Position: Associate Professor

Head of the Lab

Email: lechu@amu.edu.pl

Phone: +48 61 829-56-16

Room: 1.20


Research Interests

  • mechanisms of habitat selection in animals
  • niche and species distribution modelling
  • monitoring of wildlife populations
  • wildlife conservation
  • statistics and machine learning in ecology

Current Projects

  1. 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, Co-I)
  2. Informed habitat selection decisions in songbirds
  3. Effects of mast seeding on population dynamics of forest birds
  4. Factors influencing numbers and distribution of the Montagu’s Harrier in Poland (PhD project, Supervisor)
  5. Regional breeding bird atlas project (Wielkopolski Atlas Ornitologiczny)

Completed Projects

  1. Behavioral mechanisms of habitat selection process in small songbirds: the Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix as a case study (National Science Centre grant no. 2012/07/N/NZ8/00129, 2013-2016, Co-I)
  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, 2012-2016, Co-Investigator)
  3. Montagu’s Harrier protection in Poland (The Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment, National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management and The Society of Nature Protection “Bocian”, grant no. POIS.05.01.00-00-381/12, 2013-2015, Co-I)
  4. Species distribution modelling based on results of Common Breeding Bird Monitoring scheme (Chief Inspectorate of Environmental Protection grant no. ZP/DM/5111- 01/02/09/MO, 2011-2012, Co-I)
  5. Host specialization and taxonomic status of Aceria tosichella Keif. and Aceria tulipae (Keif.) (Ministry of Science and Higher Education grant no. NN303089434, 2008-2011, Co-I)
  6. Application of remotely sensed data and comparison of different statistical techniques for habitat modelling and resource selection studies of animals (Polish Scientific Research Committee grant no. 3P04F05325, 2003-2005, PI)
  7. Host plant induced variability in morphology and demography of Abacarus hystrix (Nal.) (Acari: Eriophyoidea) (Polish Scientific Research Committee grant no. 3P04C03825, 2003-2006, Co-I)
  8. Distribution modelling of common farmland birds (Domestic Visitning Grant founded by the Fundation for Polish Science, 2003, PI)
  9. Habitat selection in shrikes in farmland landscape (GEF/SGP UNDP Poland, 2000-2001, Co-I)
  10. Toxicological, virological and parasitological studies on Mallard Anas platyrhynchos in W Poland (Polish Scientific Research Committee grant  no. 6PO4G04817, 1999-2002, Co-I)
  11. Habitat use and reproduction strategy of Mallard Anas platyrhynchos (Polish Scientific Research Committee grant no. 6POG01610, 1996-1998, Co-I)
  12. Song functions and territoriality in Treecreepers Certhia spp. (Polish Scientific Research Committee grant no. 6PO4C019, 1996-1998, Co-I)

Career History

  • 2016 – to date: Associate Professor, head of the Population Ecology Lab, Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland (AMU)
  • 2013: Habilitation in ecology (AMU)
  • 2004-2015: Assistant Professor at the Department of Avian Biology and Ecology (AMU)
  • 1999-2003: Assistant Professor at the Department of Animal Morphology (AMU)
  • 1999: PhD in zoology (AMU)
  • 1993: Msc in biology (AMU)

Honors & awards

  • Team Award of the Rector of AMU for the scientific achievements in 2017
  • Team Award of the Rector of AMU for the scientific achievements in 2011
  • 1st award in the microphotography competition (Ministry of Science, Olympus) in 2004
  • The Domestic Visiting Grant founded by the Fundation for Polish Science in 2003


  1. Statistical methods in environmental protection
  2. Ecological modelling
  3. Monitoring of wildlife populations


  1. Introduction to R
  2. Data analysis in R
  3. GLM & GLMM in R
  4. Statistical computing and programming in R

PhD projects

  1. Natalia Królikowska (in progress) Factors influencing numbers and distribution of the Montagu’s Harrier Circus pygargus in Poland
  2. Jakub Szymkowiak 2016. Mechanisms of habitat selection in the wood warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix

