Department of Avian Biology and Ecology


Main Interests

  1. 2017 - to date: Head of Department of Avian Biology & Ecology, Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland

  2. 2017: associate professor

  3. 1.02.2015 - 31.08.2015: post-doc fellowship in Laboratory and Museum of Evolutionary Ecology, Department of Ecology, Faculty of Humanities and Natural Sciences, University of Prešov, Slovakia

  4. 2014: 3rd class Individual Award of the Rector of Adam Mickiewicz University for scientific achievements in 2013

  5. 1.10.2008 - 20.12.2008: post-doc fellowship in Department of Ecology, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Praha, Czech Republic

  6. 2008 - 2017: assistant professor in Department of Avian Biology and Ecology, A. Mickiewicz University

  7. 2014: Habilitation in Ecology, Adam Mickiewicz University

  8. 2004 - 2008: Ph.D. student, A. Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland. Ph.D. thesis: Population ecology of the White Stork Ciconia ciconia in Wielkopolska Region

  9. 1999 - 2004: study, environmental biology, A. Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland. MSc thesis: Modeling of the arrival of the White Stork Ciconia ciconia in Wielkopolka Region (west part of Poland)

  1. species distribution modeling

  2. surrogates of biodiversity

Head of Department (Kierownik Zakładu)

prof. UAM dr hab. Jakub Z. Kosicki



phone: ++ 48 61 829 56 15

  1. species richness and species distribution modeling

  2. machine learning technique in ecology

  3. habitat selection of animals

  4. agent-based models




  1. Kosicki J.Z., Hromada M. 2018. Cuckoo density as a predictor of functional and phylogenetic species richness in the predictive modelling approach: Extension of Tryjanowski and Morelli (2015) paradigm in the analytical context. Ecological Indicators (in press)

  2. Kosicki J.Z. 2018. Are landscape configuration metrics worth including when predicting specialist and generalist bird species density ? A case of the Generalised Additive Model approach. Environmental Modeling and Assessment (in press).

  3. Kaczmarek Ł., Kosicki J., Roszkowska M. 2018. Tardigrada of Bory Tucholskie National Park, Zaborski Landscape Park and their surroundings (Pomerania Province, Poland). Turkish Journal of Zoology 42: 6-17.


  1. Indykiewicz P., Podlaszczuk P., Surmacki A., Kudelska K., Kosicki J., Kamiński M., Minias P. 2017. Scale-of-choice effect in the assortative mating by multiple ornamental and non-ornamental characters in the black-headed gull. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 71: 183.

  2. Erdmann W., Idzikowski B., Kowalski W., Szymański B., Kosicki J.Z., Kaczmarek Ł. 2017. Can the tardigrade Hypsibius dujardini survive in the absence of the geomagnetic field? PLoS ONE 12(9): e0183380.

  3. Tworek S., Goławski A., Jobda M., Kosicki J.Z. 2017. The varying impact of agri-environment schemes on avifauna in two regions of Poland. Ornis Fennica 94: 101-112.

  4. Kosicki J.Z. 2017. Should topographic metrics be considered when predicting species density of birds on a large geographical scale? A case of Random Forest approach. Ecological Modelling 349: 76–85.


  1. Wilk T., Bobrek R., Pępkowska-Król A., Neubauer G., Kosicki J.Z. (red.) 2016. Ptaki polskich Karpat – stan, zagrożenia, ochrona. OTOP, Marki.

  2. Zawierucha K., Vonnahme T.R., Devetter M., Kolicka M., Ostrowska M., Chmielewski S., Kosicki J.Z. (2016): Area, depth and elevation of cryoconite holes in the Arctic do not influence Tardigrada densities. Polish Polar Research 37: 325–334.

  3. Kosicki J.Z., Zduniak P., Ostrowska M., Hromada M. (2016): Are predators negative or positive predictors of farmland bird species community on a large geographical scale ? Ecological Indicators 62: 259–270.  

  4. Zduniak P., Kosicki J.Z., Yosef R. Sexual aggression by intruders in Hooded Crow Corvus cornix. Acta Ethologica 19: 91–94..


  1. Zawierucha K., Cytan J., Smykla J., Wojczulanis-Jakubas K., Kaczarek Ł., Kosicki J.Z., Michalczyk Ł. (2015): Seabird guano boosts body size water bears (Tardigrada) inhibiting the Arctic tundra. Polar Biology 38: 579-582. 

  2. Kosicki J.Z., Stachura K., Ostrowska M., Rybska E. (2015): Complex species distribution models of Goldcrests and Firecrests densities in Poland: Are remote sensing-based predictors sufficient ? Ecological Research 30: 525-638.


  1. Juras A., Dabert M., Kushniarevich A., Malmstrom H., Raghavan R., Kosicki J.Z., Metspalu E., Willerslev E., Piontek J. (2014): Ancient DNA reveals matrilineal continuity in present-day Poland over the last two millennia. PLoS One 9(10): e110839. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0110839 

  2. Kosicki J.Z., Chylarecki P. Zduniak P. (2014): Factors affecting Common Quails Coturnix coturnix occurence in farmland of Poland: Is agriculture intensity important ? Ecologcial Research 29: 21-32. 

  3. Kosicki J.Z., Chylarecki P. (2014): The Hooded Crow Corvus cornix density as a predictor of wetland bird species richness on large geographical scale in Poland. Ecological Indicators 38: 50-60. 


  1. Gordo O., Tryjanowski O., Kosicki J., Fulin M. (2013): Complex phenological changes and their consequences in the breeding success of migratory bird, the white stork Ciconia ciconia. Journal of Animal Ecology 82: 1072-1086. 

