doc. Mgr. Lumír Gvoždík, Ph.D.

Position: full-time researcher
Research topics: Physiological and Evolutionary Ecology
Department: External research facility Studenec
Phone: +420 568 422 763
Mobile: +420 724 326 483

Personal webpage

Research interests

  • phenotypic selection,
  • phenotypic plasticity,
  • coadaption of thermal biology,
  • energetic metabolism.

Running Projects

Freshwater ectotherms under climate change: the role of phenotypic plasticity in life histories and trophic interactions (2017-2019)

Finished Projects

Phenotypic plasticity of thermal physiology traits in newts (2006-2008)

The role of predator-prey interactions in coadaptation of thermal biology (2010-2013)

Thermal niche: evaluation of current concept in ectothermic vertebrates (2015-2017)


  • 1995: undergraduate study - Palacký University Olomouc, Faculty of Science, Systematic Biology and Ecology.
  • 1999: Ph.D. study - Palacký University Olomouc, Faculty of Science, Zoology.


  • 1998-present: Institute of Vertebrate Biology AS CR, Brno - scientific researcher.

Academic Service

  • 2003-present: editor of Herpetology, Folia Zoologica,
  • reviewer – Behaviour, Biologia, Biological Journal of Linnean Society, Canadian Journal of Zoology, Copeia, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Evolutionary Ecology, Folia Zoologica, Functional Ecology, Herpetological Journal, Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Thermal Biology, Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, Journal of Zoology, Oecologia, PLoS ONE, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Global Change Biology.
  • 2007-2011: Steering Commitee, ESF Programme “Thermal adaptation in ectotherms: Linking life history, physiology, behaviour and genetics”.

International Cooperation

  • University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium (R. Van Damme),
  • Estación Biologica de Donana, CSIC, Sevilla, Spain (M. Tejedo).

Teaching activities

  • lecturing - Ecology of Amphibians and Reptiles, Masaryk University, Brno,
  • supervising of undergraduate and graduate students: Masaryk University Brno, Palacký University Olomouc, University of Ostrava.

Current undergraduate students

  • Bc. Barbora Winterová: Seasonal phenotypic plasticity and species coexistence. (supervisor)

Former students

  • Alexandra Hánová
  • Eva Černická
  • Eliška Toufarová
  • Kateřina Bartáková
  • Jan Dvořák
  • Markéta Hadamová
  • Vendula Kurdíková
  • Vojtěch Marek
  • Eva Měráková
  • Daniel Polčák
  • Pavlína Šámajová
  • Radovan Smolinský
  • Terezie Vinšálková
  • Mgr. Peter Kristín
  • Bc. Monika Hloušková
  • Ondřej Kaman
  • Karin Piasečná
  • Luděk Podhajský



Gvoždík L.: Just what is the thermal niche?, Oikos (2018) .

Hloušková M., Balogová M., Kršáková V., Gvoždík L.: No trade-offs in interspecific interference ability and predation \nsusceptibility in newt larvae, Ecology and Evolution 8 (2018) 9095-9104.

Winterová B., Gvoždík L.: Influence of interspecific competitors on behavioral thermoregulation: developmental or acute plasticity?, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 72 (2018) .

Žák J., Reichard M., Gvoždík L.: Limited differentiation of fundamental thermal niches within the killifish assemblage from shallow temporary waters, Journal of Thermal Biology 78 (2018) 257-262.


Gvoždík L., Kristín P.: Economic thermoregulatory response explains mismatch between thermal physiology and behaviour in newts, Journal of Experimental Biology 220 (2017) 1106-1111.

Janča M., Gvoždík L.: Costly neighbours: Heterospecific competitive interactions increase metabolic rates in dominant species, Scientific Reports 7 (2017) .

Starostová Z., Gvoždík L., Kratochvíl L.: An energetic perspective on tissue regeneration: the costs of tail autotomy in growing geckos, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A-Molecular & Integrative Physiology 206 (2017) 82-86.


Kristín P., Gvoždík L.: Influence of surrounding medium on metabolic rates in Alpine Newts, Ichthyosaura alpestris, during aquatic phase, Journal of Herpetology 50 (2016) 145-148.

Podhajský L., Gvoždík L.: Variation in winter metabolic reduction between sympatric amphibians, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A-Molecular & Integrative Physiology 201 (2016) 110-114.

