Dr Monika Kędra

Department of Marine Ecology
Institute of Oceanology PAS
Powstancow Warszawy 55
81-712 Sopot
tel: + 48 58 7311779
fax: + 48 58 5512130
e-mail: kedra [at] iopan.gda.pl


2003 - M.Sc. at the University of Gdansk in cooperation with Sea Fisheries Institute in Gdynia
2003 - 2007 - PhD studies - Institute of Oceanography, PAS
2007 - 2008 - oceanographer at Institute of Oceanography, PAS, Department of Marine Ecology
2008 - PhD at Institute of Oceanology PAS
2008 - present - research scientist at Institute of Oceanology PAS, Department of Marine Ecology
2011 - 2013 -
Assistant Research Scientist/Post-Doctoral Associate at Chesapeake Biological Laboratory University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, USA
2011 - present - Arctic in Rapid Transition - co-chair of ART Executive Committee
2013 - present - Research Scientist at Institute of Oceanology PAS, Department of Marine Ecology, Sopot, Poland
2015 - present - Polish representative to Marine Working Group IASC (http://iasc.info/working-groups/marine)
2016 - habilitation at Institute of Oceanology PAS

Main scientific interests:
- ecology of benthic macrofauna
- Arctic food webs and carbon cycling
- taxonomy and ecology of Arctic Polychaeta
- taxonomy and ecology of Sipuncula

2016-2018 - Benthic fauna functioning in the sea ice zone in the changing Arctic Ocean in spring time (SeaIceFun); National Science Centre, Poland, no:2015/19/B/NZ8/03945
2013 - 2017 - Biodiversity, structure and function of benthic communities in the changing ecosystems of the northern Bering and Chukchi Seas; National Science Centre, Poland: contract no: DEC-2013/08/M/NZ8/00592
2014 - 2015: ECOTAB: Effect of Climate change On The Arctic Benthos, contract number: Ministry of Science and Higer Education 3082/ECOTAB/2014/0
2011 - 2013: Organic matter sources and sinks in high Arctic fiord;
National Science Centre, Poland: contract no: DEC 2011/01/B/ST10/06985
2009 - 2011:
Taxonomy, biodiversity and distribution of polychaetes in fjords of west Spitsbergen; contract no: 540/N-AODP/2009/0

2009 - 2010: WinAMP: Winter and summer amphipods' feeding strategies; contract no: 1033/ARCFAC/2009/7
2009 - 2010: Taxonomy and biodiversity of Arctic Sipuncula; contract no: 525/N-AODP/2009/0
2009: WinAMP: Winter shift in amphipods' feeding strategy? European Centre for Arctic Environmental Research in Ny-Alesund (ARCFAC V), 2008 EC contract no. 026129; ARCFAC-026129-2009-28
2008-2011: Modeling benthic consumption, advection, and carbon subsidies in the Barents Sea, BANKMOD; contract number: NFR 184719/S40
2008-2010: Arctic Seas Biodiversity: Bank biodiversity and production, ENIBANK, contract number: 382/W-Akvaplan-niva/2009/0

Biodiversity of Sipunculan Fauna in Svalbard (ArcOD Mini-Grants)
2007: Climate induced changes in biodiversity and structure soft bottom macrofauna assemblages in an arctic fjord - Kongsfjorden, Spitsbergen (KBN - N304 006 32/0666)
2006: European Union funded grant SYNTHESYS: scientific visit in Zoological Museum in Copenhagen (Biodiversity of Arctic Sipuncula (Kongsfjorden and Hornsund, Spitsbergen) - DK-TAF-1371)
