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
Castro A., Drag L., Cizek L., Fernández J. (2019) Rosalia alpina adults (Linnaeus, 1758) (Insecta, Coleoptera) avoid direct sunlight Animal Biodiversity and Conservation 42.1: 59-63.
Drag L., Hauck D., Rican O., Schmitt T., Shovkoon F.D., Godunko R. J., Curletti G., Cizek L. (2018) Phylogeography of the endangered saproxylic beetle Rosalia longicorn, Rosalia alpina (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae), corresponds with its main host, the European beech (Fagus sylvatica, Fagaceae). Journal of Biogeography 45: 2631–2644.
Procházka J., Cizek L., Schlaghamerský J. (2018) Vertical stratification of scolytine beetles in temperate forests. Insect Conservation and Diversity 11: 534-544.
Volf M., Holec M., Holcová D., Jaroš P., Hejda R., Drag L., Blízek J., Šebek P., Čížek L. (2018) Microhabitat mosaics are key to the survival of an endangered ground beetle (Carabus nitens) in its post-industrial refugia. Journal of Insect Conservation 22: 321–328.
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28. 2. 2019
Cerambyx cerdo
Cerambyx cerdo | Author: Lukáš Čížek
New article released
Our latest research article has been published in European Journal of Entomology. The paper describes the differences in realized niche of a veteran tree specialist, Cerambyx cerdo, among three sites in South Moravia. Although it is generally found on large veteran trees, the beetle can exploit even trees with small diameters, when these are in open conditions and their health deteriorated.
20. 12. 2018
Kožojed moravský
Kožojed moravský | Author: Jan Miklín
Objev roku 2018!
Časopis 21. Století zařadil objev kožojeda moravského (Paranovelsis moravicus) mezi 21 největších objevů roku 2018 v ČR.

Kožojed moravský je zcela nový druh brouka z čeledi kožojedovitých, který byl objeven na starých dubech v jihomoravských lužních lesích nad soutokem Moravy a Dyje.

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30. 11. 2018
Volume 45 (12)
Volume 45 (12) | Author: David Hauck
Paper and Cover
Our new paper Phylogeography of the endangered saproxylic beetle Rosalia longicorn, Rosalia alpina (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae), corresponds with its main host, the European beech (Fagus sylvatica, Fagaceae) illustrates how the population genetic structure of the phytophage is shaped by its close relationship to main host.

Moreover, the picture of the Rosalia longicorn (Rosalia alpina) was selected for the cover image of the December 2018 Issue of Journal of Biogeography.
19. 11. 2018
Working team
Working team | Author: Pavel Sebek
Czech-French project
Pavel Šebek is currently on a short internship at Irstea in Nogent-sur-Vernisson where he is working with French colleagues, Christophe Bouget, Gwendoline Percel, and Guillem Parmain on a collaborative project between our lab, Christophe's lab, and Jakub Horák (ČZU, Prague).
12. 6. 2018
Bavarian Forest NP
Bavarian Forest NP | Author: Petr Kozel
10th European Saproxylic Beetle Conference
From 8th to 10th June, our team members, Lukáš Čížek, Lukáš Drag, Fran Kostanjšek, Petr Kozel, Pavel Šebek, and Matthias Weiss, attended a biennial symposium on saproxylic beetles organized by Jörg Müller in Sankt Oswald, Bavaria, Germany. All the members gave talks about their research subjects and participated on a search for a rare beetle Ditylus laevis.
29. 3. 2018
Rhysodes sulcatus
Rhysodes sulcatus | Author: David Hauck
New paper released!
Our latest research article is in early view of Insect Conservation and Diversity and should be published later this year. It describes habitat requirements of the wrinkled bark beetle, Rhysodes sulcatus, one of the primeval forest relict species. The beetle requires fallen logs of large trees with moderate humidity.
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)