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Professor
Jan R.E.Taylor
phone (+48 85) 745-73-21

Research staff

Professor Marek Konarzewski, phone (+48 85) 745-73-28
leave: Polish Embassy in Washington


Andrzej Gębczyński, Ph.D., phone (+48 85) 745-73-27
Paweł Brzęk, Ph.D., phone (+48 85) 745-73-84
Adam Hermaniuk, M.Sc., phone (+48 85) 745-73-29
Łukasz Ołdakowski, M.Sc., phone (+48 85) 745-73-03
Julita Sadowska, M.Sc., phone (+48 85) 745-73-28


Technical research assistants

Małgorzata Lewoc, M.Sc., phone (+48 85) 745-73-26
Bogusław Lewończuk, M.Sc., phone (+48 85) 745-73-26


Research interests

Functional ecology, evolutionary ecology and eco-physiology of vertebrates. In particular:
  • Evolution of physiological constraints on energy budgets and body size (J. Taylor, M. Konarzewski, and others).
  • Relationship between body size, genome size, cell size, metabolic rate and growth rate (M. Konarzewski, J. Taylor, A. Hermaniuk).
  • Quantitative and molecular genetics of metabolic rates (M. Konarzewski, P. Brzęk, A. Gębczyński).
  • Phenotypic plasticity of post-embryonic development (P. Brzęk, M. Konarzewski).
  • Physiological and evolutionary ecology of ageing (P. Brzęk, M. Konarzewski).
  • Geographic variation of body size and Bergmann's rule (J. Taylor, Ł. Ołdakowski).
About our research:
  • J.G. Swallow et al., 2009, "Selection experiments and experimental evolution...", the chapter in: "Experimental Evolution. Concepts, Methods, and Applications of Selection Experiments", T. Garland and M. R. Rose (eds.) [PDF]
  • "National Geographic", Polish edition, No. 5, 2006 [PDF]
  • "Gazeta Wyborcza", 29 June 2009 [PDF]
Publications

(since 1999)

Maciak. S., Bonda-Ostaszewska E., Czarnołęski M., Konarzewski M., Kozłowski J. 2014. Mice divergently selected for high and low basal metabolic rates evolved different cell size and organ mass. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, doi: 10.1111/jeb.12306. [PDF]

Dlugosz E.M., Chappell M.M., Meek T.H., Szafrańska P.A., Zub K., Konarzewski M., Jones J.H., Eduardo J., Bicudo P.W., Nespolo R.F., Careau V., Garland T. 2013. Phylogenetic analysis of mammalian maximal oxygen consumption during exercise. Journal of Experimental Biology 21: 4712-4721. [PDF]

Taylor J.R.E. 2013. Dolina Biebrzy, teren przyrodniczo niezwykły. In: J.R.E. Taylor (ed.), Tajemnice doliny Biebrzy. Eseje naukowe o zwierzątach i roślinach, Trans Humana: 9-21.

Taylor J.R.E. 2013. Ryjówki - życie na wysokich obrotach. In: J.R.E. Taylor (ed.), Tajemnice doliny Biebrzy. Eseje naukowe o zwierzątach i roślinach, Trans Humana: 80-88.

Taylor J.R.E. 2013. Jak samce batalionów zdobywają względy samic. In: J.R.E. Taylor (ed.), Tajemnice doliny Biebrzy. Eseje naukowe o zwierzątach i roślinach, Trans Humana: 107-115.

Taylor J.R.E. 2013. Aktywność naukowa pracowników Instytutu Biologii Uniwersytetu w Białymstoku w dolinie Biebrzy. In: J.R.E. Taylor (ed.), Tajemnice doliny Biebrzy. Eseje naukowe o zwierzątach i roślinach, Trans Humana: 220-228.

