Jerzy Bański is a full professor of human geography at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Polish Academy of Sciences (IGSO PAS). Since 2018 he has been the director of IGSO PAS, in 2006-2012 was the president of the Polish Geographical Society and from 2017 is the chair of the Commission of Local and Regional Development, International Geographical Union. He has authored 400 publications, including 25 books and more than 195 peer-reviewed papers. He has been the co-ordinator of 40 research projects and a participant of 35 other national and international projects (e.g. FP6, FP7, Horizon, ESPON).
Rural and agricultural geography, land use, regional policy, spatial organization and local development.
Bański J. (ed.) (2020). Dilemmas of regional and local development, Routledge, London – New York.
Bański J. (ed.) (2020) Three decades of transformations in the East-Central European Countryside, Springer.
Bański J. (2017). “The consequences of changes of ownership for agricultural land use in Central European countries following the collapse of the Eastern Bloc”, Land Use Policy, 66, 120-130.
Bański J. Mazur M., (2016). “Classification of rural areas in Poland as an instrument of territorial policy”, Land Use Policy, 54, 1-17.
Bański J. (2010), “Dilemmas for regional development in the concepts seeking to develop Poland’s spatial structure”, Regional Studies, 44, 5, 535-549.
Piotr Gierszewski is an associate professor at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Polish Academy of Sciences (IGSO PAS), where he earned his PhD and DSc (habilitation) degrees. He has taken part in numerous academic trainings and scientific internships, including stays at the University of Utrecht (Netherlands), University of Oulu (Finland), University of Vienna, Institute of Geochemistry and Geophysics (Belarus Academy of Sciences), Institute of Geography (Slovak Academy of Sciences) and Institute for Biology of Inland Waters (Russian Academy of Sciences). He has been the coordinator of two bilateral (Polish-Slovak and Polish-Russian) scientific projects and a participant of several others, including the project coordinated by Helmholtz Zentrum Potsdam Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ). In 2003-2018 he lectured in limnology, hydrochemistry and water management at the Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz. He has supervised 35 bachelor’s theses, 3 master’s theses and been the assistant supervisor of one doctoral dissertation in the field of Earth Sciences.
Geomorphology, sedimentology, hydrology, environmental geochemistry, including: hydromorphological and sedimentological aspects of lowland dam reservoirs functioning, natural and anthropogenic conditions of runoff variability, circulation of energy and matter in the geoecosystems of river and lake catchments.
Gierszewski P., Habel M., Szmańda J., Luc M. (2020). “Evaluating effects of dam operation on flow regimes and riverbed adaptation to those changes”, Science of The Total Environment, 710, 136-202.
Gierszewski P. (2018). “Hydromorphological conditions of the functioning of the Włocławek Reservoir geo-ecosystem”, Geographical Studies, 268.
Gierszewski P., Zakonnov V., Kaszubski M., Kordowski J. (2017). “Transformation of water and sediment properties along the longitudinal profile of the Upper Volga Cascade Reservoirs”, Polish Geographical Review, 89, 3, p. 391-412.
Małgorzata Kijowska-Strugała has been a physical geographer at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Polish Academy of Sciences (IGSP) since 2008. She has led the Research Station in Szymbark since 2018. She is laureate of a competition for outstanding young scientists – receiving a scholarship from the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education for 2018-2021. Her research interests involve environmental changes in relation to climate changes and human activities. He findings have been presented in over 40 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and books. She conducts her research in the Polish Carpathians, the Negev Desert (Israel) and the Hengduan Mountains (China).
Environmental changes, suspended sediment transport, soil erosion, land use, floods, droughts, GIS.
Bryndal T., Kroczak R., Kijowska-Strugała M., Bochenek W. (2020). “How human interference changes the drainage network operating during heavy rainfalls in a medium-high relief flysch mountain catchment? The case study of the Bystrzanka catchment (Outer Carpathians, Poland)”, Catena, 194, 104662.
Kijowska-Strugała M., Wiejaczka Ł., Kozłowski R., Lekach J. (2020). “Metals content in sediments of ephemeral streams with small reservoirs (the Negev Desert)”, International Journal of Sediment Research, 35(3), 269-277.
Kijowska-Strugała M. (2019). “Sediment variability in a small catchment of the Polish Western Carpathians during transition from centrally planned to free-market economics”, Geomorphology, 325, 119-129.
Kijowska-Strugała M., Bucała-Hrabia A., Demczuk P., (2018). “Long-term impact of land use changes on soil erosion in an agricultural catchment (the Western Polish Carpathians)”, Land Degradation & Development, 29, 1871-1884.
Kijowska-Strugała M., Kiszka K., (2018). “Environmental factors affecting splash erosion in the mountain area (the Western Polish Carpathians)”, Landform Analysis, 36, 97–111.
