Where to find me

Department of Biology and Ecology

Professional characteristics

Research interests                                                                                                              

  • indicator potential of aquatic insects (especially chironomids) in present and past environmental changes
  • high-mountain and arctic aquatic ecosystems: alpine lakes, glacier-fed streams
  • bioindication of environmental changes: climate change, eutrophication, acidification
  • taxonomy, biology and ecology of Chironomidae; identification of larvae and pupae

Academic Achievements                                                                                                    

  • 2016. Associated professor in the field of General Ecology and Ecology of individuals and populations. Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia.
  • 2008. Ph.D. in Ecology, Faculty of Ecology and Environment, Technical University of Zvolen (FEE TUZVO), Slovakia. PhD. thesis: Chironomid taxocenoses (Diptera: Chironomidae) of littoral, inlet and outlet of three alpine lakes of the High Tatra Mts. Supervisor: Prof Peter Bitušík.
  • 1998. M.Sc.-degree, FEE TUZVO, Slovakia. M.Sc. thesis: Estimation of trophic status of six man-made reservoirs based on profundal chironomid assemblages (Diptera: Chironomidae) in Protected Landscape Area Štiavnické vrchy Mountains


Work experience                                                                                                                

  • 2016-2018. Guest researcher at the Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland.
  • 2011-2016. Lecturer and researcher in aquatic ecology at the Matthias Belius University, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
  • 2008-2011. Post-Doctoral researcher, Freshwater Biological Laboratory (FBL), University of Copenhagen (FBL), Denmark,” Continuity of 3 Post-doc positions
  • 1998-2008. Research assistant – aquatic ecologist, Dept. of Hydrobiology, Institute of Zoology, Slovak Academy of Sciences


