PD Dr. Justyna Wolinska
2015-present: Professor for Aquatic Evolutionary Ecology at the Free University of Berlin
2014-present: Research Group Leader, IGB Berlin, Germany
2012: Habilitation (Evolutionary Ecology), LMU Munich, Germany
2008-2014: Assistant Professor, LMU Munich, Germany
2006-2008: Postdoctoral Fellow, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
2006: PhD (Evolutionary Ecology), Eawag/ETH Zurich, Switzerland
2001: MSc (Environmental Protection), Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
1999: BSc (Environmental Protection), Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
Awards and honors
2013-2016: DFG (proposal integrated within a Priority Program: Host-parasite coevolution; rapid reciprocal adaptation and its genetic basis): “Red Queen dynamics in Daphnia; revealing evolutionary change in a parasite population”.
2012-2015: DFG & SNF (German-Swiss collaboration project): “Host-parasites interactions in Daphnia: the role of variable environments”. Swiss partner: PD Dr. Piet Spaak (Eawag/ETH Zurich).
2012-2015: DFG (proposal integrated within a Research Unit: Natural selection in structured populations): “The role of hybridization in the colonization of newly opened habitats”. See:
2010-2013: DFG: “Facing multiple enemies: trade-offs between adaptive responses to predators and parasites in the context of inducible defences”. Co-PI: Prof. Christian Laforsch (Universität Bayreuth).
2010-2013: Bayerische Elite Förderung (PhD stipend): “The effect of multiple stressors on Daphnia”. Co-PI: Prof. Christian Laforsch (Universität Bayreuth).
2010-2013: DFG (proposal integrated within a Priority Program: Host-parasite coevolution; rapid reciprocal adaptation and its genetic basis): “Red Queen dynamics in Daphnia: the role of variable environments. Part 2”.
2009-2010: DFG: “Red Queen dynamics in Daphnia: the role of variable environments. Part 1”.
2010-2013: VolkswagenStiftung: International Master Programe in Evolutionary Genomics, Ecology and Systematics (EES). I helped to write and to defend this proposal in front of the funding committee.
Scientific journals: Evolution, Ecology, Am Nat, Proc R Soc B, Mol Ecol, PLoS ONE, Funct Ecol, Evol Ecol, Ecol Res, BMC Evol Biol, BMC Biology, Int J Parasitol, J Anim Ecol, Oecologia, Oikos, Biol Invasions, FEMS Microbiol Ecol, Freshw Biol, Parasitology, Dis Aquat Org, J Eukaryot Microbiol, Aquat Biol, Aquat Ecol, Aquat Sci, Hydrobiologia, Arch Hydrobiol, Acta Zool, Acta Zool Acad Sci Hung, Sensors
Funding agencies: National Science Foundations (in Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Israel, Poland and USA), National Geographic Society (USA), Graduate Women in Science (USA)
Editorial Board, Journal of Evolutionary Biology (2010-2013 and 2015-)
Editorial Board, BMC Evolutionary Biology (2015-)
Other academic service
Board of Directors for the International Master Program, EES, LMU (2008-2013)
Admission Committee for the International Master Program, EES, LMU (2008-2013)
Admission Committee for the International Master Program, Erasmus Mundus, LMU (2010-2013)
ESEB conference, Symposium “Evolution of symbiotic interactions in communities: novel approach”, Lisbon, Portugal, 2013
International Summer School on Host-parasite coevolution, Chiemsee, Germany, 2009
7th International Symposium on Cladocera, Herzberg, Switzerland, 2005
EMBO conference “The mighty Daphnia: past, present and future”, Birmingham, UK, 2014
We are evolutionary ecologists who study rapid evolutionary changes in natural populations and communities, as a response to environmental challenges. Our research interests fall into three categories:
1) Mechanisms underlying host-parasite coevolution and the consequences of environmental changes for the coevolutionary process. We study how coevolution affects ecological processes, such as the maintenance of diversity, on population and community levels, and how this biodiversity is maintained in the face of global environmental change. While the host-parasite coevolution provides the perfect empirical framework within which to study rapid evolution, we explore other strong evolutionary forces that allow rapid adaptation to new environments, such as 2) species hybridization, and 3) phenotypic plasticity (in particular inducible defenses).
