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Glaciers, „melting” ecosystems still awaiting descriptions (Lodowce, „topniejące” ekosystemy wciąż oczekują poznania)
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Glaciers, „melting” ecosystems still awaiting descriptions (Lodowce, „topniejące” ekosystemy wciąż oczekują poznania)

  Since its very beginnings, human curiosity rushes towards recognition and description of the surrounding environment. The best examples are wall paintings in the caves, where the first human hoards lived. These wall paintings are regarded as the first pieces of art. Yet, in my opinion, they are a kind of notes from environmental observations, … Continue reading

PhD position in glacial biogeochemistry (pozycja dla doktoranta w projekcie o bioegochemii glacjalnej)
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PhD position in glacial biogeochemistry (pozycja dla doktoranta w projekcie o bioegochemii glacjalnej)

Group of Marek Stibal (Charles University in Prague) seeking a highly motivated student to investigate the origin, age, and fate of methane (CH4) released from the Greenland Ice Sheet, as part of the new 5-year project “Microbial Production and Release of Methane from the Greenland Ice Sheet” (MARCH4G). Project is realised withing a framework of … Continue reading

Antibiotic resistance genes stored on glaciers (Geny oporności na antybiotyki przechowywane na lodowcach)
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Antibiotic resistance genes stored on glaciers (Geny oporności na antybiotyki przechowywane na lodowcach)

The rapid growth and permanent spreading of resistance to antibiotics among bacteria is an unquestioned global problem and according to the World Health Organization, one of the most serious threats of the 21st century. Currently, drug-resistant diseases cause at least 700,000 deaths globally per year and it is estimated that this number will increase to … Continue reading

OPUS grant “role of animals in shaping cryoconite hole ecosystems” (Grant OPUS “rola zwierząt w kształtowaniu ekosystemów kriokonitowych”)
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OPUS grant “role of animals in shaping cryoconite hole ecosystems” (Grant OPUS “rola zwierząt w kształtowaniu ekosystemów kriokonitowych”)

Cryoconite holes –  ecosystems studied within the project. A – cryoconite holes on Longyearbreen (Svalbard), B – cylindrical cryoconite hole on Longyearbreen (Svalbard), C – cryoconite hole on Forni Glacier (the Alps). Dark matter on the bottom of holes are cryoconite granules. Otwory kriokonitowe –  ekosystemy badane w ramach projektu. A – otwory kriokonitowe na … Continue reading

An alpine glacier: black tardigrades, microplastic and other interesting facts (Czarne niesporczaki, mikroplastik i inne ciekawostki na alpejskim lodowcu)
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An alpine glacier: black tardigrades, microplastic and other interesting facts (Czarne niesporczaki, mikroplastik i inne ciekawostki na alpejskim lodowcu)

Forni Glacier. Lodowiec Forni. For a biologist who works on organisms and biological processes on the surface of glaciers the season is definitely over. This means it is time to write about the last expedition to Forni. The Forni Glacier is one of the largest glacier located in the Italian part of the Alps. When … Continue reading

“The processions of icy monks” – a new type of habitat for psychrophiles in high mountains (”Procesje lodowych mnichów” jako nowy wysokogórski habitat dla psychrofili)
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“The processions of icy monks” – a new type of habitat for psychrophiles in high mountains (”Procesje lodowych mnichów” jako nowy wysokogórski habitat dla psychrofili)

As it turns out, the more we learn about glacial ecosystems, the less we know about them. Glaciers and ice caps constitute 10% of lands, which is why the eyes of the world are anxiously looking at new reports of polar ice recession and its possible consequences for a civilisation such as flooding coastal cities. … Continue reading

Disappearing equatorial glaciers = disappearing cold-loving equatorial biodiversity (Znikające lodowce równikowe = znikająca zimnolubna bioróżnorodność równikowa
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Disappearing equatorial glaciers = disappearing cold-loving equatorial biodiversity (Znikające lodowce równikowe = znikająca zimnolubna bioróżnorodność równikowa

  Glaciation accompanied our ancestors in Africa 3 million years ago. The growth of ice caps in the northern hemisphere and global cooling led to the transformation of forests in Africa into savannas, and hominids (our ancestors) who had “left the trees” had to learn to live in the open area. The first people in … Continue reading

Position as PhD student  in CoastDark  project at Institute of Oceanology PAS (poszukiwany doktorant w projekcie CoastDark w Instytucie Oceanologii PAN)
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Position as PhD student in CoastDark project at Institute of Oceanology PAS (poszukiwany doktorant w projekcie CoastDark w Instytucie Oceanologii PAN)

Możliwość studiów doktoranckich w jednym z najlepszych instytutów biologii środowiska z wybitnymi polskimi ekologami morza. Biorąc pod uwagę rezultaty uzyskane w ramach projektów prowadzonych w Zakładzie Ekologii Morza PAN, wyniki badań prowadzonych w ramach doktoratu mogą być jednymi z  bardzo ważnych w zrozumieniu szybko zmieniających się ekosystemów morskich. Wszystko wymaga jednak pracy, ale za to … Continue reading

Who dominated ice-free oases of Antarctica? (Kto zdominował suche doliny na Antarktydzie?)
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Who dominated ice-free oases of Antarctica? (Kto zdominował suche doliny na Antarktydzie?)

Can you imagine an area that is dominated by a single group of animals? A strange world without birds, roes, insects, vines, or even earthworms? The better we know our planet, the more it astonishes us. I have been recently surprised by areas where there are no vascular plants, no vertebrates, and soils are dominated … Continue reading