Katarzyna Wojczulanis-Jakubas

Katarzyna Wojczulanis-Jakubas
University of Gdansk | UG · Department of Vertebrate Zoology

PhD

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January 2016 - June 2016
University of Gdansk
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
November 2007 - present
University of Gdansk
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  • PostDoc Position

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Publications (146)
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Foraging ecology of chick rearing seabirds is affected mainly by the food availability on feeding grounds, but it can be also modulated by environmental conditions during the foraging trip, in that wind force. Considering predicted strengthening of surface winds over the Arctic Ocean, this factor may have a growing impact on the foraging performanc...
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Studies on time allocation of various activities are crucial to understand which behavioural strategy is the most profitable in a given context, and so why animals behave in a particular way. Such investigations usually focus on a time window when the studied activity is performed, often neglecting how the time devoted to focal activity affects tim...
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Since the last Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) effort to review biological effects of mercury (Hg) on Arctic biota in 2011 and 2018, there has been a considerable number of new Arctic bird studies. This review article provides contemporary Hg exposure and potential health risk for 36 Arctic seabird and shorebird species, represent...
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Global warming, combined with an increasing influence of Atlantic Waters in the European Arctic, are causing a so-called Atlantification of the Arctic. This phenomenon is affecting the plankton biomass and communities with potential consequences for the upper trophic levels. Using long-term data (2005-2020) from a high Arctic zooplanktivorous seabi...
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Measuring changes in surface body temperature (specifically in eye-region) in vertebrates using infrared thermography is increasingly applied for detection of the stress reaction. Here we investigated the relationship between the eye-region temperature (TEYE; measured with infrared thermography), the corticosterone level in blood (CORT; stress indi...
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The Little Auk Alle alle is a small planktivorous auk breeding colonially in the High Arctic. Owing to its large population size and bi-environmental lifestyle, resulting in the large-scale transport of matter from sea to land, the Little Auk is one of the most important components of the marine and terrestrial ecosystems in the Arctic. As a result...
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The availability of food for the zooplanktivorous seabirds, such as an endemic High Arctic alcid, the little auk (Alle alle) is essential for its population status and in consequence for fertilizing nutrient-poor Svalbard tundra. Since the zooplankton composition and concentration vary over time and space on foraging grounds, it is challenging to m...
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The little auk Alle alle is an Arctic seabird breeding in the North Atlantic. Its southernmost breeding population in the Low Arctic occurred in Iceland but started to decline in numbers at the beginning of the 20th century ending in extirpation at the end of the same century. Climate warming has been blamed for the disappearance of this population...
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Because there are basic sexual differences in reproductive potential, and the cost of parental care is assumed to be high, biparental care is viewed as a constant tug-of-war between the partners. This raises the question of the system’s evolutionary stability. Several models have been proposed to resolve this problem but none has received unequivoc...
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Supplementary data to "Six pelagic seabird species of the North Atlantic engage in a fly-and-forage strategy during their migratory movements"
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Tracking data of marine predators are increasingly used in marine spatial management. We developed a spatial data set with estimates of the monthly distribution of 6 pelagic seabird species breeding in the Northeast Atlantic. The data set was based on year-round global location sensor (GLS) tracking data of 2356 adult seabirds from 2006-2019 from a...
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Bird migration is commonly defined as a seasonal movement between breeding and non-breeding grounds. It generally involves relatively straight and directed large-scale movements, with a latitudinal change, and specific daily activity patterns comprising less or no foraging and more traveling time. Our main objective was to describe how this general...
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Cognitive abilities play an important role for migratory birds that are briefly visiting a variety of unfamiliar stop-over habitats. Here, we compared cognitive abilities-linked behaviour (escape from an experimental cage) between two long-distant migrants differing in stop-over ecology, sedge warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus; not territorial, s...
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The non-breeding period of pelagic seabirds, and particularly the moulting stage, is an important, but understudied part of their annual cycle as they are hardly accessible outside of the breeding period. Knowledge about the moulting ecology of seabirds is important to understand the challenges they face outside and within the breeding season. Here...
