Supervisors from Institute of Dendrology


I am an associate professor at the Institute of Dendrology PAS, head of the Department of Ecology, and director of the Institute since 2019. In 2002 I graduated at the Faculty of Forestry of Poznań University of Life Sciences (MSc thesis: „Forest communities and vascular flora of the nature reserve „Ostrów Panieński” near Chełmno”). In 2006 I received my PhD in biological sciences at the Institute of Dendrology PAS (PhD thesis: „Ecological consequences of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) silviculture in different densities”) and, in 2016, I completed my post-doctoral qualification (habilitation) in biological sciences at the Władysław Szafer Institute of Botany PAS in Kraków, based on my scientific achievement entitled: „Ontogenetic determinants of changes in root biomass and morphology of the forest-forming tree species”. I am particularly interested in forest ecology, and in general, I study factors affecting and controlling standing biomass and carbon storage in forest ecosystems, plant biomass production, and decomposition, as well as sources and causes responsible for the biodiversity of forest ecosystems and their ecological determinants. My research findings were published in more than 220 articles, e.g., in Nature, Science, PNAS, Global Change Biology, New Phytologist, Forest Ecology and Management.

Research interests:

Forest ecosystem ecology, plant functional ecology, climate change, carbon storage, biomass production, and allocation.

Major publications:

Horodecki P., Nowiński M., Jagodziński A.M. 2019. Advantages of mixed tree stands in restoration of upper soil layers on postmining sites: A five-year leaf litter decomposition experiment. Land Degradation and Development 30: 3-13.

Jagodziński A.M., Dyderski M.K., Gęsikiewicz K., Horodecki P. 2020. Consequences of different sample drying temperatures for accuracy of biomass inventories in forest ecosystems. Scientific Reports 10: 16009.

Jagodziński A.M., Dyderski M.K., Horodecki P. 2020. Differences in biomass production and carbon sequestration between highland and lowland stands of Picea abies (L.) H. Karst. and Fagus sylvatica L. Forest Ecology and Management 474: 118329.

Paź-Dyderska S., Dyderski M.K., Szwaczka P., Brzezicha M., Bigos K., Jagodziński A.M. 2020. Leaf traits and aboveground biomass variability of forest understory herbaceous plant species. Ecosystems 23(3): 555-569.

