Michał Filipiak

My work is related to the stoichiometry of terrestrial food webs and nutrient cycling in land ecosystems.

In the moment I am focused on two examples of herbivore life histories shaped by the stoichiometries of their food, representing the extremes of the feeding strategies: (1) nutrient deficient dead wood exploited by xylophages, (2) nutrient rich pollen used by bees.

I hope to contribute to a discussion on the place of herbivores in the trophic chain concerning ecological stoichiometry.


  • –present
    Environmental Biologist, Institute of Environmental Sciences, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland


  • 2017 
    Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland, Ph.D. / Ecology
  • 2009 
    Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland, M.Sc. / Biology


  • 2017
    Ecological stoichiometry of the honeybee: Pollen diversity and adequate species composition are needed to mitigate limitations imposed on the growth and development of bees by pollen quality, PLOS ONE
  • 2017
    Nutritional dynamics during the development of xylophagous beetles related to changes in the stoichiometry of 11 elements, Physiological Entomology
  • 2017
    Plant–insect interactions: the role of ecological stoichiometry, Acta Agrobotanica
  • 2016
    Pollen Stoichiometry May Influence Detrital Terrestrial and Aquatic Food Webs, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
  • 2016
    Sedentary antlion larvae (Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae) use vibrational cues to modify their foraging strategies, Animal Cognition
  • 2016
    Fungal Transformation of Tree Stumps into a Suitable Resource for Xylophagous Beetles via Changes in Elemental Ratios, Insects
  • 2014
    How to Make a Beetle Out of Wood: Multi- Elemental Stoichiometry of Wood Decay, Xylophagy and Fungivory, Plos One

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    The stoichiometric balance of a herbivore feeding on a concentrated sustenance: the pollen, Osmia bicornis (=O. rufa, hymenoptera: Megachilidae)
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    National Science Centre, Poland