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Prof. dr hab. Małgorzata Latałowa

Laboratory of Palaeoecology and Archaeobotany
Department of Plant
Ecology University of Gdańsk
Wita Stwosza 59
PL - 80-308 Gdansk, POLAND
tel/fax. +48 58 523 61 14

My scientific activity is in three interdisciplinary fields of research – Quaternary palaeoecology, archaeobotany and aerobiology. For more than 20 years I have been co-operating with archaeologists in reconstructing the environmental conditions of prehistoric settlement, use of plant foods, and the development of synanthropic flora and vegetation. Recently, co-operation with several archaeological teams opened the way for large-scale archaeobotanical research in historical Gdańsk.

From the beginning of my scientific activity I have collaborated in international programmes and projects. In 1978-1988 I took part in the International Geological Correlation Programme “Palaeoecological and Palaeohydrological Events in Europe During the Last 15 Thousands Years – Lakes and Mires” (IGCP-158 B) – I am the co-author of the final synthesis for Poland (1996). In 1991-1995 I have been a member of the Working Group - Palaeoclimate and Man - supported by the European Science Foundation (ESF). In 1996 I started co-operation with the European Pollen Monitoring Programme supported by the ESF and INQUA – I am the co-author of the first methodological guideline for this programme. Recently I have been the principal contractor in the EU 5th Framework funded project FOSSILVA (Dynamics of forest tree biodiversity: linking genetic, palaeogenetic and plant historical approaches) and in the Hansa-Network Project (Medieval Food Traditions in Northern Europe) funded by the Council of Nordic Ministers. In 2002-2003 I was a partner for Polonium (Polish-French co-operation programme), in 2005-2006 - for The Pollen-Landscape Calibration Network (NorFA activity) and in 2010-2012 - for LANDCLIM.

Currently I am the head of the Laboratory of Palaeoecology and Archaeobotany at the University of Gdańsk, President of the Editorial Board of the Series “Środowisko-Człowiek-Cywilizacja”, board member of the Association for Environmental Archaeology (Poland), member of the Polish Botanical Society, International Federation of Palynological Societies, Geological Section of the Committee for Marine Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Commission for Quaternary Palaeogeography, Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Scientific Society of Gdańsk.

Selected publications related to the project

  1. Postglacial vegetational changes in the eastern Baltic coastal zone of Poland, Acta Palaeobotanica, 22(2), 1982, s. 179-249.
  2. The Late-glacial and early Holocene history of the vegetation in the Wolbrom area (Silesian-Cracovian Upland - S. Poland), (w:) G. Lang, Ch. Schluchter (red.), Lake, mire and river environments during the last 15.000 years, Balkema, Rotterdam 1988, s. 9-22.
  3. Man and vegetation in the pollen diagrams from Wolin Island (NW Poland), Acta Palaeobotanica, 32(1), 1992, s. 123-249.
  4. Poland, (w:) B.E. Berglund, H.J.B. Birks, M. Ralska-Jasiewiczowa, H. Wright (red.), Palaeoecological Events During the Last 15,000 years. Regional Syntheses of Palaeoecological Studies in Lakes and Mires in Europe, Chichester, 1996 s. 403-472, (współautorstwo: M. Ralska-Jasiewiczowa).
  5. Palaeoecological reconstruction of the environmental conditions and economy in early medieval Wolin – against a background of the Holocene history of the landscape, Acta Palaeobotanica 39(2), 1999, s. 183-271.
  6. Perception and viewsheds: are they mutually inclusive?, (w:) G. Lock (red.), Beyond the Map, Amsterdam-Berlin-Oxford-Tokyo-Washington DC, 2000, s. 28-48 (współautorstwo: A Tschan, W. Rączkkowski).
  7. Archaeobotanical samples from non-specific urban contexts as a tool for reconstructing environmental conditions (examples from Elbląg and Kołobrzeg, northern Poland), Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 12, 2003, s. 93-104 (współautorstwo: M. Badura, J. Jarosińska).
  8. Late Glacial and Holocene history of vegetation in Poland based on isopollen maps, M. Ralska-Jasiewiczowa, K. Wasylikowa, E. Madeyska. H.E. Jr. Wright, Ch. Turner (red.), W. Szafer Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences, 2004 Kraków.
  9. The Allerød/Younger Dryas transition in Wolin Island, northwest Poland, as reflected by pollen, macrofossils, and chemical content of an organic layer separating two aeolian series, Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 15, 2006, s. 321-331 (współautorstwo: K. Borówka).
  10.  A new scenario for the Quaternary history of European beech populations: palaeobotanical evidence and genetic consequences, New Phytologist 171, 2006, s. 199-221 (współautorstwo: D. Magri, G. G. Vendramin, B. Comps, I. Dupanloup, T. Geburek, D. Gomory, T. Litt, L. Paule, J.M. Roure, I. Tantau, W.O. van der Knaap, R.J. Petit, J-L. de Beaulieu).
  11. Late Quaternary expansion of Norway spruce Piceaabies (L.) Karst in Europe according to pollen data, Quaternary Science Reviews 25, 2006, s. 2780-2805 (współautorstwo: W.O. van der Knaap).
  12. Useful plants in medieval and post-medieval archaeobotanical materials from the Hanseatic towns of northern Poland (Kołobrzeg, Gdańsk and Elbląg), (w:) S. Karg (red.), Medieval Food Traditions in Northern Europe, PNM Studies in Archaeology and History 12, 2007, s. 39-72 (współautorstwo: M. Badura, J. Jarosińska, J. Święta-Musznicka).
  13. Genetic consequences of glacial survival and postglacial colonization in Norway spruce: combined analysis of mitochondrial DNA and fossil pollen, Molecular Ecology 17, 2008, s. 4134-4150 (współautorstwo: M.M. Tollesfrud, R. Kissling, F. Gugerli, O. Johnsen, T. Skroppa, R. Cheddadi, W.O. van der Knaap, R. Terhuerne Berson, T. Litt, T. Geburek, C. Brochmann, C. Sperisen).
  14. Salvinianatansin medieval wetland deposits in Gdańsk, northern Poland: evidence for the early medieval climate warming, Journal of Paleolimnology 45(3), 2011, s. 369-383 (współautorstwo: J. Święta-Musznicka, J. Szmeja, M. Badura).
  15. Quantitative reconstructions of changes in regional openness in north-central Europe reveal new insights into old questions, Quaternary Science Reviews 47, 2012, s. 131-149 (współautorstwo: A.B. Nielsen, H-J. Beug, S-H. Chen, J. Christiansen, W. Dörfler, E. Endtmann,S. Jahns, P. de Klerk, N. Kühl, BV. Odgaard, P. Rasmussen, JR. Stockholm, R. Voigt, J. Wiethold, S. Wolters).

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