Department of Environmental Paleobiology

Wojciech MAJEWSKI, Ph.D., D.Sc.

Antarctic foraminifera, Holocene paleoenvironmental reconstructions, mid-Miocene climate change. Formerly: Middle Jurassic ammonites.


Personal data

Wojciech Majewski
Born: September 14, 1973, Warszawa, Poland
Married, two children

Titles and memberships
  • 1997. M.Sc. Geology (stratigraphy and economic geology), Wydzial Geologii Uniwerytetu Warszawskiego (Department of Geology, Warsaw University).M.Sc. THESIS completed on June 30th, 1997 under supervision of Prof. Ryszard Marcinowski "Ammonites of the Ore-bearing Clays in the environs of Częstochowa, southern Poland" (original title: "Amonity z iłów rudonośnych okolic Częstochowy").
  • 2001. Ph.D. Department of Geological Sciences, the Ohio State University. PH.D. DISSERTATION defended on April 26th, 2001 under supervision of Prof. Peter Noel Webb, certified on November 20th, 2001 at Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa "Middle Miocene warming event and planktonic foraminifera from the Kerguelen Plateau, southern Indian Ocean"
  • 2003 – present. Committee on Polar Research of Polish Academy of Sciences
  • 2010. Doctor habilitatus granted on October 28th, 2010 at Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa for “Holocene foraminifera from West Antarctica: Their taxonomic, ecologic and paleoclimatic implications” (original title: "Holoceńskie otwornice Antarktyki Zachodniej: implikacje taksonomiczne, ekologiczne i paleoklimatyczne").
  • 2016 – present. Delegate of Poland to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)


  • 30 June, 1997; Diploma Honorificum of Warsaw University
  • 2 November, 1998; Cushman Foundation Student Research Grant-in-aid
  • 1 March, 2001; Antarctica Service Medal of the United States of America
  • 1 June, 2001; Spieker Book Award, Department of Geological Sciences, OSU
  • 30 November, 2001;Conference Fellowship, Foundation for Polish Science

Professional experience
  • July 1997. Instructor, Geological Field Camp in Holly Cross Mts., Department of Geology, Warsaw University
  • September 1997 – June 1999. Teaching Assistant, General Geology, Invertebrate Paleontology, Sedimentology, Oceanography, Physical Geology, Department of Geological Sciences, Ohio State University
  • July 1999 – May 2001. Research Assistant, Byrd Polar Research Center, Ohio State University
  • October 1999 – November 1999. Micropaleontology Technician for the Cape Roberts Project, McMurdo, Antarctica
  • June 2001 – September 2002. Research Fellow at the Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa
  • September 2002 – December 2003. Leader of the 27th Polish Antarctic Expedition to Henry Arctowski Station, King George Island, Antarctica
  • January 2004 – recent. Research Fellow at the Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa
  • July 2004 – August 2004. Foraminiferal researcher onboard Oceania, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kongsfjorden and Isfjorden, Svalbard
  • March 2007 – April 2007. Foraminiferal researcher in Admiralty Bay (King George Island, Antarctica) as a member of project Structure, evolution and dynamics of the lithosphere, cryosphere and biosphere of Arctic and Antarctic regions
  • November 2008 – December 2008. Molecular studies on foraminifera, Department of Zoology and Animal Biology, University of Geneva
  • February 2010 – March 2010. Foraminiferal researcher onboard icebreaker Oden, Pine Island Bay, Amundsen Sea
  • January 2012 – present. Deputy Director at the Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa
  • January – March 2013. Fieldwork in Beagle Channel, Chile
  • January – March 2015. Foraminiferal researcher onboard icebreaker Nathaniel B. Palmer, Ross Sea.

