My professional interests

Studies of microevolutionary processes underlying speciation events in various groups of metazoans. The research is primarily focused on evaluating the impact of various ecological and population genetic determinants on population differentiation and evolution of novel species. Such factors involve historical demography, geographic distribution and habitat preferences (adaptation) in free-living organisms, which is extended with the issue of host specificity in parasites. I am also interested in biodiversity conservation, particularly in genetics of small populations and in genetics of invasive organisms.

Examples of research topics:

- speciation in parasites and host-parasite co-evolution (read more...)

- hybrid zones (read more...)

Wordle of my work based on publication record

Website of Jan Štefka


Bedbug Research Team Prague - now collecting bed bugs for population genetic research!

Genomic, Phylogenomic and Population Genomic Workshops - outstanding training opportunities for students and researchers.

Biodiversity Hotspots - the most remarkable and the most threatened places on Earth.

WebLinks in Czech

Blog: family life in Illinois - the RealBook Life

Hedvabná stezka (The Silk Road): a website run by travellers for travellers.


Ligula research featured by the EGI as a case study (page22):

Blog: Zpravy z Londyna: a "friends and family" blog

I am an associate professor based at the Faculty of Science, University of S. Bohemia in České Budějovice, CZ. and Biology Centre, CAS

I was also a visiting Fulbright scholar at the Univ. of Illinois and had spent two years of my postdoc research in the Natural History Museum in London, UK.
By descent, I come from a small village in the SE part of Moravia (CZ).