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Department web finally in English
Finally, a new English-language website of our department has been launched. Although it is still under construction, you can find most important info here, and news will be regularly added.
A new synthetic paper about alien species in Europe
in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography (impact factor 5.304).
Interspecific differences in sexual size dimorphism in geckos extend temperature-induced variation
The April issue of Journal of Evolutionary Biology published a paper by Zuzana Starostová (Department of Zoology), Lukáš Kubička and Lukáš Kratochvíl (both Department of Ecology).
Cover page of the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography focuses on biological invasions
Pipit songs in the Auk
The spring issue of one of the most important ornithological journals contains the paper by Tereza Petrusková from the Department of Ecology, focusing on bioacoustic analyses of songs of a small passerine bird, the Tree Pipit.
Creativity Award of the Charles University was granted to prof. Petr Pyšek from the Department of Ecology
The rector of the Charles University has awarded prof. Petr Pyšek for his outstanding contribution to the understanding of the causes and effects of biological invasions worldwide, and his remarkable discoveries in ecology of invasive plants.
Coexisting Cyclic Parthenogens Comprise a Holocene Species Flock
An evolutionary study on cladocerans inhabiting circumbaltic glacial-origin lakes shows that cyclic parthenogens may diversify in a short evolutionary time frame. The study was published in PloS ONE by Markéta Faustová and Veronika Sacherová from the Department of Ecology, together with US and Swedish co-authors.
We offer two PhD positions in tropical ecology of birds
Are you looking for PhD position? Are you interested in ecology of birds? Are you not afraid of field work in a tropical region? In such a case, do not hesitate and become a member of a team working on functional determinants of avian species richness in Africa. Closing date for applications is 31st March 2011.
New journal cover: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
Cover of Journal of Evolutionary Biology illustrates paper of our PhD student Antonin Macháč, his supervisor David Storch and their colleagues from České Budějovice.
Large Cladocera collection online
Prof. Vladimír Kořínek published online large database of cladoceran samples available in his collection. It is a great source of material for taxonomists & ecologists.
Looking for your snail...!
We would like to ask you for help with collecting live Burgundy (=Roman) snails (Helix pomatia) for our research project. We are trying to find out where the species originated, where it survived the climatic changes in the last hundreds of thousands years, from where it spread to various parts of Europe and how was its distribution influenced by human actions. Therefore we need a quite dense network of samples throughout large parts of Europe. For mutual comparison, we are seeking Helix from both human-influenced localities and more natural environments. We need for molecular analyses, most conveniently living individuals (which are easy to store and send).
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The enigma of terrestrial primary productivity
Review by Irena Šímová and David Storch won the first (2015) Ecography E4 award (The Ecography Award for Excellence in Ecology and Evolution). Paper tackle an important but highly challenging topic, the measurement and, estimation, and biogeographical role of terrestrial primary productivity (NPP) on a global scale. The review is thorough and in-depth in its coverage and remarkably successful in explaining complicated problems.
We have new cover!
New cover of the Biology Open journal.
Michal Šulc received the 3rd Marcin Antczak Award
The 3rd Marcin Antczak Award for the most inspiring ornithological paper published in 2016 in a peer-reviewed journal by young who originates from Poland, the Czech Republic or Slovakia goes to Dr Michal Šulc.
We have new journal covers!
Agama shot on the cover of Zoologischer Anzeiger illustrates the research of three department members - Jan Ehl, Jasna Vukić and Lukáš Kratochvíl. Shot of the elephants by Petr Pokorný comes on the cover of the Global Ecology and Biogeography illustrating paper by Antonín Macháč, C.H. Graham and David Storch.
New bachelor and master thesis topics
If you are looking for the topic of your bachelor or master thesis, and you are interested in polar ecology, stream ecology or microbiology, please, do not hesitate to contact Tyler Kohler at our department.
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Popular Science: Carnivores in the shadow of bigger and more famous colleagues. How do foxes, badgers and martens live?
In recent years we can see the return of big carnivores into Central Europe. Wolves, lynxes and bears are resettling the landscape and smaller carnivores are on the edge of interest. Therefore, a team of scientists led by Klára Pyšková from the Department of Ecology of our faculty focused on them.
Program of the seminars is now official.
We are looking forward to see you!
Popular Science: How to score an invasion?
