Mgr. Michal Šulc Ph.D.
Position full-time researcher
Direction behavioural ecology of birds
Workplace Research facility Brno
+420 737 904 599
- sensory ecology,
- evolutionary and behavioural ecology of birds,
- brood parasitism,
- mimicry of parasitic eggs.
I am interested in the behavioural and evolutionary ecology of birds. I am particularly fascinated by inter- (cuckoos) and intra-specific (swallows) brood parasite-host interactions. We video-record parasitism in situ at host nests and follow individuals by using RFID tags and readers. For studying the impact of visual signals (e.g. mimetic eggs of brood parasites) to host behaviour (e.g. egg recognition), we use up-to-date methods that simulate avian visual perception of colours and patterns. These include e.g. spectrometry, UV photography and modelling of avian vision.
- 2007 – 2010: bachelor’s degree – Charles University, Prague, Faculty of Science, Department of Ecology. Thesis: The role of ultraviolet light in communication of birds. Supervisor: Mgr. Ondřej Sedláček, Ph.D.
- 2010 – 2012: master’s degree – Charles University, Prague, Faculty of Science, Department of Ecology. Thesis: The role of UV reflection in parasitic egg rejection in the reed warbler. Supervisor: RNDr. Petr Procházka, Ph.D.
- 2012 – 2016: Ph.D. study – Charles University, Prague, Faculty of Science, Department of Ecology. Thesis: Visual cues in the coevolution of brood parasite and its hosts. Supervisor: doc. Ing. Marcel Honza, Dr.
- 2018 – 2019 – research internship (Programme for Research and Mobility Support of Starting Researchers, Czech Academy of Sciences) – University of Exeter, United Kingdom.
- Jan Studecký: Timing of brood parasitism in the common cuckoo (Cuculus canorus).
- Regular supervision of students in the Open Science project of the Czech Academy of Sciences.
- Bird catching and ringing for the public
Honza M, Koleček J, Piálek L, Piálková R, Požgayová M, Procházka P, Štětková G, Jelínek V, Hughes AE, Šulc M (2022). Multiple parasitism in an evictor brood parasite: patterns revealed by long-term monitoring, continuous video recording, and genetic analyses. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 76: 161.