External research facility Studenec

Research priorities

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

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

  • hybrid zones as barriers against gene flow and their role in speciation (rodents);
  • phylogeography, reconstruction of historical colonization and mechanisms of biodiversity evolution (mainly African rodents and amphibians);
  • study of factors affecting population structure, conservation genetics (fish, rodents, carnivores);
  • mating systems, analysis of reproductive success and factors affecting fitness (passerines);
  • 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);
  • mechanisms and evolution of thermal physiology traits in ectotherms (newts);
  • functional approaches in studying morphological adaptations (amphibians and reptiles).

The results of basic and applied research are presented to public in the frame of projects supported by the Vysočina Region, Norway Funds and Ministry of Education.


+420 560 590 601


Studenec 122
675 02 Koněšín


Research sector

head of the facility

+420 560590601, bryja@brno.cas.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 560590613, joellegouy@gmail.com, molecular epidemiology
+420 568422763, gvozdik@brno.cas.cz, Physiological and Evolutionary Ecology
+420 560590622, vaclav.gvozdik@ivb.cz, evolutionary history, herpetology
+420 560590605, martinkova@ivb.cz, phylogeny and phylogeography
+420 560590602, jpialek@ivb.cz, hybrid zones, population genetics

grant funded researcher

+420 560590621, veronika.javurkova@gmail.com, ekofyziologie ptáků
+420 532290156, onmikula@gmail.com, phylogeny and morphology of rodents

research assistant

+420 560590621, bryjova@ivb.cz, molecular genetics
+420 568627950, dureje@gmail.com, evolutionary biology, population genetics
+420 560590621, fornuskova@ivb.cz, host parasite co-evolution
+420 608908285, hajkova@ivb.cz, conservation genetics
+420 560590607, EvaRybnickova@seznam.cz, molecular biology
19ipospisilova@gmail.com, behavioural ecology and physiology of mouse


+420 560590607, tatiana.aghova@gmail.com, phylogeography of African rodents
+420 724953301, altmanova.m@gmail.com, cytogenetics, molecular genetics
+420 560590607, 324243@mail.muni.cz, molecular ecology
+420 568423194, dejsha@seznam.cz, molecular biology and genetics
+420 560590612, 328868@mail.muni.cz, behavioural ecology of rodents
+420 560590612, kjanotova@seznam.cz, behavioral ecology
+420 +420 560 590 612, vasekjelinek@gmail.com,
+420 776095267, marie.dolezalkova@gmail.com, molecular genetics, cytogenetics
+420 560590604, oltmsk@gmail.com, evolutionary ecology and ecophysiology
+420 560590612, barca_zemanova@centrum.cz, conservation genetics

PhD student

jana.brehova@seznam.cz, evolutionary biology
+420 420773065368, dolinaym@gmail.com, herpetology, phylogeography, phylogenetics
+420 560590607, hanova.alex@gmail.com, phylogeography of African rodents
+420 560590605, harazim@ivb.cz, molecular imunology and epidemology
+420 560590607, okauzal@gmail.com, ecological and evolutionary endocrinology
ma.adamkova@gmail.com, ecology and ecophysiology of birds
+420 560590607, kralova.tereza@mail.muni.cz, immunogenetics
+420 775531797, sampath.anandan@mail.muni.cz, mechanisms of life-history evolution
+420 560590612, 150438@mail.muni.cz, population genetics and speciation
+420 605473942, d.mizerovska@gmail.com,
357079@mail.muni.cz, host-virus co-evolution


+420 731313461, zajickova@ivb.cz, ecology of bats

Supporting sector

supporting sector

+420 560590606, dabrahamova@ivb.cz, administrative officer
+420 560590607, vlckova.vlckova@centrum.cz, technician
LudekPodhajsky@email.cz, technician
+420 568627950, malalidka@seznam.cz, administrative officer
+420 775049634, komarkova@ivb.cz, administrative officer