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Current projects


Freshwater ectotherms under climate change: the role of phenotypic plasticity in life histories and trophic interactions (PI, 2017-2019)
In collaboration with Lumir Gvozdik at the Institute of Vertebrate Biology (Czech Academy of Sciences), we will examine the role of individual thermal performance curves and thermally induced plasticity in life histories and species interactions of freshwater ectotherms under the anticipated climate change. The project focuses on aquatic insects and newts as model groups and combined laboratory experiments with numerical simulations.
Funding: Grant Agency of the Czech Republic

SoWa: Soil and Water National Research Infrastructure (2016-2019)
The newly established Sowa Research Infrastructure will bring together experts from various fields. Its main goal is to support excellent research on aquatic and soil ecosystems. As member of the team at the Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, I will be involved in developing experimental and modelling approaches to assess the effects of anthropogenic impacts on communities in freshwaters, using invertabrates in small standing waters as a model system. The project will support a significant upgrade of our lab facilities and construction of a brand new mesocosm array in 2017/2018.
Funding: Czech state budget / Ministry of Education

ClimeFish: Co-Creating a Decision Support Framework to Ensure Sustainable Fish Production in Europe under Climate Change (2016-2020)
The overall goal of the project is to support sustainable fisheries, enable an increase in European aquaculture production, facilitate employment and regional development through effective forecasting, and develop management tools for adapting to climate change. As associate member of the team at the Biology Centre CAS, I am involved in modelling the effects of climate change on fish populations and simple food webs in Central European reservoirs, with emphasis on the emerging, warm-water species.
Funding: EU H2020 Programme

Previous projects (selection)

Impact of predation risk and habitat complexity on the dynamics of macroinvertebrate community assembly in freshwater (PI, 2014-2016)
The aim of the project was to improve our understanding of processes driving community assembly in small fishless waters. Emphasis was on the role of predation risk and habitat complexity as two ubiqitous factors that may affect colonization and food web interactions. The project was centered around a long-term field experiment in small pools a newly reclaimed sandpit but we also used shorter lab and outdoor experiments and simulation modelling as complementary methods.
Funding: Grant Agency of the Czech Republic

How plastic are freshwater insects? Measuring growth, phenotypic plasticity and evolution in selected taxa (PI, 2010-2013)
In collaboration with the members of the PapLab, we collected data on life-history variation in several groups of freshwater insects. We compiled datasets on bugs and mayflies and carried out laboratory experiments to disentangle plastic and genetic components of observed variation in age and size at life-history transitions in several model taxa.
Funding: Grant Agency of the Czech Republic

Modelling individual life histories and population dynamics of predatory aquatic insects: the role of body size (PI, 2009-2013)
Combination of laboratory and mesocosm experiments and mathematical models with the aim to better understand the ecological and evolutionary processes that shape life histories and community dynamics of predatory freshwater insects in small fishless water bodies in Central Europe. Link to the project website is here.
Funding: Marie Curie European Reintegration Grant

Size selection and energy budgets: a unified model of evolutionary responses to predation risk (co-PI, 2010-2012)
Collaboration with a fairly self-explanatory title. A little joint venture with Andrew Beckerman's group in Sheffield, UK.
Funding: International Joint Projects, Royal Society, UK

Monitoring man-made lakes: what can fisheries data and models tell us? (PI, 2009-2010)
Collaboration with the FishEcU group at the Institute of Hydrobiology in Ceske Budejovice and Institute of Marine Research in Bergen, Norway. This project summarized what is known on the long-term dynamics of several fish stocks in selected Czech man-made lakes and linked these data to models of optimal exploitation based on stakeholder preferences and models of fisheries-induced life history evolution. Link to the project website is here.
Funding: EEA Grants + Norway Grants

Contact information:

Department of Ecosystem Biology, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia &
Biology Centre AS CR, Institute of Entomology, Laboratory of Aquatic Insects and Relict Ecosystems
Branisovska 31, CZ-37005 Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
tel: +420 387 772 327, fax: +420 387 775 367
email: boukal_AT_entu.cas.cz
 

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