Research & Results

I. Plant Biology Group

Head: Dr. Elżbieta Cieślak

Scientific Staff: Dr. Elżbieta Cieślak, Dr. Agnieszka Domka, Katarzyna Izworska, Dr. Paulina Janik, Dr. Beata Paszko, Dr. Anna Ronikier, Dr. Michał Ronikier, Dr. Magdalena Szczepaniak, Dr. Magdalena Szechyńska-Hebda, Dr. Tomasz Suchan, Dr. Monika Woźniak-Chodacka

Technical Staff: Jan Biel, Dr. Wojciech Paul, Monika Zankowicz

Research profile

Research profile of the group is focused on two axes. First, phylogenetic and taxonomic research is centred on evolutionary relationships between taxa and on mechanisms underlying the evolution of biodiversity, including polyploidisation, hybridization, and reticulate evolution. Related studies feature in particular critical analyses of selected genera, based on nomenclature types and protologues, and comparative analyses of morphological and molecular traits. The second research focus comprises molecular biogeography, i.e. studies of the structure and evolution of biodiversity in the spatial (geographical) and temporal context, at different levels of organization (population, species, community), using molecular biology techniques. Our research addresses the spatial-temporal dynamics of the geographical ranges of organisms and mechanisms shaping them in the past, which is further important for predicting how distribution and structure of biodiversity will respond to ongoing climate change. Studies undertaken by our group are based on model material including vascular plant taxa.

Research teams and topics

Team I.1

Leader: Dr. Elżbieta Cieślak

Research topic: Evolutionary systematics and biogeography of selected plant groups

  • Evolution and phylogenesis of taxa from Onagraceae and Poaceae families (B. Paszko, M. Szczepaniak, M. Woźniak-Chodacka)
  • Biogeography of species of xerothermic, mountain and forest habitats in Europe (E. Cieślak, A. Domka, M. Szczepaniak, M. Szechyńska-Hebda)

Team I.2

Leader: Dr. Michał Ronikier

Research topic: Molecular biogeography, evolution and genetic variability of the biota of mountain and polar habitats

  • Comparative phylogeography of selected mountain and polar species (K. Izworska, A. Ronikier, M. Ronikier, T. Suchan)
  • Phylogenesis and molecular biogeography of nivicolous myxomycetes (P. Janik, A. Ronikier, M. Ronikier, T. Suchan)