Department of Environmental Paleobiology


Ryszard Wrona, Ph.D., D.Sc.


Early Palaeozoic palaeontology and biostratigraphy


CURRICULUM VITAE



Personal data

Ryszard Marian Wrona
Born 25 March 1943 in Poland


Academic degrees
and memberships
  • 1970 M.Sc. in geology, Faculty of Geology, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • 1979 Ph.D. Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
  • 2006 D.Sc. in geology, Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland; Paleobiology of the early skeletal fossils from the Cambrian of Antarctica
  • Membership of the Polish Paleontological Society and the Polish Geological Society
  • Membership of the Commission Internationale de Microflore du Paléozoïque and Correspondent of the Chitinozoan CIMP Newsletter.
  • Membership of the Polish Polar Club at the Polish Geographic Society
  • Membership of the Polish Alpine Association.

Professional occupations and scholarships
  • 1970-1971 Laboratory Assistant at the Laboratory of Micropaleontology, Paleozoological Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
  • 1971-1974 Assistant at the Institute of Paleontology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
  • 1974-1975 Research scholarship for advanced study on chitinozoan taxonomy and biostratigraphy in Soviet Union; Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Novosibirsk; Institute of Precambrian Geology, Leningrad; Geological Institute, Tallinn; Institute of Geological Sciences, Kiev
  • 1974-1979 Senior Assistant at the Institute of Paleontology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
  • 1980-2006 Assistant Professor at the Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
  • 2006-2009 Associate Professor at the Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
  • 2008 SYNTHESYS, Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden


Grants and research projects
  • 1975-1980 International Geological Correlation Programme, IGCP Project no. 53 "Ecostratigraphy"
  • 1994-1980 IGCP Project no. 366  "Ecological aspects of the Cambrian radiation"
  • 1998-2003 IGCP Project no. 410  "The Great Ordovician Biodiversification event"
  • 1990-1991 research grant from the Swedish Research Council for study on the Early Cambrian skeletal fossils from Antarctica, Uppsala University
  • 2000-2003 grant ordered by State Committee for Scientific Research and Ministry of Environment "Palaeozoic Accretion of Poland "
  • 2004-2006 Polish-Ukrainian Project (CLG 980500):  "Environmental changes at the Silurian/Devonian boundary in the Dnestr Basin, Ukraine"
  • 2004-2008 IGCP Project no. 503  "Ordovician Palaeogeography and Palaeoclimate"
  • 2005 PalSIRP-Sepkoski Grant awarded by Paleontological Society to study evolution and relationships of palaeoscolecid worms 
  • 2008-2011 research grant from the Polish Committee of Scientific Research "Geochemical and faunal dynamics in the Silurian and Devonian epicontinental sequences of the Dnestr Basin, Ukraine”

Participation in scientific meetings
  • 1983 International Symposium and Field Meeting of the Subcommission on Silurian Stratigraphy IUGS in Podolia, Ukraine
  • 1986 International workshop on Taxonomy and Biostratigraphy of the Earliest Skeletal Fossils - IUGS Subcommission on Cambrian Stratigraphy, Uppsala, Sweden.
  • 1988 International Symposium on origins and evolution of the Antarctic biota, London-Cambridge
  • 1990 Third International Symposium on the Cambrian System - IUGS Subcommission on Cambrian Stratigraphy, Novosibirsk, USSR.
  • 1993 The Second Baltic Stratigraphic Conference, Vilnius, Lituania
  • 1995 6th Paleobentos International Symposium, Sardynia, Italy
  • 1996 International Conference “Paleogeography of the Vendian-Early Palaeozoic”, Ekaterinburg  (Ural), Russia
  • 1998 Palynological  Symposium and Workshop of CIMP in Pisa, Italy
  • 1999 8th International Symposium on the Ordovician System, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 1999 4th Baltic Stratigraphic Conference, Riga, Latvia
  • 2004 International Symposium “Early Palaeozoic Palaeogeography and Palaeoclimate”, Erlangen, Germany
  • 2007 8th Czech-Slovak-Polish Palaeontological Conference, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 2007 Sixth Romanian Symposium on Palaeontology, Iasi, Romania


