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Mammal Research Institute, PAS


Name: Mammal Research Institute, PAS

Address: ul. Stoczek 1, 17-230 Białowieża, Poland



The Mammal Research Institute is an internationally recognized and one of the best biological institutions in Poland. Located in the heart of the Białowieża Primeval Forest (UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site) offers all the conditions for successful performance of scientific research and educational activities: a dedicated team, outstanding workspace and close proximity to the unique research area. Important part of the institute is scientific collection of mammal skulls and skeletons containing nearly 200,000 specimens collected over 70 years. The MRI PAS is a renowned educational centre in the field of ecology and biodiversity, with experience in tutoring students at levels ranging from undergraduates to post-doctoral fellows. The Institute employs 60 people, including researchers, PhD students, and qualified technical and office staff. MRI PAS has well developed network of international collaborations with several dozen institutions in Europe and around the world.

Disciplines: biology

Fields of activity:

  • ecology: behavioural ecology, foraging ecology, paleoecology, predator-prey interactions, habitat and space use;
  • ecophysiology: physiological adaptations to environment, co-evolution of morphological and physiological traits, sensory adaptations;
  • genetics and genomics: population genetic structure, genetic variability, phylogeography;
  • biogeography: distribution and abundance of populations, biodiversity, environmental productivity, population dynamics.

Latest achievements:

Our researchers publish annually 40-60 scientific articles in internationally renowned journals. Our recent works include: large-scale effect of invasive predators on bird communities, effect of environmental resources on homeothermy in rodents,  alterations in habitat use by extinct and contemporary ungulates in response to climatic and anthropogenic pressures, glacial refugia of mammal species, relationships among habitat structure, predation risk, anthropogenic factors on ungulate behavior and their effect on forest regeneration, interactions between morphological variability, climatic changes and population dynamics of small predators. Results of research conducted by the MRI PAS find are applicable in wildlife conservation and management of animal populations.

Research facilities:

Modern laboratory and office building/conference hall for 100 persons/seminar rooms/genetic and ecophysiology labs/scientific collection of mammals

Contact person:

Professor Krzysztof Schmidt
Research Director
(+48 85) 682 77 85