Steidinger B.S., Crowther T.W., Liang J., Van Nuland M.E., Werner G.D.A., Reich P.B., Nabuurs G.J., de-Miguel S., Zhou M., Picard N., Herault B., Zhao X., Zhang C., Routh D., Abegg M., Adou Yao C.Y., Alberti G., Almeyda Zambrano A., Alvarez-Davila E., Alvarez-Loayza P., Alves L.F., Ammrt Ch., Antón-Fernández C., Araujo-Murakami A., Arroyo L., Avitabile V., Aymard G., Baker T., Bałazy R., Banki O., Barroso J., Bastian M., Bastin J.-F., Birigazzi L., Birnbaum P., Bitariho R., Boeckx P., Bongers F., Bouriaud O., Brancalion P.H.S., Brandl S., Brearley F.Q., Brienen R., Broadbent E., Bruelheide H., Bussotti F., Cazzolla Gatti R., Cesar R., Cesljar G., Chazdon R., Chen H.Y.H., Chisholm Ch., Cienciala E., Clark C.J., Clark D., Colletta G., Condit R., Coomes D., Cornejo Valverde F., Corral-Rivas J.J., Crim P., Cumming J., Dayanandan S., de Gasper A.L., Decuyper M., Derroire G., DeVries B., Djordjevic I., Iêda A., Dourdain A., Engone Obiang N.L., Enquist B., Eyre T., Fandohan A.B., Fayle T.M., Feldpausch T.R., Finér L., Fischer M., Fletcher Ch., Fridman J., Frizzera L., Gamarra J.G.P., Gianelle D., Glick H.B., Harris D., Hector A., Hemp A., Hengeveld G., Herbohn J., Herold M., Hillers A., Honorio Coronado E.N., Huber M., Hui C., Cho H., Ibanez T., Jung I., Imai N., Jagodzinski A.M., Jaroszewicz B., Johannsen V., Joly C.A., Jucker T., Karminov V., Kartawinata K., Kearsley E., Kenfack D., Kennard D., Kepfer-Rojas S., Keppel G., Khan M.L., Killeen T., Kim H.S., Kitayama K., Köhl M., Korjus H., Kraxner F., Laarmann D., Lang M., Lewis S., Lu H., Lukina N., Maitner B., Malhi Y., Marcon E., Marimon B.S., Marimon-Junior B.H., Marshall A.R., Martin E., Martynenko O., Meave J.A., Melo-Cruz O., Mendoza C., Merow C., Mendoza A.M., Moreno V., Mukul S.A., Mundhenk P., Nava-Miranda M.G., Neill D., Neldner V., Nevenic R., Ngugi M., Niklaus P., Oleksyn J., Ontikov P., Ortiz-Malavasi E., Pan Y., Paquette A., Parada-Gutierrez A., Parfenova E., Park M., Parren M., Parthasarathy N., Peri P.L., Pfautsch S., Phillips O., Piedade M.T., Piotto D., Pitman N.C.A., Polo I., Poorter L., Poulsen A.D., Poulsen J.R., Pretzsch H., Ramirez Arevalo F., Restrepo-Correa Z., Rodeghiero M., Rolim S., Roopsind A., Rovero F., Rutishauser E., Saikia P., Saner P., Schall P., Schelhaas M.-J., Schepaschenko D., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Schmid B., Schöngart J., Searle E., Seben V., Serra-Diaz J.M., Salas-Eljatib Ch., Sheil D., Shvidenko A., Silva-Espejo J., Silveira M., Singh J., Sist P., Slik F., Sonké B., Souza A.F., Stereńczak K., Svenning J.-Ch., Svoboda M., Targhetta N., Tchebakova N., ter Steege H., Thomas R., Tikhonova E., Umunay P., Usoltsev V., Valladares F., van der Plas F., Van Do T., Vasquez Martinez R., Verbeeck H., Viana H., Vieira S., von Gadow K., Wang H.-F., Watson J., Westerlund B., Wiser S., Wittmann F., Wortel V., Zagt R., Zawila-Niedzwiecki T., Zhu Z.-X., Zo-Bi I.C., Peay K.G. 2019. Climatic controls of decomposition drive the global biogeography of forest-tree symbioses. Nature 569: 404-408.

Since 2012 Emilia Pers-Kamczyc has worked at the Institute of Dendrology PAS. She is currently an assistant professor and holds the position of deputy director for the organization and development of the ID PAS. Pers-Kamczyc received a PhD from the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn. She was granted scholarships funded by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), Switzerland, the CIMO Foundation of MTT Agrifood Research in Jokioinen, Finland, and the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation, Germany. She was awarded the START stipend of the Foundation for Polish Science.

Research interests:

Dioecy, sexual dimorphism, transcriptome, nitrogen deposition.

Major publications:

Pers-Kamczyc E., Iszkuło G., Rabska M., Wrońska-Pilarek D., Kamczyc J. 2019. More isn’t always better – The effect of environmental nutritional richness on male reproduction of Taxus baccata L. Environmental and Experimental Botany 162: 468-478.

Pers-Kamczyc E., Tyrała-Wierucka Ż., Rabska M., Wrońska-Pilarek D., Kamczyc J. 2020. The higher availability of nutrients increases the production but decreases the quality of pollen grains in Juniperus communis L. Journal of Plant Physiology 248: #153156.

Rabska M., Pers-Kamczyc E., Żytkowiak R., Adamczyk D., Iszkuło G. 2020. Sexual dimorphism in the chemical composition of male and female in the dioecious tree, Juniperus communis L., growing under different nutritional conditions. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 21(21): #8094.

