Position: Associate Professor

Email: skoracka@amu.edu.pl

Phone: +48 61 829-56-64

Room: 1.21

Research

Research Interests

  • ecology and evolution of plant-feeding arthropods
  • host specialization and host-race formation
  • mechanisms of speciation
  • mechanisms of dispersal
Projects

Current Projects

  1. Spatial distribution of Aceria tosichella biotypes differing in their host specificity and invasive potential (National Science Centre grant no. 2011/03/B/NZ8/00129, 2012-2016, Principal Investigator)
  2. Dispersal strategies in eriophyoid mites differing in their host specificity (PhD project, Supervisor)
  3. Evolution of dispersal-dependent phenotypic traits in phytophagous mites (PhD project, Supervisor)

Completed Projects

  1. Genetic variation, host specialization and ability to transmit wheat streak mosaic virus of the wheat curl mite, Aceria tosichella (Acari: Eriophyoidea), cryptic species complex (National Science Centre grant no. 2011/01/N/NZ8/04540, 2011-2014; Co-Investigator) (2010-2016, PhD project, Supervisor)
  2. Host specialization and taxonomic status of Aceria tosichella Keif. and Aceria tulipae (Keif.) (Ministry of Science and Higher Education grant no. NN303089434), 2008-2011, PI)
  3. Monitoring and diagnosis of the complex Aceria tosichella and transmitted viruses (Wheat streak mosaic virus, High Plain virus) in Brazil and measures to avoid this impact in the national wheat production (Embrapa Trigo,CNPq/MAPA/SDA No. 064/2008 Proces CNPq No. Proc – 578646/2008-0, Centro National de Pesquisa de Recursos Geneticos e Biotechnologia, 2009-2011, Co-I)
  4. The mite Aceria tosichella Keifer and transmitted viruses (Wheat streak mosaic virus and High plain virus), a new threat to cereal crops in South America – pest risk assessment, distribution, hosts, characterization and control (Embrapa Recursos Geneticos e Biotechnologia, CNPq/PROSUL CNPq No. Proc – 490496/06-7, 2006-2008, Co-I)
  5. Host plant induced variability in morphology and demography of Abacarus hystrix (Nal.) (Acari: Eriophyoidea) (Polish Scientific Research Committee grant no. 3 P04 C0 3825, 2003-2006, 2003-2006; PI)
  6. Eriophyoid mites from grasses in Poland (Polish Scientific Research Committee grant no. 6 P04 C0 5418, 2000-2002, main Investigator)
  7. Occurrence of Aceria tosichella Keifer (Acari: Eriophyoidea) on wheat and associated grasses in West Poland and its role as a vector of wheat streak mosaic virus (Faculty of Biology, AMU grant no. 205, 2000-2001, PI)
  8. Soil fauna in the Cisy Staropolskie Reserve (Northern-West Poland Research Committee grant no. AMU JG 31/00, 2000-2001, Co-I)
Career

Career History

  • 2016 – to date: Associate Professor, Population Ecology Lab, Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland (AMU)
  • 2012-2016: Associate Professor at the Department of Animal Taxonomy and Ecology (AMU)
  • 2003-2012: Assistant Professor at the Department of Animal Taxonomy and Ecology (AMU)
  • 2011: Habilitation in ecology (AMU)
  • 2002: PhD in zoology (AMU)
  • 1998: Msc in biology (AMU)

Honors & awards

  • Team Award of the Rector of AMU for the scientific achievements in 2011 and 2003
  • The Conference Stipend founded by the Fundation for Polish Science and Warsaw Scientific Society for participation in 6th Symposium of European Association of Acarologists in Montpellier in 2008
  • The Conference Stipend founded by the Fundation for Polish Science and Warsaw Scientific Society for participation in XIIth International Congress of Acarology in Amsterdam in 2006
  • The Domestic Visitning Grant founded by the Fundation for Polish Science in 2005
  • 1st award in the microphotography competition (Ministry of Science, Olympus) in 2004
  • The Stipend for Young Scientist founded by the Fundation for Polish Science in 2003 and 2004
  • The award for the PhD thesis founded by the Polish Prime Minister in 2003
  • The Stipend for the scientific founded by the Poznań municipality for scientific achievements in 2003

Fellowships

  • National Museum of Natural History and Science, University of Lisbon in 2016
  • Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes, Faculty of Biology, University of Lisbon in 2014 and 2015
  • Faculty of Biology, University of Bari, Italy in 2010
  • Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA), Brasilia in 2010
Teaching