Toufarová E., Gvoždík L.: Do female newts modify thermoregulatory behavior to manipulate egg size?, Journal of Thermal Biology 57 (2016) 72-77.


Balogová M., Gvoždík L.: Can newts cope with the heat? Disparate thermoregulatory strategies of two sympatric species in water, PLoS ONE 10 (2015) .

Gvoždík L.: Mismatch between ectotherm thermal preferenda and optima for swimming: a test of the evolutionary pace hypothesis, Evolutionary Biology 42 (2015) 137-145.

Gvoždík L., Smolinský R.: Body size, swimming speed, or thermal sensitivity? Predator-imposed selection on amphibian larvae, BMC Evolutionary Biology 15 (2015) .

Piasečná K., Pončová A., Tejedo M., Gvoždík L.: Thermoregulatory strategies in an aquatic ectotherm from thermally-constrained habitats: an evaluation of current approaches, Journal of Thermal Biology 52 (2015) 97-107.


Kristín P., Gvoždík L.: Aquatic-to-terrestrial habitat shift reduces energy expenditure in newts, Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part A: Ecological Genetics and Physiology 321 (2014) 183-188.

Kristín P., Gvoždík L.: Individual variation in amphibian metabolic rates during overwintering: implications for a warming world, Journal of Zoology 294 (2014) 99-103.

Polčák D., Gvoždík L.: Should I stay or should I go? The influence of temperature and sex on predator-induced responses in newts, Animal Behaviour 89 (2014) 79-84.

Smolinský R., Gvoždík L.: Effect of temperature extremes on the spatial dynamics of predator–prey interactions: a case study with dragonfly nymphs and newt larvae, Journal of Thermal Biology 39 (2014) 12-16.


Gvoždík L., Černická E., Van Damme R.: Predator-prey interactions shape thermal patch use in a newt larvae-dragonfly nymph model, PLoS ONE 8 (2013) .

Smolinský R., Gvoždík L.: Does developmental acclimatization reduce the susceptibility to predation in newt larvae?, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 108 (2013) 109-115.


Gvoždík L.: Metabolic costs of hybridization in newts, Folia zoologica 61 (2012) 197-201.

Gvoždík L.: Plasticity of preferred body temperatures as means of coping with climate change?, Biology Letters 8 (2012) 262-265.

Kristín P., Gvoždík L.: Influence of respirometry methods on intraspecific variation in standard metabolic rates in newts, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A-Molecular & Integrative Physiology 163 (2012) 147-151.

Marek V., Gvoždík L.: The insensitivity of thermal preferences to various thermal gradient profiles in newts, Journal of Ethology 30 (2012) 35-41.

Smolinský R., Gvoždík L.: Interactive influence of biotic and abiotic cues on the plasticity of preferred body temperatures in a predator–prey system, Oecologia 170 (2012) 47-55.


Hadamová M., Gvoždík L.: Seasonal acclimation of preferred body temperatures improves the opportunity for thermoregulation in newts, Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 84 (2011) 166-174.

Kurdíková V., Smolinský R., Gvoždík L.: Mothers matter too: benefits of temperature oviposition preferences in newts, PLoS ONE 6 (2011) .


Dvořák J., Gvoždík L.: Adaptive accuracy of temperature oviposition preferences in newts, Evolutionary Ecology 24 (2010) 1115-1127.

Šamajová P., Gvoždík L.: Inaccurate or disparate temperature cues? Seasonal acclimation of terrestrial and aquatic locomotor capacity in newts, Functional Ecology 24 (2010) 1023-1030.


Dvořák J., Gvoždík L.: Oviposition preferences in newts: Does temperature matter?, Ethology 115 (2009) 533-539.

Měráková E., Gvoždík L.: Thermal acclimation of swimming performance in newt larvae: the influence of diel temperature fluctuations during embryogenesis, Functional Ecology 23 (2009) 989-995.

Smolinský R., Gvoždík L.: The ontogenetic shift in thermoregulatory behaviour of newt larvae: testing the "enemy-free temperatures" hypothesis, Journal of Zoology 279 (2009) 180-186.

Šamajová P., Gvoždík L.: The influence of temperature on diving behaviour in the alpine newt, Triturus alpestris, Journal of Thermal Biology 34 (2009) 401-405.


Gvoždík L., Van Damme R.: The evolution of thermal performance curves in semi-aquatic newts: thermal specialists on land and thermal generalists in water?, Journal of Thermal Biology 33 (2008) 395-403.