Mgr. Pavlína Opatová, Ph.D.

Position: post-doc
Research topics: evolutionary ecology and ecophysiology
Department: External research facility Studenec
Phone: +420 560 590 612

Research interests

  • sexual selection,
  • reproductive biology,
  • sperm biology.


  • 2008-2011: undergraduate study - Masaryk university Brno, Faculty of Science, Systematic Biology - Zoology.
  • 2008-2010: undergraduate study - Masaryk university Brno, Faculty of Science, General Biology - Physiology of Animals.
  • 2012-2017: Ph.D. study - Masaryk university Brno, Faculty of Science, Zoology. Ph.D. thesis: Genetic and environmental factors affecting sperm phenotype in the Zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata), (supervisor T.Albrecht).



Edme A., Zobač P., Opatová P., Šplíchalová P., Munclinger P., Albrecht T., Krist M.: Do ornaments, arrival date, and sperm size influence mating and paternity success in the collared flycatcher?, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 71 (2017) .

Forstmeier W., Ihle M., Opatová P., Martin K., Knief U., Albrechtová J., Albrecht T., Kempenaers B.: Testing the phenotype-linked fertility hypothesis in the presence and absence of inbreeding, Journal of Evolutionary Biology 30 (2017) 968-976.

Knief U., Forstmeier W., Pei Y., Ihle M., Wang D., Martin K., Opatová P., Albrechtová J., Wittig M., Franke A., Albrecht T., Kempenaers B.: A sex-chromosome inversion causes strong overdominance for sperm traits that affect siring success, Nature Ecology & Evolution 1 (2017) 1177-1184.

Tomášek O., Albrechtová J., Němcová M., Opatová P., Albrecht T.: Trade-off between carotenoid-based sexual ornamentation and sperm resistance to oxidative challenge, Proceedings of the Royal Society. B - Biological Sciences 284 (2017) .


Opatová P., Ihle M., Albrechtová J., Tomášek O., Kempenaers B., Forstmeier W., Albrecht T.: Inbreeding depression of sperm traits in the zebra finch Taeniopygia guttata, Ecology and Evolution 6 (2016) 295-304.