Irena Klečková

(maiden name Irena Slámová)

Research Interests

My current research deals with the importance of species climatic requirements for species evolutionary histories as well as for species survival under ongoing climate change. I used Holarctic mountain butterflies as a model group and I asked how ecology (represented by climatic requirements and by habitat use) and biogeography of Holarctic butterflies interacted during their evolution. Next, I am participating on a project documenting the effect of climate change on phenologies and abundances of mountain butterflies.

I am interested in conservation of grassland habitats by studying behaviour, habitat use and thermoregulation of butterflies. I focus on the importance of habitat heterogeneity for species survival in human-altered habitats and under ongoing climate change. Mainly, I studied the role of “transitional” habitats on the grassland/woodland margins such as woodland edges, timberline or small grassland patches nested within woodland matrix.

I also participate on a project on plant-pollinator interactions in differently managed grasslands. The project focuses on the role of species traits on flower choice by pollinators, on the temporal variation of plant-pollinator networks, and on the effect of grassland management on the structure of plant-pollinator networks.

I have been routinely using various methods of statistical data analysis to find answers to questions of interest using specialized software, such as R, Canoco, Statistica, Bioedit, TNT, MrBayes, Beast and RASP.

Employment

Since 2009: Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, České Budějovice, Czech Republic

2010–2011: Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice, Czech Republic

Education

2009–2014 Ph.D., Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice, Czech Republic; Thesis: “Ecology and evolution of mountain butterflies”, supervised by Dr. Zdenek Faltynek-Fric

2007–2009 MSc. (with a teaching certificate), Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice, Czech Republic; Thesis: “Bionomics, diurnal behaviour and habitat selection of a vulnerable butterfly Erebia aethiops”, supervised by Dr. Martin Konvička

2003–2007 BSc. Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice, Czech Republic; Thesis: “Seasonal and spatial dynamics of sexual generation of Daphnia galeata in Římov reservoir”, supervised by Dr. Jiří Macháček

Stays abroad

2010 (three months), ERASMUS scholarship at the University of Turku, Finnland; Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Laboratory of Genetics, The Nymphalidae Systematics Group. Project: “Reconstruction of phylogenies of the butterfly genera Neptis and Erebia”, supervised by Niklas Wahlberg.

2008 (1 month), Field Course of Tropical Ecology: Papua New Guinea (organized by Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice, New Guinea Binatang Research Centre, Madang and PNG Institute of Biological Research, Goroka)

International courses

2015 (2 weeks): Workshop on Molecular Evolution 2015, Český Krumlov, Czech Republic

Membership in scientific societies

Since 2011: Czech Society for Ecology

Grants

2010: Grant Agency of the University of South Bohemia, Project: “Habitat preferences and diurnal behaviour of mountain satyrid butterflies along an altitudinal gradient”

Reviewing

I have served as reviewer for Journal of Insect Conservation and Biodiversity, PLOS ONE and European Journal of Entomology.

Supervising students

Tomáš Svozil (2011-12), Bachelor’s thesis, The use of thermal camera to study thermoregulation in mountain butterflies of the genus Erebia (in Czech).

Teaching

Field course “Terénní Praxe II”, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, Dálava, with Alena Vitová, June 2012 (2 days of teaching)

Field course of zoology, Gymnázium Vodňany, Mgr. Jaroslav Truhlář, Vodňany, May 2011 (1 day of teaching)

Field course of zoology, Gymnázium Vodňany, Mgr. Jaroslav Truhlář, Vodňany, May 2010 (1 day of teaching)

Field course “Terénní praxe III”, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, with prof. Jan Lepš, Mohelno, September 2008 (5 days of teaching)

Publications

Papers in international peer reviewed journals:

Klečková I., Česánek M., Fric Z., Pellissier L. (submitted in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 21st January 2015) Diversification of the cold-adapted butterfly genus Oeneis related to Holarctic biogeography and climatic niche shifts.

Konvička M., Čížek O., Kuras T., Beneš J., Klečková I. (submitted in Ecological Entomology, 23rd January 2015) Has the currently warming climate affected populations of the Mountain Ringlet butterfly, Erebia epiphron, in low- elevation mountains?

