External research facility Studenec

Research priorities

Research Facility in Studenec is a very dynamic part of the Institute that has significantly evolved in last years. There are modern molecular-genetic/genomic, physiological and microscopic laboratories, breeding facility for small mammals, birds and amphibians (completely reconstructed in 2018) and facilities allowing experiments with birds and amphibians in semi-natural conditions.

Empirical data from field observations, laboratory analyses and experiments are used for investigating important questions of ecological and evolutionary biology of populations. Research activities have mostly a nature of fundamental research but can be applied in biomedicine, conservation of species and whole ecosystems and epidemiology of emerging zoonoses. Examples of research topics are following (main model organisms given in parentheses):

  • hybrid zones as barriers of gene flow and their role in speciation (rodents, passerine birds);
  • mechanisms and evolution of thermal physiology traits in ectotherms (newts);
  • phylogeography, reconstruction of historical colonization, distribution of diversity and evolutionary processes in biodiversity hot-spots (mainly African small mammals and amphibians);
  • factors affecting population structure, conservation genetics (galliform birds, rodents, carnivores);
  • microbiome evolution in guts (rodents, passerines) and feathers (birds);
  • mating systems, analysis of reproductive success and factors affecting fitness (passerine birds);
  • immunogenetics – links between adaptive genetic variation and fitness (rodents, passerines);
  • host-parasite co-evolution, genetic variation of pathogens and their hosts (rodents, bats, pathogenic fungi, helminths, RNA-viruses);
  • functional approaches in studying morphological adaptations (amphibians, reptiles, rodents).

The results of basic and applied research are presented to public in the frame of projects supported by the Vysočina Region, Norway Funds, Czech Ministry of Education, and Academy of Sciences (Strategy AV21).


+420 560 590 601


Studenec 122
675 02 Koněšín


Research sector

director of the institute

+420 560590601, bryja@ivb.cz, molecular ecology

full-time researcher

+420 560590614, albrecht@ivb.cz, evolutionary ecology, ecology of birds
+420 560590613, stuartj.e.baird@gmail.com, evolutionary biology, population genetics
+420 568423194, cizkova@ivb.cz, molecular biology and genetics
+420 560590613, joellegouy@gmail.com, molecular epidemiology
+420 560590603, gvozdik@ivb.cz, Physiological and Evolutionary Ecology
+420 560590622, vaclav.gvozdik@ivb.cz, evolutionary history, herpetology
+420 560590605, martinkova@ivb.cz, statistical modelling of biotic interactions
+420 560590612, onmikula@ivb.cz, phylogeny and morphology of rodents
+420 560590602, jpialek@ivb.cz, hybrid zones, population genetics
+420 560590604, tomasek@ivb.cz, evolutionary ecology and ecophysiology

grant funded researcher

+420 608908285, hajkova@ivb.cz, conservation genetics

guest researcher

+420 560590612, 328868@mail.muni.cz, behavioural ecology of rodents

research assistant

+420 560590621, bryjova@ivb.cz, molecular genetics
+420 +420605464704, a.fornuskova@seznam.cz, host parasite co-evolution
+420 560590607, holanova@ivb.cz, biobanking (at present on maternity leave)


+420 560590614, albrechtova@ivb.cz,
+420 560590607, bartakova.v@ivb.cz, molecular ecology
+420 568627950, dureje@ivb.cz, evolutionary biology, population genetics
+420 +420 560 590 612, jelinek@ivb.cz,
+420 560590612, roleckova@ivb.cz, conservation genetics, biobanking
+420 221951803, schmiedova@ivb.cz, gastrointestinal microbiota in vertebrate
urtzi.enriquez@gmail.com, evolutionary and physiological ecology

PhD student

czurda@ivb.cz, biogeography, taxonomy
490619@mail.muni.cz, ecology and evolution of African small mammals
+420 560590607, kauzal@ivb.cz, ecological and evolutionary endocrinology
+420 560590607, kralova@ivb.cz, immunogenetics
+420 732368720, zikova@ivb.cz, molecular biology and genetics
+420 605473942, mizerovska@ivb.cz,
+420 775250836, gechozol@gmail.com, biogeography, phylogenetics
+420 737940228, necas@ivb.cz, herpetology
petruzela@ivb.cz, molecular parasitology
517717@mail.muni.cz, behavioral ecology



Supporting sector

supporting sector

+420 560590606, dabrahamova@ivb.cz, administrative officer
helahejlova@seznam.cz, technician
jpialkova@seznam.cz, technician
jika.p.m@seznam.cz, technician
+420 568627950, rouskova@ivb.cz, technician
+420 775049634, komarkova@ivb.cz, project manager, website