Lectures

  1. Ecology
  2. The basis of theoretical biology
  3. Tropical ecology

Seminars

  1. Ecology
  2. Journal club
  3. Writting and presenting scientific achievements

PhD projects

  1. Agnieszka Kiedrowicz (in progress) Dispersal strategies of eriophyoid mites with divergent host specificity
  2. Wiktoria Szydło (2016) Genetic variation, host specificity and ability to vectoring WSMV within the Aceria tosichella complex species
  3. Alicja Laska (in progress) Evolution of dispersal-dependent phenotypic traits in phytophagous mites

MSc projects

  1. Natalia Wróblewska (2015) Temperature-dependent survival of Aceria tulipae (Acari: Eriophyoidea)
  2. Agnieszka Kiedrowicz (2014) Host specificity of Aceria tulipae (Acari: Eriophyoidea)
  3. Marta Gołębiewska (2013) Genetic variability and host specialization of eriophyoid mites (Acari: Eriophyoidea) infesting grasses
  4. Monika Narożyńska (2012) Cultivated plants infested by eriophyoid mites and the estimation of mite-induced damages
  5. Emilia Grobelna (2012) Eriophyoid mites (Acari: Eriophyoidea) infesting trees on the areas of different level of urbanisation
  6. Małgorzata Janicka (2011) Co-occurrence of vagrant and gall-making eriophyoid mites (Acari: Eriophyoidea)
  7. Malwina Szuman (2011) Genetic variation of Aceria tosichella (Acari: Eriophyoidea)
  8. Wiktoria Szydło (2010) Morphological and genetic variation of Aceria tosichella
  9. Magdalena Zygmunt (2010) Morphological variation of Aceria tulipae
  10. Tomasz Siłacz (2010) Eriophyes tiliae (Acari: Eriophyoidea): population dynamics and parameters of infestation
  11. Paulina Spychała (2006) The influence of air pollution on the linden tree infestation by gall-making eriophyoid mites
  12. Lucyna Macuk (2006) Does the guarding of nymphs by males of Abacarus hystrix (Acari: Eriophyoidea) depend on the sex ratio in the population?

BSc projects

  1. Agnieszka Błaszczyk (2016) The usage of mtDNA fragments coding cytochrome c oxidase subunit I as molecular markers in identifying species within Abacarus hystrix complex
  2. Maciej Bronikowski (2016) The importance of mites inabiting energy crops in the context of the development of renewable energy based on biomass
  3. Izabela Czerniak (2016) The assessment of dispersal effectiveness of phytophagous mites in the context of sustainable management of agrocenoses
  4. Karolina Miarka (2013) Ecological methods of plant pest control
  5. Sara Gullmark (2013) Invasive phytophagous arthropods: the occurrence, species overview, importance
  6. Natalia Wróblewska (2013) The survival of Aceria tulipae (Acari: Eriophyoidea) in unfavorable conditions
  7. Paulina Kaczmarek (2013) Population growth of Abacarus hystrix and Aceria tosichella (Acari: Eriophyoidea) in different temperatures
  8. Agnieszka Kiedrowicz (2012) Host specificity of eriophyoid mites infesting cereals: the assessment of Aceria tosichella colonization ability
  9. Aneta Paluch (2012) The impact of mites in human life and economySylwia Piotrowska (2011) Weeds as reservoir of eriophyoid mites inhabiting cereals
  10. Magdalena Tomaszewska (2010) Interspecific genetic variation in mites
  11. Monika Narożyńska (2010) Eriophyoid mites (Acari: Eriophyoidea) infesting agricultural plants in Poland
  12. Emilia Grobelna (2010) Eriophyoid mites (Acari: Eriophyoidea) as bioindicators
  13. Malwina Szuman (2009) Infestation of grasses by an eriophyoid mite Aceria tosichella (Acari: Eriophyoidea)
  14. Małgorzata Janicka (2009) Gall-making eriophyoid mites: the occurrence in Poland
  15. Wiktoria Szydło (2008) Morphological variation and variation in infestation of three host-populations of Aceria tosichella
  16. Tomasz Siłacz (2008) Eriophyoid mites occurring on orchard trees in Poland – review of species and their harmfulness
  17. Magdalena Zygmunt (2008) Morphology of eriophyoid mites
  18. Paweł Kaczmarek (2008) Eriophyoid mites (Acari: Eriophyoidea) inhabiting grasses: their occurence and harmfulness
  19. Maria Głowacka (2008) Importance of eriophyoid mites in biological control of weeds
  20. Dorota Poprawska (2007) Molecular methods used in acarological research
  21. Ewa Bartkowiak (2006) Factors influencing host infestation by ticks
  22. Lucyna Macuk (2004) Eriophyoid mites (Acari: Eriophyoidea) from sedges and morphology of Eriophyes lentiginosus Mitrofanov, Sharonov et Sekerskaja, 1983
  23. Paulina Spychała (2004) Tiliaceae trees infested by eriophyoid mites (Acari: Eriophyoidea)
Publications