Scientific expeditions/field work
  • Extensive experience of Palaeozoic areas in Poland. Particularly good knowledge of the Ordovician,  Silurian, and Lower Devonian sequences
  • Mapping of the Neogene (Miocene) and Quaternary sequences in south-central Poland
  • Geological field work in the areas outside Poland: Estonia  1975, 1983, 1995; Ukraine (Podolia) 1983, 1999; Kazakhstan (Malyi Karatau) 1990; Spitsbegren 1975, 1979;  Czech Republic (Barrandian) 1980, 1982, 1999; Antarctica (South Shetland Islands) 1980/1981, 1985/1986 austral summer; Western Himalaya (Himachal Pradesh, India) 1984, 1987, 1998; Sweden (Scania) 1986, Vestergotland 1987; Italy (Sardinia) 1995; Russia (Ural) 1996; Iran 1996; Mongolia 1999; Ukraina 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010

Research interests
  • Early Palaeozoic palaeontology and biostratigraphy
  • Micropalaeontology:  Cambrian small skeletal fossils: their palaeobiology, taxonomy, systematic relationships, and biostratigraphic application; current research: Reconstruction of palaeoscolecid worms scleritome, their palaeobiology and evolutionary relationships
  • Palynology: Chitinozoan palaeobiology, their application in biostratigraphic, palaeogeographic and environmental analysis; current research: Chitinozan response to the environmental changes at the Silurian/Devonian boundary in the Dnestr Basin, Ukraine


Publications


Szaniawski, H. & Wrona, R. 1973. Polychaete jaw apparatuses and Scolecodonts from the Upper Devonian of Poland. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 18: 223-267.

Wrona, R. 1977. Trochiliscus (Eutrochiliscus) cf. bulbiformis Karpinsky (Charophyta) in the Devonian Limestone of Traunkammen, Spitsbergen. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 22 (3): 289-296.

Wrona, R. 1980 - Microarchitecture of the chitinozoan vesicles and its paleobiological significance. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 25, 123-163.

Wrona, R. 1980. Upper Silurian-Lower Devonian Chitinozoa from subsurface of southeastern Poland. Palaeontologia Polonica 41: 103-165.

Wrona, R. 1982. Early Cambrian phosphatic microfossils from southern Spitsbergen (Hornsund region). Palaeontologia Polonica, 43: 9-16.

Gaździcki, A., Gradziński, R., Porębski, Sz. J. & Wrona, R. 1982. Pholadid Penitella borings in glaciomarine sediments (Pliocene) of King George Island, Antarctica. N. Jb. Geol. Paläont. Mh. 12: 723-735.

Gaździcki, A., & Wrona, R. 1982. Paleontological studies carried out during the Vth Antarctic Expedition of the Polish Academy of Sciences, 1980-1981. Przegląd Geologiczny, 2 (346): 57-61, Warszawa.

Birkenmajer, K., Gaździcki, A. & Wrona, R. 1983. Cretaceous and Tertiary fossils in glacio-marine strata at Cape Melville, Antarctica. - Nature, 303 (5912): 56-59.

Förster, R., Gaździcki, A., & Wrona, R. 1985. First record of a homolodromiid crab from a Lower Miocene glacio-marine sequence of Western Antarctica. N. Jb. Geol. Paläont. Mh., 6: 340-348.

Wrona, R.  1987. Cambrian microfossil Hadimopanella Gedik from Tertiary glacial erratics in West Antarctica. In: A. Gazdzicki (ed.) Palaeontological results of the Polish Antarctic Expeditions. Part I. Palaeontologia Polonica, 49: 37-48.

Birkenmajer, K., Gaździcki, A., Pugaczewska, H. & Wrona, R. 1987. Recycled Cretaceous belemnites in Lower Miocene glaciomarine sediments (Cape Melville Formation) of King George Island, West Antarctica. In: A. Gazdzicki (ed.) Palaeontological results of the Polish Antarctic Expeditions. Part I. Palaeontologia Polonica, 49: 49-62.

Szaniawski, H. & Wrona, R. 1987. Polychaete jaws from the Cape Melville Formation (Lower Miocene) of King George Island, West Antarctica. In: A. Gazdzicki (ed.) Palaeontological results of the Polish Antarctic Expeditions. Part I. Palaeontologia Polonica, 49: 105-125.

Förster, R., Gaździcki, A., & Wrona, R. 1987. Homolodromiid crabs from the Cape Melville Formation (Lower Miocene) of King George Island, West Antarctica. In: A. Gazdzicki (ed.) Palaeontological results of the Polish Antarctic Expeditions. Part I. Palaeontologia Polonica, 49: 147-161.

