I have a wide ranging interest in mechanisms structuring ecological communities and driving their dynamics. I focus especially on plant-pollinator and predator-prey interactions using a combination of field observations, experiments in the lab and in the field, genetic data, and simulation models.
Pavla is working on laboratory experiments on predator-prey interactions and individual variability in behaviour of spiders. She is testing the consistency of individual-level behavioural traits in time, as well as in different ecological contexts, and its implications for predator-prey interactions and life-histories of spiders.
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 specialist on hoverflies.
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 is also leading a pioneering study on the effects of human pressure on plant-pollinator interactions in the Sundarbans mangrove forest in Bangladesh, funded by the National Geographic Society.
Pavla is responsible for all the little things that are necessary for the lab to function smoothly, such as help with data collection in the field and administrative tasks. She is also in charge of laboratory work on DNA metabarcoding of pollen and collects and manages other types of genetic data.
Haq Abdul Shaik
Haq splits his time between our lab and the Laboratory of Insect Physiology. His work in our lab focuses mostly on molecular gut content analyses using DNA metabarcoding.
Dáša is working part-time in our lab on data collections in the field and genetic analyses of insect samples, including DNA barcoding and metabarcoding.
Klára is providing part-time assistance with sorting samples in the lab, databasing records, and similar tasks.
Past lab members
Paolo, the first PhD student in our lab, defended his PhD thesis “A conservation perspective on the mechanisms that influence plant-pollinator interactions” in January 2019 and is now working as a postdoc at the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy.
Irena Klečková (Slámová)
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 research scientist in another lab in our department (Laboratory of Multitrophic Interactions).