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Whether variation of winter migration distance among individuals within a population has consequences on their reproductive performance has rarely been assessed. Using individual global location sensor-tracking, we determined variation in migration distance, and its breeding consequences, in a Svalbard colony of the little auk Alle alle , a high-Ar...
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https://arctox.cnrs.fr/en/home/ Mercury (Hg) is a natural trace element found in high concentrations in top predators, including Arctic seabirds. Most current knowledge about Hg concentrations in Arctic seabirds relates to exposure during the summer breeding period when researchers can easily access seabirds at colonies. However, the few studies f...
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Sharing the same wintering grounds by avian populations breeding in various areas may synchronize fluctuations in vital rates, which could increase the risk of extinction. Here, by combining multi-colony tracking with long-term capture-recapture data, we studied the winter distribution and annual survival of the most numerous Arctic seabird, the li...
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Despite the limited direct anthropogenic mercury (Hg) inputs in the circumpolar Arctic, elevated concentrations of methylmercury (MeHg) are accumulated in Arctic marine biota. However, the MeHg production and bioaccumulation pathways in these ecosystems have not been completely unraveled. We measured Hg concentrations and stable isotope ratios of H...
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Desertion of offspring before its independence by one of the parents is observed in a number of avian species with bi-parental care but reasons for this strategy are not fully understood. This behaviour is particularly intriguing in species where bi-parental care is crucial to raise the brood successfully. Here, we focus on the little auk, Alle all...
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Using GPS-tracked individuals, we compared foraging ecology and reproductive output of a High-Arctic zooplanktivorous seabird, the little auk Alle alle, between three years differing in environmental conditions (sea surface temperature). Despite contrasting environmental conditions, average foraging fights distance and duration were generally simil...
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The Arctic marine ecosystem can be altered by processes of natural and anthropogenic origin. Spatio-temporal variation in species exposure to contamination is still poorly understood. Here, we studied elemental concentrations in the non-lethally collected samples from the most numerous seabird in European Arctic, the little auk (Alle alle) nesting...
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Species sharing resources are predicted to compete, but co-occurring species can avoid competition through niche partitioning. Here, we investigated the inter- and intra-specific differences using stable isotope analyses in the black-bellied storm-petrel (Fregetta tropica) and the Wilson's storm-petrel (Oceanites oceanicus), breeding sympatrically...
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Moulting and breeding are costly stages in the avian annual cycle and may impose trade-offs in energy allocation between both stages or in their timing. Here, we compared feather growth rates (FGR) of rectrices in adults between two pairs of small pelagic Procellariiformes species differing in moult-breeding strategies: the European storm-petrel Hy...
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An increasing number of studies report coordinated chick provisioning by avian parents. Although the pattern of parental coordination varies across species, broad occurrence of this coordination suggests that it has an adaptive value: it may increase individual fitness via higher offspring survival, faster offspring growth rate and/or higher body r...
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The importance of nest characteristics for birds breeding in the extreme climate conditions of polar regions, has been greatly understudied. Nest parameters, like nest orientation, exposure and insulation, could strongly influence microclimate and protection against precipitation of the nest, thereby affecting breeding success. A burrow nesting sea...
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Many seabirds breed in large aggregations, making it difficult to estimate their population size and habitat preferences. This knowledge is particularly important considering their function in food webs and ecosystem services. In this study, we investigated the factors affecting distribution and abundance of the little auk Alle alle, a seabird cons...
