Mgr. Natália Martínková, Ph.D.

Position: full-time researcher
Research topics: phylogeny and phylogeography
Department: External research facility Studenec
Phone: +420 560 590 605
Mobile: +420 606 124 586

Research interests

  • phylogenetics, reconstruction of phylogenetic relationships in vertebrates and pathogens,
  • modelling changes of DNA sequences in time,
  • evolution of infectious diseases.

Running Projects

Physiology of bat hibernation with respect to multistressor impacts (2017-2019)

Finished Projects

An investigation and comparison of fluorescent activity among three classes of bast: naive, presumed survivors, and European (2012-2013)

Bat adaptations to the fungal disease geomycosis (2012-2015)

Marie Curie intra-European fellowship PHYLOMICROTUS (2006-2008)

Phylogeography and evolutionary history of a semi-fossorial rodent Microtus subterraneus (2006-2008)


  • 1994-1999: undergraduate study - Comenius University Bratislava, Faculty of Science, specialization – Zoology.(MSc.=Mgr.)
  • 1999-2004: Ph.D. study - Charles University Prague, Faculty of Science, specialization Zoology.(Ph.D.)


  • 2001-present: Department of Population Biology, Institute of Vertebrate Biology AS CR, v.v.i., Studenec - research scientist,
  • 2009–present: Masaryk Univeristy Brmo - Institute of Biostatistics and Analyses - teacher,
  • reviewer for Acta Theriologica, Biologia (Bratislava), Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Belgian Journal of Zoology, Conservation Genetics, Ecography, Folia Zoologica, Heredity, Journal on Natural History, Journal of Zoology, Molecular Ecology,
  • supervising of MSc. and Ph.D. students.

International experience

  • 2000: Department of Cell and Organism Biology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden - research stay.
  • 2000: Forsuchungsinstitut für Wildtierkunde und Ökologie, Vienna, Austria - research stay.
  • 2004: Department of Cell and Organism Biology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden - research stay.
  • 2005: Department of Biology, University of York, York, UK - NERC Postdoctoral Fellow.
  • 2007: CMPG, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland - research stay.
  • 2006-2008: Department of Biology, University of York, York, UK - Marie-Currie Postdoctoral Fellow.

Current students

  • Tereza Dráčková: Color change in sand lizard during reproductive season (consultant R. Smolinský). 
  • Renata Zajíčková: Prediction of bat survival under different WNS risk  (supervisor J. Zukal).
  • Martina Ježková: Potential impact of white-nose syndrome to naive bat species.

Former students

  • Viktória Seňová: Spatial distribution of longevity and factors influencing its interspecific variability in North American birds.
  • Jana Maternová: Coevolution of Filoviridae viruses with their hosts.
  • Markéta Mádrová: Ebolavirus host prediction.
  • Lucie Jakešová: Behavioural complexity of animals in wild and kept in captivity (consultant J.Zukal).
  • Ivana Králová: Spatially explicit phylogeography of the European pine vole.
  • Kamil Jaroň: Simulating admixture of genomes using Fisher's junction model(consultant, supervisor S.E.J.Baird), Genomic islands in a fungus genome (Bc.thesis).
  • Markéta Nováková: Consequences of an infectious disease on genetic information in DNA sequences in bats.
  • Kristína Vozáriková: Signal for selection in coding DNA sequence (Bc.thesis).
  • Jan Závala: Pruning inconsistent fossil dates from dating divergence events in voles (Bc. thesis).
  • Zuzana Kozáková: Environmental characteristics of bat hibernacula with increased prevalence of geomycosis (Bc.thesis).
  • Jiří Moravec: Phylogeography of viruses causing rabies (Mgr.thesis).
  • Patrícia Pečnerová: Molecular and morphological signal of speciation explosion in tree squirrels (Mgr.thesis).
  • Zuzana Szolgayová: Phylogeny of selected water metabolism proteins in bats (Bc.thesis).
  • Matej Dolinay: Phylogenetic representation of white-nose syndrome in bats (Bc.thesis).
  • Michaela Bayerlová: Evolution of protein structure in calcium channels (Mgr.thesis), Co-evolution of arenaviruses and their hosts (Bc.thesis).
  • Petr Tříska: Assessing human history by investigating phylogeographies of associated animals (Mgr.thesis), Mammalian glacial refugia in Europe (Bc.thesis).
  • Miroslava Rudá: Population structure, spacial activity and population genetics of the Tatra vole (Microtus tatricus), (Mgr.thesis).
  • Peter Vallo: Molecular genetic studies in African leaf-nosed bats (Hipposideridae), (Ph.D.thesis).



Harazim M., Horáček I., Jakešová L., Luermann K., Moravec Jiří C., Morgan S., Pikula J., Sosík P., Vavrušová Z., Zahradníková Jr. A., Zukal J., Martínková N.: Natural selection in bats with historical exposure to white-nose syndrome, BMC Zoology 3 (2018) .

