Dr Kasia Zieminska
Honorary Research Associate
I am a post-doctoral researcher interested in how wood anatomy underpins trees functions and their ecological strategies. At the moment, I am working on the worldwide wood anatomical comparisons as part of the Global Ecosystem Monitoring (GEM) project. I am especially interested in how anatomical traits may affect tree growth rates and how these potential relationships are modified by climate.
During my PhD at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia), I studied anatomical underpinnings of wood density across a diverse set of Australian angiosperms. My main finding was that the same wood density can actually be achieved via a variety of anatomies, especially so in lower density woods. Before moving to Australia, I worked at Kew Gardens quantifying wood anatomy of rosewoods from Central and South America, some of which are still subjected to illegal logging and trading.
- Ziemińska K, Westoby M, Wright IJ (2015) Broad anatomical variation within a narrow wood density range – a study of twig wood across 69 Australian angiosperms. PLoS ONE10(4): e0124892. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0124892
- Ziemińska K, Butler DW, Gleason SM, Wright IJ and M Westoby (2013) Fibre wall and lumen fractions drive wood density variation across 24 Australian angiosperms. AoB PLANTS 5. This paper has been selected as ‘Editor’s Choice’.
- Gleason SM, Butler DW, Ziemińska K, Waryszak P and M Westoby (2012) Stem xylem conductivity is key to plant water balance across Australian angiosperm species. Functional Ecology 26 (2): 343-352. [article]
- Gasson P, Miller R, Stekel DJ, Whinder F and K Ziemińska (2010) Wood identification of Dalbergia nigra (CITES Appendix I) using quantitative wood anatomy, principal components analysis and naïve Bayes classification. Annals of Botany 105 (1): 45-56. [article]