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.
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
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
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