Dr. Robert Anczkiewicz


Associate Professor
Head of Geochronology and Isotope Geochemistry

Postal address:
Institute of Geological Sciences
Polish Academy of Sciences
Research Centre in Cracow
Senacka 1, 31-002 Kraków, Poland

tel:   +48 (0)12 4221910 (Switchboard)

+48 (0)12 3705224 (Office)

+48 (0)12 3705210 (Mass Spec. Lab)

+48 (0)12 3705258 (Chemistry Lab)

fax:+48 (0)12 4221609

e-mail:  r.anczkiewicz@ingpan.krakow.pl

Research Interests

I primarily use and develop geochemical and isotopic techniques to determine age of rocks and their origin. One of my main research fields is evolution of continental collision zones such as the Himalaya or the Carpathians. Geochronology is of my particular interest, especially means of linking isotopic ages with specific geologic events. I use high resolution Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd garnet geochronology as well as in situ LA ICPMS U-Pb zircon dating to estimate rates of geological processes. 
Recently I focus on application of isotopes to environmental and archaeological problems.


Main Research Projects

India-Asia collision

Inverted metamorphism in the Barrovian sequenc of the Sikkim Himalaya (in collaboration with with Sumit Chakraborty, Somnath Dasgupta, Dilip Mukhyapadyay, Aneta Anczkiewicz, Katarzyna Kołtonik).
Record of the rise of the Himalaya in the foreland basin of Himachal Pradesh area (in collaboration with Dilip Mukhyapadyay, Andrew Carter and Urszula Jonkis). 
UHP-UHT metamorphism in the Sudetes, SW Poland

Geochronology and Geochemistry in collaboration with Jacek Szczepański (University of Wroclaw) and Katarzyna Walczak. 
Isotopic systematics and trace element partitioning under extreme conditions.
Dating of metamorphism and deformation

Chemically and texturally controlled, high resolution Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd garnet geochronology, joined with in situ LA ICPMS U-Th-Pb zircon and monazite dating as well as trace element distribution analyses.
Migration of mammals in Ice Age

Reconstruction of migration paths of mammals during ice age by studying Sr isotopic signature and trace element record in teeth of mammoths and other animals. 
Collaborative research with Wolfgang Müller (Royal Holloway, University of London), Piotr Wojtal and Jarosław Wilczyński (Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals, Polish Academy of Sciences).
Radioactivity in natural environment

Sources of radioactive pollution of environment by studying variations in 239Pu/240Pu in air, soils and human tissues. 
Collaborative research with Wojtek Mietelski group from Laboratory of Radioactivity Analyses, Institute of Nuclear Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences.

Improvement of chemical procedures and mass spectrometry protocols for isotopic ratios determination in solutions and in situ with the use of laser ablation (MC) IPMS.


