Mgr. Petra Hájková Ph.D.

Position grant funded researcher
Direction conservation genetics

+420 608 908 285

Research interest

  • conservation and population genetics,
  • noninvasive genetic sampling,
  • molecular ecology, conservation genomics,
  • use of next-generation sequencing methods, microbiome, metabarcoding,
  • ecology of Eurasian otters,
  • National Animal Genetic Bank.

Running projects

Non-invasive genetic analyses of black grouse (Tetrao tetrix) populations in the Czech Republic, Administration of Krkonoše National Park (2019-2021)

Finished projects

Non-invasive genetic analyses of hazel grouse (Bonasa bonasia) and black grouse (Tetrao tetrix) from Šumava and Bavarian Forest, Administration of Šumava National Park (2018-2019)

Project participations

  • 2003-2005: Assessment of population size and population structure of Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) in different habitats by a non-invasive genetic method
  • 2006-2009: Genetic structure of chamois populations in Central Europe
  • 2015-2016: BIOM: Biodiversity Education Centre Mohelský Mill
  • 2020-2023: Conservation genetics and genomics of vertebrate species in Central European region (Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, INTER-EXCELLENCE, subprogram INTER-COST, LTC20021)


  • 1996-2001: undergraduate study – University Komensky Bratislava, Faculty of Science, Biology. Diploma thesis: Feeding ecology of Eurasian otters (Lutra lutra) in the upper Hornád River catchment. (Mgr.)
  • 2001-2008: Ph.D. study – Masaryk university Brno, Faculty of Science, Zoology, Institute of Botany and Zoology and Institute of Vertebrate Biology. Ph.D. thesis: Conservation genetics of Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra).


  • 2002-2010: Institute of Vertebrate Biology Brno, Department of Population Biology Studenec – research assistant,
  • 2010-2012: maternity leave,
  • 2012-2015: Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Science, Department of Zoology – postdoc,
  •  2015-present: Institute of Vertebrate Biology Brno, External Research Facility Studenec – research assistant.

International experience

  • 2005-2006: University of Aarhus, Institute of Biological Sciences, Ecology and Genetics, Denmark (Dr. Cino Pertoldi) – study stay,
  • courses of conservation genetics (Denmark, Italy),
  • Purdue University, USA – short working visit,
  • CNRS Grenoble and CBGP Montpellier, France – short working visit,
  • University of Aarhus, Denmark – short working visit,
  • Instituto Nazionale per la Fauna Selvatica, Italy – short working visit,
  • Wildlife Institute of India in Dehradun, India – short working visit,
  • University of Zurich, Switzerland – short working visit,
  • Seoul National University, South Korea – short working visit,
  • participation at more than 15 conferences,
  • 2007: co-organisation of international conference 25th Mustelid Colloquium Třeboň,
  • 2011: Phylogeography, population and landscape genetics – IUCN XIth International Otter Colloquium, Pavia, Italy – co-chairman,
  • member IUCN/SSC Otter Specialist Group,
  • reviewer – Acta Theriologica, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Conservation Genetics, Folia Zoologica, Journal of Zoology.

Former students

  • Lenka Gettová
  • Andrea Hájková
  • Veronika Sládkovičová
  • Barbora Zemanová