Institute

Dr Grażyna Szarek-Łukaszewska

Assistant Professor

Unit
Functional and Evolutionary Ecology Group
E‑mail
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Phone
+4812‑4241‑706
Address
Lubicz 46, 31‑512 Kraków, Poland
Room
B‑308

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Research interests

  • Ecology of forest ecosystems.
  • Effects of heavy metal pollution on plants.
  • Ecological restoration of mining areas.
  • Biomonitoring of air pollution.

Higher education and employment history

  • MSc degree at the Jagiellonian University (1984).
  • Teacher at the High School in Bochnia (1984–1985).
  • Technical assistant at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (1985–1987).
  • PhD degree at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (1998).
  • Assistant professor at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (1998–2009).
  • Habilitation at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (2010).
  • Associate professor at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (2010–2019).
  • Assistant professor at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (since 2019).

Membership and awards

  • Member of the Scientific Council of the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (since 2011).
  • Silver Cross of Merit (2015).

International experience

  • South Shetland Islands (1987, 1988) – 3-month research expedition; Henryk Arctowski Polish Antarctic Station, King George Island.
  • North Korea (1989) – 6-week research expedition.
  • Sweden (1990) – 1-month research internship Department of Plant Ecology, University of Lund.
  • Norway (1993, 1994) – 1-month research internship; Department of Chemistry, University of Oslo.

Research projects

  • Vegetables contamination by heavy metals in allotment gardens in Kraków agllomeration (1982–1990, 1991–1999); Provincial Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Kraków – contractor.
  • Atmospheric heavy metal deposition in Europe (1990–1991, 1995–1996); UNECE ICP Programme on Effects of Air Pollution on Natural Vegetation and Crops; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – contractor.
  • Input of nutrients and pollutants to the forest ecosystem in the Ratanica watershed (Carpathian foothills, southern Poland) (1991–1993); grant no. 603219101/P1; State Committee for Scientific Research in Poland (KBN) – contractor.
  • Acidity and chemical composition of atmospheric precipitation in Kraków voivodeship (1992–1999); Provincial Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Kraków – contractor.
  • Spatio-temporal variation of atmospheric deposition and run-off chemistry and its consequences for forest ecosystem (1993–1996); grant no. P20501205p01; State Committee for Scientific Research in Poland (KBN) – contractor.
  • Spatio-temporal variation of elements input to the Niepołomice Forest ecosystems (1998–2002); grant no. 6P04FF 023 15/p02; State Committee for Scientific Research in Poland (KBN) – contractor.
  • The strategy of heavy metals uptake by plants on calamine spoils (2002–2005); grant no. 3PO4G04322; State Committee for Scientific Research in Poland (KBN) – project leader.
  • Mapping of main sources of pollutants and their transport in the Vysegrad space (2006–2007); International Vysegrad Fund – contractor.
  • Nutrient economy of pine trees under the stress caused by high concentration of heavy metals in the environment (2007–2010); grant no. N304 041 32/1966; Ministry of Science and Higher Education – contractor.
  • Experimental studies on vegetation establishment on bare Zn/Pb mine tailings (flotation slag piles) in southern Poland (2008–2011); grant no. N N304 096234; Ministry of Science and Higher Education – project leader.
  • 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.
  • Variability of element stoichiometry in moss Pleurozium schreberi in a broad spatial scale (Poland) under different anthropogenic stress conditions (2010–2013); grant no. N 304 356 138; Ministry of Science and Higher Education – contractor.
  • Handling of dead-wood resources in natural habitats in the context of sustainable forest management (2015–2020); grant no. OR.271.3.9.2150; General Direction of State Forests – contractor.
  • Linking individual plants masting behavior with their reproductive success. Is mast seeding under genetic control? (2020–2023); grant no. 2019/33/B/NZ8/01345; National Science Centre (NCN) – contractor.

Recent publications (selected)

Holeksa J., Kapusta P., Budziakowska-Kubik E., Izworska K., Kurek P., Piechnik Ł., Szarek-Łukaszewska G., Wojterska M., Zielonka T., Żywiec M. 2020. Stan martwego drewna na terenie Puszczy Niepołomickiej jako wynik długotrwałego użytkowania lasu i krótkotrwałej ochrony w ramach sieci Natura 2000. Fragmenta Floristica et Geobotanica Polonica 27: 119–139. DOI

Kapusta P., Kurek P., Piechnik Ł., Szarek-Łukaszewska G., Zielonka T., Żywiec M., Holeksa J. 2020. Natural and human-related determinants of dead wood quantity and quality in a managed European lowland temperate forest. Forest Ecology and Management 459: 117845. DOI

Kurek P., Piechnik Ł., Ledwoń M., Szarek-Łukaszewska G., Kapusta P., Holeksa J. 2020. Cechy drzew i drzewostanu a występowanie dzięcioła średniego Leiopicus medius – wskazówki dla gospodarki leśnej na przykładzie Puszczy Niepołomickiej. Fragmenta Floristica et Geobotanica Polonica 27: 45–54. DOI

Piszczek M.A., Izworska K., Kapusta P., Kurek P., Piechnik Ł., Seget B., Szarek-Łukaszewska G., Zielonka T., Holeksa J. 2020. Cięcia przygodne i pielęgnacyjne a ilość martwego drewna na terenie obszaru Natura 2000 "Puszcza Niepołomicka". Fragmenta Floristica et Geobotanica Polonica 27: 155–167. DOI

Zduńczyk P., Piechnik Ł., Szarek-Łukaszewska G., Holeksa J., Kapusta P. 2020. Stan drobnej leżaniny w lasach gospodarczych i rezerwatach Puszczy Niepołomickiej. Fragmenta Floristica et Geobotanica Polonica 27: 141–153. DOI

Kapusta P., Stanek M., Szarek-Łukaszewska G., Godzik B. 2019. Long-term moss monitoring of atmospheric deposition near a large steelworks reveals the growing importance of local non-industrial sources of pollution. Chemosphere 230: 29–39. DOI