Saniga Miroslav

Saniga Miroslav

Zvolen

Saniga Miroslav, Doc., Ing., CSc.

Slovak Academy of Sciences
Institute of Forest Ecology
Department of Animal Ecology
Ľudovíta Štúra 1774/2
960 01 Zvolen
Phone:  +421 907 114800
Email: miro.saniga@gmail.com

Personal:

  • Born: 20 January 1964 in Ružomberok, the Slovak Republic
  • Permanent residence: Vyšná 754, SK- 034 74 Liptovské Revúce, Slovakia
  • Marital status: single
  • Professional education:
    • Grammar School in Ružomberok (1979-1983); leaving certificate
    • Graduated from the Forestry Faculty of the Technical University in Zvolen (1983-1987); Diploma thesis: ‘An analysis of the bird communities in the Veľká Fatra Mts.’; Dipl.-Ing.
    • Postgraduate study, the Forestry Faculty of the Technical University in Zvolen (1990-1994); Ecology of birds, PhD-thesis: ‘Seasonal dynamics of the bird communities of the forest natural geobiocenoses in the 5 th -8 th vegetation tiers in the Malá and Veľká Fatra Mts.’; CSc. (PhD.)
    • Habilitation in the field General ecology and ecology of the individual and populations, the Faculty of Ecology and Environmental Sciences of the Technical University in Zvolen (2008); Habilitation thesis: ‘Ecology and ethology of Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus Linnaeus, 1758 in the West Carpathians’; Habilitation lecture: ‘Ecology and ethology of Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria (Linnaeus, 1766) in the Veľká Fatra Mts.’; doc. (Senior lecturer, Associate professor)
  • Language skills:
    • Slovak (mother tongue), basic Russian, fluent in English

Employment:

  • Junior Manager at the Management of the National Park Malá Fatra in Gbeľany (1987-1993)
  • Senior Field Researcher at the Institute of Forest Ecology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Štúrova 2, Zvolen (1993-until present)

Scientific activities:

  • Avian ecology and ethology
  • Biodiversity and nature conservation
  • Relationship between birds and plants in forest communities
  • Relationship between birds and changing ecosystems
  • Ecology and ethology of the Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) and Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria)

Theoretical and methodological studies:

  • ‘The possibility of the Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) reintroduction in the Vsetínske vrchy Mts. (Czech Republic)’ – 1995
  • ‘The possibility of the Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) reintroduction in the Moravskoslezské Beskydy Mts. (Czech Republic)’ – 1996

Scientific projects:

  • ‘Structure and role of animal associations in ecotones of forest ecosystems’ (VEGA 2/2001/22) (January 1, 2002 – December 31, 2004) – principal investigator
  • ‘Food webs of model animals in forest ecosystems’ (VEGA 2/2290/95) (January 1, 1995 – December 31, 1997) – investigator
  • ‘Health state of forest woody plants in relation to biotic factors’ (VEGA 2/2030/95) (January 1, 1995 – December 31, 1997) – investigator
  • ‘Research in forest reserves’ (VEGA 2/5172/98) (January 1, 1998 – December 31, 2000) – investigator
  • ‘Food webs of model animals in forest ecosystems’ (VEGA 2/7025/20) (January 1, 2000 – December 31, 2002) – investigator
  • ‘Animal ecology along a vertical gradient across forests in the West Carpathians’ (VEGA 2/3006/23) (January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2005) – investigator
  • ‘Ecology of model animals in sites and habitats of European importance, with focus on the species of European importance’ (VEGA 2/6007/27) (January 1, 2006 – December 31, 2008) – investigator
  • ‘Life strategies of model forest animal species living in strictly distinct environmental conditions’ (VEGA 1/0130/08) (January 1, 2008 – December 31, 2010) – investigator
  • ‘Food and habitat relations of forest animals to forest woody plants’ (VEGA 1/0110/09) (January 01, 2009 – December 31, 2012) – investigator
  • ‘Fragmentation and formation of new habitats after forest disturbances: ecological plasticity of species and their communities’ (VEGA 1/0157/11) (January 01, 2011 – December 31, 2014) – investigator
  • ‘Genetic differentiation of the fragmented population in Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) and Black grouse (Tetrao tetrix) in the West Carpathians’ (VEGA 1/0303/12) (January 01, 2012 – December 31, 2014) – investigator
  • ‘Reactions of the animals on the changing forest structure’ (VEGA 1/0035/13) (January 01, 2013 – December 31, 2016) – investigator
  • ‘Functional important animals in dynamics of the forest ecosystems in new environmental conditions’ (VEGA 2/0052/15) (January 01, 2015 – December 31, 2018) – investigator
  • ‘Importance of the local habitats and microhabitats for spatial distribution of the forest and arborical arthropods’ (VEGA 2/0012/17) (January 01, 2017 – December 31, 2020) – investigator

