Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2020
    Research Professor at the Department of Botany, Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, University of Tartu, Estonia

  • 2003 – 2020
    Senior research fellow at the Department of Botany, Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, University of Tartu, Estonia

  • 2001 – 2003
    Research fellow at the Department of Botany and Ecology, University of Tartu, Estonia

  • 2000
    Postdoc at the Division of General Microbiology, Viiki Biocentre, Helsinki University, Finland

  • 1998 – 2000
    Research fellow at the Department of Botany and Ecology, University of Tartu, Estonia

  • 1998
    PhD at Faculty of Biology and Geography, University of Tartu, Estonia

  • 1989
    Graduated in biology (genetics), University of Tartu, Estonia

Selected publications

  • Zobel, M.; Davison, J.; Edwards, M. E.; Brochmann, C.; Coissac, E.; Taberlet, P.; Willerslev, E. & Moora, M. 2018. Ancient environmental DNA reveals shifts in dominant mutualisms during the late Quaternary. Nature Communications 9:139.

  • Gerz, M.; Bueno, C. G.; Ozinga, W. A.; Zobel, M. & Moora, M. 2018. Niche differentiation and expansion of plant species are associated with mycorrhizal symbiosis. Journal of Ecology 106: 254-264.

  • Bueno, C. G.; Moora, M.; Gerz, M.; Davison, J.; Öpik, M.; Pärtel, M.; Helm, A.; Ronk, A.; Kühn, I. & Zobel, M. 2017. Plant mycorrhizal status, but not type, shifts with latitude and elevation in Europe. Global Ecology and Biogeography 26: 690-699.

  • Davison, J., Moora, M., Öpik, M., Adholeya, A., Ainsaar, L., Bâ, A., Burla, S., Diedhiou, A.G., Hiiesalu, I., Jairus, T., Johnson, N.C., Kane,A., Koorem, K., Kochar, M., Ndiaye, C., Pärtel, M., Reier, Ü., Saks, Ü., Singh, R., Vasar, M., Zobel M. Global assessment of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus diversity reveals very low endemism. Science 2015. 349: 970-973.

  • Moora, M. 2014. Mycorrhizal traits and plant communities: perspectives for integration. Journal of Vegetation Science 25:1126-1132.

  • Willerslev E., Davison, J., Moora, M., Zobel, M., Coissac, E., Edwards, M.E., Lorenzen, E.D., Vestergard, M., et al. 2014. Fifty thousand years of Arctic vegetation and megafaunal diet. Nature 506: 47-51.

  • Hempel, S., Götzenberger, L., Kühn, I., Michalski, G.S., Rillig, C.M., Zobel, M., Moora, M. 2013. Mycorrhizas in the Central European flora – relationships with plant life history traits and ecology. Ecology 94: 1389-1399.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Ecolghange. Centre of Excellence 'Ecology of global change: natural and managed ecosystems'. Principal investigator, 2016 – 2023

  • The role of arbuscular mycorrhiza (AM) in shaping plant community patterns and plant interactions. Principal investigator, 2014 – 2019

  • The role of mycorrhizal symbiosis in plant invasions. Estonian Science Foundation. Principal investigator, 2012 – 2015

  • FIBIR. Centre of Excellence ’Frontiers in Biodiversity Research’. Principal investigator, 2009 – 2015

  • ; ECOCHANGE: Challenges in assessing and forecasting biodiversity and ecosystem changes in Europe. (EU FP 7, Integrated Project), UT principal investigator, 2007 – 2011

  • ALARM – Assessing lArge scale environmental risks with tested methods (EU FP 6, Integrated Project), UT principal investigator, 2004 – 2009

  • Influence of biotic interactions, abiotic conditions and anthropogenic activities on the plant population dynamics. Estonian Science Foundation. Grant holder, project leader, 2004 – 2007

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • EU, Horizon 2020, MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE INDIVIDUAL FELLOWSHIPS, ENV panel, Vice Chair, since 2015

  • European Commission, REA; calls under research and innovation program; expert-evaluator in several “ENV” expert panels, since 2010

  • Academic Editor of the journal PLoS ONE, 2011 – 2016

  • Referee for several scientific journals ( e.g. Ecology, Ecology Letters, Journal of Ecology, New Phytologist, Oikos, Journal of Applied Ecology, Journal of Vegetation Science), since 2000

  • International Association of Vegetation Science (IAVS), since 1993


  • Past: 2 postdocs and 8 PhD students supervised or co-supervised

  • Current: 2 postdocs and 2 PhD students supervised or co-supervised

  • 8 supervised master students

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Family: I am mother of three kids and grandmother of four grand kids.

  • Hobbies: I like to travel, hike in nature and do sport. In addition, I love music and literature.


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