Weronika Banaszak-Cibicka, PhD

Postdoctoral researcher
+48 61 848 7637, room 324

Scientific interests

Biology and ecology of bees (Apoidea)

Biodiversity and conservation of pollinators

Impact of human pressure on wild bees assemblages
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ORCID iD 0000-0003-3465-2712



Rearing of Beneficial Insects

Animal-Plant Interactions


2009 PhD, Biology – Zoology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
2005 MSc, Environmental Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
2003 BSc, Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań

Experience and employment

2009 -date Institute of Zoology, Poznań University of Life Sciences

The Pollinator 101 Training course (UK, Reading 2014)


2020 Rector’s Award for the original scientific achievements (2nd degree team award)

2019 Rector’s Award for the original scientific achievements (2nd degree team award)

2011 Award for distinctive PhD thesis from City of Poznań

2009 Award for distinctive PhD thesis, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań


02.2017-02.2019 – Closed railways as an important habitat for birds and pollinators in the agricultural landscape.

05.2014-01.2017 – Linking farmland Biodiversity to Ecosystem seRvices for effective ecofunctional intensification (LIBERATION) – 7 th Framework Programme, European Union research and development funding programme.

07.2012-12.2014 – Urbanization impact on the quality of bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Apiformes): size variability and body asymmetry in an urbanization gradient – Poznań University of Life sciences.



Banaszak-Cibicka W., Żmihorski M. 2020. Are cities hot spots for bees? Local and regional diversity patterns lead to different conclusions. Urban Ecosystems,  23,4: 713-722. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11252-020-00972-w

Dylewski Ł., Maćkowiak Ł., Banaszak-Cibicka W. 2020. Linking pollinators and city flora: How vegetation composition and environmental features shapes pollinators composition in urban environment. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 56, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2020.126795


Dylewski  Ł., Maćkowiak Ł., Banaszak‐Cibicka W. 2019. Are all urban green spaces a favourable habitat for pollinator communities? Bees, butterflies and hoverflies in different urban green areas. Ecological Entomology 44,5: 678-689. https://doi.org/10.1111/een.12744

Twerd L., Banaszak‐Cibicka W. 2019. Wastelands: their attractiveness and importance for preserving the diversity of wild bees in urban areas. Journal of Insect Conservation 23,3: 573–588. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10841-019-00148-8

Banaszak-Cibicka W., Takacs V., Kesy M., Langowska A., Blecharczyk A., Sawinska Z., Sparks T.H., Tryjanowski P. 2019. Manure application improves both bumblebee flower visitation and crop yield in intensive farmland. Basic and Applied Ecology 36, 26-33. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.baae.2019.03.005

Twerd L., Banaszak-Cibicka W., Sandurska E. 2019. What features of sand quarries affect their attractiveness for bees? Acta Oecologica 96: 56-64. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actao.2019.03.005

Banaszak J., Banaszak-Cibicka W., Twerd L. 2019. Possible expansion of the range of Xylocopa violacea L. (Hymenoptera, Apiformes, Apidae) in Europe. Turkish Journal of Zoology 43. doi:10.3906/zoo-1812-6


Banaszak-Cibicka W., Twerd L., Fliszkiewicz M., Giejdasz K., Langowska A. 2018. City parks vs natural areas – is it possible to preserve a natural level of bee richness and abundance in a city park? Urban Ecosystems 21,4: 599–613. DOI: 10.1007/s11252-018-0756-8

Pustkowiak S., Banaszak-Cibicka W., Mielczarek Ł. E., Tryjanowski P., Skórka P. 2018. The association of windmills with conservation of pollinating insects and wild plants in homogeneous farmland of western Poland. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 25(7): 6273–6284 DOI: 0.1007/s11356-017-0864-7

Banaszak-Cibicka W., Fliszkiewicz M., Langowska A., Żmihorski M. 2018. Body size and wing asymmetry in bees along an urbanization gradient. Apidologie 49,3: 297–306. DOI: 10.1007/s13592-017-0554-y

Banaszak J., Twerd L., Ratyńska H., Banaszak-Cibicka W., Zyś T. 2018. Andrena florea (Hymenoptera, Apoidea, Apiformes): a rare bee species in Poland, related to the expansion of the alien plant Bryonia dioica (Cucurbitaceae), Polish Journal of Entomology 87,3: 199-215. https://doi.org/10.2478/pjen2018-0015


Banaszak-Cibicka W., Ratyńska H., Dylewski Ł. 2016. Features of urban green space favourable for large and diverse bee populations (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Apiformes). Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 20C: 448-452. (DOI: 10.1016/j.ufug.2016.10.015)


Banaszak-Cibicka W. 2015. Bees and the city. Przegląd Komunalny, Poznań, 7: 46-47. [in Polish]

Myczko Ł., Banaszak-Cibicka W., Sparks T.H., Tryjanowski P. 2015. Do queens of bumblebee species differ in their choice of flower colour morphs of Corydalis cava (Fumariaceae). Apidologie, 46(3): 337-345. (DOI: 10.1007/s13592-014-0326-x)


Banaszak J., Banaszak-Cibicka W., Szefer P. 2014. Guidelines on sampling intensity of bees (Hymnoptera: Apoidea: Apiformes), J. Insect Conserv., 18:651–656 (DOI: 10.1007/s10841-014-9671-3)

Banaszak-Cibicka W. 2014. Are urban areas suitable for thermophilic and xerothermic bee species (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Apiformes)? Apidologie, 45:145–155. (DOI 10.1007/s13592-013-0232-7)


Banaszak-Cibicka W., Żmihorski M. 2012. Wild bees along an urban gradient: winners & losers. J. Insect Conserv., 16: 331–343.

