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Instytut Biologii Ssaków Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Białowieża

Elwira Szuma



Biogeography Research Unit

Curator of Mammal Collection

Publication list

Education and scientific degrees:

  • Habilitation Theses: 2009, Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
  • PhD: 1999, Institute of Systematic and Evolution of Animals, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków
  • MSc: 1992, Warsaw University, Branch in Bialystok

Research profile:

Main research interests of E. Szuma are morphology and evolution of foxes. A basic tool in her studies is dentition (dental morphological patterns, metric and non-metric variation of teeth in populations and species). Currently, she is a leader of the project "Polymorphism and metric variation in the dentition of red fox in the Holarctic region". Recent studies are focused on: (1) geographic variation of dental morphological pattern in the whole Holarctic range of the red fox, (2) character displacement in dental morphological patterns of the red fox from zones sympatric with other closely related species, (3) factors influencing on the geographic variation of the structures, which have fundamental functions in the dental system of the red fox, (4) reconstruction of the dental evolution for Vulpes vulpes based on the morphometric dental patterns. She is the author of 15 scientific papers and articles.

International experience:

  • 2005 – 0.5-month research visit in Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels (grant in SYNTHESIS)
  • 2003 - 0.5-month research and training visit in Queen Mary School, University of London and Natural History Museum, England
  • 2002 - 0.5-month research visit, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, USA
  • 2002 - 2-month research visit, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC, USA
  • 2002 - 1-month research visit, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, USA
  • 2000 - 1-month research visit, Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Awards and prizes:

  • 2003 - Award of the Department of Biological Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences (awarded was the series of publications on tooth variation in the red fox from Poland)

Membership of scientific associations:

  • Member of the Zoology Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences

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