2006: European Union funded grant SYNTHESYS: scientific visit in Natural History Museum in Berlin (Biodiversity of polar Sipuncula - DE-TAF-1451)
2005: European Union funded grant SYNTHESYS: scientific visit in Natural History Museum Naturalis in Leiden (Ecology and biodiversity of Arctic Sipunculida (Kongsfjorden, Spitsbergen) - NL-TAF-832)

2006: MARS - Otto Kinne - lecture award 2006 at 41st EMBS in Cork
2010, 2012: Award of Director of Institute of Oceanology PAS for publications activities
2012: Travel Award: IPY, Montreal, Kanada
2013: Gordon Research Conference – Invited Speaker
2013: Outstanding Poster Award; ASSW in Krakow, Poland
2014 - 2017: Scholarship for outstanding early career scientists, Ministry of Science and Higher Education
Publications (44):
  • Werner K, Fritz M, Morata N, Keil K, Pavlov A, Peeken I, Nikolopoulos A, Findlay HS, Kę̨dra M, Majaneva S, Renner A, Hendricks S, Jacquot M, Nicolaus M, O'Regan M, Sampei M, Wegner C, 2016, Arctic in Rapid Transition: Priorities for the future of marine and coastal research in the Arctic, Polar Science, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.polar.2016.04.005
  • Balazy P., Kuklinski P., Włodarska-Kowalczuk M., Barnes D., Kędra M., Legeżyńska J., Węsławski J.M., 2015, Hermit crabs (Pagurus spp.) at their northernmost range: distribution, abundance and shell use in the European Arctic, Polar Research, 34, 21412, (pdf)
  • Berge, J., Daase, M., Renaud, P.E., Ambrose, W.G., Darnis G, Last, K.S., Leu, E., Cohen, J.H., Johnsen, G., Moline, M.A., Cottier, F., Varpe, Ø., Shunatova, N., Bałazy, P., Morata, N., Massabuau, J-C., Falk-Petersen, S., Kosobokova, K., Hoppe, C.J.M., Węsławski, J.M., Kukliński, P., Legeżyńska, J., Nikishina, D., Cusa, M., Kędra, M., Włodarska-Kowalczuk, M., Vogedes, D., Camus, L., Tran, D., Michaud, E., Gabrielsen, T.M., Granovitch, A., Gonchar, A., Krapp, R., Callesen, T.A. (2015) Unexpected Levels of Biological Activity during the Polar Night Offer New Perspectives on a Warming Arctic. Current Biology 25, 2555-25611. (pdf)
  • Findlay H.,S., Gibson G., Kędra M., Morata N., Orchowska M., Pavlov A.K., Reigstad M., Silyakova A., Tremblay J.E., Walczowski W., Weydmann A., Logvinova C., 2015, Responses in Arctic marine carbon cycle processes: conceptual scenarios and implications for ecosystem function, Polar Research, 34, 24252, (pdf)
  • Grebmeier J.M., Bluhm B.A, Cooper L.W., Danielson S., Arrigo K.R., Blanchard A.L., Clarke J.T., Day R.H., Frey K.E., Gradinger R.R., Kędra M., Konar B., Kuletz K.J., Lee S.H., Lovvorn J.R., Norcross B.L., Okkonen S.R., 2015, Ecosystem Characteristics and Processes Facilitating Persistent Macrobenthic Biomass Hotspots and Associated Benthivory in the Pacific Arctic, Progress in Oceanography 136, 92–114, (pdf)
  • Grebmeier JM, Bluhm BA, Cooper LW, Denisenko SG, Iken K, Kędra M, Serratos C (2015) Time-series benthic community composition and biomass and associated environmental characteristics in the Chukchi Sea during the RUSALCA 2004–2012 Program. Oceanography 28(3):116–133, (pdf)
