Professional summary

Justyna is a freshwater ecologist with an interest in the impact of contaminants and macronutrients on the functioning and service provision of freshwater and coastal ecosystems, and the long-term recovery trajectories following pollution. Her work involves quantifying and manipulating processes that control pollutant cycling between bed sediments and aquatic biota, and carrying out research to increase understanding of the responses of freshwater ecosystems to environmental change and restoration.

Justyna is involved in several projects, including: Mainstreaming Ecological Restoration of freshwater-related ecosystems in a Landscape context: Innovation, upscaling and transformation (MERLIN); Biogeochemical processes and ecosystem function in changing polar systems and their global impacts (BIOPOLE); Uptake of chemicals from legacy waste sites in coastal food webs and effects on higher predators (CLEWS); Legacy wastes in the coastal zone: Environmental risks and management futures; and, Monitoring restoration impacts and environmental conditions at Loch Leven (UK SCAPE).

Selected publications
Other Publications

Cowan, N., White, S., Olszewska, J., Dobel, A., Sim, G., Eades, L. & Skiba, U. 2022. Integration of algae treatment with hydroponic crop waste to reduce impact of nutrient waste streams.  Journal of Sustainable Agriculture and Environment 1: 203-215,


García‐Martín, E. Elena; Sanders, Richard; Evans, Chris D.; Kitidis, Vassilis; Lapworth, Dan J.; Spears, Bryan M.; Tye, Andy; Williamson, Jennifer L.; Balfour, Chris; Best, Mike; Bowes, Michael; Breimann, Sarah; Brown, Ian J.; Burden, Annette; Callaghan, Nathan; Dise, Nancy B.; Farr, Gareth; Felgate, Stacey L.; Fishwick, James; Fraser, Mike; Gibb, Stuart; Gilbert, Pete J.; Godsell, Nina; Gomez‐Castillo, Africa P.; Hargreaves, Geoff; Harris, Carolyn; Jones, Oban; Kennedy, Paul; Lichtschlag, Anna; Martin, Adrian P.; May, Rebecca; Mawji, Edward; Mounteney, Ian; Nightingale, Philip D.; Olszewska, Justyna P.; Painter, Stuart C.; Pearce, Christopher R.; Pereira, M. Glória; Peel, Kate; Pickard, Amy; Stephens, John A.; Stinchcombe, Mark; Thornton, Barry; Woodward, E. Malcolm S.; Yarrow, Deborah; Mayor, Daniel J.. 2023 Sources, composition, and export of particulate organic matter across British estuaries. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 128 (4), e2023JG007420. 15, pp.

Brownlie, Will J.; Woods, Helen J.; Waters, Kate E.; Moore, Alanna L.; Bruce, Alannah M.; Olszewska, Justyna P.; Ives, Stephen C.. 2017 Freshwater science for the benefit of society: a perspective from early career researchers. Inland Waters, 7 (2). 227-235.

Olszewska, J.P., Woods, H., Pickard, A., Moore, A. Grant, A., Corr, M., Watt, J., Goldsmith, B., Southwood, R., Madgwick, G., Hardy, S., Terry, C. & Spears, B.M. (2022) An assessment of sediment phosphorus content, composition and release before and after desilting in Hoveton Great Broad and Hudson’s Bay. Report to Natural Enland.

Olszewska, J. P., May, L., Spears, B. M., Keenan, P., Salisbury, E. & Hemingway, A. (2021) Linlithgow Loch nutrient load and source apportionment study. Contract Report to Historic Environment Scotland.