Department of Fisheries Oceanography and Marine Ecology

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About the department

The basic activity of the Department of Fisheries Oceanography and Marine Ecology is research in the South Baltic Sea area as well as its lagoons (Szczecin Lagoon, Vistula Lagoon) in:

  • Biology, ecology and taxonomy of the following groups of organisms:
    • phytoplankton
    • zooplankton
    • ichthyoplankton
    • macrozoobenthos
    • meiobenthos
    • young fish
  • Assessment of the state of fish food supplies;
  • Mapping of marine and freshwater fish spawning areas;
  • Examinations of fish larvae with the application of otolith microstructure;
  • Ecology of the invasive species;
  • Assessment of the marine environment condition with a particular attention paid to:
    • assessment of the size of biogenic components inflow to the Baltic Sea from various sources on the territories of Poland;
    • assessment of the level of marine environment pollution with antropogenic waste, with particular attention paid to microplastics.

Apart from the research work, the Department conducts the following expert activities:

  • Complex biological studies of the marine environment, including the studies conducted in connection with the construction and operation of marine infrastructure (submarine installations, wind farms, hydrotechnical structures);
  • Complex assessment of the impact of human activities and ventures conducted in the sea areas on the marine environment;
  • Mapping of bottom habitats in marine areas;
  • Defining natural determinants in spatial development plans of marine areas;
  • Analyses of spatial data in the Geographic Information Systems (GIS);
  • Ecological modelling.


Acting Head
Dr. Adam Woź 587-356-224

Deputy Head
Dr. Mariusz 587-356-141

Dr. Dariusz Fey, Professor of 587-356-130
Prof. Ryszard Kornijó 587-356-340
Dr. Eng. Marianna Pastuszak, Professor of 587-356-126
Dr. Katarzyna Piwosz, Professor of 587-356-146
Dr. Barbara Urban-Malinga, Professor of 587-356-152
Senior scientists
Dr. Anetta 587-356-289
Dr. Joanna Cał 587-356-260
Dr. Aleksander 587-356-130
Dr. Magdalena 587-356-129
Dr. Beata 587-356-149
Dr. Tycjan 587-356-132
Dr. Adam Woź 587-356-224
M. Eng. Marcin Białowąs 587-356-129
Dr. Martyna 587-356-227
Engineering and technical employees
Małgorzata Dembek, M. 587-356-227
Sławomira Gromisz, M. 587-356-145
M. Eng. Katarzyna 587-356-145
M. Eng. Aneta Jakubowska* 913-262-727
Dr. Sohrab 913-262-152
Janina Kownacka, M. 587-356-289
Agata Nowak, 587-356-147
Krzysztof Pawlikowski, 587-356-149
Hanna 587-356-148
Katarzyna Spich, M. 587-356-260
Dr. Agnieszka Szkudlarek-Pawełczyk* 913-262-727
Lena Szymanek, 587-356-135
Dr. Tomasz 587-356-260
Dr. Bartosz 587-356-132
Hanna Wró 587-356-126
Dr. Mariusz 587-356-141

