Dr Małgorzata Stanek

Assistant Professor

Functional and Evolutionary Ecology Group
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Lubicz 46, 31‑512 Kraków, Poland


Research interests

  • Plant-soil interactions.
  • Impact of invasive plants on soil physicochemical and microbiological properties.
  • Plant secondary metabolites.
  • Impact of soil and air pollution (heavy metals, organic compounds) on plants.
  • Chemical analytics (HPLC, GC-MS, GC-FID, AAS).

Higher education and employment history

  • MSc degree at the Jagiellonian University (2009).
  • Technical assistant (biologist) at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (2011–2019).
  • Research assistant at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (since 2019).
  • PhD degree at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (2021).

Membership and awards

  • The IB PAS Director's scholarship for the best PhD student (2017–2020).

Research projects

  • Soil physicochemical properties as well as diversity and composition of plant communities as factors determining the functioning of microorganisms in soils developed on old heaps (warpie) near Trzebinia, Jaworzno and Olkusz (2011–2014); grant no. N N305 018040; Ministry of Science and Higher Education – contractor.
  • Interactions of invasive plants with soil microorganisms (2012–2016); grant no. 2011/03/B/NZ8/00008; National Science Centre (NCN) – contractor.
  • Ecosystem changes driven by Reynoutria japonica invasion: linking quantity and chemical quality of plant biomass to soil properties (2017–2021); grant no. 2016/23/B/NZ8/00564; National Science Centre (NCN) – contractor.
  • The impact of alien tree species – red oak (Quercus rubra L.) – on soil physicochemical properties, soil microbial communities and forest vegetation (2017–2020); grant no. 2016/23/N/NZ8/02778; National Science Centre (NCN) – project leader.
  • Changes in diversity and species composition of plant communities in coastal grey dunes due to Rosa rugosa Thunb. invasion: linking soil properties with functional structure of vegetation (2018); grant no. 2017/01/X/NZ8/01805; National Science Centre (NCN) – contractor.
  • A comprehensive analysis of interactions between herbaceous plants and soil microbiological and physicochemical properties in temperate deciduous forests as the basis for effective biodiversity protection of these ecosystems (2018–2021); grant no. 2017/27/B/NZ9/01297; National Science Centre (NCN) – contractor.

Recent publications (selected)

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