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Cristina Fiera

Institutul de Biologie, Academia Romana, Bucuresti, Romania

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Born: 1980

Interests: taxonomy, ecology, Collembola

In the beginning, I was interested in data analyze of diatoms in the faculty, as a student of Prof. Dan Cogalniceanu. It was a good start for my research carrier.
Beginning with September 2003, I put more effort in taxonomy and ecology of Collembola communities (microarthropods of soil and litter).

2005- 2012 PhD in biology, Romanian Academy, Institute of Biology,Bucharest,with the following title: "Study of Collembola (Hexapoda: Collembola) from Romania: taxonomy, ecology and biogeography".
2003-2005 Master in Ecology, Faculty of Biology, University of Bucharest, Master thesis: "The role of Collembola communities in the function of ecological systems".
1999-2003- Bachelor of Science, Faculty of Biology, University of Bucharest, specialization Ecology and Nature Concervation.

Specializations in abroad:
30 May- 14 June 2005, Slovak Republic, Institute of Zoology, Academy of Science of Slovak Republik, Kosice;
11- 31 July 2005, Russia, Institute of ecology and evolution, RAS, Moscow;
7 -30 October. 2005, Poland, Institute of Sistematics and Animal Evolution, Poland Academy of Science, Krakow;
19 June 2006 -02 July 2006, Czech Republic, Institute of Soil Biology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Ceské Budějovice
5-25 mai 2008- Poland, Musseum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Science.
6-19 November 2011, Poland,Institute of Sistematics and Animal Evolution, Poland Academy of Science, Krakow.

Professional experience:
Terrestrial ecology, ecological reconstruction, taxonomy and ecology of springtails (Hexapoda: Collembola),corology

Research activities (2004-2012:
1. Participation at national projects financed by Romanian Academy (7 projects), AGRAL RES- NAT (1 project), CNCSIS (1 project) and 3 international projects (2002-2003 -EMERGE- European Mountain lake Ecosystems: Regionalisation, diaGnostics & socio-economic Evaluation, FP5, UE; 2005-2006 -LIFE AIR-AWARE (AIR Pollution ImpAct Surveillance and WArning System for URban Environment, 2009-2011- bilateral colaboration through "Interacademic Exchange Program between Romanian and Polish Academies" - Director for Romanian Partner, "Diversity and distribution of soil animals in urban areas of Poland and Romania.

she obtained 2 international fellowships under SYNTHESYS Programme (Poland)-1 month in 2008 and DAAD (Germany)-3 months in 2009.

2. Participation at 11 national conferences (Bucuresti, Pitesti, Odorheiu- Secuiesc) and 6 international conferences (Austria, Cyprus, Polonia, Brazilia, Cehia, Romania); 24 posters and 7 oral communications.

3. Publication of 33 scientifically papers and 3 chapters of books.
Papers in journals covered by ISI with Impact Factor: 9 publications.

Journals covered by ISI: 35 (Web of Science, Index Hirsch: 3).

Selected publications:
• Fiera C. Application of stable isotopes and lipid analysis to understand trophic interactions in springtails. North Western Journal of Zoology, 10(2), pp. 227-235, 2014.
• Fiera C. Detection of food in the gut content of Heteromurus nitidus (Hexapoda: Collembola) by DNA/PCR-based molecular analysis. North Western Journal of Zoology, 10(1), pp. 67-73, 2014.
• Weiner M. W. & Fiera C. New species of Deuteraphorura (Collembola: Onychiuridae) from Romania. Florida Entomologist, 97(1), pp. 247-255, 2014.
• FIERA C., KONIKIEWICZ M., SKARZYNSKI. Tetracanthella doftana sp. nov. (Collembola, Isotomidae) from Romania, with a key to Carpathian Tetracanthella Schött, 1891. Zootaxa, 3691(4), pp. 467-472, 2013.
• Fiera C., Ulrich W. . Spatial distribution patterns of European springtails (Hexapoda: Collembola). , 105(3), pp. 498- 506, 2012.
• Ulrich W., Fiera C. Environmental correlates of body size distributions of European springtails (Hexapoda: Collembola). Global Ecology and Biogeography, 19: 905- 915 , 2010.
• Fiera C. Biodiversity of Collembola in urban soils and the use of them as bioindicators of pollution. Pesquisa Agropecuaria Brasileira, 44(8), pp. 868-873, 2009.
• Ulrich W., Fiera C. Environmental correlates of species richness of European springtails (Hexapoda: Collembola). Acta Oecologica, 35(1) , pp. 45-52, 2009.
• Fiera C. A checklist of the Romanian springtails (Collembola). Folia Entomologica Hungarica Folia Entomologica Hungarica, 68, pp. 1-36, 2007.
• Radwański J. M., Fiera C. & W. M. Weiner, . A new species of Protaphorura Absolon, 1901 (Collembola: Onychiuridae: Onychiurinae) from Romania and a redescription of Protaphorura glebata (Gisin, 1952). Annales zoologici, vol. 56(3), pp. 449- 455, 2006.

Publications from the ISI database, indexed between 2002-2011, produced in Romania:
• Radwanski, JM; Fiera, C; Weiner, WM, A new species of Protaphorura ABsolon, 1901 (Collembola : Onychiuridae : Onychiurinae) from Romania and a redescription of Protaphorura glebata (Gisin, 1952). ANNALES ZOOLOGICI, 56 (3), pp. 449-455, 2006.
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