Banaszak-Cibicka W. 2012. Environmental islands in agricultural landscape and pollinating insects. [w:] Rola zbiorników wodnych w krajobrazie rolniczym. R. Gołdyn, N. Kuczyńska-Kippen (red.), Poznań, 122-130. [in Polish]

Banaszak-Cibicka W. 2012. The importance of environment al Island in agricultural landscape for pollinating insects. [w:] Potrzeba ochrony zbiorników śródpolnych. R. Gołdyn, A. Kędziora (red.), Poznań, 53-57. [in Polish]


Banaszak-Cibicka W., Banaszak J., 2011. Pollinating insects of cities (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Apiformes). Part I. Fauna of Poznań in comparison with bees of other polish cities. [in:] Urban fauna. Studies of animal biology, ecology and conservation in European cities P. Indykiewicz, L. Jerzak, J. Böhner, B. Kavanagh (eds.), 227-236.

Banaszak-Cibicka W., Banaszak J., 2011. Pollinating insects of cities (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Apiformes). Part II. Fauna of cities in comparison with bees in natural habitats. [in:] Urban fauna. Studies of animal biology, ecology and conservation in European cities P. Indykiewicz, L. Jerzak, J. Böhner, B. Kavanagh (eds.), 237-250.

Rosin Z.M., Takacs V., Báldi A., Banaszak-Cibicka W., Dajdok Z., Dolata P.T., Kwieciński Z., Łangowska A., Moroń D., Skórka P., Tobółka M., Tryjanowski P., Wuczyński A. 2011. Ecosystem services as an efficient tool of nature conservation: a view from the Polish farm land. Chrońmy Przyrodę Ojczystą, 67(1):3-21. [in Polish]


Tryjanowski P., Pawlikowski T., Pawlikowski K., Banaszak-Cibicka W., Sparks T.H. 2010. Does climate influence phenological trends in social wasps (Hymenoptera: Vespinae) in Poland?. Eur. J. Entomol., 107(2): 203–208.


Banaszak-Cibicka W.A. 2008. Introductory studies of the bee fauna in Poznań (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Apiformes). [w:] Fauna miast. Ochronić różnorodność biotyczną w miastach, P. Indykiewicz, L. Jerzak, T. Barczak (red.), Bydgoszcz, s: 260-26. [in Polish]

Banaszak-Cibicka W.A. 2008. Anthophora plagiata (Illiger, 1806), threaten species in Poland – history of research. [w:] Krajobraz i bioróżnorodność, S. Kaczmarek (red.), Bydgoszcz, s: 276-283. [in Polish]


Banaszak-Cibicka W.A. 2007. Breeding technology of bumblebees. Poradnik Gospodarski, Poznań, 4: 50-51. [in Polish]

Banaszak-Cibicka W.A. 2007. Breeding technology of wild bees. Poradnik Gospodarski, Poznań, 7-8: 58-59. [in Polish]


Banaszak-Cibicka W.A., Wilkaniec Z. 2006. Is the solitary bee Anthophora plagiata (Illiger, 1806) endangered species in Poland? Chrońmy Przyrodę Ojczystą, Kraków, 62 (4): 3-10. [in Polish]

Banaszak-Cibicka W.A. 2006. Threat and protection of wild bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Apiformes). Wiadomości Entomologiczne, Poznań, 25 (2): 17-20. [in Polish]


Banaszak W.A. 2005. What has caused the decline of the solitary bee Anthophora plagiata (Illiger, 1806) (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) in the Wielkopolska-Kujawy Lowland in west Poland? Pol. Pismo Ent., Bydgoszcz, 74: 157-185.


Banaszak J., Ratyńska H., Banaszak W.A. 2004. Proposed “Folusz” Nature Reserve near Szubin (in Poland) as a refuge of thermophilous plant cover and the fauna of the superfamilies Apoidea and Scolioidea (Hymenoptera, Aculeata). Bad. Fizjogr. Pol. Zach., C, 50: 101-132. [in Polish]

Banaszak W.A. 2004. An overview of studies on pollinating insects in Poznań (Hymenoptera: Apoidea). [w:] P. Indykiewicz, T. Barczak (red.), Fauna miast Europy Środkowej 21. wieku. Bydgoszcz, 155 – 166. [in Polish]


Banaszak W.A. 2003. Distribution and assessment of the degree of threat of Anthophora plagiata (Illiger, 1806) (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) in Poland. Nowy Pam. Fizjogr., Warszawa, 2 (1-2): 53-68.