Studies: Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Chemistry, specialization: environmental protection Jagiellonian University,
Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences, Institute of Environmental Sciences: M.Sc. (2003; environmental biology), Ph.D. (2009; biology)
University of Lodz, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection: habilitation (2017; ecology)

(in Polish)

(updated: 02.2019)
Jagiellonian University, Institute of Environmental Sciences, senior biologist (2004-2009);
Institute of Botany, PAS, assistant professor (2009-2017), associate professor (2017)

Field of interest:

soil microbiology and chemistry, heavy metals in soils and plants, heaps after metal ores and coal mining, plant-soil interactions, invasive plants
Research Grants:
  • 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 (NCN; 2018-2021): researcher
  • 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 (NCN; 2018): researcher
  • Ecosystem changes driven by Reynoutria japonica invasion: linking quantity and chemical quality of plant biomass to soil properties (NCN; 2017-2020): leader
  • The impact of alien tree species – red oak (Quercus rubra L.) on soil physicochemical properties, soil microbial communities and forest vegetation (NCN; 2017-2020): supervisor
  • Influence of historical Zn-Pb ore mining in western Małopolska on heavy metal concentration in beech forest soils and selected herbaceous plant species (MNiSW; 2013): leader
  • Interactions of invasive plants with soil microorganisms (NCN; 2012-2015): researcher
  • Influence of soil contamination with heavy metals on metal concentrations in plants growing on heaps after historical Zn-Pb ores mining in western Małopolska (MNiSW; 2012): leader
  • Soil physicochemical properties as well as diversity and composition of plant communities as factors detemining functioning of microorganisms in soils developed on old heaps (warpie) near Trzebinia, Jaworzno and Olkusz (MNiSW; 2011-2014): leader
  • Vegetation of calamine soils and its importance for biodiversity and landscape conservation in post-mining areas (FM EEA; 2008-2011): researcher
  • Novel methods for integrated risk assessment of cumulative stressors in Europe (NO MIRACLE; EC FP6; 2004-2010): researcher
  • Assessing large scale risks for biodiversity with tested methods (ALARM; EC FP6; 2004-2009): researcher
Department of Ecology, Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences, Lubicz 46, 31-512 Kraków
tel.: 48 12 42-41-708, fax: 48 12 421-97-90,
Acta Oecologica, Applied Soil Ecology, Chemosphere, Ecological Engineering, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, Environmental Geochemistry and Health, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, European Journal of Soil Science, Frontiers in Plant Science, Geoderma, Pedosphere, Plant and Soil, Polish Journal of Ecology, Polish Journal of Environmental Studies, Science of the Total Environment
Research funding agencies:
Austrian Science Fund (FWF), National Science Centre, Poland


