Expertise & consulting:

Department of Invertebrate Zoology & Hydrobiology holds a team of some 20 scientists specializing in taxonomy, biology, ecology and biogeography of freshwater and marine invertebrates as well as diatoms.

We provide expertise and consulting in the following fields:

  1. Taxonomy and biogeography of invertebrates, particularly: oligochaetes (Oligochaeta), leaches (Hirudinea), polychaetes (Polychaeta), snails (Gastropoda) bivalves (Bivalvia), crustaceans (Crustacea), stoneflies (Plecoptera), mayflies (Ephemeroptera), damselflies and dragonflies (Odonata), true flies (Diptera), beetles (Coleoptera) as well as several other insect groups, echinoderms (Echinodermata) and diatoms (Bacillaiophyta) in fresh and marine waters, as well as in several terrestrial ecosystems.
  2. Central European fossil and subfossil tertiary and holocene fauna (crustaceans, molluscs, chironomids).
  3. Biodiversity of invertebrates in protected areas.
  4. Biological invasions in European inland and brackish waters (including the Baltic Sea).
  5. Life histories and ecology of freshwater, marine and selected terrestrial invertebrate species.
  6. Biotic and abiotic factors in shaping stream and riverine faunal communities.
  7. Biological classification of water quality (bioindication, ecological risk assessment)
  8. Ecological integrity of running waters.
  9. River typology (implementing European Water Framework Directive in Poland).
  10. Assessment of ecological status and potential in aquatic ecosystems.
  11. Environmental Impact Assessment according to EU standards.
  12. Oceanobiology, particularly biology and ecology of communities in Antarctic Ocean.