Head of the MBG


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



Research interests

Structure and patterns of biodiversity (mainly of plants and fungi) and dynamics of their change in time and space. Applying molecular tools to unravel patterns of genetic diversity and divergence in cold-adapted organisms with disjunctive distribution ranges, in order to understand their historical biogeography and population genetic processes within- and among extant populations. Main biological models: cold (alpine and arctic) ecosystems, especially the island-like alpine life zone of the Carpathians and other mountain ranges of Central Europe.

Higher education and employment history

  • 2014 / Professorship of the Polish Academy of Sciences
  • 2014 / Habilitation for leading research in biological sciences (biogeography), with distinction of the Scientific Council
  • 2011–present / Head of the Molecular Biogeography Group and of the Laboratory of Molecular Analyses, W. Szafer Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences
  • 2005 / PhD in biological sciences, W. Szafer Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków, with distinction of the Scientific Council
  • 2005–2014 / Assistant professor (adiunkt), W. Szafer Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków
  • 2000–2005 / Research assistant, W. Szafer Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków
  • 1998 / MSc in biology, Institute of Botany, Jagiellonian University, Kraków


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 19: 542–551 DOI

Ronikier M, Gielly L, Suchan T, Mráz P, 2017. Evolutionary history of a high-mountain plant Hypochaeris uniflora (Asteraceae): the Carpathians as ancestral area and colonization source of the Alps and the Sudetes. Studia Universitatis Babeş-Bolyai. Biologia 62, Sp. Iss. 2017: 66–67

Suchan T, Espíndola A, Rutschmann S, Emerson BC, Gori K, Dessimoz C, Arrigo N, Ronikier M, Alvarez N, 2017. Assessing the potential of RAD-sequencing to resolve phylogenetic relationships within species radiations: the fly genus Chiastocheta (Diptera: Anthomyiidae) as a case study. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 114: 189–198 DOI

Bartók A, Hurdu BI, Szatmari P-M, Ronikier M, Puşcaş M, Novikoff A, Bartha L, Vonica G, 2016. New records for the high-mountain flora of the Făgăraş Mts. (Southern Carpathians) with discussion on ecological preferences and distribution of studied taxa in the Carpathians. Contribuţii Botanice 51: 77–153 LINK

Mráz P, Barabas D, Lengyelová L, Turis P, Schmotzer A, Janišová M, Ronikier M, 2016. Vascular plant endemism in the Western Carpathians: spatial patterns, environmental correlates and taxon traits. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 119: 630–648 DOI

Mráz P, Ronikier M, 2016. Biogeography of the Carpathians: evolutionary and spatial facets of biodiversity. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 119: 528-559 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

Suchan T, Pitteloud C, Gerasimova NS, Kostikova A, Schmid S, Arrigo N, Pajkovic M, Ronikier M, Alvarez N, 2016. Hybridization capture using RAD probes (hyRAD), a new tool for performing genomic analyses on museum collection specimens. PLoS ONE 11(3): e0151651 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

Slazak B, Sliwinska E, Saługa M, Ronikier M, Bujak J, Słomka A, Göransson U, Kuta E, 2015. Micropropagation of Viola uliginosa (Violaceae) for endangered species conservation and for somaclonal variation-enhanced cyclotide biosynthesis. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture 120: 179–190 DOI

Ronikier M, Zalewska-Gałosz J, 2014. Independent evolutionary history between the Balkan ranges and more northerly mountains in Campanula alpina s.l. (Campanulaceae): genetic divergence and morphological segregation of taxa. Taxon 63: 116–131 DOI

Ronikier M, Alvarez N, Arrigo N, Intrabiodiv Consortium, 2013. High-mountain flora of the Carpathians: a multispecies comparative phylogeography. Acta Biologica Cracoviensia ser. Botanica 55, suppl. 1: 31

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

Suchan T, Ronikier M, Alvarez N, 2013. Identifying landscape factors influencing spatial genetic structure of a mountain plant – a comparative approach across four European mountain massifs. Acta Biologica Cracoviensia ser. Botanica 55, suppl. 1: 66

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

Zalewska-Gałosz J, Ronikier M, 2012. Molecular evidence for two rare Potamogeton natans hybrids with reassessment of Potamogeton hybrid diversity in Poland. Aquatic Botany 103: 15–22 DOI

Ronikier M, 2011. Biogeography of high mountain plants in the Carpathians: an emerging phylogeographical perspective. Taxon 60: 373–389 LINK

Ronikier M, Ronikier A, 2011. Rhizomarasmius epidryas (Physalacriaceae): phylogenetic placement of an arctic-alpine fungus with obligate saprobic affinity to Dryas spp. Mycologia 103: 1124–1132 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