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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.


MÚlanie and Anna join the lab! 15 March 2017

MÚlanie 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.


New Postdoc and PhD positions open! 6 December 2016

Click Postdoc or PhD position for full adverts and feel free to get in touch if you want to know more.
There is also a technician post open [in Czech].


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 Purkyný Fellowship 2 November 2016
Jan has received a competitive five year Purkyný Fellowship for scientists returning to Czech Academy of Sciences.


Joel joins the lab 11 October 2016
New PhD student Joel Brown joins the lab in a busy week with Owen Lewis visiting. Welcome, Joel!


Protective symbiosis: does it work in nature? 5 October 2016
Jan presents departmental seminar at Department of Zoology, University od South Bohemia.


Symbionts protect in the field 25 August 2016
Protective effects of microbial symbionts are known from laboratory studies, but have not been tested in natural context. We show that protective symbiosis does work in nature and can affect food web structure and dynamics.


PhD position available! 12 July 2016
A four year PhD studentship is available in our lab to study how abiotic and biotic factors structure host-parasitoid food webs. Pdf with full information is here, email Jan [janhrcek@gmail.com] if in doubt whether to apply.


Fieldwork in Papua New Guinea 23 June 2016
Martin reports back from a remote rainforest camp in Papua New Guinea.
Check-out his instagram for some cool pictures from the field.


Symbionts in food webs 13 April 2016
A review on insect symbionts in food webs co-authored by Jan was accepted at Philosophical Transactions B and will be published at the beginning of August.


Seminar in Edinburgh 9 March 2016
Jan presented a departmental seminar at Department of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh. Great to catch-up with Graham Stone, his lab and others from the department.


NERC grant funded 22 January 2016
Our NERC grant "Ecological and evolutionary effects of climate change on rainforest food webs" with Owen Lewis and Jon Bridle as PIs got funded! Chris Jeffs will be the lead postdoc on the community ecology part.