Professor Konrad Wołowski

Full Professor

National Collection of Biodiversity of Recent and Fossil Organisms
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Lubicz 46, 31‑512 Kraków, Poland

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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 Polish Botanical 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)

Chen X., Bai X., Langdon P.G., Piątek J., Wołowski K., Peng J., Zheng T., Cao Y. 2024. Asynchronous multitrophic level regime shifts show resilience to lake browning. Science of The Total Environment 912: 168798. DOI

Bai X., Piątek J., Wołowski K., Yang T., Chen X. 2023. Sedimentary chrysophycean stomatocysts from an alpine lake in the Three Gorge Reservoir region, central China. Nova Hedwigia 116: 193–230. DOI

Kondratyuk S., Vynogradova O., Wołowski K., Wasser S., Burova O., Mikhailyuk T., Mosyakin S. 2023. In memory of Petro M. Tsarenko (12.07.1956 – 21.01.2023). Ukrainian Botanical Journal 80: 110–114. LINK

Ociński D., Jacukowicz-Sobala I., Augustynowicz J., Wołowski K., Cantero D.A., García-Serna J., Pińkowska H., Przejczowski R. 2023. Algae from Cr-containing infiltrate bioremediation for valorised chemical production – Seasonal availability, composition, and screening studies on hydrothermal conversion. Bioresource Technology 389: 129798. DOI

Wołowski K., Lenarczyk J., Augustynowicz J., Sitek E. 2023. Exploring a unique water ecosystem under long-term exposure to hexavalent chromium – An in situ study of natural diatom (Bacillariophyceae) communities. Chemosphere 340: 139941. DOI

Joseph R., Gibson C., Wolowski K., Bianciardi G., Kidron G.J., del Gaudio R., Armstrong R.A., Suamanarathna A.R., Cantasano N., Duvall D., Schild R. 2022. Mars: Evolution of life in the oceans? Episodes of global warming, flooding, rivers, lakes, and chaotic orbital obliquity. Journal of Astrobiology 13: 14–126. DOI

Wołowski K., Barabasz-Krasny B., Migdałek G. 2022. Oddział Krakowski (1922). In: A. Mostowska, A. Rostański, A. Mikuła (eds.). Polskie Towarzystwo Botaniczne w setną rocznicę powstania (1922–2022). Polskie Towarzystwo Botaniczne, Wydawnictwo Szkoły Głównej Gospodarstwa Wiejskiego, Warszawa: 112–136. DOI

Wołowski K., Spisak W., Chlebicki A., Szar M., Kozak J., Śliwa L. 2022. Two-phase medium – a new approach to microbiological culturing. Cryptogamie, Algologie 43: 95–105. DOI

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

Chlebicki A., Spisak W., Lorenc M.W., Śliwa L., Wołowski K. 2021. Electromagnetic field as agent moving bioactive cations. A new antimicrobial system in architecture technology. Applied Sciences 11: 8320. 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

Wołowski K., Solarska M., Adamski M., Żak-Elshahed L. 2019. Jadwiga Siemińska-Słupska – the personification of Polish phycology (1922–2018). Plant and Fungal Systematics 64: 3–15. 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

Płachno B.J., Wołowski K., Augustynowicz J., Łukaszek M. 2015. Diversity of algae in a thallium and other heavy metals-polluted environment. Annales de Limnologie – International Journal of Limnology 51: 139–146. DOI

Płachno B.J., Wołowski K., Fleischmann A., Lowrie A., Łukaszek M. 2014. Algae and prey associated with traps of the Australian carnivorous plant Utricularia volubilis (Lentibulariaceae, Utricularia subgenus Polypompholyx) in natural habitat and in cultivation. Australian Journal of Botany 62: 528–536. DOI

Wołowski K., Uzarowicz Ł., Łukaszek M., Pawlik-Skowrońska B. 2013. Diversity of algal communities in acid mine drainages of different physico-chemical properties. Nova Hedwigia 97: 117–137. DOI