MSc projects

  1. Michał Nicke (in progress) Effectiveness of the Natura 2000 network in protecting farmland bird species
  2. Natalia Królikowska (in progress) Mechanisms of territories aggregation in Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix
  3. Emilia Cierlikowska 2016. Environmental factors influencing the occurence of frogs and toads in small water bodies in the Piła county
  4. Michele Sanna 2015. Breeding performance of Wood Warblers Phylloscopus sibilatrix in the Wielkopolska National Park: nest predation and its implications for species conservation
  5. Mateusz Gutowski 2015. The use of forest inventory data for assessing the distribution and habitat use of the European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus in the IBA site „Puszcza nad Gwdą”
  6. Tomasz Sadowczyk 2009. Nature protection policy and quality of human life – analysis of Polish demographic data
  7. Dawid Diduszko 2005. The use of satelite remote sensing in the study of anuran habitat use
  8. Tadeusz Kandefer 2004. Evaluation of amphibian tunnels in Jeleniów, Góry Stołowe National Park
  9. Piotr Zduniak 2002. Breeding biology of the Hooded Crow Corvus corone cornix in “Słońsk” reserve

BSc projects

  1. Katarzyna Markowska 2018. The evaluation of different machine learning methods for building spatial distribution models of common bird species
  2. Alicja Szadowiak 2014. The occurrence of amphibians on the Szachty in Poznan and factors affecting the status of their populations
  3. Mateusz Gutowski 2013. Numbers, distribution and habitat choice of Boreal Owl Aegolius funereus in IBA site „Puszcza nad Gwdą”
  4. Mateusz Ciemnoczołowski 2013. Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus – population numbers, trends and conservation strategies
  5. Malina Czarnecka 2008. Habitat use and habitat selection in frogs Rana sp.
  6. Natalia Sulanowska 2008. Amphibians of Nadwarciański Landscape Park
  7. Samuel Odrzykowski 2008. Special Protection Area “Dolina Samicy” (PLB300013)
  8. Łukasz Świtalski 2003. Breeding biology and breeding success in Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  9. Dawid Diduszko 2003. Amphibians and roads
  10. Tadeusz Kandefer 2002. Protection of amphibians in Góry Stołowe National Park in the years 1998-2001


Reif J., Reifová R., Skoracka A., Kuczyński L. 2018. Competition-driven niche segregation on a landscape scale: Evidence for escaping from syntopy towards allotopy in two coexisting sibling passerine species. Journal of Animal Ecology, 87: 774–789, https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2656.12808

Sottas C. , Reif J. , Kuczyński L. and Reifová R. 2018. Interspecific competition promotes habitat and morphological divergence in a secondary contact zone between two hybridizing songbirds. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 31: 914-923, https://doi.org/10.1111/jeb.13275

Królikowska N., Krupiński D., Kuczyński L. 2018. Combining data from multiple sources to design a raptor census – the first national survey of the Montagu’s Harrier Circus pygargus in Poland. Bird Conservation International, https://doi.org/10.1017/S0959270917000235

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


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

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

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

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


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)

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

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(3): 163–171DOI: 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

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


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

Szymkowiak J., Skierczyński M., Kuczyński L. 2014. Are buntings good indicators of agricultural intensity? Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment188: 192-197, DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2014.02.037

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


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


Kuczyński L., Chylarecki P. 2012. Atlas of Common Breeding Birds in Poland: Distribution, Habitat Preferences and Population Trends. [Atlas pospolitych ptaków lęgowych Polski. Rozmieszczenie, wybiórczość siedliskowa, trendy]. GIOŚ Warszawa, ISBN: 978-83-61227-40-03

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


Kuczyński, L., Antczak, M., Czechowski, P., Grzybek, J., Jerzak, L., Zabłocki, P., Tryjanowski, P. 2010. A large scale survey of the great grey shrike Lanius excubitor in Poland: breeding densities, habitat use and population trends. Annales Zoologici Fennici 47: 67–78, DOI: 10.5735/086.047.0107


Kuczyński L., Rzępała M., Goławski A., Tryjanowski P. 2009. The Wintering Distribution of Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor in Poland: Predictions from a Large-Scale Historical Survey. Acta Ornithologica 44(2): 159-166, DOI: 10.3161/000164509X482731


Osiejuk T.S., Kuczyński L. 2007. Factors affecting flushing distance in incubating female greylag geese Anser anser. Wildlife Biology 13(1):11-18, DOI: 10.2981/0909-6396

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


Surmacki A., Kuczyński L., Tryjanowski P., 2006. Eggshell patterning in Red backed shrike Lanius collurio: relation to egg size and potential function. Acta Ornithologica 41(2), 145-151, DOI: 10.3161/000164506780143861

Kuczyński L., Kosiński Z., Winiecki A. 2006. The use of canonical correlation analysis for ornithological evaluation of lakes in W Poland. Biological Letters 43(1): 69-78

Chylarecki P., Jawińska D., Kuczyński L. 2006. Common Breeding Bird Monitoring scheme in Poland – Report 2003-2004. Warszawa: OTOP

