Faculty of Natural
Sciences
Comenius University in Bratislava

Peter FEDOR

Research area

My primary research is focused on thrips (Thysanoptera), their taxonomy and ecology. The work is largely field-based and conducted in both pure and applied  fields of insect ecology and taxonomy. My current reseach includes:

- Applying artificial intelligence in taxonomy and identification of thrips. These issues demand multi-disciplinary approaches and cooperation with horticulture.

- Assessing functional and numerical responses of insect communities to ecological and disturbance processes in forest ecosystems. Understanding how climate impacts on the distribution and abundance of terrestrial insects. A particular focus is on developing artificial intelligence systems that enable predictions of distributions under current and future climate changes.

- Studying structure and dynamics of arboricolous insects, including bark dwelling and nest-dwelling thrips. These analyses demand applying specific methodical approaches (e.g. photoeclectors, Malaise traps).

Selected publications

Fedor, P., Doričová, M., Prokop, P., Mound, L., 2010: Heinrich Uzel, the father of Thysanoptera studies. Zootaxa, 2645: p. 55-63.

Derka, T., Fedor, P., 2010: Hydrolutos breweri sp. n., a new aquatic Lutosini species (Orthoptera: Anostostomatidae) from Churí-tepui (Chimantá Massif, Venezuela). Zootaxa, 2653: p. 51-59.

Varga, L., Fedor, P., Suvák, M., Kiseľák, J., Atakan, E., 2010: Larval and adult food preferences of the poinsettia thrips Echinothrips americanus Morgan, 1913 (Thysanoptera: Thripidae).  Journal of Pest Science, DOI 10.1007/s10340-010-0301-x

Fedor, P., Vaňhara, J., Havel, J., Malenovský, I., Spellerberg, I., 2009: Artificial intelligence in pest insect monitoring. Systematic Entomology, 34: p. 398-400.

Fedor, P., Doričová, M., 2009: Thrips of Bratislava. Vydavateľstvo Univerzity Komenského v Bratislave, Bratislava, 120 pp.

Fedor, P., Malenovský, I., Vaňhara, J., Sierka, W., Havel, J., 2008: Thrips (Thysanoptera) identification using artificial neural networks. Bulletin of Entomologial Research, DOI: doi:10.1017/S0007485308005750.

Sierka, W., Fedor, P. J., 2004: Wciornastki (Insecta, Thysanoptera). Katowice: Universytet Śląski, 173 pp.

Fedor, P. J., Sierka, W., Majzlan, O., 2004: The Thrips (Thysanoptera) of Slovakia. Acta Phytopathologica et Entomologica Hungarica, 39, 1-3: p. 301-309.

Pelikán, J., Fedor, P. J., Krumpál, M., Cyprich, D., 2002: Thrips (Thysanoptera) in nests of birds and mammals in Slovakia. Ekológia (Bratislava), 21, 3: p. 275-282.

Spellerberg, I. F., Fedor, P. J., 2003: A tribute to Claude Shannon (1916-2001) and a plea for more rigorous use of species richness, specie diversity and the "Shannon-Wiener" Index. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 12, 3: p. 177-179.

Matis, D., Krumpál, M., Beláková, A., Fedor, P. J., 2003: Invertebrate zoology II: Tentaculata, Pogonophora, Onychophora, Arthropoda, Hemichordata, Echinodermata. Bratislava: Faunima, 168 pp.

Courses

  • Monitoring ecological change
  • Community ecology
  • Biodiversity