Dipl.-Biol. Dr. Veronika E. Mayer

Assistant Professor (half-time)
4. floor, room 411
t: +43 (0)1 4277-540 81
m: veronika.mayer@univie.ac.at

© Veronika Mayer

Research interests

At the core of my research lies the complex and dynamic connectivity of plants linking them to their environment. I am particularly fascinated by mutualisms between plants and insects and their structural adaptation and reciprocal interaction. Currently, I am working on plants living with mutualistic ants (myrmecophytes) and investigating (a) the intriguing role of fungi as third partner in ant-plant associations, and (b) the sophisticated forms of communication between host plants and their inhabiting ants. The model systems I am focusing on are the Cecropia spp.-Azteca spp. ant-plant mutualism and Piper spp.-Pheidole bicornis system.

Besides ants and plants, the functional aspects of accessory fruit structures are still fascinating to me. Specifically, I address the structural background and radiation processes in several Dipsacaceae groups.

Projects

Cooperations

  • Rumsais Blatrix, Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, CNRS, Montpellier, France
  • Stefan Dötterl, Organismic Biology, Department of Ecology, Biodiversity and Evolution of Plants, University of Salzburg, Austria
  • Lena Fragner, Department of Ecogenomics and Systems Biology, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Sybren de Hoog, Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institut, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Christina Kaiser, Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science, Division Terrestrial Ecosystem Research, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  • Adrián Pinto Tomas, Centro de Investigación en Estructuras Microscópicas (CIEMIC), Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica
  • Andreas Richter, Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science, Division Terrestrial Ecosystem Research, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  • Hermann Voglmayr, Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Dagmar Woebken, Research network CMM, Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science, Division Microbial Ecology, University of Vienna, Austria

Curriculum Vitae

Current position

  • 1997 - Assistant professor (half-time)

Education and scientific career

  • 1999 - 2005 Associate Editor of the journal TAXON and Regnum Vegetabile (IAPT)
  • 1993 - 1996 Research assistant in projects on systematics and morphology of Dipsacaceae, and the function of their fruit structures at the University of Vienna (Austria)
  • 1988 - 1993 Dissertation at the University of Vienna (Austria)
  • 1989 - 1991 Fellow of the "Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes"
  • 1981 - 1987 Study of Biology at the LMU Munich and FU Berlin, Diploma from the FU Berlin (Germany)
  • 1986/87 DAAD Fellow at the UC Berkeley (USA)

Publications


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2011


Weber, A., Wei, Y-G., Puglisi, C., Wen, F., Mayer, V., & Möller, M. (2011). A new definition of the genus Petrocodon (Gesneriaceae). Phytotaxa, 23.


Mayer, V., Gegenbauer, C., Voglmayr, H., Städler, Y., Zotz, G., & Richter, A. (2011). Fungi as third partner in the association of an epiphytic orchid and its inhabiting ants. In Botanikertagung 2011. 18.-21. September 2011, Berlin, Deutschland Unknown publisher.


Mayer, V., Gegenbauer, C., Voglmayr, H., Städler, Y., Zotz, G., & Richter, A. (2011). Fungi as third partner in the association of an epiphytic orchid and its inhabiting ants. Poster session presented at Botanikertagung 2011, Berlin, Germany.


Mayer, V., Voglmayr, H., & Blatrix, R. (2011). Fungi in ant-plant interactions: Insights into an overlooked world of symbiotic associations. In 14th Symposium on Insect-Plant Interactions. 13.-18. August 2011, Wageningen, Niederlande Unknown publisher.


2010


Voglmayr, H., Mayer, V., & Blatrix, R. (2010). Biodiversity of Chaetothyriales in recently discovered symbiotic tropical ant-fungus association. In ISHAM workshop "Emerging Potential of Black Yeasts", 14.-16.05.2010, Ljubljana, Slovenia Unknown publisher.


Blatrix, R., & Mayer, V. (2010). Communication in ant-plant symbioses. In Plant communication from an ecological perspective - Signaling and communication in plants (pp. 127-158). Unknown publisher.


2009


2008


Fischer, R., & Mayer, V. (2008). A house in the tropics: full pension for ants in Piper plants / Una casa en el tropico:pensión completa para hormigas en plantas de Piper. In A. Weissenhofer (Ed.), Natural and cultural history of the Golfo Dulce Region, Costa Rica: Historia natural y cultural de la región del Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica (pp. 589-598). (Stapfia; Vol. 88). Linz: Oberösterreichische Landesmuseen.


Thurner, M., & Mayer, V. (2008). Does nectar production reduce herbivore pressure on Passiflora species in tropical lowland rainforests in Costa Rica? / Puede la producción de néctar reducir la presión

de herbivoría en especies de Passiflora (Passifloraceae) en un

bosque tropical de Costa Rica? In A. Weissenhofer (Ed.), Natural and cultural history of the Golfo Dulce Region, Costa Rica: Historia natural y cultural de la región del Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica (pp. 599-606). (Stapfia; Vol. 88). Linz: Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum.


Weissenhofer, A., Huber, W., Mayer, V., Pamperl, S., Weber, A., & Aubrecht, G. (2008). Introduction. Stapfia, 88, 14-16.


2006


Mayer, V., Ölzant, S., & Fischer, R. (2006). Nutrient quality of elaiosomes, and not a chemical trigger, stimulates seed dispersal by ants. Poster session presented at XV Congress IUSSI, Washington, DC, United States.


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