Robakowski P., Pers-Kamczyc E., Ratajczak E., Thomas P.A., Ye Z.P., Rabska M., Iszkulo G. 2018. Photochemistry and antioxidative capacity of female and male Taxus baccata L. acclimated to different nutritional environments. Frontiers in Plant Science 9: #742.

Robakowski P., Wyka T., Kowalkowski W., Barzdajn W., Pers-Kamczyc E., Jankowski A., Politycka B. 2020. Practical implications of different phenotypic and molecular responses of evergreen conifer and broadleaf deciduous forest tree species to regulated water deficit in a container nursery. Forests 11(9): #1011.

I started working in the Institute of Dendrology of the Polish Academy of Sciences as a junior technician in 1998. Currently, I am the head of the Department of Developmental Biology, leading a young and ambitious team. As a specialist in plant physiology and biochemistry, I investigate the molecular basis of tree seed aging and compounds regulating the redox state of seeds to identify potential markers of their viability. I am a co-investigator in 10 research projects and the principal investigator of the OPUS18 project entitled “Effects of thiol redox regulators on seed quality and the process of their aging.” The research project's main objective is to analyze the network of redox regulation processes involving various proteins of tree seeds differing in resistance to water loss, and thus loss of viability during storage. Since the participation of these proteins in the redox state regulation depends on their involvement in the processes of S-nitrosylation and denitrosylation, the level and location of selected compounds, enzymatic activity, and gene expression are analyzed. Oxygen concentration affects NO content, so the respiration intensity of the seeds is also examined. I am an author of more than 30 scientific publications.

Research interests:

Aging of seeds, regulation redox state, mitochondria, respiratory metabolism, oxidative stress.

Major publications:

Ratajczak E., Dietz K.J., Kalemba E.M. 2019. The occurrence of peroxiredoxins and changes in redox state in Acer platanoides and Acer pseudoplatanus during seed development. Journal Plant of Growth Regulation 38: 298-314.

Ratajczak E., Malecka A., Ciereszko I., Staszak A.M. 2019. Mitochondria are important determinants of the aging of seeds. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 20(7): #1568.

Ratajczak E., Małecka A., Bagniewska-Zadworna A., Kalemba E.M. 2015. The production, localization and spreading of reactive oxygen species contributes to the low vitality of long-term stored common beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) seeds. Journal Plant Physiolology 174: 147-156.

Ratajczak E., Staszak A.M., Wojciechowska N., Bagniewska-Zadworna A., Dietz K.J. 2019. Regulation of thiol metabolism as a factor that influences the development and storage capacity of beech seeds. Journal Plant Physiology 239: 61-70.

Ratajczak E., Kalemba E.M., Pukacka S. 2015. Age-related changes in protein metabolism of beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) seeds during alleviation of dormancy and in early stage of germination. Plant Physiolology and Biochemistry 94: 114-121.

2001 – MSc, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Faculty of Biology, Experimental Biology

2007 – PhD, Institute of Dendrology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kórnik, Biological Sciences

During and after PhD studies, he was awarded a Danish Government Scholarship at Aarhus University, Research Centre Flakkebjerg, where he realized studies of microbial communities of trees (Norway spruce, poplars) and bacteria associated with pathogenic and not-pathogenic Rhizoctonia solani strains. For several years, he has been researching the impact of tree genotype and soil conditions on communities of ectomycorrhizal and arbuscular fungi, and other groups of soil microorganisms at polluted and unpolluted sites. In recent years, he has also participated in research projects on tree species foreign to Poland, such as horse chestnut or hickory species in urban and rural conditions. Since 2019 he is an assistant professor at the Institute of Dendrology, Polish Academy of Sciences in Kórnik.

Research interests:

Mycorrhizal symbiosis of trees, impacts of tree genotype and environmental conditions on microbiome of trees, fatty acids and ergosterol biomarkers, poplars, polluted areas.

Major publications:

Karliński L. 2021. The arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis of trees. Structure, function and regulating factors. In: Shrivastava N., Mahajan S., Varma A. (Eds.) Symbiotic Soil Microorganisms. Biology and Applications. Springer. Pp. 117-128.