  • Soldner, J., Oliot, E., Schulmann, K., Stipska, P., Kusbach, V., and Anczkiewicz, R., 2017, Metamorphic P-T-t-d evolution of (U) HP metabasites from the South Tianshan accretionary complex (NW China) - Implications for rock deformation during exhumation in a subduction channel: Gondwana Research, v. 47, p. 161-187
  • Walczak, K., Anczkiewicz, R., Szczepański, J., Rubatto, D., and Košler, J., 2017, Combined garnet and zircon geochronology of the ultra-high temperature metamorphism: Constraints on the rise of the Orlica-Śnieżnik Dome, NE Bohemian Massif, SW Poland: Lithos, v. 292, p. 388-400.
  • Lokas, E., Anczkiewicz, R., Kierepko, R., and Mietelski, J. W., 2017, Variations in Pu isotopic composition in soils from the Spitsbergen (Norway): Three potential pollution sources of the Arctic region: Chemosphere, v. 178, p. 231-238. IF = 4.506
  • Wierzbowski, H., Anczkiewicz R., Pawlak J., Rogovd M.A., Kuznetsov A.B. (2017). Revised Middle-Upper Jurassic strontium isotope stratigraphy. Chemical Geology (w druku)
  • Chakraborty, S., Mukhopadhyay, D. K., Chowdhury, P., Rubatto, D., Anczkiewicz, R., Trepmann, C., Gaidies, F., Sorcar, N., and Dasgupta, S., 2017, Channel flow and localized fault bounded slice tectonics (LFBST): Insights from petrological, structural, geochronological and geospeedometric studies in the Sikkim Himalaya, NE India: Lithos, v. 282, p. 464-482.
  • Mukhopadhyay, D. K., Chakraborty, S., Trepmann, C., Rubatto, D., Anczkiewicz, R., Gaidies, F., Dasgupta, S., and Chowdhury, P., 2017, The nature and evolution of the Main Central Thrust: Structural and geochronological constraints from the Sikkim Himalaya, NE India: Lithos, v. 282, p. 447-463. IF = 4.364
  • Anczkiewicz, A. A., and Anczkiewicz, R., 2016, U-Pb zircon geochronology and anomalous Sr-Nd-Hf isotope systematics of late orogenic andesites: Pieniny Klippen Belt, Western Carpathians, South Poland: Chemical Geology, v. 427, p. 1-16.
  • Chakraborty, S., Anczkiewicz, R., Gaidies, F., Rubatto, D., Sorcar, N., Faak, K., Mukhopadhyay, D. K., and Dasgupta, S., 2016, A review of thermal history and timescales of tectonometamorphic processes in Sikkim Himalaya (NE India) and implications for rates of metamorphic processes: Journal of Metamorphic Geology, v. 34, no. 8, p. 785-803.
  • Słodczyk, E., Pietranik, A., Breitkreuz, C., Fanning, C. M., Anczkiewicz, R., and Ehling, B. C., 2016, Rhyolite magma evolution recorded in isotope and trace element composition of zircon from Halle Volcanic Complex: Lithos, v. 248, p. 402-417. IF = 4.364
  • Mietelski, J. W., Kierepko, R., Lokas, E., Cwanek, A., Kleszcz, K., Tomankiewicz, E., Mroz, T., Anczkiewicz, R., Szalkowski, M., Was, B., Bartyzel, M., and Misiak, R., 2016, Combined, sequential procedure for determination of 137Cs, 40K, 63Ni, 90Sr, 230Th, 232Th, 234U, 238U, 237Np, 238Pu,239+240Pu and 241Am applied for study on contamination of soils near Żarnowiec Lake (northern Poland): Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, v. 310, no. 2, p. 661-670. IF = 1.282
  • Müller, W., and Anczkiewicz, R., 2016, Accuracy of laser-ablation (LA)-MC-ICPMS Sr isotope analysis of (bio)apatite - a problem reassessed: Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, v. 31, no. 1, p. 259-269. IF = 3.379
  • Kierepko, R., Mietelski, J. W., Ustrnul, Z., Anczkiewicz, R., Wershofen, H., Holgye, Z., Kapala, J., and Isajenko, K., 2016, Plutonium isotopes in the atmosphere of Central Europe: Isotopic composition and time evolution vs. circulation factors: Science of the Total Environment, v. 569, p. 937-947. IF = 5.102
  • Peryt, T. M., and Anczkiewicz, R., 2015, Strontium isotope composition of Middle Miocene primary gypsum (Badenian of the Polish Carpathian Foredeep Basin): evidence for continual non-marine inflow of radiogenic strontium into evaporite basin: Terra Nova, v. 27, no. 1, p. 54-61.
  • Anczkiewicz, R., Chakraborty, S., Dasgupta, S., Mukhopadhyay, D., and Kołtonik, K., 2014, Timing, duration and inversion of prograde Barrovian metamorphism constrained by high resolution Lu-Hf garnet dating: A case study from the Sikkim Himalaya, NE India: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 407, p. 70-81.