Kováčová V., Kolařík M., Banďouchová H., Bartonička T., Berková H., Havelková B., Hrudová E., Kohoutová L., Martínková N., Zukal J., Pikula J.: Recovery of a phytopathogenic bacterium Lonsdalea quercina from a lesser horseshoe bat in Moravian karst, Czech Republic, Forest Pathology 48 (2018) .

Kováčová V., Zukal J., Banďouchová H., Botvinkin A. D., Harazim M., Martínková N., Orlov O. L., Piaček V., Shumkina A. P., Tiunov M. P., Pikula J.: White-nose syndrome detected in bats over an extensive area of Russia, BMC Veterinary Research 14 (2018) (2018) .

Zahradníková Jr. A., Kováčová V., Martínková N., Orlova M. V., Orlov O. L., Piaček V., Zukal J., Pikula J.: Historic and geographic surveillance of Pseudogymnoascus destructans possible from collections of bat parasites, Transboundary and Emerging Diseases 65 (2018) 303-308.


Bartonička T., Banďouchová H., Berková H., Blažek J., Lučan R., Horáček I., Martínková N., Pikula J., Řehák Z., Zukal J.: Deeply torpid bats can change position without elevation of body temperature, Journal of Thermal Biology 63 (2017) 119-123.

Pikula J., Amelon S. K., Banďouchová H., Bartonička T., Berková H., Brichta J., Hooper S., Kokurewicz T., Kolařík M., Köllner B., Kováčová V., Linhart P., Piaček V., Turner G. G., Zukal J., Martínková N.: White-nose syndrome pathology grading in Nearctic and Palearctic bats, PLoS ONE 12 (2017) .


Flieger M., Banďouchová H., Černý J., Chudíčková M., Kolařík M., Kováčová V., Martínková N., Novák P., Šebesta O., Stodůlková E., Pikula J.: Vitamin B2 as a virulence factor in Pseudogymnoascus destructans skin infection, Scientific Reports 6 (2016) 33200.

Lučan R. K., Banďouchová H., Bartonička T., Pikula J., Zahradníková Jr. A., Zukal J., Martínková N.: Ectoparasites may serve as vectors for the white-nose syndrome fungus, Parasites & Vectors 9 (2016) .

Zukal J., Banďouchová H., Brichta J., Cmoková A., Jaron K. S., Kolařík M., Kováčová V., Kubátová A., Nováková A., Orlov O., Pikula J., Presetnik P., Šuba J., Zahradníková Jr. A., Martínková N.: White-nose syndrome without borders: Pseudogymnoascus destructans infection tolerated in Europe and Palearctic Asia but not in North America, Scientific Reports 6 (2016) .


Banďouchová H., Bartonička T., Berková H., Brichta J., Černý J., Kováčová V., Kolařík M., Köllner B., Kulich P., Martínková N., Řehák Z., Tumer G. G., Zukal J., Pikula J.: Pseudogymnoascus destructans: evidence of virulent skin invasion for bats under natural conditions, Europe, Transboundary and Emerging Diseases 62 (2015) 1-5.

Pečnerová P., Moravec Jiří C., Martínková N.: A skull might lie: modelling ancestral ranges and diet from genes and shape of tree squirrels, Systematic Biology 64 (2015) 1074-1088.

Zemanová B., Hájková P., Hájek B., Martínková N., Mikulíček P., Zima J., Bryja J.: Extremely low genetic variation in endangered Tatra chamois and evidence for hybridization with an introduced Alpine population, Conservation Genetics 16 (2015) 729-741.


Cucchi T., Barnett R., Martínková N., Renaud S., Renvoisé E., Evin A., Sheridan A., Mainland I., Wickham-Jones C., Tougard C., Quéré J.-P., Pascal M., Pascal M., Heckel G., O'Higgins P., Searle J. B., Dobney K. M.: The changing pace of insular life: 5000 years of microevolution in the orkney vole (Microtus arvalis orcadensis), Evolution 68 (2014) 2804-2820.

Jaron K. S., Moravec J. C., Martínková N.: SigHunt: horizontal gene transfer finder optimized for eukaryotic genomes, Bioinformatics 30 (2014) 1081-1086.

Turner G. G., Meteyer C. U., Barton H., Gumbs J. F., Reeder D. M., Overton B., Banďouchová H., Bartonička T., Martínková N., Pikula J., Zukal J., Blehert D. S.: Nonlethal screening of bat-wing skin with the use of ultraviolet fluorescence to detect lesions indicative of white-nose syndrome, Journal of Wildlife Diseases 50 (2014) 566-573.

Zukal J., Banďouchová H., Bartonička T., Berková H., Brack V., Brichta J., Dolinay M., Jaron K. S., Kováčová V., Kovařík M., Martínková N., Ondráček K., Řehák Z., Turner G. G., Pikula J.: White-nose syndrome fungus: a generalist pathogen of hibernating bats, PLoS ONE 9 (2014) .


