petrPetr Klimeš

Head of Laboratory of Ecology and Evolution of Social Insects

Petr is interested in the ecology and diversity of insects, particularly of ants. His current research projects are focused on the arboreal ant communities of New Guinea. He is interested in what factors are structuring their species and functional diversity along environmental gradients. His other research interests include the interactions of insects and their food resources (of ground beetles and ants to plant seeds, relationships between plants, herbivores and ants etc.), and changes of communities along ecological gradients.

milan newMilan Janda


Milan is researcher at National Laboratory for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, UNAM, Mexico and in Institute of Entomology BC CAS in Ceske Budejovice. He is curator of and New Guinea regional pages on His research interests include ecology, biogeography and phylogeny of ants, and of other arthropods.

tomfaylenewTom Fayle


Tom is an ecologist, with interests in community ecology, conservation biology and behavioural ecology. His work focuses on tropical ants, but he also studies a range of other groups. He currently holds postdoctoral position at Imperial College London, UK, and he is researcher at Institute of Entomology BC CAS in Ceske Budejovice. His fieldwork takes him to Malaysian Borneo and Papua New Guinea.

simonsegarSimon Segar

researcher (part-time since 2014, community phylogenetics)


mickalMickal Houadria


Mickal studied his Masters on “Trophic and temporal specialization in tropical ants and its relation to species coexistence and ecosystem functioning” previously in University of Mainz (research in Borneo and French Guyana). Since May/2016 he has joined as postdoc the project of Tom Fayle on mutualism of Crematogaster ants with Macaranga trees in Sabah, Borneo. He is interested in the ecological factors driving species coexistince, coevolution and ecological function.

pavel newPavel Matos Maravi

Visiting postdoc (2017-current)

*Currently at the University of Gothenburg (MSCA fellow)

Before: PhD student (2012-2016)

Thesis topic: Phylogeography and evolution of South Pacific ants. (Supervisor: M. Janda)


Pavel is interested in molecular phylogenetics, population genetics and phylogeography of insects, as well as historical biogeography and patterns of diversification in tropical regions. His PhD work aims to understand the origin and maintenance of ant diversity in Melanesia and the South Pacific, using molecular methods, ecological and biogeographical data.


misa newMichaela Borovanska

Lab manager (since start of the lab)

Michaela uses molecular methods to study phylogeny, population relationships, and social structure of insects. She is responsible for managing our molecular lab and works on processing and interpretation of population genetic and phylogeographic data as well as barcoding much of our Melanesian ant material (M. Janda, P. Klimes projects).

jana new Jana Šlancarová

Lab support (2014-now)

Jana helps with the managment and technical support for projects in Borneo (PI: T. Fayle). She has expertise also with ecological and molecular work on other insects than ants (butterflies).

michal newMichal Němec

part-time contracts (technical support of data and ant images)


nic newNichola Plowman

PhD student (2012-now). 

Thesis topic: Mechanisms structuring arboreal ant communities along ecological gradients in New Guinea rainforests. (Supervisor: P. Klimeš).

Nic is interested in ecology, conservation and diversity in the tropics and especially the behavioural and community ecology of ants. Her PhD research focuses on describing how the diversity, community composition and functional role of arboreal ants in Papua New Guinea changes along ecological gradients.

Jiri TumaJiří Tůma

PhD student (2014-now). 

Thesis topic: Ants and termites interactions and their influence on soil properties in Bornean rain forest(supervisor T. Fayle)

Jiří is interested in ecology, environment protection, and soil biology. His PhD study is targeted on ant-termite interactions and their influence on soil properties through fragmentation of the Bornean rain forests. His previous research included bioturbation and nest building activity of the ant Lasius niger.

Ondra newOndřej Mottl

Phd student (2015-now) 

Thesis topic: Spatial structure and community dynamics of arboreal ants in tropical rain forests (supervisor P. Klimeš).

Master´s student (2013-2015) Thesis topic: Structure and dynamics of arboreal ant communities along successional gradient in a mountain tropical forest of New Guinea. (supervisor P. Klimeš)

Jimmy Moses

Phd student (2016-now) 

Thesis topic: Ecology of ants along altitudinal rainforest gradients in the tropics. (supervisor P. Klimeš & V.Novotný)

Jimmy has worked previously on his masters at University of Papua New Guinea with us and NGBRC. He sampled ants at Mt. Wilhelm; currently he leads the Exxon project monitorings along gas pipe-line in the South of New Guinea.

Dan Leština

Phd student (2016-now) 

Thesis topic: Adverse effects of dispersal limits of mutualist ants and plants on fragmented populations’ persistence and whole ecosystem regeneration. (supervisor: T. Fayle)

Dan’s main interest is in the dispersal of species, populations and individuals across various temporal and spatial scales and its implications for biological conservation. His favourite model group before coming to the Ant Lab was butterflies, but he is interested in the natural history of many different taxa. Currently, he focuses on the effects of habitat degradation on the Macaranga-Crematogaster mutualism.

Martin Brožák

Bachelor student (2016-now) 

Thesis topic: Effects of succession, stratification and temporal turnover on ant communities in a lowland rainforest. (supervisor: O. Mottl & P. Klimeš)

Martin is our youngest member of the lab. He works on sorting the samples of ground-dwelling ants, which were sampled by Petr previously in plots in New Guinea before trees were felled to explore canopy ants. This makes an unique opportunity for the first time to see, how many different ant species are able to coexist in single piece of a primary and secondary lowland rainforest. And how the sampling is affected by the methods and forest strata.


janJan Zima

Lab Technician (2011-2015)
Jan works on various molecular aspects for our group including sequencing, and work with microsatellites and SNPs on ants.


LenkaLenka Nosková

Bachelor´s student (2012-2014)

Thesis topic: Food preferences in the communities of Central European ants.[Bc. Thesis, in Czech]. Faculty of Science, The University of South Bohemia. (supervisor P.Klimeš).

Karel Kopejtka

Bachelor´s student (2010-2011)

Thesis topic: Assessement of molecular methods for study of social organisation in ant colonies. [Bc. Thesis, in Czech]
48 pp, Faculty of Science, The University of South Bohemia. (supervisor M.Janda).

Lukáš Drag

Bachelor´s student (2007-2008)

Thesis topic: The effect of ants predation risk for herbivorous insect [Bc. Thesis, in Czech]. Faculty of Science, The University of South Bohemia. (supervisor M.Janda).

Klára Doubnerová

Bachelor´s student (2007-2008)

Thesis topic: Review to molecular phylogeography of Crematogaster polita [Bc. Thesis, in Czech]. Faculty of Science, The University of South Bohemia. (supervisor M.Janda).

Antonín Macháč

Bachelor´s student (2007-2008)

Thesis topic: Dominance of ants (macroecological and evolutionary meta-analysis [Bc. Thesis, in Czech]. Faculty of Science, The University of South Bohemia. (supervisor M.Janda).