Milan Janda

Institute of Entomology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
Biological Faculty, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic
The New Guinea Binatang Research Center Ltd., Papua New Guinea


Faculty of Biological Sciences, Branisovska 31,
370 05 Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic


M.Sc. Biology, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic 2003

current status: Ph.D. candidate - zoology 2003 - ?, USB, Czech rep.

Ph.D. project: Ecology and of ant communities in lowland rainforests of New Guinea.

Professional Appointments

The New Guinea Binatang Research Center Ltd., Madang, Papua New Guinea: 2001-2002, 2003-2004

Field Experience

New Guinea, Southeast Asia, Middle East

Research Interests

Evolution of social parasitism in ants; ecology of tropical ants and patterns of their diversity; impact of ants as predators; Melanesian art and oral culture.

Research Projects on New Guinea ants - Projects details

Ecology of ant communities in New Guinean rainforest

Ants dominating lowland rainforest canopy

Host specificity of ants inhabiting myrmecophytic plants

Ants of New Guinea - database of specimens and their ecology (in preparation)

Other projects (temperate zone)

Evolution of social parasitism in Lasius ants

Population dynamics of Myrmica ants with respect to parasitic Maculinea butterflies


Janda M., Folkova D., Zrzavy J. (2004) Phylogeny of Lasius ants based on mitochondrial DNA and morphology, and the evolution of social parasitism in the Lasiini (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 33 (3): 595-614

Novotny, V., Miller, S.E., Leps, J., Basset, Y., Bito, D., Janda, M., Hulcr, J., Damas,K., Weiblen, G.D. (2004) No tree an island: the plant-caterpillar food web of a secondary rain forest in New Guinea. Ecology Letters 7 (11): 1090-1100

Novotny, V., Miller, S.E., Cizek, L., Leps, J., Janda, M., Basset, Y., Weiblen, G.D., Darrow, K. (2003) Colonising aliens: caterpillars (Lepidoptera) feeding on Piper aduncum and P. umbellatum in rainforests of Papua New Guinea. Ecological Entomology, 28, 704-716


Czech (native), Melanesian Pidgin, English


Czech Ministry of Education Grant Agency