PhD Basia Górska
Department of Marine Ecology
Institute of Oceanology PAN
Powstańców Warszawy 55
81-712 Sopot
tel: (+ 48 58) 731 17 78
fax: (+ 48 58) 551 21 30

basia [at]

• 2018- present: post-doctoral researcher in ABeFun project, Department of Marine Ecology, Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences
• 2011-2018: PhD student at the Institute of Oceanology PAN, Sopot, Poland
• 2011: MSc in the field of oceanography (Thesis: "Meiofauna of deep Arctic ocean - temporal changes"), Faculty of Oceanography and Geography, Oceanography, Protection and management of marine resources, University of Gdansk, Poland
• 2009: BSc in the field of oceanography, Faculty of Oceanography and Geography, Biological Oceanography, University of Gdańsk, Poland

Main scientific interests
• ecology of meiofauna and macrofauna
• deep-sea benthic communities
• Benthic Biomass Size Spectra
• Arctic zoobenthic communities

• 2018-2020: "Arctic benthos functioning response to climate warming induced changes in warm water advection and food supply (ABeFun)" Project funded by Polish National Science Centre, position: post-doctoral researcher
• 2017-2020: "Deep sea benthos response to climate warming induced environmental changes in Arctic (DeepClim)" Project funded by Polish National Science Centre, position: principal investigator
• 2014-2017: "Declining size – a general response to climate warming in Arctic fauna? (DWARF)" Project funded by Polish-Norwegian Research Programme, position: investigator
• 2016-2017: "Effect of Climate change On The Arctic Benthos (ECOTAB)" international project funded by French Agence Nationale de la Recherche, position: investigator
• 2013-2016: "Biomass size spectra and secondary production benthic response to environmental variability in Arctic coastal waters, shelf and deep-sea (BIOSIZE)" Project funded by Polish National Science Centre, position: main contractor
• 2013: "Wisła - główny dostawca zawiesiny do Morza Bałtyckiego. Transport i zachowanie materiału terygenicznego w Zatoce Gdańskiej (WISŁA)" Project funded by Polish National Science Centre, position: investigator
• 2013: "Growing of the Arctic Marne Ecosystem (GAME)" Project funded by Polish National Science Centre, position: investigator

• 2015: research cruise R/V Oceania, Norway
• 2010: research cruise R/V Polarstern, Arctic Ocean, Giant Box Corer sampling
• 2010: research cruise R/V Oceania, Gulf of Gdańsk, Box Corer sampling
• 2010: collecting samples of meiofauna and macrofauna as a volunteer in AMBER project, Hel, Poland
• 2007: Head of student scientific expedition "Baltic Sandy Beach Project" (BSBP), Baltic coastal line
• 2003-2006: monitoring of physical parameters of coastal waters and groundwaters in Gulf of Gdańsk (work as a volunteer in LITUS project), Gdynia, Poland

• 2018: 29. Scientific presentation workshops OAK (Olsztynek, Poland)
• 2014: Basic statistics course for biologists (Sopot, Poland)
• 2013: MeioScool2013: Meiofauna International Workshop "A dive in a microscopic world" (Brest, France)
• 2012: ART-APECS Science Workshop "Overcoming challenges of observation to model integration in Arctic marine ecosystem response to sea ice transitions" (Sopot, Poland)
• 2011: Course Certificate, "A Sustainable Baltic Region", organized by the Baltic University (Gdynia, Poland)
• 2011: Workshop "Engagement Game for Development", organized by the Talisman Energy and Innovation Institute (Gdańsk, Poland)
• 2009: Course Certificate, "Maps and GIS using ArcView software with extension Spatial Analyst of ESRI" (Gdynia, Poland)
• 2009: Workshop "Spring School, 2009" - research methods in the coastal zone - standardization of European centers (CIIMAR in Porto, Portugal)