In general, our research seeks to link ecology with evolutionary biology and genetics. To detect rapid evolutionary change, we use several empirical approaches. In field studies of natural populations we are exploring the links between coevolution and genetic diversity, as well as between environmental components and the occurrence of disease. Specifically, we are tracking genetic changes in populations and communities (with a focus on coevolving partners and hybridizing host species) over both time and space. These genetic changes are tracked by employing molecular approaches, e.g. next-generation-sequencing. Another part of our research involves experimental coevolution (single-generation experiments, as well as long-term surveys in microcosms).
coevolution, Daphnia, frequency-dependence, hybridization, hybrid fitness, parasitism, phenotypic plasticity, Red Queen
- Wei, Wenzhi; Gießler, Sabine; Wolinska, Justyna; Ma, Xiaolin; Yang, Zhong; Hu, Wei; Yin, Mingbo (2015):Genetic structure of Daphnia galeata populations in Eastern China.
PLoS One, 10 (3): e0120168
- Gonzalez-Tortuero, Enrique; Rusek, Jakub; Petrusek, Adam; Gießler, Sabine; Lyras, Dimitrios; Grath, Sonja; Castro Monzon, Federico; Wolinska, Justyna (2015):The quantification of representative sequences pipeline for amplicon sequencing: case study on within-population ITS1 sequence variation in a microparasite infecting Daphnia.
Molecular Ecology Resources,
- Ma, Xiaolin; Petrusek, Adam; Wolinska, Justyna; Gießler, Sabine; Zhong, Yang; Yang, Zhong; Hu, Wei; Yin, Mingbo (2015):Diversity of the Daphnia longispina species complex in Chinese lakes: a DNA taxonomy approach.
Journal of Plankton Research, 36 (3): 641-657.
- Wolinska, Justyna; Petrusek, Adam; Yin, Mingbo; Koerner, Henrike; Seda, Jaromir; Gießler, Sabine (2014):Population structure of a microparasite infecting Daphnia: spatio-temporal dynamics.
BMC Evolutionary Biology, 14 (247)
- Yin, Mingbo; Gießler, Sabine; Griebel, Johanna; Wolinska, Justyna (2014):Hybridizing daphnia communities from ten neighbouring lakes: spatio-temporal dynamics, local processes, gene flow and invasiveness.
BMC Evolutionary Biology, 14 (80)
Link to my Google Scholar page
Rusek J.*, G.B. Ayan, P. Turko, C. Tellenbach, S. Giessler, P. Spaak and J. Wolinska. New possibilities arise for studies on hybridization: SNP-based markers for the multi-species Daphnia longispina complex derived from transcriptome data. J Plankton R 37(3): 626-635
Gonzalez-Tortuero E.*, J. Rusek, A. Petrusek, S. Giessler, D. Lyras, S. Grath, F. Castro-Monzon and J. Wolinska. Verification of quantitative results obtained by Next Generation Sequencing: Case study on ITS1 sequence variation in a microparasite infecting Daphnia. Mol Ecol Res, DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.12396.
Wie W., S. Giessler, J. Wolinska, X. Ma, Z. Yang, W. Hu and M. Yin. Genetic structure of Daphnia galeata populations in Eastern China. PLOS ONE, in press.
Ma X., A. Petrusek, J. Wolinska, S. Giessler, Y. Zhong, Z. Yang, W. Hu and M. Yin. Diversity of the Daphnia longispina species complex in Chinese lakes: a DNA taxonomy approach. J Plankton R 37:56-65.
Wolinska J., A. Petrusek, M. Yin, H. Koerner, J. Seda and S. Giessler. Population structure of a microparasite infecting Daphnia: spatio-temporal dynamics. BMC Evol Biol 14:247Yin M., S. Giessler, J. Griebel*, and J. Wolinska. Hybridizing Daphnia communities from ten neighbouring lakes: spatio-temporal dynamics, local processes, gene flow and invasiveness. BMC Evol Biol 14:80.
Giessler S., and J. Wolinska. Capturing the population structure of microparasites: using ITS-sequence data and a pooled DNA approach. Mol Ecol Res 13:918-928.
Engelbrecht W.*, O. Hesse*, J. Wolinska, and C. Laforsch. Two threats at once: encounters with predator cues alter host life-history and morphological responses to parasite spores. Hydrobiologia. 715:93-100.