  2. Kosicki J.Z., Chylarecki P. (2013): Predictive mapping of Meadow Pipit density using integrated remote sensing data with Atlas of Vascular Plants dataset. Bird Study 60: 500-508. 


  1. Kosicki J.Z., Chylarecki P. (2012): Effect of climate, topography and habitat on species-richness of breeding birds in Poland. Basic and Applied Ecology 13: 475-483. 

  2. Kosicki J.Z., Chylarecki P. (2012): Habitat selection of the Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana in Poland: Predictions from large-scale habitat elements. Ecological Research 27: 347-355. 

  3. Kosicki J.Z., Chylarecki P. (2012): Erratum to: Habitat selection of the Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana in Poland: Predictions from large-scale habitat elements. Ecological Research 27: 357. 

  4. Kosicki J.Z. (2012): Effect of weather conditions on nestling survival in the White Stork Ciconia ciconia population. Ethology Ecology & Evolution 24: 140-148. 


  1. Kosicki J.Z., Indykiewicz P. (2011): Effects of breeding date and weather on nestling development in White Storks Ciconia ciconia. Bird Study, 58: 178-185. 


  1. Kosicki J.Z. (2010): Reproductive succcess of the White Stork Ciconia ciconia population in intensively cultivated farmlands in western Poland. Ardeola, 57: 243-255. 


  1. Tryjanowski P., Kosicki J.Z., Kuzniak S., Sparks T.H. (2009): Long-term changes in, and breeding success in relation to, nesting structures used by the white stork Ciconia ciconia. Annales Zoologici Fennici 46: 34 - 38. 

  2. Surmacki A., Kosicki J.Z. (2009): Condition-dependent leg colour of nestling White Storks Ciconia ciconia. Ibis 151: 762 - 765. 


  1. Zduniak P., Kosicki J.Z., Gołdyn B. (2008): Un-paint it black Avian prey as a component of the diet of nestling Hooded Crows. Belg. J. Zool. 138: 85-89. 

  2. Goździk J., Cofta S., Piorunek T., Batura-Gabryel H., Kosicki J. (2008): Relationship between nutritional status and pilmonary function in Adult cystic fibrosis patients. Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology 59: 253-260. 

  3. Jerzak L., Knast M., Kolasińska M., Bocheński M., Czechowski P., Kosicki j.Z. (2008): Number, breeding density and nest sites of Magpie Pica pica in Zielona Góra in W-Poland in 2007 and 2008. [W:] Indykiewicz P., Jerzak L., Barczak y. (red.) Fauna Miast. Ochronić różnorodność biotyczną w miastach. pp. 440-447. Bydgoszcz.


  1. Kosicki J.Z., Sparks T.H., Tryjanowski P. (2007): House sparrows benefit from the conservation of white storks. Naturwissenschaften 5: 412-415. 

  2. Kosińska M., Kosicki J.Z. (2007): Applying the Classification and Regression Trees (CART) in Human Breeding Ecology. Application of Mathematics in Biology and Medicine: 67-72. 


  1. Tryjanowski P., Sparks T.H., Kosicki J.Z. (2006): The relationship between means and variances in avian reproductive success between local populations of white stork (Ciconia ciconia): reply to Moreno and Polo. Population Ecology 48: 174. 

  2. Kosicki J.Z., Profus P., Dolata P.T., Tobółka M. (2006): Food Composition and Energy Demand of the White Stork Ciconia ciconia. Literature Survey and Preliminary Results from Poland. [W:] The White Stork in Poland: studies in biology, ecology and conservation pp. 169 - 183. 

  3. Kosicki J.Z., Kuźniak S. (2006): Long-term Population Size and Productivity Dynamics of a Local White Stork Ciconia ciconia Population in Wielkopolska. [W:] The White Stork in Poland: studies in biology, ecology and conservation pp. 23-33. 


  1. Tryjanowski P., Sparks T.H., Jakubiec Z., Jerzak L., Kosicki J.Z., Kuźniak S., Profus P., Ptaszyk J., Wuczyński A. (2005): The relationship between population means and variances of reproductive success differs between local population of White Stork (Ciconia ciconia). Popul. Ecol. 47: 119-125. 

  2. Kuźniak S., Lorek G., Maćkowiak S., Kosicki J.Z. (2005): Gawron Corvus frugilegus na Ziemi Leszczyńskiej. [W:] Ptaki krukowate Polski. Wyd. nauk Bogucki pp. 641-654. 

  3. Pinowska B., Pinowski J., Kosicki J.Z. (2005): Zmiany liczebności gawronów Corvus frugilegus i wrony Corvus cornix pod wpływem urbanizacji w strefie podmiejskiej. [W:]Ptaki krukowate Polski. Wyd. nauk. Bogucki pp. 473-480. 


  1. Kosicki J., Sparks T., Tryjanowski P. (2004): Does arrival date influence autumn departure of the White Stork Ciconia ciconia? Ornis Fenn. 81: 91-95. 

  2. Tryjanowski P., Sparks T.H., Ptaszyk J., Kosicki J. (2004): Do White Storks Ciconia ciconia always profit from an early return to their breeding grounds? Bird Study 51: 222-227. 

  3. Olborska P., Kosicki J.Z. (2004): Breeding biology of the Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor): an analysis of nest record cards. Biological lett 41: 147-154. 


  1. Ptaszyk J., Kosicki J., Sparks T.H, Tryjanowski P. (2003): Changes in the timing and pattern of arrival of the White Stork Ciconia ciconia in western Poland. J. Ornithol. 144: 323-329.