PhD Kasia Grzelak

Department of Marine Ecology
Institute of Oceanology PAS
Powstancow Warszawy 55
81-712 Sopot
tel: (+ 48 58) 731 17 83
fax: (+ 48 58) 551 21 30
e-mail: kgrzelak[at]

2007: M.Sc. at the University of Gdansk; Biology, Geography and Oceanology Faculty
2015: PhD at the Institute of Oceanology PAS, Sopot, Poland; Department of Marine Ecology

Main scientific interests:
• ecology of meiofauna
• taxonomy and ecology of nematodes
• ecology of marine littoral macrofauna

Project participation:
• Face2Face: From benthos-dominated to zooplankton dominated-mode: two faces of the Arctic fjords (no. 2012/05/B/ST10/01908) (2013-2015)
• Diversity of Nematoda from deep-sea subarctic Atlantic Ocean (Fram Strait) (no. 1721/B/P01/2011/40) (2011-2015)
• Long-term variation in meiofauna diversity from European Arctic deep-sea ecosystem (no. 1710/P01/2009/37) (2009-2012)
• CHEMSEA: Chemical Munitions, Search and Assessment (no. 069); project founded by the EU Baltic Sea Region Programme (2011-2014)
• AMBER: Assessment and Modelling of Baltic Ecosystem Response (no. 03F0485A); project founded by EU BONUS+ programme (2009-2011)
• COSA- Coastal Sands As Biocatalytical Filters
• BIODAFF - Biodiversity and Fluxes in Arctic Glaciated Fjords

Training and courses:
2015: The Senckenberg Course in Taxonomy and Systematics‘, Drezno-Wilhelmshaven, Germany
2013: MeioScool2013: Meiofauna International Workshop, Brest, France
2012: Nematodes as Environmental Bio-Indicators; Summer School organised by Doctoral School of Natural Science and of (Bioscience) Engineering, Ghent University, Belgium
2012: Fellowship granted by The Research Foundation-Flanders, Ghent University, Belgium
2011: PERMANOVA course, Plymouth, UK
2010: ’Numerical methods in ecology’ statistical course, Toruń, Poland
2009: Statistica and Canoco course, Sopot, Poland
2009: PRIMER course in Plymouth, UK
2008: Experimental design and data analysis for marine biology, Sven Loven Centre for Marine Science, Tjärnö, Sweden
2008: Nematodes identification under supervision of Dr. Jan Vanaverbeke, Gent University, Belgium
2008: Arctos PhD workshop, Arctic Frontiers, Norway
2007: MANUELA Workshop- Sampling and Laboratory Techniques in Meiobenthology, Wilhelmshaven, Germany
2006: Summer School on Diversity of Coastal Habitats, Sylt-Helgoland, Germany

Research expeditions:
2007: Ecological processes along salinity gradtient in the Baltic Sea, Sweden, Norway
2007: R/V Polarstern, ‘Hausgarten- the Arctic deep-sea observatory‘
2006: ORP Arctowski, Gulf of Gdansk
2004, 2005, 2013: R/V Oceania, Spitsbergen

Grzelak K., Kotwicki L. 2015. Halomonhystera disjuncta- a young-carrying nematode first observed for the Baltic Sea in deep basins within chemical munitions disposal sites. Deep-Sea Research II, DOI10.1016/j.dsr2.2014.12.007
• Soltwedel, T., Bauerfeind, E., Bergmann, M., Bracher, A., Budaeva, N., Busch, K., Cherkasheva, A., Fahl, K., Grzelak, K., Hasemann, C., Jacob, M. et al. 2015. Natural variability or anthropogenically-induced variation? Insights from 15 years of multidisciplinary observations at the arctic marine LTER site HAUSGARTEN. Ecological Indicators, in press
• Bełdowski J., Klusek Z., Szubska M., Turja R., Bulczak A.I., Rak D., Brenner M., Lang T., Kotwicki L., Grzelak K., Jakacki J., Fricke N. et al., 2015. Chemical Munitions Search & Assessment- an evaluation of the dumped munitions problem in the Baltic Sea. Deep-Sea Research II, DOI10.1016/j.dsr2.2015.01.017
• Zawierucha K., Grzelak K., Kotwicki L., Kaczmarek Ł., Kristensen R.M. 2015. First observation of marine tardigrades Batillipes mirus and Batillipes noerrevangi (Arthrotardigrada, Batillipedidae) from strongly brackish part of Polish Baltic Sea coast. Marine Biology Research 11(8) DOI10.1080/17451000.2015.1024133
• Orchowska M., Grzelak K., Kuklinski P. 2015. Rock encrusting assemblages: structure and distribution along the Baltic Sea. Journal of Sea Research 103, 24-31
• Gorska B., Grzelak K., Kotwicki L., Hasemann C., Schewe I., Soltwedel T., Wlodarska-Kowalczuk M. 2014. Bathymetric variations in vertical distribution patterns of meiofauna in the surface sediments of the deep Arctic Ocean (HAUSGARTEN, Fram Strait).Deep-Sea Research I 91, 36-49
• Kolicka G., Kisielewski, J. Kotwicki L., Zawierucha K., Grzelak K. 2014. Checklist of Gastrotricha of the Polish Baltic Sea with the first reports of Heterolepidoderma joermungandri Kånneby, 2011, and Turbanella hyalina Schultze, 1853. Zootaxa 3869 (2), 101-130
• Kotwicki L., Deidun A., Grzelak K., Gianni F. 2014. A preliminary comparative assessment of the meiofaunal communities of Maltese pocket sandy beaches. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 150, 111-119
Grzelak K., Szczucinski W., Kotwicki L., Sugawara D. 2014. Ecological status of sandy beaches after tsunami events: Insights from meiofauna investigations after the 2011 Tohoku-oki tsunami,Sendai Bay, Japan; In: Tsunami Events and Lessons Learned, Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research 35, 177-191
• Kotwicki L., Grzelak K., Czub M., Dellwig O., Gentz T., Szymczycha B., Böttcher M.E. 2014. Submarine groundwater discharge to the Baltic coastal zone: Impacts on the meiofauna community. Journal of Marine Systems 129, 118-126
• Zawierucha K., Grzelak K., Kotwicki L., Michalczyk L., Kaczmarek L. 2013. Batillipes pennaki Marcus, 1946, a new addition to the Thai tardigrade fauna, with an overview of literature on the species. Pakistan J. Zool. 45(3): 801-808
Grzelak K., Kotwicki L. 2012. Meiofaunal distribution in Hornsund fjord, Spitsbergen. Polar Biology 3, 269-280
Grzelak K., Kukliński P. 2009, Benthic assemblages associated with rocks in a brackish environment of the southern Baltic Sea. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 90 (1), 115-124
Grzelak K., Kotwicki L., Szczuciński W. Monitoring (2005-2008) of sandy beach meiofaunal assemblages and sediments in Thailand after 2004 tsunami event, Polish Journal of Environmental Studies 18 (1), 43-51.
• Kotwicki L., Weslawski J.M., Grzelak K., Wiktor J., Zajaczkowski M. 2007, Island Biogeography Theory in Coastal Ecosystem Protection: The Baltic Sandy Shores, Coastline Reports 8, Schernewski, Glaeser, Scheibe, Sekscinska & Thamm (eds.): Coastal development: The Oder estuary and beyond, 257 – 263, ISSN 0928-2734, ISBN 978-3-9811839-0-0
• Weslawski J.M., Kotwicki L., Wiktor J., Tatarek A., Grzelak K. 2007, Shallow sandy sublittoral: the ecological treasure of the southern Baltic Sea. MarBEF Newsletter 6: 19

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