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Major interests

 

  • Tardigrada (taxonomy, phylogeny, biogeography, faunistics, ecology and biology)
  • Invertebrates (stress conditions)
  • Anabiosis

 

Current projects

 

Ongoing

  • 2015-present. Grant coordinated by NTNU Univeristy Museum: Capacity building and DNA barcoding of Norwegian Tardigrada. Researcher.
  • 2015-present. Grant of University Estatal Amazonica: Los sistemas silvícolas-industriales como un aporte multifuncional a la economía verde en la producción amazónica (SSIEV). Researcher.
  • 2015-present. Grant of University Estatal Amazonica: Ciclo del Carbono, Cambio Climático y Suelos Amazónicos: intercambio, incorporación y transferencia de conocimientos científicos internacionales hacia el desarrollo de protocolos nacionales de muestreo y monitoreo de los recursos naturales en Ecuador desde un punto de vista agroecológico. Researcher.
  • 2014-present. MNiSW grant Iuventus (no. IP2014 017973): DNA barcoding as a tool for the identification of species in the harmsworthi group. Grant manager.
  • 2014-present. NCN grant Preludium (2013/11/N/NZ8/00597): Cryoconite holes - a unique habitats for tardigrades. How tundra ecosystems influence on the water bears associations in the cryoconite holes. Grant manager: Krzysztof Zawierucha, tutor: Łukasz Kaczmarek.
  • 2014-present. “Prometeo” project on the University Estatal Amazonica and Centro de Investigación, Posgrado y Conservación Amazónica of Universidad Estatal Amazonica (CIPCA-UEA) w Puyo (Ecuador): Comparison of the soil/leaf litter micro-invertebrates biodiversity between the different types of artificial (farmland and cities) and natural ecosystems. Grant manager.
  • 2013-present. MNiSW Diamond Grant (for the 100 best student from Poland): Studies on the resistance of small anabiotic invertebrates (water bears) to the lack of the geomagnetic field, and the potential survival of terrestrial organisms beyond our planet. Grant manager: Weronika Erdmann, tutor: Łukasz Kaczmarek.
  • 2012-present. MNiSW Diamond Grant (for the 100 best student from Poland): Diversity and ecology water bears (Tardigrada) in the Arctic in context of climate change and the theory of island biogeography. Grant manager: Krzysztof Zawierucha, tutor: Łukasz Kaczmarek.
  • 2010-present. Project RIS # 5326. Diversity and distribution patterns of microfauna in terrestrial habitats of the Svalbard Archipelago.Rresearcher.

 

 Finished

  • 2011. EU SYNTHESYS grant (no. HU-TAF-2261): Revision and redescription of selected Eutardigrada type specimens of the Iharos collection. Researcher.
  • 2010-2013. MNiSW grant (no. N N304 014939): The role of habitat factors in shaping biodiversity of water bears (Tardigrada) Continental Antarctic soil (Victoria Land, Ross Sea region). Grant manager.
  • 2010-2012. Project RIS # 3762. Studies of Arctic fungi and bacteria as indicator for nutrient and hydrocarbons contamination.
  • 2010-2011. MNiSW grant Iuventus (no. IP2010 015570): Invertebrate biodiversity in periodic waters of Costa Rica, and the hypothesis of the "Great American Biotic Interchange". Grant manager.
  • 2009-2010. DAAD Project. Molecular and morphological characterisation of anhydrobiotic tardigrade species. Tutor.
  • 2009. EU SYNTHESYS grant (no. DK-TAF-4888): Evolution of egg shell in Eutardigrada and its taxonomic significance. Researcher.
  • 2006. EU SYNTHESYS grant (no. DK-TAF 2586): Revision and redescription of chosen Tardigrada type specimens of the Thulin's collection. Researcher.
  • 2005. EU SYNTHESYS grant (no. DK-TAF 1177): Morphological variability of the oral cavity armature within and between some species and genera of Eutardigrada (Tardigrada). Researcher.
  • 2005-2008. KBN grant (no. 2P04C 07729): Water bears (Tardigrada) of Tropical Rain Forests of Costa Rica – Mixing of the Nearctic and Neotropic Faunas. Grant manager.
  • 2005-2008. KBN grant (no. 2P04F 05428): Mites of the group Heterostigmata (Acari) occurring in association with bark beetles (Scolytidae) on spruce in Poland: systematics, ecology and estimation of ecological significance. Researcher.
  • 2004. Fauna Europea Database Project – NAS Extension. Project supported by the Institute and the Zoological Museum of the Polish Academy of Sciences, with funds from the 5th UE Framework. Researcher.
  • 2003 - . Participation in international projects investigating biodiversity:
  • -.National Biodiversity Inventory conducted by the Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio) and the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) with funds from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) thought the World Bank (Costa Rica). Researcher.
    -. ALAS ‘Arthropods of La Selva’ with funds from National Science Foundation-grant DEB-0072702, Organization for Tropical Studies and (INBio) (Costa Rica, La Selva Biological Station). Researcher.
    -. IBISCA 2003 ‘Investigating the Biodiversity of Soil and Canopy Arthropods’ with main funding from Solvin/Solvay, STRI and Global Canopy Programme (Panama, San Lorenzo National Park). Researcher.

