WACNIK Agnieszka

dr hab., prof. PAN botanist – palaeobotany; Quaternary palynology
graduated: Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland, biology
MSc. – 1995; Dr. – 2003; Dr. hab. – 2013

(updated: 03. 2018)
Research areas:
  • The Weichselian and the Holocene history of vegetation, the post-glacial migration of plants and spatio-temporal variations of its ranges on the basis of pollen analysis
  • High-resolution palynological studies of the annually laminated lake deposits
  • Reconstruction of human impact on environment based on pollen, non-pollen palynomorphs, and micro- charcoal analysis
  • Palynology of archaeological sites

Scientific expeditions & trainings:

  • Aix-Marseille Universite, France, 1997
  • Institute of Botany, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Brno. 2003
  • Institute of Archaeology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic , Prague, 2003, 2005
  • Virije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Holand, 2004
  • University of Bremen, Germany, 2004
  • Institute of Archaeology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Nitra,2005
  • Institute of Plant Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland, 2006
  • Wadi Kubbaniya, archaeological excavations on the Palaeolithic sites, Egypt, 2012

Membership and functions:

  • Head of the Department of Palaeobotany (since 2013)
  • W. Szafer Foundation for Polish Botany – Foundation Chairman (2011-2014)
  • Polish Association of Environmental Archaeology - member (since 2005)

  • Commission on the Prehistory of the Carpathians Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences - member (since 2016), Deputy Chairperson (since 2017)

Research projects:

  • Natural and anthropogenic changes of vegetation recorded in the laminated bottom deposits from Lake Miłkowskie (the Mazurian Lake District), grant KBN 6 PO4E 040 14, leader (1998-1999)
  • Late Glacial and Holocene history of vegetation of selected trees, shrubs, and herbs in Poland based on isopollen maps, grant KBN 6 P04F 028 18, research contractor (2000-2003)
  • Late Glacial and Early Holocene development of vegetation based on pollen analysis of the laminated sediments from Lake Miłkowskie in the Mazuriam Lake District, grant KBN 6 P04F 083, coordinator/main research contractor (2001-2003)
  • New site of the Magdalenian culture at Dzierżysław in Upper Silesia, grant MNiSW 5 HO1H 02521, research contractor (2001-2004)
  • Tendencies and rates of the anthropogenic changes of vegetation in the Late Holocene (the Great Mazurian Lake District area), grant MNiSW 2 PO4F 030 27, leader (2004-2007)
  • Bacterial ancient DNA as an indicator of local human presence in the past. Correlation of molecular data and human impact phases distinguished in the Holocene pollen profiles, grant MNiSW 2 PO4F 058 29, research contractor (2005-2007)
  • Transformation of natural environment caused by prehistoric societies, 2007-2011, grant MNiSW, N N 304 013 32/09352, leader (2010-2011)
  • Record of climatic and environmental changes in the annually laminated sediments from lakes in northern Poland (TRANSECT-PL), grant MNiSW, N N 306275635, research contractor (2008-2011)
  • Pre- and early agrarian changes of environment in the Great Mazurian Lake District area, grant MNiSW/NCN, N N 304 319636, leader (2009-2013)
  • Holocene history of vegetation of the Western Carpathian Mts based on isopollen maps, grant NCN, N N 304 293 937, research contractor (2009-2012)
  • Climate of northern Poland during the last 1000 years: Constraining the future with the past (CLIMPOL), Polish-Swiss Research Programme PSPB-086/2010, research contractor (2011-2015)
  • Archaeological, archaeobotanical and palaeoenvironmental investigations in the western part of the Nida Basin, National Science Centre 2013/11/B/HS3/03822, research contractor (2014-2017).
At work: Department of Palaeobotany, W. Szafer Institute of Botany Polish Academy of Sciences, Lubicz 46, 31-512 Kraków
At work: (12) 421-17-29, fax: (12) 421-97-90,
e-mail: a.wacnik@botany.pl

