The 70-th anniversary of Prof. Ing. Pavol Hrubík, DrSc.

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Publication: Folia Oecologica
Author: Juhásová, Gabriela
Date published: July 1, 2011
Language: English
PMID: 71688
ISSN: 13365266
Journal code: FLCG

On March 16, 2011, we celebrated the important 70-th anniversary of our colleague Prof. Ing. Pavol Hrubik, DrSc. Pavol Hrubik was born in the village of Senne, district VeFky Krtis. Having finished the Secondary School of Forestry in Banska Stiavnica, he continued with his studies in this area at the University College of Forestry and Wood Technology in Zvolen (since 1991, the Technical University in Zvolen). His primary interest, focussed on entomology, dendrology and forest protection, has been persisting lifelong as a hobby and occupation, at the same time. His first working place (from July 1, 1964) was the Forest Enterprise Nitra, Forest District Home Lefantovce where he performed as an operating worker. His first working place was also the place of his first contact with research workers (studying European chestnut) from the Arboretum Mlyńany of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS), who redirected his interest from practice to research activities. Having accomplished one year of practice (September 1, 1965), P. Hrubik started his research work at the Arboretum Mlyńany SAS. There he continued, as a member of the group focussing on protection of woody plants, with study of his favourite subjects. The Arboretum Mlyńany - Institute of Dendrobiology SAS was his working place up to the year 1993. After delimitation of this institution and after one year spent at the Institute of Forest Ecology SAS, Branch of Woody Plants Biology (Nitra), P. Hrubik was working (from September 1, 1995 to August 31, 2009) as a university teacher at the Slovak University of Agriculture, Faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Engineering in Nitra. At present, he is working in the Botanic garden of the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra. His research subject, from the very beginning, has been the inventory and monitoring of biotic pests in the Arboretum Mlyńany SAS, later he switched to the study of biology and ecology of insect pests on the introduced woody plants.

In 1967, he started his PhD (CSc.) study in the Branch 41-03-9 "Agricultural and Forestry Phytopathology and Plant Protection" as an external student. He had accomplished his PhD thesis entitled "Caterpillars of some Lepidoptera as potential pests on introduced woody plants " by May 1972; however, he had to wait for approval of the defence until September 1983. In 1980s, his research area involved also another frequently discussed issue: animal pests on woody plants in urban greenery in varying ecological conditions across Slovakia. His research results represent an important contribution to more detailed and complex study of introduced and native woody plants in urban greenery, with the focus on qualitative and quantitative structure and biological-ecological analyses. In frame of his activities at the Arboretum Mlyńany SAS, he attended and coordinated two dendrological study trips in North Korea (1983, 1985). In years 1990-1993 he was the vice-director of the Arboretum and the Chairman of the Scientific Board (1990-1992).

In 1995 (1. 9. 1995), having accomplished 30 years of scientific work, P. Hrubik left the "pure science" for the just established Faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Engineering of the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, which enabled him to couple his research and pedagogical activities in dendrology and plant protection. He implemented his outstanding knowledge in teaching the subject Orchard Dendrology - Coniferous, Evergreen and Broadleaf Woody Plants. In February 1996, he was habilitated as an Associate Professor for the scientific branch "Horticulture"; in 1997 he successfully defended his doctoral dissertation thesis under the title "Harmful entomofauna on alien woody plants in Slovakia", and gained the scientific degree "DrSc." - doctor of agricultural-forestry sciences, scientific branch 41-97-9 "Plant Protection", SAS Bratislava; together with scientific evaluation degree I. - senior scientific worker. In year 1999, he was inaugurated as a full Professor for the scientific branch 41-42-9 "Horticulture".

During his long practice, R Hrubik was noticeably contributing to the knowledge of insect fauna of domestic and exotic woody plants in public greenery and in major dendrological subjects in Slovakia. He reported several first findings of insect pests on introduced woody plants in Slovakia - at first on-his-own, later, at the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, together with his colleague Ing. Jan Kollár, PhD. His rich scientific results were published in 12 monographs, 173 original scientific works in Slovakia, 25 original scientific works abroad, and many research papers presented at national and foreign conferences. A large number of his works (133) was published in scientific journals. As a teacher at the Faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Engineering of the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, he was the tutor of numerous bachelor, diploma and dissertation theses. He acted as the coordinator of the study branch Garden and Landscape Architecture, co-coordinator of the study programme Biotechnique of Park and Landscape Arrangements, and the coordinator of the study subjects Broad-leaved Woody Plants in Garden Design, Coniferous and Evergreen Woody Plants in Garden Design, Assessment of Biotic Parameters, Woody Plants in Garden Architecture and Protection of Ornamental Plants. All the subjects he was lecturing provided printed study texts. P. Hrubik implemented his rich professional experience as a member of scientific boards (Faculty of Horticulture and Landscape engineering of Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra and Institute of Forest Ecology SAS in Zvolen); as a member of the Advisory Committee of the PLA (Protected Landscape Area) Ponitrie; a member of the editorial boards of the journal Folia oecologica and the international journal Plant Protection Science in Prague; a member of the Accreditation Commission SAS; a member of commission for defence of doctoral (DrSc.) dissertation theses for the scientific branches Horticulture and Plant Protection; a member of the joint commission for the scientific branch Garden and Landscape Architecture at the Faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Engineering of the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, and the Faculty of Horticulture of the Mendel University in Brno.

He was working on, co-leading and leading several grant projects of the VEGA and KEGA agencies; he participated in solving the multilateral COST project "Multidisciplinary Chestnut Research in Europe" and the COST project "Urban Forests". At the Faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Engineering of the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra in years 1995-2009, he acted as the Head of the Department of Garden and Park Design (1995-1998), later as the Head of the Department of Green Biotechnology (1998-2001), the Chair of the Academic Senate of the Faculty, the ViceDean and the Deputy -Dean.

Prof. Ing. Pavel Hrubik, DrSc., with his determined persistent efforts and high professionalism, has enlarged the knowledge in several scientific areas (entomology, dendrology, plant protection). Equally important is his long-year experience in pedagogical practice - with implementing the knowledge gained in the research work in years 1995-2005 at the SlovakAcademy of Sciences: Arboretum Mlynany - Institute of Dendrobiology and Institute of Forest Ecology SAS in Zvolen, Branch for Woody Plants Ecology in Nitra. He is still maintaining his cooperation with these institutions. R Hrubik is a member of research collectives solving grant projects of the national grant agencies VEGA and APW

His outstanding activities in area of science communication were awarded in 1985 by the Presidium SAS with the Prize SAS for Science Communication. For his lifelong professional and pedagogical activities, the Society for Agricultural, Forestry, Food and Veterinary Sciences SAS Bratislava awarded him with the Juraj Fándly medal, and the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Engineering, with a Memorial medal.

Appraisal which is not possible to express with medals or awards is the appraisal and support from his wife, offering him an optimum family environment allowing him to occupy with his lifelong hobby - introduced and native woody plants and their pests. R Hrubik and his wife have got two daughters: Vierka and Katka, and now they are enjoying good health and interesting working activities together with their families.

For the years that will follow, we wish to our colleague, celebrating his anniversary, good health and many new incentives for his activities focussed on building and protection of the life environment.

Author affiliation:

Gabriela Juhásová

Institute of Forest Ecology

of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Zvolen

Head of the Branch of Woody Plants Biology

in Nitra

Akademická 2

949 Ol Nitra

Slovak Republic


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