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Research

Expertise and research interests

  • Taxonomy, biology, biogeography, biodiversity and ecology of crustose genera of the family Physciaceae (lichenized Ascomycetes)

  • Taxonomy, biology, biogeography, biodiversity and ecology of the families Protothelenellaceae and Thelenellaceae (lichenized Ascomycetes)

  • Lichen biodiversity of different regions including Slovenia, Balkan Peninsula, Crete, Cyprus, Armenia, Tajikistan, parts of the Austrian provinces Styria and Carinthia

  • Morphology and biology of Fungi imperfecti occurring on grasses

  • Biology and distribution of fungi in buildings

Current active research projects include

  • Taxonomy, biology, biogeography, biodiversity and ecology of crustose genera of the lichenized Ascomycete family Physciaceae, e.g. Rinodina, Dimelaena, Amandinea, Hafellia, Mobergia, Buellia p.p.minor

  • Biodiversity and distribution of the lichen family Physciaceae in Bulgaria

  • Lichen biodiversity of the Alps

  • Lichen biodiversity of Slovenia

  • Lichen biodiversity of the Balkan Peninsula with emphasis on Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Bulgaria and mainland Greece

  • Lichen biodiversity of Crete

  • Biology and distribution of fungi in buildings

External funded research projects

  • Lichens of the Alps: Diversity and Climate Change (FWF; staff: Dr. Peter O. Bilovitz, Postdoc)

  • Evolution of Substrate Specificity in Lichens (FWF, staff: Dipl. Biol. Dr. Toby Spribille, Postdoc; Mag. Philipp Resl, PhD student; Kevin Schneider, Master student)

  • Hyperdiversity of Extremotolerant Fungal Symbioses (FWF, staff: Dr. Fernando Fernandez Mendoza)

Team

  • Mag. Dr. Peter Bilovitz, Postdoc
  • Dr. Fernando Fernandez Mendoza, Postdoc
  • Matthias Kaltenböck, Master student

 

 

Ao.Univ.-Prof.i.R. Mag. Dr.rer.nat.

Helmut Mayrhofer

Ao.Univ.-Prof.i.R. Mag. Dr.rer.nat. Helmut Mayrhofer Institut für Biologie

Institut für Biologie

Telefon:+43 316 380 - 5654
Fax:+43 (0)316 380 - 9883


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