MSc. Marek Šmejkal

Ph.D. student

 

Date of birth:

09. 03. 1988, Prague

 

Education and academic employment:
2007-2010 BSc. student at the Faculty of Science of Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic (The importance of various types of habitats in reservoirs for fish; supervisor : RNDr. Marie Prchalová, PhD.).
2010-2013 MSc. student at the Faculty of Science University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Czech Republic (The importance of various types of littoral habitats for fish in reservoirs; supervisor: RNDr. Marie Prchalová, PhD.).
Since 2013 Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Science University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Czech Republic (Fish habitat preferences in reservoirs; supervisor: RNDr. Marie Prchalová, PhD.).
Since 2009 part-time job as a student assistant worker at the Institute of Hydrobiology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, České Budějovice.
10. 9. – 29. 9. 2013 – study visit in Lund University, Sweden (Department of biology – Aquatic ecology)

Publications in journals with IF:
Šmejkal, M., Prchalová, M., Čech, M., Vašek, M., Říha, M., Jůza, T., Blabolil, P. & Kubečka, J. 2014 Associations of fish with various types of littoral habitats in reservoirs. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 23, 405–413.

Šmejkal, M., Ricard, D., Prchalová, M., Říha, M., Muška, M., Blabolil, P., Čech, M., Vašek, M., Jůza, T., Monteoliva Herreras, A., Encina, L., Peterka, J., Kubečka, J., 2015 Biomass and Abundance Biases in European Standard Gillnet Sampling. PLoS ONE 10(3): e0122437. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0122437  1-15.

 

Other publications:
Šmejkal, M. (2015). Záhada zdobených pavučin – k čemu slouží stabilimenta. [The mystery of decorated spider webs – what is the function of stabilimentum?]Vesmír 94, 320-321.
 

Conferences:
- oral presentations (international)
Šmejkal, M., Ricard, D., Prchalová, M., Čech, M., Vašek, M., Říha, Peterka, J., M., Jůza, T., Blabolil, P. & Kubečka, J. 2014. Large-mesh gillnets: a comparative tool to standardized multimesh gillnets (AFS, Quebec).

Main research topic:
My current research topic deals with the chemical communication in fish. The warning signal present in skin of many fish species provides a good assessment of danger, and the ability to react correctly on that signal should therefore provide those fish species survival benefits. I tested this theory by combining laboratory experiments with field study, where I compare survival and population structure of three fish species. 

Further, I am interested in causes and consequences of various migration strategies of cyprinid fish - asp. Males of this species are protandric, meaning that they arrive earlier and leave the spawning ground later on the seasonal and also partly on daily basis. Because cyprinid fish species have generally good sense of olfaction, asp ongoing project will also investigate whether females communicate their readiness to spawn to males by pheromone release, as was described e.g. in goldfish.