Tatyana Darienko


Present position:

Guest researcher, coPI

Research area:

Algal ecology and taxonomy



+43 512 507-50250


Employment History · Research · Current Project · Publications · Awards

Employment History

  • Aug 2022 - Jul 2025 FWF P34416 project "Non-marine Ulvophyceae: Biodiversity, ecology and evolution" at the Research Department for Limnology, Mondsee of the Leopold-Franzens-University of Innsbruck (LFUI), PI T. Pröschold

  • Jul 2020 - Dec 2022 project collaboration in the FFG Talente regional project geniALGE at the Research Department for Limnology, Mondsee of the Leopold-Franzens-University of Innsbruck (LFUI), PI S. Wanzenböck

  • Jan 2017 – March 2021 collaboration within the FWF project

    Endosymbiontische Algen und deren Ciliaten-Wirte: Morphologie, Phylogenie, Ökologie (P28333-B25), PI B. Sonntag and T. Pröschold

  • Postdoctoral researcher University of Göttingen, The Culture Collection of Algae

  • PhD, Kholodny Institute of Botany, NASci of Ukraine


Current Projects



guest editorial-biology


  • Sonntag B., Frantal D., Kammerlander B., Darienko T., Filker S., Stoeck T., Gruber M., Pröschold T. (2022). Widespread occurrence of two planktonic ciliate species (Urotricha, Prostomatida) originating from high mountain lakes. Diversity 14, 362 doi.org/10.3390/d14050362

  • Frantal D., Agatha S., Beisser D., Boenigk J., Darienko T., Dirren-Pitsch G., Filker S., Gruber M., Kammerlander B., Nachbaur L., Scheffel U., Stoeck T., Qian K., Weißenbacher B., Pröschold T., Sonntag B. (2022). Molecular data reveal a cryptic diversity in the genus Urotricha (Alveolata, Ciliophora, Prostomatida), a key player in freshwater lakes, with remarks on morphology, food preferences, and distribution. Front. Microbiol. 12:787290. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2021.787290


  • Irisarri I., Darienko T., Pröschold T., Fürst-Jansen J.M.R., Jamy M., de Vries J. (2021). Unexpected cryptic species among  streptophyte algae most distant to land plants. Proc. R. Soc. B 288: 2021216, https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2021.2168

  • Darienko T., Rad-Menéndez C., Campbell C.N., Pröschold T. (2021). Molecular Phylogeny of Unicellular Marine Coccoid Green Algae Revealed New Insights into the Systematics of the Ulvophyceae (Chlorophyta). Microorganisms 9:1586. https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms9081586

  • Pröschold T., Rieser D., Darienko T., Nachbaur L., Kammerlander B., Qian K., Pitsch G., Bruni P., Qu Z., Forster D., Rad-Mendez C., Posch T., Stoeck T., Sonntag B. (2021).  An integrative approach sheds new light onto the systematics and ecology of the widespread ciliate genus Coleps (Ciliophora, Prostomatea). Sci Rep 11: 5916, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-84265-y


  • Darienko T., Pröschold T. (2020). Calidiella, a new generic name for Desertella (Trebouxiophyceae). Notulae Algarum

  • Pröschold T., Darienko T. (2020). Choricystis and Lewiniosphaera gen. nov. (Trebouxiophyceae Chlorophyta), two different green algal endosymbionts in freshwater sponges. Symbiosis (online first). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13199-020-00711-x

  • Spanner C., Darienko T., Biehler T., Sonntag B., Pröschold T. (2020). Endosymbiotic green algae in Paramecium bursaria: A new isolation method and a simple diagnostic PCR approach for the identification, diversity 12(6):240 doi:10.3390/d12060240

  • Pröschold T., Pitsch G., Darienko T. (2020). Micractinium tetrahymenae (Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorophyta), a New Endosymbiont Isolated from Ciliates. Diversity 12:200, https://doi.org/10.3390/d12050200

  • Pröschold T., Darienko T., Guiry M.D. (2020). Nomenclatural corrections in the green algal genus Deuterostichococcus Pröschold & Darienko (Trebouxiophyceae), Notulae algarum 137 PDF

  • Pröschold T., Darienko T. (2020). The green puzzle Stichococcus (Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorophyta): New generic and species concept among this widely distributed genus, Phytotaxa 441(2): 113-142 https://doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.441.2.2