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Relationship between mean rock size and nest density according to the linear model applied in this work. Line–mean, grey area– 95% CrI, points–original observations. The bigger symbol denotes two observations. (TIF)
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Generalized additive linear models fitted to data to explain variation in little auk colony presence. ‘+’ indicates whether a given term is included in the model. Models are ranked according to AIC value (lower AIC = bigger support). All models contain an intercept (omitted in the table for clarity). (DOCX)
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Detailed map with the colony distribution in NW Spitsbergen (56 colonies). Background (contour map): NOAA Satellite Maps. (TIF)
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Mean size of the colonies (number of pairs) located in different types of rocks. The number of colonies within specific groups given above the columns. Yellow columns correspond to the second node in Conditional Inference Tree (Fig 6). Whiskers—standard deviation. (TIF)
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GIS Shapefile with randomly selected polygons without colonies (absence). (ZIP)
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Detailed map with the colony distribution in Hornsund (65 colonies), southern Spitsbergen. Background (contour map): NOAA Satellite Maps. (TIF)
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Detailed map with the colony distribution in Bellsund (15 colonies), central Spitbsergen. Background (contour map): NOAA Satellite Maps. (TIF)
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Parameters estimated for the relationship between mean rock size and nest density using a Bayesian linear model (D^ = a + b * (log(RS)). (DOCX)
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Relationships between predictors and the probability of little auk colony occurrence in Spitsbergen according to top four models. Slope and aspect were modelled with smoothers, remaining relationships are linear on logit scale. The relationship from the top-supported model is shown with bold, remaining three top-supported models with thin curves. N...
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Spreadsheet with colonies (presence: 1) and absence locations (absence: 2) and environmental factors mean values. (XLSX)
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Behavioural contagion is a curious phenomenon of human social life which is believed to facilitate group living. It has also been demonstrated in animals that some behaviours may be contagious: how widespread this phenomenon is remains unclear, as only a few species have been tested. In this context, we examined whether three behaviours commonly ex...
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Capsule: The Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio and the Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria had similar habitat preferences and their territories often overlapped. However, we found that Red-backed Shrikes were more flexible in habitat choice whilst Barred Warblers had more specific requirements. Aim: We aimed to analyse and compare distribution and habi...
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Changes in corticosterone (CORT) and prolactin (PRL) levels are thought to provide complementary information on parental decisions in birds in the context of stressful situations. However, these endocrine mechanisms have yet to be fully elucidated, appearing to vary among avian species without any clear pattern. Here, we examined CORT and PRL stres...
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Reproduction is a demanding phase of bird’s life cycle and imposes various physiological challenges. Increasing oxidative stress (OS) has been proposed as one of the costs associated with reproduction. In this study, we investigate the level of OS in a small Arctic seabird, the little auk Alle alle in relation to sex and phase of breeding (incubati...
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Advanced cognitive abilities have long been hypothesized to be important in mating. Yet, most work on sexual selection has focused on morphological traits and its relevance for cognitive evolution is poorly understood. We studied the spatial memory of lekking long-billed hermits (Phaethornis longirostris) and evaluated its role in lek territory own...
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Pair collaborative behavior may play an important role in avian reproduction. However, evidence for this mainly comes from certain ecological groups (e.g. passerines). We studied the coordination of parents in foraging and its effect on food provisioning rate and chick growth in a small seabird, the Dovekie (Little auk, Alle alle). The species exhi...
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Detailed information on number of valid observations for each Dovekie pair in both seasons. (DOCX)
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R-codes (Monte Carlo routines) to analyze coordinated provisioning in the Dovekie. (R)
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Colonial seabirds from neighbouring breeding aggregations may share foraging grounds or utilize different areas in order to decrease the competition over food resources. In our study, we present the meso-scale variations in the diet composition of zooplanktivorous little auk chicks (Alle alle), based on samples collected over two years in two neigh...
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Choosing the right mate is crucial for successful breeding, particularly in monogamous species with long and extensive bi-parental care, and when the breeding pair is presumed to last many seasons. We investigated the degree of assortative mating in the Little Auk Alle alle, a long-lived seabird with long-term pair bonds and bi-parental care for fi...
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Mercury (Hg) contamination is considered a global concern for humans and wildlife, and although the number of studies dealing with that issue continues to increase, some taxonomic groups such as small passerine birds are largely understudied. In this paper, concentration of mercury in the aquatic warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola) feathers, a global...
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Differential migration has been extensively reported in spring, but less so in autumn, particularly in relation to sex in monomorphic bird species. Here, we analysed the autumn passage of a monomorphic, globally threatened passerine, the Aquatic Warbler Acrocephalus paludicola throughout Western Europe, with regard to age and sex. We showed that, o...