Ewa Korcelli-Olejniczak is an urban geographer specializing in studying the socio-economic relations within metropolitan areas, as well as comparative urban studies. She works at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Polish Academy of Sciences (IGSO PAS) and teaches courses for students at the Pedagogical Department Personal of the University of Warsaw. In her research she applies an interdisciplinary approach which encompasses a broad range of urban and regional studies. Her interests include both empirical and theoretical studies of metropolitan regions, functional relations between urban and rural areas, and intra-urban issues related to urban social diversity and social participation. Her interests in regional studies focus on developing an integrated concept of the contemporary metropolitan region, while in her ‘urban’ research she conducts comparative studies, where the emphasis is on the participatory model in urban governance, strategic planning and social interaction in urban subareas. She has participated in many international research projects; in 2013-2017 she was local coordinator for the 7th EU FP Project DIVERCITIES; she was also engaged as expert in research commissioned by such public institutions as the Polish Ministry of Development, the Marshal's Office of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship and the City of Warsaw.
Urban geography, metropolitan regions, comparative studies, social diversity.
Korcelli-Olejniczak E. (2020). “Funkcjonalne różnicowanie małych miast północno-wschodniej Polskiw warunkach depopulacji” [Functional differentiation of small towns in North-Eastern Poland under a depopulation trend], Przegląd Geograficzny 92, 2, s. 191-212.
Korcelli-Olejniczak E, Tammaru T., (2019). “Social diversity and social interaction: community integration and disintegration in inner-city districts of Tallinn and Warsaw”, Mitteilungen der Österreichischen Geographischen Gesellschaft, 161, s. 91-115.
Korcelli-Olejniczak E. Piotrowski F., (2017). “Diverse and different: On the faces of social solidarity in Warsaw”, Geographia Polonica, 90, 3, s. 265-280.
Korcelli-Olejniczak E. (2011). “Marked by Dynamics: Berlin and Warsaw in the process of functional change” (w:) B. Derudder, M. Hoyler, P.J. Taylor, F. Witlox (red.), International Handbook of Globalization and World Cities, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, s. 517.
Korcelli-Olejniczak E. (2007). “Berlin and Warsaw: in search of a new role in the urban system of Central Europe”, Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 22, 1, s. 51-68.
Anna Kowalska is an associate professor at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Polish Academy of Sciences. She graduated from the Interfaculty Study of Environment Protection at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW). She has been employed at IGSO PAS since 2002. In 2007 she received scientific training at Alterra Landscape Centre (Wageningen UR – The Netherlands). In 2008 she earned her PhD in geography (with a dissertation entitled Natural and anthropogenic conditioning of vegetation diversity in the Middle Vistula River Valley). In 2018 she earned her DSc (habilitation) degree (with a scientific achievement entitled Vegetation dynamics of ancient and recent post-agricultural forests in central Poland – natural and anthropogenic conditions). She has experience in research projects related to vegetation dynamics and ecosystem service valuation. She has published one single-author book, 5 multiple-author books, and 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals in the field of ecosystem services, plant ecology, vegetation dynamics, vegetation mapping.
Geobotany and plant ecology, vegetation dynamics, ecosystem services, geographic information system, nature protection.
Affek A., Degórski M., Wolski J., Solon J., Kowalska A., Roo-Zielińska E., Grabińska B., Kruczkowska B. (2020). Ecosystem service potentials and their indicators in postglacial landscapes: Assessment and mapping. Elsevier, Amsterdam, Oxford, Cambridge.
Kowalska A., Affek A., Regulska E., Wolski J., Kruczkowska B., Kołaczkowska E., Zawiska I., Baranowski J. (2019). „Łęgi jesionowo-wiązowe w dolinie środkowej Wisły – stan ekosystemów pozbawionych zalewów i wytyczne do działań ochronnych”, Przegląd Geograficzny 91, 3: 295-323.
Affek A., Kowalska A. (2017). “Ecosystem potentials to provide services in the view of direct users”, Ecosystem Services 26: 183-196.
Kowalska A., Matuszkiewicz J., Solon J., Kozłowska A. (2017). “Indicators of ancient forests in nutrient-deficient pine habitats”, Silva Fennica 51, 1, id 1684.
Matuszkiewicz J., Kowalska A., Kozłowska A., Roo-Zielińska E., Solon J. (2013). “Differences in plant-species composition, richness and community structure in ancient and post-agricultural pine forests in central Poland”, Forest Ecology and Management 310: 567-576.
Paweł Prokop is a physical geographer, employed at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Polish Academy of Sciences (IGSO PAS) since 1991. He was trained in GIS and remote sensing at ITC (the Netherlands) and IIRS (India) under fellowship programs in 1997-1998. His research interests concern land degradation and natural hazards (extreme rainfalls, soil erosion, floods). He has authored or co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and books related to environmental problems of India, with special emphasis on Northeast India.
Land degradation, land use, climatology, remote sensing, GIS.
Prokop P., Kruczkowska B., Syiemlieh H.J., Bucała-Hrabia A. (2018). “Impact of topography and sedentary swidden cultivation on soils in the hilly uplands of North-East India”, Land Degradation & Development, 29, 2760-2770.
