Ing. Radovan Smolinský, Ph.D. et Ph.D.

Position: post-doc
Research topics: thermal biology
Department: External research facility Studenec
Phone: +420 560 590 608

Research interests

  • thermal biology of ectothermal organisms.


  • 1999-2004: undergraduate study - Technical University Zvolen, Faculty of Ecology and Environmental Sciences. Thesis: Landscape structure and reptiles (Reptilia) of National Park Slovak Karst.
  • 2002-2004: pedagogical study - Matej Bell University Banská Bystrica, Faculty of Education.
  • 2004-2009: Ph.D. study - Komensky University Bratislava, Faculty of Natural Sciences. Ph.D. thesis: Osification of otoccipital region of fully formed chondrocranium of salt-water crocodyle (Crocodylus porosus).
  • 2008-2012> Ph.D. study - Masaryk University Brno, Faculty of Science. Ph.D. thesis: The role of predator-prey interactions in the coadaptation of thermal biology in newts, (supervisor L.Gvoždík).



Jablonski D., Hegner D., Smolinský R.: Natrix natrix (Grass Snake). Maximum elevation., Herpetological Review 48 (2017) 215.


Smolinský R.: A case of partial melanism in Lacerta agilis (Linnaeus, 1758) from the Czech Republic, Herpetozoa 29 (2016) 110-112.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.