Position: Assistant Professor

Email: jszym@amu.edu.pl

Phone: +48 61 829-56-16

Room: 1.20


Research Interests

  • information use and flow in animals (mainly birds)
  • animal social networks
  • mechanisms of prospecting for social information in a multispecies information network of cavity-nesting songbirds
  • ecological effects of mast seeding on forest ecosystems

Career History

Extended CV can be found here.

  • 2016 – to date: Assistant Professor at the Population Ecology Lab, Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University
  • 2016: PhD in ecology, Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University
  • 2012: MSc in biology, Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University
  • 2010: BSc in biology, Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University

Honors & awards

  • Team Award of the Rector of AMU for scientific achievements (2017)
  • START scholarship awarded by the Foundadtion for Polish Science (2017)
  • Ministry of Science and Higher Education Scholarship awarded in 2015
  • Nomination for the 2nd Marcin Antczak Award for the most inspiring ornithological paper published in 2015
  • Nomination for the 3rd Marcin Antczak Award for the most inspiring ornithological paper published in 2016


  1. Statistical Methods in Environmental Protection
  2. Ecological Modelling
  3. Monitoring of wildlife populations


Bogdziewicz M., Szymkowiak J., Kasprzyk I., Grewling Ł., Borowski Z., Borycka K., Kantorowicz W., Myszkowska D., Piotrowicz K., Ziemianin M., Pesendorfer M.B. 2017. Masting in wind-pollinated trees: system-specific roles of weather and pollination dynamics in driving seed production. Ecology, 98: 2618-2625, DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1951

Szymkowiak J., Thomson R.L., Kuczyński L. 2017. Interspecific social information use in habitat selection decisions among migrant songbirds. Behavioral Ecology, 28: 767-775, DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arx029

Szymkowiak J., Kuczyński L. 2017. Song rate as a signal of male aggressiveness during territorial contests in the wood warbler. Journal of Avian Biology, 48: 275-283, DOI: 10.1111/jav.00969


Szymkowiak J., Thomson R.L., Kuczyński L. 2016. Wood warblers copy settlement decisions of poor quality conspecifics: support for the tradeoff between the benefit of social information use and competition avoidance. Oikos, 125: 1561-1569, DOI: 10.1111/oik.03052 (Editor’s Choice)

Bogdziewicz M., Szymkowiak J. 2016. Oak acorn crop and Google search volume predict Lyme disease risk in temperate Europe. Basic and Applied Ecology, 17: 300-307, DOI: 10.1016/j.baae.2016.01.002

Królikowska N., Szymkowiak J., Laidlaw R.A., Kuczyński L. 2016. Threat-sensitive anti-predator defence in precocial wader, the Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus. Acta Ethologica, 19: 163-171, DOI: 10.1007/s10211-016-0236-1


Szymkowiak J., Kuczyński L. 2015. Avoiding predators in a fluctuating environment: responses of the wood warbler to pulsed resources. Behavioral Ecology, 26: 601-608, DOI: 10.1093/beheco/aru237

Szymkowiak J., Kuczyński L. 2015. Predation-related costs and benefits of conspecific attraction in songbirds – an agent-based approach. PLoS ONE, 10: e0119132, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0119132


Szymkowiak J., Skierczyński M., Kuczyński L. 2014. Are buntings good indicators of agricultural intensity? Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 188: 192-197, DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2014.02.037

Szymkowiak J., Królikowska N. 2014. Mechanizmy agregowania terytoriów lęgowych przez ptaki śpiewające. Kosmos 63: 45-53, PDF [in Polish with English abstract]


Szymkowiak J. 2013. Facing uncertainty: how small songbirds acquire and use social information in habitat selection process? Springer Science Reviews, 1: 115-131, DOI: 10.1007/s40362-013-0012-9


External Activities

  • member of the Scientific Council of Institute of Environmental Biology
  • member of the European Ornithologists’ Union

Administrative Posts

  • member of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Environmental Biology, AMU