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Our research is focused on arachnids (František Šťáhlavský, Věra Opatová), molluscs (Lucie Juřičková), and protists (Ivan Čepička, Tomáš Pánek). We investigate their phylogeny, morphology, ecology, anatomy, karyology, taxonomy, and geographic distribution.


Head: doc. RNDr.Lucie Juřičková, Ph.D.
Contact: lucie.jurickova@natur.cuni.cz




Unit of Animal Evolutionary Biology is a part of the Department of  Zoology, Faculty of Science of the Charles University. Our research is focused on studies of general evolutionary issues including speciation, genetics of adaptation, sensory and reproductive biology, evolution of immunity and sexual selection. We use various animal species including mammals, birds, reptiles and fish as model organisms. Our research combines diverse methodological approaches ranging from population genetics, phylogenetics and comparative genomics through morphometry and comparative anatomy to ecological and ethological studies in the field. Much of our involvement also centres on teaching including practicals and field excursions.

Head: RNDr. Radka Reifová, Ph.D.
Contact: radka.reifova@natur.cuni.cz




deals with biosystematics, taxonomy, phylogeny and higher classification, ontogeny, comparative morphology, bioindication, relationships of phytophagous insects and palaeoentomology. Wide range of research techniques is used, field studies, laboratory rearing, different laboratory techniques, including molecular and special paleontological ones. Our interest is focused mainly on beetles, heteropteorus insect, hymenopteran and dragonflies.

Head: doc. RNDr. Jakub Prokop, Ph.D.
Contact: jprokop@natur.cuni.cz


 The area of interest of ECOLOGY AND ETHOLOGY includes life-history, ecology, animal behaviour, ecomorphology and phylogeny of different animal species.  We use wide range of research techniques: field studies, laboratory rearing, computer analysis of animal behaviour and morphology, laboratory methods including molecular ones. General conclusions, for example, testing of hypothesis in an ecological evolutionary framework, as well as practical aspects of conservation biology are results of our work.

Head: doc. RNDr. Daniel Frynta, Ph.D.
Contact: frynta@mbox.cesnet.cz, frynta@centrum.cz, frynta@natur.cuni.cz


OBRATLAttention of VERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY is focused on morphology, genetics, biogeography, ecology, phylogenetics and systematics of vertebrates. A particular attention is given to the Palearctic fauna from both the fossil and recent point of view. Variation in the morphological and molecular characters is studied in relation to phylogeny and taxonomy. The activity patterns, behavioural mechanisms, distribution, population ecology and synecology are also studied alongside the long-term monitoring of changes in the population abundance and species composition.

Head: Mgr. Robert Černý, Ph.D.
Contact: cerny8@natur.cuni.cz

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