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doc. RNDr. Martin Košťák, Ph.D.

Palaeontology, Stratigraphy

Phone: +420 221951456
Office: P10 B
E-mail: kostaknatur.cuni.cz

ORCID 0000-0002-0818-3505
Researcher ID I-6006-2017
Scopus ID

Professional Experience

associate professor, permanent position 2015–date
director of the Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Faculty of Science, Charles University). 2009–2013
associate professor, full position 2009–2015
scientific worker/assistant, curator 1996–2009



doc. (associate professor) 2009
RNDr.  2001
Ph.D. study at the Faculty of Science, Charles University 1996–2000
bachelor and master (geology and palaeontology) study at the Faculty of Science, Charles University 1991–1996
Gymnasium Jičín 1985–1989


Research Interests

  • Jurassic, Cretaceous and Cenozoic cephalopods, especially coleoids from the Boreal and Tethyan Realms. Bio- and evento-stratigraphy, palaeobiogeography, palaeoecology (including stable isotope data), systematics and taxonomy, comparative morphology, evolution.
  • Integrated stratigraphy of the Jurassic/Cretaceous boundary interval in the Tethyan Realm (Spain, Slovakia, Czech Republic) and Boreal Realm (Nordvik, Laptev Sea, N Siberia).
  • Palaeoecology, biostratigraphy and eventostratigraphy of the Mid-European Cretaceous basins (Bohemian-Saxonian Cretaceous Basin)



  • Systematic Palaeontology
  • Historic and Stratigraphic Geology
  • Mesozoic Palaeobiogeography
  • Palaeontologic Methods
  • General Palaeontology

Selected Publications

Wiese, F., Čech, S., Walaszczyk, I., Košťák, M. 2020 (in press): An upper Turonian (Upper Cretaceous) inoceramid zonation and a round-the-world trip with Mytiloides incertus (Jimbo, 1894). Zeitschrift der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften - German Journal of Geology. DOI: 10.1127/zdgg/2020/0225.

Košťák, M., Kohout, O., Mazuch, M., Čech, S. 2020: An unusual occurrence of vascoceratid ammonites in the Bohemian Cretaceous Basin (Czech Republic) marks the lower Turonian boundary between the Boreal and Tethyan realms in central Europe. Cretaceous Research 108: 104338. DOI: 10.1016/j.cretres.2019.104338.

Košťák, M., Sklenář, J., Mazuch, M., Čech, S. 2019: Taxonomy and stratigraphic distribution of the ammonite Schloenbachia Neumayr, 1875 from the Bohemian Cretaceous Basin: taxonomy and stratigraphic distribution. Fossil Imprint 75(1), 64-69.

Svobodová, A, Kočí, T., Kočová Veselská, M., Ferré, B., Košťák, M., Čech, S., Chroustová, M. 2019: New biostratigraphic evidence (calcareous nannofossils, ostracods, foraminifers, ammonites, inoceramids) on the Middle Coniacian in the eastern Bohemian Cretaceous Basin. Geological Quarterly 63(3), 586-602. DOI: 10.7306/gq.1489. 

Vaňková, L. Elbra, T., Pruner, P., Vašíček, Z., Skupien, P., Rekáková, D., Schnabl, P., Košťák, M., Švábenická, L., Svobodvá, A., Bubík, M., Mazuch, M., Čížková, K., Kdýr, Š. 2019: Integrated stratigraphy and palaeoenvironment of the Berriasian peri-reefal limestones at Štramberk (Outer Western Carpathians, Czech Republic). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 532, 109256. DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2019.109256. 

Košťák, M., Jagt, J.W.M., Schlögl, J., 2018: Diversity and distribution of Miocene–Pliocene sepiids (Cephalopoda) in the Mediterranean area, with new records from Italy and Turkey. Swiss Journal of Palaeontology. DOI: 10.1007/s13358-018-0179-4.)

Košťák, M. & Jagt, J.W.M. 2018: A new species of Sepia (Cephalopoda, Coleoidea) from the Miocene of northwest Germany: a contribution to sepiid palaeobiogeography. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Palaeontologie Abhandlungen 288/3, 273-281, DOI: 10.1127/njgpa/2018/0741.

Košťák, M., Vaňková, l., Mazuch, M., Bubík, M., Reháková, D. 2018: Stable isotope record (δ13C, δ18O), invertebrates and small vertebrate fauna from the Jurassic-Cretaceous transition of the Kurovice quarry (Czech Republic, Outer Western Carpathians). Cretaceous Research, 92, 43-65. DOI: 101016/j.cretres.2018.05.011.

Košťák, M., Schlögl, J., Culka, A., Tomašových, A., Mazuch, M., Hudáčková, N., 2018: The unique preservation of Sepia soft tissues in the Miocene deposits (Serravalian, Vienna Basin): Implications for the origin of microbodies in the fossil record. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatlogy, Palaeoecology 493(2018), 111-118. DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2018.01.005.

Košťák, M., Čech, S., Uličný, D., Sklenář, J., Ekrt, B., Mazuch. M., 2018: Ammonites, inoceramids and stable carbon isotopes of the Cenomanian–Turonian OAE2 interval in central Europe: Pecínov quarry, Bohemian Cretaceous Basin (Czech Republic). Cretaceous Research 87, 150-173. DOI: 10.1016/j.cretres.2017.04.013.

