Dr Monika Woźniak-Chodacka

Assistant Professor

Plant Biology Group
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Lubicz 46, 31‑512 Kraków, Poland


Research interests

  • Integrative plant taxonomy, with a special reference to the genus Oenothera (evening primrose).
  • Next-generation sequencing (NGS) as a tool in phylogenetic studies on critical groups of vascular plants.
  • Evolutionary significance of ancient and contemporary hybridization based on investigation of natural and experimental hybrids.
  • Factors affecting hybrid speciation (parental divergence, hybrid fitness).
  • The relation between plastid and nuclear DNA as an important factor determining native and naturalized ranges of distribution of vascular plants.
  • The influence of ecological factors (climate change, habitat disturbance) on a gene flow process.

Higher education and employment history

  • MSc degree at the University of Wrocław (2006).
  • PhD degree at the Jagiellonian University (2015).
  • Assistant professor at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (since 2016).

Membership and awards

  • Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award from the Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences - Jagiellonian University (2015).
  • Member of the Polish Botanical Society (since 2015).
  • Member of the International Association for Plant Taxonomy (since 2020).

International experience

  • Germany (2019, 2020) – 6-week (in total)training; Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam.

Research projects

  • The status of Oenothera perangusta R.R.Gates i O. ersteinensis R.Linder & R.Jean (Onagraceae) (2016); grant "Young Scientists"; W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS – project leader.
  • Revision of the taxonomic status of Oenothera royfraseri R.R.Gates and O. turoviensis Rostański (Onagraceae) (2017); grant "Young Scientists"; W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS – project leader.
  • Next generation sequencing as a tool in solving evolutionary and phylogenetic issues on the example of the critical genus Oenothera (Onagraceae) (2018–2019); grant no. 2018/02/X/NZ8/01255; National Science Centre (NCN) – project leader.

Recent publications (selected)

Woźniak-Chodacka M. 2023. Lectotypification, epitypification and taxonomic notes on Oenothera fallax (Onagraceae). Phytotaxa 612: 283–292. DOI

Woźniak-Chodacka M. 2020. A revision of taxonomic relation between Oenothera royfraseri and O. turoviensis (sect. Oenothera, subsect. Oenothera; Onagraceae) based on multivariate analyses of morphological characters. Phytotaxa 435: 164‒180. DOI

Woźniak-Chodacka M. 2019. Validation of the name Oenothera italica (Onagraceae). Phytotaxa 387: 262‒264. DOI

Woźniak-Chodacka M. 2019. Taxonomic notes and validation of Oenothera acutifolia (Onagraceae). Phytotaxa 427: 75–79. DOI

Woźniak-Chodacka M. 2018. Validation of the names Oenothera issleri and O. issleri var. silesiacoides (Onagraceae). Phytotaxa 343: 293–297. DOI

Woźniak-Chodacka M. 2018. A revision of taxonomic relation between Oenothera perangusta and O. ersteinensis (Onagraceae) based on morphometric research and statistical analyses. Phytotaxa 383: 55‒74. DOI

Woźniak-Chodacka M. 2017. Nomenclatural notes and neotypification of Oenothera biennis var. sulphurea (Onagraceae). Phytotaxa 296: 180–186. DOI

Woźniak-Chodacka M. 2017. Taxonomic notes and validation of the name Oenothera mollis (Onagraceae). Phytotaxa 303: 297–300. DOI

Woźniak-Chodacka M. 2016. Validation of the name Oenothera hoelscheri var. albinervis (Onagraceae). Phytotaxa 286: 32–38. DOI