Vít Sýkora


Current position:
MSc. candidate, Charles University in Prague

MSc. project:
Phylogeny and evolution of habitat preferences of the subfamily Sphaeridiinae (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae)

E-mail: vit.sykora(at)natur.cuni.cz

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


My research interests:
  • Habitat shifts in evolution of Coleoptera
  • Evolution and phylogeny of selected island lineages of water beetles (Dytiscidae, Hydrophilidae, Hydraenidae, Elmidae)
Publications:
(see also my ResearchGate profile)
  • 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:
  • 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

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