Prof. dr hab. Adam Izdebski

Research Group Leader
PS&H Research Group
+49 3641 686-780

Main Focus

Human Ecology

Environmental History

Disease History

Complex Systems and Resilience Theory

Greek and Roman Antiquity

Middle Ages

Early Modern Europe



aDNA and isotope analysis in historical applications

Curriculum Vitae

2023: Professur in Humanökologie, Ruf von dem Presidenten der Republik Polen

2020: Habilitation in History, Jagiellonian University in Krakow

2018-present: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena: Max Planck Independent Research Group Leader (W2 position)

2012-present: Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Institute of History: Associate Professor (on leave)

2017-2018: Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton: Member (School of Historical Studies)

Spring 2017: University of Warsaw, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Visiting Professor

Spring 2016: Princeton University, History Department: Visiting Professor in the Council of the Humanities

2011-2012: Freie Universität Berlin, Department of Philosophy and Humanities: Humboldt Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow

2011: University of Warsaw, Faculty of History: PhD in History

2008: University of Oxford, Faculty of History: MSt in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies

2008: University of Warsaw, Faculty of Psychology: MA in Psychology

2007: University of Warsaw, Faculty of History: MA in History


Key publications

Monographs & edited volumes

Izdebski A., Ein Vormoderner Staat als Sozioökologisches System: Das Oströmische Reich 300-1300 [= Forschungen zur Geschichte und Kultur des Östlichen Mitteleuropa 59]. Dresden: Sandstein, 2022.

Izdebski A., Filipkowski P., Haldon J. (eds.), Perspectives on public policy in societal-environmental crises. What the future needs from history. [= Risks, Systems, Decisions]. Cham: Springer, 2022.

Izdebski A. & Szmytka R. (ed.), Krakow. Ecobiography. Pittsburgh 2020: Pittsburgh University Press.

Izdebski A. and M. Mulryan (eds.), Environment and Society during the long Late Antiquity, Late Antique Archaeology 11 & 12 (Leiden, 2018), 2 vols.

Gogou A., Holmgren K., Izdebski A. (eds.), Special Issue: Mediterranean Holocene Climate, Environment and Human Societies, Quaternary Science Reviews vol. 136, Springer 2016.


These books were reviewed by:

T. Newfield & I. Labuhn, in The Journal of Interdisciplinary History 48 (2017) 211-240.

R. Ousterhout in The Journal of Interdisciplinary History 45 (2014) 223-224;

V. La Salvia in The European Journal of Post-Classical Archaeologies 4 (2014) 482-483;

H. Elton, Byzantinische Zeitschrift 107 (2014) 903-905;

N. Tsivikis, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2015.03.53;

V. La Salvia in Medieval Archaeology 59 (2015) 349.


Journal articles & book chapters

Izdebski A., Guzowski P., et al. Palaeoecological data indicates land-use changes across Europe linked to spatial heterogeneity in mortality during the Black Death pandemic. Nature Ecology and Evolution 6 (2022) 297-306.

Izdebski A., Bloomfield K., et al., L’émergence d’une histoire environnementale interdisciplinaire. Une approche conjointe de l’Holocène tardif / The emergence of interdisciplinary environmental history: bridging the gap between the humanistic and scientific approaches to the Late Holocene, Annales HSS 77/2 (2022) 1-48.

Haldon J., Izdebski A., et al., SDG 13: Climate Action. How Societies Succeeded or Failed to Respond to Environmental Disruption. In: Gorman D., Gutmann M., Before the SDGs. A Historical Companion to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Oxford 2022, Oxford University Press, in press.

Dagomar D., Anchukaitis K., Bauch M., Burnham J., Carnegy F., Cui J., de Luna K., Guzowski P., Hambrecht G., Huhtamaa H., Izdebski A., et al. Towards a Rigorous Understanding of Societal Responses to Climate Change. Nature 591 (2021): 539–50.

Zanchetta G., Bini M., Bloomfield K., Izdebski A., et al. Beyond One-Way Determinism: San Frediano’s Miracle andClimate Change in Central and Northern Italy in Late Antiquity, Climatic Change 165 (2021): 25.

Izdebski A., Persian Christians. In: E. Wipszycka, Monks and hierarchic church in Egypt and the Levant in Late Antiquity, JJP Supplement, Peeters 2021, in press (as appendix).

Izdebski A., Słoczyński T., Bonnier A., Koloch G., Kouli K., Landscape Change and Trade in Ancient Greece: Evidence from Pollen Data, Economic Journal (2020): 10.1093/ej/ueaa026.

Mordechai L., Eisenberg M., Newfield T., Izdebski A., Kay J., Poinar H, The Justinianic Plague: An inconsequential pandemic?, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116/51 (2019): 25546-25554.

Izdebski, A., L. Mordechai, S. White. The Social Burden of Resilience: A Historical Perspective. Human Ecology, 46 (2018) 291-303.

Haldon, J., L. Mordechai, T.P. Newfield, A.F. Chase, A. Izdebski, P. Guzowski, I. Labuhn, N. Roberts. History Meets Palaeoscience: Consilience and Collaboration in Studying Past Societal Responses to Environmental Change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 9 March 2018, 201716912.

Izdebski A., Jaworski M., Üstündağ H., Sołtysiak A., Bread and class in medieval society: foodways in Anatolia, Journal of Interdisciplinary History 48:3 (2017) 1-23.

Izdebski A., Pickett, J., Roberts N., Waliszewski T., The environmental, archaeological and historical evidence for climatic changes and their societal impacts in the Eastern Mediterranean in Late Antiquity, Quaternary Science Reviews 136 (2016) 189-208.

Izdebski A., Koloch G., Słoczyński T., Wolicka M., On the Use of Palynological Data in Economic History: New Methods and an Application to Agricultural Output in Central Europe,
0--2000 AD, Explorations in Economic History 59 (2016) 17-39.

Izdebski A., Holmgren K., Weiberg E., Stocker S., Büntgen U., Florenzano A., Gogou A., Leroy S.A.G., Luterbacher J., Martrat B., Masi A., Mercuri A.M., Montagna P., Sadori L., Schneider A., Sicre M.-A., Triantaphyllou M., Xoplaki E., Realising consilience: how better communication between archaeologists, historians and geoscientists can transform the study of past climate change in the Mediterranean, Quaternary Science Reviews 136 (2016) 5-22.

Izdebski A., Koloch G., Słoczyński T., Exploring Byzantine and Ottoman economic history with the use of palynological data: a quantitative approach, Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Byzantinistik 65 (2015) 67-110.

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