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Michał Ciach Ph.D., D.Sc.

zdjęcie mc

Department of Forest Biodiversity

University of Agriculture
Faculty of Forestry
Al. 29-Listopada 46
31-425 Kraków

room: 924

tel: +48 12 662 50 55


  • D.Sc. in Forest Science – specialization in animal ecology (2015)
  • Ph.D. in Forestry – specialization in ecology, ornithology, forest zoology (2007)
  • M.Sc. in Forestry – specialization in forest resources protection (2002)


  • Associate professor at University of Agriculture – Department of Forest Biodiversity
  • Assistant professor at University of Agriculture – Department of Zoology and Wildlife Management
  • Assistant professor at University of Gdańsk – Faculty of Biology, Bird Migration Research Station (2009-2011)
  • International research experience – Brazil, Bulgaria, Egypt, Hungary, Japan, Jordan, Slovakia, South Korea, Tanzania, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela

General research interests:

  • Animal ecology and conservation biology

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Running projects:

  • Habitat use and selection
  • Bird migration
  • Forest birds ecology – woodpeckers, grouses, raptors
  • Ecology and conservation of saproxylic species
  • Streams and Dippers

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Journals for which I have acted as a referee:

    Acta Ornithologica, Acta Zoologica Bulgarica, Acta Zoologica Cracoviensia, African Journal of Ecology, Applied Ecology and Environmental Research, Biodiversity and Conservation, Bird Study, Coleopterists Bulletin, Entomological Science, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, European Journal of Wildlife Research, Folia Zoologica, Insect Conservation and Diversity, Italian Journal of Zoology, Journal of Environmental Management, Journal of Mountain Science, Journal of Ornithology, Kulon, Landscape and Urban Planning, Munibe, North-Western Journal of Zoology, Ornis Fennica, Ornis Polonica, Pakistan Journal of Zoology, PLoS ONE, Polish Journal of Ecology, Turkish Journal of Zoology, Urban Ecosystems, Veterinary Record, VITIS – Journal of Grapevine Research, Waterbirds, Zoology and Ecology.

Selected peer-reviewed papers (feel free to ask for reprints):

