Mikolaj Zapalski

Mikolaj Zapalski

University of Warsaw, 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 and Silurian MCEs. I am currently running a project on the origin of the MCEs in the Middle Palaeozoic (National Science Center, Poland).


  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

In the shadow of a giant reef: Palaeoecology of mesophotic coral communities from the Givetian of Anti-Atlas (Morocco) | article
Majchrzyk A, Jakubowicz M, Berkowski B, Bongaerts P, Zapalski MK (2022)
Palaeogeogr Palaeoclimatol Palaeoecol 602:111177

Different times, similar mechanism? Convergent patterns in light-induced phenotypic plasticity in Devonian and modern corals | article
Majchrzyk A, Jakubowicz M, Bongaerts P, Zapalski MK (2023)
Coral Reefs 41:893-903

Early life strategies and juvenile mortality in Favosites (Anthozoa, Tabulata) from the Middle Devonian of the Mader Basin (Anti-Atlas, Morocco) | article
Berkowski B, Król J, Jakubowicz M, Zapalski MK (2023)
Palaeogeogr Palaeoclimatol Palaeoecol 625:111684

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