Joanna Legeżyńska

Department of Marine Ecology
Institute of Oceanology PAN
Powstańców Warszawy 55
81-712 Sopot
tel: (+ 48 58) 73 11 779
fax: (+ 48 58) 551 21 30

e-mail: zosia[at]

  • 2002: Ph.D. at University of Gdańsk, Faculty of Biological Oceanography
  • 2001 - present: research scientist at Institute of Oceanology PAN, Department of Marine Ecology
  • 1997: M.Sc. at University of Gdańsk, Faculty of Biological Oceanography
Main scientific interests:
  • Arctic Peracarida (Amphipoda, Cumacea)
  • Ecology of polar scavenging fauna
  • Trophic behaviour of Amphipoda
  • Benthic food webs
  • 2014-2017: DWARF - Declining size - a general response to climate warming in Arctic fauna? (Polish-Norwegian Research Programme, coordinator: dr Maria Włodarska-Kowalczuk)
  • 2013-2016: Growing of the Arctic Marine Ecosystem (Polish National Science Center, contract no: 2012/04/A/NZ8/00661 – coordinator: prof. Jan Marcin Węsławski)
  • 2013-2016: Spatial variability of benthic food web - structure and functioning of Arctic communities of low and high diversity. (Polish National Science Center, contract no: 2012/05/B/NZ8/02652 – coordinator: dr Joanna Legeżyńska)
  • 2011 - 2013: Organic matter sources and sinks in high Arctic fiord. (Polish National Science Center, contract no: 2011/01/B/ST10/06985 – coordinator: dr Monika Kędra)
  • 2009-2011: Diversity of the ecological niches of Amphipoda in the face of the climate change in the Arctic. (Polish National Science Center, contract no: 0252/B/PO1/2009/36 – coordinator: dr Joanna Legezyńska)
  • 2009 - 2010: WinAMP: Winter and summer amphipods' feeding strategies. (European Centre for Arctic Environmental Research in Ny-Alesund, ARCFAC V, 2008 EC contract no. 1033/ARCFAC/2009/7 – coordinator dr Monika Kędra)
  1. Węsławski JM., Dragańska-Deja K., Legeżyńska J., Walczowski W, 2018, Range extension of a boreal amphipod Gammarus oceanicus in the warming Arctic, Ecology and Evolution 8: 7624-7632
  2. Legeżyńska J., Włodarska-Kowalczuk M., Głuchowska M., Ormańczyk M., Kędra M., Węsławski JM, 2017, The malacostracan fauna of two Arctic fjords (west Spitsbergen): the diversity and distribution patterns of its pelagic and benthic components. Oceanologia 59: 541-564.
  3. Zaborska A., Włodarska-Kowalczuk M., Legeżyńska J., Jankowska E., Winogradow A., Deja K., 2018, Sedimentary organic matter sources, benthic consumption and burial in west Spitsbergen fjords – Signs of maturing of Arctic fjordic systems?, Journal of Marine Systems 180: 112-123.
  4. Mazurkiewicz M., Gromisz S., Legeżyńska J., Włodarska-Kowalczuk M., 2017, First record of Lacydonia eliasoni Hartmann-Schröder, 1996 (Polychaeta: Phyllodocida) in the European Arctic. Polish Polar Research 38(2): 173-183.
  5. Węsławski JM., Urbański J., Głuchowska M., Grzelak K., Kotwicki L., Kwaśniewski S., Legeżyńska J., Wiktor J., Włodarska-Kowalczuk M., Zaborska A., Zajączkowski M., Stempniewicz L. 2017. Can seabirds modify carbon burial in fjords? Oceanologia 59, 603-611.
  6. Balazy P., Kuklinski P., Włodarska-Kowalczuk M., Barnes D., Kędra M., Legeżyńska J., Węsławski J.M., 2015, Hermit crabs (Pagurus spp.) at their northernmost range: distribution, abundance and shell use in the European Arctic, Polar Research 34, 21412
  7. Berge, J., Daase, M., Renaud, P.E., Ambrose, W.G., Darnis G, Last, K.S., Leu, E., Cohen, J.H., Johnsen, G., Moline, M.A., Cottier, F., Varpe, Ø., Shunatova, N., Bałazy, P., Morata, N., Massabuau, J-C., Falk-Petersen, S., Kosobokova, K., Hoppe, C.J.M., Węsławski, J.M., Kukliński, P., Legeżyńska, J., Nikishina, D., Cusa, M., Kędra, M., Włodarska-Kowalczuk, M., Vogedes, D., Camus, L., Tran, D., Michaud, E., Gabrielsen, T.M., Granovitch, A., Gonchar, A., Krapp, R., Callesen, T.A. (2015) Unexpected Levels of Biological Activity during the Polar Night Offer New Perspectives on a Warming Arctic. Current Biology 25, 1-7
  8. Legeżyńska J., Deja K., Włodarska-Kowalczuk M. 2015 First record of the family Dexaminidae and species Guernea (Prinassus) nordenskioldi in the west Spitsbergen fjords (Svalbard, Greenland Sea) Marine Biodiversity Records 8, 1-5
  9. Kuliński K., Kędra M., Legeżyńska J., Głuchowska M., Zaborska A, 2014, Particulate organic matter sinks and sources in high Arctic fjord, Journal of Marine Systems, 139: 27-37.
