Hi! Welcome to my website!

My name is Kasia Ziemińska and I am a plant scientist exploring anatomical structure of wood. I am interested in how wood anatomy determines plant functions and ecological strategies.

I am currently a postdoctoral Putnam Fellow at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University (2016-2018). I am investigating the hydraulic roles of parenchyma and fibres. 

NEW! OPPORTUNITY FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS. Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is offering PAID internships in summer 2017. The internship program runs from May 22 – July 28, 2017 and the stipend for the 10 weeks is USD 4,500. If you’d like to learn more about functional wood anatomy and have a keen eye for visual detail, please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email. Deadline: MARCH 15, 2017. More information about the internships is available here.

me in girringun

I started working on wood anatomy at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens (London, UK) in 2008. I studied  rosewoods from South America and I also helped with wood identification of various species. After a year, I set off to Australia where I worked as a research assistant for a year and afterwards did my PhD at the Comparative Ecology Lab, Macquarie University, Sydney (completed in 2014). I investigated wood anatomical structure and its relation to plant functional traits, especially wood density, across a diverse range of Australian trees and shrubs from various environments.

You might wonder what the photo at the top of the page illustrates. It is a cross-section through a twig of prickly geebung, a shrub from Tasmania (Australia). The large white holes transport water, similar to pipes in a building. And the pink small cells give mechanical support, similar to bricks in a building.