Editorial work
  • 2003 – 2016. Associate editor Polish Polar Research
  • 2006 – present. Assistant editor Palaeontologia Polonica
  • 2013 – co-editor Kosmos 62(3) special issue on polar ecosystems
  • 2016 – present. Editor-in-chief (Geosciences) Polish Polar Research

Grant participation

  • 2004-2007. Structure, evolution and dynamics of the lithosphere, cryosphere and biosphere of Arctic and Antarctic regions (PBZ-KBN-108/P04/2004).
  • 2006-2008. Marine productivity in relation to changing polar front. Paleoceanographic record of south Spitsbergen environmental (2PO4F 006 30; PI Marek Zajączkowski).
  • 2008-2010. Holocene foraminifera from Antarctic Peninsula: Molecular and paleoclimatic implications (N N307 115135; PI WM).
  • 2009-2012. Deglaciation history of Pine Island Bay, Antarctica (NSF ANT-0837985; PI John B. Anderson).
  • 2012-2014. Cenozoic benthic foraminiferal evolution on two sides of the Drake Passage (NCN-2011/01/B/ST10/06956; PI WM).
  • 2015-2017. Evidence for Paleo Ice Stream Collapse in the Western Ross Sea since the Last Glacial Maximum (NSF ANT-1246353; PI John B. Anderson)
  • 2015-2017. Timing and duration of LGM and post−LGM grounding events in the Whales Deep paleo ice streams, Eastern Ross Sea continental shelf (NSF ANT-1246357; PI Phil Bart)
  • 2016-2018. Sub ice-shelf benthic foraminifera as the key to reconstruct post-LGM environmentalhistory and its chronology, Ross Sea, Antarctica (NCN-2015/17/B/ST10/03346, PI WM)
PhD students
  • Marlena Świło
  • Aneta Majda
  • Ewa Demianuk


1. Majewski W. 2000. Middle Jurassic concretions from Częstochowa (Poland) as indicators of sedimentation rates. Acta Geologica Polonica 50: 431-439.

2. Majewski W. & Cape Roberts Project Science Team. 2000. Cape Roberts Project: investigating the Cenozoic history of Antarctica. Polish Polar Research 21: 89-97.

3. Aghib F., Alberti, M., Anderson J., Askin R., Atkins C., Bannister S., Barrett P.J., Bohaty S., Bryce S., Bücker C., Bush S., Claps M., Curren M., Fielding C., Florindo F., Galeotti S., Hannah M., Harris A., Harwood D.H., Henrys S., Jackson N., Janecek T., Jarrard R., Judge S., Kopsch C., Krissek L., Laird M., Lavelle M., Majewski W., Naish T., Neumann M., Niessen F., Paterson M., Paulsen T., Pompilio M., Powell R., Pyne A., Rafat G., Raine I., Roberts A., Sagnotti L., Sandroni S., Sarti M., Simes J., Smellie J.L., Smith B., Sorice A., Strong P., Talarico F., Taviani M., Thorn V., Verosub K., Watkins D., Webb P.N., Wilson G., Wilson T., Wise S., Woolfe K. & Wrenn J. 2000. Studies from Cape Roberts Project, Ross Sea, Antarctica, initial report on CRP-3. Terra Antarctica 7: 1-209.

4. Majewski W. 2002. The Miocene oceanographic history of the southern Kerguelen Plateau: planktic foraminiferal data, ODP Site 744; Antarctica at the close of a millennium. Royal Society of New Zealand Bulletin 35: 281-286. 

5. Majewski W. 2002. Mid-Miocene invasion of ecological niches by planktonic foraminifera of the Kerguelen Plateau, Antarctica. Marine Micropaleontology 46: 59-81.[Text - journal site]

6. Majewski W. 2003. Water-depth distribution of Miocene planktonic foraminifera from ODP Site 744, Southern Indian Ocean. Journal of Foraminiferal Research 33: 144-154.