  • de Jong Y., Kouwenberg J., Boumans L., Hussey C., Hyam R., Nicolson N., Kirk P., Paton A., Michel E., Guiry M., Boegh P., Pedersen H., Enghoff H., von Raab-Straube E., Güntsch A., Geoffroy M., Müller A., Kohlbecker A., Berendsohn W., Appeltans W., Arvanitidis C., Vanhoorne B., Declerck J., Vandepitte L., Hernandez F., Nash R., Costello M., Ouvrard D., Bezard-Falgas P., Bourgoin T., Wetzel F., Glöckler F., Korb G., Ring C., Hagedorn G., Häuser C., Aktaç N., Asan A., Ardelean A., Borges P., Dhora D., Khachatryan H., Malicky M., Ibrahimov S., Tuzikov A., De Wever A., Moncheva S., Spassov N., Chobot K., Popov A., Boršić I., Sfenthourakis S., Kõljalg U., Uotila P., Olivier G., Dauvin J., Tarkhnishvili D., Chaladze G., Tuerkay M., Legakis A., Peregovits L., Gudmundsson G., Ólafsson E., Lysaght L., Galil B., Raimondo F., Domina G., Stoch F., Minelli A., Spungis V., Budrys E., Olenin S., Turpel A., Walisch T., Krpach V., Gambin M., Ungureanu L., Karaman G., Kleukers R., Stur E., Aagaard K., Valland N., Moen T., Bogdanowicz W., Tykarski P., Węsławski J., Kędra M, M. de Frias Martins A., Abreu A., Silva R., Medvedev S., Ryss A., Šimić S., Marhold K., Stloukal E., Tome D., Ramos M., Valdés B., Pina F., Kullander S., Telenius A., Gonseth Y., Tschudin P., Sergeyeva O., Vladymyrov V., Rizun V., Raper C., Lear D., Stoev P., Penev L., Rubio A., Backeljau T., Saarenmaa H., Ulenberg S., 2015, PESI - a taxonomic backbone for Europe. Biodiversity Data Journal 3: e5848. (pdf)
  • Kędra M., Moritz C., Choy E.S., David C., Degen R., Duerksen S., Ellingsen I., Górska B., Grebmeier J.M., Kirievskaya D., van Oevelen D., Piwosz K., Samuelsen A., Węsławski J.M., 2015, Status and trends in the structure of Arctic benthic food webs, Polar Research 2015, 34, 23775, (pdf)
  • Kędra M, Pavlov AK, Wegner C, Forest A. 2015. Foreword to the thematic cluster: the Arctic in Rapid Transition - marine ecosystems. Polar Research 34, 30684, (pdf)
  • Pabis K, Kedra M, Gromisz S. (2015) Distinct or similar? Sof bottom polychaete diversity in Arctic and Antartic glacial fjords, Hydrobiologia, Volume 742, Issue 1, pp 279-294, (pdf)
  • Sokolowski A, Szczepanska A, Richard P, Kedra M, Wolowicz M, Weslawski JM. (2014) Trophic structure of the macrobenthic community of Hornsund, Spitsbergen, based on the determination of stable carbon and nitrogen isotopic signatures, Polar Biology 37, 1247-1260
  • Majaneva S., Peeken I., Choy E., David C., Degen R., Górska B., Jørgensen L., Kirievskaya D., Mazurkiewicz M., Narcy F., Richard J., Rastrick S., Kędra M., Berge J., Bluhm B. 2014. Arctic Biodiversity - Marine Biodiversity: From Individuals to Pan-Arctic; ART priority sheet, (pdf)
  • Kuliński K, Kędra M, Legeżyńska J, Głuchowska M, Zaborska A, 2014, Particulate organic matter sinks and sources in high Arctic fjord, Journal of Marine Systems, 139: 27–37
  • Legeżyńska J, Kędra M, Walkusz W, 2014, Identifying trophic relationships within the high Arctic benthic community: how much can fatty acids tell? Marine Biology 161:821–836
  • Forest A, Kędra M, Pavlov A, 2013, Bridging Time Scales, Disciplines, and Generations to Better Understand the Arctic Marine Ecosystem, Eos Trans. AGU, 94(11), 107.
