XLII International Moor Excursion
Northern Poland — 1.–7. September 2018
Mariusz Lamentowicz, Katarzyna Marcisz, Mariusz
Gałka, Katarzyna Kajukało
Laboratory of Wetland Ecology and Monitoring & Department of
Biogeography and Palaeoecology, Adam Mickiewicz University in
Moor Excursion 2018 is planned to explore different landscapes of
the young glacial landscape of N Poland. This time the excursion
will be devoted to peatlands and lakes and their Holocene archives.
We will present multi-proxy high-resolution reconstructions focused
on the recognition of the past fire activity, hydrology and
land-use change, and vegetation succession on ombrotrophic
bogs. Moreover, the excursion will possess a novel aspect -
we will demonstrate two manipulative experimental sites
where we test how warming and drought affect
peatland ecosystems. We will also show a natural experiment
– dramatic impact of a tornado on the forest and
wetland ecosystem. We will present our efforts to
infer a signal of this disturbance using peat and lake
sediments. This will be the first time for the Moor
Excursion that experiments and palaeoecological studies will be
presented together. Furthermore, invited guests will show
their new results from two laminated lakes located in north-western
and north-eastern Poland. What is amazing, those lakes are
located in the same basins as our high-resolution records
from peatlands. We are really excited to show our new
To get to know the history of the region we will visit the
Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork – the largest castle
in the world measured by its land area. We would like to introduce
you to some aspect of the Polish culture and folklore,
accompanied by the traditional Polish cuisine and beverages.
- Origin and development of bogs and fens along
- Palaeohydrological changes in peatlands over the
Holocene and quantitative depth-to-water table reconstructions.
- Past fire activity in N Poland and the influence of
fire on forests and local vegetation.
- Influence of drought and warming on local vegetation
(Sphagnum and vascular plants) and microbial communities.
- Linking historical data with high-resolution time
- Impact of fire and human activities on peatland
testate amoeba communities.
- Influence of catastrophic forest disturbances on
- Manipulative warming and drought experiments:
experiment at Linje mire and
WETMAN experiment at Rzecin mire
Proxies covered: plant macrofossils, testate amoebae, charcoal,
pollen and non-pollen palynomorphs, cryptotephra and stable isotopes
First circular with detailed program and information about fee
and support for several young scientists (MSc and PhD students)