List of selected publications over the last 5 years                                                          

  1. Szarlowicz K., Stobinski M., Hamerlik L. & Bitusik P. 2019. Origin and behavior of radionuclides in sediment core: a case study of the sediments collected from man-made reservoirs located in the past mining region in Central Slovakia. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-019-04136-y
  2. Hamerlik L., da Silva F.L. and Jacobsen D. 2018. Chironomidae (Insecta: Diptera) of Ecuadorian High altitude streams: A Survey and Illustrated Key. Florida Entomologist, 101(4): 663-676.
  3. Hamerlik L., da Silva F.L. and Wojewódka, M. 2018. Sub-fossil Chironomidae (Diptera) from lake sediments in Central America: a preliminary inventory. Zootaxa 4497(4): 559-572.
  4. Sochuliaková L., Sienkiewicz E., Hamerlík L., Svitok M., Fidlerová D. and Bitušík, P. 2018. Reconstructing the Trophic History of an Alpine Lake (High TatraMts.) Using Subfossil Diatoms: Disentangling the Effects of Climate and Human Influence. Water Air Soil Pollut 229: 289.
  5. Bitušík, P., Trnková, K., Chamutiová, T., Sochuliaková, L., Stoklasa, J., Pipík, R., Szarlowicz, K., Szacilowski, G., Thomková, K., Šporka, F. Starek, D., Šurka, J., Milovský R. and Hamerlík L. 2018. Tracking human impact in a mining landscape using lake sediments: A multi-proxy palaeolimnological study. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 504: 23-33.
  6. Hamerlík, L., Wojewodka, M., Zawisza, E., Duran, S.C., Macario-Gonzalez, L., Pérez, L. and Szeroczynska, K., 2018. Subfossil Chironomidae (Diptera) in surface sediments of the sinkholes (cenotes) of the Yucatan Peninsula: Diversity and distribution. Journal of Limnology.
  7. Chamutiová, T., Hamerlík, L., Szarlowicz, K., Pipík, R., Starek, D., Šporka, F., Přidalová, M., Sochuliaková, L. and Bitušík, P., 2018. Historical development of three man-made reservoirs in a mining region: a story told by subfossil chironomids. Journal of Limnology.
  8. Mariash, H.L., Cazzanelli, M., Rautio, M., Hamerlik, L., Wooller, M.J. and Christoffersen, K.S., 2018. Changes in food web dynamics of low Arctic ponds with varying content of dissolved organic carbon. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 50(1), p.S100016.
  9. Svitok, M., Novikmec, M., Hamerlík, L., Kochjarová, J., Oťaheľová, H., Paľove-Balang, P., Senko, D., Matúšová, Z., Bubíková, K. and Hrivnák, R., 2018. Test of the efficiency of environmental surrogates for the conservation prioritization of ponds based on macrophytes. Ecological Indicators, 95: 606-614.
  10. Stoklasa J, Dobríková D, Sochuliaková L, Pipík R & Hamerlík L. 2017. Identifying white spots on the roadmap of Late Pleistocene and Holocene palaeolimnology in Slovakia: Review and future directions. Biologia 72/11: 1229–1239.
  11. Bitušík P, Dobríková, Pipík R. and Hamerlík L. 2017. Relict chironomid communities surviving in the coldest High Tatra Mountain lakes confirmed by a palaeolimnological survey. Biologia 72/8: 965–969.
  12. Kochjarová J, Novikmec M, Oťaheľová H, Hamerlík L, Svitok M, Hrivnák M, Senko D, Bubíková K, Matúšová Z, Paľove-Balang P, Hrivnák P. 2017. Vegetation-environmental Variable relationships in ponds of Various origins along an altitudinal gradient. Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 26(4). DOI: 10.15244/pjoes/68155
  13. Kalaninová, D., Krno, I.J., Hamerlík, L., Bulánková, E., Beracko, P. and Šporka, F. 2017. Bioassessment of streams based on macroinvertebrates—can sampling of some substrate types be excluded? Biologia 72(4): 431-444.
  14. Bitušík, P., Svitok, M., Novikmec, M., Trnková, K. and Hamerlík, L. 2017. A unique way of passive dispersal of aquatic invertebrates by wind: Chironomid larvae are traveling in fragments of aquatic mosses. Limnologica - Ecology and Management of Inland Waters 63: 119-121.
  15. Anderson, N.J., Saros, J.E., Bullard, J.E., Cahoon, S.M., McGowan, S., Bagshaw, E.A., Barry, C.D., Bindler, R., Burpee, B.T., Carrivick, J.L. and Fowler, R.A.…… 2017. The Arctic in the Twenty-First Century: Changing Biogeochemical Linkages across a Paraglacial Landscape of Greenland. BioScience 67(2): 118-133.
  16. Bitušík, P., Svitok, M., Novikmec, M., Trnková, K. and Hamerlík, L. 2017. Biological recovery of acidified alpine lakes may be delayed by the dispersal limitation of aquatic insect adults. Hydrobiologia 790: 287-298. doi:10.1007/s10750-016-3039-5
  17. Hamerlík, L., Svitok, M., Novikmec, M., Veselská, M. & Bitušík, P. 2017. Weak altitudinal pattern of overall chironomid richness is a result of contrasting trends of subfamilies in high-altitude ponds. Hydrobiologia. 793(1): 67-81. DOI: 10.1007/s10750-016-2992-3
  18. Jacobsen D., Laursen S. K., Hamerlík L., Moltesen K., Michelsen A. & Christoffersen K. 2017. Fishes on the roof of the world: densities, habitats and trophic position of stone loaches (Triplophysa) in Tibetan streams. Marine and Freshwater Research 68(1): 53-64 (IF 1.474).
  19. Hamerlík L., Dobríková D., Szarlowicz K., Reczynski W., Kubica B., Šporka·F. & Bitušík P. 2016. Lake biota response to human impact and local climate during the last 200 years: A multi-proxy study of a subalpine lake (Tatra Mountains, W Carpathians). Science of the Total Environment 545: 320-328. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.12.049. IF 4.1
  20. Novikmec M., Hamerlík L., Kočický D., Hrivnák R., Kochjarová J. Oťaheľová H., Paľove-Balang P. & Svitok M. 2016. Ponds and their catchments: size relationships and influence of land use across multiple spatial scales. Hydrobiologia DOI 10.1007/s10750-015-2514-8.
  21. Laursen, S. K., Hamerlík, L., Moltesen, K., Christoffersen, K. S. & Jacobsen D. 2015. Diversity and composition of macroinvertebrate assemblages in high-altitude Tibetan streams. Inland Waters 5: 263-274.
  22. Goffová, K., Bitušík, P., Čiamporová-Zaťovičová, Z., Bukvová D. & L. Hamerlík. 2015. Seasonal dynamics and life cycle of Heterotrissocladius marcidus (Diptera: Chironomidae) in high altitude lakes (High Tatra Mts, Slovakia). Biologia 70/7: 943-947.

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