  • Stefanowicz AM, Stanek M, Majewska ML, Nobis M, Zubek S (2019) Invasive plant species identity affects soil microbial communities in a mesocosm experiment. Applied Soil Ecology 136: 168-177.
  • Woch MW, Radwańska M, Stanek M, Łopata B, Stefanowicz AM (2018) Relationships between waste physicochemical properties, microbial activity and vegetation at coal ash and sludge disposal sites. Science of the Total Environment 642: 264-275.
  • Majewska ML, Rola K, Stefanowicz AM, Nobis M, Błaszkowski J, Zubek S (2018) Do the impacts of alien invasive plants differ from expansive native ones? An experimental study on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi communities. Biology and Fertility of Soils 54: 631-643.
  • Stefanowicz AM, Majewska ML, Stanek M, Nobis M, Zubek S (2018) Differential influence of four invasive plant species on soil physicochemical properties in a pot experiment. Journal of Soils and Sediments 18: 1409-1423.
  • Woch MW, Stefanowicz AM, Stanek M (2017) Waste heaps left by historical Zn-Pb ore mining are hotspots of species diversity of beech forest understory vegetation. Science of the Total Environment 599-600:32-41.
  • Stefanowicz AM, Stanek M, Nobis M, Zubek S (2017) Few effects of invasive plants Reynoutria japonica, Rudbeckia laciniata and Solidago gigantea on soil physical and chemical properties. Science of the Total Environment 574: 938-946.
  • Stefanowicz AM, Stanek M, Woch MW (2016) High concentrations of heavy metals in beech forest understory plants growing on waste heaps left by Zn-Pb ore mining. Journal of Geochemical Exploration 169: 157-162.
  • Zubek S, Majewska ML, Błaszkowski J, Stefanowicz AM, 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.
  • Stefanowicz AM, Stanek M, Nobis M, Zubek S (2016) Species-specific effects of plant invasions on activity, biomass, and composition of soil microbial communities. Biology and Fertility of Soils 52: 841-852.
  • Stefanowicz AM, Stanek M, Woch MW, 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.
  • Woch MW, Kapusta P, Stefanowicz AM (2016) Variation in dry grassland communities along a heavy metals gradient. Ecotoxicology 25: 80-90.
  • Niklińska M, Stefanowicz AM (2015) Mikroorganizmy glebowe na terenach metalonośnych. In: Wierzbicka M (Ed.) Ekotoksykologia: rośliny, gleby, metale. Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, Warszawa; pp: 207-225.
  • Stefanowicz AM (2015) Soil physicochemical properties and vegetation as factors affecting soil microorganisms in areas contaminated with heavy metals. In: Godzik B (Ed.) Natural and historical values of the Olkusz Ore-bearing Region. W. Szafer Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków; pp: 293-306.
  • Stefanowicz AM, 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.
  • Stefanowicz AM, Woch MW, Kapusta P (2014) Inconspicuous waste heaps left by historical Zn-Pb mining are hot spots of soil contamination. Geoderma 235-236: 1-8.
  • Woch MW, Radwańska M, Stefanowicz AM (2013) Flora of spoil heaps after hard coal mining in Trzebinia (southern Poland): effect of substratum properties. Acta Botanica Croatica 72: 237-256.
  • Stefanowicz AM, Kapusta P, Szarek-Łukaszewska G, Grodzińska K, Niklińska M, Vogt RD (2012) Soil fertility and plant diversity enhance microbial performance in metal-polluted soils. Science of the Total Environment 439: 211-219.
  • Zubek S, Stefanowicz AM, Błaszkowski J, Niklińska M, Seidler-Łożykowska K (2012) Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and soil microbial communities under contrasting fertilization of three medicinal plants. Applied Soil Ecology 59: 106-115.
  • Kapusta P, Szarek-Łukaszewska G, Stefanowicz AM (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.
  • Klimek B, Stefanowicz AM, Woch MW, Jaźwa M (2010) Is there a link between biodiversity of plants and soil microorganisms? Kosmos. Problemy Nauk Biologicznych 59: 589-598 (in Polish).
  • Stefanowicz AM (2010) 20. Doroczna Konferencja Towarzystwa Toksykologii i Chemii Środowiskowej (SETAC)(Sewilla, Hiszpania, 23-27.05.2010 r.). Wiadomości Ekologiczne 56: 115-117 (in Polish).
  • Stefanowicz AM, 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.
  • Baas J, Stefanowicz AM, Klimek B, Laskowski R, Kooijman SALM (2010) Model-based experimental design for assessing effects of mixtures of chemicals. Environmental Pollution 158: 115-120.
  • Dutkiewicz R, Klimek M, Klimek B, Stefanowicz AM, Plytycz B (2009) Effects of cadmium, copper, lead or nickel-contaminated soil on amoebocytes of the earthworm Aporrectodea caliginosa. Acta Biologica Cracoviensia series Zoologia 51: 73-79.
  • Stefanowicz AM, Niklińska M, Laskowski R (2009) Pollution-induced tolerance of soil bacterial communities in meadow and forest ecosystems polluted with heavy metals. European Journal of Soil Biology 45: 363-369.
  • Stefanowicz AM, Grześ IM (2009) Impact of pollutants on species, functional and genetic diversity of organisms. Wiadomości Ekologiczne 55: 3-28 (in Polish).
  • Stefanowicz AM, Niklińska M, Laskowski R (2008) Metals affect soil bacterial and fungal functional diversity differently. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 27: 591-598.
  • Stefanowicz AM (2008) Pierwsza Krajowa Konferencja i Warsztaty Naukowe "Ekotoksykologia w ochronie środowiska glebowego i wodnego" (Puławy, 14-16.10.2007 r.). Wiadomości Ekologiczne 54: 48-49 (in Polish).
  • Stefanowicz A (2007) Pollution-induced community tolerance (PICT): research and application. Wiadomości Ekologiczne 53: 1-17 (in Polish).
  • Stefanowicz A, Klimek B (2007) Międzynarodowa Konferencja Ekotoksykologiczna (SETAC)(Porto, Portugalia, 20-24.05.2007). Wiadomości Ekologiczne 53: 168-170 (in Polish).
  • Stefanowicz A (2006) The BIOLOG plates technique as a tool in ecological studies of microbial communities. Polish Journal of Environmental Studies 15: 669-676.
  • Klimek B, Stefanowicz A (2005) Microbiological methods in ecological studies of soil environment. Wiadomości Ekologiczne 51: 165-183 (in Polish).
  • Niklińska M., Chodak M., Stefanowicz A (2004) Community level physiological profiles of microbial communities from forest humus polluted with different amounts of Zn, Pb and Cd – preliminary study with BIOLOG Ecoplates. Soil Science and Plant Nutrition 50: 941-944.


  • 57th Meeting of the Polish Botanical Society, 27.06-3.07.2016, Lublin, Poland
  • The meeting of COST Action FP1305 BioLink: Linking soil biodiversity and ecosystem function in European forests “Belowground biodiversity in changingenvironment”, 17-19.03.2015, Kraków, Poland
  • The International Conference “Plants, heavy metals, environment”, 26-28.06.2014, Katowice, Poland
  • 29th International Conference of the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 8-12.07.2013, Toulouse, France
  • 56th Meeting of the Polish Botanical Society, 24-30.06.2013, Olsztyn, Poland
  • 16th International Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment, 23-27.09.2012, Rome, Italy
  • 7th International Symbiosis Society Congress "The earth's vast symbiosphere", 22-28.07. 2012, Kraków, Poland
  • 7th International Conference on Serpentine Ecology “Promoting awareness of serpentine biodiversity”, 12-16.06.2011, Coimbra, Portugal
  • Ecology of Soil Microorganisms “Microbes as important drivers of soil processes”, 27.04-1.05.2011, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 15th International Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment, 19-23.09.2010, Gdańsk, Poland
  • 55th Meeting of the Polish Botanical Society, 6-12.09.2010, Warsaw, Poland
  • SETAC Europe 20th Annual Meeting, 23-27.05.2010, Seville, Spain
  • The First Joint PSE-SETAC Conference on Ecotoxicology, 16-19.09.2009, Kraków, Poland
  • Pierwsza Krajowa Konferencja i Warsztaty Naukowe „Ekotoksykologia w ochronie środowiska glebowego i wodnego”, 14-16.10.2007, Puławy, Polska
  • SETAC Europe 17th Annual Meeting, 20-24.05.2007, Porto, Portugal
  • International Conference on Ecotoxicology, 17-20.09.2006, Wisła, Poland