Research interest

community ecology

conservation biology

freshwater ecology


Research keywords

alien species, aquatic invertebrates, beta diversity, biodiversity, community organization, diversity partitioning, effect of human impact, functional diversity, methodology of community ecology and biodiversity research, nestedness, sampling, scale concept, stream ecology, trait-based community analysis, turnover


Key 10 papers

Schmera D, Heino J, Podani J, Erős T, Dolédec S 2017 Functional diversity: a review of methodology and current knowledge in freshwater macroinvertebrate research. Hydrobiologia 787: 27-44.

Schmera D, Podani J, Heino J, Erős T, Poff NL 2015 A proposed unified terminology of species traits in stream ecology. Freshwater Science 34: 823-830.

Cardoso P, Rigal F, Carvalho JC, Fortelius M, Borges PAV, Podani J, Schmera D 2014 Partitioning taxon, phylogenetic and functional beta diversity into replacement and richness difference components. Journal of Biogeography 41: 749-761.

Carvalho JC, Cardoso P, Borges PAV, Schmera D, Podani J 2013 Measuring fractions of beta diversity and their relationships to nestedness: a theoretical and empirical comparison of novel approaches. Oikos 122: 825-834.

Heino J, Schmera D, Erős T 2013 A macroecological prespective of trait patterns in stream communities. Freshwater Biology 58: 1539-1555.

Podani J, Schmera D 2012 A comparative evaluation of pairwise nestedness measures Ecography 35: 889-900.

Erős T, Schmera D, Schick S 2011 Network thinking in riverscape conservation - A graph-based approach. Biological Conservation 144: 184-192.

Podani J, Schmera D 2011 A new conceptual and methodological framework for exploring and explaining pattern in presence-absence data. Oikos 120: 1625-1638.

Schmera D, Erős T, Podani J 2009 A measure for assessing functional diversity in ecological communities. Aquatic Ecology 43: 157-167.

Podani J, Schmera D. 2006 On dendrogram-based measures of functional diversity Oikos 115: 179-185.


Professional service

editor, Community Ecology