Short-term visiting students

I am always happy to host students of all over the world for short-term visits focused on training of skills needed for studies of beetle morphology, systematics, phylogenetics and biogeography (and hydrophiloid beetles). The preferred form of visits are small joint projects which combine training and preparation of a scientific publication. Students at all levels (high-school, pregraduates, graduates and PhDs) are welcome to contact me and discuss the possible cooperations.

Visiting students and their projects:

Qing-Hao Zhao (MSc. student, Shanghai Normal University, China)
visiting in September 2019
Project: Revealing the phylogenetic position of two enigmatic genera of African coelostomatini (Hydrophilidae: Sphaeridiinae)
(training in molecular lab work and methods of phylogenetic analysis)

Fang-Shuo Hu (undergraduate student, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan)
visiting in July-August 2019, project supported by SYNTHESYS grant CZ-TAF-2524
Project: Estimation of leaf litter beetle diversity in mountain area in Taiwan using DNA barcoding
(training in molecular methods for biodiversity research + join research on leaf llitter beetle diversity)

Wei-Ren Liang (PhD student, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan)
visiting in July 2018
Project: Systematics of the termitophilous hydrophilid beetles and the evolution of the termitophily in the tribe Omicrini
(join research and training on beetle systematics and phylogenetics)

Sayali Sheth (PhD student, Savitribal Phule Pune University, India)
visiting in November 2016 and July-August 2018
Project: Aquatic beetles of the genus Coelostoma of Indian subcontinent
(training in beetle systematics methods)

Wojciech Szczepański (PhD student, University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland)
visiting in July 2016, project supported by SYNTHESYS grant CZ-TAF-5815
Project: The genus Cetiocyon on elevational gradient of Mt. Wilhelm, New Guinea
(training in methods of Coleoptera systematics incl. morphology, photography, DNA barcoding and phylogenetic analysis of morphology and sequence data)
  • Szczepanski W. T., Vondracek D., Seidel M., Wardhaugh C. & Fikacek M. (2018): High diversity of Cetiocyon beetles (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae) along an elevational gradient on Mt. Wilhelm, New Guinea, with new records from the Bird“s Head Peninsula. Arthropod Systematics & Phylogeny 76(2): 323-347. Link to the paper.
Daniel Kropįček (high-school student, Academic Heyrovskż Technical College and High School in Ostrava, Czech Republic)
visiting in May 2015
Project: Dung-inhabiting beetles in the collections of National Museum Prague
(high school practical research training focused on basics of beetle taxonomy, collection management, literature search and morphological studies)
  • Fikacek M. & Kropacek D. (2015) A new species of Sphaeridium from northeastern India and Myanmar Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Sphaeridiinae). Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 55: 673-680. Download PDF

Bruno Clarkson Matos (PhD student, Universidad de Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
visiting in November 2013
Project: Larval morphology and systematics of the genus Lachnodacnum
(training in methods of larval morphology studies, and preparation of a joint publication).
  • Clarkson B., Albertoni F. & Fikacek M. (2014) Taxonomy and biology of the bromeliad-inhabiting genus Lachnodacnum (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Sphaeridiinae). Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 54: 157-194. Download PDF