Staff and contacts

buric
Assoc. Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Miloš Buřič, Ph.D.
head of laboratory, academic staff
+420 38777 4769
Publications sara roje
MSc. Sara Roje
Ph.D. student
Publications
           
 kouba
Assoc. Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Antonín Kouba, Ph.D.
head deputy, academic staff
+420 38777 4745
+420 607 622 137
mlet
Dipl.-Ing. Marek Let
Ph.D. student
Publications
           
kozak
Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Pavel Kozák, Ph.D.
academic staff
+420 38777 4600    +420 724 504 921
Publications malinovska
Mgr. Viktoriia Malinovska
Ph.D. student
Curriculum vitae EN
Publications
           
 blaha
Dipl.-Ing. Martin Bláha, Ph.D.
academic staff
+420 38777 4611
musilm
Dipl.-Ing. Martin Musil
Ph.D. student
+420 38777 4720
Curriculum vitae EN
Publications
           
drozd RNDr. Bořek Drozd, Ph.D.
academic staff
drozd@frov.jcu.cz
+420 38 777 4676, +420 737 221 929
curriculum vitae CS
curriculum vitae EN
Publication
kor
MSc. Golara Kor
Ph.D. student
Publications
           
duras
RNDr. Jindřich Duras, Ph.D.
academic staff
curriculum vitae CS
curriculum vitae EN
Publication
szydlowska
MSc. Natalia Zuzanna Szydlowska
Ph.D. student
Curriculum vitae EN
Publications
           
 kuklina
MSc. Iryna Kuklina, Ph.D.
research scientist
+420 38777 4720
sindler2
Dipl.-Ing. Martin Šindler
external Ph.D. student
Curriculum vitae EN
Publications
           
 hashjin
MSc. Hamid Niksirat Hashjin, Ph.D.
research scientist
+420 38777 4745
jaks
Dipl.-Ing. Jiří Jakš
technician
 
           
vesely
Dipl.-Ing. Lukáš Veselý, Ph.D.
research scientist
+420 38777 4745
mvlk
Martin Vlk
technician
 
           
zadamek
+420 543 422 523, +420 728 006 599, +420 38 777 4683
curriculum vitae CS
curriculum vitae EN
Publication
das
MSc. Das Koushik
Ph.D. student
Curriculum vitae EN
           
kubec
Dipl.-Ing. Jan Kubec, Ph.D.
research scientist
+420 38777 4769
Publications kaur
MSc. Kaur Davinder
Ph.D. student
Curriculum vitae EN
           
 Haubrock
Phillip Haubrock
research scientist
  Publications      
           
lozek
Dipl.-Ing. Filip Ložek, Ph.D.
research scientist
+420 38777 4720
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Motto: “When we keep on looking for something and not finding it, we should look for something else, because then we might find something that we weren’t looking for, which might be just what we were looking for, really”.
 
inspired by A.A. Milne, The house at Pooh corner, 1928.
 
Research focus of the laboratory:
- research of biology in crayfish and other freshwater invertebrates
- research of biology in fish species
- research of biological invasions
- research of the effect of environmental changes on freshwater organisms
- research of stream and pond ecosystems
- applied hydrobiology
- research into the phylogenetic relationships of crayfish and other crustaceans
- the laboratory works on the research programme RP4 Biology under varying conditions of freshwater ecosystems
   