Department 587-356-148

*- Research Station in Świnoujście

List of selected, major projects implemented at the Department since 2010

AcronymTitleFromToFunding sourceProject manager
eCUDOElectronic Center for Providing Oceanographic Data eCUDO.pl2019-03-012022-02-28Operational Programme Digital PolandLena Szymanek, M.Sc.
GRASSGrowing Algae Sustainably in the Baltic Sea2018-09-212021-09-30Interreg Baltic Sea RegionTomasz Kulikowski, M.Sc. (Dr. Magdalena Jakubowska)
GIOSMonitoring of fish fauna in the Polish Marine Areas during 2017-20102017-08-082020-11-12Chief Inspectorate of Environmental ProtectionKatarzyna Spich, M.Sc.
MICROPOLLMultilevel assessment of microplastics and associated pollutants in the Baltic Sea2017-07-012020-06-30NCRD, Bonus EEIGDr. Barbara Urban-Malinga
BLUEWEBSBlue growth boundaries in novel Baltic food webs2017-04-012020-03-31NCRD, Bonus EEIGDr. Aleksander Drgas
BirdLifeStudy on mitigation measures to minimise seabird bycatch in gillnet fisheries2015-12-152017-11-13BirdLife InternationalProf. Tomasz Linkowski
GADUS/15The effect of the environmental conditions on the growth rate of the early life stages of cod (Gadus morhua L.) in the southern Baltic Sea2015-08-112018-08-10NSN-OPUSDr. Dariusz Fey
BIO-C3Biodiversity changes - causes, consequences and management implications BIO-C32014-03-012017-12-31NCRD, Bonus EEIGDr. Piotr Margoński
GLAEREGlaciers as Arctic Ecosystem Refugia2014-03-012017-04-30Polish-Norwegian Research ProgrammeDr. Dariusz Fey
HERRINGJoint cross-border actions for the sustainable management of a natural resource2012-06-012015-04-31South BalticDr. Dariusz Fey
DEMONADiversity and ecology of mixotrophic nanoflagellates in the Gulf of Gdańsk2012-01-012015-03-31Polish-Swiss Research Programme 2009-2017Dr. Katarzyna Piwosz
LAGOONSIntegrated water resources and coastal zone management In European lagoons In the context of climate change2011-10-012014-09-307 FP UEDr. Piotr Margoński
ODEMMOptions for Delivering Ecosystem-Based Marine Management2010-03-012013-11-307 FP UEDr. Piotr Margoński
ARTWEIAction for the reinforcement of the transitional waters' environmental integrity2010-01-012013-02-28South BalticDr. Piotr Margoński

