BABST-KOSTECKA Alicja, A.


Doctor of Biology (Genetics of Populations & Evolutionary Ecology)

studies: Jagiellonian Uniwersity, Faculty of Chemistry, specialization: Environmental Protection;
Academy of Economy, Faculty of Marketing, specialization: Computer Sciences in Economy
PhD:    2009 Ph.D in Biology, Institute of Botany Polish Academy of Sciences
2009 Ph.D in Ecology, Université Lille 1 Sciences et Technologies (Summa Cum Laude) (Ph.D thesis in co-tutorial system)
MSc:   2004 MSc in Plant Genetics, Jagiellonian Uniwersity, Krakow
2005 MSc in Economy, University of Economy and Administration, Kielce


(updating October 2018)

Employment:

2009 to present: Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology, W. Szafer Institute of Botany PAS, Kraków, Poland

Research interest:

  • My primary research interests in the field of plant ecology focus on plant adaptations to stress conditions at heavy metal contaminated sites. Recent projects involved plant population genetics, phylogeography, phenotypic approaches and evolution of heavy-metal tolerance in the pseudometallophyte species Arabidopsis halleri and Biscutella laevigata. Additionally, I’m investigating the metal microlocalisation at the tissue level in Biscutella laevigata using cytochemical or microanalytical methods. This work aims to improve our understanding of plant physiological responses to toxicity through defence/detoxification mechanisms
Fellowships and trainings:
  • Visiting Scientist, Department of Soil Water and Environmental Science, University of Arizona, USA, 03-07.2018
  • Visiting Scientist: Ecological Genetics group, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL, Birmensdorf, Szwajcaria, short-term research stays in 2016-2018
  • Visiting Scientist, Ecosystem Dynamics Laboratory, Montana State University, Bozeman, USA, Jul – Aug 2015
  • Visiting Scientist, College of Science, The University of Arizona, Tucson, USA, May 2013 – Sep 2014
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL, Birmensdorf , Switzerland, 2011-2012
  • Internships at the Laboratoire de Génétique et Evolution des Populations Végétales Université de Lille 1, France 2012, 2010, 2009
  • International Doctoral Study of Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków & Doctoral School of USTL Lille1 France (Ph.D thesis in co-tutorial system), 2005-2009
  • Internship at the Institute of Pharmacology Polish Academy of Sciences, Krakow, Poland, 2004
  • Internship at the Institute of Nature Protection Polish Academy of Sciences, Krakow, Poland, 2003-2004
Grants:

  • Exploring the role of soil microbial diversity in plant tolerance to metal-polluted soils (National Science Center NCN, MINIATURA2, 2018/02/X/NZ8/00546), 2018- 2019 (project leader)
  • Effects of metal contamination on root architecture in Arabidopsis halleri (programme of the Foundation for Polish Science co-financed by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund; modifications to the POWROTY/2016-1/1: DPK/432-18/0/18), 2018-2019 (project leader)
  • Transport, localization and complexation of metals in hyperaccumulating plants (LOCOMET-II), International Research Network (Groupement de Recherche International, GDRI), 2017-2020
  • Adaptation of Arabidopsis halleri to metal-polluted soils: linking environmental, genomic, and phenotypic information, POWROTY/REINTEGRATION programme of the Foundation for Polish Science co-financed by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund (POWROTY/2016-1/1)
  • METALink - Linking environmental, genomic and phenotypic adaptation to study the adaptation of Arabidopsis halleri to metal polluted soils, Innovative Pilot Project, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, 2016-2017
  • Nutrient and heavy metal content in Biscutella laevigata roots – strategy of Zn accumulation and tolerance, Program for Young Scientists, Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education via IB PAS, 2014
  • Element content in Biscutella laevigata plants cultivated under hydropony conditions with varying Zn concentration in the nutrient solution, Program for Young Scientists, Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education via IB PAS, 2013
  • Transport, localization and complexation of metals in hyperaccumulating plants (LOCOMET), International Research Network (Groupement de Recherche International, GDRI), 2012-2016
  • Evolutionary traits of heavy metal allocation and tolerance in sensitive and tolerant populations of Biscutella laevigata from southern Poland, Scientific Exchange Programme between the New Member States of the EU and Switzerland Sciex-NMSch (09.079), 2011-2012
  • Genetic structure and evolution of metallophytes: Biscutella laevigata L., Research Grant, Ministry of Science and Higher Education (N N304 370 938), 2010-2013 (project leader)
  • Genetic and phenotypic characteristics of metallicolous and non-metallicolous populations of Biscutella laevigata (L.) in Poland, Travel Grant, POLONIUM Programme (No 8181/2010), 2010-1011 (project leader)
  • Etude de la variation de la tolérance au zinc dans les populations d'Arabidopsis halleri en Pologne, Travel Grant, POLONIUM Programme, 2009-2010 (No 6209.I/2005), 2005-2006  (project leader
Membership:

