Blaženec Miroslav

Blaženec Miroslav

Zvolen

Ing. Miroslav Blaženec, PhD.

Slovak Academy of Sciences
Institute of Forest Ecology
Head of Disturbance Ecology Research Group
Ľudovíta Štúra 1774/2
960 01 Zvolen
Phone:  +421-45- 5241137, kl. 137; or mobile: +421-918- 743675
Email:  blazenec@savzv.sk


I am focused on:

  • Plant-insect interactions from the viewpoint of predisposition to bark beetle attack
  • Population dynamics of bark beetles
  • Stress physiology, health and condition of forest tree species
  • Global change impact on forest ecosystems
  • Chemical ecology of bark beetles

Work experience:

  • Institute of forest Ecology, Zvolen
    • Deputy director (01.06.2016 – present)
    • Scientific secretary (01.06.2008 – 31.05.2016)
    • Head of Depertment (01.03.2006 – present)
    • Senior scientist (01.05.2009 – present)
      • scientific and research activities
      • scientific projetcs – management and coordination, solving
    • Junior scientist (01.12.2003 – 30.04.2009)
      • scientific and research activities
      • scientific projetcs solving

Education and training

  • PhD in Ecology (01.09.1996 – 01.12.2003)
    • Institute of Forest Ecology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Zvolen (Slovakia)
    • Ecology
    • PhD thesis: Semiochemicals as Spruce bark beetle attractants
  • Dipl. Ing. (01.09.1993 – 30.06.1999)
    • Faculty of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Technical University in Zvolen, Zvolen (Slovakia)
    • Nature and Landscape Protection
    • Thesis: Production-ecological analysis of the herb layer in the Velka Straz locality

Personal skills:

  • Languages:
    • Slovak: Mother tongue
    • English: B2
    • German: C1
    • Russian: A2
  • Communication skills
    • good communication skills gained through management and coordination of projects
  • Organisational / managerial skills
    • cooperation in international and national scientific and research projects in all positions – as a project manager, the deputy and investigator
    • Head of the depertment from March 2006
    • Scientific secretary of the institute from June 2008
  • Digital competence
    • MS Windows
    • MS Office
    • statistical software Statistica a SPSS
    • Corel Draw a Adobe Creative Suite
    • HTML basics
    • GIS

Projects (current):

  • Cross-scale interactions between bark beetles and spruce VEGA 2/0176/17 / VEGA – Scientific grant agency of the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic and of the Slovak Academy of Sciences / implementation period: 01/2017-12/2020 / investigator
  • The study of spruce – bark beetles interactions – new possibilities of semiochemicals use – APVV-15-0761 / Slovak research and development agency / implementation period: 07/2016-06/2020 / investigator
  • The study of bark beetle infestation spreading mechanism in spruce forests – APVV-0297- 12 / Slovak research and development agency / implementation period: 10/2013-09/2017 / principal investigator
  • Nutrient-energy cycles as disturbance indicators of terrestrial ecosystems – APVV-0480- 12 / Slovak research and development agency / implementation period: 10/2013-09/2017 / investigator
  • Stress state identification in forest woody plants by a comprehensive eco-physiological approach – VEGA 2/0034/14 / VEGA – Scientific grant agency of the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic and of the Slovak Academy of Sciences / implementation period: 01/2014-12/2017 / deputy of principal investigator

Projects (past):

