Uniwersytetu Poznańskiego 6; 61-614 Poznań Poland
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Major interests


  • Oribatid mites: their taxonomy and zoogeography - morphological and molecular analysis.
  • Evolutionary aspects of reproductive biology and life histories of crotonioid mites (Oribatida, Crotonioidea).
  • Badania nad roztoczami z grupy Crotonioidea (Acari, Oribatida) Nearktyki i poszukiwanie centrów ich filogenetycznego pochodzenia.
  • Impact of natural and anthropogenic perturbations on soil microarthropod communities.
  • Phylogenetic relationships in the superfamily Crotonioidea (Acari: Oribatida) characterised by parthenogenetic and sexual mode of reproduction: morphological - molecular analysis
  • A comprehensive study of moss mites from the groups Euptyctima and Crotonioidea (Acari, Oribatida) from Nearctic Region
  • Ecological-genetic analysis of interactions between the grass (Puccinellia distans), fungus (Epichloë typhina) and fly (Phorbia sp.).


Current projects



  • International project: „Einfluss von Kalkstickstoff auf die Mesofauna in Wiesenböden mit besonderer Berücksichtigung der Oribatiden." (nr 515256/919101, director: dr R. Ehrnsberger, Niemcy), 2005-2007 - main investigator.Project granted by KBN (nr 2 P04C 111 30).
  • „Phylogenetical relationships of mites of the superfamily Crotonioidea (Acari: Oribatida) with parthenogenetic and sexual type of breeding: morphological-taxonomic analysis", 2006-2009 - director.
  • Polish-German Cooperation Foundation, grant no. 4722/93,. "Complex investigation of the nature reserve Słońsk (localised near the place where the Warta river joins the Odra river) including hydrology, ornithology, parasitology, and ecology of the soil fauna and flora", realised in 1993-1997, one of many investigators.
  • International Grant "Tasmanian Rainforest Invertebrate Conservation Project", realised in 1993-1997, one of three investigators (dr Jerzy Błoszyk, prof. W. Niedbała).
  • Biodiversity of tropical forests (ALAS III submitted to the U.S. National Science Foundation) USA, Canada, Costa Rica International Grant "Arthropod biodiversity in a lowland tropical rainforest (Costa Rica)" (Scientific Director: Prof. John T. Longino, Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA, U.S.A), realised in 1997-2000, one of many investigators.
  • Polish-American Maria Skłodowska-Curie Foundation grant no. 311. "Investigation of the mites from the groups Euptyctima and Crotonioidea (Acari: Oribatida) of the Nearctic and an attempt at determination of the centres of their phylogenetic origin", realised in 1997-2000. One of three investigators (prof. W. Niedbała, prof. R.A. Norton).
  • Project granted by KBN "Knowledge of the Crotonioidea (Acari: Oribatida) selected regions of Southern Hemisphere and investigation of their dispersion.", 1994 - 1997 (director).
  • Project granted by KBN (nr 6 P04F 039 18) "Ecological-genetic analysis of the interaction betwenn the grass (Puccinellia distans), the fungus (Epichloë typhina) and the fly (Phorbia sp.)." (M. Lembicz - director), 2000-2003 - main investigator.
  • Research project of the Ministry of Education and Informatics Implementation, no. 2 P04C 011 29 "Taxonomic status of the mites of the family Trhypochthoniidae (Acari: Oribatida) on the basis of analysis of morphological and molecular analyses", granted on Sept. 2nd, 2005 chief investigator -Prof. dr hab. Wojciech Niedbała, investigator dr Z. Olszanowski, investigator Anetta Szywilewska, M.Sc., in realisation, the expected outcome - completion of a D.Sc. thesis.




  • Multiple awards of the Rector of the AMU for research achievements (1988, 1989, 1990, 1997, 2000).
  • Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Laboratoire Arago, Banyuls-sur-Mer, Francja, 1989, 1990.
  • State University of New York, Syracuse, USA, 1997.
  • Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, USA, 1998.
  • Mexico City, Lab. de Ecologia y Sistematica de Microarthropodos, Depto. Biologia Fac. Ciencias, UNAM, 1999.
  • Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, USA, 1999.
  • Costa Rica, La Selva Research Station, 2000.
  • Florencja, Istituto Sperimentale per la Zoologia Agraria, 2001.


International cooperation


  • State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, New York (USA) - Prof. R.A. Norton [taxonomy, biology and zoology of oribatid mites (Oribatida)].
  • Forest Biodiversity Network, Pacific Forestry Centre, (CANADA) - Dr. M. Clayton [taxonomy and biology of arboreal oribatid mites (Oribatida)].
  • Universität Osnabrück, Vechta, (F.R. Germany) - Dr. R. Ehrnsberger [oribatid mites (Oribatida) as hosts of tapeworms].