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Molecular Biology Center, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania

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Born: 1980

Interests: population genetics, evolution, aquatic ecosystems, biogeography, phylogeny

I am working on the phylogeny and population genetics of several aquatic insect species (Trichoptera, Plecoptera, etc.). I am also involved in research with focus on palaeoecology and ancient DNA.

Selected publications:
• Bálint, M., Botosaneanu, L., Ujvárosi, L., Popescu, O. . Taxonomic revision of Rhyacophila aquitanica (Trichoptera: Rhyacophilidae), based on molecular and morphological evidence and change of taxon status of Rhyacophila aquitanica ssp. carpathica to Rhyacophila carpathica stat. n. . Zootaxa, 2148, pp. 39-48, 2009.
• Pauls, S. U., Theissinger, K., Ujvárosi, L., Bálint, M., Haase, P. . Patterns of population structure in two closely related, partially sympatric caddisflies in Eastern Europe: historic introgression, limited dispersal, and cryptic diversity. Journal of the North American Benthological Society, 28, pp. 517-536, 2009.
• Bálint, M., Barnard, P. C., Schmitt, T., Ujvárosi, L., Popescu, O. . Differentiation and speciation in mountain streams: a case study in the caddisfly Rhyacophila aquitanica (Trichoptera). Journal of zoological systematics and evolutionary research, 46, pp. 340-345, 2008.
• Bálint, M, Sárkány-Kiss, E, Braun, M. Changes in caddis larvae community composition: effect of unknown contaminants. In Donnelly KC, Cizmas LH (eds.), Environmental Health in Central and Eastern Europe, pp. 73-80. Springer Netherlands, 2006.

Theses and dissertations:
• Bálint, M. . Pleistocene and Holocene history of Rhyacophila aquitanica (Insecta: Trichoptera) in the Carpathian Mountains, potential speciation centers. 2009.


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