After Ph.D. in zoology, Martin took a series of postdoctoral positions and fellowships in the UK (Queen Mary London, Leicester, St Andrews) before establishing a lab in Brno.
His recent research is primarily focused on
1. understanding the evolution of lifespan, ageing and its life history consequences (this includes broader studies on the ecology and evolution of annual fishes in Africa and the Neotropics.)
2. impact of invasions on coevolutionary dynamics (largely based on the association between parasitic bitterling fishes and their host mussels)
3. mate choice, sexual selection, and reproductive tactics in fishes (using killifish, bitterling and other fish taxa)
Matej’s primary goal is to understand embryo ecology over the long months of their diapause and the consequences of that unique development for post-hatching lifespan
Matej’s PhD project was on comparative biology of native and invasive populations of gobies. He joined the lab as a postdoc to study bitterling-mussel coevolution and continued with investigations on alternative life strategies in African annual fishes. After a stay at Jason Podrabsky’s lab in Portland State University, OR, USA, Matej took permanent position at the institute.
Milan succeeded in our ambitious plan to follow replicated wild killifish populations over their lifetime. Over 30,000 km of car travel and 5 months camping in the Mozambican bush, a unique set of data and samples is secured!
Milan studied the effect of invasive species on the bitterling-mussel relationship for his MSc., followed by a PhD. (2014) on experimental and field-based investigations into variability and reaction norms in the reproductive allocation of female killifish. He then completed a two-year internal postdoctoral fellowship and a short-term stay at CEREEP (with Tom Van Dooren, CNRS France; 2017) that expanded his focus on ecomorphology and energetic constraints in killifish embryos.
Caroline has re-joined the lab after holding a position at National Institute of Aquatic Resources at Technical University of Copenhagen.
Her current projects in our lab (i) explore adaptations of the bitterling embryos for their extraordinary habitat – the mussel gills, (ii) quantify the physiological costs in the bitterling-mussel relationship, and (iii) look at physiological parameters associated with extraordinary life history of annul killifishes.
Veronika is at the late stage of her PhD. at Masaryk University in Brno, looking at population and community aspects of bitterling-mussel symbiosis.
Our insights on population genetic structure and phylogeography of killifish, bitterling, and invasive mussels can all be traced to Veronika’s analyses. She completed her MSc. in our lab, working on population genetics of African killifish.
Daniel is based at Universidad de la República in Montevideo, Uruguay, studying Neotropical annual killifishes in the heart of their distribution.
His project uses Neotropical Austrolebias killifishes to understand the role of the evolution and coexistence of sympatric killifish morphotypes, including the roles of competition and population density on ageing and associated life history traits. A long way from the lab home has advantage to intensively study wild populations and perform field experiments.
Jakub volunteered during the extensive 2016 fieldwork in Mozambique and now joined the lab as PhD. student enrolled at Charles University in Prague.
Jakub pursues experimental approach to study various aspects of ageing in African killifish.
Romain used experimental approach to look at the effects of non-native populations being transferred within species range, especially their impact on coevolutionarily-driven interactions.
Radek worked on the link between personalities, alternative reproductive behaviour and mate choice, using a spectrum of our fish models (bitterling, Endler’s guppy, annual killifish).
Markéta combined fieldwork, mesocosm experiments and behavioural observations to understand how sexual selection affects individuals and populations of the European bitterling fish.
– cognition and behaviour in African killifish
– African killifish phylogeography
– effect of invasive molluscs on bitterling populations
– linking personality and reproductive tactics in the bitterling
– diversity and ecology of fish communities in the Gambia River, Senegal