phenotypic traits in phytophagous mites (PhD project)
  3. A bidirectional selection experiment to test the evolution of specialization and dispersal in the invasive wheat curl mite, Aceria tosichella (National Science Centre grant no. 2016/21/B/NZ8/00786, 2017-2020, Investigator)
  4. Discovery and Evaluation of Biological Control Agents of Invasive Annual Grasses (USDA-ARS no. 58-2060-7-002-F, BBCA onlus, Investigator)
  5. 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. Male reproductive system, spermatogenesis and spermatozoons structure in the mite Trachygamasus sp. (Parasitiformes: Parasitidae) (MSc project)
  2. Behavioral mechanisms of habitat selection processes in small songbirds: the wood warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix) as a case study (National Science Centre grant no. 2012/07/N/NZ8/00129, Volunteer)
  3. Species delimitation – combining morphometric, molecular and experimental approaches” (FNP grant nr HP/2012-5/8, Volunteer)
  4. 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

Career History

  • from 2016: PhD student (AMU)
  • 2015: MSc degree in biology (Jagiellonian University)
  • 2013:  BSc degree in biology (Jagiellonian University)

Internships

  • 2018: Centre of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes, University of Lisbon (1-month internship)
  •  2018: Department of Applied Entomology, Faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW (short-term internship)
  • 2012 – Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals PAS (student internship)

Honors & awards

  • 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
  • Best presntation award on VIII Copernican Science Students Symposium

Teaching

Classes

  1. Ecology

Publications

2017

Laska, A., Rector, B., G., Kuczyński, L. & Skoracka, A. 2017. Is body size important? Seasonal changes in morphology in two grass-feeding Abacarus mites, Experimental and Applied Acarology, DOI:10.1007/s10493-017-0159-1

2016

Kosztyła, P., Stec, D., Morek, W., Gąsiorek, P., Zawierucha, Z., Michno, K., Małek, D., Hlebowicz, K., Ufir, K., Laska, A., Dudziak, M., Frohme M., Prokop, Z.M., Kaczmarek, Ł. & Michalczyk, Ł. 2016. Experimental taxonomy confirms the environmental stability of morphometric traits in a taxonomically challenging group of microinvertebrates, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 178: 765775, DOI: 10.1111/zoj.12409