Karliński L., Jagodziński A.M., Leski T., Butkiewicz P., Brosz M., Rudawska M. 2014. Fine root parameters and mycorrhizal colonization of horse chestnut trees (Aesculus hippocastanum L.) in urban and rural environments. Landscape and Urban Planning 127: 154-163.

Karliński L., Ravnskov S., Rudawska M. 2020. Soil microbial biomass and community composition relates to poplar genotypes and environmental conditions. Forests 11: 262, http://doi:10.3390/f11030262

Karliński L., Rudawska M., Kieliszewska-Rokicka B., Leski T. 2010. Relationship between genotype and soil environment during colonization of poplar roots by mycorrhizal and endophytic fungi. Mycorrhiza 20: 315-324.

Szuba A., Marczak Ł., Karliński L., Mucha J., Tomaszewski D. 2019. Regulation of the leaf proteome by inoculation of Populus × canescens with two Paxillus involutus isolates differing in root colonization rates. Mycorrhiza 29: 503-517.


I am a plant ecologist particularly interested in biological invasions. In my PhD project, I examined determinants of ecological success of invasive tree species natural regeneration, measured by density, biomass, survival, and functional traits; impacts of distance to parental trees, light availability, soil chemistry, and understory vegetation were also assessed. My other studies focus on vegetation ecology under human impacts (climate change, land-use transformation, forest management, river regulation), forest biomass production and carbon sequestration, and modeling climate change effects on species distributions. I am an enthusiast of data analysis using R software, particularly multidimensional methods (community data) and machine learning. Also, I experienced a four-month internship in the Laboratiorio de Invasiones Biológical (Universidad de Concepción, Chile). Currently (2020-2024), I am working on a research project entitled ‘Impact of invasive tree species on ecosystem services: plants biodiversity, carbon and nitrogen cycling, and climate regulation.’

Research interests:

Forest ecology, biological invasions, invasive trees, machine learning, biogeography.

Major publications:

Dyderski M.K., Gdula A.K., Jagodziński A.M. 2015. “The rich get richer” concept in riparian woody species – A case study of the Warta River Valley (Poznań, Poland). Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 14: 107-114.

Dyderski M.K., Jagodziński A.M. 2019. Seedling survival of Prunus serotina Ehrh., Quercus rubra L. and Robinia pseudoacacia L. in temperate forests of Western Poland. Forest Ecology and Management 450: #117498.

Dyderski M.K., Pawlik Ł. 2020. Spatial distribution of tree species in mountain national parks depends on geomorphology and climate. Forest Ecology and Management 474: #118366.

Dyderski M.K., Paź S., Frelich L.E., Jagodziński A.M. 2018. How much does climate change threaten European forest tree species distributions? Global Change Biology 24: 1150-1163.

Woziwoda B., Dyderski M.K., Jagodziński A.M. 2019. Effects of land use change and Quercus rubra introduction on Vaccinium myrtillus performance in Pinus sylvestris forests. Forest Ecology and Management 440: 1-11.


Marcin Pietras is an assistant professor at the Institute of Dendrology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kórnik, and his research focuses on ecology and biogeography of alien plants and fungi. He received a PhD from the Institute of Dendrology PAS. Afterward, he spent a 3-years postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Gdańsk. Currently, Pietras is working on a project dealing with the potential impacts of alien non-pathogenic fungi on forest ecosystems.


Research interests:

Alien and invasive organisms, plant-fungus interactions, mycorrhizal symbiosis, cointroduction of plants and fungi.


Major publications:

Banasiak Ł., Pietras M., Wrzosek M., Okrasińska A., Gorczak M., Kolanowska M., Pawłowska J. 2019. Aureoboletus projectellus (Fungi, Boletales) – an American bolete rapidly spreading in Europe as a new model species for studying expansion of macrofungi. Fungal Ecology 39: 94-99.

Pietras M., Kolanowska M. 2019. Predicted potential occurrence of the North American false truffle Rhizopogon salebrosus in Europe. Fungal Ecology 9: 225-230.

