Projects

International

Konverzia poznatkov na zlepšenie riadenia európskych pobrežných ekosystémov a služieb – COST
Knowledge conversion for enhancing management of European riparian ecosystems and services
Program: COST
Zodpovedný riešiteľ: Mgr. Šibíková Mária, PhD.
Duration: 9.11.2017 – 8.11.2021
NaturaSat – softvér na výskum biotopov Natura 2000 pomocou satelitných dát
NaturaSat – software for exploring Natura 2000 habitats by satellite data
Program: European Space Agency (ESA)
Zodpovedný riešiteľ: Mgr. Šibíková Mária, PhD.
Annotation: The presented proposal represents convergence research solving complex questions requiring a multidisciplinary approach. It integrates knowledge of fieldwork scientists, mathematicians, and stakeholders focusing on habitat use and nature conservancy – especially the Natura 2000 network.The project objective is to build up the NaturaSat software allowing botanists, environmentalists, and nature conservationists across Europe to explore Natura 2000 habitats by using Sentinel-2 optical data. Achieving the project goals will guarantee the accurate area identification and classification of European protected habitats and continuous monitoring of their Spatio-temporal distribution and quality by the NaturaSat software.The project builds on the successful solution of the first phase, supported by ESA. We created a software prototype – NATURASAT, which should now be completed and tested in practice for its subsequent use by interested organizations or the private sector.
Duration: 1.10.2020 – 30.9.2022
Ochrana in-situ pomocou menežmentu ekosystémov – v rámci projektu Integrovaný prístup k ochrane ohrozených rastlín v 21. storočí
Program: COST
Zodpovedný riešiteľ: Mgr. Šibíková Mária, PhD.
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Project web page: https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA18201
Duration: 15.10.2019 – 14.10.2023
ConservePlants – Zjednocujúci pohľad na udržateľný manažment druhovej diverzity lesov mierneho pásma
Biodiversity of temperate forest taxa orienting management sustainability by unifying perspectives
Program: COST
Zodpovedný riešiteľ: RNDr. Šibík Jozef, PhD.
Annotation: The main aim and objective of the Action is to The Action challenge is to substantially increase the degree of management sustainability of European forest ecosystems in order to maintain their social, environmental and economic values in the long-term. It will be addressed by establishing a knowledge platform able to standardize and apply the existing information on forest biodiversity.
Project web page: https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA18207
Duration: 13.11.2019 – 12.11.2023

National

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
LORIEN – Smerom k udržateľnému manažmentu lesa: odpovede biodiverzity na pestovanie monokultúr naprieč viacerými taxonomickými skupinami a škálami
Towards a sustainable forest management: muLti-taxa and multiscale biOdiveRsIty response to the treE plaNtation
Program: VEGA
Zodpovedný riešiteľ: RNDr. Šibík Jozef, PhD.
Annotation: In almost all European forests their land-use history is deeply embedded with a variety of effects on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. The majority of indicators of sustainable forest management are derived from information traditionally collected for timber production assessment, lacking meaningful biodiversity information. To understand multiple interactions between organisms and their environment, the main goal is to investigate the biodiversity responses to impacts of non-native forest plantations compared to native forest stands. Based on twin plot-method, multiscale relationships between multi-taxa biodiversity, structure and management will be analysed using five groups: plants, mites, spiders, saproxylic fauna and birds, providing an innovative perspective based on structured biodiversity information. This study could fill a critical gap in the understanding of complex biodiversity responses to forest management and may help to overcome sectoral biases on the local, regional or national scale.
Duration: 1.1.2021 – 31.12.2024
Zmeny biodiverzity v urbánne fragmentovanej krajine
Changes in biodiversity in an urban fragmented landscape
Program: VEGA
Zodpovedný riešiteľ: Ing. Čejka Tomáš, PhD.
Annotation: The project deals with changes in biodiversity in an urban environment in two ways: in the space (ecological gradients, fragmentation of habitats) and time (historical data). For study, we chose two ecologically linked model groups: vascular plants and land snails. Based on the research of these model organisms, we will solve five main points: [1] How the urban fragmented woodland fits principles of the island biogeography and what is the impact of the fragmentation and env. variables on the biota structure and variability. [2] Whether and to what extent the genetic diversity of the populations of selected model species varies in long-term continuously forested areas comparing the neorefugia; [3] How the urban environment impacts in time and space on the diversity of indigenous species; [4] On the basis of the theory of refugia verify what is the ecol.l traits structure of biota in the remains of forest vegetation; [5] Whether biotic homogenization occurs and which groups of biota are most affected by biotic homogenisation.
Duration: 1.1.2018 – 31.12.2021