Dr Jan Hrček

Research Associate

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Email: janhrcek@gmail.com
Address: Biology Centre CAS,
Branisovska 31,
370 05 Ceske Budejovice,
Czech Republic

Research interests

I am interested in ecology of interactions between insects and their parasites and in processes which structure complex natural networks of these interactions. I want to build a bridge between field community ecology and typical laboratory experiments with single interactions to allow deep mechanistic understanding of complex food webs. In my postdoc I focused on the effect of aphid secondary endosymbionts on the interaction between pea aphids and their fungal pathogens.

Selected publications:

Hrček, J., McLean, A.H.C., Godfray H.C.J. (2016) Symbionts modify interactions between insects and natural enemies in the field Journal of Animal Ecology (accepted). DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12586

Hrček, J. and Godfray, H.C.J. (2015) What do molecular methods bring to host–parasitoid food webs? Trends in Parasitology, 31: 30-35.

Forister, M.L. et al. (2015) The global distribution of diet breadth in insect herbivores. PNAS, 112: 442-447.

Volf, M., Hrček, J. , Julkunen-Tiitto, R. & Novotny, V. (2015) To each its own: differential response of specialist and generalist herbivores to plant defence in willows. Journal of Animal Ecology, 84: 1123–1132.

Hrček, J. , Miller, S.E., Whitfield, J.B., Shima, H. & Novotny, V. (2013) Parasitism rate, parasitoid community composition and host specificity on exposed and semi-concealed caterpillars from a tropical rainforest. Oecologia, 173: 521–532.

Hrček, J. , Miller, S.E., Quicke, D.L.J., & Smith, M.A. (2011) Molecular detection of trophic links in a complex insect host-parasitoid food web. Molecular Ecology Resources, 11: 786-794.

 

personal web: http://lab.hrcek.net