Emilia Hofman-Kamińska
Position:
Research Assistant
Unit:
Population Ecology
Education and scientific degrees
  • MSc: 2008, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Environmental Protection;
Research profile

Main interests of Emilia Hofman-Kamińska are foraging ecology, history and management conservation of large herbivores (mainly European bison Bison bonasus). In her Master thesis she analyzed utilization of open areas and the factors shaping distribution and economic costs of crop damages caused by European bison in the area of ​​the Białowieża and Knyszyn Forest. She studied diet of bison and created a photographic database of epidermis over 180 plant species from the Białowieża Forest. Currently, she is conducting her PhD study on pattern of habitat use and diet of European bison and the reference species: the aurochs (Bos primigenius) and the moose (Alces alces) in Central and Eastern Europe during the Holocene, on the basis of C and N isotopes and dental microwear analysis.

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
  • 2016-2020: Reconstruction of steppe bison (Bison priscus) habitat use and diet in a gradient of major vegetation units in the Late Pleistocene - project leader. Project financed by the National Science Centre, Poland.
  • 2014-2017: The history of Bison in Europe after the last glaciations. Project finance by the National Science Centre, Poland
  • 2011-2014: Historical and contemporary analysis of habitat use and diet of European bison Bison bonasus: project executive. Project financed by Ministry of Sciences and Higher Education.
  • 2008-2010: Genetic (DNA barcoding) and microhistological analysis of European bison diet and its impact on tree stands of Białowieża Forest: project executive. Project financed by Ministry of Sciences and Higher Education.
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