Captured noble crayfish in freshly fetched trap The diversity of benthic organisms in the streams Non-native highly invasive fish species (bullhead, pumpkinseed, round goby) caught during electro electrofishing on the river Elbe, during which was also caught convict cichlid probably released by aquarists Individuals of invasive signal crayfish captured from the locality with the occurrence of native noble crayfish Locality with occurrence of native noble crayfish and invasive alien bullhead Members of the Laboratory of Freshwater Ecosystems during field sampling of the fish community on the river Elbe Conjoined twins of marbled crayfish (second and third stage of postembryonic development) Brook lamprey, common minnow, river trout caught during biomonitoring in Obecnický brook From the locality populated by alien parthenogenetically reproducing marbled crayfish
  • The main aim of the laboratory is the complex research of freshwater ecosystems using multidisciplinary approaches.
  • Apart from fish and crayfish we use other aquatic organisms for studying effects of main biotic and abiotic factors recently influencing freshwater ecosystems.
  • The factors tested are climatic changes, anthropogenic changes (different types of habitat disturbance) and biological invasions.
  • Biological invasion are one of the most studied problem being worldwide relevant and actual.
  • Among others, techniques and approaches used are:
    • ethological surveys of intra- and inter-specific interactions,
    • chemical communication and social behaviour,
    • analyses of predator-prey relationships,
    • stable isotopes analyses,
    • proteomic analysis,
    • molecular, genetic analysis,
    • physiological survey dealing with reproduction and regeneration,
    • and heart rate monitoring, and
    • the use of above mentioned in eco-toxicological studies.
  • The key organisms used in our laboratory are crayfish in both, basic and applied research.
  • We also consider the roles of other invertebrates and fish and their interactions in different aquatic ecosystems.
  • Laboratory targets on basic biological patterns as well as on the transposition of results on natural processes in natural conditions and their subsequent application.
  • The laboratory activities also touch on the problematics of sustainable aquaculture (including intensive fish culture as well as pond aquaculture), reproduction and culture of rheophilic fish species.
  • Last but not least, the laboratory is also active in increasing of public awareness, organizing educational sessions for public, bio-monitoring and rescue transfers of bivalves, crayfish and fish.
Alien killer shrimp consuming eggs clutch of alien signal crayfish during experimental study interactions of alien species  Laboratory stock of redswamp crayfish (copulation between male and female)  Spermatophores attached by crayfish male on to ventral side of female´s telson (right), fertilised clutch of eggs laid on females pleopods (middle), hatched crayfish juveniles still attached to females pleopods (left)  Strong cannibalistic behaviour of crayfish in this case amplified by the duel between two individuals for the remains of a third one Several crayfish species of genus Cherax from Papua-New Guinea  Temnocephalid surrounded by its own eggs between walking legs of crayfish from Papua-New Guinea The marbled crayfish showing regeneration of walking legs and chelipeds after amputation 3D scans of crayfish burrows   Recording the heart rate of crayfish individuals during the experiment on a noninvasive crayfish cardiac activity monitoring (NICCAM) system
   
  • Bio-monitoring of natural localities and rescue transfers are beside their basic aim also used as a tool for communication with public. We hope that these activities may help to involve public more in nature conservation tasks.

Laboratory is well equipped by devices, laboratories, tanks and material for both, laboratory and field studies. The equipment involves among others:


Electro-fishing during biomonitoring of a community of aquatic organisms of a stream Recording of quantitative traits of caught fish by students Stone crayfish from heavily organically polluted by human activity (teddy bear) Electrofishing during monitoring of fish population on river Ploučnice (Elbe’s river tributary Electrofishing during monitoring of fish population on river Elbe Picking up of a trap at a site with a potential occurrence of non-native crayfish species Collecting of samples during diving Public awareness Rescue transfer of noble crayfish and clam individuals from a drained pond
  • Danio Vision system® enabling observation of physiological, morphological and behavioural responses of small aquatic organism or their developmental stages including eggs,
  • EthoVision XT® systems for almost automatic detection and analysis of animal behavioural patterns,
  • basic laboratory equipment enabling work with chemicals, analytical or experimental work,
  • monitoring system based on non-invasive observation of motional activity and heart rate in crayfish,
  • equipment for field studies for sampling of wide animal spectre (fish, crayfish, zoobenthos, zooplankton) living in freshwater ecosystems including e.g. equipment for diving,
  • three flow simulator units for mimicking of stream conditions,
  • laboratory incubators enabling set-up of variable experimental temperatures,
  • aquarium room for crayfish experimental culture, and
  • equipment for indoor and outdoor culture and maintenance of freshwater organisms (trays, tanks, aquaria, special boxes etc.),
  • Basic equipment for molecular analyzes in pre-, post-PCR and ELFO laboratories.
 
Preparation of an experiment on a system simulating water flow during international cooperation Schematic drawing of a part of a system for determining the oxygen consumption of aquatic organisms (respirometry) Daniovision (Noldus) – system for detection of smaller aquatic organisms locomotion Software evaluation (Noldus Ethovision) of the crayfish trajectory from a video recording taken during the experiment / X-maze used to study the orientation of aquatic organisms in space and their response to stimuli
  

Books, DVD, methodologies

The book “Biology and Culture of Crayfish” and its Czech translation summarizing the knowledge about crayfish occurring in mainly Europe including: systematics and distribution, evolution and historical biogeography, genetics, species description, morphology and anatomy, life cycle and ecology, diseases as well as culture of crayfish.
The book “České názvy živočichů VIII: Desetinožci (Decapoda), Infrařád Rakotvární (Astacidea)” providing Czech nomenclature of all recently known crayfish species with their Latin names, synonyms, and usual commercial names.
Book Biology, protection, and Culture of Crayfish
The results of the laboratory research are also presented on an educational DVD (both Czech and English version) and several applied works from the series of Methodologies FFPW USB.
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Book Biology and Culture of Crayfish

 biologie ochrana a chov raku
 metodika lovu raku  metodika chovu raka ricniho zakladni morfologicke znaky k rozliseni raku v cr metodika znaceni raku

 

DVD Biology, Protection and Breeding of Crayfish

For educational purposes, obtained results are also spread via DVD entitled Biology, Protection and Breeding of Crayfish (both Czech and English version available) and four certified methodologies (in Czech only).