Faculty of Biology AMU

2001 - PhD thesis in hydrobiology "The spatial structure of Rotifera communities in selected phytocoenoses of submerged and rush vegetation of lake Budzynskie"

2010 - habilitation in ecology "The functioning of rotifer (Rotifera) and crustacean (Cladocera and Copepoda) communities in the littoral zone of macrophyte-dominated lakes" (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan).

2011 - Associate Professor at the Department of Water Protection of Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan.

Main research themes:

Aquatic ecology with emphasis on the specificity of the functioning of small water bodies of various origin. Food web interactions in ponds. Ecological factors driving relationship between aquatic assemblages in the macrophyte-dominated zones of various freshwater ecosystems.

Biodiversity of freshwater ecosystems. Different diversity patterns: from microhabitat to landscape. Biodiversity loss: changes in the composition and dynamics of plankton communities.

The role of aquatic vegetation in structuring zooplankton communities, both rotifers and crustaceans. Macrophyte biometry and morphology referring to different ecological groups of plants as predictors of zooplankton occurrence.

Responses of aquatic organisms to anthropogenic transformations (water bodies within surroundings undergoing various strength of human-induced impact: mid-forest, urban and agricultural landscape) with reference to ecological requirements of zooplankton.

Assessment of freshwater ecosystems: land use impacts with reference to water quality, including human-induced stress and biological contamination of surface waters. The use of zooplankton in detecting biological contamination of waters, especially parasite infections in water bodies used for recreational purposes. Pathways of parasite transmission in the aquatic environment. Zooplankton as bioindicator of trophic conditions of water.


> 80 international peer-reviewed publications, including 40 in ISI and 40 in reviewed journals of international scope (e.g. in Hydrobiologia, Aquatic Ecology, Limnetica, Knowledge and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems, Biologia Bratislava, Journal of Freshwater Ecology, Polish Journal of Ecology, Oceanological and Hydrobiological Studies, International Review of Hydrobiology). 

The most highly cited papers:

Kuczynska-Kippen N.M., Nagengast B. 2006. The influence of the spatial structure of hydromacrophytes and differentiating habitat on the structure of rotifer and cladoceran communities. Hydrobiologia 559: 203-212. DOI: 10.1007/s10750-005-0867-0

Kuczynska-Kippen N. 2007. Habitat choice in rotifera communities of three shallow lakes: impact of macrophyte substratum and season. Hydrobiologia 593: 27-37. DOI: 10.1007/s10750-007-9073-6

Messyasz B., Kuczynska-Kippen N. 2007.  Periphytic algal communities: A comparison of Typha angustifolla L. and Chara tomentosa L. beds in three shallow lakes (West Poland). Polish Journal of Ecology 54/1: 15-27.

Joniak T., Kuczynska-Kippen N., Nagengast B. 2007. The role of aquatic macrophytes in microhabitatual transformation of physical-chemical features of small water bodies. Hydrobiologia 584: 101-109.  DOI: 10.1007/s10750-007-0595-8

Kuczynska-Kippen N.,Nagengast B. 2003. The impact of the spatial structure of hydromacrophytes on the similarity of rotifera communities (Budzynskie Lake, Poland). Hydrobiologia 506/1-3: 333-338. DOI: 10.1023/B:HYDR.0000008542.76373.44

Nowosad P., Kuczynska-Kippen N., Slodkowicz-Kowalska A., Majewska A.C., Graczyk T.K. 2007.  The use of rotifers in detecting protozoan parasite infections in recreational lakes. Aquatic Ecology 41/1: 47-54. DOI: 10.1007/s10452-006-9043-5

Kuczynska-Kippen N. 2003. The distribution of rotifers (Rotifera) within a single Myriophyllum bed. Hydrobiologia 506/1-3: 327-331. DOI: 10.1023/B:HYDR.0000008543.58859.f7

Kuczynska-Kippen N. 2005. On body size and habitat selection in rotifers in a macrophye-dominated lake Budzynskie, Poland. Aquatic Ecology 39/4: 447-454. DOI: 10.1007/s10452-005-9003-5

Kuczynska-Kippen N. 2001. Diurnal vertical distribution of rotifers (Rotifera) in the Chara zone of Budzynskie Lake, Poland. Hydrobiologia 446: 195-201. DOI: 10.1023/A:1017563725896

Ejsmont-Karabin J., Kuczynska-Kippen N. 2001. Urban rotifers: structure and densities of rotifer communities in water bodies of the Poznan agglomeration area (western Poland). Hydrobiologia 446: 165-171. DOI: 10.1023/A:1017555424078

Basinska A., Kuczynska-Kippen N., Swidnicki K. 2010. The body size distribution of Filinia longiseta (Ehrenberg) in different types of small water bodies in the Wielkoposka region. Limnetica 29/1: 171-181.

