dr Maciej Gąbka

dr Maciej Gąbka

Position: associate professor,
head of the Department of Hydrobiology (AMU)
Email: gmaciej@amu.edu.pl
Room: 2.55
Phone: + 48 61 829 57 62
Office hours: Tuesday 10:00-12:00
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Research Interests

    My research interests are focused on ecology and taxonomy of stoneworts (Characeae, Charophyta). I use environmental and interdisciplinary experimental approach to better understand charophytes distribution patterns and their functional significance in different types of aquatic ecosystems.

Current study topics

  • Ecology, taxonomy and biogeography of charophytes
  • Ecological gradients in different types of water ecosystems and peatlands
  • Niche partitioning and distribution patterns of aquatic plants
  • Protection of Chara-dominated lakes
  • Experimental tests of response of vegetation to change in water chemistry and climate warming through manipulative field and laboratory experiments
  • Ecology of peatlands

Projekty badawcze

  • 2013 - 2016

    WETMAN: Central European Wetland Ecosystem Feedbacks to Changing Climate - Field Scale Manipulation. ID:203258; Funded by Polish-Norwegian Research Program. Beneficiary: Poznań University of Life Sciences, cooperation: BIOFORSK, Norway; UAM Poznań (co-investigator)

  • 2011 - 2013

    The project Baltic Landscape Network co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the Baltic Sea Region in the period 2007-2013 (co-investigator)

  • 2009 - 2010

    Grant MNiSW (Nr N305077936): Relationships between testate amoeba communities (Protista: Testacea Lobosa: Filosa) and environment in minerotrophic peatlands of western Poland (co-investigator)

  • 2009 - 2011

    Project funded by Ministry of Science and Higher Education (N303 391136): Influence of water and fossil bird droppings on cyanobacterial blooms in the Lake Goreckie in the Wielkopolski National Park (co-investigator)

  • 2006 - 2009

    Project funded by Ministry of Science and Higher Education (N304 100 31/3623): Distribution and bioindicative role of charophytes (Characeae) of different types of waters in the Wielkopolska region (principal investigator)

  • 2006 - 2008

    Grant MNiSW (Nr N304 050 31/1853): Project funded by Minstry of Science and Higher Education (N304 050 31/1853): Functioning advanced in the process of overgrowing Chara-dominated lakes (Wielkopolska) (co-investigator)

  • 2008 - 2010

    Prokaryotic and eukaryotic algae of the Wolin and the Bornholm islands, Kierownik projektu: prof. dr hab. L. Burchardt, UAM, Poznań; Polskie Towarzystwo Fykologiczne. Charophytes: Gąbka M. (co-investigator)

  • 2001 - 2004

    Project KBN No 6 PO4F 037 21: Plant communities in humic lakes of the Wielkopolska region on the background of the content of nutrients and humic substances their habitats (principal investigator)

Chosen publications


  • Urbaniak J., Gąbka M. 2014. Polish Charophytes. An Illustrated Guide to Identification. Uniwersytetu Przyrodniczego we Wrocławiu. pdf

  • Bator J., Gąbka M., Jakubas E. (red.) 2014. The concept of the model forest in management and biodiversity protection of the Wełna and the Flinta rivers (Wielkopolska Region). Bogucki Wyd. Nauk. pdf 

  • Gąbka M. 2009. Charophytes of the Wielkopolska region (NW Poland): distribution, taxonomy and autecology. Bogucki Wydawnictwo Naukowe, Poznań. pdf


  • Pikosz M., Messyasz B., Gąbka M. 2017. Functional structure of algal mat (Cladophora glomerata) in a freshwater in western Poland. Ecological Indicators 74: 1-9.

  • Nagengast B., Gąbka M. 2017. Apparent niche partitioning of two congeneric submerged macrophytes in small water bodies: The case of Ceratophyllum demersum and C. submersum L. Aquatic Botany 137: 1-8.

  • Gąbka M., Lembicz M. 2016. Clonality of an annual plant in a temporary environment: The case of whorled waterwort. Flora - Morphology Distribution Functional Ecology of Plants 224: 5-58.

  • Joniak T., Kuczyńska-Kippen N., Gąbka M. 2016. Effect of agricultural landscape characteristics on the hydrobiota structure in small water bodies. Hydrobiologia DOI 10.1007/s10750-016-2913-5.

  • Jassey V.E.J., Lamentowicz Ł., Robroek B.J. M., Gąbka M., Rusińska A., Lamentowicz M. 2014. Plant functional diversity drives niche-size-structure of dominant microbial consumers along a poor to extremely rich fen gradient. Journal of Ecology 102(5): 1150-1162.