  • Kędra M, Pabis K, Gromisz S, Węsławski JM, 2013, Distribution patterns of polychaete fauna in an Arctic fjord (Hornsund, Spitsbergen), Polar Biology, 36 (10):1463-1472
  • Wróbel B, Filippini M, Piwowarczyk J, Kędra M, Kuliński K, Middelboe M, 2013, Low virus to prokaryote ratios in the cold: benthic viruses and prokaryotes in a subpolar marine ecosystem (Hornsund, Svalbard), International Microbiology 16:45-52
  • Kędra M, Renaud PE, Andrade H, Goszczko I, Ambrose Jr. WG, 2013, Benthic community structure, diversity and productivity in the shallow Barents Sea bank (Svalbard Bank), Marine Biol, 160 (4) , pp. 805-819
  • Grebmeier J, Pickart R, Ashjian C, Cooper L, Frey K, He J, Itoh M, Kędra M, Kikuchi T, Moore S, Nelson J, Vagle S, 2012, Ecosystem Observations in Barrow Canyon:A Focus for the International Distributed Biological Observatory [in Arctic Report Card 2012], http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/reportcard
  • Kędra M, Kuliński K, Walkusz W, Legeżyńska J, 2012, The shallow benthic food web structure in the high Arctic does not follow seasonal changes in the surrounding environment, Estuarine Coastal Shelf Science, 114:183-191
  • Węsławski JM, Kędra M, Przytarska J, Kotwicki L, Ellingsen I, Skardhamar J, Renaud P, Goszczko I, 2012, A huge biocatalytic filter in the centre of Barents Sea shelf? Oceanologia; 54: 325-335
  • Węsławski JM, Wlodarska-Kowalczuk M, Kędra M, Legeżyńska J, Kotwicki L, 2012, Eight species that rule today’s European Arctic fjord benthos Polish Polar Research; vol. 33, no. 3: 225–238
  • Sokołowski A, Wołowicz M, Asmus H, Asmus R, Carlier A, Gasiunaité Z, Grémare A, Hummel H, Lesutiené J, Razinkovas A, Renaud PE, Richard P, Kędra M, 2012. Is benthic food web structure related to diversity of macrobenthic communities? Estuarine Coastal Shelf Science, 108: 76 – 86
  • Legeżyńska J, Kędra M, Walkusz W, 2012, When season does not matter: summer and winter trophic ecology of Arctic amphipods, Hydrobiologia; 684:189-214
  • Wegner C, Forest A, Forwick M, Frey K, Kędra M, Mathis JT, Michel C, Mizobata K, Nikolopoulos A, O’Regan M, Peeken I, Reigstad M, 2011, Arctic in Rapid Transition (ART) Implementation Plan, Arctic Ocean Sciences Board: Marine Working Group/International Arctic Science Committee, http://www.iarc.uaf.edu/ART, 14pp.
  • Kędra M, Legeżyńska J, Walkusz W, 2011, Shallow winter and summer macrofauna in high Arctic fjord (79ºN, Spitsbergen), Marine Biodiversity, 41:425-439
  • Węsławski JM, Kendall MA, Włodarska-Kowalczuk M, Iken K, Kędra M, Legezynska J, Sejr M, 2011, Climate change effects on Arctic fjord and coastal macrobenthic diversity - observations and predictions, Marine Biodiversity, 41:71 - 85
  • Kędra M, Shields M, 2011, On the deep-sea Nephasoma species in the Eastern North Atlantic – taxonomic guide, Marine Biology Research, 7: 43 – 53; DOI: 10.1080/17451001003660293
