Institute

Dr Maria Barbacka-Bóka

Assistant Professor

Unit
Palaeobotany and Palaeoenvironment Group
E‑mail
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Phone
+4812‑4241‑773
Address
Lubicz 46, 31‑512 Kraków, Poland
Room
A‑205

ORCID

Research interests

  • European and non-European Mesozoic floras: taxonomy, evolution, palaeoecology (reconstructions of plant cover and ecosystems), mechanisms of plant adaptation in context of environmental and climatic changes.

Higher education and employment history

  • MSc degree at the University of Opole (1981).
  • Research assistant at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (1980-1982).
  • Senior museologist of the Hungarian Natural History Museum, Botanical Department, Budapest (since 1989).
  • PhD degree at the Eotvos Lorand Uniwersity (ELTE), Budapest (1995).
  • Assistant professor at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (since 2010).
  • Habilitation at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (2012).

Membership and awards

  • Member of the Hungarian Palaeontological Society (1991-2014).
  • Member of the Palaeontological Committee of Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2008-2014).
  • Representative of Eastern Europe of the International Organisation of Palaeobotany (since 2000).

International experience

  • Sweden (1992) - 1-week research stay; Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm.
  • The Netherlands (1993, 1996) - 2-week (in total) research stay; Utrecht University, Urecht.
  • United Kingdom (1994) - 2-week research stay; Natural History Museum, London.
  • China (1996) - 2-week research stay; Nanjing University, Nanjing.
  • France (1997, 1999) - 3-week (in total) research stay; Claude Bernard University Lyon, Lyon.
  • Czech Republic (2000) - 1-week research stay; Museum of Natural History, Prague.
  • Sweden (2004) - 10-day workshop, Swedish Musem of Natural History, Stockholm.
  • Romania (2013, 2014) - 2-week (in total); University of Bucharest, Bucharest.
  • Germany (2017) - 1-week workship; the State Museum of Natural History, Stuttgart.

Research projects

  • Seed ferns of the early Jurassic of Hungary (1993-1996); grant no. F 7222; Hungarian Scientific Research Found - project leader.
  • Bennettitaleans, cycads and ginkgophytes from the early Jurassic of Hungary and their role in evolution (1998-2001); grant no. T 025665; Hungarian Scientific Research Found – project leader.
  • Events, processes and cuses of global extinction at the Triassic/Jurassic boundary and environmental changes in Hungary and neighbouring countries (2003-2006); Hungarian Scientific Research Found - co-investigator.
  • Evolutional and environmental changes of the Jurassic flora of southern and central Poland (2004–2007); grant no. 2 P04C 032 27; State Committee for Scientific Research, Poland - co-investigator.
  • Influence of climate on development and distribution sphenophytes and ferns in ealry Jurassic (2005-2009); grant no. T 049226; Hungarian Scientific Research Found – project leader.
  • Biodiversity of flora composition during Triassic and Jurassic in Poland, depending on local climatic and environmental conditions (2009–2013); grant no. N N303 373 036; Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Poland - co-investigator.
  • Plant succession in early Jurassic of Hungary in the light of local environmental changes within delta plain (2012-2014); grant no. T 100658; Hungarian Scientific Research Found – project leader.
  • Changes of terrestrial vegetation during Triassic/Jurassic transition in Poland in aspect of global extinction theory (2013–2015); grant no. 2012/05/B/NZ8/00990; National Science Center, Poland – project leader.
  • Palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic changes in Rhaetian and Early Jurassic (about 175-204 Ma) based on the new data from Poland, Great Britain and Germany (2013-2016); grant no. 2012/06/M/ST10/00478; Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Poland - co-investigator.
  • Reconstruction of the Early Jurassic ecosystems of southern Poland (2018–2022); grant no. 2017/25/B/ST10/01273; National Science Center, Poland – project leader.

Recent publications (selected)

Anderson H.M., Barbacka M., Bamford M.K., Holmes W.B.K., Anderson J.M. 2020. Dicroidium (foliage) and affiliated wood: part 3 of a reassessment of Gondwana Triassic plant genera and a reclassification of some previously attributed. Alcheringa 44: 64–92. DOI

Pieńkowski G., Hesselbo S.P., Barbacka M., Leng M.J. 2020. Non-marine carbon-isotope stratigraphy of the Triassic-Jurassic transition in the Polish Basin and its relationships to organic carbon preservation, pCO2 and palaeotemperature. Earth-Science Reviews 210: 103383. DOI

Anderson H.M., Barbacka M., Bamford M.K., Holmes W.B.K., Anderson J.M. 2019. Umkomasia (megasporophyll): part 1 of a reassessment of Gondwana Triassic plant genera and a reclassification of some previously attributed. Alcheringa 43: 43–70. DOI

Anderson H.M., Barbacka M., Bamford M.K., Holmes W.B.K., Anderson J.M. 2019. Pteruchus (microsporophyll): part 2 of a reassessment of Gondwana Triassic plant genera and a reclassification of some previously attributed. Alcheringa 43: 511–533. DOI

Barbacka M., Kustatscher E., Bodor E.R. 2019. Ferns of the Lower Jurassic from the Mecsek Mountains (Hungary): taxonomy and palaeoecology. PalZ 93: 151–185. DOI

Barbacka M., Pacyna G., Górecki A., Kustatscher E. 2019. Leonophyllum tenellum nov. gen., nov. sp., an enigmatic plant from the Early Jurassic of the Mecsek Mts (Hungary). Geobios 53: 1–7. DOI

Barbacka M., Pacyna G., Kocsis Á.T., Jarzynka A., Ziaja J., Bodor E. 2017. Changes in terrestrial floras at the Triassic-Jurassic Boundary in Europe. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 480: 80–93. DOI

Pacyna G., Barbacka M., Zdebska D., Ziaja J., Fijałkowska-Mader A., Bóka K., Sulej T. 2017. A new conifer from the Upper Triassic of southern Poland linking the advanced voltzialean type of ovuliferous scale with Brachyphyllum-Pagiophyllum-like leaves. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 245: 28–54. DOI

Barbacka M., Pacyna G., Pieńkowski G., Ziaja J. 2016. New data about Matonia braunii (Göppert) Harris from the Early Jurassic of Poland and its ecology. Geological Quarterly 60: 857–868. DOI

Barbacka M., Popa M.E., Mitka J., Bodor E., Püspöki Z., McIntosh R.W. 2016. A quantitative approach for identifying plant ecogroups in the Romanian Early Jurassic terrestrial vegetation. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 446: 44–54. DOI