Scientific interests: Marine palynology, Dinoflagellate cysts, Palynostratigraphy, Palaeoclimate reconstructions
My scientific activity focuses on palynological record from sediments deposited during the Late Cretaceous (~100.5 ma) and the Quaternary (~2,6 ma) recovered from industrial and scientific cores and natural outcrops in sub/Arctic and near-equatorial regions. I use tiny resting capsules of dinoflagellates, single-celled marine organisms, that create chemically generated light, causing ocean waves to sparkle at night. The capsules, so called ‘resting cysts’, produced during their life cycle in surface waters, settle to oceanic depths and preserve in the accumulating sediment for millions of years. In addition to their conventional, biostratigraphic and palaeoenvironmental application (e.g. Radmacher et al., 2015; Radmacher et al., 2020c) I am highly interested in the unconventional approach of using these microscopic fossils. I have already combined this method with numerical model simulations to provide global palaeoceanographic reconstruction (Radmacher et al., 2020a); and with trace fossil record to establish past basin bottom-water oxygen level (Radmacher and Uchman, 2020b). Currently, I am working on correlation of dinoflagellate cyst record from ODP cores 984 and 986 (Ocean Drilling Program Expedition Leg 162) with the correlation of dinocysts records to records from air bubbles in Antarctic ice cores.
2015: International co-operative PhD study at the Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geological Sciences, Krakow, Poland and the University of Bergen, Institute of Earth Sciences, Norway. Specialisation: Scientific and industrial application of palynostratigraphy and palaeoenvironmental reconstructions in the subpolar northern-north proto Atlantic. The study was conducted in collaboration with the following institutions in Norway: SINTEF, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, Statoil ASA (presently Equinor ASA) and APT-Applied Petroleum Technology.
2008: Post Graduate Diploma in Geophysics, AGH University of Science and Technology, Creacow, Poland. Specialisation: applied geophysics, focusing on seismic research methodologies of the location of fossil fuels as well as archaeological artefacts.
2005: M.Sc. in Geology, Jagiellonian University, Institute of Geological Sciences, Krakow, Poland. Specialisation: combining trace fossil records and micropalaeontological methods in the reconstruction of palaeoenvironmental conditions, in Jurassic Krížna Unit, Tatra Mountains.
CURRENT INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION
From 2021: Revision of Neogene/Quaternary boundary GSSP, Monte San Nicola, Gela, Sicily, Italy - preliminary research.
From 2019: Quaternary palaeoceanographic research in the sub/Arctic regions utilizing marine dinoflagellate cysts (ODP Sites 984 and 986, Ocean Drilling Program Expedition, ‘Arctic Gateway II’ Leg 162). Institutions involved in the project include: Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada and Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences, India.
From 2016: Biostratigraphic and palaeoenvironmental research aiming to establish conditions during formation of the Upper Cretaceous sediments in the Panamian Isthmus (Yucatán Peninsula), to be tested by numerical model simulation. By finding the best match of geological proxies to simulation results we aim to find the most probable scenario for the latest Cretaceous palaeoceanography and climate. Institutions involved in this project include: the Centro Univeristario del Norte CUNOR, Cobán (Gwatemala), Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Izrael) and University of Zaragoza (Spain).
2019 – present: Adjunct at the Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geological Sciences, Kraków, Poland.
2015-2019: Assistant at the Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geological Sciences, Kraków, Poland.
2014/2015 and 2015/2016: maternity leaves
2009-2015: Joint PhD study at the Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geological Sciences, Kraków, Poland and the University of Bergen, Department of Earth Sciences, Bergen, Norway.
2013: Principal investigator in a scientific project on Campanian to Maastrichtian section in Zumaia, northern Spain. The project was conducted in collaboration with the Basque Coast UNESCO Global Geopark and Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain. Funded by ING PAN (internal award for young scientists). Project title: Dating of the Campanian/Maastrichtian transition at Zumaia section, based on palynological record. Grant no.: 18/2013.
