• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland



  • 28 September 2018

    Prominent scientists Peter Reich and Jacek Oleksyn have been chosen for the 2018 Poland - U.S. Science Award (PLUS Award) for their scientific achievements in the areas of environmental and plant sciences. The award is granted jointly by the Foundation for Polish Science and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, AAAS.

    Professors Reich and Oleksyn are being recognized for their research on characterizing differentiation among wide-ranging populations of tree species in the response to climate and climate change. The pair of researchers, who have worked together for more than 25 years, have made a number of advancements in their field. For example, their scientific work includes the discovery of general rules for different plant physiological processes and trades-offs, which provide a theoretical and empirical basis for understanding plant responses to major global climate change drivers.


    The pair of scientists have published 87 articles jointly, including in Science, Nature, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and more than 30 in leading plant biology and ecology journals. Specifically, Professors Reich and Oleksyn share credit for characterizing the effects of global environmental change on trees and forests in Poland, the United States, and elsewhere – bringing to light the global trade-offs in leaf chemical and physiological traits, and advancing the understanding of tree species’ effects on soils. Thanks to the Reich and Oleksyn collaboration, there is joint collaborative work ongoing in Poland and the U.S, but also in other countries, such as Australia and Germany.


    A ceremony in recognition of Professors Reich and Oleksyn will be held at AAAS headquarters in Washington, DC on November 15,  2018.


    Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, DC

    Print Print Share: