Martin Štefánik

Porträt Martin Štefánik Research interest The overarching subject of my research constitutes primarily invertebrates. I was fortunate to be a part of research groups studying fresh water management and revitalisation of lake and riverine systems by study of mayfly population composition. Recently I have studied thrips’ morphology, behaviour and changes these species undergo as pests during transit and after introduction into new environments. A particularly interesting topic is the study of their endoparasite Wolbachia and its involvement in the changes of the sex ratios within populations. I have previously also worked on a project focusing on predatory fish in Swedish lakes. Currently I will be working on butterfly mobility using the harmonic radar technology. Curriculum vitae
  • 2017 – 2019: Slovak National Museum, Natural History Museum, Setup of an exhibition, lecturing and research of the morphology of the mountain Apollo butterflies
  • 2016 – 2019: Comenius University, PhD thesis on the phenotypic plasticity as a key factor in thrips biological invasions
  • 2015 – 2016: Natur-Pack s.r.o. Environmental Specialist
  • 2009 – 2015: Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia. Master thesis on the effects of Čierny Váh dam on mayfly (Ephemeroptera) communities
Publications Štefánik M, Habel JC, Schmitt T, Eberle J (2021) Geographic disjunction and environmental conditions drive intraspecific differentiations in the chalk-hill blue butterfly. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society  133: 202–215. Štefánik M, Zvaríková M, Masarovič R, Fedor P (2019) The significance of anthropochory in Hercinothrips femoralis (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) – Short Communication. Plant Protection Science 55:262-265. Fedor P, Sigmund J, Zvaríková M, Masarovič R, Štefánik M, Krumpál M, Litavský J, Prokop P (2018) The most northern record of the alien composite Thrips Microcephalothrips abdominalis in Europe – Short Communication. Plant Protection Science 54:43-47. Masarovič R, Štefánik M, Zvaríková M, Sigmund J, Fedor P (2017) First record of a new alien economically important Thrips Dichromothrips corbetti (Priesner, 1936) (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) in Slovakia – Short Communication. Plant Protection Science 53:177-180.