About & contact
Here you can find contact information in case you would like to contact me as well as some very concise information about my scientific career and my current research activities.
Me with two nestlings of Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) ringed on nest.
PhD student at:
External Research Facility Studenec
Department of ecology
For the list of publications I am co–author or author of, please see List of publications.
If I should describe myself as a “–logist”, I would choose the word ornithologist because birds are the group of animals I am most interested in and I am lucky enough to be able to study them in the wild. But ornithology is not just my profession, it is mainly my passion. Apart from being an active and very keen bird ringer I also enjoy “just” simple birdwatching to pretty much the same extent. Watching a bird flying around, chasing insects, rolling in the wind, brings me enormous joy and happiness. And the great natural wonder of bird migration leaves me amazed two times a year, each year.
Below is the very short summary of my main ornithological projects. If these few senteces would provoke a lust for more information in you, feel free to use the contact information written above and write me an e-mail.
A pair of Banded Wattle-eyes (Platysteira laticincta; top) and two European Robins (Erithacus rubecula; bottom)
Comparative study of temperate and tropical bird species
In 2016 I started to work on my Ph.D. project and became part of a team lead by Tomáš Albrecht () that studies life histories of passerine birds in temperate zone Europe and tropical Africa in a comparative manner. We focus much on physiology and genetics and how it is shaped by different life-history strategies of these bird species. My “job” is the endocrionology part and a little bit of moult.
Other ornithological projects
Apart from sampling birds for physiological markers in the Czech Republic and occasionally also in tropical Africa, my wife and I started a CES project in 2020 in the Czech Republic. Since 2019 we also monitor and study a colony of European Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster) and joined a project of colour-ringing nestlings of Western Marsh Harriers (Circus aeruginosus). I am also very interested in moult of birds, especially certain passerines (such as Sylvia warblers), which is also one of the reasons why I started to run the gallery on this web. When we have time, we also help with ringing on Červenohorské Saddle.
Past projects: Yellowhammers & Golden Jackals
In autumn 2017 I successfully defended my master’s thesis about the signalling function of plumage coloration in Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) males, its role in sexual selection and how it is influenced by steroid hormones (under the guidance of Tereza Petrusková, ). Back then, I was also involved in a project using camera traps to study the lives of carnivores in a densely populated landscape of Polabí region in the Czech Republic.
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