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Petra Hájková studied Plant Systematics and Ecology at Palacký University, Olomouc. She did her PhD research on ecology and palaeoecology of wetlands in the Western Carpathians (Masaryk University, Brno, 2005). Since 2004 she works as a researcher at the Institute of Botany, Czech Academy and since 2013 as a research specialist at the Department of Botany and Zoology at the Masaryk University in Brno.
Her main interest lies in ecology and classification of mire, fen and fen meadow vegetation in central Europe and in the previous years it was also in the Balkan region (Bulgaria). Another fields of interest include the relationships among different taxonomic groups occurring in the mires and fens, influence of management (mowing) on the species composition and diversity of wetland vegetation, and Late-Glacial and Holocene history of fens and mires in the Western Carpathians.
In 2011-2015, she led the grant project “GAČR P 504/11/0429: Environmental gradients, vegetation dynamics and landscape changes in the West Carpathians from the Late Glacial up to the present times.” Within the the project she dealt with the reconstruction of the vegetation succession in mires and fens using macro-fossil analysis and reconstruction of climate based on biotic proxies, and furthermore with human influence on mire vegetation and possible survival of fen specialists during the Holocene.
She uses the modern multi-proxy approach and transfer functions for reconstruction of the past environments and is interested in linking recent ecology and palaeoecology.