Kaja Rola

Address

Department of Taxonomy, Phytogeography & Palaeobotany
Institute of Botany, Jagiellonian University
Kopernika 27, 31-501 Kraków
e-mail: kajaskubala@interia.pl
phone: +48 12 663 36 52
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kaja_Rola

Scientific education

2014: Ph.D. in biological sciences, Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences, Jagiellonian University
2010–2014: Ph.D. studies in biological sciences, FBES, JU
2010: M.Sc. in biological sciences, FBES, JU
2008: B.Sc. in geological sciences, FBES, JU
2005–2010: M.Sc. studies in biological and geological sciences, FBES, JU

Professional positions

2015 to present: Assistant Professor, Institute of Botany, Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences, Jagiellonian University
2014-2015: Research Assistant, Institute of Botany, Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences, Jagiellonian University

Research interests

  • Lichen ecology
  • Heavy-metal accumulation in lichens
  • Cryptogamic communities in disturbed habitats
  • Effects of heavy-metal pollution on lichens
  • Bioindication of soil pollution using cryptogamic communities
  • Phenotypic plasticity of lichens
  • Practical use of lichens in dumps reclamation
  • Interactions between soil mesofauna and lichens
  • Advanced statistics in taxonomy and ecology

Research grants and scientific programmes

"Adaptations of lichens to heavy metal pollution, i.e. the key to their success in colonising extremely contaminated areas". National Science Centre (OPUS), in the course of concluding the contract, decision no. DEC-2016/23/B/NZ8/00759, project leader (since 2017)

"Lichens on post-smelting slag dumps - their heavy metal accumulation capacity and pioneer role in spontaneous succession". National Science Centre (PRELUDIUM), project no. 2012/05/N/NZ8/00842, project leader (2013-2016)

Global Garlic Mustard Field Survey under project of the Global Invasions Network  supported by NSF DEB Grant No. 0541673, participant (2011)

Journal Reviews

Ecological Indicators, Restoration Ecology, CLEAN – Soil, Air, Water, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Brazilian Journal of Botany, Acta Biologica Cracoviensia Series Botanica, Acta Societatis Botanicorum Poloniae, Biologia, Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology, Journal of Ecology and the Natural Environment, Biology and Medicine

Awards and scholarships

2016: Jagiellonian University Rector’s Award for special achievements in scientific work
2015: Scholarship from the Minister of Science and Higher Education for postgraduate students for outstanding scientific achievement
2015: Jagiellonian University Rector’s Award for special achievements in scientific work
2014: Jagiellonian University Diploma for the exceptional Ph.D. thesis
2013: Award for outstanding scientific achievements in 2012 granted by the Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences
2011: Award for outstanding scientific achievements in 2010 granted by the Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences

Selected publications

Majewska M.L., Rola K., Zubek S. 2017. The growth and phosphorus acquisition of invasive plants Rudbeckia laciniata and Solidago gigantea are enhanced by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Mycorrhiza 27: 83–94.

Kurek P., Sparks T.H., Wiatrowska B., Rola K., Tryjanowski P. 2016. Effect of electricity pylons on plant biodiversity in intensive farmland in Poland. Annales Botanici Fennici 53: 415-425.

Kubiak D., Osyczka P., Rola K. 2016. Spontaneous restoration of epiphytic lichen biota in managed forests planted on habitats typical for temperate deciduous forest. Biodiversity and Conservation 25: 1937-1954.

Skubała P., Rola K., Osyczka P. 2016. Oribatid communities and heavy metal bioaccumulation in selected species associated with lichens in a heavily contaminated habitat. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 23: 8861-8871.

Osyczka P., Rola K., Jankowska K. 2016. Vertical concentration gradients of heavy metals in Cladonia lichens across different parts of thalli. Ecological Indicators 61: 766-776.

Rola K., Osyczka P., Kafel A. 2016. Different heavy metal accumulation strategies of epilithic lichens colonising artificial post-smelting wastes. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 70: 418-428.

Nobis M., Klichowska E., Nowak A., Gudkova P.D., Rola K. 2016. Multivariate morphometric analysis of the Stipa turkestanica group (Poaceae: Stipa sect. Stipa). Plant Systematics and Evolution 302: 137-153.

Rola K., Lenart-Boroń A., Boroń P., Osyczka P. 2015. Intraspecific molecular variation of Allium ursinum (Amaryllidaceae) across the border of two subspecies distribution ranges. Acta Biologica Cracoviensia Series Botanica 57(1): 31-43.