  • Vandepitte L, Vanhoorne B, Kraberg A, Anisimova N, Antoniadou C, Araújo R, Bartsch I, Beker B, Benedetti-Cecchi L, Bertocci I, Cochrane S, Cooper K, Craeymeersch J, Christou E, Crisp DJ, Dahle S, de Boissier M, de Kluijver M, Denisenko S, De Vito D, Duineveld G, Escaravage V, Fleischer D, Fraschetti S, Giangrande A, Heip C, Hummel H, Janas U, Karez R, Kedra M, Kingston P, Kuhlenkamp R, Libes M, Martens P, Mees J, Mieszkowska N, Mudrak S, Munda I, Orfanidis S, Orlando-Bonaca M, Palerud R, Rachor E, Reichert K, Rumohr H, Schiedek D, Schubert P, Sistermans WCH, Sousa Pinto I, Southward AJ, Terlizzi A, Tsiaga E, van Beusekom JEE, Vanden Berghe E, Warzocha J, Wasmund N, Weslawski JM, Widdicombe C, Wlodarska-Kowalczuk M, Zettler ML, 2010, Data integration for European marine biodiversity research: creating a database on benthos and plankton to study large-scale patterns and long-term changes, Hydrobiologia, 664: 1 – 13; DOI 10.1007/s10750-010-0108-z
  • Kędra M., Gromisz S., Jaskuła R., Legeżyńska J., Maciejewska B., Malec E., Opanowski A., Ostrowska K., Włodarska-Kowalczuk M., Węsławski J.M., 2010, Soft bottom makrofauna of an All Taxa Biodiversity Site: Hornsund (77ºN, Svalbard), Polish Polar Research, 31(4): 309 – 326; doi: 10.2478/v10183−010−0008−y
  • Węsławski JM, Opanowski A, Legeżyńska J, Maciejewska B, Włodarska-Kowalczuk M, Kędra M, 2010, Hidden diversity in Arctic crustaceans. How many roles can a species play? Polish Polar Research 31(3): 205–216
  • Kędra M., Włodarska-Kowalczuk, M, Węsławski, J. M., 2010, Decadal change in soft-bottom community structure in high arctic fjord (Kongsfjorden, Svalbard), Polar Biology, 33:1–11; DOI: 10.1007/s00300-009-0679-1
  • Shields M., Kędra M., 2009, A deep burrowing sipunculan of ecological and geochemical importance, Deep Sea Research I, 56, 2057–2064; DOI:10.1016/j.dsr.2009.07.006
  • Grémare A, Labrune C, Vanden Berghe E, Amouroux JM, Bachelet G, Zettler ML, Vanaverbeke J, Fleischer D, Bigot L, Maire O, Deflandre B, Craeymeersch J, Degraer S, Dounas C, Duineveld G, Heip C, Herrmann M, Hummel H, Karakassis I, Kedra M, Kendall M, Kingston P, Laudien J, Occhipinti A, Rachor E, Sardá R, Speybroeck J, Van Hoey G, Vincx M, Whomersley P, Willems W, Wlodarska-Kowalczuk M, Zenetos A, 2009, Comparison of the performances of two biotic indices based on a soft-bottom macrozoobenthos pan-European database, Marine Biology Progress Series, 382: 297–311
  • Arvanitidis C, Somerfield PJ, Rumohr H, Faulwetter S, Valavanis V, Vasileiadou A, Chatzigeorgiou G, Vanden Berghe E, Vanaverbeke J, Labrune C, Grémare A, Zettler ML, Kędra M, Włodarska-Kowalczuk M, Aleffi IF, Amouroux JM, Anisimova N, Bachelet G, Büntzow M, Cochrane S, Costello MJ, Craeymeersch J, Dahle S, Degraer S, Denisenko S, Dounas C, Duineveld G, Emblow C, Escavarage V, Fabri MC, Fleischer D, Gray JS, Heip C, Hermann M, Hummel H, Janas U, Karakassis I, Kendall MK, Kingston P, Kotwicki L, Laudien J, Mackie ASY, Nevrova HL, Occhipinti-Ambrogi A, Oliver PG, Olsgard F, Palerud R, Petrov A, Rachor E, Revkov NK, Rose A, Sardá R, Sistermans WCH, Speybroeck J, Van Hoey G, Vincx M, Whomersley P, Willems W, Zenetos A, 2009, Biological geography of the European Seas: results from the macrofaunal inventory of the soft-substrate communities, Marine Biology Progress Series, 382: 265–278
  • Somerfield PJ, Arvanitidis C, Faulwetter S, Chatzigeorgiou G, Vasileiadou A, Amouroux J, Anisimova N, Cochrane S, Craeymeersch J, Dahle S, Denisenko S, Dounas K, Duineveld G, Grémare A, Heip C, Herrmann M, Karakassis I, Kędra M, Kendall M, Kingston P, Kotwichi L, Labrune C, Laudien J, Nevrova H, Nicolaidou A, Occhipinti-Ambrogi A, Palerud R, Petrov A, Rachor E, Revkov N, Rumohr H, Sardá R, Janas U, Vanden Berghe E, Włodarska-Kowalczuk M, 2009, Assessing evidence for random assembly of marine benthic communities from regional species pools, Marine Biology Progress Series, 382: 279–286
