Professor Anna Stefanowicz

Associate Professor

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

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Research interests

  • Plant-soil interactions.
  • Effects of plant invasions on the soil environment.
  • Factors affecting soil microorganisms and the rate of organic matter decomposition.
  • Plant secondary metabolites and their role in shaping soil microbial communities.
  • Physicochemical and microbial properties of anthropogenic soils in post-industrial areas.
  • Heavy metals in soils and plants.

Higher education and employment history

  • MSc degree at the Jagiellonian University (2003).
  • Technical assistant (senior biologist) at the Jagiellonian University (2004–2009).
  • PhD degree at the Jagiellonian University (2009).
  • Assistant professor at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (2009–2017).
  • Habilitation at the University of Łodź (2017).
  • Associate professor at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (since 2017).

Membership and awards

  • Member of the Research Staff Development Committee at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (since 2019).

International experience

  • Czech Republic (2004) – 1-week training; Faculty of Biological Science, University of South Bohemia, Institute of Soil Biology, Czech Academy of Sciences.
  • Denmark (2005) – 1-week course "Dynamics of soil organic matter"; University of Copenhagen.
  • Slovakia (2012) – 1-week research stay; Faculty of Natural Sciences, Matej Bel University.

Research projects

  • ALARM: Assessing large scale risks for biodiversity with tested methods (2004–2008); grant no. GOCE-CT-2003-506675; EC 6th Framework Programme – contractor.
  • NOMIRACLE: Novel methods for integrated risk assessment of cumulative stressors in Europe (2004–2009); grant no. 003956-2; EC 6th Framework Programme – contractor.
  • Vegetation of calamine soils and its importance for biodiversity and landscape conservation in post-mining areas (2008–2011); grant no. PL0265; grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area – contractor.
  • Influence of soil contamination with heavy metals on metal concentrations in plants growing on heaps after historical Zn-Pb ores mining in western Małopolska (2012); grant no. 4604/E–37/M/2012; Ministry of Science and Higher Education – project leader.
  • Influence of historical Zn-Pb ore mining in western Małopolska on heavy metal concentration in beech forest soils and selected herbaceous plant species (2013); grant no. 4604/E–37/M/2013; Ministry of Science and Higher Education – project leader.
  • 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 – project leader.
  • Interactions of invasive plants with soil microorganisms (2012–2016); grant no. 2011/03/B/NZ8/00008; 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) – supervisor.
  • 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) – 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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