  • Darienko T., Rad-Menéndez C., Campbell C., Pröschold T. (2019): Are there any true marine Chlorella species? Molecular phylogenetic assessment and ecology of marine Chlorella-like organisms, including a description of Droopiella gen. nov., Systematics and Biodiversity 17(8): 811-829, DOI: 10.1080/14772000.2019.1690597

  • Darienko T., Kang W., Orzechowski A.K., Pröschold T. (2019). Pleurastrosarcina terriformae, a new species of a rare desert trebouxiophycean alga discovered by an integrative approach, Extremophiles 23: 573-586, doi:10.1007/s00792-019-01108-5

  • Darienko T., Pröschold T. (2019). Reevaluation and Discovery of new species of the rare genus Watanabea and establishment of Massjukichlorella gen. nov. (Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorophyta) using an integrative approach, J. Phycol. 55:493-499, doi: 10.1111/jpy.12830

  • Daryenko T., Pröschold T. (2019). The genus Jaagichlorella Reisigl (Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorophyta) and its close relatives: an evolutionary puzzle, Phytotaxa 388 (1): 047–068, doi 10.11646/phytotaxa.388.1.2


  •  Darienko T., Pröschold T. (2018). Watanabea borysthenica sp. nov., including ‘Watanabea pyrenoidosa’ nom. inval. (Trebouxiaceae, Trebouxiophyceae). Notulae algarum 73, PDF

  • Darienko T., Lukesova A., Pröschold T. (2018). The polyphasic approach revealed new species of Chloroidium (Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorophyta). Phytotaxa 372(1): 51-66 doi:10.11646/phytotaxa.372.1.4 

  • Darienko T., Pröschold T. (2018). The establishment of Diplosphaera epiphytica sp. nov. and its distinction from Chlorella sphaerica Tschermak-Woess. Notulae algarum No.54: 1-4. PDF

  • Pröschold T., Darienko T. (2018). The distinctions between Chlamydomonas incerta Pascher and Chlamydomonas globosa J.W. Snow and their taxonomic consequences. Notulae algarum No. 56: 1-4 PDF

  • Pröschold T., Darienko T., Krienitz L., Coleman A.W. (2018). Chlamydomonas schloesseri sp. nov. (Chlamydophyceae, Chlorophyta) revealed by morphology, autolysin cross experiments, and multiple gene analyses. Phytotaxa 362(1): 021-038 doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.362.1.2



  • Darienko T., Pröschold T. (2017). Toward a monograph of non-marine Ulvophyceae using an integrative approach (Molecular phylogeny and systematics of terrestrial Ulvophyceae II.). Phytotaxa 324: 1-41.

  • Gustavs L., Schiefelbein U., Darienko T., Pröschold T. (2017). Symbioses of the green algal genera Coccomyxa and Elliptochloris (Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorophyta). In Seckbach J, Grube M, Muggia L (eds): Algae and Cyanobacteria Symbioses, pp. 169-208.


  • Darienko T., Gustavs L., Pröschold T. (2016). Species concept and nomenclatural changes within the genera Elliptochloris and Pseudochlorella (Trebouxiophyceae) based on an integrative approach. J Phycol 52: 1125-1145.


  • Darienko T., Gustavs L., Eggert A., Wolf W., Pröschold T. (2015). Evaluating the species boundaries of green microalgae (Coccomyxa, Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorophyta) using integrative taxonomy and DNA barcoding with further implications for the species identification in environmental samples. PLOS One 10: e0127838.

  • Darienko T., Pröschold T. (2015). Genetic variability and taxonomic revision of the genus Auxenochlorella (Shihira et Krauss) Kalina et Puncocharova (Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorophyta). J Phycol 51: 394-400.


  • Pröschold T., Darienko T., Silva P.C., Reisser W., Krienitz L. (2011). The systematics of „Zoochlorella“ revisited employing an integrative approach. Environ Microbiol 13: 350-364.


  • Darienko T., Gustavs L., Mudimu O., Rad Menendez C., Schumann R., Karsten U., Friedl T., Pröschold T. (2010). Chloroidium, a common terrestrial coccoid green alga previously assigned to Chlorella (Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorophyta). Eur J Phycol 45: 79-95.


  • Darienko T., Friedl T., Pröschold T. (2009).  Desmochloris mollenhaueri - a new terrestrial ulvophycean alga from south-west African soils. (Molecular phylogeny and systematics of terrestrial Ulvophyceae I.). Stud. 129: 25-40.




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