Vít Sýkora


Current position:
PhD. candidate, Charles University in Prague

MSc. project:
Evolution and biogeography of island aquatic beetles (Coleoptera)

E-mail: sykoravit1989(at)gmail.com

Postal address:
Department of Zoology
Faculty of Science
Charles University in Prague
Albertov 6
CZ-128 43 Praha 2
Czech Republic


My research interests:
  • Evolution, phylogeny, biogeography and diversification of  island lineages of water beetles (Dytiscidae, Hydrophilidae, Hydraenidae, Elmidae)
Publications:
(see also my ResearchGate profile)
  • Seidel M., Sýkora V., Leschen R. A. B., Clarkson B. & Fikáček M. (submitted) Ancient relicts or recent immigrants? Different dating strategies alter diversification scenarios of New Zealand aquatic beetles (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Berosus).
  • Kaspřák, D., Kerr, P., Sýkora, V., Tóthová, A., & Ševčík, J. (2019): Molecular phylogeny of the fungus gnat subfamilies Gnoristinae and Mycomyinae, and their position within Mycetophilidae (Diptera). Systematic Entomology, 44(1): 128-138. Link to the paper
  • Deler-Hernández, A., Sýkora, V., Seidel, M., Cala-Riquelme, F., & Fikáček, M. (2018): Multiple origins of the Phaenonotum beetles in the Greater Antilles (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae): phylogeny, biogeography and systematics. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 183(1): 97-120. Link to the paper
  • Sykora V., García-Vazquez D., Sánchez-Fernández D. & Ribera I. (2017): Range expansions and ancestral niche reconstruction in the Mediterranean diving beetle genus Meladema (Coleoptera, Dytiscidae). Zoologica Scripta, DOI: 10.1111/zsc.12229  Link to the paper
Presentations on conferences:
  • Sýkora V., Seidel M., Leschen R. A. B., Maier C. A. & Fikáček M.: Origin, evolution and biogeography of New Zealand riffle beetles. 9th Dresden Meeting on Insect Phylogeny, Dresden, September 20-22, 2019. (poster).
  • Sykora V., García-Vazquez D., Sánchez-Fernández D. & Ribera I.: Range expansions and ancestral niche reconstruction in the Mediterranean diving beetle genus Meladema (Coleoptera, Dytiscidae). Zoologické dny 2017, Brno 9-10 February 2017 (poster).
  • Deler-Hernández A., Sýkora V., Fikáček M.: Systematics and biogeography of the hydrophilid and hydraenid beetles (Coleoptera) in the Greater Antilles. Zoologické dny 2017, Brno 9-10 February 2017 (oral presentation by A. Deler-Hernández).
  • Seidel M., Sýkora V., Vondráček D., Fikáček M.: Elucidating the origin and evolution of ‘Gondwanan relicts’: molecular phylogenetics and biogeography of cylomine hydrophilid beetles (Coleoptera). Zoologické dny 2017, Brno 9-10 February 2017 (oral presentation by M. Seidel).
  • Sykora V., Fikacek M.: Evolution of habitat shifts in "terrestrial" clades of hydrophilid beetles (Hydrophilidae: Rygmodinae and Sphaeridiinae). 7th Dresden Meeting on Insect Phylogeny, Dresden, September 25-27, 2015. (poster).
Theses:
  • Sykora V. 2013: Habitat shifts to aquatic environment and back to dry land in the evolution of Coleoptera (Bc. thesis, in Czech). Download PDF
  • Sykora V. 2015: Phylogeny and evolution of habitat preferences of subfamilies Rygmodinae and Sphaeridiinae (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae). MSc. thesis.

Fellowships:

2014: Water and Cave Beetle Evolution Lab (Institut de Biologia Evolutiva, Barcelona, Spain) – Molecular phylogenetics and niche modeling

Field experience:

2016: New Zealand (South Island + Stewart Island) - 2 months
2017: New Zealand (North Island + South Island) - 1 month
2018: New Zealand (North Island + South Island) - 6 weeks
2019: Australia (NSW + Tasmania) - 4 weeks
Visited conferences:
  • 6th Dresden Meeting on Insect Phylogeny, Dresden, Germany, 27-29th September 2013
  • 7th Dresden Meeting on Insect Phylogeny, Dresden, Germany, 25-27th September 2015
  • Zoologické dny 2017, Brno, 9-10th February 2017
  • 9th Dresden Meeting on Insect Phylogeny, Dresden, Germany, 20-22nd September 2019