There are already several documents listing the one hundred worst alien species in Europe and aiming at raising awareness of the biological invasions and their possible impact. However, an international team, including Professor Petr Pyšek from the Department of Ecology of the Faculty of Science, decided to create a first list based on objective, precisely-defined criteria scoring the plant and animal species with respect to their real potential to cause ecological and socioeconomic damage in Europe.
Popular Science: Is there a danger from arctic mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are known to be carriers of a wide spectrum of dangerous diseases. In this regard, tropical diseases, e.g. malaria, are the most well-known ones. However, we can also find some of them in the polar regions. A research team led by the Institute of Parasitology of Biology Centre CAS in České Budějovice focused on a survey of dangerous viruses in mosquitoes in the Arctic.
How does climate affect plant traits?
Irena Šímová from the Department of Ecology of the Faculty of Science, Charles University, is one of two main authors of a study, in which scientists from a total of 23 workplaces across Europe and America participated. Its main objective was to find out what traits of woody and herbaceous plants on the American continent are affected by the climate. For the analysis, scientists used data in the BIEN and TRY databases. They contain extensive datasets on occurrences of plant species and plant traits. Woody plants have revealed a clear influence of the climate on individual traits. These two growth forms of plants - trees and herbs - seem to have different life strategies.
Popular Science: Subglacial silicon as another player in global nutrient cycling
As recently published in Nature, methane released from subglacial meltwater is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere. However, it is not only subglacial methane which is responsible for changes in greenhouse gas concentrations. The international team of scientists, in collaboration with three polar ecologists from the Department of Ecology, found that there is another important nutrient influencing atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations, fortunately by the utilization of carbon dioxide. The name of this player is Silicon.
Seminars programme for summer semester 2019/2020
We are already looking forward to meet you at the Department seminars!
Petr Pyšek awarded International Biogeography Society’s 2021 Alfred Russel Wallace Award
Dr. Petr Pyšek is a Professor at our Department of Ecology, as well as at the Institute of Botany, Czech Academy of Science. As one of the most important invasion ecologists globally, his research has contributed greatly to the development of research on many of Wallace’s interests, particularly in the area of biogeography.
Vojtěch Jarošík Award for 2019
We are pleased to announce the laureates of the 6th Vojtěch Jarošík Award for an excellent student-authored publication in ecology, presented jointly by the Department of Ecology, Faculty of Science, Charles University, and the Czech Society for Ecology.
SEMINAR PROGRAMME winter term 2020/2021
***During this exceptional semester, most (or even all) seminars will be online, depending on the epidemiological situation. All departmental members will be informed by email. If not, do not hesitate to contact Robert Tropek (robert.tropek@gmail.com). ***
SEMINAR PROGRAMME summer term 2020/2021
Even this semester we are forced to stay just online, due to the pandemic situation. However, programme looks very interesting despite!
We have a new cover in Genes!
Cover story: Chondrichthyes (sharks, sawfish, skates, rays and chimaeras) consist a species-rich lineage of cartilaginous fishes and occupy a key position in the phylogeny of vertebrates. We sequenced and annotated the complete mitogenomes of four species of sharks and five species of rays. Subsequently, we analyzed the mitogenomes from public databases and we reconstructed the phylogenetic relations of 172 chondrichthyan species by Maximum Likelihood and Bayesian Inference methods based on the concatenated sequences of the 13 protein-coding mitochondrial genes. The present study expands our knowledge on the systematics and genetic differentiation of Chondrichthyes and contributes to our understanding of their evolutionary history.
SEMINAR PROGRAMME summer term 2021/2022
Seminars take place every Tuesday from 15.00 to 16.30.
Seminars in winter semester 2022 / 2023
Yeap! The new academic year is upcoming and we have already a programme of the winter semester seminars!
Summer semester programme 2023
Yeap - summer semester is here, check the programme! :-)
Winter semester seminars programme is alive!
See you soon, everyone!
Vojtěch Jarošík Award for 2022
In the ninth year of Vojtěch Jarošík Award, students or recent graduates submitted eleven papers that were published in their final form in 2022. Compared to the previous three years, when the number of evaluated papers ranged from seventeen to twenty, this was a quantitative decrease. However, there was no shortage of high-quality works published in prestigious peer-reviewed journals.
Summer semester seminar programme is here
See you soon! And come for the coffee chat before, of course! :)

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