Institute of Evolution and Ecology (EvE)

Dr. Maria Májeková

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My Research

My research focuses on (1) the relationship between temporal stability, synchrony and plant strategies mediated via functional traits (populations and communities), (2) plant water economics explicitly linking physiological and morphological traits to soil water conditions (populations), and (3) on plant behavior (decision-making and memory) under competition (individuals). I combine field work on semi-natural gradients with long-term field experiments and greenhouse experiments.  

Professional Experience

12/2018 – present | Assistant Professor
University of Tübingen, Plant Ecology Group, Germany (Prof. Katja Tielbörger)

11/2016 – 11/2018 | Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Tübingen, Plant Ecology Group, Germany (with Katja Tielbörger)
‘Selection for leaf symmetry along stress gradients’
‘Decision-making in plants under competition’ & ‘Memory in plants’

09/2014 – 10/2016 | Junior Lecturer
Comenius University in Bratislava, Department of Soil Science, Slovakia (Prof. Elena Masarovičová)
‘Mechanisms of physiological drought tolerance in plants’

09/2014 – present | Visiting Scientist
University of South Bohemia, Plant Functional Ecology Group, Czech Republic (with Jan Lepš and Francesco de Bello)
‘Plant functional traits as determinants of population and community stability’

Academic Education

10/2014 | PhD
Comenius University in Bratislava, Department of Soil Science, Slovakia
Mentors: E. Masarovičová, I. Vykouková, F. de Bello, J. Lepš
‘Plant functional traits as determinants of population and community processes and patterns’

05/2009 | MSc
Comenius University in Bratislava, Department of Soil Science, Slovakia
Mentor: I. Vykouková
‘Evaluation of phytosociologic and ecologic conditions of floodplain forests in the SE part of Bratislava’


de Bello F, Lavorel S, Hallett LM, Valencia E, Garnier E, Roscher C, Conti L, Galland T, Goberna M, Májeková M, et al. (2021). Functional trait effects on ecosystem stability: assembling the jigsaw puzzle. Trends in Ecology & Evolution: 1–15.

Májeková, M., Hájek, T., Albert, A. J., de Bello, F., Doležal, J., Götzenberger, L., Janeček, Š., Lepš, J., Liancourt, P., Mudrák, O. (2021). Weak coordination between leaf drought tolerance and proxy traits in herbaceous plants. Functional Ecology, 00(0), 000-000

Brown J.J., Mennicken S., Capichoni Massante J., Dijoux S., Telea A., Benedek A.M., Goetzenberger L., Májeková M., Lepš J., Šmilauer P., Hrček J., de Bello F. A novel method to predict dark diversity using unconstrained ordination analysis. Journal of Vegetation Science 2019;00.

Májeková M., Martínková J., Hájek T. Grassland plants show no relationship between leaf drought tolerance and soil moisture affinity, but rapidly adjust to changes in soil moisture. Funct Ecol. 2019;00:1–12.

Lepš J., Májeková M., Vítová A., Doležal J., de Bello F. 2018. Stabilizing effects in temporal fluctuations: management, traits and species richness in high-diversity communities. Ecology 99(2): 360-371

Gruntman M., Groß D., Májeková M., Tielbörger K. 2017. Decision-making in plants under competition. Nature Communications 8(1).

Lewis R.J., de Bello F., Bennett J.A., Fibich P., Finerty G.E., Götzenberger L., Hiiesalu I., Kasari L., Lepš J., Májeková M., Mudrák O., Riibak K., Ronk A., Rychtecká T., Vitová A., Pärtel M. 2017. Dark diversity: Its potential application for nature conservation. Conservation Biology 31 (1): 40-47.

Májeková M., Paal T., Plowman N. S., Bryndová, M. Kasari L., Norberg A., Weiss M., Bishop T. R., Luke S. H., Sam K., Le Bagousse-Pinguet Y., Lepš J., Götzenberger L., de Bello F. 2016. Evaluating functional diversity: missing trait data and the importance of species abundance structure and data transformation. PLoS ONE 11(2):e0149270.

Májeková M., Janeček Š., Mudrák O., Horník J., Janečková P., Bartoš M., Fajmon K., Jiráská Š., Götzenberger L., Šmilauer P., Lepš J., de Bello F. 2016. Consistent functional response of meadow species and communities to land-use changes across productivity and soil moisture gradients. Applied Vegetation Science 19(2): 196-205.

Masarovičová E., Májeková, M., Vykouková I. 2015. Functional traits and plasticity in ecological research and education. Chemistry-Didactics-Ecology-Metrology 20(1-2): 59-65.

Májeková M., de Bello F., Doležal J., Lepš J. 2014. Plant functional traits as determinants of population stability. Ecology 95(9): 2369-2374.

Májeková M., Vykouková I. 2011. Biomass of herbaceous leayer in floodplain forests (Suballiance Ulmenion Oberd. 1953) on the outskirts of Bratislava. Ekologia (Bratislava) 30(3): 315-321.