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Forest ungulates and predators ecology. Forest disturbance ecology

A big brown bear in the forest

Department of Forest Protection and Game Management within its research focuses on the evaluation of resistance potential of forests growth influenced by natural and anthropogenic stressors in the mountain forests, with the aim of innovating classical methodology based on the latest knowledge in the field of Plant Physiology, Applied Forest Phytopathology, Entomology and Mycology.Research of forest ecosystems trophic disposition out of nutrition aspects of the game is based on a comprehensive assessment of natural conditions of forest biota whereby will the methodology for quantifying spatial threat to gnaw wood ungulates.


Main principles of the protection of young plantations, which by modifying them could be used in other environmental conditions of forest activity, will be designed.The project aimed at application of new study methods of learning, cultivation and use of wood decaying fungi, focusing on the systematic familiarization, especially for students of the Technical University in Zvolen, with the ability to identify these fungi, their cognition, processing and use. The students will be able to validate the practical procedures for the cultivation, processing, storage.Large mammals research is focused on the activity and spatial behavior, horizontal and vertical migration movements and habitat preference of large herbivore, mostly deer, and the population dynamics of large carnivores in Slovakia, mainly lynx, as well as cross-species interaction ungulates and their predators in Slovakia and Carpathians. Research in the field of ornithology focuses on testing hypotheses species richness and diversity, density, equitability and structure of bird guilds forest altitudinal gradient in the mountains of the Western Carpathians, structures and convergence of bird food processing guilds at intercontinental level, habitat associations of forest bird communities in Slovakia, compensatory dynamics and distribution of bird communities in Slovakia and on a global level and questions the concept of guilds and community-based organizations in ecology.


An important part of the research at this department is long-term research on research infrastructure in the Tatras, by participating in long-term monitoring of ecological processes (substances balance – particularly carbon and nitrogen, water and energy).


SELECTED PAPERS

KROPIL, R., SMOLKO, P., GARAJ, P., 2015: Home range and migration patterns of male red deer Cervus elaphus in Western Carpathians. European Journal of Wildlife Research 61: 63 – 72.


KORŇAN, M, HOLMES, M.R.T., RECHER, H.F., ADAMÍK, P., KROPIL, R., 2013: Convergence in foraging guild structure of forest breeding bird assemblages across three continents is related to habitat structure and foraging opportunities. Community Ecology 14: 89–100.


HOLKO, L., FLEISCHER, P., NOVÁK, V., KOSTKA, Z., BIČÁROVÁ, S., NOVÁK, J., 2012: Hydrological Effects of a large scale Windfall Degradation in the High Tatra Mts., Slovakia. In: Krecek, J. , Haigh, M.J., Hofer, T., Kubin, E. (eds.), 2012. Management of Mountain watersheds. Springer. Dordrecht, The Netherlands.  Chapter 13, p. 164-179


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