2012-2013: Principal investigator in a scientific project conducted at the University of Bergen, Norway, funded by The Research Council of Norway, YGGDRASIL programme. Project title: High-resolution dinoflagellate cyst biostratigraphy and palaeoenvironmental analyses of the Cretaceous succession in the Norwegian Sea area. Grant no: 219379/F11. Only 68 of the 262 applications were granted.
2012: Scientific consultant on terrestrial palynology at the international petroleum industry, Conwy, Great Britain.
2011: Principal investigator in scientific project conducted at the Applied and Petroleum Technology company, funded by Foundation for the Development of the Education System, based onco-financing from the Financial MechanismEEA and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism. Project title: Biostratigraphical correlation of five wells in the southwestern Barents Shelf.Grant no.: FSS/2011/V/D3/W/0074/WS/U/0048.
2010-2011: Principal investigator in a scientific project conducted at the University of Bergen, Norway, granted by Foundation for the Development of the Education System, based on co-financing from the Financial Mechanism EEA and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism. Project title: Taxonomy and biostratigraphy of the uppermost Cretaceous and Palaeogene in the southwestern Barents Sea based on dinoflagellate cysts. Grant no: FSS/2010/II/D3/W/0020. Out of a 10 possible points, the project scored 9.
2010: Statoil (now Equinor ASA) Summer Internship, Stavanger, Norway. Responsibilities: palynostratigraphy and micropalaeontological applications in sediment dating and fossil fuel extractions.
2008-2009: Scientific consultant, GEOKRAK, Poland, Cracow, key responsibilities: detailed elaborations of Polish oil and gas fields; reconstruction of the sedimentary basin to estimate the potential of the coal-beds methane.
2006-2008: Archaeological excavations, PRYNCYPAT. Kraków, Poland. Technical support in the excavation of a site of particular archaeological interest in the Zakrzowiec and Modlnica villiages settlement (Kraków area).
2004-2005: Museum Tour Guide, Museum of Natural History and Aquarium, key responsibilities: conducted tours of the Natural History Museum and Aquarium to paying visitors.
AWARDS AND SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITIES:
2022: Organisation of car trip to Sicily, to collect geological samples from Monte San Nicola, Gela, Italy. This trip was a part of international fieldtrip organised by local host and financed by ING PAN and INQUA – the International Union for Quaternary Research.
2021: Participation in Gelstrat workshop and fieldtrip aiming preliminary research on the Neogene/Quaternary GSSP in Gela, southern Sicily, Italy.
2021: Visiting Researcher Grant awarded for the year 2022 by the Research Council of Norway (RCN), under the Climate and Polar research call.
2020: Honourable nomination by the Scientific Council of ING PAN for the prestigious ‘Stanisław Staszic’ award, for a series of scientific outstanding discoveries in the field of geology.
2020: Internal award of the ING PAN for series of scientific publications in international peer-reviewed journals.
2020: Received funding from an International Cooperation Office of the Polish Academy of Sciences for international meeting on the Last Interglacial at ING PAN (postponed).
2019, GeoHost programm awarded by the Indian government, allowing the attendance in 36th International Geological Congress in New Delhi, India (postponed).
2019: International scholarship awarded by the Government of India to visit the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences (BSIP), Lucknow, India, under INSA-PAS (Indian National Science Academy – Polish Academy of Sciences) bilateral exchange program. This three-week visit included:
2019: Organisation and participation in international palynological meeting at ING PAN awarded by International Cooperation Office of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
2018: Training on palynological preparation techniques funded by ING PAN (internal project), conducted at the British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Great Britain.
2018: Fieldtrip to Flores and Cobán area, Guatemala, Yukatán region funded by ING PAN (internal project). The preliminary micropalaeontological/palynological study was conducted in collaboration with the Centro Universitario del Norte CUNOR, Guatemala.
