Jan Klečka

Employment
• Since November 2015: Head of the Laboratory of Integrative Ecology, Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, České Budějovice, Czech Republic

• January 2014 – October 2015: Researcher, Laboratory of Theoretical Ecology, Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, České Budějovice, Czech Republic

• August 2013 – August 2014: SciEx Postdoctoral Fellow at Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Kastanienbaum, Switzerland

• 2010 – July 2013: Laboratory of Theoretical Ecology, Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, České Budějovice, Czech Republic

Teaching experience
• Fall 2014: Mathematics (practicals)  Institute of Mathematics and Biomathematics, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice, Czech Republic.

Education
I studied at the Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice, Czech Republic.

• 2010-2013: PhD study of Ecology (with distinction); PhD Thesis: The structure and dynamics of food webs of small stagnant waters (defended on 27 February 2013).

• October 2011 – April 2012: ERASMUS scholarship at the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK
Project: Modelling food web assembly (supervisor: Andrew P. Beckerman)

• 2008-2010: MSc study of Ecology (with distinction); MSc Thesis: Predation in aquatic insects: species traits and habitat structure mediate predator-prey interactions.
Awarded the Dean’s Award.

• 2005-2008: BSc study of Biology (with distinction); BSc Thesis: The structure and dynamics of a water beetle community in a semipermanent wetland (Vrbenské rybníky NR).

Grants and fellowships
• 2014-2016: Grant Agency of the Czech Republic
Project: Species traits and optimal foraging as drivers of the structure of plant-pollinator networks
Three PhD students and a research assistant are funded through this grant

• 2014: Swiss National Science Foundation, International Short Visits (3 months), collaboration with Carlos J. Melian, Blake Matthews and Ole Seehausen at Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Kastanienbaum, Switzerland
Project: Modelling the effects of predator phenotype on food web structure

• 2013: SciEx Postdoctoral Fellowship (12 months) at Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Kastanienbaum, Switzerland
Project: Food webs in space: integrating metacommunity and food web research

• 2012: Grant Agency of the University of South Bohemia
Project: Understanding and protecting grassland biodiversity: analysis and modelling of pollination networks in pastured and intensively managed grasslands.

• 2009: Student Grant Agency of the Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia
Project: The effect of habitat structural complexity on the assembly of model food webs.

• 2008: Student Grant Agency of the Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia
Project: The role of body size in predator-prey interactions: comparative experiments in aquatic insects (together with Luboš Havlan).

• 2007-2008: Mattoni Awards for Studies of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia
Project: What biotic and abiotic factors influence the composition and dynamics of water insect communities?

Awards
• 2010: Dean’s Award for Outstanding Master’s Thesis (Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, CZ).

Membership in scientific societies
• Since 2009: Czech Society for Ecology

• Since 2007: British Ecological Society

• 2004-2007: Czech Entomological Society

Workshops, courses and summer schools
• 2014 (1 week): Dispersal and competition of populations and communities in spatially inhomogeneous environments; EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, 4.-8.8.2014; organizer: Donald DeAngelis.

• 2014 (1 week): Non-adaptive selection: explaining macroscopic laws in ecology and evolution; EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, 7.-11.7.2014; organizers: Roger Arditi, Luis-Felix Bersier and Lev Ginzburg.

• 2014 (1 week): 6th Eawag Summer School in Environmental Systems Analysis, Dübendorf, Switzerland, 15.-20.6.2014; organizer: Peter Reichert.

• 2013 (1 week): Individual- and Agent- Based Modeling; Technische Universität Dresden, Germany, 4.-12.7. 2013; lecturers: U.Berger, V.Grimm, S.Railsback, C.Piou

• 2013 (2 days): NetSci – International School and Conference on Network Science; Copenhagen, Denmark, 3.-4.6.2013; several lectures on different topics of network theory and analysis; lecturers: A.-L. Barabási, S. Heymann, R. Lambiotte, N. Masuda and A. Hagberg.

• 2013 (1 week): Macroecology and Species Distribution Models; České Budějovice, Czech Republic, 27.2.-3.3. 2013; lecturer: S. Varela.

• 2012 (1 week): Stochastic Modelling for Systems Biology; Applied Bayesian Statistics Summer School 2012; Pavia, Italy, 3.-7.9.2012; lecturer: D.J. Wilkinson.

• 2012 (1 week): Complex Networks: Structure and Function; The 22nd Jyväskylä Summer School; Jyväskylä, Finland, 20.-24.8.2012; lecturer: S. Fortunato.

• 2012 (1 day): A Brief Introduction to Bayesian and Hierarchical Bayesian Modeling in Ecology; workshop at the 97th Meeting of the Ecological Society of America; Portland, USA, 5.8.2012; lecturers: M. Dietze and K. Ogle.

• 2012 (1 day): Python for Ecology; workshop at the 97th Meeting of the Ecological Society of America; Portland, USA, 4.8.2012; lecturer: T. Purucker.

• 2011 (1 week): SIZEMIC Summer School: A Practical Course in Size Structured Modeling of Population and Community Dynamics in a Changing Climate; Hamburg, Germany, 9.-15.4.2011; lecturers: A.M. deRoos and K.H. Andersen.

• 2008 (1 month): Field Course of Tropical Ecology; Papua New Guinea (organized by Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia jointly with New Guinea Binatang Research Centre, Madang and PNG Institute of Biological Research, Goroka), 15.7.-13.8.2008; lecturers: V. Novotný and J. Lepš.

Other
I have reviewed papers for PLOS ONE, Oikos, Hydrobiologia and European Journal of Entomology. I also served as a reviewer of British Ecological Society grants in 2015.

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