  • Fröhlich A., Ciach M. 2017. Noise pollution and decreased size of wooded areas reduces the probability of occurrence of Tawny Owl Strix aluco. Ibis doi:10.1111/ibi.12554
  • Fröhlich A., Ciach M. 2017. Noise shapes the distribution pattern of an acoustic predator. Current Zoology doi:10.1093/cz/zox061
  • Dudzik K., Polakowski M., Ciach M. 2017. Prolonged association between a pair and a related male in breeding Whooper Swans Cygnus cygnus. Turkish Journal of Zoology doi:10.3906/zoo-1702-4
  • Fröhlich A., Mrowiec W., Ciach M. 2017. Wintering bird community of build-up rural areas of S and SE Poland. Ornis Polonica 58, 2: 73-82. [in Polish with English summary]
  • Bauer S., Chapman J., Reynolds D., Alves J. A., Dokter A., Menz M., Sapir N., Ciach M., Pettersson L. B., Kelly J. F., Leijnse H., Shamoun-Baranes J. 2017. From agricultural benefits to aviation safety: realizing the potential of continent-wide radar networks. Bioscience 67, 10: 912-918. doi:10.1093/biosci/bix074
  • Ciach M., Czyż S., Wieloch M. 2017. Bill colour pattern in Bewick’s Swan: information on sex and body-size displayed on face? Ethology Ecology & Evolution doi:10.1080/03949370.2017.1310761
  • Ciach M., Maślanka B., Krzus A., Wojas T. 2016. Watch your step: insect mortality on hiking trails. Insect Conservation and Diversity 10, 2: 129-140. doi: 10.1111/icad.12209
  • Ciach M., Fröhlich A. 2016. Habitat type, food resources, noise and light pollution explain the species composition, abundance and stability of a winter bird assemblage in an urban environment. Urban Ecosystems 20, 3: 547-559. doi: 10.1007/s11252-016-0613-6
  • Adamski P., Bohdan A., Michalcewicz J., Ciach M., Witkowski Z. 2016. Timber stacks: potential ecological traps for an endangered saproxylic beetle, the Rosalia longicorn Rosalia alpina. Journal of Insect Conservation 20, 6: 1099-1105. doi: 10.1007/s10841-016-9932-4
  • Tryjanowski P., M?ller A. P., Morelli F., Biaduń W., Brauze T., Ciach M., Czechowski P., Czyż S., Dulisz B., Goławski A., Hetmański T., Indykiewicz P., Mitrus C., Myczko Ł., Nowakowski J. J., Polakowski M., Takacs V., Wysocki D., Zduniak P. 2016. Urbanization affects neophilia and risk-taking at bird-feeders. Scientific Reports 6: 28575. doi: 10.1038/srep28575
  • Ciach M., Kowalski F. 2016. Birds in rocky habitats of the Tatra Mountains (Carpathians): species diversity and multiple ecological relationships. Journal of Mountain Science 13, 6: 1078-1084. doi: 10.1007/s11629-015-3752-y
  • Armatys P., Loch J., Ciach M. 2015. Birds wintering on the Porębianka river valley in the Gorce Mts in the period 2012–2015. Ochrona Beskidów Zachodnich 6: 85-93. (in Polish with English summary)
  • Bartnik C., Michalcewicz J., Ciach M. 2015. Dutch elm disease and the habitat of endangered Rosalia longicorn Rosalia alpina (L.): a conservation paradox? Polish Journal of Ecology 63, 3: 440-447. doi:10.3161/15052249PJE2015.63.3.013
  • Ciach M. 2015. Rapid decline of an isolated population of the Black Grouse Tetrao tetrix: the crisis at the southern limit of the range. European Journal of Wildlife Research 61, 4: 623-627. doi:10.1007/s10344-015-0923-7
  • Michalcewicz J., Ciach M. 2015. Current distribution of the Rosalia longicorn Rosalia alpina (Linnaeus, 1758) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in Poland. Polish Journal of Entomology 84, 1: 9-20. doi:10.1515/pjen-2015-0002
  • Pęksa Ł., Ciach M. 2015. Negative effects of mass tourism on high mountain fauna: the case of the Tatra chamois Rupicapra rupicapra tatrica. Oryx 49, 3: 500-505. doi:10.1017/S0030605313001269
  • Ciach M., Sczansny T. 2014. Habitat selection of Nightjars in a fire-burnt area: changes after 20 years. Ornithological Science 13, supplement: 131.
  • Ciach M., Czyżowicz S. 2014. Abundance and distribution of owls Strigiformes in the Pieniny Mountains National Park (southern Poland) – the pattern of changes in the protected area after 10 years. Ornis Polonica 55, 2: 83-95.
  • Ciach M., Michalcewicz J. 2014. Pastureland copses as habitats for a primeval forest relict: a unique location of the Rosalia Longicorn Rosalia alpina (L.) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in the Polish Carpathians. Polish Journal of Entomology 83, 1: 71-77. doi:10.2478/pjen-2014-0005
