KAPUSTA Paweł, Piotr

doctor hab., en ecologist -
Institute of Environmental Sciences, Jagiellonian University (M.Sc.: 2000, Ph.D.: 2006)
W. Szafer Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences  (Habilitation 2016)

(updating March 2019)



Field of interest:

  • Biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationship
  • Feedbacks between soil microbes and plants
  • Soil ecosystem functioning under metal stress
  • Heavy metals and plants
  • Spatial processes in ecology
Scholarships and training courses:
  • Department of Biology, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norwergia: March 10-20, 2009: participation in the course of statistical analysis “Methods of gradient analysis”.
  • Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), Birmensdorf, Szwajcaria: 20-24 September 2010: participation in the course of statistical analysis “Predictive Habitat Suitability Modelling” (EcoChange Summer School).

Research projects:
  • "Sooty moulds on ornamental woody plants in urban environments - diagnostics of causal agents of disease based on innovative integrative analyses of in vitro cultures and multilocus DNA sequences" (contractor);  National Centre of Science, Poland (2017/27/B/NZ9/02902); 2018–2021; leader: dr hab. prof. IB PAS M. Piątek.
  • "Handling of dead-wood resources in natural habitats in the context of sustainable forest management" (contractor); General Direction of State Forests; 2015-2020; leader: prof. dr hab. Jan Holeksa.
  • „Soil physicochemical properties as well as plant diversity and composition as factors determining functioning of soil microorganisms of old heaps near Trzebinia, Jaworzno and Olkusz” (main contractor); grant - Ministry of Science and Higher Education (N N305 018040); 2011-2014; Institute of Botany PAS; leader: dr Anna Stefanowicz.
  • „ Variability of element stoichiometry in moss Pleurozium schreberi in a broad spatial scale (Poland) under different anthropogenic stress conditions” (main contractor); grant - Ministry of Science and Higher Education (N 304 356 138); 2010-2013; Institute of Botany PAS; leader: prof. dr hab. Barbara Godzik.
  • „Vegetation of calamine soils and its importance for biodiversity and landscape conservation in post-mining areas” (main contractor); grant FM EEA PL0265; 2008-2001; Institute of Botany PAS; leader: prof. dr hab. Barbara Godzik.
  • „Nutrient economy of pine trees under the stress caused by high concentration of heavy metals in the environment” (main contractor); grant - Ministry of Science and Higher Education (N304 041 32/1966); 2007-2010; Institute of Botany PAS; leader: prof. dr hab. Barbara Godzik.
  • „Spatio-temporal dynamics of spruce forests in the Tatra Mountains - dendrochronological reconstruction” (main contractor); grant - Ministry of Science and Higher Education (N305 016 31/0658); 2006-2009; Institute of Botany PAS; kierownik: prof. dr hab. Jan Holeksa.
  • „Spatial variability of the Niepołomice Forest ecosystem” (main contractor); KBN grant (3 P04B 107 25); 2003-2006; Institute of Environmental Sciences, Jagiellonian University; leader: prof. dr hab. January Weiner.
at work: Department of Ecology, W. Szafer Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Science, Lubicz 46, 31-512 Kraków
at work: (12) 424-17-20, fax: (12) 421-97-90,
e-mail: p.kapusta@botany.pl