2017

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

Skoracka A., Lewandowski M., Rector B.G., Szydło W., Kuczyński L. 2017. Spatial and Host-Related Variation in Prevalence and Population Density of Wheat Curl Mite (Aceria tosichella) Cryptic Genotypes in Agricultural Landscapes. PLoS ONE 12(1): e0169874. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0169874

2016

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. 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

Rector B. G., Czarnoleski M., Skoracka A. [corresponding author], Lembicz M. 2016. Change in abundance of three phytophagous mite species (Acari: Eriophyidae, Tetranychidae) on quackgrass in the presence of choke disease. Experimental and Applied Acarology DOI: 1007/s10493-016-0060-3

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

Kozlov M.V., Skoracka A., Zverev V., Lewandowski M., Zvereva E.L. 2016. Two Birch Species Demonstrate Opposite Latitudinal Patterns in Infestation by Gall-Making Mites in Northern Europe. PLoS ONE 11(11): e0166641, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0166641

2015

Skoracka A., Magalhães S., Rector B., Kuczyński L. 2015. Cryptic speciation in the Acari: a function of species lifestyles or our ability to separate species? Experimental and Applied Acarology 67: 165-182, DOI: 10.1007/s10493-015-9954-8

Szydło W., Hein G., Denizhan E., Skoracka A.2015. Exceptionally High Levels of Genetic Diversity in Wheat Curl Mite (Acari: Eriophyidae) Populations from Turkey. Journal of Economic Entomology 108: 2030-2039, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jee/tov180

2014

Skoracka A., Rector B., Kuczyński L., Szydło W., Hein G. and French R. 2014. Global spread of wheat curl mite by its most polyphagous and pestiferous lineages. Annals of Applied Biology 165: 222-235, DOI: 10.1111/aab.12130

Skoracka A., Kuczyński L., Rector B., Amrine J.W. 2014. Wheat curl mite and dry bulb mite: untangling a taxonomic conundrum through a multidisciplinary approach. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 111: 421–436, DOI: 10.1111/bij.12213

Lewandowski M., Skoracka A., Szydło W., Kozak M., Druciarek T., Griffiths D. 2014. Genetic and morphological diversity of Trisetacus species (Eriophyoidea: Phytoptidae) associated with coniferous trees in Poland: phylogeny, barcoding, host and habitat specialization. Experimental and Applied Acarology 63: 497-52, DOI10.1007/s10493-014-9805-z

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

2013

Miller A.D., Skoracka A., Navia D., de Mendonca R., Szydło W., Schultz M.., Smith C.M., Truol G., Hoffmann A.A. 2013. Phylogenetic analyses reveal extensive cryptic speciation and host specialization in an economically important mite taxon. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 66: 928-940,DOI:10.1016/j.ympev.2012.11.021

Skoracka A., Kuczyński L., Szydło W., Rector B. 2013. The wheat curl mite Aceria tosichella (Acari: Eriophyoidea) is a complex of cryptic lineages with divergent host ranges: evidence from molecular and plant bioassay data. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 109: 165-180, DOI:10.1111/bij.12024

Navia D., de Mendoca R., Skoracka A., Szydło W., Knihinicki D., Hein G.L., da Silva Pereira P.R.V., Truol G., Lau D. 2013. Wheat curl mite, Aceria tosichella, and transmitted viruses: an expanding pest complex affecting cereal crops. Experimental and Applied Acarology 59: 95-143, DOI: 10.1007/s10493-012-9633-y

Denizhan E., Szydło W., Skoracka A. 2013. Eriophyoid studies in Turkey: review and perspectives. Biological Letters 50:45-54, DOI: 10.2478/biolet-2013-0005

2012

Skoracka A., Kuczyński L., de Mendonca R., Dabert M., Szydło W., Knihinicki D., Truol G., Navia D. 2012. Cryptic species within the wheat curl mite Aceria tosichella (Keifer) (Acari, Eriophyoidea) revealed by mitochondrial, nuclear and morphometric data. Invertebrate Systematics, 26: 417–433, DOI: 10.1071/IS11037

Skoracka A., Kuczyński L. 2012. Measuring the host specificity of plant-feeding mites based on field data — a case study of the Aceria species. Biologia, 67 (3): 546-560, DOI:10.2478/s11756