  • Studying Tree Responses to Extreme Events: a Synthesis / COST Action FP1106 / implementation period: 09/2013-04/2016 / substitute member in MC
  • Forecasting-information system for increase the efficiency of forest management / EU Structural Funds – The Agency of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic for the Structural Funds of EU / implementation period: 02/2011-06/2015 / scientific coordinator of activity 1.1, investigator of activities 1.4, 2.1
  • Dynamic diagnostic and prognostic system of forest ecosystems state / EU Structural Funds – The Agency of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic for the Structural Funds of EU / implementation period: 11/2012-08/2015 / Ing. M. Blaženec, PhD. a Ing. R. Jakuš, PhD. proposers of the project and responsible for the project implementation
  • Interactions between forest trees and bark beetles (Col. Scolytinae) – VEGA 2/0194/12 / VEGA – Scientific grant agency of the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic and of the Slovak Academy of Sciences / implementation period: 01/2012-12/2015 / deputy of principal investigator
  • Effect of water deficit on physiological and growth processes of selected beech and spruce provenances – APVV-0436- 10 / Slovak research and development agency / implementation period: 05/2011-10/2014 / investigator
  • Ecophysiological and spatial aspects of the impact of the drought on forests in climate change conditions – APVV-0111- 10 / Slovak research and development agency / implementation period: 05/2011-10/2014 / responsible investigator at IFE SAS
  • The analysis of natural risk concerning the evolution of landscape ecosystems under the conditions of climate change – APVV-0423- 10 / Slovak research and development agency / implementation period: 05/2011-10/2014 / investigator
  • Climate Change and Forest Mitigation and Adaptation in a Polluted Environment / COST Action FP0903 / implementation period: 09/2009-05/2013 / first national delegate in MC
  • Center of Excelence of Biological Forest Protection Methods / EU Structural Funds – The Agency of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic for the Structural Funds of EU / implementation period: 07/2009-04/2012 / responsible for the project implementation at IFE SAS, scientific coordinator of activity 1.5, investigator of activities 1.1, 2.2
  • Completion of Center of Excelence: Adaptive Forest Ecosystems / EU Structural Funds – The Agency of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic for the Structural Funds of EU / implementation period: 06/2010-04/2013 / investigator of activity
  • Center of Excelence: Adaptive Forest Ecosystems / EU Structural Funds – The Agency of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic for the Structural Funds of EU / implementation period: 07/2009-04/2012 / investigator of activities 2.1, 3.2
  • Selected physiological parameters, growth reactions and health state of spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.) and beech (Fagus sylvatica L.), depending on changing climatic conditions and extreme weather events along an altitudinal transect – VEGA 2/0160/09 / VEGA – Scientific grant agency of the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic and of the Slovak Academy of Sciences / implementation period: 01/2009-12/2012 / principal investigator
  • Study of semiochemical-based technology to control aggressive spruce bark beetles in province Qinghai – China / Slovak research and development agency / implementation period: 01/2010- 06/2012 / investigator
  • Assessment of drought stress in forest stands from the viewpoint of water balance of trees and stands – APVV-0022- 07 / Slovak research and development agency / implementation period: 09/2008-06/2011 / responsible investigator at IFE SAS
  • Research of chemical communication and mutual interactions between Norway spruce and the associated bark beetles – VEGA 2/6153/26 / VEGA – Scientific grant agency of the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic and of the Slovak Academy of Sciences / implementation period: 01/2006-12/2008 / deputy of principal investigator
  • Mountain forests of Slovakia: dynamics, diversity, stability and classification of forest ecosystems – VEGA 1/3524/06 / VEGA – Scientific grant agency of the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic and of the Slovak Academy of Sciences / implementation period: 01/2006-12/2008 / investigator
  • Optimized system for protection of spruce stands with usage anti-attractants – APVV-51- P06005 / Slovak research and development agency / implementation period: 2005-2007 / investigator
  • Development of integrated information and biotechnical system for protection of spruce stands against bark beetles in wind damaged areas – APVV-27- P05205 / Slovak research and development agency / implementation period: 2005-2007 / investigator
  • Physiological processes, production and health state of mountain forest ecosystems on the model area of Biosphere Reserve Poľana – VEGA 2/4159/25 / VEGA – Scientific grant agency of the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic and of the Slovak Academy of Sciences / implementation period:
    01/2004-12/2006 / investigator
  • Analysis of causes and proposal of the practical steps against the mass decline of the spruce forests in border regions of Northern Slovakia – APVT-51- 019302 / Slovak research and development agency / implementation period: 2002-2005 / investigator
  • Development of a remote sensing based early warning system for forest decline and bark beetles outbreaks in Slovakia / Belgium – Slovak bilateral project / implementation period: 01/2002-12/2004 / investigator
  • Research of spruce forest decline a regeneration connected with bark beetle outbreaks – VEGA 2/1162/21 / VEGA – Scientific grant agency of the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic and of the Slovak Academy of Sciences / implementation period: 01/2001-12/2003 / investigator
  • Integrated risk assessment and new pest management technology in ecosystems affected by forest decline and bark beetle outbreaks / 5 th FP, INCO Copernicus / implementation period: 01/1999- 02/2002 / investigator

List of my publications (or you can visit my ResearchGate profile):

2017

Storms, temperature maxima and the Eurasian spruce bark beetle  Ips typographus — an infernal trio in Norway spruce forests of the Central European High Tatra Mountains

Mezei, P; Jakuš, R; Pennerstorfer, J; Havašová, M; Škvarenina, J; Ferenčík, J; Slivinský, J; Bičárová, S; Bilčík, D; Blaženec, M; Netherer, S

Storms, temperature maxima and the Eurasian spruce bark beetle Ips typographus — an infernal trio in Norway spruce forests of the Central European High Tatra Mountains Journal Article

Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 242 , pp. 85-95, 2017.

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2016

Cross-dating tree-ring series of living European beech by isochronic weather records

Sedmáková, D; Sedmák, R; Bošela, M; Ježík, M; Sitko, R; Hlásny, T; Blaženec, M

Cross-dating tree-ring series of living European beech by isochronic weather records Journal Article

Geochronometria, 43 (1), pp. 48-58, 2016, ISSN: 1897-1695.

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The response of intra-annual stem circumference increase of young European beech provenances to 2012-2014 weather variability

Ježík, M; Blaženec, M; Kučera, J; Střelcová, K; Ditmarová, Ľ

The response of intra-annual stem circumference increase of young European beech provenances to 2012-2014 weather variability Journal Article

i-Forest, 9 (6), pp. 960-969, 2016, ISSN: 1971-7458.

