Magdalena Zagalska-Neubauer


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Research interests:

I am interested in various aspects of species hybridization. I try to understand how proximate-level mechanisms involved in mate choice, communication and within-sex competition for mates, are reflected in the genetic architecture of animals. My research objects are birds, including the herring gull complex, tits, flycatchers and finches. I am also studying blood parasites and microbiome of birds. I do not avoid faunistics studies and I am passionate about coral reefs.




Kazimirski P.P., Kaczmarski M., Zagalska-Neubauer M., Żołnierowicz K.M., Tobółka M. 2020. Absence of sex differences in digit ration in nestlings of the White Stork Ciconia ciconia, a monomorphic bird species. Bird Study, 5th March DOI:10.1080/00063657.2020.1726876

Budka M., Matyjasiak P., Typiak J., Zagalska-Neubauer  M. 2019. Experienced males modify their behaviour during playback: the case of the Chaffinch. Journal of Ornithology 160 (10):3.

Garamszegi L.Z., Zagalska-Neubauer  M., Canal D. Blázi G., Laczi M., Nagy G., Szöllősi E., Vaskuti E., Török J. Zsebők S. 2018. MHC-mediated sexual selection on birdsong: Genetic polymorphism, particular alleles and acoustic signals. Molecular Ecology 27 (11): 2620-2633.

Zagalska-Neubauer M., Bensch S. 2016. High prevalence of Leucocytozoon parasites in fresh water breeding gulls. Journal of Ornithology 157(2): 525–532.

Dubiec A., Podmokła E., Zagalska-Neubauer M., Drobniak S., Arct A., Gustafsson L., Cichoń M. 2016. Differential prevalence and diversity of haemosporidian parasites in two sympatric closely related non-migratory passerines. Parasitology1(10):1–10.

Garamszegi L.Z., Zagalska-Neubauer M., Canal D., Markó G., Szász E., Zsebők S., Szöllősi E., Herczeg G., Török J. 2015. Malaria parasites, immune challenge, MHC variability, and predator avoidance in a passerine bird. Behavioral Ecology 26:1292-1302.

Gwiazda R., Neubauer G., Betleja J., Bednarz Ł., Zagalska-Neubauer M. 2015. Reproductive parameters of Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans Pallas, 1811 in different habitats nearby and away fish ponds. Polish Journal of Ecology 63: 159-165.

Neubauer G., Nowicki  P., Zagalska-Neubauer M. 2014. Haldane’s rule revisited: do hybrid females have a shorter lifespan? Survival of hybrids in a recent contact zone between two large gull species. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 27 (6): 1248-55.

Zagalska-Neubauer M., Neubauer G. 2012. Reproductive performance and changes in relative species abundance in a mixed colony of Herring and Caspian Gulls, Larus argentatus and L. cachinnans. Acta Ornithologica 47:185-194

Iciek T., Zagalska-Neubauer M. 2012. Skład gatunkowy i pochodzenie zaobrączkowanych mew Laridae obserwowanych w okolicach Konina. Ptaki Wielkopolski 1: 127-138.

Grzybek J., Zagalska-Neubauer M., Wałecki R. 2012. Ptaki Konińskiegi Zagłębia Węgla Brunatnego. Ptaki Wielkopolski 1: 35-53.

Radwan J.,  Zagalska-Neubauer M., Cichoń M., Sendecka J., Kulma K., Gustafsson L., Babik W. 2012. MHC  diversity, malaria and lifetime reproductive success in collared flycatchers. Molecular Ecology 21:2469-2479.

Gwiazda R., Bukaciński D., Neubauer G., Faber M., Betleja J., Zagalska-Neubauer M., Bukacińska M., Chylarecki P. 2011. Diet composition of the Caspian Gull (Larus cachinnas) in inland Poland: effects of breeding area, breeding stage and sypatric breeding with the Herring Gull (Larus argentatus). Ornis Fennica 88:80-89.

