Personal details

Kaja Bałazy

Department of Marine Ecology
Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences
Powstańcow Warszawy 55
81-712 Sopot, Poland
tel: +48 58 7311696
email: kaja@iopan.pl

Education
  • 2020-present - Research internship, The Norwegian College of Fishery Science, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromso
  • 2019-present - Adjunct, IO PAN, Sopot
  • 2014-2019 - PhD sudent in Interdisciplinary Polar Studies, Centre for Polar Studies KNOW (Leading National Research Centre), IO PAN. PhD (with honours), Thesis: "The phenology of key Calanus species in the context of food demand of plantivorous little auk (Alle alle)
  • 2013-2015 - Postgraduate studies in Valorisation and protection of natural areas, University of Gdansk
  • 2012-2014 - M.Sc. in Biology, Faculty of Animals Ecology, University of Gdansk. M.Sc. thesis: "The variability of haematological parameters in Mute Swans (Cygnus olor) residing in the Tricity beaches area".
  • 2009-2012 - B.Sc. in Biology, University of Gdansk, Poland
Scientific interest
  • Ecology of Arctic zooplankton and seabirds
  • Phenology
  • Behavioral ecology
Professional experience
  • 2016 - PERMANOVA+ course, Auckland, New Zeland
  • 2016 - AREX summer cruise R/V Oceania, Hornsund, Spitsbergen
  • 2016 - STATISTICA training course, StatSoft, Krakow, Poland
  • 2015 - Big Black Box Workshop: Marine ecological processes during the polar night UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromso, Norway
  • 2015 - Interdisciplinary Polar Studies in Svalbard (IPSiS) Meeting – Field Workshop in Longyearbyen Area, University Centre in Svalbard & Centre for Polar Studies, Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
  • 2015 - AREX summer cruise R/V Oceania, Hornsund, Spitsbergen
  • 2015 - MOSJ cruise R/V Lance, Kongsfjorden, Spitsbergen
Grants and awards
  • 2016-2020 - Influence of relationship between protists and zooplankton on Svalbard planktivorous birds population (SEAPOPII) (3605/SEAPOP/2016/2). Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education (project investigator)
  • 2016-2017 - Isfjorden Marine Observatory Svalbard (IMOS) (3550/Norway/2016/2) (project investigator)
  • 2016 - Travel Grant Award for the ASLO 2016 Summer Meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Selected presentations


    2021

  • Szeligowska M., Bałazy K., Boehnke R., Trudnowska E., Błachowiak-Samołyk K. From Seawater via Plankton to Seabirds - Transfer of Microplastics through the Arctic Food Web, International Symposium on Plastics in the Arctic and Sub Arctic Region, 2021, online event, Islandia (poster)

  • 2019

  • Trudnowska E., Bałazy K., Stoń-Egier J., Borwn T., Smolina I., Gluchowska M. Ecological plasticity – a key skill to survive in a changing Arctic, tested on Calanus, Svalbard Science Conference, 2019, Oslo, Norway (Oral)
  • Trudnowska E.; Gluchowska M.; Balazy K.; Stoń-Egiert J.; Brown T.; Smolina I. Ecological plasticity – a key skill to survive in a changing Arctic, tested on Calanus – the basis of the high latitude marine food webs. , IMBER , 2019, Brest, France (Poster)

  • 2018

  • Balazy K., Trudnowska E., Błachowiak-Samołyk K Phenology of Calanus glacialis – comparison between Arctic and Atlantic domains and its implications for reproductive success of little auks, 27th International Polar Conference, Rostock , 2018, Rostock, Niemcy (poster presentation)

