Dr Magdalena Lenda

Magdalena Lenda (Magda) is from the Institute of Nature Conservation, Polish Academy of Sciences. She obtained her PhD in 2015 at the Jagiellonian University in Poland with her thesis on invasion process of alien plants due to environmental changes and internet trade. Magda has also a bachelor degree in geology, and studied psychology, both at the Jagiellonian University (2008- 2011).

She obtained a Mobility Plus Grant form Polish Ministry of Sciences and Higher Education for Overseas Postdoctoral Fellowship to be based at CEED/CBCS, University of Queensland, for two years from August 2017. Her project includes invasion risk in land sharing and land sparing dilemma.

Magda’s research interests are in ecology of invasive species, plant – dispersers and pollinators relationships, ecosystem services provided by pollinators, birds, ants, soil microorganisms, politically related land use change that affect biodiversity, urban ecology. As a former student of psychology she is interested in how nature affects human mental wellbeing and health. She also works on species marketing in conservation. In her private time she is a tango argentino dancer, traveller and cook.

Main Awards:
Scholarship “Mobilnosc Plus” for outstanding young researchers, Polish Ministry of Sciences, 2017-2019
Award for the young, outstanding researcher, Polish Ministry of Sciences, 2014
Award for the young, outstanding researcher, Foundation for Polish Science, 2013
Award for the young, outstanding researcher, Foundation for Polish Science, 2012

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Polish Academy of Sciences
PhD, Jagiellonian University, 2015


Personal website:

List of publications:

Lenda M., Skórka P., Mazur B., Ward A., Wilson K. 2018. Ivory crisis: Role of bioprinting technology. Science, Vol. 360, Issue 6386, pp. 277, DOI: 10.1126/science.aat0925

Lenda M., Knops J., Skórka P., Moroń D., Woyciechowski M. 2017. Cascading effects ofchanges in land use on the invasion of the walnut Juglans regia in forest ecosystems. Journal of Ecology (in press) DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12827.

Moroń D., Przybylowicz L., Nobis M., Nobis A., Klichowska E., Lenda M., Skórka P., Tryjanowski P. 2017. Do levees support diversity and spatial turnover of communities in plant-herbivore systems in an urban landscape?. Ecological Engineering, Elsevier 105: 198–204; DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2017.04.052

Moroń D., Skórka P., Lenda M., Tryjanowski P. 2017. Railway lines affect spatial turnover of pollinator communities in an agricultural landscape. Diversity and Distribution (in press) DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12600.

Skórka P., Lenda M., Sutherland W.J. 2016. Response of young and adult birds to the same environmental variables and different spatial scales during post breeding period. Landscape Ecology (in press): DOI: 10.1007/s10980-016-0382-x.

Skorka P., Lenda M., Moroń D., Martyka R., Tryjanowski P., Sutherland W.J. 2015. Biodiversity collision blackspots in Poland: separation causality from stochasticity in roadkills of butterflies. Biological Conservation 187: 154-163.

Moroń D., Skorka P., Lenda M., Rozej-Pabjan E., Wantuch M., Kajzer-Bonk J., Celary W., Mielczarek L.E., Tryjanowski P. 2014. Railway embankments as new habitat for pollinators in agricultural landscape. PLOS ONE 9(7): e101297

Lenda M., Skorka P., Knops J.M.H., Moron D., Sutherland W.J., Kuszewska K., Woyciechowski M. 2014. Effect of the internet commerce on dispersal modes of invasive alien species. PLOS ONE 9(6): e99786

Skorka P., Martyka R., Wojcik J.D., Lenda M. 2014. An invasive gull displaces native waterbirds to habitats more exposed  to native predators. Population Ecology 56: 359-374.

Skorka P., Lenda M., Moron D., Tryjanowski P. 2013. New methods of crop production and farmland birds: effects of plastic mulches on species richness and abundance. Journal of Applied Ecology 50: 1387-1396.

Lenda M., Witek M., Skorka P., Moron D., Woyciechowski M. 2013. Invasive alien plants affect grassland ant communities, colony size and foraging behaviour. Biological Invasions: 15: 2403-241.

Skorka P., Nowicki P., Lenda M., Witek M.,  Sliwinska  E.B.,  Settele J., Woyciechowski M. 2013. Different flight behaviour of the endangered Scarce Large Blue butterfly Phengaris teleius (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) within and outside its habitat patches. Landscape Ecology 28: 533-546.