Wrona, R.  1989. Cambrian limestone erratics in the Tertiary glacio-marine sediments of King George Island, West Antarctica. - Polish Polar Research., 10 (4): 533-553.

Wrona, R.  1991. Chitinozoa. pp. 321-322. - In: Atlas of guide and characteristic fossils. - Volume III, Part 1a, Paleozoic, Geology of Poland. - Pub. House Wydawnictwa Geologiczne. Warszawa.

Wrona, R.  & Zhuravlev A.Yu. 1996. Early Cambrian Archaeocyaths from glacial erratics of King George Island, West Antarctica. In: A. Gazdzicki (ed.) Palaeontological results of the Polish Antarctic Expeditions. Part II. - Palaeontologia Polonica 55: 9-36

Holmer, L. Popov, L. & Wrona, R. 1996. Early Cambrian lingulate brachiopods from glacial erratics of King George Island (South Shetland Islands), Antarctica. In: A. Gazdzicki (ed.) Palaeontological results of the Polish Antarctic Expeditions. Part II. - Palaeontologia Polonica 55: 37-50.

Wrona, R.  & Hamdi B. 2001. Palaeoscolecid sclerites from the Upper Cambrian Mila Formation of the Shahmirzad section, Alborz Mountains, northern Iran. Acta Geologica Polonica, vol. 51 (2): 101-107. [ABSTRACT]

Wrona, R. , Bednarczyk, W.S. & Stempień-Sałek, M. 2001. Chitinozoans and acritarchs from the Ordovician of the Skibno 1 borehole,  Pomerania, Poland: implications for stratigraphy and palaeogeography. Acta Geologica Polonica, vol. 51 (4): 317-331. [ABSTRACT]

Wrona, R. 2002. Ordovician chitinozoans as palaeogeographic indicators of the Łysogóry Terrane (Holy Cross Mountains, Poland) provenance". Przegląd geologiczny v. 50 (12): 124-125. [ABSTRACT]

Wrona, R.  2003. Early Cambrian molluscs from glacial erratics of King George Island, West Antarctica. Polish Polar Research, vol. 24 (3-4): 181-216. [Full text - PDF]

Wrona, R.  2003. Annelida - Polychaeta - Errantia. pp. 166-172. In: L. Malinowska (ed.) Atlas of guide and characteristic fossils  - Volume III, Part 1b, Paleozoic (Devonian), Geology of Poland. - Pub. House Wydawnictwa Geologiczne. Warszawa.

Wrona, R.  2003. Chitinozoa - Incertae sedis. pp. 530-536. In: L. Malinowska (ed.) Atlas of guide and characteristic fossils  - Volume III, Part 1b, Paleozoic (Devonian), Geology of Poland. - Pub. House Wydawnictwa Geologiczne. Warszawa.

Wrona, R.  2004. Cambrian microfossils from glacial erratics of King George Island, Antarctica. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 49 (1): 13-56. [Full text - PDF]  

Ivantsov, A. Yu. & Wrona, R. 2004. Articulated palaeoscolecid sclerite arrays from the Lower Cambrian of eastern Siberia. Acta Geologica Polonica, vol. 54 (1): 1-22. [Full text - PDF]

Verniers J., Maletz J., Kříž J., Žigajtė Ž., Paris F., Schönlaub H-P., Wrona R. 2007. An Overview of the Silurian System of Central Europe. Acta Palaeontologica Sinica, 46 (Suppl.): 507-510.

Verniers J., Maletz J., Kříž J., Žigajtė Ž., Paris F., Schönlaub H-P., Wrona R. 2008. Silurian: In: McCann, T. (Ed.) The Geology of Central Europe. Volume 1: Precambrian and Palaeozoic. Geological Society, London, 249-302.

Wrona, R. 2009. Early Cambrian bradoriid and phosphatocopid arthropods from glacial erratics of King George Island, West Antarctica: Biogeographic implications. Polish Polar Research, 30 (4): 347-377. [Full text - PDF]

Wrona, R. & Lis. P. 2012. Silurian succession within the Lower Palaeozoic Basin of Podolia. 255-274. Field trip guidebook, Podolia. GeoShale 2012, Recent Advances in Geology of Fine-Grained Sediments, International Conference, 14-16 May 2012, Warsaw, Poland.



Contact


Ryszard Wrona
Institute of Paleobiology PAS
ul. Twarda 51/55
PL-00-818 Warsaw, POLAND
e-mail: wrona@twarda.pan.pl
phone: (+48 22) 6978-797; room 121