  • 2017

  • Ostaszewska K., Trudnowska E., Wichorowski M., Błachowiak-Samołyk K. Shifts in the prey availability for little auk: inter-annual trends in zooplankton distribution on the southern West Spitsbergen Shelf, Arctic Frontiers Conference, 2017, Tromsø, Norway (oral presentation)
  • Boehnke R., Wichorowski M, Trudnowska E.; Ostaszewska K.; Falk-Petersen S; Hop H.; Błachowiak-Samołyk K. Deeper into little auks’ prey availability - an estimation of their feeding grounds using neural nets. , Arctic Frontiers 2017, White Space-Blue Future, 2017, Tromso, Norway (poster)

  • 2016

  • Wichorowski M., Błachowiak-Samołyk K., Boehnke R., Ostaszewska K., Trudnowska E. Development of neural network for estimation of feeding fields quality, SciDataCon, 2016, Denver, Colorado, USA (oral presentation)
  • Ostaszewska K., Trudnowska E., Wichorowski M., Błachowiak-Samołyk K. How do the hydrographic conditions determine zooplankton size, ASLO 2016 Summer Meeting, 2016, SantaFe, New Mexico, USA (oral presentation)
  • Ostaszewska K., Trudnowska E., Wichorowski M., Błachowiak-Samołyk K. Inter-annual variability in abundance and distribution of various zooplankton size fractions in Spitsbergen waters at the Polar Front during five summer seasons, ICES/PICES 6th Zooplankton Production Symposium, 2016, Bergen, Norway (poster presentation)

  • 2015

  • Ostaszewska K., Boehnke R., Trudnowska E., Falk-Petersen S., Wichorowski M., Hop H., Błachowiak Samołyk K. Estimation of the quality of foraging grounds for planktivorous little auk on West Spitsbergen, 2nd World Seabird Conference , 2015, Cape Town, South Africa (poster presentation)
  • Ostaszewska K., Trudnowska E., Wichorowski M., Błachowiak-Samołyk K. Interannual distribution of various zooplankton size fractions vs. front position along West Spitsbergen Shelf during five summer seasons (2010-2014), Interdisciplinary Polar Studies in Svalbard (IPSiS) Meeting, Scientific Conference & Field Workshop, 2015, Longyearbyen & Hornsund, Svalbard (oral presentation)
  • Ostaszewska K., Boehnke R., Trudnowska E., Falk-Petersen S., Wichorowski M., Hop H., Błachowiak-Samołyk K. Influence of climate on the quality of foraging grounds for little auk on West Spitsbergen, Arctic Froniers: Climate and Energy, 2015, Tromsø, Norway (poster presentation)
Publications


    2021

  • Balazy K., Boehnke R., Trudnowska E., Søreide JE., Błachowiak-Samołyk K. (2021) Phenology of Oithona similis demonstrates that ecological flexibility may be a winning trait in the warming Arctic. Scientific Reports, 11, 18599

  • 2020

  • Trudnowska E., Balazy K., Stoń-Egiert J., Smolina I., Brown T., Gluchowska M. (2020) In a comfort zone and beyond – ecological plasticity of key marine mediators. . Ecology and Evolution, 10, 14067-14081

  • 2019

  • Bałazy K., Trudnowska E., Błachowiak-Samołyk K. (2019) Dynamics of Calanus Copepodite Structure during Little Auks’ Breeding Seasons in Two Different Svalbard Locations. Water, 11, 1405

  • 2018

  • Bałazy K., Trudnowska E., Wichorowski M., Błachowiak-Samołyk K. (2018) Large versus small zooplankton in relation to temperature in the Arctic shelf region. Polar Research, 37/1/1427409, 1-12

  • 2017

  • Ostaszewska K., Balazy P., Berge J., Johnsen G., Staven R. (2017) Seabirds During Arctic Polar Night: Underwater Observations from Svalbard Archipelago, Norway. Waterbirds, 40(3), 302-308
  • Boehnke R., Bałazy K., Jakubas D., Wojczulanis-Jakubas K., Błachowiak-Samołyk K. (2017) Meso-scale variations in little auk chicks diet composition in NW Spitsbergen. Polar Research, 36:1, 1409585