Alpine ponds – sensitive indicators of environmental changes: macroinvertebrates and determinants of their multilevel diversity

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agency: VEGA

duration: 2013 - 2016

keywords: species and genetic diversity, alpine ponds, benthic macroinvertebrates, environmental gradient, DNA, Tatra Mountains


The project focuses on a multidisciplinary analysis of macroinvertebrates from alpine ponds in the Tatra Mts. To achieve objectives of the project, study of 60 ponds is expected. These are an important and irreplaceable part of (sub)alpine ecosystems and may, in terms of effective nature protection, serve as an early warning systems and biotopes suitable for long-term monitoring. In this project various methods and approaches of data processing will be used, combination of which will provide a unique knowledge in respective field. Expected outcomes will provide a precise picture of macroinvertebrates structure of these vulnerable biotopes sensitive to environmental changes, allow detection of impact of various env. gradients, and prediction of changes in zoocoenoses depending on changes in the environment. Genetic structure of model species populations allow to identify centers of diversity, main factors affecting variability and indicates trends in dispersal of species in case of expected env. changes. 


principal investigator:

RNDr. Zuzana Čiamporová-Zaťovičová, PhD., Institute of Botany SAS, Bratislava



RNDr. Fedor Čiampor, PhD., Institute of Botany SAS, Bratislava

Ing. Marek Svitok, PhD., Faculty of Ecology and Environmental Sciences TU in Zvolen

scientific co-workers:

Ing. Milan Novikmec, PhD., Faculty of Ecology and Environmental Sciences TU in Zvolen

Prof. RNDr. Peter Bitušík, CSc., Faculty of Natural Sciences MBU in Banská Bystrica

Ing. Ladislav Hamerlík, PhD., Faculty of Natural Sciences MBU in Banská Bystrica

Doc. Ing. Eva Michalková, CSc., Faculty of Ecology and Environmental Sciences TU in Zvolen


PhD. students:

Ing. Miroslav Očadlík, PhD.

Ing. Jozef Oboňa, PhD.

RNDr. Kristína Laššová, PhD.

Ing. Barbora Reduciendo Klementová, PhD.

Mgr. Katarína Goffová

Mgr. Darina Šípošová

Ing. Zuzana Matúšová

Ing. Marta Veselská




Slovenská limnologická spoločnosť pri SAV

Centrum biológie rastlín a biodiverzity SAV
Botanický ústav
Dúbravská cesta 9
845 23

Číslo účtu: IBAN
SK80 8330 0000 0021 0136 5331