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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2006


Schaber, D., & Mayer, V. (2006). Piper sp. and its inhabiting ant Pheidole bicornis: Do they communicate?. Poster session presented at 12. Österreichisches Botanikertreffen, Kremsmünster, Austria.


2005


Richter, A., Hadacek, F., & Mayer, V. (2005). Adaptation of plants to nutritional needs of diaspore-dispersing ants.. Poster session presented at XVII International Botanical Congress, Wien, Austria.


Djukic, I., Ölzant, S., & Mayer, V. (2005). Critical re-evaluation of the function of 1,2 dioleion as trigger for ant-dispersal. Poster session presented at XVII International Botanical Congress, Wien, Austria.


Ölzant, S., Fischer, R., Wanek, W., & Mayer, V. (2005). Myrmecochorous diaspores as baby-food for ants. Poster session presented at XVII International Botanical Congress, Wien, Austria.


Mayer, V., Ölzant, S., & Fischer, R. (2005). Myrmecochorous Seed Dispersal in Temperate Regions. In P. M. Forget, J. E. Lambert, P. E. Hulme, & S. B. Vander Wall (Eds.), Seed fate: predation, dispersal and seedling establishment (pp. 175-195). Wallingford: CABI Publishing. doi.org/10.1079/9780851998060.0175


2003


Stuessy, T., Mayer, V., & Hörandl, E. (Eds.) (2003). Deep Morphology: toward a renaissance of morphology in plant systematics. (Regnum vegetabile : a series of publications for the use of plant taxonomists and plant geographers; Vol. 141). Ruggell: Gantner.


2002


Weber, A., Jang, C-G., Pfosser, M., Mayer, V., Kiehn, M., & Perret, M. (2002). Classification of Old World Gesneriaceae: solved and open problems. In Q. Cronk, & M. Mendum (Eds.), Gesneriaceae Workshop. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 25.-28.9.2002 Unknown publisher.


Fischer, R., Richter, A., Wanek, W., & Mayer, V. (2002). Las plantas alimentan a las hormigas y las hormigas a las plantas: Piper y Pheidole. In R. Churio, & J. Orlando (Eds.), Libro de Resúmenes Octavo Congreso Latinoamericano y Segundo Colombiano de Botánica: Cartagena de Indias 13-18 de octubre de 2002 Bogotá: Universidad Nacional de Colombia.


Mayer, V. (2002). Tetrathylacium macrophyllum (Flacourtiaceae) y su socio mirmec-fito Azteca. In R. Churio, & J. Orlando (Eds.), Libro de Resúmenes Octavo Congreso Latinoamericano y Segundo Colombiano de Botánica: Cartagena de Indias 13-18 de octubre de 2002 (pp. 267-267). Bogotá: Universidad Nacional de Colombia.


2001


Ölzant, S., Mayer, V., & Krückl, B. (2001). Components of myrmecochorous diaspores as signals in ant dispersal. In R. Fischer (Ed.), Pflanzliche Signale in Tier-Pflanze-Interaktionen: Tagungsband, Ulm, 9.-10. November 2001 (pp. 46-46). Unknown publisher.


Ölzant, S., Mayer, V., & Krückl, B. (2001). Components of myrmecochorous diaspores as signals in ant dispersal. Poster session presented at Pflanzliche Signale in Tier-Pflanzen-Interaktionen, Ulm, Germany.


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