  • Skrzypek, E., Lehmann, J., Szczepański, J., Anczkiewicz, R., Štípská, P., Schulmann, K., Kröner, A. and Białek, D. (2014), Time-scale of deformation and intertectonic phases revealed by P-T-D-t relationships in the orogenic middle crust of the Orlica-Śnieżnik Dome, Polish/Czech Central Sudetes. Journal of Metamorphic Geology. doi: 10.1111/jmg.12103
  • Brudecki, K., Mietelski, J. W., Anczkiewicz, R., Golec, E. B., Tomankiewicz, E., Kuźma, K., Zagrodzki, P., Golec, J., Nowak, S., Szczygieł, E., and Dudkiewicz, Z., 2013, Plutonium, 90Sr and 241Am in human bones from southern and northeastern parts of Poland: Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, v. 299, no. 3, p. 1379-1388.
  • Raimondo T., Clark C., Hand M., Cliff. J., and Anczkiewicz R., 2013, A simple mechanism for mid-crustal shear zones to record surface derived fluid signatures: Geology, v. 41. 711-714, doi: 10.1130/G34043.1.
  • Anczkiewicz, R., Thirlwall, M., Alard, O., Rogers, N. W., and Clark, C., 2012, Diffusional homogenization of light REE in garnet from the Day Nui Con Voi Massif in N-Vietnam: Implications for Sm-Nd geochronology and timing of metamorphism in the Red River shear zone: Chemical Geology, v. 318-319, p. 16-30.
  • Wierzbowski, H., Anczkiewicz, R., Bazarnik, J., and Pawlak, J., 2012, Strontium isotope variations in Middle Jurassic (Late Bajocian-Callovian) seawater: Implications for Earth's tectonic activity and marine environments: Chemical Geology, v. 334, p. 171-181.
  • Mazur, S., Anczkiewicz, R., Szczepański, J., van Gool, J. A. M., and Thirlwall, M., 2012, Palaeoproterozoic metamorphism and cooling of the northern Nagssugtoqidian orogen, West Greenland: Precambrian Research, v. 196-197, p. 171-192.
  • Mohammad, Y. O., Cornell, D. H., Danielsson, E., Hegardt, E. A., and Anczkiewicz, R., 2011, Mg-rich staurolite and kyanite inclusions in metabasic garnet amphibolite from the Swedish Eastern Segment: evidence for a Mesoproterozoic subduction event: European Journal of Mineralogy, v. 23, no. 4, p. 609-631.
  • Mierzejewski, J., Srebrny, J., Mierzejewski, H., Andrzejewski, J., Czarnacki, W., Droste, C., Grodner, E., Jakubowski, A., Kisieliński, M., Komorowska, M., Kordyasz, A., Kowalczyk, M., Kownacki, J., Pasternak, A. A., Perkowski, J., Stolarz, A., Zielińska, M., and Anczkiewicz, R., 2011, EAGLE-the central European Array for Gamma Levels Evaluation at the Heavy Ion Laboratory of the University of Warsaw: Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, v. 659, no. 1, p. 84-90.
  • Cooper, F. J., Platt, J. P., and Anczkiewicz, R., 2011, Constraints on early Franciscan subduction rates from 2-D thermal modeling: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 312, no. 1-2, p. 69-79.
  • Storey, C. D., Brewer, T. S., Anczkiewicz, R., Parrish, R. R., and Thirlwall, M. F., 2010, Multiple high-pressure metamorphic events and crustal telescoping in the NW Highlands of Scotland: Journal of the Geological Society, v. 167, no. 3, p. 455-468.
  • Peryt, T. M., Hryniv, S. P., and Anczkiewicz, R., 2010, Strontium isotope composition of Badenian (Middle Miocene) Ca-sulphate deposits in West Ukraine: a preliminary study: Geological Quarterly, v. 54, no. 4, p. 465-476.
  • Cooper, F. J., Platt, J. P., Anczkiewicz, R., and Whitehouse, M. J., 2010, Footwall dip of a core complex detachment fault: thermobarometric constraints from the northern Snake Range (Basin and Range, USA): Journal of Metamorphic Geology, v. 28, no. 9, p. 997-1020.
  • Wallis, S. R., Anczkiewicz, R., Endo, S., Aoya, M., Platt, J. P., Thirlwall, M., and Hirata, T., 2009, Plate movements, ductile deformation and geochronology of the Sanbagawa belt, SW Japan: tectonic significance of 89-88 Ma Lu-Hf eclogite ages: Journal of Metamorphic Geology, v. 27, no. 2, p. 93-105.
  • Endo, S., Wallis, S., Hirata, T., Anczkiewicz, R., Platt, J., Thirlwall, M., and Asahara, Y., 2009, Age and early metamorphic history of the Sanbagawa belt: Lu-Hf and P‑T constraints from the Western Iratsu eclogite: Journal of Metamorphic Geology, v. 27, no. 5, p. 371-384.
