University of Szczecin and its Palaeoceanology Unit at the Faculty of Geosciences is involved in many-faceted research and educational activities in the field of marine biodiversity in conservation. The Unit’s scientists study taxonomy, biodiversity and distribution of diatoms, molluscs, meiobenthic and macrobenthic communities as well as marine fish parasites. The Unit is involved in numerous Polish and international research projects dealing with diatom identification, ecology and application in palaeoenvironment reconstruction as well as in projects involving analyses of benthic communities and their responses to environmental disturbance. Scientists, MSc and PhD students at the Unit are also involved in applied research related to environmental monitoring of the southern Baltic coastal zone, with a particular reference to effects of tourist infrastructure (pleasure piers) and major industrial developments (LNG terminal under construction) on coastal environments. The research carried out at the Unit tackles also the environment and biota of a southern Baltic coastal lagoon, with a particular emphasis on effects of eutrophication-induced phytoplankton blooms on the structure and functioning of benthic communities.
In the EMBC+ project, the role of University of Szczecin’s Palaeoceanology Unit will be to offer courses on identification, ecology and applications of diatoms, identification and ecological roles of molluscs in coastal environments, identification and ecological roles of marine fish parasites as well as on fundamentals of biomonitoring in coastal areas.