Hermaniuk A. 2013. Żaba wodna - krótka historia zakazanej miłości. In: J.R.E. Taylor (ed.), Tajemnice doliny Biebrzy. Eseje naukowe o zwierzątach i roślinach, Trans Humana: 123-130. [PDF]

Konarzewski M., Zub K., Szafrańska P. A., Wieczorek M., Książek A. 2013. Być albo nie być (dużym). Mikroewolucja rozmiarów ciała norników północnych. In: J.R.E. Taylor (ed.), Tajemnice doliny Biebrzy. Eseje naukowe o zwierzątach i roślinach, Trans Humana: 65-71.

P. A. Szafrańska, K. Zub, M. Konarzewski. 2013. Seasonal variation of resting metabolic rate and body mass in free-living weasels Mustela nivalis. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 86(6):791–798. [PDF]

Taylor J.R.E. (Ed.). 2013. Tajemnice doliny Biebrzy. Eseje naukowe o zwierzętach i roślinach. Trans Humana, Białystok. 243 pp.

Zub K., Fletcher Q.E., Szafrańska P.A., Konarzewski M. 2013. Male weasels decrease activity and energy expenditure in response to high ambient temperatures. PLOS ONE 8(8), e72646. [PDF]

Brzosko E., Wróblewska A., Jermakowicz E., Hermaniuk A. 2013. High level of genetic variation within clonal orchid Goodyera repens. Plant. Syst. Evol., DOI 10.1007/s00606-013-0817-7. [PDF]

Starostova Z., Konarzewski M., Kozłowski J., Kratochvil L. 2013. Ontogeny of metabolic rate and red blood cell size in eyelid geckos: species follow different paths. PLoS ONE 8(5): e64715, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0064715. [PDF]

Hermaniuk A., Pruvost N.B.M., Kierzkowski P., Ogielska M. 2013. Genetic and cytogenetic characteristics of pentaploidy in water frogs. Herpetologica 69(1): 36-45.

Konarzewski M., Książek A. 2013. Determinants of intra-specific variation in basal metabolic rate. J. Comp. Physiol. B 183: 27-41. [PDF]

Chappell M.A., Szafrańska P.A., Zub K., Konarzewski M. 2013. The energy cost of voluntary running in the weasel Mustela nivalis. Journal of Experimental Biology 216: 578-586. [PDF]

Brzęk P., Ciminari M.E., Kohl K.D., Lessner K., Karasov W.H., Caviedesi-Vidal E. 2013. Effect of age and diet composition on activity of pancrestic enzymes in birds. Journal of Comparative Physiology B, DOI: 10.1007/s00360-012-0731-2. [PDF]

Sadowska J., Gębczyński A. K, Konarzewski M. 2013. Basal metabolic rate is positively correlated with parental investment in laboratory mice. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2012.2576. [PDF]

Taylor J.R.E., Rychlik L., Churchfield S. 2013. Winter reduction in body mass in a very small, nonhibernating mammal: consequences for heat loss and metabolic rates. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 86: 9-18. [PDF]

Rychlik L., Churchfield S., Taylor J.R.E., Kardynia P., Ołdakowski Ł. 2012. Live-trapping small mammals under snow: a protocol for maximising captures and minimising mortality. Polish Journal of Ecology 60: 621-628. [PDF].

Kloch A., Baran K., Buczek M., Konarzewski M., Radwan J. 2012. MHC influences infection with parasites and winter survival in the root vole Microtus oeconomus. Evolutionary Ecology, doi: 10.1007/s10682-012-9611-1. [PDF]

Brzęk P., Książek A., Dobrzyń A., Konarzewski M. 2012. Effect of dietary restriction on metabolic, anatomic and molecular traits in mice depends on the initial level of basal metabolic rate. Journal of Experimental Biology 215, 3191-3199. [PDF]

McDevitt A.D., Oliver M.K., Piertney S.B., Szafrańska P.A., Konarzewski M., Zub K. 2012. Individual variation in dispersal associated with phenotype influences fine-scale genetic structure in weasels. Conserv. Genet., doi: 10.1007/s10592-012-0376-4. [PDF]

