Dr hab. Barbara Sowińska - Świerkosz


University of Life Sciences in Lublin
Faculty of Environmental Biology
Department of Hydrobiology and Ecosystem Protection
Subdepartment of Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation
Dobrzańskiego street 37, 20-262 Lublin
Contact details: phone: 81-461-00-61 ext. 320
e-mail address: barbara.sowinska@wp.pl; barbara.swierkosz@up.lublin.pl


2006 - Master's degree in Civil Engineering at the Lublin University of Technology, Faculty of Civil and Sanitary Engineering, major: Civil Engineering, specialty: Protection of Monuments of Architecture and Urban Planning; Title of dissertation: The application of landscape quality objectives for the projected "Roztocze-Solska Forest Biosphere Reserve" as an instrument for shaping the visual context of historic buildings
2011 - PhD in Agricultural Sciences in the discipline of Environmental Protection and Engineering, specialty of Landscape Ecology, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Faculty of Agrobioengineering; Title of doctoral dissertation: Landscape quality objectives of the projected "Roztocze-Solska Forest Biosphere Reserve" as an instrument of rural areas environment design
2019 - Habitation in Environmental engineering, mining and energy; Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Science, The Faculty of Environmental Engineering and Geodesy, Field: Engineering and technology; Title of achievement: Landscape quality indicators for areas with varying degrees of anthropogenic transformation

Research interest

Use of remote sensing data in landscape analysis
Landscape indicators and landscape-bases surrogates
Landscape quality assessment: spatial, ecological, cultural and visual dimensions
The evaluation of Nature-based solutions (NBS) projects
Climate-neutral cities: landscape dimension, citizen participation and social inclusiveness
Objective and subjective analysis of landscape preferences
Analyses of the cultural landscape including cultural ecosystem services

The most important publications:

  1. Sowińska- Świerkosz B., Michalik-Śnieżek M., Bieske-Matejak A. 2021. Can Allotment Gardens (AGs) Be Considered an Example of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) Based on the Use of Historical Green Infrastructure? Sustainability, 13, 835. https://doi.org/10.3390/
  2. Sowińska- Świerkosz B. 2020. Critical review of landscape-based surrogate measures of plant diversity. Landscape Research 45(7): 819-840 DOI: 10.1080/01426397.2020.1795095
  3. Sowińska- Świerkosz B., Michalik-Śnieżek M. 2020. The Methodology of Landscape Quality (LQ) Indicators Analysis Based on Remote Sensing Data: Polish National Parks Case Study. Sustainability 12(7):2810. DOI: 10.3390/su12072810
  4. Sowińska- Świerkosz B., Michalik-Śnieżek M., Soszyński D., Kułak A. 2020. In the search of Urban Landscape Objects' (ULO) method of assessment: tangible and intangible values, PPGIS and ranking approach. Land , 9(12), 502; https://doi.org/10.3390/land9120502
  5. Sowińska- Świerkosz B., Kolejko M. 2019. Extinction risk to lake minnow (Eupallasella percnurus) due to habitat loss: Eastern Poland case study. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 191: 571. DOI: 10.1007/s10661-019-7731-6
  6. Sowińska- Świerkosz B., Soszyński D. 2019. The index of the Prognosis Rural Landscape Preferences (IPRLP) as a tool of generalizing peoples' preferences on rural landscape. Journal of Environmental Management. 248: 109272. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.109272
  7. Soszyński D., Sowińska- Świerkosz B., Stokowski P.A., Tucki A. 2018. Spatial arrangements of tourist villages: implications for the integration of residents and tourists. Tourism Geographies. 20: 770-790. DOI: 10.1080/14616688.2017.1387808
  8. Sowińska- Świerkosz B. 2017. The application of surrogate measures of ecological quality assessment: the introduction of the Indicator of Ecological Landscape Quality (IELQ). Ecological Indicators 73: 224-234. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.09.019
  9. Sowińska- Świerkosz B. 2017. Review of indicators of cultural heritage: concepts, methods of assessment and categorization schemes. Ecological Indicators, 81: 526-54. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.06.029
  10. Sowińska- Świerkosz B. 2016. Index of Landscape Disharmony (ILDH) as a new tool combining the aesthetic and ecological approach to landscape assessment. Ecological Indicators.70: 166-180.DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.05.038
  11. Sowińska- Świerkosz B., Chmielewski T.J. 2016. A new approach of the identification of Landscape Quality Objectives (LQOs) as a set of indicators. Journal of Environmental Management. 184: 596-608. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.10.016
  12. Sowińska- Świerkosz B., Chmielewski T.J. 2014. Comparative Assessment of Public Opinion on the Landscape Quality of Two Biosphere Reserves in Europe. Environmental Management.54: 531-556. DOI: 10.1007/s00267-014-0316-9
  13. Sowińska- Świerkosz B., Soszyński D. 2014. Landscape structure versus the effectiveness of nature conservation: Roztocze region case study (Poland). Ecological Indicators. 43:143-153. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2014.02.018

Principal investigator and co-investigator in international and national research projects

Project Improvement of the ecological status and optimization of the tourism use of the catchment basin of the Miejskie-Kleszczów lake complex as a pilot project for implementation in the post-lake areas of the River Bug Euroregion Task entitled: Architectural traditions of Polesie Lubelskie. PHARE Cross-bordern Cooperation Program, Small Projects Fund, 2006 - co-investigator.
Participation in the program "Alter-Net - A Long Term Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research Network". 6th European Union Framework Program, 2007-2008
Technical Report on the Protection of Cultural Values implemented as part of the Plan for the Protection of Polesie National Park and Natura 2000 areas within the Park, 2013, principal investigator
Technical Report on the Protection of Cultural Values implemented as part of the Plan for the Protection of Szczebrzeszynski Landscape Park , 2021, principal investigator

Placements in domestic and foreign scientific or academic centres

Internship at the Lviv Technical University's Institute of Geodesy, Department of Photogrammetry and Geoinformatics, December 2018 - February 2019, Lviv
Staff Mobility for training, Erasmus + Programme, AERES University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands, 02-06.12.2019
Staff Mobility for teaching, Erasmus + Programme, Insitutu Politecnico de Beja, Portugal, 17-21.02.2020