2010

Skoracka A., Dabert M. 2010. The cereal rust mite Abacarus hystrix (Acari: Eriophyoidea) is a complex of species: evidence from mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences. Bulletin of Entomological Research 100 (3): 263-272

Skoracka A., Smith L., Oldfield G., Cristofarro M., Amrine JW. 2010. Host specificity and specialization in eriophyoid mites and their importance for the use of eriophyoid mites as biocontrol agents of weed. Experimental and Applied Acarology 51: 93-113

De Lillo E., Skoracka A. 2010. What’s “cool” on eriophyoid mites? Experimental and Applied Acarology 51: 3-30

Michalska K., Skoracka A., Navia D., Amrine James W. 2010. Behaviour of eriophyoid mites: an overview. Experimental and Applied Acarology 51: 39-51

Gamliel-Atinsky E., Freeman S., Maymon M., Belausov E., Ochoa R., Skoracka A., Peńa J., Palevsky E. 2010. The role of eriophyoids in fungal pathogen epidemiology, mere association or true interaction? Experimental and Applied Acarology 51: 191-204

Szydło W., Skaftason J. F., Skoracka A. 2010. Eriophyoid mites (Prostigmata: Eriophyoidea: Eriophyidae) from Iceland: one new species, and three new mite records. Annales Zoologici 60 (1): 139-157

2009

Skoracka A. 2009. Quackgrass- and ryegrass-adapted populations of the cereal rust mite, Abacarus hystrix (Acari: Eriophyidae), differ in their potential for wheat, Triticum aestivum, colonization. Bulletin of Entomological Research: 99(1): 33-39

Skoracka A., Labrzycka A., Rector B.G. 2009. Three new species of eriophyoid mites (Acari: Prostigmata: Eriophyoidea) from grass hosts in Croatia. Annals of Entomological Society of America 102(1): 12-19

Skoracka A. 2009. Description of Abacarus lolii n. sp. (Acari: Prostigmata: Eriophyoidea), a cryptic species within a grass-feeding Abacarus complex. International Journal of Acarology 35(5): 405-417

2008

Skoracka A. 2008. Reproductive barriers between populations of the cereal rust mite Abacarus hystrix confirm their host specialization. Evolutionary Ecology 22: 607-616.

Stephan D., Moeller I., Skoracka A., Ehrig F., Maiss E. 2008. Eriophyid mite transmission and host range of a Brome streak mosaic virus isolate derived from a full-length cDNA clone. Archives of Virology 153(1): 181-185.

Skoracka A., Lewandowski M., Boczek J. 2008. New species and new records of eriophyoid mites (Acari: Prostigmata: Eriophyidae) from grasses. Annales Zoologici 58(2): 365-372.

Skoracka A. 2008. Eriophyoidea, pp. 137-140 in Fauna of Poland charasteristics and checklist of species (Bogdanowicz W., Chudzicka E. Pilipuk I & Skibińska E., eds). Muzeum i Instytut Zoologii PAN, Warszawa, 3, 603 pp.

2007

Skoracka A., Kuczyński L., Rector B.G. 2007. Divergent host acceptance behavior suggests host specialization in populations of the polyphagous mite Abacarus hystrix (Acari: Prostigmata: Eriophyidae). Environmental Entomology 36(4): 899-909, DOI: 10.1093/ee/36.4.899

Magalhaes S., Forbes M.R., Skoracka A., Osakabe M., Chevillon C., McCoy C.D. 2007. Host race formation in the Acari. Experimental and Applied Acarology 42: 225-238

Skoracka A., Czarna A. 2007. A new species and a new record of eriophyid mites (Prostigmata: Eriophyidae) from grasses in Austria. International Journal of Acarology 32(2): 123-128

2006

Skoracka A., Kuczyński L. 2006. Host related differences in the development and reproduction of the cereal rust mite, Abacarus hystrix (Acari: Eriophyidae) in Poland. International Journal of Acarology 32(4): 397-405

Skoracka A., Kuczyński L. 2006. Is the cereal rust mite, Abacarus hystrix really a generalist? – testing colonization performance on novel hosts. Experimental and Applied Acarology 38: 1-13

Skoracka A. 2006. Host specificity of eriophyoid mites. Biological Letters 43(2): 289-298

2005

Kuczyński L., Skoracka A. 2005. Spatial distribution of galls caused by Aculus tetanothrix (Acari: Eriophyoidea) on arctic willows. Experimental and Applied Acarology 36: 277-289