2018: Attendance in ‘Advanced course in organic-walled dinocyst taxonomy, stratigraphy, paleoecology’, Nottingham, Great Britain, funded by ING PAN (internal project).
2016: Attendance in Summer School in Palaeoclimatology, Past Global Change Reconstruction and Modelling Techniques’ Italy, Urbino, funded by ING PAN (internal project).
2016: Nomination for Prime Minister's award for the outstanding doctoral thesis.
2015: Honourable mention of the PhD dissertation by the Scientific Council of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
2014: Award for the best scientist publication among young scientists at Kraków Research Center funded by the ING PAN
2014: Internal award for a scientific publication in Marine and Petroleum Geology, funded by the ING PAN.
2014: Internal award for the scientific publication in Cretaceous Research journal, funded by the ING PAN.
2014: Internal award for the scientific publication in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology journal, funded by the ING PAN.
2013: Internal award for the scientific publication in Marine and Petroleum Geology journal, funded by the ING PAN.
2013: AASP - Travel Grant for the 9th International Symposium on Cretaceous System, Ankara, Turkey, awarded by The Palynological Society.
2013: ING PAN Award for Young Scientists to conduct fieldwork and palynological study on Campanian and Maastrichtian sediments from Zumaia, northern Spain
2012-2013: Scientific international project awarded by The Research Council of Norway, YGGDRASIL programme. Project conducted at Bergen University, Norway.
2011: Scientific international project conducted at the Applied and Petroleum Technology company, Kjeller, Norway, awarded by the Foundation for the Development of the Education System, based onco-financing from the Financial Mechanism EEA and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism.
2011: Training on palynological techniques at the Laboratory of Palaeobotany and Palynology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, funded by ING PAN (internal project).
2011: Award in the literary and art competition organized by Foundation for the Development of the Education System, based onco-financing from the Financial Mechanism EEA and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism.
2011: Attendance in ‘Cretaceous – Paleogene palaeoenvironments, tectonics and biostratigraphy of the Arctic and subarctic. Workshop to discuss recent advances and future directions’. Tromsø, Norway. Funded by ING PAN (internal project).
2010-2011: Scientific project, awarded by the Foundation for the Development of the Education System, based on co-financing from the Financial Mechanism EEA and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism. Project conducted at Bergen University, Norway.
2010: Summer Student Internship awarded by Statoil ASA (currently Equinor ASA), Stavanger, Norway.
2009: Attendance in ‘Advanced course in Jurassic – Cretaceous - Cenozoic Organic- Walled Dinoflagellate Cysts: Morphology, Paleoecology and Stratigraphy’, funded by ING PAN (internal project), Uribno, Italy.
2004: The Erasmus Programme (EuRopean Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) grant for student exchange and fieldwork, Slovakia.
2003: Attendance in palaeontological excavations in Krasiejów (near Opole) organized by the Faculty of Geology, University of Warsaw.
2002: CEEPUS Mobility grant (Central European Exchange Program for University Studies) including geological fieldwork and training in the eastern Alps.
