I am a student at the Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences and I am interested in ecological and evolutionary genetics, mainly in molecular systematics, historical biogeography and phylogeography, particularly in butterflies and other insects such as ants.
In fall 2008, I went to Finland as an exchange student, and I started to work in the Nymphalidae Systematics Group in spring 2009 as a trainee under supervision of Niklas Wahlberg. I completed my Master's degree in December 2010 after submitting my thesis to the Department of Biology, University of Turku. In Finland, I work on a number of projects aiming to elucidate the historical biogeography and patterns of diversification in the speciose butterfly subfamily Satyrinae (Family Nymphalidae) using molecular data and phylogenetic methods. Satyrine butterflies are a great study system because it has been shown that there is evidence of disparate diversification rates among lineages within this subfamily, as well as informative biogeographic patterns across some of the clades in the phylogeny of the group.
Currently, I am working on my PhD projects at the University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic, aiming to understand the origin and maintenance of ant biodiversity in Melanesia and the South Pacific. I use molecular methods along with ecological and biogeographical data to study the evolution of ant communities at genus, species and population levels.
last update, March 2013
- Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics
- Molecular Systematics
- Historical biogeography
- Conservation Genetics