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


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

Kuczyński, L., Tęczyński, J. 2005. Głosy płazów Polski [Amphibian calls] – CD, Wszechświat 106 (4-6)


Tryjanowski P., Sparks T.H., Kuczyński L., Kuźniak S. 2004. Should avian egg size increase as a result of global warming? A case study using the red-backed shrike (Lanius collurio). Journal of Ornithology 145: 264-268

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


Zduniak, P., Kuczyński L. 2003. Breeding biology of the Hooded Crow Corvus corone cornix in Warta river valley (W Poland). Acta Ornithologica 38(2): 143-150

Hromada M., Kuczyński L., Krištin T., Tryjanowski P. 2003. Animals of different phenotype differentially utilise dietary niche – the case of the Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor. Ornis Fennica 80: 71-78

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

Osiejuk T., Kuczyński L. 2003. Response to typical, mixed and shortened song versions in Eurasian treecreepers, Certhia familiaris. Biologia 58: 985-989

Hromada M., Kuczyński L., Skoracki M., Antczak M., Tryjanowski P. 2003. The value of the bird collections and associated data in regional museums: Lanius excubitor specimens in Šarišske Museum, Bardejov, Slovakia. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club 123A: 226-233

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., 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

Tryjanowski P., Antczak M., Hromada M., Kuczynski L., Skoracki M. 2002. Winter feeding ecology of male and female European wildcats Felis silvestris in Slovakia. European Journal of Wildlife Research 48: 49-54

Kuczyński L., Tryjanowski P., Antczak M., Skoracki M., Hromada . 2002. Repeatability of Measurements and Shrinkage after Skinning: the Case of the Great Grey Shrike Lanius excubitor. Bonner zoologische Beiträge 51, 127-130


Tryjanowski, P., Kuczyński L., Antczak M., Skoracki M., Hromada M. 2001. Within-clutch repeatability of egg dimensions in the jackdaw Corvus monedula: a study based on museum collection. Biologia 56: 211-215

Skoracki, M., M. Hromada, L. Kuczyński 2001. Torotrogla lullulae, a new species of the family Syringophilidae. Genus 12 (1): 87-92


Osiejuk T. S., Kuczyński L. 2000. Song functions and territoriality in Eurasian Treecreeper Certhia familiaris and Short-toed Treecreeper Certhia brachydactyla. Acta Ornithologica, 35: 1-7

Jerzak L., Bocheński M., Kuczyński L., Tryjanowski P. 2000. Repeatability of size and shape of eggs in the urban population of Magpie Pica pica (Passeriformes: Corvidae) population. Acta zool cracov. 43: 165-169

Kuczyński L., Osiejuk T.S., Tryjanowski P. 2000. Bird-habitat relationships on wet meadows in the Słońsk Nature Reserve, W Poland. Biol. Bull. 37: 257-266

Osiejuk T. S., Kuczyński L. 2000. Mixed and atypical singers among treecreepers Certhia brachydactyla and Certhia familiaris: a review and preliminary data from western Poland. Biol. Bull. 37: 27-38

Kuczyński L., 2000. Recognition of individuals of Ortolan bunting Emberiza hortulana using image processing procedures. Biol. Bull. 37: 51-56


Osiejuk, T.S., Kuczyński, L., Jermaczek, A., Tryjanowski, P. 1999. The effect of water condtitions on breeding bird communities of pastures, meadows, and shrub habitats in the Słońsk reserve, NW Poland. Biologia 54: 207-214

Tryjanowski, P., L. Kuczyński, 1999. Shifting from outdoor to indoor breeding: House martin’s (Delichon urbica) defence against House sparrow (Passer domesticus). Folia Zool. 48, 2: 215-220

Kuczyński, L., Tęczyński, J., Berger, L., 1999. Głosy płazów Polski [Calls of amphibians] – audio tape, Biotop Poznań


Chylarecki P., Kuczyński L., Vogrin M., Tryjanowski P. 1997 Geographic variation in egg measurements of the Lapwing Vanellus vanellus Acta Ornithologica 32, 137-148


External Activities

  1. European Bird Census Council – national delegate
  2. Member of the Scientific Council of the Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Science
  3. Scientific consultand to the Polish Society for the Protection of Birds (BirdLife Partner)
  4. Member of the European Ornithologists’ Union
  5. Member of European Association of Acarologists

Administrative Posts

  • Head of the Population Ecology Lab, Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland
  • Module Organiser: Statistical methods in environmental protection (01-N-MESTOCH)
  • Module Organiser: Ecological modelling (01-N-MODPROCEK)
  • Module Organiser: Monitoring of wildlife populations (01-MONPRZYR)