prof. dr hab. Maciej Wołowicz

Tomasz Motyl

prof. dr hab. Maciej Wołowicz

  • University of Gdańsk
  • Faculty of Oceanography and Geography, Institute of Oceanography



He graduated in 1975 from the University of Gdańsk, the Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences and joined the university’s teaching staff the same year. His doctorate and habilitation followed in the years 1979 and 1991, respectively. The title of full professor was conferred on him in 2000. He taught at universities in Marseille (1995-1997) and La Rochelle (2002). He is the head of the Department of Marine Ecosystems Functioning, Institute of Oceanography at the University of Gdańsk as well as the deputy head of the Institute of Oceanography (2005-2008), Vice Dean at the Faculty of Oceanography and Geography (2008-2012). On a French state scholarship in the years 1986-1988, he was a post-doc intern at the Centre for Estuarine and Coastal Ecology in the Netherlands and at Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploration de la Mer. He did research internships at the Institute of Oceanography of the USSR Academy of Sciences in Moscow, Observatoire Oceanologique, Université Paris VI, Institut für Mereskunde, Kiel. Research visits and invited talks: Université de la Méditerranée and Centre Océanologique of Marseille (1994, 2000, 2004), Université de La Rochelle (2004), Cawthron Institute, Nelson, Institute of Environmental Science & Research, Porirua Science Centre, University of Wellington, NIWA Wellington (2008). Research expeditions: Spitsbergen (1980 and 2008), the Southern Ocean (2009) and the Atlantic Ocean (2012).

A former member of the Polish Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (until 2012, between 1993 and 1996 he was the Scientific Secretary of the Committee) and a member of the Scientific Board of the Center of  Marine Biology, the Polish Academy of Sciences (1993-1996), the Marine Fishery Institute (2008-2014), the State Council for Nature Conservation (1998-2000), the ICES working groups; Introduction and Transfer of Marine Organisms, and Diseases and Pathology of Marine Organisms. The Marine Research Stations Network board member (2006-2014).

He has authored and co-authored more than  100 articles in international journals as well as contributing chapters in various books. He has participated in more than 60 international symposia, received 25 ministerial and 14 international grants (of which eight were EU funded) and was principal investigator in many of the above mentioned EU financed research projects. He has supervised eight doctoral dissertations. His research interests cover: the functioning of marine and estuary ecosystems, ecophysiology, the genetics of bottom invertebrates, the impact of biotic and abiotic factors on ecophysiological and genetic diversity within and between populations.