Majewska M., Błaszkowski J., Nobis M., Rola K., Nobis A., Łakomiec D., Czachura P., Zubek S. 2015. Root-inhabiting fungi in alien plant species in relation to invasion status and soil chemical properties. Symbiosis 65: 101-115.

Dąbrowska M.A., Rola K., Volkova P., Suda J., Zalewska-Gałosz J. 2015. Genome size and phenotypic variation of Nymphaea (Nymphaeaceae) species from Eastern Europe and temperate Asia. Acta Societatis Botanicorum Poloniae 84(2): 277–286.

Zubek S., Rola K., Szewczyk A., Majewska M., Turnau K. 2015. Enhanced concentrations of elements and secondary metabolites in Viola tricolor L. induced by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Plant and Soil 390: 129-142.

Rola K., Osyczka P., Nobis M. & Drozd P. 2015. How do soil factors determine vegetation structure and species richness in post-smelting dumps? Ecological Engineering 75: 332-342.

Skubała P.,  Rola K., Osyczka P. & Kafel A. 2014. Oribatid mite communities on lichens in heavily contaminated post-smelting dumps. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 67(4): 578-592.

Rola K. & Osyczka P. 2014. Cryptogamic community structure as a bioindicator of soil condition along a pollution gradient. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 186: 5897-5910.

Rola K., Osyczka P. & Nobis M. 2014. Cryptogamic communities dominated by the lichen Cladonia rei – a case study of Polish post-smelting dumps in a worldwide context. Herzogia 27(1): 121-135.

Rola K. 2014. Cell pattern and ultrasculpture of bulb tunics of selected Allium species (Amaryllidaceae), and their diagnostic value. Acta Biologica Cracoviensia Series Botanica 56(1): 28-41.

Rola K. 2014. Morphometry and distribution of Senecio nemorensis agg. species (Asteraceae) in Poland. Polish Botanical Journal 59(1): 37-54.

Osyczka P., Rola K., Lenart-Boroń A. & Boroń P. 2014. High intraspecific genetic and morphological variation in the pioneer lichen Cladonia rei colonising slag dumps. Central European Journal of Biology 9(5): 579-591.

Osyczka P. & Rola K. 2013. Cladonia lichens as the most effective and essential pioneers in strongly contaminated slag dumps. Central European Journal of Biology 8(9): 876-887.

Osyczka P. & Rola K. 2013. Response of the lichen Cladonia rei Schaer. to strong heavy metal contamination of the substrate. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 20: 5076-5084.

Osyczka P. & Rola K. 2013. Phenotypic plasticity of primary thallus in selected Cladonia species (lichenized Ascomycota: Cladoniaceae). Biologia 68(3): 365-372.

Rola K. 2012. Taxonomy and distribution of Allium ursinum (Liliaceae) in Poland and adjacent countries. Biologia 67(6): 1080-1087.

Rola K. 2012. A morphometric study on Anthyllis vulneraria (Fabaceae) from Poland and its taxonomic implications. Biologia 67(2): 296-309.

Osyczka P. & Skubała K. 2011. Chemical races of Cladonia cariosa and C. symphycarpa (lichenized Ascomycota) - a Polish case study in a worldwide context. Nova Hedwigia 93(3-4): 363-373.

Skubała K. 2011. Vascular flora of sites contaminated with heavy metals on the example of two post-industrial spoil heaps connected with manufacturing of zinc and lead products in Upper Silesia. Archives of Environmental Protection 37(1): 55-74.

Skubała K. 2011. Nowe stanowisko Allium ursinum (Liliaceae) na Wyżynie Krakowsko-Częstochowskiej. Fragmenta Floristica et Geobotanica Polonica 18(1): 171-173.

Skubała K. 2011. Dwa oblicza hałd poprzemysłowych Zakładów Górniczo-Hutniczych "Orzeł Biały". Przyroda Górnego Śląska 63: 8-9.

Selected conference papers

Majewska M.L., Rola K., Zubek S. 2016. Wpływ grzybów arbuskularnych na wzrost, zawartość pierwiastków w biomasie i parametry fotosyntezy dwóch inwazyjnych gatunków roślin Rudbeckia laciniata i Solidago gigantea. In: E. Szczuka, G. Szymczak, M. Śmigała, R. Marciniec (eds), 57. Zjazd Polskiego Towarzystwa Botanicznego „Botanika – tradycja i nowoczesność”, Lublin, 27.06–3.07.2016, p. 219.

