We are doing research on ecological networks with multiple interaction types, such as plant-flower visitor, plant-herbivore, and predator-prey interactions. Our aim is to understand the mechanistic underpinning of the structure of ecological networks, to evaluate the robustness of ecological networks to environmental changes, and to use this knowledge for the conservation of biodiversity. Our research ranges from studies on individual-level insect behaviour and pollination biology of selected plant species to analyses of the structure of complex ecological networks. We like to take an integrative approach combining small-scale laboratory experiments, observational and experimental research in the field, DNA metabarcoding, and simulation models. You can find us at the Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences
- Asma Akter has defended her PhD thesis on 18 January 2021! It consists of two published papers and three additional manuscripts (hopefully to be published soon) based on experiments and observations in Czech meadows, mangroves in Bangladesh, and Italian Alps, united by a common focus on the impact of environmental changes on plant-pollinator interactions.
- The final chapter from Paolo Biella’s PhD thesis has been published: Biella P., Akter A., Ollerton J., Nielsen A., & Klecka J. (2020) An empirical attack tolerance test alters the structure and species richness of plant-pollinator networks. Functional Ecology (https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.13642)
- Jan Klečka was awarded The Otto Wichterle Award 2020 by the Czech Academy of Sciences: https://www.avcr.cz/en/academic-public/support-of-research/otto-wichterle-award/