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Research Projects

If you are interested in a research projects, you should find a supervisor first. Than you can include one of the subjects bellow in your learning agreement. The credit evaluation must be decided by the supervisor on the basis of project demandingness. These subjects will be confirmed by our office after receiving the approval of the teacher. To get the approval, please, use this form.


SIS code Course Semester E-Credits Dept.
MERA600 Research project for visiting students   both 0/0 C     5 6500
MERA601 Research project for visiting students both 0/0 C 10 6500
MERA602 Research project for visiting students both 0/0 C 20 6500


6500 = Research Support Department

SIS = Student Information System


Research project offer – summer semester 2019

Project Available

Mapping of changing landscapes (5 or 10 ECTS due to the exact content)                    

The project goals are i) creating a land use database and detecting land use changes in selected areas of Czechia based on historical and contemporary cadastral maps, ii) detecting land cover changes from historical and contemporary orthoimages including processing of historical orthoimages, iii) creating 3D models of selected settlements based on historical orthoimages and photographs. The student can choose one of the topics i) - iii) depending on his/her interest and skills. Basic knowledge of GIS software packages like ArcGIS or QGIS is recommended.

Supervisor:  Dr. Markéta Potůčková (marketa.potuckova@natur.cuni.cz)


Same song over and over again? Stability of initial phrases of yellowhammer birdsong over years (20 ECTS)

The yellowhammer has a prominent role in bioacoustics; it is an ideal model species for exploring cultural evolution of birdsong and its geographic variation. All males within a locality share one type of terminal phrase – the dialect. The initial phrase is a different story – each male uses a unique set of syllables, some of which might be shared with other males. Using a unique dataset of audio recordings from a small locality in United Kingdom, the student will explore 1) how the different syllables survive over years and 2) how these are shared among males. The student will be involved in bioacoustics analyses in specialised software and if interested, can also participate in recording of Yellowhammer males at Czech locality, where long term research is ongoing. No special skills are needed.

Supervisor:  Dr. Tereza Petrusková (tereza.petruskova@natur.cuni.cz)


Little bit of bread and then what? How yellowhammers finish their songs when the full one is too long (20 ECTS)

In Europe, there are two most widespread dialects of yellowhammer – XB and BC. In some localities, typically at the border between regions dominated by these two dialects, a new dialect emerged, which combines elements from both – XBC. Birds, however, only sometimes finish the song with all three syllables, and alternate the “parent” dialects instead. How often? That is exactly what we need to know, as it is possible that some males previously described as a mixed-singers between XB and BC, in fact belong to XBC dialect. A unique locality in United Kingdom offers enough data to assess this. The student will be involved in bioacoustics analyses mainly in Avisoft or Raven Pro software and if interested, can also participate in field research in the Czech Republic. No special skills are needed.

Supervisor:  Dr. Tereza Petrusková (tereza.petruskova@natur.cuni.cz)




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