Skorka P., Lenda M., Moron D., Kalarus K., Tryjanowski P. 2013. Factors affecting road mortality and the suitability of road verges for butterflies. Biological Conservation 159: 148-157.

Moron D., Lenda M., Skorka P., Woyciechowski M. 2012. Short-lived ants take greater risks during food collection. The American Naturalist 160: 744-750.

Skorka P., Martyka R., Wójcik J.D., Lenda M. 2012. Numerical and behavioural response of Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus on population growth of the expansive Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans. Journal of Ornithology 153: 947-961.

Lenda M., Skorka P., Knops J.M.H., Moroń D., Tworek S., Woyciechowski M. 2012. Plant establishment and invasions: an increase in a seed disperser combined with land abandonment cause an invasion of the non-native walnut in Europe. Proceeding of the Royal Society B – Biological Sciences 279: 1491-1497.

Lenda M., Skorka P., Moron D., Rosin Z., Tryjanowski P. 2012. The importance of the gravel excavation industry for the conservation of grassland butterflies. Biological Conservation 148: 180-190.

Kajzer J., Lenda M., Kosmicki A., Bobrek R., Kowalczyk T., Martyka R., Skorka P. 2012. Patch occupancy and abundance of local populations in landscapes differing in degree of habitat fragmentation: a case study of the colonial black-headed gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus. Journal of Biogeography 39: 371-381.

Lenda M., Maciusik B., Skorka P. 2012. Evolutionary, ecological and behavioural consequences of the presence of floaters in bird populations. North-Western Journal of Zoology 8: 394-408.

Rosin Z., Myczko L., Skorka P., Lenda M., Moroń D., Sparks T.H., Tryjanowski P. 2012. Butterfly responses to environmental factors in fragmented calcareous grasslands. Journal of Insect Conservation 16: 321-329.

Skorka P., Martyka R., Wójcik J.D., Lenda M. 2011. Site parameters` variance – a missing dimension in the studies of nest-site selection? Polish Journal of Ecology 59: 423-426.

Tryjanowski P., Hartel T., Báldi A., Szymański P., Tobolka M., Herzon I., Goławski A., Konvička M., Hromada M., Jerzak L., Kujawa K., Lenda M., Orłowski M., Panek M., Skorka P., Sparks T. H., Tworek S., Wuczyński A., Żmihorski M. 2011. Conservation of farmland birds faces different challenges in Western and Central-Eastern Europe. Acta Ornithologica 46: 1–12.

Rosin Z., Skorka P., Lenda M., Moron D., Sparks T.H., Tryjanowski P. 2011. Increasing patch area, proximity of human settlement and larval food plants positively affect the occurrence and local population size of the habitat specialist butterfly Polyommatus coridon in fragmented calcareous grassland. European Journal of Entomology 108: 99-106.

Skorka P., Lenda M., Tryjanowski P. 2010. Invasive alien goldenrods negatively affect grassland bird communities in Eastern Europe. Biological Conservation 143: 856-861.

Lenda M., Neubauer G., Zagalska-Neubauer M., Skorka P. 2010. Do invasive species undergo metapopulation dynamics? A case study of the invasive Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans in Poland. Journal of Biogeography 37: 1824-1834.

Lenda M., Skorka P. 2010. Patch occupancy, number of individuals and population density of the Marbled White in a changing agricultural landscape. Acta Oecologica 36: 497-506.

Maciusik B., Lenda M., Skorka P. 2010. Corridors, local food resources and climatic conditions affect the utilization of the urban environment by the Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus in winter. Ecological Research 25: 263-272.

Skorka P., Lenda M., Skórka J. 2009. Supermarkets – a wintering habitat for House Sparrow Passer domesticus. Polish Journal of Ecology 57: 597-603.

Skorka P., Lenda M., Martyka R., Tworek S. 2009. The use of metapopulation and optimal foraging theories to predict movement and foraging decisions of mobile animals in heterogeneous landscapes.Landscape Ecology 24: 599-609.

Moroń D., Lenda M., Skorka P., Szentgyorgyi H., Settele J., Woyciechowski M. 2009. Wild pollinator communities are negatively affected by invasion of alien goldenrods in grassland landscape. Biological Conservaiton 142: 1322-1332.