Assoc. Prof. Irena Maček
I have a joint appointment at University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, and University of Primorska, Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies (FAMNIT) in Koper, Slovenia, where I am a lecturer in Plant Physiology and Environmental Microbiology. After graduation in Biology I continued with my Ph.D. at University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, researching the response of plant roots to high concentrations of geological CO2 and a consequent soil hypoxia in mofettes (natural CO2 springs). After the Ph.D. I worked for two years in private sector as a Project Manager in Environmental Impact Assessments and Strategic Environmental Assessments. With a post-doctoral project, awarded in 2007 by the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS) , I have returned back to research.
Since then I have been working as a principal investigator in three national (ARRS) and several international projects – a joint project in collaboration with the University of York, funded by the Royal Society, a Swiss Contribution project with the Swiss institute Agroscope and a running Swiss National Science Foundation funded project SCOPES (Scientific co-operation between Eastern Europe and Switzerland), together with the Swiss and Serbian partners. The focus of my research is in plant-soil interactions, soil microbial biodiversity and community ecology, where – since the beginning of my research career – the main stress remains on my pet subject arbuscular mycorrhiza – the symbiosis between plants and arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi.
See the Research section for the specific Project Teams and International Collaboration.