Position

Researcher

Address

W. Szafer Institute of Botany
Polish Academy of Sciences
Lubicz 46, 31-512 Kraków
Poland

Room

A-308

Phone

+48 12 42 41 801

E-mail


Research interests

Phylogeography with a special focus on xerothermic species in Central Europe (e.g. Carlina acanthifolia s.l., Cirsium pannonicum, Inula ensifolia, Linum flavum, L. hirsutum, Serratula lycopypholia). Population genetic structure of rare and endangered plants (e.g. Cochlearia polonica, C. tatrae, Galium cracoviense, G. oelandicum, G. sudeticum, Gladiolus palustris, Viola uliginosa).

Higher education and employment history

  • 2014 / Habilitation for leading research in biological sciences (biogeography)
  • 2010–2014 / Senior biologist specialist, W. Szafer Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków
  • 2004–2010 / Manager of the Laboratory of Molecular Analyses, W. Szafer Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków
  • 2002 / PhD in biological sciences, W. Szafer Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków
  • 2001–2010 / Assistant professor (adiunkt), W. Szafer Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków
  • 1993–2001 / Research assistant, W. Szafer Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków
  • 1993 / MSc in biology, Institute of Botany, Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Projects

Granted by European Union:

  • 2007–2011 / ECOCHANGE: Challenges in assessing and forecasting biodiversity and ecosystem changes in Europe. 6th FP EU-funded grant. Task leader, researcher (project leader: Dr Pierre Taberlet, Grenoble, France)
  • 2004–2006 / INTRABIODIV: Tracking surrogates for intraspecific biodiversity: towards efficient selection strategies for the conservation of natural genetic resources using comparative mapping and modeling approaches. 6th FP EU-funded grant. Researcher (project leader: Dr Pierre Taberlet, Grenoble, France)

Other:

  • 2011–2014 / Genetic diversity of Carlina onopordifolia Besser in relation to the evolution and biogeographical history of Carlina acanthifolia All. complex (Compositae) in Europe. Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education grant. Project leader
  • 2007–2010 / Spatial patterns of genetical diversity of chosen xerotherm species of extrazonal character in Poland, within colonization history context. Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education grant. Project leader
  • 2003–2006 / Phylogeny and spatial patterns of molecular diversity of selected species of the genus Cochlearia L. from Central and Eastern Europe as the basis for the protection of their genetic diversity. Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education grant. Project leader

Selected publications

Migdałek G, Nowak J, Saługa M, Cieślak E, Szczepaniak M, Ronikier M, Marcussen T, Słomka A, Kuta E, 2017. No evidence of contemporary interploidy gene flow between the closely related European woodland violets Viola reichenbachiana and V. riviniana (sect. Viola, Violaceae). Plant Biology, in press DOI

Kajtoch Ł, Cieślak E, Varga Z, Paul W, Mazur MA, Sramkó G, Kubisz D, 2016. Phylogeographic patterns of steppe species in Eastern Central Europe: a review and the implications for conservation. Biodiversity and Conservation 25: 2309–2339 DOI

Paul W, Cieślak E, Ronikier M, Migdałek G, Słomka A, Żabicka J, 2016. Low genetic diversity of declining Viola uliginosa (Violaceae) at its southern range limits in Poland. Acta Biologica Cracoviensia s. Botanica 58: 71–82 DOI

Szczepaniak M, Kamiński R, Kuta E, Słomka A, Heise W, Cieślak E, 2016. Natural hybridization between Gladiolus palustris and G. imbricatus inferred from morphological, molecular and reproductive evidence. Preslia 88: 137–161 LINK PDF

Wacnik A, Nalepka D, Granoszewski W, Walanus A, Madeyska E, Cywa K, Szczepanek K, Cieślak E, 2016. Development of modern forest zones in the Beskid Niski Mts. and adjacent area (Western Carpathians) in the late Holocene: A palaeobotanical perspective. Quaternary International 415: 303–324 DOI

Cieślak E, Cieślak J, Szeląg Z, Ronikier M, 2015. Genetic structure of Galium cracoviense (Rubiaceae): a naturally rare species with an extremely small distribution range. Conservation Genetics 16: 929–938 DOI

Cieślak E, 2014. Phylogeography of Pontic-Pannonian species in Central Europe. Polish Botanical Studies 30: 1–53

Kuta E, Jędrzejczyk-Korycińska M, Cieślak E, Rostański A, Szczepaniak M, Migdałek G, Wąsowicz P, Suda J, Combik M, Słomka A, 2014. Morphological versus genetic diversity of Viola reichenbachiana and V. riviniana (sect. Viola, Violaceae) from soils differing in heavy metal content. Plant Biology 16: 924–934 DOI

Cieślak E, 2013. Variation and genetic structure of Serratula lycopifolia populations (Vill.) Kern. (Asteraceae) in Poland and adjacent regions. Acta Societatis Botanicorum Poloniae 82: 67–75 DOI

Stachurska-Swakoń A, Cieślak E, Ronikier M, 2013. Phylogeography of a subalpine tall-herb Ranunculus platanifolius (Ranunculaceae) reveals two main genetic lineages in the European mountains. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 171: 413–428 DOI

Stachurska-Swakoń A, Cieślak E, Ronikier M, 2012. Phylogeography of subalpine tall-herb species in Central Europe: the case of Cicerbita alpina. Preslia 84: 121–140

Taberlet P, Zimmermann NE, Englisch T, Tribsch A, Holderegger R, Alvarez N, Niklfeld H, Coldea G, Mirek Z, Moilanen A, Ahlmer W, Ajmone Marsan P, Bona E, Bovio M, Choler P, Cieślak E, Colli L, Cristea V, Dalmas JP, Frajman B, Garraud L, Gaudeul M, Gielly L, Gutermann W, Jogan N, Kagalo A, Korbecka G, Küpfer P, Lequette B, Letz DR, Manel S, Mansion G, Marhold K, Martini F, Negrini R, Niño F, Paun O, Pellecchia M, Perico G, Piękoś-Mirkowa H, Prosser F, Puşcaş M, Ronikier M, Scheuerer M, Schneeweiss GM, Schönswetter P, Schratt-Ehrendorfer L, Schüpfer F, Selvaggi A, Steinmann K, Thiel-Egenter C, van Loo M, Winkler M, Wohlgemuth T, Wraber T, Gugerli F, IntraBioDiv Consortium, 2012. Genetic diversity in widespread species is not congruent with species richness in alpine plant communities. Ecology Letters 15: 1439–1448 DOI

Stachurska-Swakoń A, Cieślak E, Ronikier M, 2011. Genetic variability of small isolated populations of Cicerbita alpina (L.) Wallr. (Asteraceae) in the Beskid Mały Mts. (southern Poland). Polish Journal of Ecology 59: 279–288