Dr Valerii Darmostuk

Research Assistant

Organismal Evolution and Interactions Group
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Lubicz 46, 31‑512 Kraków, Poland

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Research interests

  • Molecular phylogeny and systematics of lichen-inhabiting fungi in South America.
  • Diversity and taxonomy of lichen-forming and lichenicolous fungi with special emphasis on Eastern Europe.
  • Ecology and conservation of lichen communities in the steppe habitats.
  • Management of biodiversity data and their application in the conservation decision-making process.

Higher education and employment history

  • MSc degree at the Kherson State University, Ukraine (2017).
  • Researcher at the National Natural Park "Nyzhnedniprovskyi", Ukraine (2017–2019).
  • PhD degree at the M.G. Kholodny Institute of Botany, National Academy of Science, Ukraine (2021).
  • Research assistant at the W. Szafer Institute of Botany, PAS (since 2021).

Membership and awards

  • Member of Ukrainian Botanical Society (since 2016).
  • Editorial assistant of Chornomorski Botanical Journal (since 2017).
  • Scholarship for young scientists of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine (2018–2020, 2020–2022).
  • Global Biodiversity Information Facility (Mentor Volunteer) (since 2019).
  • Member of Research School in Biosystematics – ForBio (since 2020).
  • The Systematics Association (London, UK) (since 2020).

International experience

  • Slovakia (2021) – 5-month research stay; Plant Science and Biodiversity Center, SAS, Slovakia.
  • Czech Republic (2021) – 1-week research stay and fieldwork; Masaryk University, Brno.

Research projects

  • Molecular phylogeny, taxonomy, diversity and conservation of the phyto- and lichen biota in Northern Black Seas Region (2016–2018); grant no. 0116U004735; Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine – contractor.
  • Molecular barcode of symbiotic communities as a basis for the assessment of the structure of terrestrial lithogenic biotopes (2019-2021); grant no. 0119U000105; Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine – contractor.
  • Lichens employed in the monitoring of global changes influencing natural forests in the Ukrainian Carpathians (2019-2020); grant no. 0519U000109; Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine – contractor.
  • Mediterranean-dwelling lichens and their dwellers: focus on diversity of lichenicolous fungi and eventual patterns (2021); Slovak Academic Information Agency – contractor.

Recent publications (selected)

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