Hesse O.*, L. Laforsch, W. Engelbrecht*, and J. Wolinska. Fighting parasites and predators: How to deal with multiple threats? BMC Ecol 12:12.
Buser C.C.*, P. Spaak, and J. Wolinska. Disease and pollution alter Daphnia taxonomic and clonal structure in experimental assemblages. Freshw Biol 57:1865-1874.
Leung T.L.F., K.C. King, and J. Wolinska.Escape from the Red Queen: an overlooked scenario in coevolutionary studies. Oikos 121:641-645.
Weigl S.**, H. Koerner, A. Petrusek, J. Seda, andJ. Wolinska. Natural distribution and co-infection patterns of microsporidia parasites in the Daphnia longispina complex. Parasitology 139:870-880.
Yin M.*, A. Petrusek, J. Seda, and J. Wolinska. Fine-scale temporal and spatial variation of taxon and clonal structure in the Daphnia longispina hybrid complex in heterogeneous environments. BMC Evol Biol 12:12.
Yin M.*, A. Petrusek, J. Seda, and J. Wolinska. Fine-scale genetic analysis of Daphnia host populations infected by two virulent parasites – strong fluctuations in clonal structure at small temporal and spatial scales. Int J Parasitol 42:115-121.
Wolinska J., J. Seda, H. Koerner, P. Smilauer, and A. Petrusek. Spatial variation of Daphnia parasite load within individual waterbodies. J Plankton Res 33:1284-1294.
Yin M.*, C. Laforsch, J. Lohr**, and J. Wolinska. Predator-induced defence makes Daphnia more vulnerable to parasites. Evolution 65:1482-1488.
Schoebel C.N.*, C. Tellenbach, P. Spaak, and J. Wolinska.Temperature effects on parasite prevalence in a natural hybrid complex. Biol Lett 7:108-111.
Wolinska J., P. Spaak, A. Petrusek, H. Koerner, J. Seda, and S. Giessler. Transmission mode affects the population genetic structure of Daphnia parasites. J Evol Biol 24:265-273.
Schoebel C.N.*, J. Wolinska, and P. Spaak. Higher parasite resistance in Daphnia populations with recent epidemics. J Evol Biol 23:2370-2376.
Yin M.*, J. Wolinska, and S. Giessler. Clonal diversity, clonal persistence and rapid taxon replacement in natural populations of species and hybrids of the Daphnia longispina complex. Mol Ecol 19:4168-4178.
Lohr J.**, C. Laforsch, H. Koerner, and J. Wolinska. A Daphnia parasite (Caullerya mesnili) constitutes a new member of the Ichthyosporea, a group of protists near the animal-fungi divergence. J Eukaryot Microbiol 53:328-336.
Lohr J.**, M. Yin*, and J. Wolinska. Prior residency does not always pay off – coinfections in Daphnia. Parasitology 137:1493-1500.
Wolinska J., S. Giessler, and H. Koerner. Molecular identification and hidden diversity of novel Daphnia parasites from European lakes. Appl Environ Microbiol 75:7051-7059.
Wolinska J., and K.C. King. Environment can alter selection in host-parasite interactions. Trends Parasitol 25:236-244.
Wolinska J., and P. Spaak. The cost of being common: evidence from natural Daphnia populations. Evolution 63:1893-1901.
Wolinska J., K.C. King, F. Vigneux, and C.M. Lively. Virulence, cultivating conditions, and phylogenetic analyses of oomycete parasites in Daphnia. Parasitology 135:1667-1678.
Wolinska J., and C.M. Lively. The cost of males in Daphnia pulex. Oikos 117:1637-1646.
Keller B., J. Wolinska, M. Manca, and P. Spaak. Spatial, environmental, and anthropogenic effect on the taxon composition of hybridizing Daphnia. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B 363:2943-2952.
Wolinska J., C.M. Lively, and P. Spaak. Parasites in hybridizing communities: the Red Queen again? Trends Parasitol 24:121-126.
Wolinska J., B. Keller, M. Manca, and P. Spaak. Parasite survey of a Daphnia hybrid complex: host-specificity and environment determine infection. J Anim Ecol 76:191-200.
Wolinska J., A. Löffler, and P. Spaak. Taxon specific reaction norms to predator cues in a hybrid Daphnia complex. Freshw Biol 52:1198-1209.