7. Gaździcki A. & Majewski W. 2003. Recent foraminifera from Goulden Cove of King George Island, Antarctica. Polish Polar Research 24: 3-12. [Full_text - PDF]

8. Majewski W. 2005. Benthic foraminiferal communities: distribution and ecology in Admiralty Bay, King George Island, West Antarctica. Polish Polar Research 26: 159-214.[Full_text - PDF]

9. Majewski W. & Olemska E. 2005. Recent ostracods from Admiralty Bay, King George Island, West Antarctica. Polish Polar Research 26: 13-36. [Full_text - PDF]

10. Majewski W., Pawlowski J. & M. Zajączkowski M. 2005. Monothalamous foraminifera from West Spitsbergen fjords, Svalbard: a brief overview. Polish Polar Research 26: 269-285. [Full_text - PDF]

11. Majewski W. & Zajączkowski M. 2007. Benthic foraminifera in Adventfjorden, Svalbard: Last 50 years of local hydrographic changes. Journal of Foraminiferal Research 37: 107-124. [Text - journal site]

12. Majewski W., Lecroq B., Sinniger F. & Pawlowski J. 2007. Monothalamous foraminifera from Admiralty Bay, King George Island, West Antarctica. Polish Polar Research 28: 187-210. [Full_text - PDF]

13. Sinniger F., Lecroq B., Majewski W. & Pawłowski J. 2008. Bowseria arctowskii gen. and sp. nov., new monothalamous foraminiferan from the Southern Ocean. Polish Polar Research 29: 5-15. [Full_text - PDF]

14. Pawlowski J., Majewski W., Longet D., Guiard J., Cedhagen T., Gooday A.J., Korsun S., Habura A.A. & Bowser S.S. 2008. Genetic differentiation between Arctic and Antarctic monothalamous foraminifera. Polar Biology 31: 1205-1216. [Text - journal site]

15. Majewski W., Szczuciński W. & Zajączkowski M. 2009. Interactions of Arctic and Atlantic water-masses and associated environmental changes during the last millennium, Hornsund (SW Svalbard). Boreas 38: 529-544. [Text - journal site]

16. Majewski W. & Tatur A. 2009. A new Antarctic foraminiferal species for detecting climate change in sub-Recent glacier-proximal sediments. Antarctic Science 5: 439-448. [Text - journal site]

17. Majewski W. & Anderson J.B. 2009. Holocene foraminiferal assemblages from Firth of Tay, Antarctic Peninsula: Paleoclimate implications. Marine Micropaleontology 73: 135-147. [Text - journal site]

18. Michalchuk B.R., Anderson J.B., Wellner J.S., Manley P.L., Majewski W. & Bohaty S. 2009. Holocene climate and glacial history of the northeastern Antarctic Peninsula: the marine sedimentary record from a long SHALDRIL core. Quaternary Science Review 28: 3049-3065. [Text - journal site]

19. Majewski W. & Bohaty S. 2010. Surface-water cooling and salinity decrease during the Middle Miocene Climate Transition at Southern Ocean ODP Site 747 (Kerguelen Plateau). Marine Micropaleontology 74: 1-14. [Text - journal site]

20. Majewski W. 2010. Benthic foraminifera from West Antarctic fiord environments: An overview. Polish Polar Research 31: 61-82. [Full_text - PDF]

21. Majewski W. & Pawlowski J. 2010. Morphologic and molecular diversity of the foraminiferal genus Globocassidulina in Admiralty Bay, West Antarctica. Antarctic Science 22: 271-281. [Text - journal site]

22. Majewski W. 2010. Planktonic foraminiferal response to Middle Miocene cooling in the Southern Ocean (ODP Site 747, Kerguelen Plateau). Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 55: 541-560. [Full_text - PDF]

23. Pawlowski J. & Majewski W. 2011. Magnetite bearing foraminifera from Admiralty Bay, West Antarctica, with description of Psammophaga magnetica, sp. nov. Journal of Foraminiferal Research 41: 1-11.[Text - journal site]

