Projects

International

COST ETN – Európska sieť na sledovanie akvatických živočíchov
The European Aquatic Animal Tracking Network
Program: COST
Zodpovedný riešiteľ: Mgr. Pekárik Ladislav PhD.
Annotation: Telemetry is a commonly applied method to investigate the ecology and movement behaviour of aquatic species in relation to their environment. It provides a scientific basis for management and conservation and has significantly improved our understanding of ecosystem functioning and dynamics. More specifically, telemetry provides valuable data that can be used in many policies and directives. As a result, large scale nationally and regionally managed initiatives were implemented around the globe in recent years. Although there is a large and growing number of researchers in Europe using biotelemetry to study aquatic animals and answer management-related questions, there is a stringent lack of in-field telemetry collaborations in Europe. This situation represents a substantial loss of opportunities for: scientific excellence, funding opportunities and competitivity of European SME on the international biotelemetry market. With this COST Action, we want to close this gap and the overarching objective is to ensure a transition from a loosely-coordinated set of existing regional telemetry initiatives to a sustainable, efficient, and integrated pan-European biotelemetry network embedded in the international context of already existing initiatives. This will be achieved through working group meetings, workshops, training courses and scientific missions focused on: 1) Implementing a centralised European database, requirements and policy mapped to the data standards of existing international biotelemetry data systems, 2) improve the usefulness and inter-applicability of currently available technology and foster technological advancements, 3) promoting the establishment of key telemetry infrastructure and research on key species, and 4) provide continuous training opportunities and disseminate knowledge to the stakeholders\’ community.
Project web page: http://www.lifewatch.be/etn/
Duration: 1.4.2019 – 31.3.2023
Občianska veda (Citizen Science) ako nástroj na zvýšenie povedomia o nepôvodných druhov organizmov
Increasing understanding of alien species through citizen science – Alien CSI
Program: COST
Zodpovedný riešiteľ: Mgr. Pekárik Ladislav PhD.
Duration: 1.6.2018 – 30.6.2022
G-BIKE – Poznanie genómovej biodiverzity pre odolné ekosystémy
Genomic biodiversity knowledge for resilient ecosystems
Program: COST
Zodpovedný riešiteľ: RNDr. Čiampor Fedor PhD.
Annotation: In a rapidly changing environment the resilience of ecosystems depends ultimately on species adaptability. G-BIKE will enable standard and routine tools for assessing, monitoring and managing the genetic resilience and related adaptive potential of wild and captive populations. Although genetic data can be obtained for most organisms, the standardization of protocols for detecting and monitoring species’ genetic diversity, and their potential for adaptation, is still lacking. G-BIKE will assist scientists and practitioners across the EU and particularly in COST Inclusiveness Target Countries to integrate genetic and evolutionary knowledge into conservation planning policies, and to promote cross-border management and long term monitoring programs of evolutionary potential in order to ensure persistence of populations and species, and ultimately the continued supply of nature-based ecosystem services. Considering the drastic impacts of climate change during the coming decades, G-BIKE is especially urgent. The following aims will be accomplished by involving a balanced representation of scientists and practitioners from a diversity of countries: 1) clearly articulating for managers how genetic diversity can support ecosystems; 2) developing and testing best practice protocols for monitoring genetic diversity in time and space; 3) providing an online forum on emerging tools; 4) connecting all stakeholders through networking and training opportunities; 4) building a network of conservation genetics labs; 5) building a foundation for long term impact.
Project web page: https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA18134
Duration: 1.3.2019 – 31.3.2023
Reštitúcia jesetera malého v rakúskom úseku Dunaja – LIFE
Restoration of sterlet populations in the Austrian Danube – LIFE
Program: LIFE
Zodpovedný riešiteľ: Mgr. Pekárik Ladislav PhD.
Duration: 1.1.2015 – 31.12.2021

National

Diverzita a disperzia v metapopuláciách a metaspoločenstvách malých vodných biotopov
Diversity and dispersal in metapopulations and metacommunities of small aquatic biotopes
Program: VEGA
Zodpovedný riešiteľ: RNDr. Čiamporová – Zaťovičová Zuzana PhD.
Annotation: Project is aimed at small aquatic biotopes, very important regarding their biodiversity, yet often overlooked and understudied. Project is logically linked to previous projects of team members. Proposed is reasonable improvement of datasets on communities of natural biotopes in lowland and mountain regions, new data will be acquired on human impacted areas, including robust environmental data. Macrophytes, molluscs, zooplankton and aquatic insects were chosen as model groups due to their indication value, different ecological requirements and function in food webs. Main goal is to understand patterns of biological diversity of small water bodies, emphasizing 1) evaluation of the importance of different biotope types for biodiversity preservation, 2) assessment of dispersal and habitat features roles in metacommunity structure and 3) describing extent of connectivity within metapopulations. Reaching the goals will improve effective conservation of aquatic ecosystems – important component of global environment.
Duration: 1.1.2017 – 31.12.2020
DD ChangE – Diverzita a distribúcia druhov a spoločenstiev v meniacom sa prostredí
Diversity and distribution of species and communities in changing environment
Program: VEGA
Zodpovedný riešiteľ: Mgr. Šibíková Mária PhD.
Annotation: Spatio-temporal changes translate to changes in diversity and distribution of populations and communities across all organizational levels, influencing many aspects of biota. Shifts in distribution of plant communities and species including invasions by alien species gained significance in past decades when this phenomenon became more evident. Now it is obvious that the main drivers and causes of changes in diversity and distribution include 1) land use and management; 2) climate change; 3) spreading of alien species and 4) natural disturbances. Combinations of these factors influence vegetation, agroecosystems and forestry either in negative or positive way. Identifying general pattern at local scales, in various habitats, and differentiation of effects caused by each driver will help us to understand the impact of observed changes and their role in ecosystems. To reach our goals we focus on habitats from the basins to the alpine belt – floodplains, montane forests, grassland and alpine communities.
Duration: 1.1.2019 – 31.12.2022
Ekológia vybraných nepôvodných druhov rýb na Slovensku a v Srbsku v súvislosti s klimatickou zmenou a antropogénnymi zmenami
Comparative ecology of selected invasive fish species in Slovakia and Serbia in respect with climate change and human disturbance
Program: APVV
Zodpovedný riešiteľ: Mgr. Pekárik Ladislav PhD.
Duration: 1.1.2019 – 31.12.2020