Michał Filipiak

I use ecological stoichiometry to study the limitations imposed on organisms due to mismatches between their nutritional demands and the supply of nutrients in their environment. My work focuses on two examples of herbivore life histories shaped by the stoichiometries of their food, representing the extremes of feeding strategies: (1) nutrient-deficient dead wood exploited by xylophages and (2) nutrient-rich pollen used by bees. My current research activities concern sexual dimorphism in the nutritional needs of bees and the effects of taxonomically diverse floral resources on bees.


  • –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


  • 2019
    Key pollen host plants provide balanced diets for wild bee larvae: A lesson for planting flower strips and hedgerows, Journal of Applied Ecology
  • 2018
    A Better Understanding of Bee Nutritional Ecology Is Needed to Optimize Conservation Strategies for Wild Bees—The Application of Ecological Stoichiometry, Insects
  • 2018
    Nutrient Dynamics in Decomposing Dead Wood in the Context of Wood Eater Requirements: The Ecological Stoichiometry of Saproxylophagous Insects, Saproxylic Insects
  • 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
    Predation Cues in Solitary bee Nests, Journal of Insect Behavior
  • 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