Hyžný, M.,  Kroh, A., Ziegler, A., Anker, A., Košťák, M., Schlögl, J., Culka, A., Jagt, J.W.M., Fraaije, R.H.B., Harzhauser, M., Bakel, B.W.M. van, Ruman, A., 2017: Comprehensive analysis and reinterpretation of Cenozoic mesofossils reveals ancient origin of the snapping claw of alpheid shrimps. Scientific Reports 7, 4076. DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-02603-5.

Košťák, M., Ruman, A., Schlögl, J., Hudáčková, N., Fuchs, D., Mazuch, M., 2017: Miocene sepiids (Cephalopoda, Coleoidea) from Australia. Fossil Record 20 (2), 159-172. DOI:10.5194/fr-20-1-2017.

Svobodová, A. & Košťák, M. 2016: Calcareous nannofossils of the Jurassic/Cretaceous boundary strata in the Puerto Escaño section (southern Spain) - biostratigraphy and palaeoecology. Geologica Carpathica 67(3), 223-238. DOI: 10.1515/geoca-2016-0015.

Košťák, M., Schlögl, J.,  Hudáčková, N., Kroh, A., Halásová, E., Gašparič, R., Hyžný, M. Wanzenböck, G.,  2016: Sepia from the Miocene of the Central Paratethys: new taxa and notes on late Cenozoic cuttlefish diversity. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. 14(12), 1033-1057. DOI. 10.1080/14772019.2015.1135194.

Fuchs, D. & Košťák, M. 2016: Amphispirula nov. gen. from the Eocene of Southern Moravia (Czech Republic): a new ancestor of the Recent deep-sea squid Spirula? Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 14(2), 91-98. DOI. 10.1080/14772019.2015.1016559.

Wilmsen, M, Uličný, D., Košťák, M., 2014: Cretaceous basins of Central Europe: deciphering effects of global and regional processes - a short introduction. Zeitschrift der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften 165(4), 495-499. DOI: 10.1127/1860-1804/2014/0088.

Svobodová, A, Košťák, M., Čech, S., Švábenická, L., 2014: New biostratigraphic evidence (texanitid ammonites, inoceramids and calcareous nannofossils) for the Upper and the uppermost Coniacian in the Bohemian Cretaceous Basin. Zeitschrift der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften 165(4), 577-589. DOI: 10.1127/1860-1804/2014/0023.

Zakharov, V. A., Rogov, M. A., Dzyuba, O. A., Žák, K., Košťák, M., Pruner, P., Skupien, P., Chadima. M., Mazuch, M., Nikitenko, B. L., 2014: Palaeoenvironments and palaeoceanography changes across the Jurassic/Cretaceous boundary in the Arctic Realm: case study of the Nordvik section (North Siberia, Russia). Polar Research 33(19714). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/polar.v33.19714.

Košťák, M., Jagt, J.W.M., Speijer, R., Stassen, P., Steurbaut, E. 2013: New Paleocene sepiid coleoids (Cephalopoda) from Egypt – evolutionary significance and origin of the sepiid ‘rostrum’. PLOS ONE 8(11): e81180. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0081180.

Frank, J., Wilmsen, M., Košťák, M. 2013: The endemic and morphologically remarkable nautilid genus Deltocymatoceras Kummel, 1956 from the Late Cretaceous of Central Europe. Bulletin of Geosciences 88(4): 793-812. DOI: 10.3140/bull.geosci.1042

Belohlavek, R., Kostak, M., Osicka, P. 2013:  Formal concept analysis with background knowledge: a case study in paleobiological taxonomy of belemnites. International Journal of General Systems, 42(4), 426-440. DOI: 10.1080/03081079.2013.765079.

Košťák, M., 2012 & Hosgor, I., 2012: Belosaepiid (Cephalopoda, Coleoidea) record from the Early Eocene of the Hakkari area (Southeast Turkey) and its significance. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Palaeontologie Abhandlungen, 266(1), 59-65. DOI: 10.1127/0077-7749/2012/0260.

Hosgor, I. & Košťák, M., 2012: Occurrence of the Late Cretaceous belemnite Belemnitella in the Arabian Plate (Hakkari, SE Turkey) and its palaeogeographical significance. Cretaceous Research. 37, 35-42.  DOI: 10.1016/j.cretres.2012.02.014empty.

Schlögl, J., Košťák, M., Hyžný, M., 2012: First record of a gladius-bearing coleoid Teudopsis bollensis Voltz (Cephalopoda, Coleoidea) in the Toarcian of Western Carpathians (Slovakia). Paläontologische Zeitschrift, 86(4), 367-375. DOI: 10.1007/s12542-012-0139-z.

Košťák, M., 2012: On the Turonian origin of the Goniocamax-Belemnitella stock (Cephalopoda, Coleoidea). Géobios, 45(1), 79-85. DOI: 10.1016/j.geobios.2011.11.004empty.

Přikryl, T., Košťák, M., Mazuch, M., Mikuláš, R. 2012: Evidence for fish predation on a coleoid cephalopod from the Lower Jurassic Posidonia Shale of Germany. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Palaeontologie Abhandlungen, 263, 1, 25-33. DOI: 10.1127/007-7749/2012/0206.

For the complete bibliography see Research Gate.


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