The Conservation Biology Group


The Conservation Biology Group applies modern ecological and DNA-based tools in the study of endangered European wildlife, with a focus on birds and mammals. We combine basic research with species monitoring and provide scientific expertise for the needs of nature conservation authorities and other organisations focused on biodiversity conservation. Though our research is multidisciplinary, we focus predominately on conservation genetics, with a particular focus on changes in genetic diversity in species/populations due to anthropogenic impacts (founder effects, bottlenecks and gene flow barriers) and stochasticity. We also deal with mechanisms of hybridisation between taxa and their influence on native fauna (e.g. wild / domestic cat, sika / red deer). The group maintains both a classic, predominantly osteological, collection of vertebrate specimens and a genetic bank (member of the National Animal Genetic Bank), through which genetic samples from completed research projects and other sources are stored and made available for further research and species conservation purposes.

group leader

+420 543422543,, conservation genetics and ecology of mammals

full-time researcher

+420 543422517,, mammal ecology
+420 543422548,, wildlife ecology
+420 585634561,, population dynamics

grant funded researcher, conservation genetics
+420 608908285,, conservation genetics


+420 560590612,, conservation genetics, biobanking

PhD student, conservation and population genetics

supporting sector

+420 543422541,, curator, curator