Position: M.Sc. student

Room: 1.22


Research Interests

  • Developmental biology of phytohagous mites
  • Coevolution of phytophagous mites and their hosts

Current Projects

  1. A bidirectional selection experiment to test the evolution of specialization and dispersal in invasive wheat curl mite, Aceria tosichella (National Science Centre grant no. 2016/21/B/NZ8/00788, 2017-2020, Co-Investigator)
  2. Genetics of host specificity of the wheat curl mite complex (USDI-BLM and USDA-ARS agreement no 60-2060-7-001, Co-Investigator)
  3. Host specialization-generalization trade-offs in an invasive wheat curl mite, Aceria tosichella (National Science Centre grant no. 2017/27/N/NZ8/00305, Co-Investigator)
  4. The effect of temperature on development and morphology of an invasive wheat curl mite, Aceria tosichella (BSc project)

Career History

  • 2018: BSc degree in biology (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań)


  •  2018: Department of Applied Entomology, Faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW (short-term internship)

Honors & awards

  • 2017: Rector of AMU Scholarship -awarded to the best students


1st BioMove Symposium in Potsdam, Germany, poster presentation “How to study dispersal in small invertebrates”

XV International Congress of Acarology in Antalya, Turkey, oral presentation “Temperature effects on developmental time and body size in the invasive mite Aceria tosichella (Eriophyoidea)”

XV International Congress of Acarology in Antalya, Turkey, poster presentation “Testing the interplay between specialization and dispersal in the invasive wheat curl mite, Aceria tosichella (Acariformes: Eriophyidae)”

XXVIII Scientific Presentation Workshops OAK in Zakrzów, poster presentation “Cryptic species in Abacarus genus (Acariformes: Eriophyoidea)”

VIII Copernican Science Students Symposium, oral presentation “Hidden diversity in Abacarus genus (Acariformes: Eriophyoidea)”


V Polish Evolutionary Conference in Toruń, Poland, poster presentation „How to test the evolution of specialization and dispersal: the case study of the invasive wheat curl mite, Aceria tosichella”

XI Copernican International Young Scientists Conference in Toruń, Poland, oral presentation „The effect of temperature on developmental time and body size in invasive mite, Aceria tosichella

XXXV Acarological Symposium in Osieck, Poland, oral presentation on relationship between temperature and developmental time and morphology in invasive mites Aceria tosichella

IVth International Conference on Research and Education in Poznań, poster presentation „ Is body size important? Seasonal changes in morphology in grass-feeding Abacarus mites – preliminary research”


III Symposium of Young Scientists in Poznań, poster presentation describing the effect of various wind speeds on pre-dispersal behaviours in Ceciodophyes hendersoni


External Activities

  • member of Acarological Polish Society


Laska, A., Majer, A., Szydło, W., Karpicka-Ignatowska, K., Hornyák, M., Labrzycka, A., Skoracka, A. 2018. Cryptic diversity within grass-associated Abacarus species complex (Acariformes: Eriophyidae), with the description of a new species, Abacarus plumiger n. sp., Experimental and Applied Acarology, DOI: 10.1007/s10493-018-0291-6