  • Vanden Berghe, E., Claus, S., Appeltans, W., Faulwetter, S., Arvanitidis, C., Somerfield, P. J., Aleffi, I. F., Amouroux, J. M., Anisimova, N., Bachelet, G., Cochrane, S., Costello, M. J., Craeymeersch, J., Dahle, S., Degraer, S., Denisenko, S., Dounas, C., Duineveld, G., Emblow, C., Escaravage, V., Fabri, M. C., Fleischer, D., Grémare, A., Herrmann, M., Hummel, H., Karakassis, I., Kędra, M., Kendall, M., Kingston, P., Kotwicki, L., Labrune, C., Laudien, J., Nevrova, H., Occhipinti, A., Olsgard, F., Palerud, R., Petrov, A., Rachor, E., Revkov, N., Rumohr, H., Sardá, R., Sistermans, W. C. H., Speybroeck, J., Janas, U., Van Hoey, G., Vincx, M., Whomersley, P., Willems, W., Włodarska-Kowalczuk, M., Zenetos, A., Zettler, M. L., Heip C., 2009, ‘MacroBen’ integrated database on benthic invertebrates of European continental shelves: a tool for large-scale analysis across Europe, Marine Biology Progress Series, 382: 225–238
  • Webb, T.J., Aleffi, I.F., Amouroux, J.M, Bachelet, G., Degraer, S, Dounas, C., Fleischer, D., Grémare, A., Herrmann, M., Hummel, H., Karakassis, I., Kędra, M., Kendall, M.A., Kotwichi, L., Labrune, C., Nevrova, E.L., Occhipinti-Ambrogi, A., Petrov, A., Revkov, N.K., Sardá, R., Simboura, N., Speybroeck, J., Van Hoey, G., Vincx, M., Whomersley, P., Willems, W., Włodarska-Kowalczuk, M. 2009, Macroecology of the European soft sediment benthos: insights from the Macroben database, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 382: 287–296
  • Renaud PE, Webb TJ, Bjørgesæter A, Karakassis I, Kędra M, Kendall MA., Labrune C, Lampadariou N, Somerfield PJ, Włodarska-Kowalczuk M, Vanden Berghe E, Claus S, Aleffi F, Amouroux JM, Bryne KH, Cochrane SJ, Dahle S, Degraer S, Denisenko SG., Deprez T, Dounas C, Fleischer D, Gil J, Grémare A, Janas U, Mackie ASY, Palerud R, Rumohr H, Sardá R, Speybroeck J, Taboada S, Van Hoey G, Węsławski JM, Whomersley P, Zettler ML, 2009, Continental-scale patterns in benthic invertebrate diversity: Insights from the MarBEF database, Marine Biology Progress Series, 382:239-252
  • Kędra M, Włodarska-Kowalczuk M., 2008, Distribution and diversity of sipunculan fauna in high Arctic fjords (west Svalbard), Polar Biology, 31:1181–1190; DOI: 10.1007/s00300-008-0456-6.
  • Włodarska-Kowalczuk, M., Kędra M., 2007, Surrogacy in natural patterns of benthic distribution and diversity: lower taxonomic resolution versus indicator groups, Marine Ecology Progress Series; 352, 53-63
  • Kędra M. and Murina V., 2007, The Sipunculan fauna of Svalbard, Polar Research, Vol 26 (1), pp. 37-47
  • Kędra M., Urbański J., 2007, “Linear referencing as a tool for analyses of organic material deposition along sandy beach of Gdańsk – Sopot – Gdynia (Polish coast of Baltic Sea)”, Vanden Berghe, E., W. Appeltans, M.J. Costello, P. Pissierssens (Eds). Proceedings of 'Ocean Biodiversity Informatics': an international conference on marine biodiversity data management Hamburg, Germany, 29 November - 1 December, 2004. Paris, pp. 75-79
  • Pelczarski W., Kędra M., 2005, The impact of hydrological conditions on the catch results of Bigeye Tuna in Polish longline fishing, ICCAT Collective Volume of Scientific Papers (Madrit), vol. 58, no. 1, p. 253 – 267

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