24. Anderson J.B., Warny S., Askin R.A., Wellner J.S., Bohaty S.M., Kirshner A.E., Livsey D.N., Simms A.R., Smith T.R., Ehrmann W., Lawver L.A., Barbeau D., Wise S.W., Kulhanek D.K., Weaver F.M. & Majewski W. 2011. Progressive Cenozoic cooling and the demise of Antarctica’s last refugium. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108, 28: 11356-11360. [Text - journal site]

25. Jakobsson M., Anderson J.B., Nitsche F., Dowdeswell J.A., Gyllencreutz R., Kirchner N., Mohammad R., O’Regan M, Alley R.B., Anandakrishnan S., Eriksson B., Kirshner A., Fernandez R., Stolldorf T., Minzoni R. & Majewski W. 2011. Geological record of ice shelf break-up and grounding line retreat, Pine Island Bay, West Antarctica. Geology 39: 691-694. [Text - journal site]

26. Yawsangratt S., Szczuciński W., Chaimanee N., Chatprasert S., Majewski W. & Lorenc S. 2012. Evidence of probable paleotsunami deposits on Kho Khao Island, Phang Nga Province, Thailand. Natural Hazards 63: 151-163. [Text - journal site]

27. Kirshner A.E., Anderson J.B., Jakobsson M., O’Regan M., Majewski W. & Nitsche F.O. 2012. Post-LGM deglaciation in Pine Island Bay, West Antarctica. Quaternary Science Reviews 38: 11-26. [Text - journal site]

28. Gaździcki A. & Majewski W. 2012. Foraminifera from the Eocene La Meseta Formation of Isla Marambio (Seymour Island), Antarctic Peninsula. Antarctic Science 24: 408-416.[Text - journal site]

29. Majewski W., Olempska E., Kaim A & Anderson J.A. 2012. Rare calcareous microfossils from Middle Miocene strata, Weddell Sea off Antarctic Peninsula. Polish Polar Research 33: 245-257.

30. Majewski W., Wellner J.S., Szczuciński W. & Anderson J.B. 2012. Holocene oceanographic and glacial changes recorded in Maxwell Bay, West Antarctica. Marine Geology 326-328: 67-79. 

31. Lejzerowicz F., Esling P., Majewski W., Szczuciński W., Decelle J., Obadia C., Arbizu P.M. & Pawlowski J. 2013. Ancient DNA complements microfossil record in deep-sea subsurface sediments. Biology Letters 9: 20130283.

32. Majewski W. 2013. Benthic foraminifera from Pine Island and Ferrero bays, Amundsen Sea. Polish Polar Research 34 (2): 169-200. [Text - journal site]

34. Majewski W. & Gaździcki A. 2014. Shallow water benthic foraminifera from the Polonez Cove Formation (lower Oligocene) of King George Island, West Antarctica. Marine Micropaleontology 111: 1-14. [Text - journal site]

35. Majewski W., Bowser S.S. & Pawlowski J. 2015. Widespread intra-specific genetic homogeneity of coastal Antarctic benthic foraminifera. Polar Biology 38: 2047-2058. [Text - journal site]

36. Majewski W., Wellner J.S. & Anderson J.B. 2016. Environmental connotations of benthic foraminiferal assemblages fromcoastal West Antarctica. Marine Micropaleontology 124: 1-15. [Text - journal site]

37. Świło M., Majewski W., Anderson J.B. & Minzoni R. 2016. Diatom assemblages from coastal settings of West Antarctica. Marine Micopaleontology 125: 95–109. [Text - journal site]

38. Bart P.J., Coquereau L., Warny S. & Majewski W. 2016. In situ foraminifera in grounding zone diamict: a working hypothesis. Antarctic Science 28 (04): 313-321. [Text - journal site]

39. Gschwend F., Majda A., Majewski W., & Pawlowski J. (in press). Psammophaga fuegia sp. nov., a new monothalamid foraminifer from the Beagle Channel, South America. Acta Protozoologica.


Wojciech Majewski
Institute of Paleobiology PAS
ul. Twarda 51/55,
00-818 Warsaw, POLAND
phone: (+4822) 697-8853; room 156