M. Sc. Miriam Zemanova

Ph. D. student

Postal Address
Institute of Ecology and Evolution
University of Bern
Baltzerstrasse 6
CH-3012 Bern

Research interests

The topic of my PhD studies is molecular and organismic invasion ecology. Invasion by alien species is considered a major threat to global biodiversity. Control and management of nonindigenous species might therefore be the greatest challenge for ecologists and conservation biologists now and in the following years. A better understanding of invasion mechanisms is crucial to our ability to control current invasions and prevent future ones.

During my research, genetic and ecological approaches will be combined to investigate the history and mechanisms of the ongoing invasion of Arion vulgaris, which is regarded as one of the hundred most invasive alien species in Europe. The project aims to identify the invasion and colonization routes of this organism, and to assess the ecological and evolutionary consequences for the native relatives and related ecosystem processes.

Curriculum vitae

2012- PhD candidate, supervisors: PD Dr Gerald Heckel and Dr Eva Knop, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern
MSc in Forestry, Water and Landscape Management, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czech Republic
2009-2010 MSc in Ecological Conservation, Cranfield University, United Kingdom
2005-2008 BSc in Applied Ecology, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czech Republic

Selected publications

Journal articles

  • Zemanova MA, Knop E & Heckel G (2016) Phylogeographic past and invasive presence of Arion pest slugs in Europe. Molecular Ecology 25: 5747–5764 [Abstract and pdf]
  • Desurmont GA, Zemanova MA & Turlings TCJ (2016) The gastropod menace: slugs on Brassica plants affect caterpillar survival through consumption and interference with parasitoid attraction. Journal of Chemical Ecology 42: 183-192 [Abstract and pdf]
  • Zemanova MA, Knop E & Heckel G (2015) Development and characterization of novel microsatellite markers for Arion slug species. Conservation Genetics Resources 7: 501-503 [Abstract and pdf]