List of selected, major publications of the Department since 2014

  1. Piwosz K. 2019. Weekly dynamics of abundance and size structure of specific nanophytoplankton lineages in coastal waters (Baltic Sea). Limnol Oceanogr. doi:10.1002/lno.11177
  2. Pawlikowski K., Kornijów R. 2019. Role of macrophytes in structuring littoral habitats in the Vistula Lagoon (southern Baltic Sea). Oceanologia 61. 26—37
  3. Friedland, R., Schernewski, G., Gräwe, U., Greipsland, I., Palazzo, D., Pastuszak M. January 2019. Managing eutrophication in the Szczecin Lagoon  – development, present state and future perspectives. Frontiers in Marine Science – Marine Ecosystem Ecology. DOI 10.3389/fmars.2018.00521. Vol 5, Article 521
  4. Field, R., Crawford, R., Enever, R., Linkowski, T., Martin, G., Morkūnas, J., Morkūnė, R., Rouxel, Y., Oppel, S., 2019.  High contrast panels and lights do not reduce bird bycatch in Baltic Sea gillnet fisheries. Global Ecology and Conservation , doi:
  5. Fey D.P., Jakubowska M., Greszkiewicz M., Andrulewicz E., Otremba Z., Urban-Malinga B. 2019. Are magnetic and electromagnetic fields of anthropogenic origin a potential threats to early life stages of fish? Aquatic Toxicology 209 (2019) 150–158
  6. Stankeviciute M, Jakubowska M., Pazusien˙e J, Makaras T, Otremba Z, Urban-Malinga B, Fey D.P., Greszkiewicz M, Sauliute G, Barsiene J, Andrulewicz E., 2019. Genotoxic and Cytotoxic Effects of 50 Hz 1 mT Electromagnetic Field on Larval Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), Baltic Clam (Limecola balthica) and Common Ragworm (Hediste diversicolor), Aquatic Toxicology 208 (2019) 109–117
  7. Kornijów R., Markiyanova M. & Lange E. 2019. Feeding by two closely related species of Chironomus (Diptera: Chironomidae) in south Baltic lagoons, with implications for competitive interactions and resource partitioning. Aquatic Ecology.
  8. Eero M., Hinrichsen H-H., Hjelm J., Huwer B., Hüssy K., Köster F.W., Margonski P., Plikshs M., Storr-Paulsen M., Zimmermann C. 2019. Designing spawning closures can be complicated: Experience from cod in the Baltic Sea. Ocean & Coastal Management 169, 129-136
  9. Pastuszak M., Bryhn, A. C., Håkanson , L., Stålnacke, P.,  Zalewski, M., Wodzinowski , T. 2018. Reduction of nutrient emission from Polish territory into the Baltic Sea (1988-2014) confronted with real environmental needs and international requirements. Oceanological and Hydrobiological Studies, Vol 47, Issue 2, pp. 140-166
  10. Pastuszak M., Kowalkowski, T., Kopiński, J.,  Doroszewski, A., Jurga, B., Buszewski, B. 2018. Long-term changes in nitrogen and phosphorus emission into the Vistula and Oder catchments. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, DOI 10.1007/s11356-018-2945-7, 25:29734-29751
  11. Urban-Malinga B, T. Wodzinowski, B. Witalis, M. Zalewski, K. Radtke, W. Grygiel, 2018. Marine litter on the sea floor of the southern Baltic. Mar Poll Bull., 127: 612-617
  12. Kornijów R., Pawlikowski K., Drgas A., Rolbiecki L., Rychter A. 2018. Mortality of post-settlement clams Rangia cuneata (Mactridae, Bivalvia) at an early stage of invasion in the Vistula Lagoon (South Baltic) due to biotic and abiotic factors. Hydrobiologia, 811: 207–219.
  13. Kornijów, R. 2018. Ecosystem of the Polish part of the Vistula Lagoon from the perspective of alternative stable states concept, with implications for management issues. Oceanologia, 60:  390-404.
  14. Reusch T. B. H., Dierking J., Andersson H. C., Bonsdorff E., Carstensen J., Casini M., Czajkowski M., Hasler B., Hinsby K., Hyytiäinen K., Johannesson K., Jomaa S., Jormalainen V., Kuosa H., Kurland S., Laikre L., MacKenzie B. R., Margonski P., Melzner F., Oesterwind D., Ojaveer H., Refsgaard J. C., Sandström A., Schwarz G., Tonderski K., Winder M., and Zandersen M. 2018. The Baltic Sea as a Time Machine for the Future Coastal Ocean. Science Advances, 4 (5)