Scientific-popularisation projects

  • ‘School of young natural scientists’ (APVV – „LPP-0059- 06“) (November 1, 2006 – October 31, 2009) – principal investigator
  • ‘Natural science – a great friend of us’ (APVV – „LPP-0011- 09“) (September 1, 2009 – August 31, 2012) – principal investigator

Head of bachelor’s theses and diploma theses:

  • Head of bachelor’s theses (8)
  • Head of diploma theses (15)
  • Consultant of diploma theses (4)

Head of PhD-theses:

  • Supervisor (3)
  • Supervisor – specialist (1)

Scientific-popularisation activities:

  • Sixteen popularisation-scientific books about nature for children and youth
  • Fifty-one popularisation-scientific books about nature for adults
  • 2232 popularisation-scientific articles on the life in the nature in magazines and newspapers
  • 4109 popularisation-scientific presentations and interviews on the life in the nature on radio
  • 275 popularisation-scientific interviews on the life in the nature on television
  • 1730 popularisation-scientific lectures on the life in the nature in primary and secondary schools
  • 670 popularisation-scientific terrain excursions for pupils and students
  • 25 courses in ‘Summer school of the young natural scientists’
  • 7 popularisation-scientific films about nature, birds, animals and flowers

Academic activities: External lectures, the Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of the Ecology and Environmental Education – since 2010 Department of the Environment (2001-2015); titled ‘Biological diversity’, ‘Ethology of animals’, ‘Ornithology’ and ‘System of Chordates’; Guaranty of the bachelor and master field of study ‘Pedagogy of biology in combination’, the Catholic university in Ružomberok (2015-until present).

Awards:

