Mikolaj Zapalski

Mikolaj Zapalski

Faculty of Geology

Research interests

I am a palaeontologist working on Palaeozoic tabulate corals. I focus principally on their ecology, especially on symbiotic associations, with emphasis on photosymbiosis - photosymbionts do not fossilize, so I have to evidence it indirectly. This led me to research of platy corals, and finally, to the Devonian MCEs. I wish to continue this research, as I think that these ecosystems are even much older.


  Please note that only publications relevant to mesophotic reefs are indexed.

Deep in shadows, deep in time: the oldest mesophotic coral ecosystems from the Devonian of the Holy Cross Mountains (Poland) | article
Zapalski MK, Wrzolek T, Skompski S, Berkowski B (2017)
Coral Reefs 36:847-860

Cryptic encrusting communities in a Middle Devonian mesophotic paleoenvironment of the Holy Cross Mountains, Poland | article
Zatoń M, Zapalski MK, Berkowskic B, Wrzołek T (2018)
Palaeogeogr Palaeoclimatol Palaeoecol 501:82-91

The Silurian mesophotic coral ecosystems: 430 million years of photosymbiosis | article
Zapalski MK, Berkowski B (2019)
Coral Reefs 38:137-147

Research keywords
Research platform experience
  SCUBA (open-circuit or unspecified)
Research summary (from publications)