Laboratory of Mammalian Ecology

Head: assoc. prof. dr. habil. LINAS BALČIAUSKAS

Current research trends in the Laboratory of Mammalian Ecology:

  1. Mammal fauna, threatened and invasive species (distribution, numbers and trends)
  2. Road ecology (professional investigations in-situ, habitat-based modelling, collision pattern recognition using neural-based AI networks)
  3. Investigations into mammal diversity and trophic ecology in commensal and agricultural habitats
  4. Pathogens of small and carnivorous mammals
  5. Long term investigations into mammals with a focus on climate change, space and time gradients and sustainable use
  6. Human dimensions in relation to mammals and community involvement (atlases, hunting, legal changes)




  • EMMA2 (European mammal atlas)
  • Academy of Sciences, Brno, Czech Republic
  • CESAM, University of Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal
  • Consultancy for Nature Conservation, Markersdorf, Germany
  • Department of Wildlife Ecology and Management Faculty of Forestry, Düzce University, Düzce, Turkey
  • Environment Agency Republic of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia
  • Estonian Theriological Society, Tartu, Estonia
  • European Commision, Joint Research Centre, Directorate for Sustainable Resources, Ispra, Italy
  • Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Greifswald-Insel Riems, Germany
  • Institute of Zoology, Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Chisinau, Moldova
  • Latvian State Forest Research Institute “Silava”, Salaspils, Latvia
  • Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Sibiu, Romania
  • Mammal Research Institute, Białowieza, Poland
  • Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK
  • Netherlands Institute of Ecology, Wageningen, Netherlands
  • P.J. Šafárik University, Košice, Slovakia
  • Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic
  • Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Tembotov Institute of ecology of mountain territories RAS, Nalchik, Russia
  • Universite de Liege, Liege, Belgium
  • Universite Paris-Sud, Orsay Cedex, France
  • University of Turin, Turin, Italy
  • University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  • University of Zielona Góra, Zielona Góra, Poland

PhD students

  • Vitalijus Stirkė (Smulkiųjų žinduolių ekologijos ypatumai komerciniuose soduose ir uogynuose)
  • Justyna Barščevska (Didžiosios miegapelės (Glis glis) buveinių pasirinkimas, radaviečių būklė ir populiacijų genetinė įvairovė Lietuvoje)

Publications and dissemination of results