Grzegorz Pacyna


Department of Taxonomy, Phytogeography & Palaeobotany
Institute of Botany, Jagiellonian University
Kopernika 31, 31-501 Kraków, Poland
phone: +48 12 663 36 61

Scientific education

2007 – Ph.D. in biological sciences (paleobotany), FBES, JU
2002 – M.Sc. in biological sciences (paleobotany), FBES, JU

Professional positions

1.02.2011 – present, Research assistant, Institute of Botany, Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences, Jagiellonian University

Research interests

  • Palaeozoic and Mesozoic plants of Poland and Europe – taxonomy, evolution, paleoecology
  • Statistical analysis of fossil floras
  • Global change, mass extinctions
  • Plant-animal interactions in fossil record
  • Biostratigraphy based on plant remains

Scientific stays

  • Hungarian Natural History Museum, Botanical Department, Budapest - UE Project – SYNTHESYS “Early evolution of modern conifers - taxonomy and evolutionary trends of plants with Brachyphyllum like leaves” (30.06-11.07.2014)
  • Hungarian Natural History Museum, Botanical Department, Budapest (19-24.02.2012)

Academic teaching activity

Selected courses:
  • Palaeobotany (2011-present)
  • Palaeobiology (2014-present)
  • Diversity and evolution of plants, algae and fungi (2016-present, formerly Systematic botany  – 2012-2015)
  • Botany: field course (2011-present)
  • Biology of fruits and seeds (2015-present)
  • Nature protection of urban areas (2016)
  • Plant phylogeny (2014-2015)

Selected publications

Pacyna, G., Barbacka, M., Zdebska, D., Ziaja, J., Fijałkowska-Mader, A., Bóka, K., Sulej, T. 2017. A new conifer from the Upper Triassic of southern Poland linking the advanced voltzialean type of ovuliferous scale with Brachyphyllum-Pagiophyllum-like leaves. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 245: 28–54.

Barbacka, M., Pacyna, G., Kocsis, Á. T., Jarzynka, A., Ziaja, J., Bodor, E. 2017. Changes in terrestrial floras at the Triassic-Jurassic Boundary in Europe. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 480, 80-93.

Barbacka M., Pacyna G., Pieńkowski G., Ziaja J. 2016. New data about Matonia braunii (Göppert) Harris from the Early Jurassic of Poland and its ecology. Geological Quarterly, 60(4): 857–868.

Barbacka M., Popa M.E., Mitka J., Bodor E., Pacyna G. 2015. Relationships between ecosystems and plant assemblages as responses to environmental conditions in the Lower Jurassic of Hungary and Romania. Acta Palaeobotanica, 55(1): 3–17.

Barbacka M., Püspöki Z., Bodor E., Forgácse Z., Hámor-Vidóc M., Pacyna G., McIntosh R.W. 2015. Palaeotopography related plant succession stages in a coal forming deltaic succession in early Jurassic in Hungary. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 440: 579–593.

Philippe M., Pacyna G., Wawrzyniak Z., Barbacka M., Boka K., Filipiak P., Marynowski L., Thévenard T., Uhl D. 2015. News from an old wood — Agathoxylon keuperianum (Unger) nov. comb. in the Keuper of Poland and France. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 221: 83–91.

Jarzynka A., Pacyna G. 2015. Fossil flora of Middle Jurassic Grojec clays (southern Poland). Raciborski’s original material reinvestigated and supplemented. I. Sphenophytes. Acta Palaeobotanica, 55(2): 149–181.

Barbacka M., Pacyna G., Feldman-Olszewska A., Ziaja J., Bodor E. 2014. Triassic-Jurassic flora of Poland; floristical support of climatic changes. Acta Geologica Polonica, 64(3): 281–309.

Pacyna G. 2014. Plant remains from the Polish Triassic. Present knowledge and future prospects. Acta Palaeobotanica, 54(1): 3–33.

Barbacka M., Bodor E., Jarzynka A., Kustatscher E., Pacyna G., Popa M.E., Scanu G.G., Thévenard F., Ziaja J. 2014. European Jurassic floras: statistics and paleoenvironmental proxies. Acta Palaeobotanica, 54(2): 173–195.

Pacyna G. 2013. Critical review of research on the Lower Jurassic flora of Poland. Acta Palaeobotanica, 53(2): 141–163.

Florjan S., Pacyna G., Borzęcki R. 2012. Pierwsze znalezisko mikrokonchidów (Tentaculita) na liściach górnokarbońskiej paproci nasiennej Karinopteris daviesii z Nowej Rudy (Dolny Śląsk). Przegląd Geologiczny, 60(5): 273–275.

Pacyna G., Florjan S., Borzęcki R. 2012. New morphological features of Arthropleura sp. (Myriapoda, Diplopoda) based on new specimens from the Upper Carboniferous of Lower Silesia (Poland). Annales Societatis Geologorum Poloniae, 82(2): 121–126.

Pacyna G. 2012. Critical review of studies of Carboniferous and Lower Permian plant reproductive organs in Poland with complete list of so far published taxa. Acta Palaeobotanica, 52(2): 271–301.

Pacyna G., Zdebska D. 2012. Carboniferous plants preserved within sideritic nodules – a remarkable state of preservation providing a wealth of information. Acta Palaeobotanica, 52(2): 247–269.

Pacyna G., Zdebska D. 2010. Upper Carboniferous seed fern (Pteridospermophyta)  pollen organs from Silesia (Poland) and related evolution considerations. Monographiae Botanicae, 100: 1–81.