Filip Kolář

(group leader)

 I am generally interested in evolution of vascular plant diversity in nature. By leveraging cytometrical, genetic, genomic and ecological tools in a synthetic way, my research focuses on evolutionary consequences of recent whole genome duplication (polyploidy) in natural populations. I also study adaptive response of plants to stressful environments such as specific edaphic (serpentine) and high-elevation habitats. WWW



Emma Jane Morgan

(postdoctoral researcher)

My research focuses on the ecological and evolutionary consequences of polyploidisation in the model plant species Arabidopsis arenosa. I combine genome resequencing, crossing experiments and field surveys to identify the major forces promoting or inhibiting gene flow between diploids and tetraploids in the contact zones spanning Central and Eastern Europe. I am also interested in plant reproductive ecology, and in using population and conservation genetics to guide and inform the management of endangered plant species in the face of human disturbance and forest fragmentation.



Guillaume Wos

(postdoctoral researcher)

My research interests lie in the field of evolutionary biology, plant ecology and plant physiology. I am interested in studying ecological adaptation at different spatial scales, i.e. at the landscape level or along an altitudinal cline, with a particular focus on the interaction between plants and their abiotic environment. My current research addresses both phenotypic and genetic aspects of alpine adaptation in Arabidopsis arenosa. For this, I combine different approaches: common garden and reciprocal transplant experiments and transcriptomic analysis based on RNA-seq.



Magdalena Bohutínská (Holcová)

(doctoral student)

My main interest is how adaptation works on genomic level. During my master project, I focused on protein evolution of meiosis after whole genome duplication and change in native plant temperature environment. Currently I am working on alpine adaptation project, identifying genomic and functional consequences of parallel alpine colonization in two wild Arabidopsis species.




 Veronika Konečná

(doctoral student)

I am generally interested in the field of evolutionary biology. I am focusing on searching for adaptive responses to parallel environmental switches. Currently, I am working on the identification of the polygenic multitrait basis of serpentine adaptations in Arabidopsis arenosa by genome resequencing. Further, I am studying the parallel evolution of Cardamine amara and Primula elatior in alpine environment and its demographic and population genetic consequences by microsatellites.




Doubravka Požárová

(master’s student)

My interests are evolutionary biology, plant physiology and ecology. I am focusing on alpine adaptations in the Arabidopsis genus and mechanisms of plant responses to changing environmental conditions. Currently I am working on common garden experiment with Arabidopisis arenosa, asking how the foothill and high-alpine plants respond to different temperature and light settings.



TimotheeTimothée Lamotte

(master’s student)

I am studying the ecology and evolution of plants. My main interest is plants adaptation to their environment and especially in Alpine conditions. I’m currently working on adaptation of A. arenosa on serpentine soil.




Magdalena Lučanová

(part-time researcher)

I focus on studying mechanisms driving genome size and ploidy level variation in plants. I am also interested in plant reproductive strategies (autogamy, allogamy, reproductive barriers) and interactions among different ploidy levels within a species. In my work I combine field surveys with flow cytometry and karyology to determine ploidy and genome size variation in natural plant populations.




Jakub Vlček


I’m a PhD student interested in conservation population genomics, evolution, and related bioinformatical methods. I’m working on the question of efficiency of natural selection in different sized populations of Galapagos Mockingbirds. In this team I’m responsible for analysis of high-throughput sequencing data, variant discovery and population genomic analyses.



Veronika VVeronika Vlčková

(part-time technician)







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UtkuUtku Deniz

(Erasmus intern)