Skoracka A., Lewandowski M., Boczek J. 2005. Catalogue of eriophyoid mites of Poland. Catalogus faunae Poloniae (N.S.), No. 1. Natura optima dux Foundation, Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa, 199 pp

Skoracka A. 2005. Two new species and four records of eriophyoid mites from grasses in Hungary (Acari: Eriophyoidea). Genus 16(3): 445-462

Skoracka A., Pacyna A. 2005. Grass-associated eriophyoid mites (Acari: Eriophyidae) from the Kola Peninsula, Russia. Annales Zoologici 55(3): 453-466

2004

Skoracka, A., Kuczyński, L. 2004. Demography of the cereal rust mite Abacarus hystrix (Nalepa) (Acari: Eriophyoidea) on quack grass. Experimental and Applied Acarology 32: 231-242

Skoracka A. 2004. Eriophyoid mites from grasses in Poland (Acari: Eriophyoidea). Genus, supplement 13: 205 pp

Skoracka A., Macuk L., Rakowski W. 2004. New eriophyoid mites (Acari: Eriophyoidea) from sedges in Poland and supplement description of Eriophyes lentiginosus Mitrofanov, Sharonov et Sekerskaja, 1983. Zootaxa 446: 1-15

2003

Skoracka A., Magowski W., Kuczyński L. 2003. Spatial and temporal distribution of cereal rust mite Abacarus hystrix (Acari, Eriophyoidea) on Agropyron repens. Biologia 58: 913-917

Skoracka A., Kuczyński L. 2003. Population dynamics of eriophyoid mites (Acari: Eriophyoidea) living on grasses in Poland. Biological Letters 40 (2): 75-84

Skoracka A. 2003. New species of Aculodes (Acari: Eriophyoidea) from grasses in Poland. Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 49: 43-60

Skoracka A., Pacyna A. 2003. Aculus sayanicus, a new species of Eriophyidae (Acari: Eriophyoidea) from grasses in Russia. Zootaxa 149: 1-10

2002

Skoracka A., Kuczyński L., Magowski W. 2002. Morphological variation in different host populations of Abacarus hystrix (Nalepa, 1896) (Acari: Prostigmata: Eriophyoidea). Experimental and Applied Acarology 26: 187-193

Skoracka A., Magowski W. 2002. Two species of eriophyoid mites (Acari: Prostigmata) in wheat cultivation (Triticum aestivum L.) and associated grass community in Wielkopolska, Poland. Journal of Applied Entomology 126: 1-3

Skoracka A. 2002. Two new species of eriophyoid mites (Acari: Eriophyoidea) from grasses in Poland. Zootaxa 54: 1-15

Skoracka A., Kozłowski J. 2002. Eriophyoid species (Acari: Eriophyoidea) new for Polish fauna and new host records. Bulletin of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Biological Sciences 50 (2): 159-164

2001

Skoracka A. 2001. A new species of eriophyoid mite from Festuca altissima All. (Poaceae) in Poland (Acari: Eriophyoidea). Genus 12 (3): 385-394

Skoracka A., Shi A., Pacyna A. 2001. New eriophyoid mites (Acari: Eriophyoidea) associated with grasses from Mongolia. Zootaxa 9: 1-18

2000

Skoracka A. 2000. Aculodes deschampsiae (Sukhareva, 1972) (Acari: Eriophyoidea) found on Deschampsia caespitosa (L.) P. B. in Poland: supplement for the description. Entomologica, Bari 34: 143-152

Skoracka A., Boczek J. 2000. Novophytoptus glyceriae sp. n. and N. ammophilae sp. n., new species of eriophyoid mites (Acari: Eriophyoidea) from grasses. Acarina 8 (2): 95-101.

Activities

External Activities

  • Member of editorial board of Experimental and Applied Acarology, from 2012
  • Member of editorial board of Acarologia, from 2016
  • Member of editorial board of Biological Letters, 2008-2013
  • Guest editor of Annales Zoologici 58(2), 2008
  • Guest editor of Biological Letters 43(2), 2008
  • Managing editor of Biological Letters, 2004-2008
  • Peer review: BMC Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Experimental and Applied Acarology,Bulletin of Entomological Research, Journal of Natural History, Journal of Plant Interactions, Zootaxa, International Journal of Acarology, Annales Zoologici, Acta Entomologica Serbica, Acarina
  • Member of Polish Acarological Society
  • Member of Polish Parasitological Society
Admin

Administrative Posts

  • Vice director of Institute of Environmental Biology, AMU
  • Module Co-organizer: Writting and presenting scientific achievements
  • Module Co-organizer: Ecology
  • Module Co-organizer: The basis of theoretical biology