  • Member of European Geosciences Union (EGU)
  • Member of International Serpentine Ecology Society (ISES)
  • Member of The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)
  • Member of The Society of Conservation Biology (SCB)
Awards:
  • “Eiffel excellence Doctorate Scholarship” founded by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (contract No 494706A/P490826L)
  • Scholarship for Ph.D. students founded by the President of the Polish Academy of Sciences (contract No 13/S/2004)
  • Individual prize of the President of Higher School of Economy and Administration in Kielce, “for outstanding students”
 Adres:
at work: Department of Ecology, Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences, Lubicz 46, 31-512 Kraków
tal./fax:
at work: (12) 424-17-70, fax: (12) 421-97-90,
e-mail:
e-mail: A.Kostecka@botany.pl
Publication list:
    • Sailer, C., Babst-Kostecka A., Fischer, M., Zoller, S., Widmer, A., Vollenweider, P., Gugerli, F. and Rellstab, C. (in press) Transmembrane transport and stress response genes play an important role in adaptation of Arabidopsis halleri to metalliferous soils. Nature Scientific Reports.
    • Babst‐Kostecka A., Schat, H., Saumitou‐Laprade, P., Grodzińska, K., Bourceaux, A., Pauwels, M. and Frérot, H. 2018. Evolutionary dynamics of quantitative variation in an adaptive trait at the regional scale: The case of zinc hyperaccumulation in Arabidopsis halleri. Molecular Ecology 27(16), 3257-3273.
    • Babst-Kostecka AA, Waldmann P, Frérot H, Vollenweider P. 2016. Plant adaptation to metal polluted environments - physiological, morphological, and evolutionary insights from Biscutella laevigata. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 127, 1-13
    • Wasowicz P., Pauwels M., Pasierbinski A., Przedpelska-Wasowicz E.M., Babst-Kostecka A.A., Saumitou-Laprade P., Rostanski A. 2016. Phylogeography of Arabidopsis halleri (Brassicaceae) in mountain regions of Central Europe inferred from cpDNA variation and ecological niche modelling. PeerJ 4: e1645, https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1645
    • Babst-Kostecka A.A. 2015. Aspekty ewolucyjne tolerancji roślin na metale ciężkie (eng.: Evolutionary aspects of heavy metal tolerance in plants). In: M. Wierzbicka (Ed.), Ekotoksykologia – rośliny, gleby, metale (eng.: Ecotoxicology – plant, soil, metals). Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, Warszawa
    • Babst-Kostecka A.A., Parisod C., Godé C., Vollenweider P., Pauwels M. 2014. Patterns of genetic divergence among populations of the pseudometallophyte Biscutella laevigata from southern Poland. Plant and Soil 383: 245-256
    • Babst-Kostecka A.A. 2013. Adaptacje Arabidopsis halleri do siedlisk bogatych w metale ciężkie w Polsce południowej, [W: Zastosowania metod statystycznych w badaniach naukowych, StatSoft Polska]
    • Godé C., Decombeix I., Kostecka A., Wąsowicz P., Pauwels M., Courseaux A, Saumitou-Laprade P. 2012. Nuclear microsatellite loci for Arabidopsis halleri (Brassicaceae), a model species to study plant adaptation to heavy metals. American Journal of Botany 99: e49–e52.
    • Meyer C-L, Kostecka A. A., Saumitou-Laprade P., Créach A., Castric V., Pauwels M., Frérot H. 2010. Variability of zinc tolerance among and within populations of the pseudometallophyte species Arabidopsis halleri and possible role of directional selection. New Phytologist 185, 130-142
    • Kostecka A. A. 2009. Adaptations of Arabidopsis halleri to habitats rich in heavy metals in southern Poland, PhD thesis (co-tutelle), W. Szafer Institute of Botany Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków & Université de Sciences et Téchnologies de Lille 1, Lille
    • Kostecka A., Szarek-Lukaszewska G., Saumitou-Laprade P., Kapusta P. 2007. Arabidopsis halleri (L.) from metalliferous and non-metalliferous soils in southern Poland – heavy metal accumulation. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 29: S76-S76

