Michał Bukała, PhD

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

Position: Assistant professor
E-mail: m.bukala@ingpan.krakow.pl





My research interest has evolved from metamorphic petrology towards (micro)structural geology, placing emphasis on the role of fluid-rock interactions and deformation caused by seismic activity under high-pressure conditions. I utilize various techniques such as thermobarometry, thermodynamic modeling, EBSD and µ-CT, as well as U-Pb and Ar/Ar geochronological techniques.

So far, the results of my research have been applied to understanding the geodynamics of Scandinavia, Svalbard, and the Greenland Caledonides. Recently, I focused on the younger orogenic setting of the Betics in Southeast Spain and the Carpathians in southern Poland and northern Slovakia.

Currently I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in Andalusian Earth Science Institute (CSIC & UGr) in Armilla (Granada), Spain: www.iact.ugr-csic.es This positions is a part of “Juan de la Cierva” Fellowship (JFJC2021-047505-I) funded by MCIN/AEI/10.13039/ 501100011033 and CSIC. As a Postdoc I am working on the petrology of dehydration of serpentinites in paleo-subduction terranes in the Betics.

Academic degrees:

2021 – PhD in Earth Sciences - Geology
          Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection
          AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków (Poland)
          Thesis:Subduction processes recorded by the Baltica outer margin in the Scandinavian Caledonides”
          Supervisor: Prof. Jarosław Majka

2016 – MSc in Geology  -  applied mineralogy and petrology
          Institute of Geological Sciences, University of Wrocław, Wrocław (Poland)
          Thesis: „Sulfides from mantle xenoliths hosted in basalts of the Lower Silesia, Poland”
          Supervisor: Prof. Jacek Puziewicz

2014 – BSc in Geology
          Institute of Geological Sciences, University of Wrocław, Wrocław (Poland)
          Supervisor: Prof. Jacek Puziewicz

Professional career:

January 2023 now
          Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
          Andalusian Earth Science Institute (CSIC & UGr)
          Armilla (Granada), (Spain)

August 2021 now
          Position: Assistant professor
          Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences (IGS-PAS)
          Kraków Research Centre, Kraków (Poland)

May 2021 – July 2021
          Position: Research assistant
          Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences (IGS-PAS)
          Kraków Research Centre, Kraków (Poland)

October 2019 – October 2020
          Position: Intern researcher
          Andalusian Earth Sciences Institute
          Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) & University of Granada, Armilla (Granada, Spain)
          Internship founded by the Iwanowska programme of thePolish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA)

October 2016 – June 2021
          Position: PhD candidate
          Department of Mineralogy, Petrography and Geochemistry,
          Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection,
          AGH University of Science and Technology, Kraków (Poland)


Peer-reviewed papers:

Barnes CJ, Bukała M, Callegari R, Walczak K, Kooijman E, Kielman-Schmitt M, Majka J. Zircon and monazite reveal late Cambrian / early Ordovician partial melting of the Central Seve Nappe Complex, Scandinavian Caledonides. Contrib Mineral Petrol. 2022; 177:92. doi: 10.1007/s00410-022-01958-x

Mazur S, Majka J, Barnes CJ, McClelland W, Bukała M, Janák M, Kośmińska K. Exhumation of the high-pressure Richarddalen Complex in NW Svalbard - insights from 40Ar/39Ar geochronology. Terra Nova. 2022; 34: 330-339. doi: 10.1111/ter.12597

Walczak K, Ziemniak G, Barnes CJ, Callegari R, Bukała M, Kielman-Schmitt M, et al. Late neoproterozoic extended continental margin development recorded by the Seve Nappe Complex of the northern Scandinavian Caledonides. Lithos 2022; 417-418; 106640. doi: 10.1016/j.lithos.2022.106640

Fassmer K, Froitzheim N, Janák M, Strohmeyer M, Bukała M, Lagos M, et al. Diachronous arc-continent collision in the Seve Nappe Complex: evidence from Lu-Hf geochronology of eclogites (Norrbotten, North Sweden). J Metamorph Geol. 2021; 39(7): 819–42. doi: 10.1111/jmg.12591

Barnes CJ, Majka J, Bukała M, Nääs E, Rousku S. Detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology of a metasomatic calc-silicate in the Tsäkkok Lens, Scandinavian Caledonides. Geol Geophys Environ. 2021; 47(1): 21–31. doi: 10.7494/geol.2021.47.1.21

Bukała M, Barnes CJ, Jeanneret P, Hidas K, Mazur S, Almqvist BS, et al. Brittle deformation during eclogitization of early Paleozoic blueschist. Front Earth Sci. 2020a; 8:594452. doi: 10.3389/feart.2020.594453

Bukała M, Majka J, Walczak K, Włodek A, Schmitt M, Zagórska A. U-Pb zircon dating of migmatitic paragneisses and garnet amphibolites form the high-pressure Seve Nappe Complex in Kittalfjäll, Swedish Caledonides. Minerals. 2020b; 10(4): 295. doi:10.3390/min10040295

Barnes CJ, Jeanneret P, Kullerud K, Majka J, Schneider DA, Bukała M, et al. Exhumation of the high‐pressure Tsäkkok Lens, Swedish Caledonides: Insights from the structural and white mica 40Ar/39Ar geochronological record. Tectonics. 2020; 39(7): e2020TC006242.  doi: 10.1029/2020TC006242

Holmberg J, Bukała M, Jeanneret P, Klonowska I, Majka J. Decompressional equilibration of the Midsund granulite from Otrøy, Western Gneiss Region, Norway. Geol Carpath. 2019;70(6):471–82. doi: 10.2478/geoca-2019-0027

Barnes CJ, Majka J, Schneider D, Walczak K, Bukała M, Kośmińska K, et al. High-spatial resolution dating of monazite and zircon reveals timing of subduction-exhumation of the Vaimok Lens in the Seve Nappe Complex (Scandinavian Caledonides). Contrib Mineral Petrol. 2019; 174(1): 5. doi: 10.1007/s00410-018-1539-1

Bukała M, Klonowska I, Barnes CJ, Majka J, Kośmińska K, Janák M, et al. UHP metamorphism recorded by phengite eclogite from the Caledonides of northern Sweden: P-T path and tectonic implications. J Metamorph Geol. 2018; 36(5): 547–66. doi: 10.1111/jmg.12306

Wojtulek PM, Puziewicz J, Ntaflos T, Bukała M. Podiform chromitites from the Variscan ophiolite serpentinites of Lower Silesia (SW Poland): petrologic and tectonic setting implications. Geol Q. 2016; 60(1): 56–66. doi: 10.7306/gq.1238


Selected awards and achievements

2022     Award for the best PhD thesis in the field of mineralogy and petrology given by the Mineralogical Society of Poland (PTMin)
2019     Scholarship for the best PhD student at AGH University of Science and Technology
2018     Ryszard Kryza Young Researcher Award – for the best oral presentation at
              25th Meeting of the Petrology Group of the Mineralogical Society of Poland (Poland)
2017     Award for the best poster presentation at 12th International Eclogite Conference (Sweden)
2015    Scholarship of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education - for the best students in Poland
2014     Leader and organizer of the Student Geological Expedition "Scandinavia 2014" awarded as
              „2nd Students' Expedition of the Year" by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education