Prokop P. (2018). “Tea plantations as a driving force of long-term land use and population changes in the Eastern Himalayan piedmont”, Land Use Policy, 77, 51-62.
Prokop P., Walanus A. (2017). “Impact of the Darjeeling–Bhutan Himalayan front on rainfall hazard pattern”, Natural Hazards, 89, 387-404.
Prokop P., Walanus A. (2015). “Variation in the orographic extreme rain events over the Meghalaya Hills in northeast India in the two halves of the twentieth century”, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 121, 389–399.
Michał Słowiński earned his PhD at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Polish Academy of Sciences (IGSO PAS). Next he held a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam. He earned his DSc (habilitation) in 2018, and now heads the Past Landscape Dynamics Laboratory at the IGSO PAS. His current research employs paleoecology proxies to examine lead and lags ecosystem responses to sudden climate changes during the glacial cycle. In his work, he employs ecological and palaeoecological approaches to assess how extreme events affect lakes and wetlands ecosystems. His research attempts to determine the resistance and threshold values of these ecosystems, exploring how climate change, human activities and extreme events (i.e. drought, tornado and flood) affect ecosystems, nowadays and in the past.
Climate change, paleoecology, permafrost, human impact, paleo fires, lake and wetlands ecosystems, varves, ecological disturbance.
Słowiński M., Lamentowicz M., Łuców D., Barabach J., Brykała D., Tyszkowski S., Pieńczewska A., Śnieszko Z., Dietze E., Jażdżewski K., Obremska M., Ott F., Brauer A., Marcisz K. (2019). “Paleoecological and historical data as an important tool in ecosystem management”, Journal of Environmental Management 236, 755-768.
Lamentowicz M., Gałka M., Marcisz K., Słowiński M., Kajukało-Drygalsk, K., Dayras M.D., Jassey V.E.J. (2019). ”Unveiling tipping points in long-term ecological records from Sphagnum-dominated peatlands”, Biology Letters 15.
Słowiński M., Skubała P., Zawiska I., Kruk A., Obremska M., Milecka K., Ott F. (2018). “Cascading effects between climate, vegetation, and macroinvertebrate fauna in 14,000-year palaeoecological investigations of a shallow lake in eastern Poland”. Ecological Indicators 85, 329-341.
Słowiński M., Zawiska I., Ott F., Noryśkiewicz A.M., Plessen B., Apolinarska K., Rzodkiewicz M., Michczyńska D.J., Wulf S., Skubała P., Kordowski J., Błaszkiewicz M., Brauer A. (2017). “Differential proxy responses to late Allerød and early Younger Dryas climatic change recorded in varved sediments of the Trzechowskie palaeolake in Northern Poland”, Quaternary Science Reviews 158, 94-106.
Słowiński M., Marcisz K., Płóciennik M., Obremska M., Pawłowski D., Okupny D., Słowińska S., Borówka R., Kittel P., Forysiak J., Michczyńska D.J., Lamentowicz M. (2016). “Drought as a stress driver of ecological changes in peatland – A palaeoecological study of peatland development between 3500 BCE and 200 BCE in central Poland”, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 461, 272-291.
Izabela Zawiska is a PhD at the Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Polish Academy of Sciences. She graduated from the Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw. She conducts her research mainly in the European Lakelands and focuses on the subfossil Cladocera analysis as a tool to reconstruct past environmental changes. The current project aims at creating Cladocera based training set using sediments from 64 lakes of different trophic status (NCN 2016/23/D/ST10/03071). She gained experience in several international scientific projects and held a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam. She operates the SEM microscope, processing pictures of subfossil remains preserved in the sediments.
Paleolimnology, Cladocera, human impact on the environment, eutrophication, quantitative reconstruction
Zawiska I., Dimante-Deimantovica I., Luoto T., Rzodkiewicz M., Saarni S., Stivrins N., Tylmann W., Lanka A., Robeznieks M., Jilbert T., 2020, Long-term consequences of water pumping on the ecosystem functioning of Lake Sekšu, Latvia, Water, 12, 521 s.
Zawiska I., Apolinarska K., Woszczyk M., 2019, Holocene climate vs. catchment forcing on a shallow, eutrophic lake in eastern Poland, Boreas, 48, s. 166-178.
Zawisza E., Zawiska I., Szeroczyńska K., Correa-Metrio A., Mirosław-Grabowska J., Obremska M., Rzodkiewicz M., Słowiński M., Woszczyk M., 2019, Dystrophication of lake Suchar IV (NE Poland): an alternative way of lake development, Limnetica, 38, 1, s. 391-416.
Zawiska I., Luoto T., Nevalainen L., Tylmann W., Jensen T., Obremska M., Słowiński M., Woszczyk M., Schartau A., Walseng B., 2017, Climate variability and lake ecosystem responses in western Scandinavia (Norway) during the last Millennium, Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 466, s. 231-239.
Zawiska I., Zawisza E., Wojewódka M., Sinev A., 2016, Exploring the world of micro sculptures - subfossil Cladocera remains under the SEM, Advances in Oceanography and Limnology, 7, 2, s. 171-177.