Krzysztof Schmidt
Deputy director
Population Ecology — leader
Education and scientific degrees
  • Habilitation: 2010, Institute and Museum of Zoology Polish Academy of Sciences
  • PhD: 1999, University of Warsaw, Department of Biology
  • MSc: 1989, University of Gdańsk, Department of Biology, Geography and Oceanography
Research profile

Main research interests of K. Schmidt concentrate around the problems related to ecology and scientific basis for conservation of predatory mammals. His research focused on the spatial organization and population biology of the Eurasian lynx and its impact on ungulates (red and roe deer) in the Białowieża Forest. He also participated in research on the ecology of wolves in north-eastern Poland and the Norwegian population of lynx. K. Schmidt also conducted research (in collaboration with the Japanese researchers) on the use of space, territoriality and the activity of the Iriomote cat (Iriomote Island, Japan). His current research activity aims at understanding the factors influencing the variability and genetic structure of the population of lynx in the area of ​​the eastern and northern Europe, as well as mechanisms of indirect effects of large carnivores (wolf and lynx) on population dynamics of ungulates. He is the author and co-author of over 40 scientific publications and 30 works of popular science. He co-authored conservation plans of lynx and wolf in Poland.

International experience
  • 2010 i 2011 - Venezuela, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas in Caracas - research visit - 2 months
  • 2011 - Russia, Russian Research Institute of Game Management and Fur Farming - research visit - 1 month
  • 2007 - Japan, Ryukyu University, Faculty of Science - research visit - 2 weeks
  • 2004 - Switzerland, Bern University - research visit - 1 week
  • 2000-2001 - Japan, Ryukyu University, Tropical Biosphere Research Center - research visit - 10 months
  • 1998 - Norway, Norwegian Institute of Nature Research - research fellow - 4 months
  • 1997 - Brazil, National Center of Research and Conservation of Carnivores - research visit - 1 month.
Research projects
  • 2011 - 2014 - "Indirect influence of large carnivores on ungulates' behavior and physiology in forests of middle Europe." Project financed by National Science Center; leader.
  • 2010 - 2014 - "The role of ecological factors in shaping the genetic variability of jaguar Panthera onca population in Venezuela." Project financed by Ministry of Science and Higher Education; leader.
  • 2012 - 2014 - "Conservation of large carnivores in Poland." Project financed by EuroNatur Foundation (Germany); leader.
  • 2009-2012: "The influence of evolutionary history and anthropogenic factors on the genetic structure of Eurasian lynx at the western edge of its range in Europe". Project financed by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education; leader.
  • 2003-2007: "Genetic diversity and relatedness in the lynx population in Białowieża Primeval Forest - environmental and social circumstances". Project financed by the Committee of Scientific Research; leader.
  • 2003 - 2005: "Large carnivores in northern landscapes : an interdisciplinary approach to their regional conservation". International project, funded by the Norwegian Research Council, coordinator of the Polish side.
  • 2000 - 2001: "Strategy for the protection and monitoring of the lynx and the wolf population in north-eastern Poland." Project funded by the Regional Fund for Environmental Protection in Olsztyn; leader.
  • 2000 - 2001: "Movement and activity pattern of the Iriomote cat (Prionailurus iriomotensis)". The project financed by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture in Japan; leader.
  • 1997 - 1999: "Mechanisms of regulatory impact of wolves on ungulate populations in Bialowieza Primeval Forest " . Project financed by the Committee of Scientific Research; contractor.
  • 1993 - 1996: "Ecology of the wolf and its impact on large ungulates in Białowieża Primeval Forest": Project financed by the Committee of Scientific Research; contractor .
  • 1993 - 1996: "The spatial and social organization of the population of lynx (Lynx lynx) and its impact on ungulates in Białowieża Primeval Forest". Project financed by the Committee of Scientific Research; leader
Additional functions
  • Member of the Cat Specialist Group IUCN/SSC since 1995 r.
  • Member of Scientific Council of the Mammal Research Institute PAS (since 1999) (Council Secretary 2003-2004).
  • Member of Scientific Council of the Wildlife Park in Kadzidłowo (since 2005).
  • Editor of Acta Theriologica (since 2003).
  • Member of Local Ethical Committee in Białystok (since 2010)
Membership and Awards
  • Award of the Department of Biological Sciences PAS for a series of research articles on ecology of lynx Lynx lynx in Białowieża Forest. Warszawa, 2000.