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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2001


Fischer, R., Mayer, V., Richter, A., & Wanek, W. (2001). Piper and Pheidole: interactions and signals in a neotropical plant-ant symbiosis. 39-39. Paper presented at Pflanzliche Signale in Tier-Pflanzen-Interaktionen, Ulm, Germany.


Stuessy, T., Hörandl, E., & Mayer, V. (Eds.) (2001). Plant Systematics: a half-century of progress (1950-2000) and future challenges. International Association for Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology (IAPTC&B).


Stuessy, T., Hörandl, E., & Mayer, V. (2001). Preface. In T. F. Stuessy (Ed.), Plant systematics: a half-century of progress (1950 - 2000) and future challenges Vienna : International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT).


2000


Mayer, V., Ölzant, S., Krückl, B., & Manhart, M. (2000). Myrmecochory in European plants. Linzer biologische Beiträge, 32(2), 677-678.


Mayer, V. (2000). Tetrathylacium macrophyllum (Flacourtiaceae): eine wenig bekannte Ameisen-Pflanze. In Abstracts zur 9. Österr. Botanikertagung in Illmitz/Burgenland (28.9.2000 bis 1.10.2000) (pp. 695-696). (Linzer biologische Beiträge). Biologiezentrum.


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