Maria Barbacka

Department of Botany
Collection of Palaeobotany
H-1097 Könyves K. krt. 40, Budapest, Hungary
Mailing address: 
H-1431 P.O. Box 137, Budapest, Hungary
+36-1-210-1330 / 153
Postgraduate/doctoral degrees: 
Research interest: 

Palaeozoic and Mesozoic floras: taxonomy, biodiversity, palaeoecology, climate  

Actual research: 

In frame of the topic „Extant and extinct  biodiversity within Carpatian basen and its region” study of the Jurassic flora of the Mecsek Mts., the Polish floras and dinosaurs’ feeding behavoiur.

In frame of the topic „Nature of distant countries” study of Iranian fossil swamp flora. 

Expeditions and study trips: 

Collecting trips:

1990-2004 – regular collecting in the Mecsek Mts. (coal mines,  Jurassic fossil plant remains)

2010 – Poland, Silesia (Carboniferous fossil plant remains)

2018 – Albania, Albanian Alps (Jurassic fossil plant remains)


Study visits:

1992 – Sweden - Stockholm, Swedish Musem of Natural History

1993 – The Netherlands - Utrecht University

1994 – UK – Natural History Museum London

1996 – The Netherlands - Utrecht University

1996 – China - Nanjing Uniwersity

1997 – France - Lyon, Claude Bernard Uniwersity

1999 – France - Lyon, Claude Bernard Uniwersity

2000 – Csech Republic - National Museum Prague

2004 – Sweden – Stockholm, Swedish Musem of Natural History

2013 – Romania – University of Bucharest

2014 – Romania – University of Bucharest

2017 – Germany – State Museum of Natural History, Stuttgart


2004-2008 Eötvös Lorand University, special seminar – Paleobotanical workshop – Paaleozoic and  Mesozoic floras.

2017, 2018 – lectures „Paleobotanics in Earth history” at the University of Science and Technology for PhD students, Cracow, Poland.


2003 – Hungarian Natural History Museum  "The great environments in past, today and in future", permanent exhibition  (Palaeozoic and Mesozoic Eras).

2010 – Hungarian Natural History Museum  „Dinosaurs time in the Carpatian basen” permanent exhibition, Hungarian Jurassic forest.

2017 Natural Historicy Collection of Komló „Jurassic Park of the Mecsek Mountains”permanent exhibition.

Museum pedagogy: 

2020 – summer and autum museum camps: guide to the exhibitions, 11 groups.

Science dissemination: 

Barbacka M., Krobicki M.,  Iwańczuk J., Muceku B. (2019): Kora Jura időszaki növényi és Lithiotis-típusú  kagylómaradványok az Albán Alpokban. Annls Mus. hist.-nat. hung. 111; 103–114.

Barbacka M., Ziaja J. (2019): Jurassic landscapes. Academia 74(3–4); 63–64, 2019.

Selected publications:

Pieńkowski, G., Hesselbo, S. P., Barbacka, M, Leng, M.J. (2020): Non-marine carbon-isotope stratigraphy of the Triassic-Jurassic transition in the Polish Basin and its relationships to organic carbon preservation, pCO2 and palaeotemperature. Earth-Science Reviews

Barbacka, M, Kustatscher, E., Bodor, E.R. (2018): Ferns of the Lower Jurassic from the Mecsek Mountains (Hungary): taxonomy and palaeoecology. PalZ

Pacyna, G., Barbacka, M., Zdebska, D., Ziaja, J., Fijałkowska-Mader, A., Bóka, K, Sulej, T. (2017): A new conifer from the Upper Triassic of southern Poland linking the advanced voltzialean type of ovuliferous scale with Brachyphyllum-Pagiophyllum-like leaves. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 245; 28–54. DOI:10.1016/j.revpalbo.2017.05.015.

Barbacka, M., Pacyna, G., Kocsis, Á.T., Jarzynka, A, Ziaja, J., Bodor, E. (2017): Changes in terrestrial floras at the Triassic-Jurassic Boundary in Europe. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 480; 80–93. DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2017.05.024. 

Barbacka, M., Popa, M.E., Mitka, J., Bodo,r E., Püspöki, Z., McIntosh, R.W. (2016): A quantitative approach for identifying plant ecogroups in the Romanian Early Jurassic terrestrial vegetation. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 446; 44–54. DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.01.010.

Barbacka, M., Püspöki, Z., Bodor, E., Forgács, Z., Hámor-Vidó, M., Pacyna, G., McIntosh, R.W. (2015): Palaeotopography related plant succession stages in a coal forming deltaic succession in Early Jurassic in Hungary. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 440; 579-593. DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.09.027.

Barbacka, M., Bóka, K. (2014): Ovule-containing cupules belonging to the Early Jurassic pteridosperm, Komlopteris nordenskioeldii (Nathorst) Barbacka. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology  210; 102–112 DOI: 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2014.08.003.

Barbacka, M., Pacyna, G., Feldman Olszewska, A., Ziaja, J., Bodor, E. (2014): Triassic-Jurassic flora of Poland; floristical support of climatic changes. Acta Geologica Polonica 64(3); 281–308.  DOI: 10.2478/agp-2014-0015.

Barbacka, M. (2011): Biodiversity and The Reconstruction of Early Jurassic flora from the Mecsek Mountains (S. Hungary).  Acta Palaeobotanica  51(2); 127–179. 

Götz,  A.E., Ruckwied, K., Barbacka, M. (2011): Palaeoenvironment of the Late Triassic (Rhaetian) and Early Jurassic (Hettangian) Mecsek Coal Formation (south Hungary): implications from macro- and microfloral assemblages. Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments 91; 75–88.