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Forest vertebrates ecology

Vertebrates research is focused on their diversity, richness, habitat requirements, temporal activity and spatial behavior, and trophic preferences.

Temporal activity and spatial behavior including horizontal and vertical migration movements and habitat preferences are specifically studied in large herbivores, mostly deer. This research also concerns the population dynamics of large carnivores in Slovakia, mainly lynx, as well as cross-species interactions between ungulates and their predators.

Research in the field of ornithology focuses on bird assemblages and tests hypotheses about species richness and diversity, density, habitat preferences of bird guilds and small terrestrial mammals along altitudinal gradient in relation to forest management interventions. Furthermore, the influence of altitudinal gradient on diversity and density of bird assemblages in the Western Carpathians are studied, in addition to structures and convergence of bird feed guilds at intercontinental level, habitat associations of forest bird communities, compensatory dynamics and distribution of bird communities in Slovakia and on a global level.


KORŇAN, M., ADAMÍK, P. 2017. Tree species preferences for foraging insectivorous birds in a primeval mountain mixed forest: implication for management. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research. in press.

LEŠO, P., LEŠOVÁ, A., KROPIL, R., KAŇUCH, P. 2016: Response of the dominant rodent species to close-to-nature logging practices in a temperate mixed forest. Annals of forest research 59: 259-268.

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.

KORŇAN, M. 2013. Breeding bird assemblage dynamics in a primaeval temperate mixed forest in the Western Carpathians (Slovakia): support for pluralistic community concept. Ornis Fennica 90: 151–177.

KORŇAN, M., P. ADAMÍK. 2007. Foraging guild structure within a primeval mixed forest bird assemblage: a comparison of two concepts. Community Ecology 8: 133–149.

LEŠO P., R. KROPIL 2007: A comparison of three different approaches for the classification of bird foraging guilds: an effect of leaf phenophase. Folia Zoologica 56: 51–70.

ADAMÍK, P., M. KORŇAN. 2004. Foraging ecology of two bark foraging passerine birds in an old-growth temperate forest. Ornis Fennica 81: 13–22.


prof. Dr. Rudolf Kropil
Dr. Peter Lešo
Dr. Martin Korňan
Dr. Jakub Kubala
Dr. Peter Smolko


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