  • ‘Diploma for the 1 st place in the faculty competition of the Students scientific activity – Section BIO I.’ (1987)
  • ‘Honorary degree for the participation in the nationwide competition of the Students scientific activity in the school year 1986/1987’ (1987)
  • ‘Honorary degree for the 1 st place in the nationwide competition of the Students scientific activity in the field forestry’ (1987)
  • ‘Rector’s Award for excellent results of the exams and student’s scientific activities on the Faculty of Forestry of the Technical University in Zvolen’ (1987)
  • ‘The Slovak Academy of Sciences Award for popularisation-scientific activity’ (1998)
  • ‘The Ministry of Education Award (2 nd place) for popularisation-scientific articles ‘Almanac of the nature’ in the journal QUARK in 2006’ (2006)
  • ‘The Honourable mention of the village Liptovské Revúce for long-lasting successful presentation of the village in the field of the publications, scientific work and writing’ (2007)
  • ‘Book of the Liptov region 2008’, titles: ‘Ecological essays’ and ‘Poetry of Nature’ (2009)
  • ‘Mayor’s Award (town Ružomberok) for the important contribution by the education of the young in the sphere literature and nature protection’ (2009)
  • ‘The Slovak Academy of Sciences Award for popularisation-scientific and educational activity’ (2010)
  • ‘BAYER Award – Top-ranking award for permanently sustainable development – National environmental contest 2010’ laureate in the category ‘Environmental act of the year’ (1 st place), for the project ‘A Fairytale bird garden’ (2010)
  • ‘Thank-you letter of the town Ružomberok for development of the Slovak journalism and promotion of the town Ružomberok’ (2010)
  • ‘Book of the Liptov region 2011’ – 3 rd place, title: ‘Almanac of the Nature’ (2012)
  • ‘The Slovak Academy of Sciences Award for science popularisation for the lifelong activities with the emphasis to the amount of the books and presentations in the media’ (2012)
  • ‘The ANDREJ RADLINSKÝ’S Award for the contribution in median sphere’ (2013)
  • ‘The bronze medal Prof. RNDr. Oskár Ferianc, DrSc.’ (2014)
  • ‘The honourable mention for high quality processed texts, title: “My homeland – most picturesque earthly paradise…”, in the 7 th competition THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK AND ADVERTISING MATERIAL ABOUT SLOVAKIA IN 2013’ (2014)
  • ‘3 rd place in the Category BOOKS ABOUT THE REGION, title: “Gallery of Veľká Fatra mountains”, in the 8 th competition THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK AND ADVERTISING MATERIAL ABOUT SLOVAKIA IN 2014’ (2015)
  • ‘Memorial letter of the magazine QUARK on the occasion of the 20 th anniversary of its constitution as thank-you for the amiable and long-term cooperation by popularisation of the technic and science’ (2015)
  • ‘2 nd place in the Category BOOKS ABOUT SLOVAKIA, title: “A symphony of light and shadow”, in the 9 th competition THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK AND ADVERTISING MATERIAL ABOUT SLOVAKIA IN 2015’ (2016)
  • ‘Thank-you letter on the occasion of 25 th anniversary of the creation of the Faculty of Ecology and Environmental Sciences of the Technical University in Zvolen’ (2016)
  • ‘1 st place in the Category DESK DIARIES, calendar with the nature sceneries: “Miroslav SANIGA – FOSFA we live to give”, in the 25 th competition THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CALENDAR OF SLOVAKIA in 2017’ (2017)
  • ‘The honourable mention, calendar: “Chapelry of the Presentation in the Temple Liptovské Revúce”, in the 25 th competition THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CALENDAR OF SLOVAKIA in 2017’ (2017)
  • ‘The Jesus Community Award, photo: „Look in the past blossoming dandelion“, in the photographic competition THE WORLD THROUGH THE EYES OF THE BELIEF in the category NATURE’ (2017)
  • ‘2 nd place, photo: “Wondering juveniles of Tengmalm’s owl”, in the photographic competition DISCOVER FOREST, DISCOVER PEFC’ (2017)
  • ‘The Slovak Academy of Sciences Award for popularisation-scientific and educational activity’ (2017)

List of my publications:

2016

The potential for Entomophaga maimaiga to regulate gypsy moth Lymantria dispar (L.) (Lepidoptera; Erebidae) in Europe

Zúbrik, M; Hajek, A; Pilarska, D; Špilda, I; Georgiev, G; Hrašovec, B; Hirka, A; Goertz, D; Hoch, G; Barta, M; Saniga, M; Kunca, A; Nikolov, C; Vakula, J; Galko, J; Pilarski, P; Csóka, G

The potential for Entomophaga maimaiga to regulate gypsy moth Lymantria dispar (L.) (Lepidoptera; Erebidae) in Europe Journal Article

Journal of Applied Entomology, 140 (8), pp. 565–579, 2016, ISSN: 1439-0418.

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Štofík, J; Merganič, J; Merganičová, K; Bučko, J; Saniga, M

Brown bear winter feeding ecology in the area with supplementary feeding – Eastern Carpathians (Slovakia) Journal Article

Polish Journal of Ecology, 64 (2), pp. 277-288, 2016, ISSN: 1505-2249 .

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2013

Štofík, J; Merganič, J; Merganičová, K; Saniga, M

Seasonal changes in food composition of the brown bear (Ursus arctos) from the edge of its occurence – Eastern Carpathians (Slovakia) Journal Article

Folia Zoologica, 62 (3), pp. 221-231, 2013.

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