    Selected conferences

    • Rellstab C., Babst-Kostecka A., Sailer C., Łopata B., Vollenweider P., Szarek-Łukaszewska G., and Gugerli F. 2018. Adaptation of Arabidopsis halleri to metal-polluted soils – linking environmental, genomic, and phenotypic information. 2nd Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology (ESEB 2018), Montpellier, France, 19-22.08.2018
    • Buttet M., Verrecchia E., Vollenweider P., and Babst-Kostecka A. 2018. Characterization of soil properties impact and tolerance strategies in Arabidopsis halleri – a typical species of metal-contaminated sites of southern Poland. W: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018 (EGU 2018), Vienna, Austria, 8–13.04.2018. Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 20, EGU2018–319-1, 2018
    • Sailer C., Babst-Kostecka A., Preite V., Fischer MC., Zoller S., Widmer A., Syllwasschy L., Vollenweider P., Gugerli F., Krämer U., Yant L., Rellstab C. 2018. Adaptation of outbreeding Arabidopsis spp. to high soil concentrations of trace metal elements. W:  31st Conference of the Plant Population Biology Section of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GfÖ) PopBio2018, Innsbruck, Austria, 03-05.05.2018. PopBIO Book of Abstracts 2018
    • Babst-Kostecka A., Gugerli F., Sailer C., Łopata B., Korzeniak U., Szarek-Łukaszewska G., Vollenweider P., and Rellstab C. 2018. Adaptation of Arabidopsis halleri to metal-polluted soils: linking environmental, genomic, and phenotypic information. W: Arabis Symposium 2018, Cologne, Germany, 05-07.02.2018
    • Babst-Kostecka A., Rellstab C., Łopata B., Korzeniak U., Sailer C., Vollenweider P., Szarek-Łukaszewska G., and Gugerli F. 2017. Adaptation of Arabidopsis halleri to metal-polluted soils: linking environmental, genomic, and phenotypic information. 2nd interdisciplinary FNP Conference, Warsaw, Poland, 20-21.11.2017
    • Babst-Kostecka A., Waldmann P., Pauwels M., Schat H., Bourceaux A., Saumitou-Laprade P., Grodzińska K., and Frérot H. (2017). Contrasted zinc hyperaccumulation levels between metallicolous and non-metallicolous populations of Arabidopsis halleri is driven by divergent selection. W: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017 (EGU 2017), Vienna, Austria, 23–28.04.2017. Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 19, EGU2017–12208
    • Sailer C., Preite V., Syllwasschy L., Babst-Kostecka A., Krämer U., and Yant L. (2017). The Genetic Basis of Adaptation to High Metal Concentrations in Soil. W:  30th Conference of the Plant Population Biology Section of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GfÖ) PopBio2017, Halle/Saale, Germany, 18–20.05.2017. PopBIO Book of Abstracts 2017
    • Babst-Kostecka A., Rellstab C., Łopata B., Vollenweider P., Szarek-Łukaszewska G., and Gugerli F. (2017). Adaptation of Arabidopsis halleri to metal-polluted soils: linking environmental, genomic, and phenotypic information. W: 14th International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements (ICOBTE), Zurich, Switzerland, 16–20.07.2017
    • Łopata B., Szarek-Łukaszewska G., Vollenweider P., Babst-Kostecka A. 2017. Searching for local adaptation of Arabidopsis halleri – a reciprocal transplant experiment. W: 14th International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements (ICOBTE), Zurich, Switzerland, 16–20.07.2017
    • Babst-Kostecka A., Rellstab C., Łopata B., Korzeniak U., Sailer C., Vollenweider P., Szarek-Łukaszewska G., Gugerli F. (2017). Adaptation of Arabidopsis halleri to metal-polluted soils: linking environmental, genomic, and phenotypic information. In: 2nd interdisciplinary FNP Conference, Warsaw, Poland, 20–21.11.2017
    • Babst-Kostecka A., Waldmann P., Frérot H., Vollenweider P. 2016. Advancing our understanding of plant adaptation to metal polluted environments – new insights from Biscutella laevigata. W: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016, Vienna, Austria, 17–22.04.2016. Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 18, EGU2016–13735
    • Łopata B., Szarek-Łukaszewska G., Babst-Kostecka A. 2016. An advanced field experimental design to assess plant tolerance to heavy metal pollution. W: European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016, Vienna, Austria, 17–22.04.2016. Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 18, EGU2016–16915
    • Łopata B., Szarek-Łukaszewska G., Babst-Kostecka A. 2015. Adaptacje lokalne Arabidopsis halleri na siedliskach metalonośnych i niemetalonośnych – eksperyment transplantacji krzyżowej (eng.: Local adaptations of Arabidopsis halleri at metalliferous and non-metalliferous sites – reciprocal transplant experiment). Young Scientists Research and Development in Poland, 12.06.2015, Lublin, Poland, Conference proceedings, Vol. 3