SCIENTIFIC MANUSCRIPT REVISION FOR FOLLOWING JOURNALS:
Marine and Petroleum Geology: 3
Arabian Journal of Geosciences: 2
Cretaceous Research: 3
MEMBERSHIPS (former and present):
AASP – The Palynological Society
The Grzybowski Foundation
SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS (PEER REVIEWED PAPERS):
Radmacher, W., Vásquez, O. J., Tzalam, M., Jolomná, M., Molineros, A., & Eldrett, J. S., 2021. What happened to the organic matter from the Upper Cretaceous succession in Guatemala, Central America?. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 13. DOI:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2021.105246
Tyszka, J., Godos, K., Goleń, J., & Radmacher, W., 2021. Foraminiferal organic linings: Functional and phylogenetic challenges. Earth-Science Reviews, DOI: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2021.103726
Radmacher W, Niezgodzki I., Tyszka J.T. Mangerud G., Pearce M.A., 2020a. Palynology vs. model simulation: oceanographic reconstruction of incomplete data from the Cretaceous Greenland–Norwegian Seaway. Newsletter on Stratigraphy, 53, 93-120. DOI: 10.1127/nos/2019/0527
Radmacher W., Uchman A., 2020b. Oxygen as a factor controlling palynological record: an example from the Cenomanian-Turonian transition in the Rybie section, Polish Carptathians. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 112. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2019.104067
Radmacher W., Kobos K., Tyszka J., Jarzynka A., Jose Arz A., 2020c. Palaeoecological and taphonomic indicators of palaeoenvironmental perturbations in the Basque-Cantabrian region during the latest Cretaceous (Zumaia,northern Spain). Marine and Petroleum Geology, 112. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2019.104107
Radmacher, W., Mangerud, G., Tyszka, J., 2015. Dinoflagellate cyst biostratigraphy of Upper Cretaceous strata from two wells in the Norwegian Sea. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 216, 18-32. DOI: 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2014.12.007
Radmacher, W., Pérez-Rodríguez, I., Arz, J.A., Pearce, M.A., 2014. Dinoflagellate biostratigraphy at the Campanian/Maastrichtian boundary in Zumaia, northern Spain. Cretaceous Research 51, 309-320. DOI: 10.1016/j.cretres.2014.07.004
Radmacher, W., Tyszka, J., Mangerud, G., Pearce, M.A., 2014. Dinoflagellate cyst biostratigraphy of the Upper Albian to Lower Maastrichtian in the southwestern Barents Sea. Marine and Petroleum Geology 57, 109-121. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2014.04.008
Radmacher, W., Tyszka, J., Mangerud, G., 2014. Distribution and biostratigraphical significance of Heterosphaeridium bellii sp. nov. and other Late Cretaceous dinoflagellate cysts from the southwestern Barents Sea. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 201, 29-40. DOI: 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2013.10.003
Razmjooei, M. J., Thibault, N., Kani, A., Dinarès-Turell, J., Pucéat, E., Shahriari, S., Radmacher, W., Jamali, A., M., Ullmann, C., Voigt, S., Cocquerez, T., 2018. Integrated bio-and carbon-isotope stratigraphy of the Upper Cretaceous Gurpi Formation (Iran): A new reference for the eastern Tethys and its implications for large-scale correlation of stage boundaries. Cretaceous Research, 91, 312-340. DOI: 10.1016/j.cretres.2018.07.002
Setoyama, E., Radmacher, W., Kaminski, M.A., Tyszka, J., 2013. Foraminiferal and palynological biostratigraphy and biofacies from a Santonia
Radmacher W., Head M, J., Singh V., 2020. Paleoceanographic implications during the Last Interglacial at high northern latitudes. Zmiany klimatyczne w przeszłości geologicznej Warsaw, Poland, 9-11 December 2020.
Radmacher W., Tyszka J., Niezgodzki I., Mangerud G., 2017. Latest Cretaceous winter sea-ice in the Arctic? The 50th Annual Meeting of AASP – The Palynological Society, Notthingam, UK, 3-7 September, 2017.
Radmacher W., Tyszka J., Niezgodzki I., Mangerud G., Pearce, M. A., 2017. Late Cretaceous climate change in the sub-Arctic region recorded by dinoflagellate cysts. 10th International Symposium on the Cretaceous System, Vienna, Austria, 21-26 August, 2017. Berichte der Geologischen Bundesanstalt, 219.
Niezgodzki, I. Knorr, G., Lohmann, G., Tyszka, J., Radmacher, W., 2017. Late Cretaceous climate with different gateway configurations and CO2 concentrations as simulated by the Earth System Model. Implications for the Arctic region. 10th International Symposium on the Cretaceous System, Vienna, Austria, 21-26 August, 2017. Berichte der Geologischen Bundesanstalt, 120: 196.