Kuczynska-Kippen N. 2008. Spatial distribution of zooplankton communities between the Sphagnum mat and open water in a dystrophic lake. Polish Journal of Ecology 56/1: 57-64.

Kuczynska-Kippen N., Klimaszyk P. 2007. Diel microdistribution of physical and chemical parameters within the dense Chara bed and their impact on zooplankton. Biologia 62/4: 432-437. DOI: 10.2478/s11756-007-0080-x

Kuczynska-Kippen N.,  Joniak T. 2010. The Impact of Water Chemistry on Zooplankton Occurrence in Two Types (Field versus Forest) of Small Water Bodies. International Review Of Hydrobiology 95/2: 130-141. DOI: 10.1002/iroh.200911166

Celewicz-Goldyn S., Klimko M., Kuczynska-Kippen N., Nagengast B. 2010. Relationship between plankton assemblages and habitat characteristics of stands of Typha angustifolia and Chara hispida in Lake Wielkowiejskie. Oceanological and Hydrobiological Studies 39/1: 127-135. DOI: 10.2478/v10009-010-0011-y

Kuczynska-Kippen N. 2006. Zooplankton structure in architecturally differentiated macrophyte habitats of shallow lakes in the Wielkopolska Region, Poland. Oceanological and Hydrobiological Studies  35/2: 179-191.

Celewicz-Goldyn S., Klimko M., Kuczynska-Kippen N., Nagengast B., Gramowska H., Sobczynski T. 2004. The impact of the differentiated structure of the water vegetation on the plankton communities of three shallow lakes of the Wielkopolska region. Badania Fizjograficzne nad Polska Zachodnia 53: 95-106.

Kuczynska-Kippen N., Messyasz B., Nagengast B. 2003. Plankton communities within Chara fragilis of a mid-forest pond in Poland. Biologia 58/4: 555-561.

Joniak T., Nagengast B., Kuczynska-Kippen N. 2009. Can popular systems of trophic classification be used for small water bodies? Oceanological and Hydrobiological Studies  38/4: 145-151. DOI: 10.2478/v10009-009-0053-1

Kuczynska-Kippen N., Milecka E. 2009. The diurnal distribution of the zooplankton community of the littoral zone of Lake Wielkowiejskie (Wielkopolski National Park, Poland). Oceanological and Hydrobiological Studies  38/2: 91-98. DOI: 10.2478/v10009-009-0025-5

Research projects

Grant holder in two grants financed by the Polish State Committee for Scientific Research (in 2005-2009 as research project No. 008 2P06S 29 and in 2010-2014 as research project No. N N305 042739).

Grant holder in two research projects financed by the Faculty of Biology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (research project No. PBWB-309/2001 and PBWB-403/2002/04).

Grant holder in two interdisciplinary grants between the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, University of Medical Sciences in Poznan and the University of Life Sciences in Poznan (research project No. PU-II / 50 and 512-00-082 / 2010).

Main contractor in three grants financed by the Polish State Committee for Scientific Research (research project No. GPO4F; No. 3T09D 077 12 006 29; Iuventus Plus No. IP2010 015570).

Main contractor in two bilateral research projects between Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan and the University of Medical Sciences in Poznań (No. 502-06-1-0006467 and 501-03-01123180) and between Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan and University of Life Sciences in Poznan (research project No. 512 000 52).


Lectures in Methods of ecological studies, Basic Ecology, Extreme aquatic environments, Functioning of small water bodies. Interactions between organisms in the aquatic environment.

Organization process activity

Membership of scientific societies: the Polish Hydrobiological Society, since 1990; the Societas Internationalis Limnologiae (International Association of Theoretical and Applied Limnology), since 1998; the European Pond Conservation Network, since 2008.

Member of the steering committee of the European Pond Conservation Network, two cadences.

Recipient of awards by the Rector of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan for achievements in scientific research.

The author of over 40 scientific reviews, including e.g. manuscripts submitted to Aquatic Ecology, Hydrobiologia, Bioresource Technology, International Review of Hydrobiology, Water Resources Management, Knowledge and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems, Archives of Polish Fisheries, Limnologica, Oceanological and Hydrobiological Studies, Polish Journal of Ecology.


Associate Professor

Department of Water Protection,

Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznan

Umultowska 89, 60-614 Poznan, Poland

Phone: +48 61 829 5784

e-mail address: kippen@hot.pl


see also: www.researchgate.net/profile/Natalia_Kuczynska-Kippen

Natalia Kuczyńska-Kippen, Ph.D.

Department of Water Protection