Supervisors from Institute of Paleobiology



Łucja Fostowicz Frelik earned her MSc in geology from the University of Warsaw, her PhD from the Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences, and her DSc (habilitation) degree from the Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals PAS. She has held research posts in the United STates and China, including the American Museum of Natural History’s Theodore Roosevelt Postdoctoral Fellowship and a visiting professorship in Beijing (at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences). Since 2017 she has been an associate professor at the Institute of Paleobiology PAS.


Research interests:

Evolutionary morphology of mammals, paleoecology, evo-devo.


Representative publications include:

López-Torres S., et al. (2020). “Cranial endocast of the stem lagomorph Megalagus and brain structure of basal Euarchontoglires”, P Roy Soc B 287: 20200665.

Fostowicz-Frelik Ł., et al. (2018). “Oldest ctenodactyloid tarsals from the Eocene of China and evolution of locomotor adaptations in early rodents”, BMC Evol Biol 18: 150.

Fostowicz-Frelik Ł. (2016). “A new zalambdalestid (Eutheria) from the Late Cretaceous of Mongolia and its implications for the origin of Glires”, In: Cifelli R.L.,  Fostowicz-Frelik Ł. (Eds.) “Legacy of the Gobi Desert: Papers in Memory of Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska”, Palaeontol Pol 67.


Andrzej Kaim works at the the Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences, where he has been an associate professor in paleontology since 2012. He earned his PhD from the same Institute in 2004. Next he spent a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science at the University of Tokyo and a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship from the Humboldt Foundation at the Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie in Munich, Germany, followed by one year of a Senior Advanced Research Award from the Fulbright Commission at the American Museum of Natural History, New York City. Since 2015 he has served as the editor-in-chief of Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. He currently leads the Department of Evolutionary Paleobiology at the Institute of Paleobiology PAS.


Research interests:

Origin and evolution of chemoautotrophic communities, phylogeny, evolution and systematics of gastropods, evolution of Mesozoic ecosystems.


Major publications:

Bouchet P., Rocroi J.-P., Hausdorf B., Kaim A., Kano Y., Nützel A., Parkhaev P., Schrödl M., Strong, E.E. (2017). “Revised classification, nomenclator and typification of gastropod and monoplacophoran families”, Malacologia 61 (1–2): 1–526.

Kaim A.,  Nützel A. (2011). “Dead bellerophontids walking – The short Mesozoic history of the Bellerophontoidea (Gastropoda)”, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 308, 1-2, 190-199.

Kaim A. (2011). “Non-actualistic wood-fall associations from Middle Jurassic of Poland”, Lethaia 34, 1, 109-124.

Kaim A., Kobayashi Y., Echizenya H., Jenkins R. G., Tanabe K. (2008). “Chemosynthesis-based associations on Cretaceous plesiosaurid carcasses”, Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 53, 1, 97-104.

Kaim, A. (2004). “The evolution of conch ontogeny in Mesozoic open sea gastropods”, Palaeontologia Polonica 62, 1-183.


Adam T. Halamski studied in Paris (BSc), Warsaw (MSc, PhD), and Lyons (PhD) and now holds an assistant professorship at the Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences. He is a palaeobotanist working on Cretaceous leaf floras and a palaeozoologist with expertise on brachiopods (mainly Devonian, subordinately Triassic and Jurassic). He has led a series of research projects (three Polish grants and four EU SYNTHESYS grants) on Cretaceous vegetation of various areas of Central Europe, comprising taxonomical revisions of megaflora, comparison of megafossil, mesofossil, and microfossil records, and eventually resulting in regional-scale vegetation reconstructions. He has also published on the taxonomy of brachiopods, including two papers based on Devonian material personally collected during fieldwork in the Moroccan Anti-Atlas. Since 2012 he has lectured in evolutionary biology at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Member of the Lyons Linnaean Society since 2001, of the Advisory Board of Acta Palaeobotanica since 2017. Languages: English, French, Latin, Russian.


Research interests:

Cretaceous flora, Devonian brachiopods, taxonomy.


Major publications:

Halamski A.T., Baliński A. (2019). “Thomasaria vs. Pyramidalia conundrum in Devonian brachiopod systematics solved: An argument to formalize epitypification under the ICZN”, Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 64 (2): 399–408.

Halamski A.T., Kvaček J., Svobodová M. (2018). “Fossil mega- and microflora from the Březno beds s.s. (Bohemian Cretaceous Basin, Coniacian)”, Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 253: 123–138.

Halamski A.T., Kvaček J. (2015). “The Late Cretaceous (Coniacian) leaf and cone flora from the Sudetes” Palaeontographica, Abteilung B, 292 (4–6): 95–171.

Halamski A.T., Baliński A. (2013). “Middle Devonian brachiopods from the southern Maïder (eastern Anti-Atlas, Morocco)”, Annales Societatis Geologorum Poloniae, 83: 243–307.

Halamski A.T. (2013). “Latest Cretaceous leaf floras from south-eastern Poland and western Ukraine”, Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 58 (2): 407–443.



Barbara Kremer works at the Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences. Generally speaking, her current research focuses on the biochemical interactions between microorganisms and their environment. This knowledge provides a framework for understanding how microorganisms have influenced their environment throughout time. This work applies directly to biogeological studies of life on Earth and other planets.


