Scientific Committee

dr hab. Marcin Czarnołęski prof. UJ

Jagiellonian University, Poland

Marcin Czarnołęski is an associate professor in the Institute of Environmental Sciences Jagiellonian University, leading the Life History Evolution group. His current work focuses on thermal adaptations of ectotherms and the integration of life history theory with optimal cell size theory.

dr hab. Grzegorz Góralski, prof. UJ

Jagiellonian University, Poland

Dr. hab. Grzegorz Góralski is a teacher and researcher at the Jagiellonian University specializing in plant genetics and bioinformatics. He started his professional career working on in vitro cultures of plants, especially the early globular stage embryos of rapeseed (Brassica napus), androgenesis of maize (Zea mays) and endosperm cultures of kiwifruit (Actinidia chinensis var. deliciosa). Later on, his interest expended to computational biology and programming where he successfully developed and wrote a unique database that facilitated access to data of chromosome numbers in a large variety of Polish flora called “Chromosome number database’’, which was later supportive of several publications. He expended his interests to include phylogenetics and horizontal gene transfer (HGT) mainly focused on Orobanchaceae, which is a family rich in parasite plants. His latest accomplishments included studies on phylogenetics of the plants in Central Europe and in the Caucasus. Studies on HGT resulted in finding the first evidence of a host-to-parasite mitochondrial gene transfer in Orobanchaceae. This new discovery opened up a new and expansive area of possible future studies.

dr hab. Łukasz Kajtoch

Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

My scientific interests cover two distinct areas:
• systematics, phylogeny, phylogeography and population genetics;
• ecology, conservation biology and faunistics.

Using molecular tools I investigate intra- and inter-specific diversity and relations among selected invertebrates. My favorite objects in this research are beetles, with a particular focus on the steppe, riverine and saproxylic taxa. I am using also classical field methods for studies on birds – particularly riparian, forest and mountain species. Most of my avian research concerns mergansers, woodpeckers, owls, raptors and grouses. I also work on associations between insects and their microbiome with emphasis on the impact of endosymbiotic bacteria. Additionally, hybridization is one of my favorite phenomenon in animal studies. Apart from scientific discoveries, I use the results of my research for practical conservation of populations and habitats and protection of selected areas (e.g. nature reserves design). I am also involved in wildlife monitoring.

dr hab. Agnieszka Nobis

Jagiellonian University, Poland

I am a botanist. Recognition of distribution model of vascular plants in river valleys and the factors determining this distribution has been the main goal of my research in recent years. The results of field studies that I conducted in the past were used to prepare numerous articles on vascular plant species red-listed in Poland as well as several chapters of the Polish Red Data Book of Plants. Some of my research concerned species invasive species. I participate in environmental monitoring conducted for the purpose of the collection of data on species and habitats which are considered to be of importance to the European Community. Since 2009 I have been a member of a research team dealing with the exploration of flora and vegetation of Middle Asia (mainly Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan).

dr hab. Tomasz Sulej, prof. IP PAN

Institute of Paleobiology Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

Dr hab. Tomasz Sulej prof. IP PAN - Polish paleontologist specializing in the study of the evolution of basal archosaurs and primitive amphibians as well as Triassic paleontology. He organized excavations in Krasiejów, from where he described five new species of Triassic vertebrates. He participated in the excavate and description of the remains of the giant dicynodont Lisowicia bojania and the large theropod of Smok wawelski from Lisowice near Lubliniec. He discovered a new site in Poręba, from where he described the oldest turtle (together with Tomasz Szczygielski), and in Woźniki from where he described (together with a team) the first Polish cynodont. With colleagues he described the oldest mammaliaform from Greenland.

dr hab. Maciej Pabijan

Jagiellonian University, Poland

I am an evolutionary biologist studying the ecological and historical factors shaping genetic and phenotypic variation in different organisms, in particular amphibians and reptiles. I also have a keen interest in speciation, species delimitation and taxonomy.