Ołdakowski Ł., Piotrowska Ż., Chrząścik K.M., Sadowska E.T., Koteja P., Taylor J.R.E. 2012. Is reproduction costly? No increase of oxidative damage in breeding bank voles. Journal of Experimental Biology 215, 1799-1805. [PDF]

Zub K., Piertney S., Szafrańska P.A., Konarzewski M. 2012. Environmental and genetic influences on body mass and resting metabolic rates (RMR) in a natural population of weasel Mustela nivalis. Molecular Ecology, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2011.05436.x. [PDF]

Churchfield S., Rychlik L., Taylor J.R.E. 2012. Food resources and foraging habits of the common shrew, Sorex araneus: does winter food shortage explain Dehnel's phenomenon? Oikos 121: 1593-1602. [PDF]

Książek A., Konarzewski M. 2012. Effect of Dietary Restriction on Immune Response of Laboratory Mice Divergently Selected for Basal Metabolic Rate. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 85(1): 51-61. [PDF]

Brzęk P., Kohl K.D., Caviedes-Vidal E., Karasov W.H. 2011. Fully reversible phenotypic plasticity of digestive physiology in young house sparrows: lack of long-term effect of early diet composition. Journal of Experimental Biology 214: 2755-2760. [PDF]

Maciak S., Janko K., Kotusz J., Choleva L., Boron A., Juchno D., Kujawa R., Kozłowski J., Konarzewski M. 2011. Standard Metabolic Rate (SMR) is inversely related to erythrocyte and genome size in allopolyploid fish of the Cobitis taenia hybrid complex. Functional Ecology 25: 1072-1078. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2011.01870.x. [PDF]

Kohl K.D., Brzęk P., Caviedes-Vidal E., Karasov W.H. 2011. Pancreatic and Intestinal Carbohydrases Are Matched to Dietary Starch Level in Wild Passerine Birds. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 84(2): 195-203. [PDF]

Gębczyński A.K., Konarzewski M. 2011. Effects of oxygen availability on maximum aerobic performance in Mus musculus selected for basal metabolic rate or aerobic capacity. The Journal of Experimental Biology 214: 1714-1720. [PDF]

Köhler A., Sadowska J., Olszewska J., Trzeciak P., Berger-Tal O., Tracy C. R. 2011. Staying warm or moist? Operative temperature and thermal preferences of common frogs (Rana temporaria), and effects on locomotion. Herpetological Journal 21: 17-26. [PDF]

Zub K., Szafrańska P.A., Konarzewski M., Speakman J.R. 2010. Effect of energetic constraints on distribution and winter survival of weasel males. Journal of Animal Ecology doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2010.01762.x. [PDF]

Maciak S., Konarzewski M. 2010. Repeatability of standard metabolic rate (SMR) in a small fish, the spined loach (Cobitis taenia). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A 157: 136-141. [PDF]

Brzęk P., Caviedes-Vidal C., Hoefer K., Karasov W.H. 2010. Effect of age and diet on total and paracellular glucose absorption in nestling House Sparrows. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 83(3): 501-511. [PDF]

Brzęk P., Lessner K.M., Caviedes-Vidal C., Karasov W.H. 2010. Low plasticity in digestive physiology constrains feeding ecology in diet specialist, zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata). Journal of Experimental Biology 213: 798-807. [PDF]

Brzęk P., Kohl K., Caviedes-Vidal E., Karasov W.H. 2009. Developmental adjustments of house sparrow (Passer domesticus) nestlings to diet composition. Journal of Experimental Biology 212: 1284-1293. [PDF]

Ołdakowski Ł. 2009. Czy kret europejski Talpa europaea podąża za regułą Bergmana?. Ogólnopolska konferencja Teriologiczna (10.2009 Poznań): Poznać i ochronić różnorodność ssaków w Polsce: 7-9.

