Laboratory of Woodland Ecology
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We study various aspects of ecology, biology and diversity of insects associated with woodlands together with processes affecting their habitats and survival. Our research combines entomology, ecology, forestry and GIS methods in order to contribute to rational, evidence-based conservation of biodiversity. To facilitate for information flow between the academic and the "real" worlds we also collaborate with various NGOs, state organizations, land owners and media.

Latest publications
Eckelt A., Müller J., Bense U., Brustel H., Bußler H., Chittaro Y., Cizek L., Frei A., Holzer E., Kadej M., Kahlen M., Köhler F., Möller G., Mühle H., Sanchez A., Schaffrath U., Schmidl J., Smolis A., Szallies A., Németh T., Wurst C., Thorn S., Christensen R.H.B., Seibold S. (2017) “Primeval forest relict beetles” of Central Europe: a set of 168 umbrella species for the protection of primeval forest remnants. Journal of Insect Conservation in press.
Miklín J., Sebek P., Hauck D., Konvička O., Cizek L. (2017) Past levels of canopy closure affect the occurrence of veteran trees and flagship saproxylic beetles. Diversity and Distributions in press.
Bonari G., Fajmon K., Malenovský I., Zelený D., Holuša J., Jongepierová I., Kočárek P., Konvička O., Uřičář J., Chytrý M. (2017) Management of semi-natural grasslands benefiting both planbt and insect diversity: The importance of heterogeneity and tradition. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 246: 243-252.
Miklín J., Hauck D., Konvička O., Cizek L. (2017) Veteran trees and saproxylic insects in the floodplains of Lower Morava and Dyje rivers, Czech Republic. Journal of Maps 13: 291-299.
Řehounková K., Čížek L., Řehounek J., Šebelíková L., Tropek R., Lencová K., Marhoul P., Bogusch P., Máca J. (2016) Additional disturbances as a beneficial tool for restoration of post-mining sites: a multi-taxa approach. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 23: 13745–13753.
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9. 10. 2017
Veteran trees
Veteran trees | Author: Jan Miklín
New paper released!
Our latest research article is in early view of Diveristy & Distributions and soon it will be published. The study brings an evidence that, to a great extent, occurrence of veteran trees and their associated species are conditioned by open conditions of the canopy in the past.
28. 9. 2017
Students | Author: Pavel Šebek
Finished PhD and new PhD students
On 28th September 2017, Matthias Weiss has successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled: " Key factors affecting composition and diversity of saproxylic beetle assemblages".

Our Master students Lucka Ambrožová, Petr Kozel, and Michal Perlík, have successfully defended their Master theses in June 2017. All the three have also started their Ph.D. in our lab.

Congratulations to all and good luck in future!
1. 9. 2017
Soutok | Author: David Hauck
Guidelines for conservation
In September, Ministry of the Environment has certified the guidelines for conservation of open woodlands written by our team members. The document describes different management strategies that can be used in maintenance and restoration of open woodland habitats. It should serve as a general guideline for conservationists, stakeholders and managers of protected areas.
10. 5. 2017
Rambouillet | Author: Pavel Šebek
Travel to France
In the start of May, Pavel Š. installed FIT traps in the forests of Rambouillet, a wooded complex with diverse management strategies, active coppice with standards woods, pheasantry, and reserves. The field work and sampling was arranged with help of Christophe Bouget (Irstea) and his team.
2. 5. 2017
Bavarian Forest NP
Bavarian Forest NP | Author: admin
2nd International Conference on Forests
The second International Conference on Forests took place from 26. to 29. 04. in the Bavarian Forest National Park, Germany. Two talks were presented by the members of our team. Pavel Šebek talked about the Podyjí project in which the effect of artificial canopy opening on biodiversity has been studied. Two days later, Lukáš Drag presented the first results of the radio-tracking study focused on the protected saproxylic beetle Cerambyx cerdo. The list of other participations was very diverse, the keynote talks were presented by e.g. Prof. David Lindenmayer, or Prof. Lenore Fahrig.
18. 4. 2017
Borzhava Forest
Borzhava Forest | Author: Lukáš Drag
Travel to Ukraine
Last week, Pavel Šebek, Lukáš Drag and Lukáš Čížek spent several days in Ukraine (Закарпатська область). Together with the collaborators from Uzhhorod National University, they searched for the suitable tree locations within the lowland forest of Borzhava river to hang the Flight Interception Traps (FIT).
24. 3. 2017
Soutok | Author: Jan Miklín
Interactive Map
An interactive map of trees and beetles in SE Morava floodplains (Czech Republic) has been released. It summarizes information on trees and beetles collected by mainly David Hauck and Ondra Konvička. Honza Miklín transformed the data into the interactive map.

The map in Czech:
The map in English:
23. 3. 2017
Soutok | Author: David Hauck
I'm proud to announce our new website has launched. If you have any feedback, please, let me know on lukasdrag(at)