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Karolina Bącela-Spychalska

Karolina Bącela-Spychalska

Laboratory of Biogeography & Invertebrate Ecology
tel.: +42 635 42 96

Education & Present Position

since 2017: Associate professor in the Laboratory of Biogeography & Invertebrate Ecology, Department of Invertebrate Zoology & Hydrobiology, Faculty of Biology & Environmental Protection, University of Lodz

2015: habilitation (D.Sc.) in biological sciences (ecology), University of Lodz
Subject: Dispersal and intracellular parasites of invasive Ponto-Caspian gammarids (Amphipoda) in Europe

2007: Ph.D. in biological sciences (zoology), Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Hydrobiology, University of Lodz
Subject: Life history and feeding strategies of selected, alien gammarid species (Crustacea: Amphipoda) in Polish waters.

Scientific interests

- invasive species in Polish waters: biology, ecology and biogeography of amphipod crustaceans
– life histories of Amphipoda
– parasitism in biological invasions
– application of molecular methods in phylogeography, phylogeny and identification of organisms

Selected Publications

Kobak J., Poznanska M., Jermacz L., Kakareko T., Pradzynski D., Lodygowska M., Montowska K., Bacela-Spychalska K. 2016. Zebra mussel beds: an effective feeding ground for Ponto-Caspian gobies or suitable shelter for their prey? PeerJ 4:e2672 PDF

Blonska D., Grabowska J., Kobak J., Jermacz L., Bacela-Spychalska K. 2015. Feeding preferences of an invasive Ponto-Caspian goby for native and non-native gammarid prey. Freshwater Biology 60(10): 2187–2195 PDF request

Rewicz T., Wattier R., Grabowski M., Rigaud T., Bacela-Spychalska K. 2015. Out of the Black Sea: Phylogeography of the Invasive Killer Shrimp across Europe. PLoS ONE 10(2): e0118121. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0118121 PDF

Bacela-Spychalska K., Rigaud T., Wattier R. 2014. A co-invasive microsporidian parasite reduces the predatory behaviour of its invasive host Dikerogammarus villosus. Parasitology 141, 254–258. doi:10.1017/S0031182013001510 PDF request

Bacela-Spychalska K., Van der Velde G. 2013. There is more than one ‘killer shrimp': trophic positions and predatory abilities of invasive amphipods of Ponto-Caspian origin. Freshwater Biology 58: 730–741. doi:10.1111/fwb.12078 PDF request

Bacela-Spychalska K., Wattier R., Genton C., Rigaud T. 2012. Microsporidian disease of the invasive amphipod Dikerogammarus villosus and potentialities for its transfer to local invertebrate fauna. Biological Invasions 14:1831-1842 PDF request

Bacela K., Konopacka A., Grabowski M. 2009. Reproductive biology of Dikerogammarus haemobaphes - an invasive gammarid (Crustacea: Amphipoda) colonizing running waters in Central Europe. Biological Invasions 11(9): 2055-2066 PDF request

Grabowski M., Bacela K., Konopacka A., Jazdzewski K. 2009. Salinity-related distribution of alien amphipods in rivers provides refugia for native species. Biological Invasions 11(9): 2107-2117 PDF request

Van der Velde G., Leuven R.S.E.W., Platvoet D., Bacela K., Huijbregts M.A.J., Hendriks H.W.M., Kruijt D. 2009. Factors influencing predatory behaviour in an invasive gammaridean species, Dikerogammarus villosus and some related species. Biological Invasions 11(9): 2043-2054. PDF request

Grabowski M., Bacela K., Konopacka A. 2007. How to be an invasive gammarid (Amphipoda: Gammaroidea) – comparison of life history traits. Hydrobiologia 590: 75-84. PDF

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Research fellowships

XI 2011: Scientific stage in Equipe Ecologie Evolutive, Biogeosciences, Universite de Bourgogne, France, funded by Government of France. Subject: Microsporidia infecting invasive gamarids.

XI 2010: Scientific stage in Equipe Ecologie Evolutive, Biogeosciences, Universite de Bourgogne, France, funded by Foundation for Polish Science. Subject: Genetic diversity witin Gammarus roeselii group.