  10. J. Legeżyńska, M Kędra, W. Walkusz 2014 Identifying trophic relationships within the high Arctic benthic community: how much can fatty acids tell? Mar Biol (2014) 161:821–836
  11. M. Ronowicz, J. Legeżyńska, P. Kukliński, M. Włodarska-Kowalczuk, 2013, Kelp forest as a habitat for mobile epifauna, case study of Caprella septentrionalis Kröyer, 1838 (Amphipoda, Caprellidae) in an Arctic glacial fjord, Polar Research, 21037,
  12. J. M. Węsławski, M. Włodarska-Kowalczuk, M. Kędra, J. Legeżyńska, L. Kotwicki, 2012, Eight species that rule today's European Arctic fjord benthos, Polish Polar Research 33: 225-238
  13. M. Kędra, K. Kuliński, W. Walkusz and J. Legeżyńska , 2012 The shallow benthic food web structure in the high Arctic does not follow seasonal changes in the surrounding environment, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 114:183-191
  14. J. Legeżyńska, M. Kędra and W. Walkusz, 2012, When season does not matter: summer and winter trophic ecology of Arctic amphipods., Hydrobiologia, 684:189–214
  15. M. Kędra, J. Legeżyńska, W. Walkusz, 2011, Shallow winter and summer macrofauna in high Arctic fjord (79° N, Spitsbergen), Marine Biodiversity, 41:425-439
  16. JM. Węsławski, MA. Kendall, M. Włodarska-Kowalczuk, K. Iken, M. Kędra, J. Legeżyńska, MK. Sejr, 2011, Climate change effects on Arctic fjord and coastal macrobenthic diversity. Marine Biodiversity 41, 71-85
  17. JM. Węsławski, A. Opanowski, J. Legeżyńska, B. Maciejewska, M. Włodarska- Kowalczuk, M. Kędra, 2010, How many roles can a species play? Hidden diversity in Arctic crustaceans, Polish Polar Research 31: 205- 216.
  18. M. Kędra, S. Gromisz, R. Jaskuła, J. Legeżyńska, B. Maciejewska, E. Malec, A. Opanowski, K. Ostrowska, M. Włodarska-Kowalczuk, JM. Węsławski, 2010, Soft bottom makrofauna of an All Taxa Biodiversity Site: Hornsund (77ºN, Svalbard), Polish Polar Research, 31(4): 309 – 326
  19. MK. Sejr, M. Włodarska-Kowalczuk, J. Legeżyńska, ME. Blicher, 2010, Macrobenthic species composition and diversity in the Godthaabsfjord system, SW Greenland. Polar Biology 33(4):421-431.
  20. M. Włodarska-Kowalczuk, P. Kuklinski, M. Ronowicz, J. Legeżyńska, S. Gromisz, 2009. Assessing species richness of macrofauna associated with macroalgae in Arctic kelp forests (Hornsund, Svalbard), Polar Biology,32: 897-905.
  21. J. Legeżyńska, 2008, Food resource partitioning among Arctic sublittoral lysianassoid amphipods in summer, Polar Biology: 31: 66-670.
  22. C. d'Udekem d'Acoz, W. Vader, J. Legeżyńska, 2007, On a new diminutive Rhachotropis species from the North Sea, with a key to European Rhachotropis (Crustacea, Amphipoda, Eusiridae). Bolletino del Museo Civico di Storia Naturalne di Verona, Botanica Zoologia, 31:31-49.
  23. H. Kaczmarek, M. Włodarska-Kowalczuk, J. Legeżyńska, M. Zajączkowski, 2005, Shallow sublittoral macrozoobenthos in Kongsfjord, West Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Polish Polar Research 26 (2): 137-155.
  24. JM Węsławski, M Włodarska-Kowalczuk, J Legeżyńska, 2003, Occurrence of soft bottom macrofauna along the depth gradient in High Arctic, 79 °N, Polish Polar Research 24: 72-88.
  25. JM. Węsławski J. Legeżyńska, 2002, Chances for Arctic Survival: Greely's Expedition Revisited, Arctic 5 (4): 373-379.
  26. JM Węsławski, J. Legeżyńska, 2002, Life cycles of some Arctic amphipods, Polish Polar Research 23 (3-4): 253-264.
  27. J. Legeżyńska, 2001, Feeding and distrbution patterns of Lysianassoid amphipods in Arctic fiord, Polish Polar Research 22(3-4): 173-186.
  28. M. Zajączkowski, J. Legeżyńska, 2001, Estimation of plankton mortality caused by an Arctic glacier outflow, Oceanologia, 43 (3): 341-351.
  29. JM. Węsławski, K. Opaliński, J. Legeżyńska, 2000, Life cycle and production of Onisimus litoralis (Crustacea Amphipoda): The key species in the Arctic soft sediment littoral, Polish Archives of Hydrobiology 47 (3-4): 585-596.
  30. J. Legeżyńska, JM. Węsławski, P. Presler, 2000, Benthic scavengers collected by baited traps in the high Arctic, Polar Biology 23: 539-544.
  31. JM. Węsławski, J. Legeżyńska, 1998, Glaciers caused zooplankton mortality?, Journal of Plankton Research 20: 1233-1240.

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