  • Ciach M. 2013. Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe prey on newt. Ornis Svecica 23, 2: 110-112.
  • Albrycht M., Ciach M. 2013. Changes in the breeding avifauna of the Rakowice Cemetery in Kraków over last 40 years. Ornis Polonica 54, 4: 247-256. (in Polish with English summary)
  • Fröhlich A., Ciach M. 2013. Distribution and abundance of the Syrian Woodpecker Dendrocopos syriacus in Kraków. Ornis Polonica 54, 4: 237-246. (in Polish with English summary)
  • Kurlej D., Ciach M. 2013. Breeding bird community of the Błędów Desert in the succession gradient. Ornis Polonica 54, 3: 187-195. (in Polish with English summary)
  • Zawadzka D., Ciach M., Figarski T., Kajtoch Ł., Rejt Ł. (eds.). 2013. Designation and quality evaluation of bird habitats in Natura 2000 Special Protection Areas. Generalna Dyrekcja Ochrony Środowiska, Warszawa. ISBN 978-83-62940-35-6 (in Polish)
  • Ciach M., Fröhlich A. 2013. Habitat preferences of the Syrian Woodpecker Dendrocopos syriacus in urban environments: an ambiguous effect of pollution. Bird Study 60, 4: 491-499. doi:10.1080/00063657.2013.847899
  • Ciach M., Michalcewicz J. 2013. Correlation between selected biometric traits of adult Rosalia alpina (L.) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) and size of their exit holes: new perspectives on insect studies? Polish Journal of Ecology 61, 2: 349-355.
  • Ciach M. 2013. Location of the protected fish – the European Bitterling Rhodeus sericeus in the Wisłoka River in the Beskid Niski Mts (alpine biogeographical region). Chrońmy Przyrodę Ojczystą 69, 3: 237-240. (in Polish with English summary)
  • Michalcewicz J., Bodziarczyk J., Ciach M. 2013. Development of the rosalia longicorn Rosalia alpina (L.) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in the sycamore maple Acer pseudoplatanus L. – the first report from Poland. Polish Journal of Entomology 82, 1: 19-24. doi:10.2478/v10200-012-0019-6
  • Ciach M., Mrowiec W. 2013. Habitat selection of the Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus in the Western Carpathians: the role of the landscape mosaic. Bird Study 60, 1: 22-34. doi:10.1080/00063657.2012.745463
  • Michalcewicz J., Ciach M. 2012. Biometry of adult rosalia longicorn Rosalia alpina (L.) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) from the Polish Carpathians: a preliminary study. Polish Journal of Entomology 81, 4: 311-320. doi:10.2478/v10200-012-0011-1
  • Maniarski R., Ciach M. 2012. Plumage aberration in Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis. Ardea 100, 2: 211-213. doi:10.5253/078.100.0214
  • Michalcewicz J., Ciach M. 2012. Protection of Rosalia longicorn Rosalia alpina (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in Poland – the current problems and solutions. Chrońmy Przyrodę Ojczystą 68, 5: 347-357. (in Polish with English summary)
  • Ciach M., Kowalski F. 2012. Birds of rocky habitats in southern Poland: a review. Ornis Polonica 53, 2: 141-155. (in Polish with English summary)
  • Bujoczek M., Ciach M., Yosef R. 2012. Road-killed birds and body condition: a reply. Biological Conservation 155, 1: 213. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2012.06.013
  • Ciach M. 2012. The winter bird community of rural areas in the proximity of cities: low density and rapid decrease in diversity. Polish Journal of Ecology 60, 1: 193-199.
  • Michalcewicz J., Ciach M. 2012. Rosalia longicorn Rosalia alpina (L.) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) uses roadside European ash trees Fraxinus excelsior L. – an unexpected habitat of an endangered species. Polish Journal of Entomology 81, 1: 49-56. doi:10.2478/v10200-011-0063-7
  • Ciach M. 2011. Habitat-related differences in egg size in the Spur-Winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus. Ardeola 58, 2: 335-341.
  • Ciach M. 2011. Dead and dying trees in forest ecosystem – quantity, quality, and diversity. In: Anderwald D. (ed.) 2011. Forest ecosystems management and forest birds population preservation. Proceedings of the Center for Nature and Forestry Education 13, 2 (27): 186-199. (in Polish with English summary)
  • Ciach M., Kwarciany A., Świtała D. 2011. Records of brown plumage aberration in the Common Buzzard Buteo buteo. Ornis Svecica 21, 2-4: 119-122.
  • Ciach M. 2011. Waterbirds wintering on the Crimean Peninsula coast of the Black Sea. Waterbirds 34, 3: 376-380. doi:10.1675/063.034.0313
