Agnieszka Gudowska

Visiting PhD Candidate

SONY DSCAgnieszka Gudowska completed an MSc in biology from the Institute of Environmental Sciences, Jagiellonian University (Kraków, Poland), where she conducted telemetry studies of the distribution and behaviour of spotted salamanders (Salamandra salamandra) in Beskid Wyspowy. In 2012, Agnieszka commenced her PhD studies in the Life History Evolution Lab under the supervision of Jan Kozłowski and Ulf Bauchinger (Jagiellonian University). She examined the role of biotic and abiotic factors affecting metabolic rate as well as an ecophysiological perspective of variation in cell size and body composition in ground beetles (Carabidae). The evolution of different gas exchange patterns in insects as a form of environmental adaptation has also captured her attention.

As a fellow of The Company of Biologists in 2014, she studied discontinuous gas exchange in the grasshopper Paracinema tricolor in the Applied Physiological Ecology Lab under the supervision of John S. Terblanche (Stellenbosch University, South Africa). The study combined physiology with behaviour and morphology and was characterized by originality through a new approach to spiracle closure problem, which is present in literature since the 1950s.

In 2017, Agnieszka is visiting the Evolutionary Physiology Lab led by Craig White at Monash University where she will study fitness consequences of engaging discontinuous and continuous gas exchange pattern in cockroaches (Nauphoeta cinerea). Additionally, she will conduct comparative analyses concerning insect water balance.


Web: ResearchGate


  1. Gudowska, A., Schramm, B.W., Czarnoleski, M., Kozłowski, J. and Bauchinger, U. (2016) Physical mechanism or evolutionary trade-off? Factors dictating the relationship between metabolic rate and ambient temperature in carabid beetles. Journal of Thermal Biology, doi: 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2016.11.009
  2. Gudowska, A., Boardman, L. and Terblanche, J.S. (2016) The closed spiracle phase of discontinuous gas exchange predicts diving duration in the grasshopper, Paracinema tricolor. Journal of Experimental Biology 219: 2423-2425
  3. Gudowska, A., Drobniak, S.M., Schramm, B.W., Labecka, A.M., Kozłowski, J. and Bauchinger, U. (2016) Hold your breath beetle – Mites! Evolution 70: 249-255
  4. Schramm, B.W., Gudowska, A., Kapustka, F., Labecka, A.M., Czarnoleski, M. and Kozłowski, J. (2015) Automated measurement of ommatidia in the compound eyes of beetles. BioTechniques 59: 99-101
  5. Małek, D., Drobniak, S., Gozdek, A., Pawlik, K. and Kramarz, P. (2015) Response of body size and developmental time of Tribolium castaneum to constant versus fluctuating thermal conditions. Journal of Thermal Biology 51: 110-118