Institute

Professor Konrad Wołowski

Full Professor

Unit
National Collection of Biodiversity of Recent and Fossil Organisms
E‑mail
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Phone
+4812‑4241‑778
Address
Lubicz 46, 31‑512 Kraków, Poland
Room
B‑15

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Research interests

  • Taxonomy, ecology and biogeography of freshwater algae in particular euglenophytes (Euglenophyceae) also colourless euglenoids.
  • Algae and extreme habitats.
  • Applied phycology; biological mats, bioremediation.
  • Biology didactics.
  • Algae interactions.
  • Astrobiology.
  • Algal culturing technics, herbarium collections.

Higher education and employment history

  • BSc degree at the Teachers College, Słupsk (1973).
  • MSc degree at the Higher College of Teacher Training in Kraków (1976).
  • Technical assistant (biologist) at the Technical University in Kraków (1977–1978).
  • Research-and-teaching assistant at the Higher College of Teacher Training in Kraków (1977–1984).
  • Research assistant at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (1984–1985).
  • PhD degree at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (1985).
  • Assistant professor at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (1985–1992).
  • Visiting Professor (Hesler Visiting Professorship) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1994).
  • Habilitation at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (2000).
  • Associate professor at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (2000–2004).
  • Professor title conferred by the President of the Republic of Poland (2004).
  • Full Professor at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (since 2004).
  • Director of the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (2011–2019).

Membership and awards (selected)

  • Member of the Polish Botanical Society (since 1981).
  • Member of the Polish Hydrobiological Society (since 1984).
  • Member of the International Phycological Society (1994).
  • Member of the Scientific Council of the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (since 1995).
  • Member of the Phycological Society of America (1995–1999).
  • Secretary of the Scientific Council of the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (1999–2003).
  • President of the Krakow Branch of the Polish Botanical Society (since 2004).
  • Member of the Federation of European Phycological Societies (FEPS) (since 2007).
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Polish Academy of Sciences (2015–2019).
  • Member of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Nuclear Physics, PAS (2016–2019).
  • Chairman of the Interdisciplinary Center for Physical, Chemical and Medical Sciences (2017–2019).
  • Member of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry, PAS (since 2019).
  • Member of Editorial Boards of PolishBotanical Journal, Fragmenta Floristica et Geobotanica, Acta Palaeobotanica, and Biologia.

International experience

  • Czech Republic (1987) – scientific research expedition.
  • Czech Republic (1988) – research stay; Institute of Hydrobiology, CAS, Třebon.
  • Slovakia (1988, 1992) – research stays; Institute of Botany SAS, Bratislava.
  • France (1991, 1993) – research stays; Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris.
  • France (1993) – scientific research expedition.
  • Slovakia (1992, 1996, 2000) – scientific research expeditions.
  • USA (1994) – research stay; University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
  • USA (1994) – scientific research expedition.
  • United Kingdom (1997, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2005) – scientific research expeditions.
  • United Kingdom (1998, 1999, 2000, 2005) – research stays; Natural History Museum, London; University of Durham; Laboratory for Freshwater
  • Biological Research of the Freshwater Biological Association, Windermere.
  • Denmark, Bornholm (2009, 2010) – scientific research expedition.
  • Thailand (2011) – scientific research expedition.

Research projects (selected)

  • Research on the flora of euglenines of France (Jura) (1993) – contractor.
  • Taxonomic studies on selected systematic groups of algae: Euglenophyceae; Vaucheria (Xantophyceae) and Bacillariophyceae of the Jurassic Landscape Park (1993–1995) – project leader.
  • Research on the flora of euglenins of the southeastern US states (1994) – contractor.
  • The British freshwater algal flora (1998–1999) – contractor.
  • Diversity of monads as the basis of systematic and evolutionary connections of euglenins of the genus Strombomonas and Trachelomonas (2001−2005); grant no. 6 P04C 036 21; Ministry of Science and Higher Education – project leader.
  • Diversity of morphotypes of chrysophyte stomatocysts in ponds, lakes and peat bogs of Tatra National Park (2005–2008); grant no. 2 P04G 023 28; Ministry of Science and Higher Education – contractor.
  • Variability of the euglenophyta community in selected reservoirs of the Łęczyńsko-Włodawskie Lakeland (2006–2008); grant no. 2 P04C 043 30; Ministry of Science and Higher Education – supervisor.
  • Taxonomic and environmental studies on the genus Pediastrum Meyen (Chlorophyta) in Poland (2008–2010); grant no. N N303 070 534; Ministry of Science and Higher Education – project leader.
  • Traps of carnivorous plants as algae microhabitats (2008–2011); grant no. N N304 220135; Ministry of Science and Higher Education – project leader.
  • OZwRCIN: Open resources in the digital repository of scientific institutes (2018−2021); grant no. POPC.02.03.01-00-0029/17; Operational Programme Digital Poland for 2014−2020 – project co-author and contractor.
  • IMBIO: Integration and mobilization of data on the biotic diversity of Eukaryota in the resources of Polish scientific institutions (2019−2022); grant no. POPC.020301-00-0081/19; Operational Programme Digital Poland for 2014−2020 – contractor.

Recent publications (selected)

Augustynowicz J., Sitek E., Latowski D., Wołowski K., Kowalczyk A., Przejczowski R. 2021. Unique biocenosis as a foundation to develop a phytobial consortium for effective bioremediation of Cr(VI)-polluted waters and sediments. Environmental Pollution 273: 116506. DOI

Bai X., Piątek J., Wołowski K., Bu Z.-J., Chen X. 2021. Chrysophyte stomatocysts and their associations with environmental variables in three peatlands in the subtropical monsoon climate zone of China. Ecological Indicators 121: 107125. DOI

Ociński D., Augustynowicz J., Wołowski K., Mazur P., Sitek E., Raczyk J. 2021. Natural community of macroalgae from chromium-contaminated site for effective remediation of Cr(VI)-containing leachates. Science of The Total Environment 786: 147501. DOI

Adamski M., Wołowski K., Kamiński A., Hindakova A. 2020. Cyanotoxin cylindrospermopsin producers and the catalytic decomposition process: A review. Harmful Algae 98: 101894. DOI

Bai X., Piątek J., Wołowski K., Bu Z., Chen X. 2020. New stomatocyst discoverd in Sphagnum, peatlands, Central China. Phytotaxa 477: 151–170. DOI

Poniewozik M., Duangjan K., Pekkoh J., Wołowski K. 2020. Algae of bromeliad phytotelmata in the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Phytotaxa 432: 17–37. DOI

Spisak W., Chlebicki A., Wołowski K., Szar M., Kozak J., Kaszczyn M. 2020. Using wood chips for the protection of plants and soil from the harmful effects of road salt. European Journal of Wood and Wood Products 78: 1209–1219. DOI

Poniewozik M., Wołowski K., Piątek J. 2018. Trachelomonas volzii vs T. dubia (Euglenophyceae) – one or two separate species? Study on similarities and differences of the species. Phytotaxa 357: 1–16. DOI