  • Michalcewicz J., Ciach M., Bodziarczyk J. 2011. The unknown natural habitat of Rosalia alpina (L.) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) and its trophic association with the mountain elm Ulmus glabra in Poland – a change of habitat and host plant. Polish Journal of Entomology 80, 1: 23-31. doi:10.2478/v10200-011-0003-6
  • Bujoczek M., Ciach M., Yosef R. 2011. Road-kills affect avian population quality. Biological Conservation 144, 3: 1036-1039. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2010.12.022
  • Ciach M., Wikar D., Bylicka M., Bylicka M. 2010. Flocking behaviour and sexual segregation in Black Grouse Tetrao tetrix during the non-breeding period. Zoological Studies 49, 4: 453-460.
  • Ciach M., Kruszyk R. 2010. Foraging of White Storks Ciconia ciconia on rubbish dumps on non-breeding grounds. Waterbirds 33, 1: 101-104. doi:10.1675/063.033.0112
  • Kruszyk R., Ciach M. 2010. White Storks, Ciconia ciconia, forage on rubbish dumps in Poland – a novel behaviour in population. European Journal of Wildlife Research 56, 1: 83-87. doi:10.1007/s10344-009-0313-0
  • Ciach M. 2009. Leaf Warblers (Phylloscopus spp.) as a model group in migration ecology studies. Ring 31, 2: 3-13. doi:10.2478/v10050-008-0050-x
  • Ciach M. Bylicka M. 2009. Relative abundance and flock size of wintering Common Crossbills Loxia curvirostra L. in Western Carpathians: a habitat influence. Polish Journal of Ecology 57, 1: 181-189.
  • Ciach M. Michalcewicz J. 2009. Egg morphology of Rosalia alpina (Linnaeus, 1758) (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae) from southern Poland. Entomological News 120, 1: 61-64. doi:10.3157/021.120.0112
  • Bujoczek M., Ciach M. 2009. Seasonal changes in the avian diet of breeding Sparrowhawks Accipiter nisus: how to fulfill the offspring’s food demands? Zoological Studies 48, 2: 215-222.
  • Ciach M. 2009. The first record of melanism in the Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio. Ornis Svecica 19, 1: 55-56.
  • Ciach M., Ściborski M. 2008. Plumage aberrations in two Wood Sandpipers Tringa glareola. Wader Study Group Bulletin 115, 2: 126.
  • Wikar D., Ciach M. , Bylicka M., Bylicka M. 2008. Changes in habitat use by the Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo L.) during non-breeding season in relation to winter conditions. Polish Journal of Ecology 56, 1: 119-125.
  • Shehab A. H., Ciach M. 2008. Diet Composition of the Pharaoh Eagle Owl, Bubo ascalaphus, in Azraq Nature Reserve, Jordan. Turkish Journal of Zoology 32, 1: 65-69.
  • Bylicka M., Wikar D., Ciach M., Bylicka M. 2007. Changes in density and behaviour of the Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) during the non-breeding season. Acta Zoologica Lituanica 17, 4: 286-291. doi:10.1080/13921657.2007.10512846
  • Ciach M., Michalcewicz J., Fluda M. 2007. The first report on development of Rosalia alpina (Linnaeus, 1758) (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in wood of Ulmus L. in Poland. Polish Journal of Entomology 76, 2: 101-105.
  • Polak M., Ciach M. 2007. Behaviour of Black-throated Diver Gavia arctica and Red-throated Diver Gavia stellata during autumn migration stopover. Ornis Svecica 17, 2: 90-94.
  • Bylicka M., Ciach M., Wikar D., Bylicka M. 2007. Density changes and habitat shift of great grey shrike Lanius excubitor during the non-breeding season. Biologia, Bratislava 62, 5: 617-621. doi:10.2478/s11756-007-0124-2
  • Ciach M. 2007. Interference competition between Rails and Crakes (Rallidae) during foraging in the post-breeding season. Turkish Journal of Zoology 31, 2: 161-163.
  • Ciach M. 2006. Common Cockchafer (Melolontha melolontha; Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in the diet of Long-eared Owl (Asio otus). Buteo 15: 23-25.
  • Ciach M., Wikar D., Bylicka M. 2006. Density and flock size of the Raven (Corvus corax) in the Orawa – Nowy Targ Basin during non-breeding season. Ring 28, 2: 119-125. doi:10.2478/v10050-008-0033-y
  • Ciach M. 2005. Abundance and distribution pattern of owls in the Pieniny National Park, Southern Poland. Acta Zoologica Cracoviensia 48A, 1-2: 21-33. doi:10.3409/173491505783995680


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  • Hiking and cycling
  • Border Collie