Pietras M., Litkowiec M., Gołębiewska J. 2018. Current and potential distribution of the ectomycorrhizal fungus Suillus lakei ((Murrill) A.H. Sm. & Thiers) in its invasion range. Mycorrhiza 28: 467-475.

Pietras M., Rudawska M., Iszkuło G., Kujawa A., Leski T. 2016. Distribution and molecular characterization of an alien fungus, Clathrus archeri, in Poland. Polish Journal of Environmental Studies 25(3): 1197-1204.

Pietras M. 2019. First record of North American fungus Rhizopogon pseudoroseolus in Australia and prediction of its occurrence based on climatic niche and symbiotic partner preferences. Mycorrhiza 29: 397-401.

Marcin Zadworny is associated with the Institute of Dendrology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. After defending his doctoral degree, he completed a one-year internship at the Pennsylvania State University. The scientific interests of Zadworny encompass a broad range of processes that occur at the interface between the environment and root systems. He has extensive experience in studying the relationship between premature death of oaks due to the combined effects of environmental stress and alterations in the function of deep root systems. He has also investigated the strategies of fine roots in plants associated with growth and resource acquisition along environmental gradients.

Research interests:

Functional variability of fine roots, fine roots vs. climate change, functional response of oak seedlings to drought, seedling regeneration techniques and drought resistance.

Major publications:

Freschet G.T., Roumet C., Comas L.H., Weemstra M., Bengough A.G., Rewald B., Zadworny M., Stokes A. 2020. Root traits as drivers of plant and ecosystem functioning: current understanding, pitfalls and future research needs. New Phytologist,

McCormack M.L., Dickie I., Eissenstat D.M., Fahey T., Fernandez C., …, Zadworny M. 2015. Redefining fine roots improves understanding of belowground contributions to terrestrial biosphere processes. New Phytologist 207: 505-518.

Zadworny M., Eissenstat D.M. 2011. Contrasting the morphology, anatomy and fungal colonization of new pioneer and fibrous roots. New Phytologist 190(1): 213-221.

Zadworny M., Jagodziński A.M., Łakomy P., Mucha J., Oleksyn J., Rodríguez-Calcerrada J., Ufnalski K. 2019. Regeneration origin affects radial growth patterns preceding oak decline and death–insights from tree-ring δ13C and δ18O. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 278: #107685.

Zadworny M., Jagodziński A.M., Łakomy P., Ufnalski K., Oleksyn J. 2014. The silent shareholder in deterioration of oak growth: common planting practices affect the long-term response of oaks to periodic drought. Forest Ecology and Management 318: 133-141.

Zadworny M., McCormack M.L., Mucha J., Reich P.B., Oleksyn J. 2016. Scots pine fine roots adjust along a 2000‐km latitudinal climatic gradient. New Phytologist 212(2): 389-399.

Zadworny M., McCormack M.L., Żytkowiak R., Karolewski P., Mucha J., Oleksyn J. 2017. Patterns of structural and defense investments in fine roots of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) across a strong temperature and latitudinal gradient in Europe. Global Change Biology 23(3): 1218-1231.

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Marian J. Giertych works currently as an associate professor at the Institute of Dendrology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. His interests are issues at the contact between the disciplines of woody plant physiology and experimental entomology. He is particularly interested in the various aspects of interactions between woody plants and herbivore arthropods and the role of factors influencing these relationships. Research focuses on variation in defense strategies of trees against herbivores, factors influencing feeding insects' choice, and the impact of food quality and temperature on the selected insects' growth and survival parameters. This includes both field and laboratory experiments on insect breeding. His work also concerns the interactions between trees and mine and gall-forming insects and gall formation mechanisms. In recent years, his research interest has also focused on mistletoe's influence on woody plants, in particular Scots pine.

Research interests:

Woody plant ecophysiology, insect-plant interaction, experimental entomology, parasitic plants.

Major publications:

Giertych M.J., Jagodziński A.M., Karolewski P. 2013. Spatial distribution of Cynips quercusfolii (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae) galls on leaves and within the crowns of oak trees. European Journal of Entomology 110(4): 657-661.