  15. Jaspers C., B. Huwer, E. Antajan, A. Hosia, H-H. Hinrichsen, A. Biastoch, D. Angel, R. Asmus, C. Augustin, S. Bagheri, S. E. Beggs, T. J. S. Balsby, M. Boersma, D. Bonnet,  J. T. Christensen, A. Dänhardt, F. Delpy, T. Falkenhaug, G. Finenko, N. E. C. Fleming, V. Fuentes, B. Galil, A. Gittenberger, D. C. Griffin, H. Haslob, J. Javidpour,  L. Kamburska, S. Kube, V. T. Langenberg, M. Lehtiniemi, F. Lombard, A. Malzahn, M. Marambio, V. Mihneva,  L. F. Møller, U. Niermann, M. I. Okyar, Z. B. Özdemir, S. Pitois, T. B. H. Reusch , J. Robbens, K. Stefanova, D. Thibault,  H. W. van der Veer, L. Vansteenbrugge, L. van Walraven, A. Woźniczka  2018. Ocean current connectivity propelling the secondary spread of a marine invasive comb jelly across western Eurasia. Global Ecol Biogeogr. 2018;00:1–14.
  16. Wasmund N., Kownacka J., Göbel J., Jaanus A., Johansen M., Jurgensone I., Lehtinen S. and Powilleit M. 2017. The Diatom/Dinoflagellate Index as an Indicator of Ecosystem Changes in the Baltic Sea 1. Principle and Handling Instruction. Front. Mar. Sci. 4:22. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00022
  17. Szczucka J, Hoppe Ł, Schmidt B, Fey D.P., 2017. Acoustical estimation of fish distribution and abundance in two Spitsbergen fjords, Oceanologia  59(4),585-591;
  18. Köster, F. W., Huwer, B., Hinrichsen, H.-H., Neumann, V., Makarchouk, A., Eero, M., Dewitz, B. V., Hüssy, K., Tomkiewicz, J., Margonski, P., Temming, A., Hermann, J-P., Oesterwind, D., Dierking, J., Kotterba, P., Plikshs, M. 2017. Eastern Baltic cod recruitment revisited—dynamics and impacting factors. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 74 (1): 3-19,  DOI: 10.1093/icesjms/fsw172
  19. Woźniczka A, Wawrzyniak-Wydrowska B, Radziejewska T, Skrzypacz A, 2016. The quagga mussel (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis Andrusov, 1897) – another Ponto-Caspian dreissenid bivalve in the southern Baltic catchment: the first record from the Szczecin Lagoon. Oceanologia 58 (2), 154-159
  20. Tomczak, M.T., Szymanek, L., Pastuszak, M., Grygiel, W., Zalewski, M., Gromisz, S., Ameryk, A., Kownacka, J., Psuty, I., Kuzebski, E., Grzebielec, R., Margoński, P. 2015. Evaluation of trends and changes in the Gulf of Gdansk ecosystem – an integrated approach. Estuaries and Coasts.Vol. 73, Issue 4, pp. 1779-1788.
  21. Bulczak A.I., Rak D., Schmidt B., Beldowski J. 2015, Observations of near-bottom currents in Bornholm Basin, Slupsk Furrow and Gdansk Deep, Deep-Sea Research II
  22. Hosseini-Shekarabi S. P., T. Valinassab, Z. Bystydzieńska and T. Linkowski. 2015. Age and growth of Benthosema pterotum (Alcock, 1890) (Myctophidae) in the Oman Sea. J. Appl. Ichthyol. 31 (2015), 51–56
  23. Knights, A.M., G. J. Piet, R. Jongbloed, J. E. Tamis, T. Churilova, V. Fleming-Lehtinen, B. S. Galil, F. Goodsir, M. Goren, P. Margonski, S. Moncheva, K. N. Papadopoulou, O. Setälä, C. Smith, K. Stefanova, F. Timofte, L. J. White, and L. A. Robinson. 2015. An exposure-effect approach for evaluating ecosystem-wide risks from human activities. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 72: 1105-1115, doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsu245
  24. Marchowski D, Neubauer G, Ławicki Ł, Woźniczka A, Wysocki D, Guentzel S, et al., 2015. The Importance of Non-Native Prey, the Zebra Mussel Dreissena polymorpha, for the Declining Greater Scaup Aythya marila: A Case Study at a Key European Staging and Wintering Site. PLoS ONE 10(12): e0145496. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0145496
  25. Urban-Malinga B., Drgas A., Gromisz S., Barnes N., 2014. Species-specific effect of macrobenthic assemblages on meiobenthos and nematodes from shallow sandy habitat. Marine Biology. 161, 195-212; DOI: 10.1007/s00227-013-2329-y 
  26.  Urban-Malinga B. Meiobenthos in marine coastal sediments. 2014 Sedimentary Coastal Zones from High to Low Latitudes: Similarities and Differences, Geological Society, London, Special Publications (EDs. I.P. Martini and H.R. Wanless), 388:59-78, 2013,doi:10.1144/SP388.9
  27. Freire-Gibb LC, Koss R, Margonski P, Papadopoulou N. 2014. Governance strengths and weaknesses to implement the marine strategy framework directive in European waters. Marine Policy, 44: 172–178,

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