Gaston K.J., Cown S.L., Calosi P., Bernardo J., Bilton D.T., Clarke A., Clusella-Trullas S., Ghalambor C., Konarzewski M. et al. 2009. Macrophysiology: A Conceptual Reunification. American Naturalist 174(5): 595-612. [PDF]

Gębczyński A.K., Konarzewski M. 2009. Metabolic correlates of selection on aerobic capacity in laboratory mice: a test of the model for the evolution of endothermy. J. Exp. Biol. 212: 2872-2878. [PDF]

Starostova Z., Kubicka L., Konarzewski M., Kozłowski J., Kratochvil L. 2009. Cell size but not genome size affects scaling of metabolic rate in Eyelid Geckos. American Naturalist 174(3), DOI: 10.1086/603610. [PDF]

Gębczyński A.K., Konarzewski M. 2009. Locomotor activity of mice divergently selected for basal metabolic rate: a test of hypotheses on the evolution of endothermy. J. Evol. Biol. 22: 1212-1220. [PDF]

Zub K., Szafrańska P.A., Konarzewski M., Redman P., Speakman J.R. 2009. Trade-offs between activity and thermoregulation in a small carnivore, the least weasel Mustela nivalis. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2008.1936. [PDF]

Książek A., Czerniecki J., Konarzewski M. 2009. Phenotypic flexibility of traits related to energy acquisition in mice divergently selected for basal metabolic rate (BMR). Journal of Experimental Biology 212: 808-814. [PDF]

Banaszek A., Taylor J.R.E., Ochocińska D., Chętnicki W. 2009. Robertsonian polymorphism in the common shrew (Sorex araneus L.) and selective advantage of heterozygotes as indicated by higher maximum metabolic rates. Heredity 102: 155-162. [PDF]

Siwak P., Hermaniuk A., Chętnicki W. 2008. Płazy Suwalskiego Parku Krajobrazowego. Parki nar. Rez. Przyr. 27: 109-125.

Gębczyński A.K. 2008. Nonshivering thermogenesis capacity versus basal metabolic rate in laboratory mice. Journal of Thermal Biology 33: 250-254.

Bartkowska K., Djavadian R.L., Taylor J.R.E., Turlejski K. 2008. Generation recruitment and death of brain cells throughout the life cycle of Sorex shrews (Lipotyphla). European Journal of Neuroscience 27: 1710-1721. [PDF]

Brzęk P., Bielawska K., Książek A., Konarzewski M. 2007. Anatomic and molecular correlates of divergent selection for basal metabolic rate in laboratory mice. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 80: 401-499. [PDF]

Brzęk P., Konarzewski M. 2007. Relationship between avian growth rate and immune response depends on food availability. The Journal of Experimental Biology 210: 2361-2367. [PDF]

Szafrańska P.A., Zub K., Konarzewski M. 2007. Long-term repeatability of body mass and resting metabolic rate in free-living weasels, Mustela nivalis. Functional Ecology 21: 731-737. [PDF]

Mikołuszko W. 2007. Wciąż jesteśmy łowcami i zbieraczami (an interview with Prof. Marek Konarzewski). National Geographic Polska, maj 2007 (in Polish). [PDF]

Konarzewski M. (text), Andrejczuk C. (photos) 2007. Symfonia bagien. National Geographic Polska, kwiecień 2007 (in Polish). [PDF]

Hermaniuk A., Chętnicki W., Sidoruk K., Siwak P., Marzec M. 2006. Płazy Parku Krajobrazowego Puszczy Rominckiej. Parki nar. Rez. Przyr. 25: 95-112.

Konarzewski M. 2006. Evolution of human nature. Archeus 7: 23-37 (in Polish with English summary). [PDF]

Szafrańska P.A., Zub K., Konarzewski M. 2006. To be or not to be... a small. Kosmos 55 (1): 75-82 (in Polish with English summary). [PDF]

Konarzewski M. 2006. Epidemics of obesity. Nauka 4: 85-96 (in Polish with English summary). [PDF]

Gębczyński A. K. 2006. Patterns of ultradian rhythms of activity and metabolic rate in relation to average daily energy expenditure in root voles. Acta Theriologica 51: 345-352.

