Objectives

The major objective of the project regards the usage of species distribution modeling tools in order to analyze the patterns of endemism in the South-Eastern Carpathians.

The specific objectives are:

O1. To complete the database for endemic plant taxa distribution in the South-Eastern Carpathians by carrying documenting visits at herbariums in Ukraine, Hungary and Romania, surveying the literature from all the Carpathian countries (Romania, Slovakia, Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, Serbia) and field sampling;

O2. To analyze the patterns of endemism in postglacial period through species distribution modeling in order to identify highly suitable stable habitats across time, possible candidates for historical refugias;

O3. To optimize spatial conservation strategies through the use of species distribution modeling, landcover, geologic and climatic data in current and future climate change scenarios;

O4. To identify the biogeographic barriers and of main biogeographic area clusters from the South-Eastern Carpathians based on the distribution of endemic plant taxa.

Expected results:

  1. Finalizing the database comprising endemic plant taxa distribution in the South-Eastern Carpathians by critically analyzing the existing database and improving it through field sampling, herbarium (Romania, Hungary, Serbia, Poland and Ukraine) and literature surveys. The database will also include photo-documentation of all the herbarium collections visited, as well as macro photography of most of the endemic plant taxa from the South-Eastern Carpathians, which will finally be used in publishing a monograph regarding the endemism in the South-Eastern Carpathian Mountains.
  2. Attending at least two International Conferences with biogeography profile to present the obtained results of the research activity from the project.
  3. Compiling the results for Postglacial species distribution modeling of endemic taxa for the South-Eastern Carpathians and preparing a manuscript to be submitted to Ecography, Journal of Biogeography or similar impact factor journal.
  4. Compiling the results for spatial conservation optimization of protected areas in the South-Eastern Carpathians and preparing a manuscript to be submitted to Biodiversity & Conservation or similar impact factor journal.
  5. Compiling the results for clustering analysis and biogeographic barriers delimitation in the South-Eastern Carpathians and preparing a manuscript to be submitted to Flora or similar impact factor journal.