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Assistant Professor
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Behavioural ecology / Bioacoustics: geographic variation in calls, acoustic signalling of body size and identity, form and function of duet and chorus. Nature protection: habitat preferences and selection in Corncrake, using acoustic signals to individuals' identification, calls as a useful tool in monitoring and census tasks. Species of interest: Corncrake (Crex crex), Common Crane (Grus grus), Chubb’s Cisticola (Cisticola chubbi).

(1) The role of formant frequencies in acoustic signalling of body size of the sender in selected species from Gruiformes order
(2) Geographic variation and individual discrimination in Corncrake
(3) Form and function of duet and chorus in Chubb’s Cisticola

2013 - Ph.D. in biology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Faculty of Biology
2009 - M.Sc. in forestry, Warsaw Agricultural University, Faculty of Forestry
2007 - Engineer in forestry, Warsaw Agricultural University, Faculty of Forestry
Employment overview:
2008-2009 -  Investigator of nature protection, Biebrza National Park
Classes in: behavioural ecology; Signals and communication in animals
Member of the Polish Society for the Protection of Birds (OTOP)
2012 - Annual Award of Polish Academy of Sciences (for research on aggressive communication in corncrake)
2014 - The Award of the Polish Prime Minister for outstanding doctoral thesis
2014 - 3nd class Team Award of the Rector of Adam Mickiewicz University for the scientific achievements in 2013
2015 - 3nd class Team Award of the Rector of Adam Mickiewicz University for the scientific achievements in 2014

2010-2013 - Each year 1.5 month in Cameroon (research in tropical mountain forest)

Budka, M., Deoniziak, K., Tumiel, T., Woźna J.T. (2018) Vocal individuality in drumming in great spotted woodpecker - a biological perspective and implications for conservation. PLOS ONE 13(2):e0191716.
Michalska-Hejduk, D., Budka, M., Olech, B. (2017) Should I stay or should I go? Territory settlement decisions in male Corncrakes Crex crex. Bird Study 64: 232-241.
Budka, M., Osiejuk, T.S. (2017) Microgeographic call variation in a non-learning species, the Corncrake (Crex crex). Journal of Ornithology 158: 651-658.
Fourcade, Y., Richardson, D.S., Keišs, O., Budka, M., Green, R.E., Fokin, S. & Secondi, J. (2016) Corncrake conservation genetics at a European scale: the impact of biogeographical and anthropological processes. Biological Conservation 198: 210-219.
Olech, B., Budka, M. (2015) Derkacz Crex crex. W: Chylarecki, P., Sikora, A., Cenian, Z., Chodkiewicz, T. (red)., Monitoring ptaków lęgowych. Poradnik metodyczny. Wydanie 2. GIOŚ, Warszawa, s. 184-188.
Budka, M., Kokociński, P., (2015) The efficiency of territory mapping, point-based censusing, and point-counting methods in censusing and monitoring a bird species with long-range acoustic communication - the Corncrake Crex crex. Bird Study 62: 153-160.
Budka, M., Wojas, L., Osiejuk T.S. (2015) Is it possible to acoustically identify individuals within a population? Journal of Ornithology 156: 481-488.
Budka, M., Osiejuk T.S. (2014) Individually specific call feature is not used to neighbour-stranger discrimination: the corncrake case. PLOS ONE 9(8):e104031. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0104031
Budka, M., Mikkelsen, G., Turčoková, L., Fourcade, Y., Dale, S., Osiejuk, T.S. (2014) Macrogeographic variation in the call of the corncrake Crex crex. Journal of Avian Biology 45: 65-74.
Budka, M., Osiejuk, T.S. (2013) Formant frequencies are acoustic cues to caller discrimination and are a weak indicator of the body size of corncrake. Ethology 119: 960-969.
Mikkelsen, G., Dale, S., Holtskog, T., Budka, M., Osiejuk, T.S. (2013) Can individually characteristic calls be used to identify long-distance movements of Corncrakes Corncrake Crex crex? Journal of Ornithology 154: 751-760.
Budka, M., Osiejuk, T.S. (2013) Habitat preferences of Corncrake (Crex crex) males in agricultural meadows. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 171: 33-38.
Budka, M., Osiejuk, T.S. (2013) Neighbour-stranger call discrimination in a nocturnal rail species, the Corncrake Crex crex. Journal of Ornithology 154: 685-694.
Budka, M., Ręk, P., Osiejuk, T.S., Jurczak, K. (2012) Zagęszczenie samców derkacza Crex crex na wybranych powierzchniach w Polsce. Ornis Polonica 53: 165-174.
Mirski, P., Polakowski, M., Budka, M., Królak, T., Latkowski, M., Michalczuk, J., Nagórski, P., Rusiecki, S. (2011) Zimowanie podgatunków kawki Corvus monedula w wybranych miastach Polski. Ornis Polonica 52: 97-106.
Ręk, P., Osiejuk, T.S., Budka, M. (2011) Functionally similar acoustic signals in the corncrake (Crex crex) transmit information about different states of the sender during aggressive interactions. Hormones and Behavior 60: 706-712.
Budka, M. 2010. Dolina Górnego Nurca. W: Wilk, T., Jujka, M., Krogulec, J., Chylarecki, P. (red). Ostoje ptaków o znaczeniu międzynarodowym w Polsce. OTOP, Marki.