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