Konarzewski M., Książek A., Łapo I. B. 2005. Artificial selection on metabolic rates and related traits in rodents. Integrative and Comparative Biology 45: 416-425. [PDF]

Kozłowski J., Konarzewski M. 2005. West, Brown and Enquist`s model allometric scaling again: the same questions remain. Functional Ecology 19: 739-743. [PDF]

Ochocińska D., Taylor J.R.E. 2005. Living at the physiological limits: field and maximum metabolic rates of the Common Shrew (Sorex araneus). Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 78(5): 808-818. [PDF]

Gębczyński A.K. 2005. Daily variation of thermoregulatory costs in laboratory mice selected for high and low basal metabolic rate. Journal of Thermal Biology 30: 187-193.

Konarzewski M. 2005. Na początku był głód. Państwowy Instytut Wydawniczy. [notka]

Łoban A., Hermaniuk A., Chętnicki W., Kuklo E., Siwak P. 2004. Płazy Parku Krajobrazowego Pojezierza Iławskiego. Parki nar. Rez. Przyr. 23: 607-628.

Sidoruk K., Hermaniuk A., Chętnicki W. 2004. Wstępna ocena potencjalnych miejsc występowania i rozrodu płazów na terenie powiatu Ełk. In: Kistowski M., Mosdorf M., (eds.). Zasoby i zagrożenia środowiska przyrodniczego w powiecie ełckim i mieście Niemczyn. Raport 2004. Wydawnictwo Wyższej Szkoły Finansów i Zarządzania w Białymstoku, Białystok: 96-99.

Czerwiec A., Sidoruk K., Chętnicki W., Hermaniuk A. 2004. Płazie Eldorado - czyli, które miejsca trzeba chronić w powiecie ełckim. In: Kistowski M., Mosdorf M., (eds.). Zasoby i zagrożenia środowiska przyrodniczego w powiecie ełckim i mieście Niemczyn. Raport 2004. Wydawnictwo Wyższej Szkoły Finansów i Zarządzania w Białymstoku, Białystok: 100-108.

Książek A., Konarzewski M., Łapo I.B. 2004. Anatomic and Energetic Correlates of Divergent Selection for Basal Metabolic Rate in Laboratory Mice. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 77(6): 890-899. [PDF]

Brzęk P., Konarzewski M. 2004. Effect of refeeding on growth, development and behavior of undernourished bank swallow (Riparia riparia) nestlings. The Auk 121: 1187-98. [PDF]

Kozłowski J., Konarzewski M. 2004. Is West, Brown and Enquist's model of allometric scaling mathematically correct and biologically relevant? Functional Ecology 18: 283-289. [PDF]

Gębczyński A. K., Taylor J. R. E. 2004. Daily variation of body temperature,locomotor activity and maximum nonshivering thermogenesis in two species of small rodents. Journal of Thermal Biology 29: 123-131. [PDF]

Ochocińska D., Taylor J. R. E. 2003. Bergmann's rule in shrews: geographical variation of body size in Palearctic Sorex species. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 78: 365-381. [PDF]
A note published in the National Geographic (2006 No 5; Polish edition) [PDF].

Ochocińska D. 2003. Próby interpretacji ekogeograficznej reguły Bergmanna. Wiadomości Ekologiczne XLIX: 115-134.

Łapo I. B., Konarzewski M., Sadowski B. 2003. Differential metabolic capacity of mice selected for magnitude of swim stress-induced analgesia. Journal of Applied Physiology 94: 677-684.

Łapo I. B., Konarzewski M., Sadowski B. 2003. Effect of cold acclimation and repeated swimming on opioid and nonopioid swim stress-induced analgesia in selectively bred mice. Physiology and Behavior 78: 345-350. [PDF]

Łapo I., Konarzewski M., Sadowski B. 2003. Analgesia induced by swim stress: interaction between analgesis and termoregulatory mechanisms. Pflugers Archive - European Journal of Physiology 446: 463-469. [PDF]

Kozłowski J., Konarzewski M., Gawelczyk A. T. 2003. Intraspecific body size optimization produces interspecific allometries. In: T.M. Blackburn, K. J. Gaston (eds), Macroecology: Reconciling Divergent Perspectives on Large Scale Ecological Patterns, Blackwell Publishing, pp 299-320.