Giertych M.J., Chmielarz P. 2020. Size variability in embryonic axes, cotyledons, acorns and seedlings in fifteen species of the genus Quercus. Trees 34: 593-601.

Giertych M.J., Karolewski P., Oleksyn J. 2015. Carbon allocation in seedlings of deciduous tree species depends on their shade tolerance. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 37(10): # 216.

Giertych M.J., Suszka J. 2011. Consequences of cutting off distal ends of cotyledons of Quercus robur acorns before sowing. Annals of Forest Science 68: 433-442.

Guzicka M., Karolewski P., Giertych M.J. 2017. Structural modification of Quercus petraea leaf caused by Cynips quercusfolii – histological study of galls. Journal of Plant Interactions 12: 7-13.

Paweł Chmielarz is a natural sciences professor in the Department of Developmental Biology of the Institute of Dendrology, Polish Academy of Sciences, where he has been since 1989 (PhD in 1997 at Agricultural University in Poznań). His research interests span both seeds and in vitro culture. Much of his work has been on a better understanding of plant ex situ conservation. He is also interested in exploring the underlying molecular mechanisms that decide plant cell fate. Paweł Chmielarz investigated the implications of laboratory results from in vitro cloned, 800-year-old monumental oaks, for forest practice and as a benefit for society. He has given numerous invited talks and tutorials on the preservation of forest genetic resources in gene banks. He is a member of the cryopreservation Working Group in a Global Conservation Consortium network for Oak.

Research interests:

Seeds, forestry, cryopreservation, preservation of oak genetic resources, in vitro culture.

Major publications:

Chmielarz P., Michalak M., Pałucka M., Wasileńczyk U. 2011. Successful cryopreservation of Quercus robur plumules. Plant Cell Reports 30: 1405-1414.

Michalak M., Plitta-Michalak B.P., Naskręt-Barciszewska M., Barciszewski J., Bujarska-Borkowska B., Chmielarz P. 2015. Global 5-methylcytosine alterations in DNA during ageing of Quercus robur seeds. Annals of Botany 116: 369-376.

Wawrzyniak M.K., Jasińska A.K., Chmielarz P., Kozlowski G. 2020. Desiccation, dormancy, and storage of Pterocarya fraxinifolia (Juglandaceae) seeds: application in Hyrcanian and Colchian conservation. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 50(1): 24-31.


Tomasz Leski is an associate professor and head of the Department of Symbiotic Associations at the Institute of Dendrology, Polish Academy of Sciences. He received an MSc in 1992 from the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. In 2003 Tomasz Leski completed his PhD in biological sciences at the Institute of Dendrology PAS, and in 2013, he completed post-doctoral qualification (habilitation) at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. From 2015-2019 he held the position of deputy director of the Institute of Dendrology PAS. He is the author or co-author of more than 40 papers in international refereed journals and more than 60 conference contributions.

Research interests:

Ectomycorrhizal symbiosis, fungal diversity, forest ecology.


Major publications:

Aučina A., Rudawska M., Wilgan R., Janowski D., Skridaila A., Dapkūnienė S., Leski T. 2019. Functional diversity of ectomycorrhizal fungal communities along a peatland–forest gradient. Pedobiologia 74: 15-23.

Leski T., Rudawska M., Kujawska M., Stasińska M., Janowski D., Karliński L., Wilgan R., 2019. Both forest reserves and managed forests help maintain ectomycorrhizal fungal diversity. Biological Conservation 238: #108206.

Rudawska M., Kujawska M., Leski T., Janowski D., Karliński L., Wilgan R. 2019. Ectomycorrhizal community structure of the admixture tree species Betula pendula, Carpinus betulus, and Tilia cordata grown in bare-root forest nurseries. Forest Ecology and Management 43: 113-125.

Rudawska M., Leski T., Aučina A., Karliński L., Skridaila A., Ryliškis D. 2017. Forest litter amendment during nursery stage influence field performance and ectomycorrhizal community of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) seedlings outplanted on four different sites. Forest Ecology and Management 395: 104-114.