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2015

Assessing seasonal drought stress response in Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.) by monitoring stem circumference and sap flow

Ježík, M; Blaženec, M; Letts, M G; Ditmarová, Ľ; Sitková, Z; Střelcová, K

Assessing seasonal drought stress response in Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.) by monitoring stem circumference and sap flow Journal Article

Ecohydrology, 8 (3), pp. 378–386, 2015.

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Hodnotenie zdravotného stavu smreka vo vzťahu smreka k náletu podkôrneho hmyzu a k odumieraniu lesa [Evaluation of Norway spruce helath status in relationships with bark beetle outbreak and forest dying]

Jakuš, R; Cudlín, P; Slivinský, J; Mezei, P; Majdák, A; Blaženec, M

Hodnotenie zdravotného stavu smreka vo vzťahu smreka k náletu podkôrneho hmyzu a k odumieraniu lesa [Evaluation of Norway spruce helath status in relationships with bark beetle outbreak and forest dying] Book

Ústav ekológie lesa, Slovenská akadémia vied, Zvolen, 2015, ISBN: 978-80-89408-22-1.

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Princípy ochrany dospelých smrekových porastov pred podkôrnym hmyzom [Conservation principles of mature Norway spruce trees attacked by bark beetles]

Jakuš, R; Blaženec, M; Gurtsev, A I; Holuša, J; Hroššo, B; Křenová, Z; Longauerová, V; Lukášová, K; Majdák, A; Mezei, P; Slivinský, J

Princípy ochrany dospelých smrekových porastov pred podkôrnym hmyzom [Conservation principles of mature Norway spruce trees attacked by bark beetles] Book

Ústav ekológie lesa, Slovenská akadémia vied, Zvolen, 2015, ISBN: 978-80-89408-21-4.

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2014

Host and site factors affecting tree mortality caused by the spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus) in mountainous conditions

Mezei, P; Grodzki, W; Blaženec, M; Škvarenina, J; Brandýsová, V; Jakuš, R

Host and site factors affecting tree mortality caused by the spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus) in mountainous conditions Journal Article

Forest Ecology and Management, 331 , pp. 196–207, 2014.

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Co-localization of insect olfactory sensory cells improves the discrimination of closely separated odour sources

Binyameen, M; Jankuvová, J; Blaženec, M; Jakuš, R; Song, L; Schlyter, F; Andersson, M N

Co-localization of insect olfactory sensory cells improves the discrimination of closely separated odour sources Journal Article

Functional Ecology, 28 (5), pp. 1216–1223, 2014.

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Age estimation of Norway spruce using incomplete increment cores: testing new and improved methods

Sedmák, R; Sedmáková, D; Bošeľa, M; Marušák, R; Ježík, M; Murga, V; Blaženec, M

Age estimation of Norway spruce using incomplete increment cores: testing new and improved methods Journal Article

Dendrochronologia, 32 (4), pp. 327–335, 2014.

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Factors influencing the wind-bark beetles’ disturbance system in the course of an Ips typographus outbreak in the Tatra Mountains

Mezei, P; Grodzki, W; Blaženec, M; Jakuš, R

Factors influencing the wind-bark beetles’ disturbance system in the course of an Ips typographus outbreak in the Tatra Mountains Journal Article

Forest Ecology and Management, 312 , pp. 67–77, 2014.

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2012

The relationship between potential solar radiation and spruce bark beetle catches in pheromone traps

Mezei, P; Jakuš, R; Blaženec, M; Belánová, S; Šmídt, J

The relationship between potential solar radiation and spruce bark beetle catches in pheromone traps Journal Article

Annals of Forest Research, 55 (2), pp. 243-252, 2012, ISSN: 18448135.

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2011

Mezei, P; Jakuš, R; Blaženec, M; Belánová, S; Šmídt, J

Population dynamics of spruce bark beetle in a nature reserve in relation to stand edges conditions Journal Article

Folia Oecologica, 38 (1), pp. 73-79, 2011, ISSN: 13365266.

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The impact of the 2003-2008 weather variability on intra-annual stem diameter changes of beech trees at a submontane site in central Slovakia

Ježík, M; Blaženec, M; Střelcová, K; Ditmarová, Ľ

The impact of the 2003-2008 weather variability on intra-annual stem diameter changes of beech trees at a submontane site in central Slovakia Journal Article

Dendrochronologia, 29 , pp. 227-235, 2011.

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2010

Physiological limits – a possible cause of spruce decline

Kmeť, J; Ditmarová, Ľ; Priwitzer, T; Kurjak, D; Baláž, P; Blaženec, M

Physiological limits – a possible cause of spruce decline Journal Article

Beskydy, 3 (1), pp. 55-64, 2010, ISSN: 1803-2451.

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