Island-like alpine habitats of the Carpathians and their role in the evolution of high mountain plants and fungi; genetic structure and divergence of populations in the Western, Eastern and Southern Carpathians and identification of particularly diverse areas (Carpathian genetic diversity hot spots).

Detailed, comparative phylogeographies and modeling of range history of high-mountain plants and fungi in the island-like alpine habitats of Central Europe (Carpathians, Alps, Sudetes, mountains of Balkan Peninsula) as well as at a larger geographical scale (e.g., circumpolar distribution ranges).

Fine-scale genetic structure of the high-mountain flora of the Tatra mountains (the highest range of the Carpathians) in the context of its history and contemporary population processes in the high-mountain landscape.

Relationships between the fundamental levels of biodiversity: intraspecific (genetic), specific (species richness) and environmental, with the high-mountain flora of the Alps and the Carpathians as a model system (EU project INTRABIODIV: Tracking surrogates for intraspecific biodiversity: towards efficient selection strategies for the conservation of natural genetic resources using comparative mapping and modelling approaches).

Molecular marker-based inference of dispersal capacities of key arctic-alpine species, in the framework of improved modeling and forecasting of climate change influence on the plants range dynamics and ecosystem assemblages (EU project ECOCHANGE: Challenges in assessing and forecasting biodiversity and ecosystem changes in Europe).

Evolution and biogeographical dynamics of interlinked arctic-alpine ecological systems, such as Dryas octopetala and its community of tightly dependent organisms (PSRP project DRYADE: The fate of ecological interactions in a changing climate: using next-generation sequencing technologies to unravel adaptive and historical processes in a community of interrelated arctic-alpine organisms).

Distribution constraints of arctic-alpine mycorrhizal fungi and stability of their  relationships with arctic-alpine mycorrhizal plants in time and space: molecular analysis of species structure of mycorrhizal fungal communities in relic, forest belt populations vs. high-mountain populations of Dryas octopetala.

Key words: alpine, Alps, arctic, biodiversity, biogeography, Balkan mountains, Carpathians, climate change, co-evolution, molecular markers, (comparative) phylogeography, Sudetes.

 

For more details see the page of the Molecular Biogeography research group.