II 2008-I 2009: post-doc position in Equipe Ecologie Evolutive, Biogeosciences, Universite de Bourgogne, Dijon, France, supervised by professor Thierry Rigaud. Subject: Parasitism and biological invasion: the way of controlling the invasive species population dynamics or another danger for native fauna? funded by Conseil Regional de Bourgogne, France

X-XII 2007: Scientific stage in Equipe Ecologie Evolutive, Biogeosciences, Universite de Bourgogne, France, supervised by Dr Remi Wattier.
Application of molecular methods In identification of intracellular parasites infecting amphipods (Crustacea, Amphipoda). Founded by Egide, France

IX 2006: Scientific stage in Department of Animal Ecology and Ecophysiology, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands in cooperation with professor Gerard van der Velde. Subject: Trophic position of invasive gammaridean crustaceans assessed by stable isotope analysis.

Scientific Expeditions

2016: Southern Italy, Sicily (Periadriatic Expedition III)

2012: Republic of Macedonia (Amphi-Balkan Expedition VI)

2011: Greece (Amphi-Balkan Expedition V)

2011: Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Germany (Alpine Lake Survey)

2010: Germany, Netherlands (Central Invasion Corridor Expedition II)

2009: Ukraine (Central Invasion Corridor Expedition I)

2008: FYR Macedonia, Greece (Amphi-Balkan Expedition IV)

2007: Bulgaria, Serbia, Turkey, Romania (Amphi-Balkan Expedition III)

2007 (III-V): Polish Antarctic IPY Expedition 2007 to Admiralty Bay (South Shetland Islands) and Atlantic Cruise on m/v Polar Pioneer

2006: Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia & Hercegovina (Amphi-Balkan Expedition II)

2005: Romania, Bulgaria (Amphi-Balkan Expedition I)

National Research Projects (last 5 years)

2016-2019: Ecology of fear of invasive organisms. Are Ponto-Caspian gammarids (Crustacea, Amhipoda) less susceptible to predator-induced stress? (investigator)

2013-2016: Habitat preferences of Ponto-Caspian gammarids (Crustacea, Amphipoda), invasive in European waters / National Science Center grant (investigator)

2012-2017: Testing invasional meltdown hypothesis with the Ponto-Caspian exotic community in inland Polish waters as a model system / National Science Center grant (head)

2010-2013: Co-phylogeography of the invasive amphipod Dikerogammarus villosus and its intracellular parasite Cucumispora dikerogammari / Polish Ministry of Sciences and Higher Education grant (head)

2010-2013: Cryptic diversity and phylogeography of amphipods from “Gammarus roeselii” and “G. balcanicus” groups in Europe / Polish Ministry of Sciences and Higher Education grant (investigator)

2008-2011: Geaographical range extension of parasites infecting invasive gammarids (Gammaroidea, Amphipoda) along central migration corridor for Ponto-Caspian hydrobionts. funded by the Polish State Committee on Scientific Research (investigator)

2007-2010: Biogeographic aspects of alien Malacostraca (Crustacea) invasions in Polish waters. funded by the Polish State Committee on Scientific Research (investigator)

International Research Projects (last 5 years)

2012-2013: CRYPTOGAM: Level and determinant of cryptic diversity in four Gammarus morpho-species (Amphipoda) with contrasting biogeographic distribution and history / Bourgogne Conseil Regional grant (investigator)

IV 2008-X 2008: Salinity toxicity as a barrier to prevent transfers of high-risk species to Great Lakes. Research project carried out by Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), USA in collaboration with University of Michigan and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); (contracted researcher)

2007-2009: European Commission Sixth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development Integrated Project ?ALARM – Assessing Large-scale environmental Risks with tested Methods? as a PhD student of an Associated Partner, which is Department of Invertebrate Zoology & Hydrobiology, University of Lodz.

2005-2006: Invasion of Polish fresh waters by the Ponto-Caspian gammarid, Dikerogammarus villosus (Crustacea, Amphipoda): population genetics and identification of associated parasites – EGIDE-POLONIUM Programme. In collaboration with Equipe Ecologie Evolutive, UMR CNRS 5561 Biogeosciences, Universite de Bourgogne, France

Scientific Commitees, Societies, Research Networks etc.

since 2005: partner of the 6th FP “Delivering Alien Invasive Inventories for Europe – DAISIE”