Zagalska-Neubauer M., Babik W., Gustafsson L., Cichoń M., Radwan J. 2010. 454 Sequencing Reveals Extreme Complexity of the Class II Major Histocompatibility Complex in the Collared Flycatcher. BMC Evolutionary Biology 10: 395. doi:10.1186/1471-2148-10-395

Lenda M., Zagalska-Neubauer M., Neubauer G., Skórka P. 2010. Do invasive species undergo metapopulation dynamics? A case study of the invasive Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans in Poland. Journal of Biogeography 37: 1824-1834

Neubauer G., Faber M., Zagalska-Neubauer M. 2010. Yellow-legged Gull in Poland: status and separation from yellow-legged Herring Gull and hybrids. Dutch Birding 32:106-115

Neubauer G., Zagalska-Neubauer M., Pons J.-M., Crochet P.-A., Chylarecki P., Przystalski A., Gay L. 2009. Assortative Mating Without Complete Reproductive Isolation in a Zone of Recent Secondary Contact between Herring Gulls (Larus argentatus) and Caspian Gulls (L. cachinnans). Auk 126: 409-419

Gay L., Neubauer G., Zagalska-Neubauer M., Pons J.-M., Bell D. A., Crochet P.-A. 2008. Speciation with gene flow in the large white-headed gulls: does selection counterbalance introgression? Heredity 102: 133-146

Gay L., Neubauer G., Zagalska-Neubauer M., Pons J.-M., David P. & Crochet P.-A. 2007. Molecular and morphological patterns of introgression between two white-headed gull species in a zone of recent secondary contact. Molecular Ecology 16: 3215-3227

Neubauer G., Zagalska-Neubauer M., Betleja J., 2007. Origin of Caspian Gulls Larus cachinnans breeding in Poland. British Birds 100: 554-557

Neubauer G., Zagalska-Neubauer M., Gwiazda R., Faber M., Bukaciński D., Betleja J., Chylarecki P. 2006. Breeding large gulls in Poland: distribution, numbers, trends and hybridization. Vogelwelt 127: 11-22

Neubauer G., Faber M., Zagalska-Neubauer M. 2005. Występowanie mewy srebrzystej Larus argentatus, mewy białogłowej L. cachinnans i mewy romańskiej L. michahellis w środkowej Polsce w cyklu rocznym. Notatki Ornitologiczne 46: 61-76

Zagalska-Neubauer M. 2004. Wzrost liczebności mew z kompleksu mewy srebrzystej w Wielkopolsce w latach 1990-2001. Notatki Ornitologiczne 45:159-168

Neubauer G., Koshelev A.I., Koshelev V.A., Zagalska M. 2002. Morphological variation and sex dimorphism in adult Azov-Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans. Branta: transactions of the Azov-Black Sea, 4: 109-117

Stępniak E., Zagalska M., Świtoński M. 2002. Use of RAPD technique in evolution studies of four species in the family Canidae. Journal of Applied Genetics 43 (4): 489-499

Pieńkowska A., Zagalska M. 2001. Comparison of the Nuclear Organizer Region activity in four taxa of the family Canidae. Journal of Applied Genetics 42 (4): 493-501

Zagalska M., Lamentowicz M. 2001. Występowanie brzegówki Riparia riparia na terenie odkrywek w okolicach Konina. Notatki Ornitologiczne 4: 283-287




  • New publication

    Halupka L., Borowiec M., Neubauer G., Halupka K. 2021. Fitness consequences of longer breeding seasons of a migratory passerine under changing climatic conditions. Journal of Animal Ecology;

    Halupka, L.; Czyż, B. & Macias Dominguez, C. M. 2020. The effect of climate change on laying dates, clutch size and productivity of Eurasian Coots Fulica atra. International Journal of Biometeorology,

    Šulc, M., Štětková, G., Jelínek, V., Czyż, B., Dyrcz, A., et al. M. 2020. Killing behaviour of adult brood parasites, Behaviour, , 1-13. doi:

    Gottfried I et al. (2020) Long-term changes in winter abundance of the barbastelle Barbastella barbastellus in Poland and the climate change – Are current monitoring schemes still reliable for cryophilic bat species? PLoS ONE 15:e0227912

    Ignaczak M., Postawa T., Lesiński G, Gottfried I. 2019. The role of autumnal swarming behaviour and ambient air temperature in the variation of body mass in temperate bat species. Hystrix 30: 65─73.

    Kosmowska A., Romanowski J. 2019. Otters Lutra lutra switch to costly territorial advertising when occurrence frequency increases. Mammal Study 44(1), early online

    Rachwald A, Gottfried I., Gottfried T., Szurlej M. 2018. Occupation of crevice-type nest-boxes by the forest-dwelling western barbastelle bat Barbastella barbastellus (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae). Folia Zoologica 67: 231- 238.

  • Previously

     Department of Avian Ecology