MSc. Viola Pavlova, Ph.D.

postdoctoral fellow

Personal details:
Born 1984, Prague

Research interests:
I am interested in the population dynamics of aquatic vertebrates, such as fish and marine mammals. In the past I have worked with theoretical models of predator-prey interactions with special regard to Allee effects. More recently I have been using mechanistic, individual-based models that can integrate population dynamics, individual behavior and movement in order to research the impact of contaminants on polar bear populations. At FishEcu I will be occupied with analyzing and modeling fresh water fish movements and behavior.


Professional qualification:
2004 -2007  Bachelors Degree (Hons) in Biology, University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Biological Science, Bachelors Theses in population ecology: Trade-off between reproduction and surviving predation in a population subject to an Allee effect (supervised by doc. Ing. Ludek Berec Dr.).
2007- 2009  Masters Degree (Hons) in Ecology, University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Science, Masters Theses in population ecology: The impacts of predation on dynamics of an age structured population: mathematical modeling and applications (supervised by doc. Ing. Ludek Berec Dr.).
2009 - 2010  Employed at project:  Monitoring the environment of man-made lakes: what can fisheries data and models tell us? at University of South Bohemia & Institute of Hydrobiology, Ceske Budejovice

2010 - 2015     PhD. study (within CREAM: Marie Curie Initial Training Network, Modeling effects of chemicals on polar bear population dynamics, Aarhus University, Denmark (supervised by Dr. Jacob Nabe-Nielsen)


Pavlova V, Berec L, Boukal DS (2010) Caught between two Allee effects: trade-off between reproduction and predation risk Journal of Theoretical Biology 264: 787-798.
Rasmussen MH, Schmidt, M-LB, Pavlova V and Miller (2010) Possible dialects in white-beaked dolphin whistles? RVon conference, Reykjavik, Iceland.
Pavlova V, Berec L (2012) Impacts of predation on dynamics of age-structured prey: Allee effects and multi-stability Theoretical Ecology 5: 533-544.
Pavlova V, Nabe-Nielsen J, Dietz R, Svenning J-C, Vorkamp K, et al. (2014) Field Metabolic Rate and PCB Adipose Tissue Deposition Efficiency in East Greenland Polar Bears Derived from Contaminant Monitoring Data. PLoS ONE 9(8): e104037. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0104037
Dietz, R., Gustavson, K., Sonne, C., Desforges, J-P., Rigét, F. F., Pavlova, V., ... Letcher, R. J. (2015) Physiologically-based pharmacokinetic modelling of immune, reproductive and carcinogenic effects from contaminant exposure in polar bears (Ursus maritimus) across the Arctic. Environmental Research, 140, 45-55. 10.1016/j.envres.2015.03.011
Pavlova V , Grimm V , Dietz R, Sonne C,  Vorkamp K,  Rigét FF, Letcher RJ, Gustavson Kim, Desforges JP, Nabe-Nielsen J (2015) Modeling Population-Level Consequences of Polychlorinated Biphenyl Exposure in East Greenland Polar Bears. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. DOI:10.1007/s00244-015-0203-2
van Beest  FM, Aars J, Routti H, Lie E, Andersen M, Pavlova V,  Sonne C, Nabe-Nielsen J, Dietz R (2015) Spatiotemporal variation in home range size of female polar bears and correlations with individual contaminant load. Polar Biology. DOI:10.1007/s00300-015-1876-8