WELCOME TO VERTEBRATE RESEARCH GROUP

The Vertebrate Research Group aims mainly at the study of ecology and behaviour of small mammals, bats in particular. The study of bats has been established since 1969, when J. Gaisler, one of the two founders of modern Czech chiropterology, moved from the Academy to the Faculty of Science. In 1989, Z. Rehak and later on T. Bartonicka, J. Zukal and J. Bryja have been involved into the research of bats and other small mammals. Since its beginning the research has been carried out in close cooperation with that in the Institute of Vertebrate Biology, AS CR. Bats were and are subject of numerous diploma theses and dissertations. Other vertebrate groups, however, have been included among the subjects studied as well.

Our interests concern the morphology, ecology, behavioural ecology, phylogenetics and systematics of vertebrates, mainly bats. A particular attention is given to bat ectoparasites and their co-evolution and co-adaptation with their hosts. Variation in the morphological and molecular features is studied in relation to behavioral ecology of bats and other mammals. Survey is addressed to behavioral-ecological differences in habitat preference, foraging and roosting strategies and reproductive behavior. Long-term changes have been monitored of species diversity and populations abundance, with respect to human and environmental impact. Within the field studies, modern non-contact methods have been applied such as the detection, storage and analysis of echolocation signals, radiotelemetry, automatic IR camera systems, etc.

The Vertebrate Research Group organizes university lectures and courses concerning various aspects of vertebrate life and the staff supervises BSc. and MSc. theses and post-gradual dissertations as part of zoology studies.