My former research focused on the adaptive significance of variation in morphological and physiological characters (Ph.D. project), sex dependent natural selection (pre-doctoral Marie Cure Fellowship) and geographic adaptive variation in morphological, physiological and genetic characters (post-doctoral fellowship in Finland at the University of Jyväskylä). More recently I joined group of researchers studding ecological and evolutionary consequences of disasters in Chernobyl and Fukushima. Currently, as a post-doctoral researcher at CIBIO/UP, I am focusing on geographic patterns of genetic and phenotypic variation, and coincidence between them and environmental/climatic factors. The dynamic history of Saharan environment, with its frequent contractions and expansions of desert habitats, present an ideal laboratory to study evolutionary changes on organisms inhabiting this region, the subject of my ongoing research under BIODESERTS framework. Substantial part of my research is conducted on smaller mammals, mainly rodents, as suitable mammalian models to study more general theoretical or health related problems, like in studies of adaptations, responses to radioactive pollution or variation in climate.
Research ID: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/L-7082-2013
Published work: http://users.jyu.fi/~boratyns/