2009 Ph.D. in Geosciences, Department of Earth and Environment, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA; Dissertation Title: “Quantitative Diatom-Based Reconstruction of Paleoenvironmental Conditions in Florida Bay and Biscayne Bay, U.S.A.”
1999 B.S. & M.Sc. in Marine Geography, Department of Earth Sciences & Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Stettin, Stettin, Poland; Thesis Title: “Changes in oceanic circulation around Froe Islands (Northern Atlantic Ocean) based on subfossil diatom records from Skála Fjord”
Dr. Wachnicka's research interests include paleoecology, paleooceanography, paleoclimatology, aquatic community ecology and algal taxonomy. In her research, she uses multi-proxy approaches to examine impact of changing climate, sea level rise and humans on marine and coastal wetland ecosystems over short (intra- and inter- annual) and long (decadal to centennial) temporal scales. Although her research involves many different biological and geochemical proxies, she concentrates on analysis of subfossil diatom assemblages, which are known to be powerful indicators of environmental change. In addition, she investigates links between large-scale climate oscillation patterns (e.g., ENSO, AMO, PDO, NAO) and major shifts in the microbenthic community structures. Her research has been conducted extensively in South Florida including Florida Bay, Biscayne Bay, Card Sound, Barnes Sound, Marquesas Keys, coastal lakes in SW Everglades, along the coastal wetlands in SW Florida, Everglades National Park, and the North Atlantic region (Faroe Islands).