Kozłowski J., Konarzewski M., Gawelczyk A. T. 2003. Cell size as a link between noncoding DNA and metabolic rate scaling. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the USA 24: 14080-14085. [PDF]

Książek A., Konarzewski M., Chadzińska M., Cichoń M. 2003. Costs of immune response in cold-stressed laboratory mice selected for high and low basal metabolism rates. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 270: 2025-2031. [PDF]

Gębczyński A. K. 2003. Czy ssaki są stałocieplne. Wiadomości Ekologiczne 49: 261-272.

Gębczyński A. K. 2003. The food demand in the nest of Wilson`s storm petrel. Polish Polar Research, 24: 127-131.

Łapo I.B., Konarzewski M., Sadowski B. 2003. Differential metabolic capacity of mice selected for magnitude of swim stress-induced analgesia. J. Appl. Physiol. 94: 677-784. [PDF]

Gliwicz J., Taylor J. R. E. 2002. Comparing life histories of shrews and rodents. Acta Theriologica 47: 185-208. [PDF]

Cichoń M., Chadzińska, M. Książek A., Konarzewski M. 2002. Delayed effects of cold stress on immune response in laboratory mice. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 269: 1493-1497. [PDF]

Brzęk P., Konarzewski M. 2001. Effect of food shortage on the physiology and competitive abilities of sand martin (Riparia riparia) nestlings. Journal of Experimental Biology, 204: 3065-3074. [PDF]

Konarzewski M. 2001. Pochwała gorączki, kataru i biegunki. Gazeta Wyborcza. Magazyn nr 48 z 16.08.2001.

Diamond J. 2000. Armaty, stal i maszyny. Prószyński i Ska. Tłumaczenie- M. Konarzewski.

Korol A., Rashkovetsky E., Iliadi K., Michalak P., Ronin Y., Nevo E. 2000. Nonrandom mating in Drosophila melanogaster laboratory populations derived from closely adjacent ecologically contrasting slopes at "Evolution Canyon". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 97: 12637-12642.

Konarzewski M. 2000. Kontrasty filogenetyczne: przełom w metodach porównawczych? Wiadomości Ekologiczne 46: 21-37.

Konarzewski M. 2000. Mięso nasze powszednie. Gazeta Wyborcza. Magazyn nr 21 z 17.08.200.

Konarzewski M., Starck J.M. 2000. Effects of food shortage and oversupply on energy utilization, histology, and function of the gut in nestling song thrushes (Turdus philomelos). Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 73: 416-427. [PDF]

Konarzewski M., Gavin A., McDevitt R., Wallis I.R. 2000. Metabolic and organ mass responses to selection for high growth rates in the domestic chicken (Gallus domesticus). Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 73: 237-248.

Gębczyński A. K., Jadwiszczak P. 2000. Importance of fat reserves in Wilson’s storm petrel chicks. Ornis Fennica 77: 71-76.

Konarzewski M. 1999. O naturze bratobójstwa. Gazeta Wyborcza, Magazyn nr 44.

Sadowski B., Konarzewski M. 1999. Analgesia in selectively bred mice exposed to cold in helium/oxygen atmosphere. Physiology & Behavior 66: 145-151.

Brzęk P. 1999. V spotkanie doktorantów biologii ewolucyjnej (Umea, Szwecja, 24-26 III 1999). Wiadomości Ekologiczne 45: 366-368.

Brzęk P. 1999. XIII warsztaty na temat "Ekologia ewolucyjna i zagadnienia pokrewne" (Warszawa, 16 I 1999). Wiadomości Ekologiczne 45: 286-288.

Older works

Taylor J.R.E. 1998. Evolution of energetic strategies in shrews. In: The evolution of shrews, J.M. Wójcik, M. Wolsan (eds), Mammal Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences, Białowieza: 309-346. [PDF]



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