6/07/2019 Milan has completed his expedition with colleagues to Bougainville island to explore its native and introduced ant fauna for the first time

2/07/2019 Our PhD student Ondřej Mottl published his first paper in Biotropica on his manipulative experiments with artificial ant nests in New Guinea. Big congratulations!

26/10/2018: Our PhD student Nichola Plowman win Jarosik award for the best ecological paper published by a student in 2017 from Czech Society for Ecology.


1/09/2017: New book by Cambridge University Press published, where Petr and Tom contributed two chapters on ant-plant interactions in the rainforests:

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15/03/2017: Two papers by our ant lab members (Milan Janda, and Nic Plowman) were published in a new special issue of : 



1/12/2016: Our ant data collected during  “Our Planet Reviewed” (IBISCA. PAPUA NEW GUINEA) Mt. Wilhelm expedition now part of the new study of Rob Colwell et al. covered in Ecology Letters in August 2016. Check it out!


Midpoint attractors and species richness: Modelling the interaction between environmental drivers and geometric constraints Ecology Letters 19: 1009-1022. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12640

Report For Media: Klimes P. and Plowman N. S. (2015): Mystery of high diversity of ants in tropical forest canopies revealed: Migrant workers are more common than the locals [PDF]


Camponotus wanangus: a new ant species dedicated to Wanang village and its people in Papua New Guinea.

(P. Klimes and A. McArthur 2014)

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Some recent publications

Klimes P., Borovanska M., Plowman N., Leponce M. (2018) How common is trophobiosis with hoppers (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha) inside ant nests (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)? Novel interactions from New Guinea and a world-wide overview. Myrmecological News 26: 31-45. (research article)

Matos Maravi P. F., Clouse R., Sarnat E., Economo E., LaPolla J.S., Borovanská M., Rabeling C., Czekanski-Moir J., Latumahina F., Wilson E., Janda M. (2018) An ant genus-group (Prenolepis) illuminates the biogeography and drivers of insect diversification in the Indo-Pacific. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 123: 16-25. (research article)

Yusah K.M., Foster W.A., Reynolds G., Fayle T.M. (2018) Ant mosaics in Bornean primary rain forest high canopy depend on spatial scale, time of day, and sampling method. PeerJ 6, e4231. (research article)