Keller B., J. Wolinska, C. Tellenbach, and P. Spaak. Reproductive isolation keeps hybridizing Daphnia species distinct. Limnol Oceanogr 52:984-991.
Tellenbach C.**, J. Wolinska, and P. Spaak. Epidemiology of a Daphnia brood parasite and its implications on host life-history traits. Oecologia 154:369-375.
Wolinska J., K. Bittner, D. Ebert, and P. Spaak. The coexistence of hybrid and parental Daphnia: the role of parasites. Proc R Soc B 273:1977-1983.
Fyda J., A. Warren, and J. Wolinska. An investigation of predator-induced defence responses in ciliated protozoa. J Nat Hist 39:1431-1442.
Lass S., M. Vos, J. Wolinska, and P. Spaak. Hatching with the enemy: Daphnia diapausing eggs hatch in the presence of fish kairomones. Chemoecology 15:7-12.
Wolinska, J., B. Keller, K. Bittner, S. Lass, and P. Spaak. Do parasites lower Daphnia hybrid fitness? Limnol Oceanogr 49:1401-1407.
Löffler, A., J. Wolinska, B. Keller, K. O. Rothhaupt, and P. Spaak. Life history patterns of parental and hybrid Daphnia differ between lakes. Freshw Biol 48:1372-1380.
* PhD student; ** MSc student
Biotic interactions in changing world (MSc level) – lecture and seminar
Evolution and Biodiversity (MSc level) – lecture, seminar and practical classes
Experimental Evolutionary Ecology (MSc level) - lecture and practical classes
Ecology (BSc level) - lecture and practical classes
Disease Ecology and Evolution (BSc level) - literature seminar
Global Change (MSc level) - literature seminar
Biology of Alpine Habitats (MSc level) - field excursion
Preparing a scientific talk (MSc level) - skills course
Preparing a scientific poster (MSc level) - skills course
Writing a grant proposal (MSc level) - skills course
Statistics for biologists (MSc level) - practical classes
Genetic techniques in aquatic ecology (MSc level) - practical classes
Ramsy Agha: 2014-present. Host-parasite coevolution in cyanobacteria-chytrid system.
Federico Castro Monzon: 2014-present. Parasite-driven demographic changes across evolutionary timescales.
Enrique Gonzalez Tortuero: 2013-present. Red Queen dynamics; revealing evolutionary change in a parasite population.
Johanna Griebel: 2012-present. The role of hybridization in the colonization of newly opened habitats.
Jakub Rusek: 2012-present. Host-parasites interactions in Daphnia: the role of variable environments.
Manja Saebelfeld: 2014-present. Evolutionary responses to a global change.
Sabine Giessler: 2012-2014; currently: LMU Munich
Mingbo Yin: 2009-2011; currently: Assistant Professor at Fudan University, Shanghai, China; winner of the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad.
Corine Schoebel: 2007-2010 (as 2nd advisor); currently: Postdoc at Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, Switzerland.
Claudia Buser: 2008-2011 (as 2nd advisor); currently: Postdoc at University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Amanda Navas Faria: 2013; currently: PhD student at Georg-August-University Göttingen; winner of the 7th LMU EES annual conference: best presentation of the MSc Project.
Gokce Ayan: 2013; currently: PhD student at the Max Planck Institute, Kiel; poster prise at the international SEFS conference in Münster, 2013.
Felicitas Buchberger: 2013; currently: PhD student at LMU Munich.
Monika Poxleitner: 2012; currently: PhD student at LMU Munich; winner of the 6th EES annual conference: best presentation of the MSc Project.
Stefanie Weigl: 2011; currently: MSc student at TU Munich; MSc thesis has been published: Weigl et al. 2012, Parasitology.
Isara Arsiranant: 2010; currently: working at Marine and Coastal Resources Research Center in Thailand.
Olivia Hesse:2010; MSc thesis has been published: Hesse et al. 2012, BMC Ecol.
Wolfgang Engelbrecht: 2010; currently: PhD student at LMU Munich
Jennifer Lohr: 2009; currently: PhD student at University of Fribourg, Switzerland; thesis has been published: Lohr et al. 2010, Parasitology; Lohr et al. 2010, J Eukaryot Microbiol.
Eva Kluzik: 2010; Helena Macke: 2011; Felicitas Buchberger: 2011; Corinna Sachs: 2012; Clarissa Mathieson: 2012; Anna May: 2013