Rudawska M., Leski T., Wilgan R., Karliński L., Kujawska M., Janowski D. 2018. Mycorrhizal associations of the exotic hickory trees, Carya laciniosa and Carya cordiformis, grown in Kórnik Arboretum in Poland. Mycorrhiza 28: 549-560.


Since 2014 Tomasz Pawłowski is an associate professor at the Institute of Dendrology PAS. Pawłowski received a PhD from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Afterward, he completed a 1.5-year postdoctoral fellowship at the IBMP – CNRS in Strasbourg and INRA in Avignon, France. For one year, he was an assistant in the Department of Plant Physiology at the Agricultural University in  Poznań. Before his  PhD, he had a 1-year fellowship at the Research International in Wageningen, The Netherlands.


Research interests:

Seed dormancy and germination, plant hormones, proteomics, transcriptomics, tree ecology.


Major publications:

Pawłowski T.A., Bujarska-Borkowska B., Suszka J., Tylkowski T., Chmielarz P., Klupczyńska E.A., Staszak A.M. 2020. Temperature regulation of primary and secondary seed dormancy in Rosa canina L.: findings from proteomic analysis. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 21: #7008.

Pawłowski T.A., Klupczyńska E.A., Staszak A.M., Suszka J. 2019. Proteomic analysis of black poplar (Populus nigra L.) seed storability. Annals of Forest Science 76: #104.

Pawłowski T.A., Staszak A.M. 2016. Analysis of the embryo proteome of sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus L.) seeds reveals a distinct class of proteins regulating dormancy release. Journal of Plant Physiology 195: 9-22.

Pawłowski T.A., Staszak A.M., Karolewski P., Giertych M.J. 2017. Plant development reprogramming by cynipid gall wasp: proteomic analysis. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 39: #114.

Staszak A.M., Rewers M., Sliwinska E, Klupczyńska E.A., Pawłowski T.A. 2019. DNA synthesis pattern, proteome, and ABA and GA signaling in developing seeds of Norway maple (Acer platanoides). Functional Plant Biology 46: 152-164.


Since 2008 Joanna Mucha has been associated with the Institute of Dendrology PAS. In the meantime, she also completed post-doctoral internships in Helmholtz Zentrum Munich, Institute of Biochemical Plant Pathology, INRA Nancy, UMR INRA UHP Interact Arbres Microorganisms, and Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour, University of Minnesota, USA. In her research work, she managed four projects and participated in another dozen.

Research interests:

Mechanisms of interactions between roots and fungi, root biology and ecology, the ecology of soil microorganisms.

Major publications:

Mucha J., Peay K.G., Smith D.P., Reich P.B., Stefański A., Hobbie S.E. 2018. Effect of simulated climate warming on the ectomycorrhizal fungal community of boreal and temperate host species growing near their shared ecotonal range limits. Microbial Ecology 75(2): 348-363.

Mucha J., Zadworny M., Helmisaari H-S., Nihlgård B., Repo T., Żytkowiak M., Małek S., Reich P. B., Oleksyn J. 2020. Fine root classification matters: Nutrient levels in different functional categories, orders and diameters of roots in boreal Pinus sylvestris across a latitudinal gradient. Plant and Soil 447: 507-520.

Mucha J., Zadworny M., Werner A. 2009. Cytoskeleton and mitochondrial morphology of saprotrophs and the pathogen Heterobasidion annosum in the presence of Suillus bovinus metabolites. Mycological Research 113(9): 981-990.

Trocha L., Bułaj B., Kutczyńska P., Mucha J., Rutkowski P., Zadworny M. 2017. The interactive impact of root branch order and soil genetic horizon on root respiration and nitrogen concentration. Tree Physiology 37(8): 1055-1068.

Zadworny M., McCormack M.L., Mucha J., Reich P.B., Oleksyn J. 2016. Scots pine fine roots adjust along a 2,000 km latitudinal climatic gradient. New Phytologist 212(2): 389-399.