  • Gąbka M., Rusińska A., Barylski J. 2014. Molecular, morphological, and ecological differences between the terrestrial and aquatic forms of Oxyrrhynchium speciosum (Brid.) Warnst. (Brachytheciaceae). Journal of Bryology 36(3): 180-190.

  • Jakubas E., Gąbka M., Joniak T. 2014. Factors determining the distribution of rheophil and protected Hildenbrandia rivularis (Liebman) J.Agardh 1851, the Rhodophyta freshwater species in lowland ecosystems. Polish Journal of Ecology 62(4): 679-693.

  • Jakubas E., Gąbka M., Joniak T. 2014. Morphological forms of two macrophytes (yellow water-lily and arrowhead) along velocity gradient. Biologia, Section Botany, 69 (7): 840-846.

  • Mitchell E.A.D., Payne R.J., van der Knaap W.O., Lamentowicz Ł., Gąbka M., Lamentowicz M. 2013. The performance of single- and multi-proxy transfer functions (testate amoebae, bryophytes, vascular plants) for reconstructing mire surface wetness and pH. Quaternary Research 79(1): 6–13.

  • Gąbka M., Owsianny P.M., Burchardt L. 2010. The influence of co-occuring vegetation and habitat variables on distribution of rare charophyte species Lychnothamnus barbatus in lakes of Western Poland. Polish Journal of Ecology 58(1): 13-25.

  • Lamentowicz M., Lamentowicz Ł., van der Knaap W.O., Gąbka M., Mitchell E.A.D. 2010. Contrasting species-environment relationships in communities of testate amoebae, bryophytes, and vascular plants along the fen-bog gradient. Microbial Ecology 59(3): 499-510.

  • Caisová L., Gąbka M. 2009. Charophytes (Characeae, Charophyta) in the Czech Republic: taxonomy, autecology and distribution. Fottea 9(1): 1-43.

  • Urbaniak J., Gąbka M., Blaženic J. 2008. Nitella tenuissima, a rare Charophyte in Central and Southern Europe. Cryptogamie, Algologie 29: 161–171.

  • Gąbka M., Lamentowicz M. 2008. Vegetation-environment relationships in peatlands dominated by Sphagnum fallax (Klinggr.) Klinggr. in Western Poland. Folia Geobotanica 43: 413-429.

  • Gąbka M., Owsianny P.M., Burchardt L., Sobczyński T. 2007. Habitat requirements of the Charetum intermediae phytocoenoses in lakes of western Poland. Biologia - Section Botany 62(6): 657-663.

Career History

  • 2016 – to date

    Associate Professor, head of the Department of Hydrobiology, AMU, Poznań

  • 2016

    Visiting Professor at Poznań University of Life Sciences (WETMAN project)

  • 2014

    Habilitation in ecology, AMU, Poznań

  • 2005 – 2014

    Adiunct at the Department of Hydrobiology, AMU, Poznań

  • 2000 – 2005

    Ph.D. study at Faculty of Biology, AMU (plant ecology, hydrobiology; PhD thesis: Plant communities in humic lakes of the Wielkopolska region in the context of their habitat conditioning, supervisor: Professor Lubomira Burchardt)

  • 1995 – 2000

    Master degree studies at Faculty of Biology, AMU (environmental biology, (Master thesis: Vegetation of reserves "Jezioro Czarne" and "Jezioro Pławno" in Puszcza Zielonka near Poznan: Professor Lubomira Burchardt)

Lectures and classes/seminars

  • Biology of aquatic organisms and environments (coordinator and lecturer)
  • Inventory and valorisation of environment (coordinator and lecturer)
  • Environmental monitoring (coordinator and lecturer)
  • European Habitats „Natura 2000” (coordinator and lecturer)
  • Ecosystem under environmental stress (lecturer)
  • Biology and ecology of indicator organisms (lecturer)
  • Legal and practical aspects of the Natura 2000 network (lecturer)
  • Assessment of ecological state of water (lecturer)
  • Flora and fauna of the Wielkopolska Region (lecturer)

Teaching – Bachelor and Master theses:

  • Topics for students of biology and environmental protection: distribution of charophytes, bioindication, ecology of Characeae, species-environmental relationships, ecology of peatlands

Doctorate dissertations and scientific supervision

    So far realized topics of doctoral theses: (1) relationships between structure of aquatic vegetation and environmental gradients in lowland rivers, and (2) niche partitioning and distribution patterns of golden algae; one defended, one in progress

Administrative Posts and External Activities

  • Head of the Department of Hydrobiology, AMU
  • Vice director of Institute of Environmental Biology, AMU
  • Member of Regional Council for the Protection of Nature in Poznań