 

Scholarships

 

  • 2012. Award from the President of A. Mickiewicz University (III degree).
  • 2011. Scholarship from the MSHE for leading, young researchers (for 3 years).
  • 2011. Habilitation scholarship on the A. Mickiewicz University.
  • 2009. Award from the Prime Minister of Poland.
  • 2008. Award from the President of A. Mickiewicz University (II degree).
  • 2008. Scholarship from the Foundation of Polish Science for young researchers from Poland.
    2007. Scholarship from the Foundation of Polish Science for young researchers from Poland.
  • 2006. Scholarship for young researchers from Poznan (scholarship awarded by the Mayor of Poznań)
  • 2006-2008. The best PhD student at the Faculty of Biology, A. Mickiewicz University.

 

 Scientific expeditions

 

  • 1999. Member of a scientific expedition to the Tatra Mountains (Poland): biodiversity of liverworts in the Tatrzański National Park. (Co-ordinator Professor J. Szweykowski).
  • 2000. Member of a scientific expedition to Mongolia: invertebrate biodiversity.
  • 2001. Co-organiser of a scientific expedition to the Bieszczady National Park (Poland): invertebrate biodiversity (co-operation with Dr. Ł. Michalczyk)
  • 2001. Co-organiser of a scientific expedition to Ukraine and Russia – the three seas: The Azow Sea, The Black Sea and The Caspian Sea): invertebrate biodiversity.
  • 2001-2010. Operation “Bałtyk” (seasonal catching and marking birds).
  • 2002. Research on the biodiversity of Tardigrada of the Wielkopolski National Park.
  • 2002 Co-organiser of a scientific expedition to Kyrgyzstan (Tien Shan Mountains): invertebrate biodiversity (especially Tardigrada).
  • 2002. Examination of moss and lichen collections preserved at the Museum of Natural History, Mainz, Germany.
  • 2002-2003. Organiser of a scientific expedition to Costa Rica: Tardigrada biodiversity.
  • 2006. Co-organiser of a scientific expedition to South America (Argentina, Chile, Uruguay): invertebrate biodiversity (especially Acari and Tardigrada).
  • 2009. Short visit in Wildau (Molecular Biology and Functional Genomics, University of Applied Sciences Wildau). DAAD Project. Molecular and morphological characterisation of anhydrobiotic tardigrade species.
  • 2010. Member of a scientific expedition on Svalbard: fungi and bacteria biodiversity (Grant RIS 3762 ‘Studies of Arctic fungi and bacteria as indicator for nutrient and hydrocarbons contamination’).
  • 2011. Organiser of a scientific expedition to Costa Rica: Tardigrada, Rotifera and Anostraca biodiversity in temporary waters.

 

International cooperation

 

  • Dr Paul J. Bartels; Warren Wilson College; Department of Biology; Asheville, North Carloina; USA.
  • Professor Clark Beasley; Department of Biology, McMurry College, Abilene, Texas 79697, USA.
  • Professor Cheon Young Chang; Department of Biology, College of Natural Sciences, Daegu University, Gyeongsan 712-714, South Korea.
  • Dr Sandra Claxton; School of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, Ryde NSW 2109, Australia.
  • Dr Peter Degma; Department of Zoology; Comenius University; Bratislava, Slovakia.
  • Professor Marcus Frohme; Molecular Biology and Functional Genomics; Technical University of Applied Sciences, Bahnhofstraße 15; D-15745 Wildau, Germany.
  • Dr Roberto Guidetti; Department of Animal Biology, Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Via Campi 213/d. 41100, Modena, Italy.
  • Dr Łukasz Michalczyk; School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia, NR4 7TJ Norwich, United Kingdom.
  • Professor Diane R. Nelson; Department of Biological Sciences; East Tennessee State University; Johnson City, Tennessee; USA.
  • Professor Giovanni Pilato; Dipartimento di Biologia Animale dell’Università Via Adrone 81, 95124 Catania, Italy.

 

Publications