Osyczka P., Rola K. 2015. How do substrate factors determine cryptogamic vegetation structure and species richness in various contaminated habitats? A comparative study of psammophilous grasslands, wastelands and slag dumps. In: Chytrý M., Zelený D., Hettenbergerová E. (eds), 58th Annual Symposium of the International Association for Vegetation Science: Understanding broad-scale vegetation patterns, Brno, 19-24.07.2015, Abstracts, p. 283.

Rola K., Osyczka P., Nobis M. 2015. Vascular plant species responses to soil factors in highly contaminated post-smelting dumps. In: Chytrý M., Zelený D., Hettenbergerová E. (red.), 58th Annual Symposium of the International Association for Vegetation Science: Understanding broad-scale vegetation patterns, Brno, 19-24.07.2015, Abstracts, p. 320.

Rola K. & Osyczka P. 2014. Responses of cryptogamic species to heavy metal contamination - a case study in psammophilous grasslands. Acta Biologica Cracoviensia Series Botanica 56, Suppl. 2: 72.

Osyczka P. & Rola K. 2014. The model of restrained heavy metals accumulation in the lichen Cladonia rei. Acta Biologica Cracoviensia Series Botanica 56, Suppl. 2: 70.

Dutkiewicz E., Rola K., Kwiatek W. & Osyczka P. 2014. Accumulation of trace elements in the lichens with different growth forms of thalli. Acta Biologica Cracoviensia Series Botanica 56, Suppl. 2: 58.

Skubała P., Rola K. & Osyczka P. 2014. Do lichens function as enclaves for mite fauna on bare toxic post-industrial dumps? Acta Biologica Cracoviensia Series Botanica 56, Suppl. 2: 41.

Klichowska E., Nobis M., Nobis A., Rola K. & Nowak A. 2013. Multivariate morphometric analysis of the Stipa turkestanica complex (Poaceae). In: Biedunkiewicz A. & Dynowska M. (eds), Interdyscyplinarne i aplikacyjne znaczenie nauk botanicznych. Streszczenia wystąpień i plakatów, ss. 308. 56. Zjazd Polskiego Towarzystwa Botanicznego. Olsztyn, 24–30.06.2013.

Rola K., Osyczka P. 2013. Effect of substrate contamination on pioneer vegetation structure. In: Püssa K., Kalamees R., Hallop K. (eds), 56th Symposium of the International Association for Vegetation Science, Vegetation Patterns and their Underlying Processes, ABSTRACTS, p. 208.

Osyczka P., Rola K., Nobis M. 2013. Cryptogamic communities in strongly disturbed habitats – a case study of post-smelting dumps. 56th Symposium of the International Association for Vegetation Science, Vegetation Patterns and their Underlying Processes, ABSTRACTS, p. 182.

Rola K., Osyczka P. 2012. Chemical diversity of Cladonia cariosa and C. symphycarpa (lichen-forming Ascomycota: Cladoniaceae) and global distribution of their chemical races. 1st International Biological Conference: Biodiversity & Nature Conservation in the Middle & Central Asia, 6-8 September 2012, Ostrava, Czech Republic. Abstract book, p. 24.

Rola K., Osyczka P. 2012. Vascular flora and lichens on post-smelting dumps. In: Bogucka-Kocka A., Kocki J., Sowa I. (eds). Plant - the source of research material, 2nd International Conference and Workshop, Lublin, 18-20.10.2012. Book of Abstracts, p. 299.

Rola K. 2012. Taxonomy and distribution of Anthyllis vulneraria (Fabaceae) in Poland.. In: Bogucka-Kocka A., Kocki J., Sowa I. (eds). Plant - the source of research material, 2nd International Conference and Workshop, Lublin, 18-20.10.2012. Lubelskie Towarzystwo Wspierania Nauk Farmaceutycznych, Ogród Botaniczny Uniwersytetu Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej w Lublinie, Polska Akademia Nauk Oddział w Lublinie, s. 298.

Skubała K. 2011. Allium ursinum s. lato - taksonomia i rozmieszczenie w Polsce In: Bogucka-Kocka A. (eds). I Ogólnopolska Konferencja Naukowo-Szkoleniowa: Polskie kolekcje roślin leczniczych - źródłem materiału badawczego, Lublin, 10-11.06.2011. Lubelskie Towarzystwo Wspierania Nauk Farmaceutycznych, Ogród Botaniczny Uniwersytetu Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej w Lublinie, p. 79.