December 2017

November 2017

  • Michela Corsini has secured her own doctoral NCN Preludium grant on the impact of food availability on avian reproduction in a gradient of urbanisation. Her proposal has been ranked #2 out of all submitted applications in the panel. Congratulations!
  • Marta Szulkin will be the invited speaker to symposium 63: Evolution in an Urbanizing World at the joint SSE Evolution / ESEB conference in Montpellier, France. You can submit abstracts to the symposium here!

August 2017

  • Marion Chatelain has secured CeNT funding to carry-out a side project supplementing her POLONEZ fellowship. She will focus on trace metal exposure of passerine birds in replicate urban gradients, in collaboration with Arnaud Da Silva. Her proposal has been ranked #1 out of all submitted applications. Congratulations!
  • Welcome to Irene di Lecce! Irene will be joining us in the autumn as doctoral student, starting on the 1st of October 2017. Her research will focus on promiscuity in the Anthropocene.
  • Congratulations to Michela Corsini, author of the lab’s first research paper using data from two study sites in Warsaw. Her article is now available in Frontiers in Ecology & Evolution.
  • An outline of speakers for next year’s Warsaw Seminars in Ecology & Evolution, organised in collaboration with Magdalena Niedzialkowska from the Mammal Research Institute in Bialowieza (Polish Academy of Sciences), is now available here!

July 2017

End of field season party! Many thanks to the field work team who valiantly collected data throughout the breeding season – by the end of June, we recorded 221 blue tit and great tit breeding events in nestboxes and 50 in natural cavities. Due to a large number of second clutches, nest monitoring is extended till July.

Fieldwork team (from left to right): Marion Chatelain, Anna Dubiec, Michela Corsini, Joanna Sudyka, Arnaud Da Silva, Marta Celej, Lucyna Wojas, Ajsa Alagic, Michal Walesiak, Michal Adamowicz, Elisavet Zagkle, Marta Szulkin.

April 2017

The first clutches of the season hatched on the 27th of April (great tit broods), despite cold weather throughout the month.

We are now on track to monitor environmental variability at the nestbox level across a large suite of environmental axes. These include ground collected data such as human presence or trace metal concentration, but also remotely sensed information such as:

  • within- and between- site variation in biomass availability:

Collaboration: Przemyslaw Żelazowski (Centre of New Technologies, University of Warsaw)



  • within- and between- site variation in light pollution levels:

Collaboration: Arnaud Da Silva / Andrzej Kotarba (Space Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences)




March 2017

Welcome to Joanna Sudyka and to Lucyna Wojas! Joanna is starting as OPUS grant post-doctoral researcher, while Lucyna will join the lab as field & lab technician.

February 2017

500 nestboxes are now up! Thank you to everyone who helped out – all the way from a natural forest to Warsaw city centre:








November 2016

We are delighted to announce that our OPUS grant application: Tit extra-pair mating in the Anthropocene: from life in a primeval forest to life in the city has been accepted for funding by the National Science Centre (PI: Marta Szulkin). The project will start in spring 2017.

Marta Szulkin and Anne Charmantier (CEFE CNRS Montpellier) will be organising a symposium on “Urban Evolution” at the 2017 Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB), which will take place 20-25 August in Groningen, the Netherlands. To submit an abstract for the symposium, please follow the guidelines available here.

September 2016

Welcome to Arnaud Da Silva! Arnaud recently completed his PhD in the Max Plank Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen, Germany, and will be starting a postdoctoral position in ecological genomics in our lab on the 1st of October 2016.

Welcome to Marion Chatelain! Marion is starting her Polonez NCN Fellowship on the 1st of October 2016. She will be moving from Pierre et Marie Curie University in Paris, France, to study the effects of trace metals and oxidative stress in a gradient of urbanisation.

July 2016

13.07.2016. The last brood of the season was ringed today! Overall, we monitored 98 nests (egg stage onwards) and 3 study sites: an urban park, a cemetery and a protected forest. 38% of these nests were made by great tits, and 62% by blue tits. Both species will be monitored throughout the duration of the project, and it remains to be seen whether their occurrence will remain constant in time. We are planning to launch up to 4 additional study sites in the autumn, totaling c. 550 nestboxes in a gradient of urbanisation.

Sincere thanks to those who participated in field work: Marta Celej, Michela Corsini, Anna Dubiec, Fatima Hayatli, Karol Kobiałka, Justyna Kubacka and Marta Szulkin.


May 2016

  • A 2+2 Postdoctoral position in ecological genomics, to start in September / October 2016 is now open. More details are available here.
  • Congratulations to Dr Marion Chatelain, currently at the Universite Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, who has just been awarded an NCN Polonez Fellowship, funded through Marie Curie Actions, to join us for two years and starting in September 2016. Marion will be working on trace metal effects on wild great tit oxidative stress and fitness in a gradient of urbanisation. Welcome to the lab!
  • The first clutch of the project hatched conveniently on the 1st of May 2016 – a date we will all remember!


April 2016

The first eggs are here! The earliest lay date was on the 9th of April for blue tits and 11th of April for great tits.

March 2016

Over 300 nestboxes are now up! This is the end of the first stage of our experimental setup (more nestboxes will be put up in the fall of 2016). Thank you to all for helping out in the field – new great tit homes are now part of the urban public space…

February 2016

Welcome to Karol Kobialka and Michela Corsini, joining the lab this month! Karol will be managing field and lab work, while Michela is starting her PhD on the 1st of March.