Research interests:

Early life, fossil and modern cyanobacterial mats, black cherts, carbonates, microbialites, taphonomy and paleobiology of acritarchs, paleogeomicrobiology, biosedimentology, biomineralization, astrobiology,


Major publications:

Kremer B. (2020). “Entrapment and transformation of post-bloom radiolarians in cyanobacterial mats as a factor enhancing the formation of black cherts in the Early Silurian sea”, Journal of Sedimentary Research 90 (2): 151–164.

Bojanowski M., Goryl M., Kremer B., Marciniak-Maliszewska B., Marynowski L., Środoń J. (2020). “Pedogenic siderites fossilizing Ediacaran soil microorganisms on the Baltica paleocontinent”, Geology v. 48.

Kaźmierczak J., Kremer B. (2019). “Pattern of cell division in ~3.4 Ga-old microbes from South Africa”, Precambrian Research 331.

Kremer B., Kaźmierczak J., Kempe S. (2019). “Authigenic replacement of cyanobacterially precipitated calcium carbonate by aluminium-silicates in giant microbialites of Lake Van (Turkey)”, Sedimentology 66: 285–304.

Kremer B., Kazmierczak J., Łukomska-Kowalczyk M. Kempe S. (2012). “Calcification and silicification: Fossilization potential of cyanobacteria from stromatolites of Niuafo’ou’s caldera lakes (Tonga) and implications for the early fossil record”, Astrobiology 12: 535-548.


Przemysław Gorzelak is an assistant professor at the Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences. He earned his PhD (2012) and DSc (habilitation, 2019) from the same Institute. In 2015-2020, he worked as an assistant and associate editor of Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. Since 2019, he is an editorial board member of Scientific Reports at Nature Publishing Group. Presently he is a deputy director at the Institute of Paleobiology PAS.


Research interests:

Functional morphology, biomineralization, paleoecology, evolution, echinoderms.

Major publications:

Gorzelak P., Dery A., Dubois Ph., Stolarski J. (2017). “Sea urchin growth dynamics at microstructural length scale revealed by Mn-labeling and cathodoluminescence imaging”, Frontiers in Zoology 14:42, doi:10.1186/s12983-017-0227-8.

Gorzelak P., Krzykawski T., Stolarski J. (2016). “Diagenesis of echinoderm skeletons: Constraints on paleoseawater Mg/Ca reconstructions”, Global and Planetary Change 144:142-157.

Gorzelak P., Salamon M.A., Lach R., Loba M.,  Ferré B. (2014). “Microlens arrays in the complex visual system of Cretaceous echinoderms”, Nature Communications 5: 3576.

Gorzelak P., Stolarski J., Mazur M., Meibom A. (2013). “Micro- to nanostructure and geochemistry of extant crinoidal echinoderm skeletons”, Geobiology 11(1):29-43, doi:10.1111/gbi.12012.

Gorzelak P., Salamon M.A., Baumiller T.K. (2012). “Predator-induced macroevolutionary trends in Mesozoic crinoids”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 109 (18): 7004-7007.


Jarosław Stolarski works at the Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences, where he has been a full professor since 2014. He earned his PhD (1997) and DSc (habilitation, 2005) from the same Institute. He held a post-doc fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. (1998-1999) and has been a visiting professor at Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France (2008-2010), Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (2011), and at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland (2012-present). In 2007-2014 he was editor-in-chief of Acta Palaeotologica Polonica (indexed in SCI); coordinating author of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology (Scleractinia).  In 2018 he was appointed Director of the Institute of Paleobiology PAS. He has been the leader of several research projects: currently on biomineralization of calcium carbonate gravity sensors in fossil and modern fish and phase transformations of biogenic calcium carbonate in natural and experimental diagenetic systems.


Research interests:

Evolution of biomineralization, emergence of coral reefs, phylogeny of scleractinian corals.


Major publications:

Frankowiak, K., Wang, X.T., Sigman, D.M., Gothmann, A.M., Kitahara, M.V., Mazur, M., Meibom, A., Stolarski, J. (2016). “Photosymbiosis and the expansion of shallow-water corals”, Science Advances 2(11), e1601122, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1601122.

Stolarski J., Bosellini F.R., Wallace C.C., Gothmann A., Mazur M., Domart-Coulon I., Gutner-Hoch E., Neuser R.D., Levy O., Shemesh A., Meibom A. (2016). “A unique coral biomineralization pattern has resisted 40 million years of major ocean chemistry change”, Scientific Reports 6, 27579; doi: 10.1038/srep27579.

Stolarski J., Kitahara V.M., Miller D., Cairns S.D., Mazur M., Meibom A. (2011). “The ancient evolutionary origins of Scleractinia revealed by azooxanthellate corals”, BMC Evolutionary Biology 11:316, doi:10.1186/1471-2148-11-316.

Stolarski J., Meibom, A., Przeniosło, R., Mazur, M. (2007). “A Cretaceous scleractinian coral with a calcitic skeleton”, Science 318(5847): 92-94.

Stolarski J. (2003). “3-Dimensional micro- and nanostructural characteristics of the scleractinian corals skeleton: a biocalcification proxy”, Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 48: 497-530.