Emilia Hofman-Kamińska
Academic title:
Population Ecology
Education and scientific degrees
  • PhD: 2021, Warsaw University, Faculty of Biology
  • MSc: 2008, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Environmental Protection
Research profile

My research concerns the foraging ecology and palaeoecology of large herbivorous mammals from the late Pleistocene to the present day. In  my doctoral project, I studied the changes in habitat use and diet of the European bison (Bison bonasus), the aurochs (Bos primigenius) and the moose (Alces alces) in Central and Eastern Europe during the Holocene. This study was the first in Europe such extensive analysis of the environmental use and foraging ecology of large herbivorous mammals on a geographical (covering 14 countries) and temporal scale (from the beginning of the Holocene to the present day), based on the bones and teeth of the studied species. In my research, I used the most modern methods of analyzing the content of stable isotopes in the collagen of animal bones and three-dimensional dental microwear texture analysis (3D-DMTA). Currently, I am managing a research project aimed at examining patterns of the habitat use and diet of the steppe bison Bison priscus in the gradient of major vegetation units in the late Pleistocene in Eurasia.

International experience
  • 2015 - France, Institut de Paléoprimatologie et Paléontologie Humaine, Evolution et Paléoenvironnements (IPHEP), CNRS & Université de Poitiers - 3 weeks;
  • 2014 - Spain, Doñana Biological Station in Sevilla - 1 week;
  • 2014 - Serbia, Natural History Museum of Belgrad - 1 week;
  • 2014 - Denmark, Natural History Museum in Aarhus and Natural History Museum of Denmark at University of Copenhagen - 1 week;
  • 2014 - Sweden, Grimsö Wildlife Research Station, Department of Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences – SLU, Museum of Zoology at Lund University and The Museum of Evolution (Evolutionsmuseet), Uppsala University - 1 week;
  • 2013 - Ukraine, Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology of the NAS of Ukraine in Kiev - 2 weeks;
  • 2013 - France, Institut de Paléoprimatologie et Paléontologie Humaine, Evolution et Paléoenvironnements (IPHEP), CNRS & Université de Poitiers - 3 weeks;
  • 2013 - Germany, Institut für Geowissenschaften, Forschungsbereich Paläobiologie - Biogeologie, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen - 2 weeks.
Research projects
Membership and Awards
  • 2016 - 1st Prize, The Best Poster Award for HOFMAN- KAMIŃSKA E., Merceron G., Ramdarshan A., Berlioz E., Kowalczyk R. Textural analysis to track the history of large herbivores. 5th International Conference on Surface Metrology, 4th - 7th April 2016, Poznań University of Technology, Poland
  • Academic Year 2015 – 2016, 2014 – 2015, 2013 – 2014, 2012 – 2013 - doctoral scholarship for achievements in research and teaching granted by the Rector of Warsaw University for 30% of the best PhD students