NAME: Agata Klimkowska
TITLE(S): PhD. MSc.
NATIONALITY: Polish, Dutch
PhD degree at Antwerp University (2004 – 2008) Ecosystem Management Research Group (ECOBE), Belgium & University of Groningen, Community and Conservation Ecology group, the Netherlands. Thesis title “Restoration of severely degraded fens: ecological feasibility, opportunities and constraints”.
MSc degree at Wageningen University (2000 – 2002) in the Netherlands. International MSc Program in Environmental Sciences, Nature Conservation and Plant Ecology Group and Laboratory of Geo-Information Science and Remote Sensing.
MSc degree University of Warsaw (1996 – 2002), in Poland. Inter Faculty Course in Environmental Sciences. Vegetation-Landscape dynamics, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies, University of Warsaw & Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, Polish Academy of Science
2013 – till now Eco-Recover, Ecosystem Restoration Advice, the Netherlands: Researcher / Adviser /
2012 – till now Society for Ecological Restoration – Europe Board Member – Secretary (volunteer position) [link]
2014 – 2016 MIRACLE project, post doc at University of Warsaw, Poland [link]
2011 – 2013 (ca. 2 yr.) Stichting Bargerveen / Bargerveen Foundation (NGO) Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Researcher Ecology: applied research in the field of restoration ecology, nature management strategies, monitoring, plant – animal interactions, system analysis, ecology. Project development, data analysis, advising, supervision of students and trainees.
2009 – 2011 (2 yr.) Alterra Wageningen UR, Centre Landscape, team Ecological Modelling and Monitoring, the Netherlands. Researcher Ecology: applied research and advising in the field of plant ecology and vegetation ecology, eco-hydrology, nature restoration and nature and management strategies, data analysis, analysis of nature conservation policies, contribution to tender offers and research proposals, supervision of PhD students.
2003 – 2008 (5 yr.) The Institute for Land Reclamation and Grassland Farming IMUZ (currently: Institute of Technology and Life Sciences, ITP), Department for Nature Protection in the Rural Areas, Poland. Junior researcher: vegetation monitoring, plant ecology experiments, eco-hydrology studies, including PhD research, contribution to policy advices on multifunctional use of land and agri-environmental schemes in wetlands / wet meadows.
2004 – 2007, task-based contract Wetlands Conservation Center CMOK (NGO), Warsaw, Poland. Project manager and researcher: planning, coordination and conducting research in the international, Polish-Dutch PIN-Matra project: ‘Multi-functional use of peatlands in Poland: a chance to preserve biodiversity’, scientific reporting, communication anddissemination of projects results, contribution to subsidy proposals.
2003 (6 months) internship at Institute for Inland Water Management and Waste Water Treatment (Rijksinstituut voor Integraal Zoetwaterbeheer en Afvalwaterbehandeling, RIZA), Department of Wetlands Conservation and Restoration, Lelystad, the Netherlands. Trainee: field work, data collection and analysis for study: Surfing on a green wave: Linking the vegetation development (based on the ground-truth data and NDVI index) and the migration of the Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis
2002 – 2003, (6 months) internship at Wageningen University, Department of Environmental Sciences, Environmental Systems Analysis Group, the Netherlands. Trainee: inventory of the potential effects of climate change on the ecological processes, assistance in organisation of a conference.
MY EXPERSISE FIELDS & SKILLS
Restoration ecology & Ecological restoration, Ecosystem restorationVegetation ecology, Community Ecology, Plant Ecology,
Eco-hydrology, Landscape System Analysis, Nature management, Meadows, Floodplains, Coastal areas,
Wetlands, Peatlands, Fens
Languages: Polish – native; English – very good; Dutch – very good; Russian – basic
Skills: Analytical skills, System analysis, Vegetation monitoring, Eco-hydrological analysis, Multivariate analysis and other statistical analysis, Soil seedbank analysis, Plant traits analysis; Consultation skills; Advising on nature restoration and nature management strategies and methods; Discipline integration (interdisciplinary skills); Communication skills
Other professional activities:
- Reviewing for scientific journals: e.g. Restoration Ecology, Applied Vegetation Science
- Supervision of students (MSc, PhD level) and trainees (WO, HBO),
- Co-organizing of workshops, symposia and project activities,
- Participation and presentation at various scientific conferences, related to ecologicalrestoration, nature management, wetland conservation