Dr Maria Włodarska-Kowalczuk (IO PAS)

Prof. Hans Petter Leinaas (UiO)

Prof. Dag Olav Hessen (UiO)

Dr Martin-A. Svenning (NINA)

Dr Paul Renaud (APN NIVA)

Dr Sławomir Kwaśniewski (IO PAS)

Joanna Pawłowska (IO PAS)

Prof. Jan Marcin Węsławski (IO PAS)

Dr Katarzyna Błachowiak-Samołyk (IO PAS)

Barbara Górska (IO PAS)

Dr Piotr Kukliński (IO PAS)

Dr Joanna Legeżyńska (IO PAS)

Mikołaj Mazurkiewicz (IO PAS)

Joanna Piwowarczyk (IO PAS)

Anna Stępień (IO PAS)

Emilia Trudnowska (IO PAS)

Dr Marek Zajączkowski (IO PAS)

Krzysztof Zawierucha (University in Poznań)

Kristian Alfsnes (UiO)

Magdalena Łącka (IO PAS)

Agata Zaborska (IO PAS)

Partner Institutions:

IO PAS - Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

University of Oslo (UiO)

Akvaplan-niva (APN)

Norwegian Institute of Nature Research (NINA)

MWK Maria Włodarska-Kowalczuk

Maria Włodarska-Kowalczuk is an assistant Prof. at the Department of Marine Ecology at the Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences. She is the head of the Benthic Ecology Laboratory. Research in her lab focuses on the role of the biodiversity in the functioning of the marine benthic communities. Her scientific interests are focused on the role of the ecosystem engineers (kelp beds, seagrass meadows, bioturbators) in functioning of the sedimentary systems as well as the environmental drivers of the patterns of benthic diversity, including functional diversity, food web complexity and size structure of benthic communities. She has conducted her research both in the Arctic (mostly west Spitsbergen fjords) and in the Baltic Sea.

She received a Master's Degree in Biological Oceanography from University of Gdańsk in 1994, a PhD (also from University of Gdańsk) in 2001 and habilitation degree (from Institute of Oceanology PAS) in 2009. Her PhD thesis was focused on the response of benthic communities to natural physical disturbance produced by tidal glaciers in Arctic fjords. Since 2001 she has been employed at the Department of Marine Ecology, Institute of Oceanology PAS.

In the DWARF project she is the Project Coordinator. She is also responsible for leading the Work Package 4 (Marine Benthic Fauna). In the marine benthic part of the DWARF research she is especially interested in developing the methodology and application of Benthic Biomass Size Spectra (across both meio- and macrofauna size classes) as descriptors of the diversity and structure of benthic communities as well as the links between the size structure and the functioning of the benthic biota.

affiliation: Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences, Department of Marine Ecology, Benthic Ecology Laboratory
e-mail: maria at
web page: Maria Włodarska-Kowalczuk, ResearchGate