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 Research interest

Biology and ecology of zooplankton: rotifers and crustaceans (cladocerans and copepods). Functioning of small water bodies. Biotic relationships as a factor structuring zooplankton communities. Habitat requirements of aquatic organisms. Microhabitatual zooplankton diversity in various types of shallow and macrophyte-dominated water bodies. The role of the catchment transformation of small water bodies as determinant of the zooplankton structure. Methods for assessing environmental conditions of ponds using zooplankton.

Short CV


University graduation (Faculty of Biology, University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań). MSc thesis title: Occurrence of yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella L.), ortolan bunting (E. hortulana L.) and the corn bunting (E. calandra L.) in the buffer strips in the vicinity of Swarzędz (1989)

Doctoral degree in biological sciences in the field of biology (Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań). PhD thesis title: The spatial structure of Rotifer communities in phytocoenoses of submerged and rush vegetation of Lake Budzyńskie (2001)

Postdoctoral degree [habilitation] in biological sciences, in the field of biology – hydrobiology (Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań). Habilitation thesis title: Functioning of rotifers (Rotifera) and crustaceans (Cladocera  and Copepoda) communities in the littoral zone of macrophyte lakes (2010)

Professor (2017)

Career at the Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań:

1.10.1989 – 31.01.2004, Department of Hydrobiology

since 1.02.2004, Department of Water Protection


Ecology (lectures, seminars)

Environmental research methods (seminar)

Hydrozoology (lectures, laboratories)

Journal Club (seminar)

Small water bodies – biodiversity and environmental conditions (lectures, laboratories, field practice)

Hydrobiological research methods (lectures, laboratories)

Applying plankton for water quality assessment (lectures, laboratories)

Ecosystem Dynamics and Functions (lectures, field practice)

Membership and awards

Member of the board of the organization and the executive committee of EPCN – European Pond Conservation Network – from 2009 to the present

Editor in the field of hydrobiology, Biological letters, De Gruyter, since 2008

Member of SIL: Societas Internationalis Limnologiae (International Association of Theoretical and Applied Limnology) – since 1998

Member of the European Pond Conservation Network – since 2009

Member of the Croatian Freshwater Association – since 2017

Team Award of the Rector of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań for achievements in scientific work (2008 2010, 2020)

Research Scholarship of the Rector of AMU (2020)

Individual Award of the Rector of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań for achievements in scientific work (2021)

Most important publications:

Kuczyńska-Kippen N., Nagengast B., 2006, The influence of the spatial structure of hydromacrophytes and differentiating habitat on the structure of rotifer and cladoceran communities, Hydrobiologia 559: 203-212.

Kuczyńska‐Kippen N., Joniak T., 2016, Zooplankton diversity and macrophyte biometry in shallow water bodies of various trophic state, Hydrobiologia 774: 39-51.

Celewicz-Gołdyn S., Kuczyńska-Kippen N., 2017, Ecological value of macrophyte cover in creating habitat for microalgae (diatoms) and zooplankton (rotifers and crustaceans) in small field and forest water bodies, PLoS ONE 12/5: e0177317.

Kuczyńska-Kippen N., 2018, The use of bdelloids in reference to rotifer biocoenotic indices as an indicator of the ecological state of small field water bodies: The effect of macrophytes, shading and trophic state of water, Ecological Indicators 89: 576-583

Kuczyńska-Kippen N., Špoljar M., Zhang C., Mleczek M., 2021, Elodeids, but not helophytes, increase community diversity and reduce trophic state: case study with rotifer indices in field ponds, Ecological Indicators 128: 107829.