Selected publications

  • Hernández-Almeida I., Grosjean M., Gómez-Navarro J.J., Larocque-Tobler I., Bonk A., Enters D., Ustrzycka A., Piotrowska N., Przybylak R., Wacnik A., Witak M., Tylmann W. 2017. Resilience, rapid transitions and regime shifts: Fingerprinting the responses of Lake Żabińskie (NE Poland) to climate variability and human disturbance since AD 1000. The Holocene.27(2): 258-270
  • Wacnik A. Noryśkiewicz A.M., Tylmann W. 2017. Zastosowanie współczesnych wartości depozycji pyłku do weryfikacji obecności Fagus sylvatica w dawnych zbiorowiskach leśnych w rejonie Puszczy Boreckiej (NE Polska). [Use of modern pollen accumulation rates for verification of Fagus sylvatica in Late Holocene forests. Case study from the Puszcza Borecka Forest (NE Poland)]. Fragmenta Floristica et Geobotanica Polonica 24(2): 451-468
  • Lityńska-Zając M., Moskal-del Hoyo M., Mueller-Bieniek A., Wacnik A. 2017. Stan i problematyka badań archeobotanicznych w polskiej części Karpat. [State of the art and problems in archaeobotanical research of the Polish Carpathian lands]. W: Gancarski J. [ed.} Stan i potrzeby badań archeologicznych w Karpatach. Muzeum Podkarpackie w Krośnie, Krosno. pp. 719-750
  • Wacnik A., Tylmann W., Bonk A., Goslar T., Enters D., Meyer-Jacob C., Grosjean M. 2016. Determining the responses of vegetation to natural processes and human impacts in north-eastern Poland during the last millennium: combined pollen, geochemical and historical data. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 25:479–498
  • Wacnik A., Nalepka D., Granoszewski W., Walanus A., Madeyska E., Cywa K., Szczepanek K., Cieślak E. 2015. Development of modern forest zones in the Beskid Niski Mts. and adjacent area (Western Carpathians) in the late Holocene: a palaeobotanical perspective. Quaternary International 415: 303-324
  • Bonk A., Tylmann W., Goslar T., Wacnik A. 2015. Comparing varve counting and 14C-AMS chronologies in the sediments of Lake Żabińskie, northeastern Poland: implications for accurate 14C dating of lake sediments. Geochronometria 42(1):159-171.
  • Wacnik A., Kupryjanowicz M., Mueller-Bieniek A., Karczewski M., Cywa, K. 2014. The environmental and cultural contexts of the late Iron Age and medieval settlement in the Mazurian Lake District, NE Poland: combined palaeobotanical and archaeological data. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany. 23(4): 439-459.
  • Kittel P., Muzolf B., Płóciennik M., Elias S., Brooks S.J., Lutyńska M. , Pawłowski D., Stachowicz-Rybka R., Wacnik A., Okupny D., Głab Z., Mueller-Bieniek A. 2014. A multi-proxy reconstruction from Lutomiersk-Koziówki, Central Poland, in the context of early modern hemp and flax processing. Journal of Archaeological Sciences 50(1): 318-337.
  • Sokołowski T., Wacnik A., Woronko B., Madeja J. 2014. Eemian-Weichselian pleniglacial fluvial deposits in southern Poland (an example of the vistula river valley in Kraków). Geological Quarterly 58(1): 71-84
  • Wacnik A., Goslar T., Czernik J. 2012. Vegetation changes caused by agricultural societies in the Great Mazurian Lake District. Acta Palaeobotanica. 52(1): 59-104
  • Rybicka M., Wacnik A. (eds) 2012. The impact of prehistoric and Medieval societies on the natural environment of the Gostynin Lake District, central Poland. Collectio Archaeologica Ressoviensis Tomus XIX, Fundacja Rzeszowskiego Ośrodka Archeologicznego, Instytut Archeologii Uniwersytetu Rzeszowskiego.
  • Wacnik A., Ralska-Jasiewiczowa M., Madeyska E. 2011. Late Glacial and Holocene history of vegetation in Gostynin area, central Poland. Acta Palaeobotanica, 51(2): 249-278.
  • Madeja J., Wacnik A., Wypasek E., Chandran A., Stankiewicz E. 2010. Integrated palynological and molecular analyses of Late Holocene deposits from Lake Miłkowskie (NE Poland): Verification of local human impact on environment. Quaternary International, 220 (1-2): 147-152
  • Madeja J., Wacnik A., Żyga A., Stankiewicz E., Wypasek E., Gumiński W., Harmata K. 2009. Bacterial ancient DNA as an indicator of human presence in the past: its correlation with palynological and archaeological data. Journal of Quaternary Sciences, 24 (4): 317-321.
  • Buczko K., Magyari E.K., Bitusik P., Wacnik A. 2009. Review of dated Late Quaternary palaeolimnological records in the Carpathian Region, east-central-Europe. Hydrobiologia 631: 3-28.
  • Wacnik A. 2009. Vegetation development in the Lake Miłkowskie area, north-eastern Poland, from the Plenivistulian to the late Holocene. Acta Paleobotanica 49(2): 287-335.
  • Wasylikowa K., Wacnik A., Mueller-Bieniek A. 2009. Badania archeobotaniczne w nawarstwieniach historycznych z terenu Krakowa: metodyka-stan badań-perspektywy. Geologia, 35(1): 89-101.
  • Wacnik A. 2009. From foraging to farming in the Great Mazurian Lake District: palynological studies on Lake Miłkowskie sediments, northeast Poland. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 18(3): 187-203.
  • Sokołowski T., Wacnik A., Wardas M., Pawlikowski M., Pazdur A., Madeja J., Woronko B., Madej P. 2008. Changes of natural environment in Kraków downtown-its chronology and directions. Case geoarchaeological studies of Krupnicza Street site. Geochronometria, 31:7-19.
  • Ralska-Jasiewiczowa M., Goslar T., Różański K., Wacnik A., Czernik J., Chróst L. 2003. Very fast environmental changes at the Pleistocene/Holocene boundary, recorded in laminated sediments of Lake Gościąż. Paleo 3: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 193: 225-247
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