Peña C., Witthauer H., Klečková I., Fric Z.,Wahlberg N. (Submitted in Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 27th February 2015). Adaptive radiations in butterflies: evolutionary history of the genus Erebia (Nymphalidae: Satyrinae).

Klečková I., Vrba P., Konvička M. (2015) Quantitative evidence for biennial life cycle and its spatial variation in the mountain butterfly Erebia euryale in the Czech Republic. European Journal of Entomology 112(1): 114–119.

Klečková I., Konvička M., Klečka J. (2014) Thermoregulation and microhabitat use in mountain butterflies of the genus Erebia: importance of fine-scale habitat heterogeneity. Journal of Thermal Biology 41: 50–58.

Slámová I., Klečka J., Konvička M. (2013) Woodland and grassland mosaic from a butterfly perspective: habitat use by Erebia aethiops (Lepidoptera: Satyridae). Insect Conservation and Diversity 6: 243–254.

Slámová I., Klečka J., Konvička M. (2011) Diurnal behavior and habitat preferences of Erebia aethiops, an aberrant lowland species of a mountain butterfly clade. Journal of Insect Behavior 24: 230–246.

Zimmermann K., Blažková P., Čížek O., Fric Z., Hůla V., Kepka P., Novotný D., Slámová I., Konvička M. (2011) Demography of adults of the Marsh fritillary butterfly, Euphydras aurinia (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) in the Czech Republic: Patterns across sites and seasons. European Journal of Entomology 108: 243–254.

Papers in Czech:

Slámová I., Konvička M. (2012) Naši velehorští okáči [Our mountain satyrids]. Krkonoše – Jizerské hory 2012: (7) 4–8. (popular)

Slámová I., Vrba P., Konvička M. (2012) Příběh vzácného motýla, který se stal na Šumavě obyčejným aneb co k životu potřebuje perleťovec mokřadní. [The story of a declining butterfly Boloria eunomia in Sumava Mts.]. Šumava 2012: 16–17. (popular)

Slámová I., Spitzer L., Konvicka M. (2010) Kde u nás přežívá okáč kluběnkový? Význam stanovištní mozaiky pro ustupujícího motýla [Where does Erebia aethiops survive in our country? An importance of habitat mosaic for survival of a vulnerable butterfly]. Živa 2010: 32–34. (popular)

Conferences

Only conferences where I personally presented the results of my research are included.

February 2013, Zoological Days 2013, Brno, Czech Republic. Poster: Phylogeny of the genus Oeneis and biogeography of mountain fauna of Holarctic region (in Czech).

January 2013, VII. Lepidopterological Colloquium, Olomouc, Czech Republic. Poster: Variable development length in Erebia euryale across mountain ranges of the Czech Republic (in Czech).

March 2012, International Symposium: Future of Butterflies in Europe III, Dutch Butter fly Conservation (De Vlinderstichting), Wageningen, Netherlands. Oral presentation: Thermoregulation and microhabitat use in cold-dwelling butterflies: comparative analysis of the genus Erebia.

February 2012, Zoological Days 2012, Olomouc, Czech Republic. Oral presentation: Habitat use and thermal niche in butterflies of the genus Erebia (in Czech).

October 2011, Conference of the Czech Society for Ecology, Kostelec nad Černými lesy, Czech Republic. Poster: Thermoregulation and habitat use in butterflies: comparison of mountain and lowland representatives of the genus Erebia (in Czech).

September 2011, VI. Lepidopterological Colloquium, Košice, Slovakia. Oral presentation: Phylogeny of the mountain butterfly genus Erebia (in Czech).

April 2008, International Symposium: Future of Butterflies in Europe II, Dutch Butterfly Conservation (De Vlinderstichting), WICC Congress Centre, Wageningen, Netherlands. Poster: Habitat preferences of a vulnerable butterfly Erebia aethiops.

February 2008, Zoological Days 2008, České Budějovice, Czech Republic. Poster: Habitat preferences of a vulnerable butterfly Erebia aethiops (in Czech).

January 2008, III. Lepidopterological Colloquium. Mendel University, Brno, Czech Republic. Poster: Habitat preferences of a vulnerable butterfly Erebia aethiops (in Czech).