Jan Hrcek
Head of the Laboratory of Experimental Ecology
Research Associate, University of Oxford

I am interested in ecology of interactions between insects and their parasites and in processes which structure complex natural networks of these interactions. I want to build a bridge between field community ecology and typical laboratory experiments with single interactions to allow deep mechanistic understanding of complex food webs.

CV       janhrcek@gmail.com

Nick Pardikes

Broadly, my research aims to understand the ecological and evolutionary processes that shape species interactions in complex biotic communities. I investigate antagonistic, mutualistic, and indirect species interactions using ecological networks with emphases on global change, biodiversity, and the role microorganisms play in shaping the structure and dynamics of ecological communities. I am currently a postdoctoral research in The Hrcek Lab investigating the influences of temperature and endosymbiotic bacteria on structuring a tropical Drosophila-parasitoid food web.

nickpardikes.wordpress.com       nickpardikes@gmail.com

Chia-Hua Lue

I am a parasitoid taxonomist and also an evolutionary biologist. My main interest is to investigate how species interactions impact their coevolutionary processes. In Jan's lab, I am focusing on identifying Australian Drosophila parasitoids. At the same time, I am involved with a project investigating how temperature influences the parasitism rate in different species of Drosophila.


Mélanie Thierry
PhD student

My PhD focuses on the impact of temperature on host-parasitoid food webs, using Australian Drosophila and their parasitoids as a model system. I will investigate how host, parasitoid and endosymbiotic bacteria interactions structure the community in a climate change context using lab experiments and DNA metabarcoding methods.


Joel James Brown
PhD student

My PhD focus is on the factors influencing interactions in our Drosophila-parasitoid food web. Specifically, I focus on how symbionts and temperature change can influence species interactions and ecology and the effects that this may have on the whole food web, using DNA metabarcoding methods. I am also involved in a project studying the microbiome of kissing bugs (Triatominae) with Dr Eva Novakova and the relationship between microbiome composition and their vectorial capacity. My broader interests include parasite ecology, herpetology and wildlife photography.


Martin Libra
PhD student

My main interest is in caterpillar – parasitoid interactions. I study composition of parasitoid community and parasitoid interactions with its hosts along altitudinal gradient in tropical rain forests of Papua New Guinea. I am also involved in project explaining latitudinal trends in global biodiversity of insects.


Anna Jandová
Research Assistant

My task in Jan's lab is to assist colleagues with the practical aspects of their daily research. More specifically, I would like to introduce and maintain highly efficient system of Drosophila-parasitoid breeding and provide reliable molecular data to support the research in the lab. Apart from that, as a parasitologist I'm naturally interested in Drosophila parasites.


Michaela Borovanska
Molecular Lab Manager

I am interested in insect physiology and molecular ecology. I did a PhD in insect thermal physiology and then took up lab manager role in the molecular laboratory of the Department of Ecology. There I help students and colleagues with a wide range of molecular methods including DNA barcoding and metabarcoding, detection methods and population studies.



Martin Volf, now Alexander von Humbolt Research Fellow at iDiv, Leipzig, Germany

Frantisek Sladecek, now postdoc at Biology Centre, Czech Academy of Sciences


Owen Lewis, University of Oxford: field experiments with the Drosophila-parasitoid system

Charles Godfray, University of Oxford: Microbial symbiosis

Jon Bridle and Eleanor O'Brien, University of Bristol: population ecology of Drosophila birchii

Megan Higgie, James Cook University: fieldwork on Drosophila-parasitoid system

Alex Smith, University of Guelph: DNA barcoding

Scott Miller, Smithsonian Institution: Moth taxonomy, DNA barcoding

Donald Quicke, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand: Parasitoid taxonomy

Graham Stone, University of Edinburgh: Molecular ecology, DNA metabarcoding

Vojtech Novotny, Biology Centre CAS: Food web ecology, Papua New Guinea fieldwork

Vladimir Kostal, Biology Centre CAS: Insect physiology

David Boukal, Biology Centre CAS: ecological modelling

Phillip Staniczenko, SESYNC, University of Maryland, USA: network structure modelling

Matt Buffington, USDA: parasitic wasp taxonomy