Researcher

Mr Szymon Drobniak

My Expertise

Evolutionary biology, genetics, sexual selection and reproduction, climate change, nature conservation, open science, scientific integrity and societal impact, scientific communication, relations between art & science, statistics, scientific method, zoology.

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Biography

2003-2008 - MSc. in natural and mathematical sciences, Jagiellonian University (Poland)

2008-2012 - PhD. in biology, Jagiellonian University (Poland)

2012-2015 - Research Assistant, Jagiellonian University (Poland)

2015-now - Ass. Prof. Jagiellonian University (Poland)

2013-2015 - Post-doc, University of Zürich (Switzerland)

2017-2018 - Post-doc, University of Uppsala (Sweden)

2019-now - DECRA Fellow, UNSW


My Qualifications

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2003-2008 - MSc. in natural and mathematical sciences, Jagiellonian University (Poland)

2008-2012 - PhD. in biology, Jagiellonian University (Poland)

2012-2015 - Research Assistant, Jagiellonian University (Poland)

2015-now - Ass. Prof. Jagiellonian University (Poland)

2013-2015 - Post-doc, University of Zürich (Switzerland)

2017-2018 - Post-doc, University of Uppsala (Sweden)

2019-now - DECRA Fellow, UNSW


My Qualifications

2012 - PhD. in Biology

2008 - MsC. in Mathematical and Nature Sciences


My Research Activities

- Role and mechanisms of animal colouration: quantitative genetics and comparative ecology of bird plumage colouration

- Ageing of phenotypic plasticity (empirical and meta-analytical evidence)

- Long-term study of a wild blue tit population on Gotland (Sweden): quantitative genetics of fitness in response to climate change

- Alternative reproductive startegies in birds

- Evolution of animal cooperation and its ecological consequences

- Synthesizing empirical evidence in biology and beyond: comparative meta-analysis as a tool to discover hidden patterns


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

Evolutionary biology, phenotypic plasticity, statistics and analytical methods in eco&evo, sexual selection, colouration in biology.


My Engagement

- Winner of FameLab 2015 in Poland

- Host of several popular science TV shows, expert in TV programs discussing science and technology

- Ongoing collaboration with several Polish press titles - writing popular science stories, art&science essays, features and reflection pieces'

- Collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art in Kraków (Poland) in a science&art initiatives

- Author of 2 books ("Romances, dates and conquers: amazing stories about reproduction in the world of nature" (Babaryba, 2018, a book for kids about weird ways organisms reproduce); "What can kill you in a city?" (Czerwone I Czarne, 2017, a book for adults about the most traitorous things that can murder you in the largest cities of the world))

- Invited guest of science festivals, book fairs, stand-up comedy events and other popular science gigs

- Member of the Association of Science Advocates (Poland), board member of the Evolution for Everyone Network (Europe-wide), board member of the EuroScitizen COST Action (Europe-wide)

- Graphic designer experienced in translating science into visual content (visit szdrobniak.pl for more details)

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Location

Desk 5.41, Level 5 West
Biological Sciences South (E26)
UNSW, Kensington 2052

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