Selected Publications

  • Stefanowicz A.M., Stanek M., Woch M.W., Kapusta P. 2016. The accumulation of elements in plants growing spontaneously on small heaps left by the historical Zn-Pb ore mining. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 23, 6524–6534.
  • Walczyńska A., Kapusta P. 2017. Microclimate buffering of winter temperatures by pine stumps in a temperate forest. Climate Dynamics 48, 1953–1961.
  • Zubek S., Majewska M.L., Błaszkowski J., Stefanowicz A.M., Nobis M., Kapusta P. 2016. Invasive plants affect arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi abundance and species richness as well as the performance of native plants grown in invaded soils. Biology and Fertility of Soils 52, 879–893.
  • Woch M.W., Kapusta P., Stefanowicz A.M. 2016. Variation in dry grassland communities along a heavy metals gradient. Ecotoxicology 25, 80-90.
  • Kapusta P., Szarek-Łukaszewska G., Vogt R.D. 2015. Physicochemical and biological properties of soils in the prevailing types of plant communities in the Olkusz mining region. W: Godzik B. (red.) Natural and historical values of the Olkusz Ore-bearing Region, s. 269–283. W. Szafer Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków.
  • Kapusta P., Sobczyk Ł. 2015. Effects of heavy metal pollution from mining and smelting on enchytraeid communities under different land management and soil conditions. Science of The Total Environment 536, 517–526.
  • Kapusta P., Szarek-Łukaszewska G., Jędrzejczyk-Korycińska M., Zagórna M. 2015. Do heavy-metal grassland species survive under a Scots pine canopy during early stages of secondary succession? Folia Geobotanica 50, 317-329.
  • Durak T., Żywiec M., Kapusta P., Holeksa J. 2015. Impact of land use and climate changes on expansion of woody species on subalpine meadows in the Eastern Carpathians. Forest Ecology and Management 339, 127–135.
  • Stefanowicz A.M., Kapusta P., Błońska A., Kompała-Bąba A., Woźniak G. 2015. Effects of Calamagrostis epigejos, Chamaenerion palustre and Tussilago farfara on nutrient availability and microbial activity in the surface layer of spoil heaps after hard coal mining. Ecological Engineering 83, 328–337.
  • Kapusta P., Szarek-Łukaszewska G., Godzik B. 2014. Present and past deposition of heavy metals in Poland as determined by moss monitoring. Polish Journal of Environmental Studies 23, 2047–2053.
  • Kurek P., Kapusta P., Holeksa J. 2014. Burrowing by badgers (Meles meles) and foxes (Vulpes vulpes) changes soil conditions and vegetation in a European temperate forest. Ecological Research 29, 1–11.
  • Kurek P., Kapusta P., Holeksa J. 2014. Wpływ kopania i użytkowania nor przez borsuki (Meles meles) i lisy (Vulpes vulpes) na właściwości gleby i roślinność. Sylwan 158, 221–230.
  • Stefanowicz A.M., Woch M.W., Kapusta P. 2014. Inconspicuous waste heaps left by historical Zn-Pb mining are hot spots of soil contamination. Geoderma 235-236, 1–8.
  • Popielarska-Konieczna, M., Kozieradzka-Kiszkurno, M., Tuleja, M., Ślesak, H., Kapusta, P., Marcińska, I., Bohdanowicz, J., 2013. Genotype-dependent efficiency of endosperm development in culture of selected cereals: histological and ultrastructural studies. Protoplasma 250, 361-369.
  • Stefanowicz, A.M., Kapusta, P., Szarek-Łukaszewska, G., Grodzińska, K., Niklińska, M., Vogt, R.D., 2012. Soil fertility and plant diversity enhance microbial performance in metal-polluted soils. Science of The Total Environment 439, 211–219.
  • Żywiec, M., Holeksa, J., Wesołowska, M., Szewczyk, J., Zwijacz-Kozica, T., Kapusta, P., 2012. Sorbus aucuparia regeneration in a coarse-grained spruce forest - a landscape scale. Journal of Vegetation Science 24, 735-743.
  • Nowak, T., Kapusta, P., Jędrzejczyk-Korycińska, M., Szarek-Łukaszewska, G., Godzik, B., 2011. The vascular plants of the Olkusz Ore-bearing Region [Rośliny naczyniowe Olkuskiego Okręgu Rudnego]. W. Szafer Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków.
  • Kapusta, P., Szarek-Łukaszewska, G., Stefanowicz, A.M., 2011. Direct and indirect effects of metal contamination on soil biota in a Zn-Pb post-mining and smelting area (S Poland). Environmental Pollution 159, 1516-1522.
  • Nowak, T., Urbisz, A., Kapusta, P., Tokarska-Guzik, B., 2011. Distribution patterns and habitat preferences of mountain species in the Silesian Uplands (Southern Poland). Polish Journal of Ecology. 59, 219–234.
  • Słomka, A., Kuta, E., Szarek-Łukaszewska, G., Godzik, B., Kapusta, P., Tylko, G., Bothe, H., 2011. Violets of the section Melanium, their colonization by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and their occurrence on heavy metal heaps. Journal of Plant Physiology. 168, 1191–1199.
  • Kapusta, P., Szarek-Łukaszewska, G., Grodzińska, K., Godzik, B., 2010. Murawy galmanowe okolic Olkusza (południowa Polska) i problemy ich ochrony. Chrońmy Przyrodę Ojczystą 66, 27-34.
  • Stefanowicz, A.M., Niklińska, M., Kapusta, P., Szarek-Łukaszewska, G., 2010. Pine forest and grassland differently influence the response of soil microbial communities to metal contamination. Science of the Total Environment 408, 6134-6141.
  • Zielonka, T., Holeksa, J., Fleischer, P., Kapusta, P., 2010. A tree-ring reconstruction of wind disturbances in the mountain forest of the Slovakian Tatra Mts., Western Carpathians. Journal of Vegetation Science 21, 31-42.
  • Godzik, B., Kapusta, P., Szarek-Łukaszewska, G., 2009. Roślinność gleb galmanowych i jej znaczenie dla zachowania różnorodności biotycznej i krajobrazowej terenów pogórniczych. W: Sporek, K. (Red.), Zagrożenia biotopów przekształconych przez człowieka. Uniwersytet Opolski, Opole, s. 69-84.
  • Holeksa, J., Saniga, M., Szwagrzyk, J., Czerniak, M., Staszyńska, K., Kapusta, P., 2009. A giant tree stand in the West Carpathians - An exception or a relic of formerly widespread mountain European forests? Forest Ecology and Management 257, 1577-1585.
  • Mleczko, P., Gawroński, S., Kapusta, P., 2009. New inland localities of a rare gasteroid basidiomycete, Scleroderma septentrionale, in natural and anthropogenic habitats in Central Europe. Polish Botanical Journal 54, 99-104.
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