Animal Ecology

Research activities:
The section deals with a wide scale of biological problems connected with ecology and zoology, with the help of methods widely used in hydrobiology, parasitology, epidemiology, systematics, zoogeography, ethology, entomology, acarology, ornithology, and mammalogy. It is concerned with different groups of aquatic and terrestrial animals, namely Oligochaeta, Isopoda, Amphipoda, Acarina, Mallophaga, Opiliones, Coleoptera, Trichoptera, Plecoptera, Ephemeroptera, Aves and Mammalia.
– ecology, ethology, population and reproduction biology of invertebrates and vertebrates including humans, of ticks and tick-borne micro-organisms and tick-host-pathogen interactions
– bioindication of natural and anthropogenic changes of environment, with focus on floodplain, alpine aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and their restoration, as well as impact of climatic changes on ecosystems,
– relationships of bird ecto- and endoparasites and non-parasitic arthropods inhabiting bird nests,
– ecology, physiology and host-pathogen interactions of the tick-borne diseases,
The members of the section participated successfully in projects supported by the 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7FP of the EU (Alpe 2, MOLAR, EMERGE, STAR, EDEN, ICCTD3, EDENext) and in national projects funded by the Scientific Grant Agency of the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic and Slovak Academy of Sciences (VEGA) and by the Slovak Research and Development Agency (APVT, APVV).

Head:
RNDr. Šporka Ferdinand, DrSc. – senior researcher,
Macrozoobenthos, ecology of floodplain water bodies, mountain lakes and streams, structure and dynamics of benthic communities, ecology and taxonomy of Oligochaeta, Isopoda Amphipoda, organic matter in sediments

Members:
RNDr. Alžbeta Darolová, CSc. – senior researcher,
Ethology, ecology and reproductive strategies of birds, influence of parasites and bacteria on reproductive and physiological parameters of birds, analyses of song quality of birds

RNDr. Zuzana Hamšíková, PhD. – junior researcher
Ecology and species diversity of tick-borne micro-organisms

RNDr. Daniela Kalaninová, PhD. – junior researcher
Ecology of Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera and Trichoptera, Influence of environmental factors on distribution patterns of benthic macroinvertebrates with emphasis on Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera a Trichoptera, bioindication

RNDr. Stanislav Kalúz, CSc. – senior researcher
Ecology, distribution and taxonomy of free living soil mites (Mesostigmata, Prostigmata, Oribatida), ecology, distribution and taxonomy of parasitic chigger mites (Parasitengona, Trombiculidae).

RNDr. Mária Kazimírová, CSc. – senior researcher
Experimental acarology, ecology of tick-borne diseases, physiology of ticks and tick-host-pathogen interactions, identification of novel tick salivary bioactive compounds

RNDr. Ján Krištofík, CSc, – senior researcher
Ecology and distribution of mammal in Slovakia, reproductive biology of birds, relationship between birds, parasites (Mallophaga, Acarina, Diptera) and bacteria, analyses of song quality of birds

RNDr. Peter Mašán, PhD. – senior researcher
Acarology, especially systematics and biology of mesostigmatic mites (Acarina, Mesostigmata), including morphology, taxonomy, ecology and zoogeography of taxa living in Palaearctic Region, primarily based on free-living edaphic mites, parasitic mites associated with small mammals and birds (and their nests), and phoretic mites associated with coprophilous, necrophilous and mycophilous arthropods.

RNDr. Pavol Prokop, PhD. – senior researcher
Evolution of nuptial feeding and sexual cannibalism in arthropods, sexual selection of animals including humans.

Ing. Zbyšek Šustek, CSc. – senior researcher
Ecology and biogeography of Carabidae and Stapbylinidae (Insecta, Coleoptera), bioindication of environmental changes and landscape structure with focus on urban, floodplain and alpine forest ecosystem, as well as interrelations of beetles with other arthropods in bird nests

Mrs. Mária Gudabová – technicians

Consultants:
RNDr. Marian Vranovský, CSc.
– zooplankton of standing and flowing waters, ecology and taxonomy of Copepoda and Cladocera

Name / Position E-mail Phone
Darolová, Alžbeta RNDr., CSc.
senior researcher
alzbeta.darolova@savba.sk 02/5930 2619
Gudabová, Mária
Maria.Gudabova@savba.sk 02/5930 2614
Hamšíková, Zuzana Mgr., PhD.
scientific researcher
zuzana.svitalkova@savba.sk
Kalúz, Stanislav RNDr., CSc.
senior researcher
stanislav.kaluz@savba.sk
Kazimírová, Mária RNDr., CSc.
senior researcher
Maria.Kazimirova@savba.sk 02/5930 2645
Kokavec, Igor Mgr.
Krištofík, Ján RNDr., CSc.
senior researcher
Jan.Kristofik@savba.sk 02/5930 2616
Mašán, Peter RNDr., PhD.
senior researcher
Peter.Masan@savba.sk 02/5930 2620
Prokop, Pavol Doc. PaedDr., PhD.
senior researcher
Pavol.Prokop@savba.sk 02/5930 2621
Šípošová, Darina Mgr.
PhD student
darina.siposova@savba.sk
Šporka, Ferdinand RNDr., DrSc.
head of section, senior researcher
ferdinand.sporka@savba.sk 02/5930 2609
Šustek, Zbyšek Ing., CSc.
senior researcher
Zbysek.Sustek@savba.sk 02/5930 2617