Mikołaj was born and still lives in Warsaw, Poland. A biologist by education, he has had a life-long passion for both natural and exploration history. His childhood love and fascination for cold regions was confirmed whilst studying behavioural and genetic ecology of various carnivores in winter forests of Northeast Poland. Having defended his PhD in 2002, he immediately went to his first overwintering expedition to the Polish Antarctic Station Arctowski as a scientist studying reproductive strategies and genetics of Southern Elephant Seals. Since then he participated in three more expeditions to the station including another year-long one when he worked as the Base Commander and the Leader of the 32nd Polish Antarctic Expedition.
Mikołaj started working on expedition ships in 2006, happily sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge of Antarctic and Arctic nature and history, as well as seeking satisfaction in facilitating other people’s infection with the polar bug that has had him in its grip for many years.
If not on a ship, Mikołaj spends his time caring for his daughter, Hanna Gaia, as well as a motley crew of other creatures, including black cats and an introvert tortoise, while also working as a translator and author of books and articles on ecology, nature conservation and history.