Katarzyna Melaniuk is a marine biologist with a background in palaeoceanography. Before joining CAGE, she graduated with an MSc in Environmental Biology from Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland. Her research interests include the ecology of benthic foraminifera and testate amoebae, and their application in environmental reconstruction, as well as multi-proxy analyses of marine sediments to investigate climate changes in the Arctic region.
At CAGE, Melaniuk studies the effects of methane seepage in the Arctic Ocean on the distribution of benthic foraminifera and isotopic signature of primary calcite in their tests. This work will help create a more reliable template for past climate reconstructions. Additionally, Katarzyna is testing the application of fluorescent probes for the detection of living foraminifera.
As a Visiting Researcher at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Katarzyna collaborated with Dr. Joan M. Bernhard. Their culturing experiments focused on investigating the effects of environmental stressors and diet on benthic foraminifera, and included complex, multi-proxy treatments. Katarzyna’s PhD project received a Loeblich and Tappan Student Research Award funded by The Cushman Foundation for Foraminiferal Research (USA).
Katarzyna Melaniuk is working on a project entitled: “Assessing the relationship between living foraminifera and methane emissions in the Arctic” The project is a cooperation between CAGE and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Thesis supervisors: Tina L. Rasmussen (CAGE), Tina Treude (UCLA; USA), Marek Zajczkowski (IOPAN, Poland).