Marine ecologists at Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences are specialised in the field research, specifically - comparative field ecology. The biodiversity and its relation to the ecosystem function and the climate change are in the focus of our interests. We treat the taxonomy as an indispensable tool in our research, and each of us is trained as an identifier of different taxonomic group.
There are two main directions of our activity.
The first direction are the coastal studies on the permeable sediments (mostly sandy beaches). Working along Baltic Sea coasts in the project on sandy littoral ecosystem, permitted us to study meio and macrobenthos its abundance, production and metabolic rates. We are interested how the organic matter is processed in the beach, what is role of particular organisms in the matter and energy turnover. What are the links to shallow sublittoral and local fish populations? These studies are performed in close cooperation with other Polish and international research institutes (projects like ELOISE, COSA, LITUS).
The second direction are the studies on the Arctic marine ecosystem. Here the international collaboration is essential, and all our projects are performed in the frames of international programs like PRO MARE,
BIODAFF, IAAP, CASES, MARINOK and number ofbilateral projects. We are interested in the intertidal zone, fjords and ice cover. Working on Svalbard, Franz Josef Land, NE Greenland, Ellesmere Island and McKenzie delta permitted us to built up experience in the difficult field studies, performed mostly from small boats, ice camps and research vessels.