12/8/2022: Petr speaks about his collaborative research and a recent publication in Invertebrate Systematics International collaboration uncovers cryptic diversity in the enigmatic ant genus Overbeckia and its evolution within the Camponotini MYRMECOLOGICAL NEWS BLOG


29/12/2020: Tom speaks about ant-plant mutualism and other food-web interactions in Finding Genius Podcast with Richard Jacobs

20/12/2020: Petr talks about ant lab research, and ant peculiarities in Finding Genius Podcast with Richard Jacobs

Research on Bornean ants:

 Ants in ferns and competition by body size: [New Scientist] [Blog with cartoons!] [Imperial College] :

(Image: Tom Fayle)

Abundance and functional structure of ant and termite assemblages along a tropical forest disturbance gradient  [PDF] [Mongabay]

Ant mosaics occur in SE Asian oil palm plantation but not rain forest  [NERC Planet Earth] [Mongabay]

Research on phylogeography of Melanesian ants:

The ant you see at home may have come from Australia  by The Museum of the University of the Philippines. And a report at Biology Centre webpage.

Image credit: Clouse and Cladistics

Feedback on our New Guinea ant research in scientific literature:

Unpacking the impoverished nature of secondary forest [PDF].

Catherine L. Parr. Journal of Animal Ecology (2012) 81:937-939.

(Image: Milan Janda)


September/2020. More caterpillars in the temperate forests than in tropical rain forests: Scientists compared the abundance of insects across three continents.

CAS report for Media

(Image: Milan Janda)

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

tree canopy


V lesích jižní Moravy je víc housenek než v tropech, zjistili čeští vědci

Interview with Petr Klimes about the ants and myrmecological research:

2019 – 

Interview with Milan Janda about his recent expedition to Bougainville Island to sample the unknown ant fauna in this region for the very first time…

2019 IDNES server

Czech TV

Interview with our student Jiri Tuma about his research on soil ants and termites in Sabah, Borneo (Bulletin of Czech Academy of Sciences):

 Mravenci a termiti v hledáčku českých vědců [PDF]

Jana Olivová , Academický Buletin 6/2018:18-20.

Popularization of the research on ant trophobionts living in ant nests in New Guinea:

 Jak běžná je symbióza mravenců a křísů přímo v mraveništi?
Mravenec rodu Pseudolasius se symbiontem. Kredit: Klimeš et al. (2018). Myrmecological News.

Klimes et al. 2017 in Myrmecological News

Popularization of the 1st indoor discovery and eradication attempt of ghost ant, Tapinoma melanocephalum, in the Czech Republic. [Czech Radio] [Czech Press MFDnes]

Klimes P. (2016). Unwelcomed ant guests: from Czech native species to invasions from the tropics. Živa 4/2016: 192-194. [In Czech with English summary].

Expedition to Solomon Islands discovered many new species of peculiar ants 

(Janda M., News in CZ, 2015)

Klimes P., Mottl O. (2015) The mystery of the variety of communities of ants in the crowns of tropical trees. Živa 4: 179-182. (PDF) [In Czech with English summary]

Metody výzkumu stromových mravenců na Nové Guineji. Pokácený strom je změřen, prohledán kvůli hnízdům mravenců a ostatnímu hmyzu. Foto z archivu New Guinea Binatang Research Center

Research on New Guinea canopy ants: Tajemství druhové rozmanitosti mravenců v korunách deštného pralesa rozluštěno  (Mystery of canopy ant diversity revealed:, 5th April 2015) :


Camponotus wanangus: dedicated to Wanang  village and its people (Papua New Guinea; P. Klimes and A. McArthur 2014)

Interview with Tom Fayle, a laureaute of Otto Wichterle prise 2015, about tropical ant research in Czech Science Academy Bulletin (In Czech) [PDF]


Interview with Petr Klimeš about tropical research in New Guinea My family (Naše rodina, In Czech) [PDF] :


Interview with P.Klimeš about research in Papua New Guinea, Radio Vltava (In Czech) :

Výzkumná biologická stanice na Papui-Nové Guineji - Foto: Vojtěch Novotný