  • Viola G., Anczkiewicz R., 2008, Exhumation history of the Red River shear zone in northern Vietnam: New insights from zircon and apatite fission-track analysis. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 33 (1‑2), 78-90.
  • Anczkiewicz, R., Mazur, S., Szczepański, J., Storey, C., Crowley, Q., Villa, I.M., Thirlwall, M., Jeffries, T.E., (2007), Lu-Hf geochronology and trace element distribution in garnet: Implications for uplift and exhumation of ultra-high pressure granulites in the Sudetes, SW Poland. Lithos, 95: 363-380.
  • Anczkiewicz R., Viola G., Müntener O., Thirlwall M. F., Villa Igor M., Quong N. Q., (2007), Structure and shearing conditions in the Day Nui Con Voi massif: Implications for the evolution of the Red River shear zone in Northern Vietnam. Tectonics, 26, TC2002, doi:10.1029/2006TC001972
  • Platt, J.P., Anczkiewicz, R., Soto, I.J., Kelley, S.P., Thirlwall, M.F., (2006), Early Miocene continental subduction and rapid exhumation in the Western Mediterranean. Geology , 34 (11): 981-984.
  • Montanini, A., Tribuzio, R., Anczkiewicz, R., (2006), Rifting-related exhumation of garnet pyroxenite-bearing mantle (Northern Apennine ophiolites, Italy). Journal of Petrology, 47 (10): 1943-1971.
  • Anczkiewicz , R., J.P., Platt, M. F., Thirlwall and J. Wakabayashi, (2004), Franciscan subduction off to a slow start: Evidence from high precision Lu-Hf garnet ages on high grade blocks. Earth and Planetary Science Letters Vol. 225/1-2: 147-161.
  • Thrilwall, M.F., and R. Anczkiewicz, (2004), Multidynamic isotopic ratio analyses using MC-ICP-MS and the causes of secular drift in Hf, Nd and Pb isotope ratios. International Journal of Mass Spectrometry v. 235 (1): 59-81.
  • Anczkiewicz, R., and M. F. Thirlwall, (2003), Improving precision of the Sm-Nd garnet dating by H2SO4 leaching - a simple solution to phosphate inclusions problem. In: Geochronology: linking the isotopic record with petrology and textures. Journal of Geological Society London, Special Publications. Editors: D. Vance, W. Müller, I.M. Villa, v. 220: 83-91.
  • Anczkiewicz , R., F., Oberli, J.P. Burg, I. M. Villa, D. Günther and M. Meier, (2001). Timing of normal faulting along the Indus Suture in Pakistan Himalaya and a case of major 231Pa/ 235U initial disequilibrium in zircon. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 191: 101-114.
  • Anczkiewicz, R., and Vance, D., 2000, Isotopic constraints on the evolution of metamorphic conditions in the Jijal-Patan complex and the Kamila Belt of the Kohistan arc, Pakistan Himalaya: Geological Society, London, Special Publications, v. 170, no. 1, p. 321-331.
  • Anczkiewicz, R., Burg, J. P., Villa, I. M., and Meier, M., 2000, Late Cretaceous blueschist metamorphism in the Indus Suture Zone, Shangla region, Pakistan Himalaya: Tectonophysics, v. 324, no. 1-2, p. 111-134.
  • Anczkiewicz, R., Burg, J. P., Hussain, S. S., Dawood, H., Ghazanfar, M., and Chaudhry, M. N., 1998, Stratigraphy and structure of the Indus suture in the Lower Swat, Pakistan, NW Himalaya: Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, v. 16, no. 2-3, p. 225-238.


2008 - Associate Professor, Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences.

2008 - Habilitation. Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences.

2005 - present. Head of Isotope Geochemistry Laboratory, Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków, Poland.

2004 - 2005 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, MONASH University, School of Geosciences, Melbourne, Australia.

2000 - 2004 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK and Royal Holloway University of London.

1998 - 2000 Adjunct in Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków, Poland.

1998 - Ph.D. Institute of Geology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH-Zentrum, Zürich, 8092 CH, Switzerland.

1993 - 1994 Visiting University College Dublin, Ireland. TEMPUS program.

1994 - MSc. Institute of Geological Sciences, University of Wrocław, Poland.