Student research grant 13 February 2019

Congratulations to Mélanie for getting a student research grant from the university worth 5000 EUR!

Evolution in Montpellier! 16 August 2018

Whole lab goes to Montpellier for Evolution conference.

Jan presents at Uppsala conference 13 September 2017

First preliminary results on Drosophila-parasitoid food webs from Australia presented at great food web conference.

Nick and Chia-hua join the lab! 3 September 2017

Nick and Chia-hua have arrived to start their postdocs. Welcome!

Jan gets Wichterle award 7 June 2017

Jan received Wichterle award for young promissing scientists in Czech Academy of Sciences.

Mélanie and Anna join the lab! 15 March 2017

Mélanie is starting her PhD and Anicka her quest to become one of the best Drosophila parasitoid breeders in the world! See what they have to say about this in our team section.

Junior CSF grant awarded 25 November 2016

Our three year Junior Czech Science Foundation grant "Impact of temperature on host-parasitoid food webs: role of immunity and symbiotic bacteria" was funded, starting in January 2017!

Jan gets Purkynì Fellowship 2 November 2016

Jan has received a competitive five year Purkynì Fellowship for scientists returning to Czech Academy of Sciences.

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We are interested in ecology and evolution of interactions between insects and their natural enemies, and in processes which structure complex natural networks of these interactions.
We use wild Drosophila-parasitoid and caterpillar-parasitoid food webs as models to experimentally disentangle the role of various environmental and biotic factors on food web structure and are also interested in the role microbial symbionts play in structuring food webs. We use a combination of modern molecular detection methods, DNA metabarcoding and morphological taxonomy to survey our focal food webs.

Our lab is part of the Department of Ecology, a dynamic multinational centre for interaction network research. We are based at the Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

Finally together! - since our CSF grant started in January 2017 we never had everone from the lab together, mainly because of fieldwork
(7 September 2018)

Lab trip to Hluboka with Owen Lewis (23 March 2018)

Lab outing to Zvikov castle (15 August 2017)

Lab temporarily without lab leader! (13 September 2017)

Lab trip to Cesky Krumlov (21 June 2017)

Back in my PhD, I wrote a R script called 3Dforest for 2D and 3D visualization of forest plots. Details on the script are here.