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Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals, PAS

Name: Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals, PAS

Address: ul. Sławkowska 17, 31-016, Kraków, Poland



The Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals of the Polish Academy of Sciences (ISEA PAS) was founded in 1989 from the Department of Systematic and Experimental Zoology PAS. However the history of the Institute goes back to the year 1865, the founding year of the Physiographic Committee initiated by the Kraków Scientific Society. The Natural History Museum was established at the same time under the original name of the Physiographic Museum. Today, the museum is an integral part of our Institute. Our Institute combines traditional scientific disciplines, systematics of contemporary and extinct animals and modern karyological, genetic investigations, archaeozoology and ecology.

Disciplines: biology

Fields of activity:

Invertebrate Zoology - investigations of the global biodiversity of insects (Insecta), springtails (Collembola) and proturans (Protura). Research includes phylogeny, biogeography, biodiversity and faunistics of various geographical regions.

Vertebrate Zoology - taxonomic and morphometric research on snakes, birds and mammals, both contemporary and fossil species from the Late Oligocene to Holocene, herpetological studies, bat fauna and the comparative osteology of contemporary bird species.

Molecular Biodiversity - cytogenetics, phylogeography, phylogenetics, the molecular ecology and conservation genetics of various groups of organisms.

Museum of Natural History ISEA PAS - conducts research on modern and fossil Diptera flies, Nematocera (long-flies) and on the family of Mecoptera (military). Fossil materials are developed from all geological periods starting from the Lower Triassic (about 247 million years). They are found as imprints in sedimentary rocks and as well as in fossil resins (ambers). The aim of the research is to learn about the morphological diversity of fossil species, cooperation and comparative and phylogenetic studies. The materials are compared with modern fauna from different geographical regions.

Latest achievements:

The most important research achievements of ISEA PAS are the articles published in scientific journals indexed in the Journal Citation Reports database (JCR). Many of the papers have come from science projects often involving international collaborations. Our researchers published 131 articles in international prestigious journals last year, for example:

  • Baca M., Popović D., Lemanik A., Baca K., Horáček I., Nadachowski A. 2019. Highly divergent population of narrow-headed vole from the Late Pleistocene Europe. Scientific Reports 9: 17799, IF: 4.011
  • Lešo P., Kropil R., Kajtoch Ł. 2019. Effects of forest management on bird assemblages in oak-dominated stands of the Western Carpathians – refuges for rare species. Forest Ecology and Management 453: 117620, IF: 5.6
  • Grzywacz B., Tatsuta H., Bugrov A.G., Warchałowska-Śliwa E. 2019. Cytogenetic markers reveal a reinforcement of variation in the tension zone between chromosome races in the brachypterous grasshopper Podisma sapporensis on Hokkaido Island. Scientific Reports 9: 16860, IF: 4.011

Research facilities: labs/field stations/natural history museum ISEA PAS

Contact person:

Dr. Beata Grzywacz
Deputy Director
(+48 12) 422 19 01 ext. 42