Martínková N., Barnett R., Cucchi T., Struchen R., Pascal M., Pascal M., Fischer M. C., Higham T., Brace S., Ho S. Y. W., Quéré J.-P., O'Higgins P., Excoffier L., Heckel G., Hoelzel A. R., Dobney K. M., Searle J. B.: Divergent evolutionary processes associated with colonization of offshore islands, Molecular Ecology 22 (2013) 5205-5220.


Irwin N. R., Bayerlová M., Missa O., Martínková N.: Complex patterns of host switching in New World arenaviruses, Molecular Ecology 21 (2012) 4137-4150.

Kandemir I., Sozen M., Matur F., Kankilic T., Martínková N., Colak F., Ozkurt S. O., Colak E.: Phylogeny of species and cytotypes of mole rats (Spalacidae) in Turkey inferred from mitochondrial cytochrome b gene sequencees, Folia zoologica 61 (2012) 25-33.

Martínková N., Zemanová B., Kranz A., Giménez M. D., Hájková P.: Chamois introductions to Central Europe and New Zealand, Folia zoologica 61 (2012) 239-245.

Martínková N., Moravec J.: Multilocus phylogeny of arvicoline voles (Arvicolini, Rodentia) shows small tree terrace size, Folia zoologica 61 (2012) 254-267.

Pečnerová P., Martínková N.: Evolutionary history of tree squirrels (Rodentia, Sciurini) based on multilocus phylogeny reconstruction, Zoologica Scripta 41 (2012) 211-219.

Pikula J., Banďouchová H., Novotný L., Meteyer C. U., Zukal J., Irwin N. R., Zima J., Martínková N.: Histopathology confirms White-Nose Syndrome in bats in Europe, Journal of Wildlife Diseases 48 (2012) 207-211.

Seifertová M., Bryja J., Vyskočilová M., Martínková N., Šimková A.: Multiple Pleistocene refugia and postglacial colonization in the European chub (Squalius cephalus) revealed by combined use of nuclear and mitochondrial markers, Journal of Biogeography 39 (2012) 1024-1040.

Wallace I. S., Shakesby A. J., Hwang J. H., Choi W. G., Martínková N., Douglas A. E., Roberts D. M.: Acyrthosiphon pisum AQP2: a multifunctional insect aquaglyceroporin, Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta-Biomembranes 1818 (2012) 627-635.


Vallo P., Benda P., Martínková N., Kaňuch P., Kalko E. K. V., Červený J., Koubek P.: Morphologically uniform bats Hipposideros aff. ruber (Hipposideridae) exhibit high mitochondrial genetic diversity in southeastern Senegal, Acta Chiropterologica 13 (2011) 79-88.

Višňovská Z., Martínková N.: Syndróm bieleho nosa – vážna hrozba pre zimujúce netopiere, Aragonit, časopis Správy slovenských jaskýň (2011) 26-31.


Bryja J., Uhrin M., Kaňuch P., Bémová P., Martínková N., Zukal J.: Mitochondrial DNA confirms low genetic variation of the greater mouse-eared bats, Myotis myotis, in Central Europe, Acta Chiropterologica 12 (2010) 73-81.

Martínková N., Bačkor P., Bartonička T., Blažková P., Červený J., Falteisek L., Gaisler J., Hanzal V., Horáček D., Hubálek Z., Jahelková H., Kolařík M., Korytár Ľ., Kubátová A., Lehotská B., Lehotský R., Lučan R. K., Májek O., Matějů J., Řehák Z., Šafář J., Tájek P., Tkadlec E., Uhrin M., Wagner J., Weinfurtová D., Zima J., Zukal J., Horáček I.: Increasing incidence of Geomyces destructans fungus in bats from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, PLoS ONE 5 (2010) .

Rudá M., Žiak D., Kocian Ľ., Martínková N.: Low genetic variability in a mountain rodent, the Tatra vole, Journal of Zoology 281 (2010) 118-124.

Rudá M., Kocian Ľ., Martínková N., Žiak D.: Population dynamics and spatial behaviour of Microtus tatricus (Arvicolinae, Rodentia), Acta Theriologica 55 (2010) 85-88.


Crestanello B., Pecchioli E., Vernesi C., Mona S., Martínková N., Janiga M., Hauffe H. C., Bertorelle G.: The genetic impact of translocations and habitat fragmentation in chamois (Rupicapra) spp, Journal of Heredity 100 (2009) 691-708.

Rodríguez F., Hammer S., Pérez T., Suchentrunk F., Lorenzini R., Michallet J., Martínková N., Albornoz J., Domínguez A.: Cytochrome b phylogeography of chamois (Rupicapra spp.). Population contractions, expansions and hybridizations governed the diversification of the genus, Journal of Heredity 100 (2009) 47-55.

Rudá M., Žiak D., Gauffre B., Zima J., Martínková N.: Comprehensive cross-amplification of microsatellite multiplex sets across the rodent genus Microtus, Molecular Ecology Resources 9 (2009) 974-978.


Martínková N., Searle J. B.: Stoats and the Irish question, Planet Earth (2008) 37.