Radmacher W., Tyszka J., Niezgodzki I., Mangerud G., Pearce, M. A., 2017. Organic-walled dinoflagellate cysts as indicator of sea-surface salinity and productivity fluctuations in the subpolar Late Cretaceous Greenland-Norwegian Seaway. 11th International Conference on Modern and Fossil Dinoflagellates, Brodeaux, France, 17-21 July, 2017. Program and abstract volume: 70.
Radmacher W., Niezgodzki I., Setoyama E., Tyszka J., Mangerud G., Kaminski M., Knorr G., Lohmann G. 2017. Freshwater forcing on the greenhouse Arctic climate in the Late Cretaceous: Implications from proxies and model simulation, European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017, Vienna, Austria, 23-28 April, 2017.
Radmacher W., Niezgodzki I., Setoyama E., Tyszka J., Mangerud G., Kaminski M., Knorr G., Lohmann G. 2017. Dinoflagellate cyst biostratigraphy of the Upper Cretaceous succession in the sub-Arctic region, European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017, Vienna, Austria, 23-28 April, 2017.
Radmacher W., Setoyama E., Tyszka J., Mangerud G., Kaminski M. A. 2013. A Late Cretaceous biostratigraphical and palaeoenvironmental study of the Norwegian Sea and Barents Sea area - application of dinoflagellate cysts and foraminifera, 9-th International Symposium on the Cretaceous System, Ankara, Turkey, 1-5 September, 2013. Biostratigraphy, algae and benthic foraminifera: 9-10.
Setoyama E., Radmacher W., Kaminski M. A., Tyszka J. 2013. Foraminiferal biofacies from a Late Cretaceous fan system in the Vøring Basin, offshore Norway. In: Holcová, K. (ed.) The Micropalaeontological Society Foraminifera and Nannofossil Groups Spring Meeting 2013, Prague, Czech Republic, 19th-22nd June, 2013. The micropalaeontological record of global change: from epicontinental seas to open ocean: 34-35.
Setoyama E., Radmacher W., Tyszka J., Kaminski M. A. 2011. Integrated foraminiferal and dinocyst biostratigraphy of the Upper Cretaceous in the southwestern Barents Sea and palaeoenvironmental implications. Applications of biostratigraphy to the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Stavanger, Norway, 8 December, 2011: 15.
Radmacher W. 2010. Taxonomy and biostratigraphy of Late Cretaceous and Paleocene dinocysts from three wells in the southwestern Barents Sea - preliminary results. The 4th Joint Meeting of the Silicofossil and Palynology groups of The Micropalaeontological Society. Tromsø, Norway, 31st February - 1st March, 2010: 10-41.
Radmacher W., Tyszka J. 2009. Taxonomy, biostratigraphy and palaeoenvironmental implications of Late Cretaceous Dinoflagellate cysts from the southwestern Barents Sea - preliminary observations. Mikro-2009. 7-th Micropalaeontological workshop. Abstracts and Excursion Guide. Św. Katarzyna, Poland, 28-30 September: 15, Grzybowski Foundation Special Publication nr 15: 42.
VOLUNTARY WORK AND OTHER EXPERIENCES: In years 2005 and 2007 I spent time on tiny Isle of Iona (west Scotland) as a Voluntary Counselling Assistant. My primary duties were to provide a therapeutic environment for individuals suffering from a range of personal difficulties such as isolation, bereavement and drug addiction. As a volunteer for the Iona Community organisation in Scotland I was awarded a certificate of work. Later, in Poland and during my longer-term stays abroad, I gained a lot of experience related to social and medical care: disabled person care certificate and first aid certificate - Irish Wheelchair Association, Republic of Ireland; first aid course - Maltese Health Service.
LANGUAGE SKILLS: English (Advanced), Czech (Intermediate), Spanish (Intermediate), German (basic), Russian (basic)
PERSONAL INTERESTS: Social psychology and foreign languages, exotic cultures, music, photography, craftwork, horse riding