I have a wide ranging interest in mechanisms structuring ecological communities and driving their dynamics. I focus mostly on species interactions, especially plant-pollinator and predator-prey interactions. I take an integrative approach combining field observations, experiments in the lab and in the field, molecular genetic data and simulation models. ResearchGate, Google Scholar.
Pavla Dudová (PhD student)
Pavla is working on laboratory experiments on predator-prey interactions and individual variability in foraging behaviour of invertebrates, especially of spiders, and its consistency in time, across developmental stages, as well as in different ecological situations and contexts. ResearchGate.
Paolo’s reseach aims to improve our understanding of mechanisms driving the structure of plant-pollinator networks and to use this knowledge for conservation of biodiversity. He is especially enthusiastic about bumblebees, which have been the focus of several of his projects. He is co-supervised by Štěpán Janeček. ResearchGate.
Jiří Hadrava (PhD student)
Jirka is working on plant-pollinator interactions with the aim to combine network and phylogenetic approaches to better understand the evolution of plant-pollinator network structure. He is also a specialists on syrphid flies. He is co-supervised by Jakub Straka and Petr Janšta, Charles University in Prague. ResearchGate.
Asma is interested in the responses of plant-pollinator networks to various environmental changes. She has been doing manipulative experiments in the field and in the greehouse. She also led a pioneering study on the effects of human pressure on plant-pollinator interactions in the Sundarbans magrove forest, funded by the National Geographic. Co-supervised by Štěpán Janeček. ResearchGate.
Pavla Koloušková (research assistant)
Pavla is responsible for all the little things that are necessary for the lab to function smoothly. She is also in charge of collecting genetic data for our project focused on coevolution of plants and flower-visiting insects.
Haq Abdul Shaik (research assistant, part-time)
Dagmar Hucková (research assistant, part-time)
Dáša and Haq are working on genetic analyses of insect samples, including DNA barcoding, molecular gut content analyses, etc.
Past lab members
Irena, a co-founder of our lab, has been working mostly on ecology and evolution of butterflies and their adaptations to varying environmental conditions. She is now working as a study director in the Czech office of i2L Research. ResearchGate, Google Scholar.