Fish Evolutionary Ecology Group

Evolutionary Ecology

In the Fish Evolutionary Ecology Group, we focus on evolutionary ecology in order to identify how ecological factors shape evolutionary trajectories and how evolutionary adaptations and constraints modify ecological traits. We combine fieldwork with controlled laboratory experiments and mesocosms using behavioural, genetic, histological and physiological approaches. Using freshwater fish as our study models, we investigate the evolution of ageing and its life history consequences; coevolution in brood parasites; the role of invasive species in rapid evolution; sexual selection and mating system evolution and their roles in diversification; and mechanisms of (fish) embryo adaptations to extreme environments. Our primary study organisms are bitterling fishes (Rhodeus), cuckoo catfish (Synodontis multipunctatus/grandiops) and African annual fishes (Nothobranchius).

group leader

+420 543422522,, evolutionary ecology

full-time researcher

+420 543422527,, fish evolutionary ecology
+420 543422557,, ecology of fish
+420 543422538,, evolutionary ecology of killifish


+420 560590607,, molecular ecology
+420 543422527,, fish evolutionary ecology, fish ecology and evolution, fish taxonomy
+420 543422527,, experimental and molecular ecology, Evo-devo
+420 543422527,, fish reproductive strategies, brood parasitism

PhD student

+420 543422522,, fish evolutionary ecology
+420 543422557,, behavioural ecology, brood parasitism

supporting sector

+420 543422527,, technician
+420 543422527,, secretary of economical department

affiliated researcher

Carl Smith, evolutionary ecology of fishes

Rowena Spence   evolutionary ecology of fishes