• The first prize in the competitions for the best poster and for the best oral presentation on 29. Scientific presentation workshops OAK (Olsztynek, 2018)
• The prof. Gieysztor Award for a MSc thesis by Polish Hydrological Society (Warsaw, 2012)
• Honorable in the Competition for the Best Student of Polish Republic "Student Nobel 2011" (Gdańsk, 2011)
• Honorable in the project the Best Students of the University of Gdańsk in edition 2008/2009 and 2010/2011 (profile on page

• International Association of Meiobenthlogists
• Polish Hydrobiology Society
• APECS (Association of Polar Early Career Scientists)


  1. Górska B., Soltwedel T., Schewe I., Włodarska-Kowalczuk M., 2020. Bathymetric trends in biomass size spectra, carbon demand, and production of Arctic benthos (76-5561 m, Fram Strait). Progress in Oceanography 186: 102370.
  2. Mazurkiewicz M., Górska B., Renaud P.E., Włodarska-Kowalczuk M., 2020. Latitudinal consistency of biomass size spectra - benthic resilience despite environmental, taxonomic and functional trait variability. Scientific Reports 10, 4164.
  3. Włodarska-Kowalczuk M., Mazurkiewicz M., Górska B., Michel L.N., Jankowska E., Zaborska A., 2019. Organic carbon origin, benthic faunal consumption and burial in sediments of northern Atlantic and Arctic fjords (60-81⁰N). Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, doi: 10.1029/2019JG005140
  4. Mazurkiewicz M., Górska B., Renaud P.E., Legeżyńska J., Berge J., Włodarska-Kowalczuk M. 2019. Seasonal constancy (summer vs. winter) of benthic size spectra in an Arctic fjord. Polar Biology, 42(7): 1255-1270
  5. Górska B., Gromisz S., Włodarska-Kowalczuk M. 2019. Size assessment in polychaete worms—application of morphometric correlations for common North Atlantic taxa. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, doi: 10.1002/lom3.10310
  6. Górska B., Włodarska-Kowalczuk M. 2017. Food and disturbance effects on Arctic benthic biomass and production size spectra. Progress in Oceanography, 152(2017): 50-61
  7. Włodarska-Kowalczuk M., Górska B., Deja K., Morata N. 2016. Do benthic meio- and macrofaunal communities respond to seasonality in pelagial processes in an Arctic fjord (Kongsfjorden, Spitsbergen)? Polar Biology, 39(11): 2115-2129
  8. Mazurkiewicz M., Górska B., Jankowska E., Włodarska-Kowalczuk M. 2016. Assessment of nematode biomass in marine sediments - semi-automated image analysis method. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, 14(12): 816-827, doi:10.1002/lom3.10128
  9. Majaneva S., Peeken I., Choy E.S., David C., Degen R., Górska B., Jorgensen L., Kirievskaya D., Mazurkiewicz M., Narcy F., Richard J. 2015. Arctic Biodiversity - Marine Biodiversity: From Individuals to Pan-Arctic. doi: 10.2312/ART.0329.18148
  10. Kędra M., Moritz C., Choy E.S., David C., Degen R., Deuerksen S., Ellingsen I., Górska B., Grebmeier J.M., Kirievskaya D., van Oevelen D., Piwosz K., Samuelsen A., Węsławski J.M. 2015. Status and trends in the structure of Arctic benthic food webs. Polar Research, 34(1): 23775
  11. Górska B., Grzelak K., Kotwicki L., Hasemann C., Schewe I., Soltwedel T., Włodarska-Kowalczuk M. 2014. Bathymetric variations in vertical distribution patterns of meiofauna in the surface sediments of the deep Arctic ocean (HAUSGARTEN, Fram strait). Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 91, 36–49.
  12. Schewe, I., Hasemann, C., Bałdyga, B., Czub, M., Ginzburg, M., Jacob, M., Lochthofen, N., Sablotny, B., 2010. 3.2 Impact of climate change on Arctic benthic ecosystems. in: Soltwedel, T. (eds.): The Expedition of the Research Vessel "Polarstern" to the Arctic in 2010 (ARK-XXV/2), Berichte zur Polar- und Meeresforschung = Reports on polar and marine research Bremerhaven, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, 624, hdl:10013/epic.36400