Departments of the Institute

Department of Botany

Department of Cell Biology

Department of Animal Fyziology

Department of Genetics


Laboratory of Molecular-
Biology Diagnostics

Department of Biology Education


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The Department of Zoology provides teaching of several compulsory courses in Bachelor and Master degree studies: Comparative Animal Morphology, Conservation Biology, Fieldwork from Zoology, Introduction to Ecology, Zoogeography, Zoology I and Zoology II.

We also offer compulsory elective courses: Applied Entomology, Biospeleology, Basic Chiropterology, Ecology of Birds, Ecology of Mammals, Ecology of Soil Animals, Ecology of Water Animals, Entomocenoses of Slovakia, Field Course of Ecology, Hydrobiology and Soil Ecology.  

Assoc. Prof. Ľubomír Panigaj, PhD. is guarantor of bachelor study program
General Ecology and Ecology of Individuals and Populations.

Prof. Igor Hudec, PhD. is guarantor of master and doctoral study program
General Ecology and Ecology of Individuals and Populations.

Research at the Department is focused on population and community ecology of water and soil invertebrates, flying insects and vertebrates. We are also conducting research in taxonomy and systematics of invertebrates. Main study topics are following: taxonomy and ecology of family Moinidae (Cladocera) and genus Niphargus (Amphipoda), diversity and ecology of soil and cave Arthropoda of karst areas of the Western Carpathians with special reference to Acari (Oribatida), terrestrial Isopoda (Oniscidea), Myriapoda (especially Chilopoda and Diplopoda) and Collembola (Hexapoda). Recently intensive studies of soil fauna succession are carried out in spruce forest stands of the High Tatra Mts. heavily harmed by windfall in 2004. The research is further focused on ecology, taxonomy and molecular genetics of butterfly populations of genus Erebia (Lepidoptera) dwelling mountain habitats of Slovakia and population ecology and molecular genetics of selected species of amphibians, birds of prey, small mammals and bats using telemetry, bat detectors and other techniques.