Jan Król

E-mail: jan.jozef.krol@amu.edu.pl

Assistant Professor


Scientific interests:

  • Tabulate corals
  • Paleoecology of reefal assemblages
  • Carbonate facies and microfacies
  • Evolution of environmental adaptations of corals

Scientific projects (as PI):

  • National Science Centre of Poland grant no. 2017/27/N/ST10/01776 “Palaeoecology of Middle Palaeozoic „heliolitids” (Tabulata) and their convergence with Coenothecalia” (06/2018-06/2023). Website: https://jankro-helio.web.amu.edu.pl/index_en.html
  • National Science Centre of Poland grant no. 2023/49/B/ST10/00172 “The record of climate events in Middle Paleozoic coral ecosystems” (01/2024-01/2028).
Scientific papers

  • Król, J.J., Berkowski, B., Denayer, J., & Zapalski M.K. (2024). Deducing photosymbiosis in extinct heliolitid corals. Coral Reefs, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00338-023-02450-z


  • Berkowski, B., Król, J.J., Jakubowicz, M., & Zapalski, M.K. (2023). Early life strategies and juvenile mortality in Favosites (Anthozoa, Tabulata) from the Middle Devonian of the Mader Basin (Anti-Atlas, Morocco). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 625:111684.
  • Zatoń, M., Jakubowicz, M., Król, J.J., Zapalski, M.K., Słowiński, J., Rakociński, M., & Berkowski, B. (2023). Tiny inhabitants of a large Middle Devonian reef of northern Gondwana: Sclerobionts of the coral-stromatoporoid Aferdou el Mrakib buildup, eastern Anti-Atlas, Morocco. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 612:111392.
  • Majchrzyk, A., Jakubowicz, M., Berkowski, B., Król, J.J., & Zapalski M.K. (2023). Modern-type reef in ancient time – Palaeoecology of a Middle Devonian coral community from Madène el Mrakib (Anti-Atlas, Morocco). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 633: 111876


  • Król, J. J., Denayer, J., Wolniewicz, P., & Zapalski, M. K. 2021. Heliolitid corals and their competitors: a case study from the Wellin patch reefs, Middle Devonian, Belgium. Lethaia, https://doi.org/10.1111/let.12421.
  • Zapalski, M.K., Król, J.J., Halamski, A.T., Wrzołek, T., Rakociński, M., & Baird, A. (2021). Coralliths of tabulate corals from the Devonian of the Holy Cross Mountains (Poland). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 585:110745.


  • Antczak, M., Ruciński, M. R., Stachacz, M., Matysik, M. & Król, J. J., 2020. Diversity of vertebrate remains from the Lower Gogolin Beds (Anisian) of southern Poland. Annales Societatis Geologorum Poloniae, 90(4): 419-433.


  • Jakubowicz M., Król J.J., Zapalski M.K., Wrzołek T., Wolniewicz P., Berkowski B. (2019). At the southern limits of the Devonian reef zone: Palaeoecology of the Aferdou el Mrakib reef (Givetian, eastern Anti‐Atlas, Morocco). Geological Journal, 54:10-38.
  • Berkowski B., Jakubowicz M., Belka Z., Król J.J., Zapalski M.K. (2019). Recurring cryptic ecosystems in Lower to Middle Devonian carbonate mounds of Hamar Laghdad (Anti-Atlas, Morocco). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 523: 1-17.


  • Król J.J., Kołodziej B., Bucur I.I. (2018). Coral reefs near the Eocene–Oligocene boundary in the northern Transylvanian Basin, Romania: Composition and paleoenvironmental interpretation. Geological Journal 53(2), 565–579.
  • Król J.J., Jakubowicz M., Zapalski M.K., Berkowski B. (2018). Massive tabulates in competition for space: A case study from Aferdou el Mrakib (Middle Devonian, Anti-Atlas, Morocco). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 497: 105-116.
  • Król J.J., Zapalski M.K., Berkowski B. (2018). Emsian tabulate corals of Hamar Laghdad (Morocco): taxonomy and ecological interpretation. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie Abhandlungen 290(1-3): 75-102.


  • Król J.J., Zapalski M.K., Jakubowicz M., Berkowski B. (2016). Growth strategies of the tabulate coral Favosites bohemicus on unstable, soft substrates: An example from the Hamar Laghdad (Lower Devonian, Anti-Atlas, Morocco). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 449, 531–540.