    • Łopata B., Babst-Kostecka A., Szarek-Łukaszewska G. 2015. Reciprocal transplant experiment in plant adaptation to extreme environmental conditions. Young Scientists Research and Development in Poland, 25.11.2015, Wrocław, Poland, Conference proceedings, Vol. 5
    • Polek M., Babst-Kostecka A.A., Dmowska E., Wiśniewska O., Gobat J.M., Vollenweider P. 2014. Site recovery in the Zn-Pb mine of Olkusz, Poland, as shown by changes in the soil properties, nematode communities and plant tolerance. SETAC Europe, 24th Annual Meeting, proceedings
    • Babst-Kostecka, A.A. 2012. Heavy metal allocation and tolerance in sensitive and tolerant populations of Biscutella laevigata from southern Poland. 1st meeting of GDRI-LOCOMET, Lille, Francja, 04-06.07.2012
    • Babst-Kostecka, A.A., Vollenweider, P., Pauwels, M. 2012. Heavy metal allocation and tolerance in Biscutella laevigata – Evolutionary traits in populations from southern Poland. 3rd European Congress on Conservation Biology, 28.08-01.09.2012, Glasgow, Szkocja. Abstracts Book, section posters: 102.
      http://www.eccb2012.org/userfiles/file/ECCB2012_Poster.pdf
    • Kostecka A.A., Godzik B., Vollenweider P. 2011. Evolutionary traits of heavy metal allocation and tolerance in sensitive and tolerant populations of Biscutella laevigata from southern Poland. 7th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology, 12-16.06.2011, Coimbra, Portugalia.  Abstract Book: 118
    • Pauwels M., Decombeix I., Meyer C.-L., Kostecka A.A., Frérot H., Créach A., de Laguérie P., Castric V., Saumitou-Laprade P. 2010. Conséquences génétiques de la colonisation des sites calaminaires chez Arabidopsis halleri (Brassicaceae). Ecologie 2010 : Colloque national d’écologie scientifique, 2-4.09.2010, Montpellier]. Programme and abstracts: 209.
    • Kostecka A.A., Frérot H., Saumitou-Laprade P., Grodzińska K. 2010. Is there evidence of local adaptation in metallicolous and non-metallicolous populations of Arabidopsis halleri? SETAC Europe: 20th Annual Meeting, 23-27.05.2010, Seville, Hiszpania. On-line programme book: www.eventure-online.com/eventure/publicAbstractView
    • Kostecka A.A., Meyer C-L., Saumitou-Laprade P., Grodzińska K. Variation in Zn tolerance in metallicolous and non-metallicolous populations of Arabidopsis halleri and possible role of disruptive selection. First Joint PSE-SETAC Conference on Ecotoxicology “Ecotoxicology in the real world”, 16-19.09.2009, Kraków. Programme and abstracts: 73
    • Wąsowicz P., Kostecka A.A., Pauwels M., Saumitou-Laprade P., Rostański A. 2009. Plant migrations between European mountain ranges as inferred from phylogeography of Arabidopsis halleri: biogeography and conservation. 2nd European Congress of Conservation Biology, 1-5.09. 2009, Prague. Scientific Programme Schedule and abstracts: 43
    • Frérot H., Pauwels M., Faucon M-P., Meyer C-L., Kostecka A.A., Decombeix I., Créach A., Verbruggen N., Willems G., Saumitou-Laprade P. Genetic bases of adaptation to calamine soils: implications for phytoremediation. 14th International Symposium on Toxicity Assessment, 30.08-4.09.2009, Metz. Programme and abstracts: 22
    • Wąsowicz P., Kostecka A. Genetic variation in natural populations of Arabidopsis halleri (Brassicaceae) in Carpathians, Sudetes, and upland regions of Southern Poland; Xth Symposium of the International Organisation of Plant Biosystematists, 2-4.07.2008, Strbskie Pleso, Słowacja
    • Wąsowicz P., Kostecka A. Genetic and phenotypic variation in populations of Arabidopsis halleri (Brassicaceae) in southern Poland”; VIII International Conference on Anthropization and Environment of Rural Settlements Flora and vegetation in a changing landscape, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, University of Silesia, 30.VI–2.07.2008, Katowice
    • Kostecka A., Szarek-Łukaszewska G., Saumitou-Laprade P., Kapusta P. 2007. Arabidopsis halleri (L.) from metalliferous and non-metalliferous soils in southern Poland–heavy metal accumulation. 7th International Conference on: “Eco-physiological Aspects of Plants Responses to Stress Factors”, Instytut Fizjologii Roślin im. Franciszka Górskiego PAN, Kraków, 19-22.09.2007; Book of Abstracts: 76
    • Kostecka A. Phénotypage et génotypage de l’adaptation au Zn dans des sites pollués du sud de la Pologne chez Arabidopsis halleri (Brassicaceae), XXIX konferencja „Petit Pois Déridé, Biologie et Génétique des Populations”, Université de Poitiers, 27-30.08.2007, Poitiers, Francja