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Novotný Vojtěch

Prof., RNDr. CSc.
Born 20.11.1964 Nové Město na Moravě

  • Ecology
  • Member of Learned Society since 2009

Education and professional carreer

  • Ph. D. in Entomology, Inst. of Entomology, Czech Academy of  Sciences (Ceske Budejovice) 1993
  • M. Sc. in Ecology, the Palacky University (Olomouc, Czech Rep.) 1988
  • Institute of Entomology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic: Ph. D. student 1989-1993; Research Scientist 1993-2000; Senior Research Scientist 2000-2002; Head of the Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology 2002-present
  • Faculty of Sciences, University of South Bohemia, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic: Teaching Associate 1993; Assistant Professor 1993-1998; Associated Professor 1998-2005, Professor of Ecology 2005-present
  • The New Guinea Binatang Research Center, Madang, Papua New Guinea: Director 1997-present

Employment and academic positions

  • 1983-1995: Department of Clinical Immunology, Charles  University, Prague (fellow, then lecturer)
  • 1995 - Institute of Immunology, 2nd Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Prague, head, vice-dean 2000-2006

Research engagements:
Phagocytic cells in health and disease, ANCA-associated diseases, Dendritic cells.  Complex immunology program – coordinator of grant provided by Ministry of Education, 1999-2004, 2005-2011, 6th Fw EU project-Allostem (participant No4 out of 23 participants from Europe), NCEV (Nordic center of Excellence for antitumoral vaccines), 2003 - FOCIS center of Excellence – head of Czech FOCIS Center

Pedagogic engagement:
teaching basic and clinical  immunology in 3,4, and 5 year of Med. School,

Medical care:
consultant in immunology for patients with immunopathological diseases


  • Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Council Member 2012-2015
  • Global Canopy Alliance, Cambridge, UK, Steering Committee 2007-present
  • Czech National Committee of the International Long Term Ecological Research network: 2009-present
  • Steering Committee of the CTFS Arthropod Initiative, 2007-present
  • International Barcode of Life, Scientific Steering Committee 2012-present
  • Czech Agriculture University, Tropical and Subtropical Institute, Prague, Scientific Board, 2012-present
  • Society for Tropical Ecology, Scientific Advisory Board 2013-present
  • International Scientific Board of the Center for the Study of Biodiversity in Amazonia (CNRS, France), 2016-2018

Selected publications

  1. Basset, Y., Cizek, L., Cuénoud, P., Didham, R. K., Guilhaumon, F., Missa, O.,  Novotny, V., Ødegaard, F., Roslin, T., Schmidl, J., Tishechkin, A. K., Winchester, N. N., Aberlenc, H.-P., Bail, J., Barrios, H., Bridle, J. R., Castaño-Meneses, G., Corbara, B., Curletti, G., Debaker, D., Delabie, J. H. C., Dejean, A., Fagan, L. L., Floren, A., Kitching, R. L., Medianero, E., Miller, S. E., Gama de Oliveira, E., Orivel, J. Pollet, M., Ribeiro, S. P., Roisin, Y., Roubik, D. W., Sorensen, L. & Leponce, M. 2012. Arthropod diversity in a tropical forest. Science 338, 1481-1484.
  2. Craft, K. J., Pauls, S. U., Darrow, K., Miller, S. E., Hebert, P. N. D., Helgen, L., Novotny, V., and Weiblen, G. D. (2010) Population genetic differentiation of New Guinea lowland rainforest Lepidoptera. PNAS 107, 5041–5046.
  3. Novotny, V. & Basset, Y. (2005) Host specificity of insect herbivores in tropical forests. Proceedings of the Royal Society, London, Biological Sciences 272, 1083-1090
  4. Novotny, V., Basset, Y., Miller, S.E., Weiblen, G.D., Bremer, B., Cizek, L. & Drozd, P. (2002) Low host specificity of herbivorous insects in a tropical forest. Nature 416, 841-844
  5. Novotny, V., Drozd, P., Miller, S. E., Kulfan, M., Janda, M., Basset, Y., Weiblen, G. D. (2006) Why are there so many species of herbivorous insects in tropical rainforests? Science 313, 1115-1118
  6. Novotny, V., Miller, S. E., Baje, L., Balagawi, S., Basset, Y., Cizek, L., Craft, K. J., Dem, F., Drew, R. A. I., Hulcr, J., Leps, J., Lewis, O., Pokon, R., Stewart, A. J. A. & Weiblen, G. D. 2010. Guild-specific patterns of species richness and host specialization in plant-herbivore food webs from a tropical forest. Journal of Animal Ecology 79, 1193–1203
  7. Novotny, V., Miller, S. E., Hrcek, J., Baje, L., Basset, Y., Lewis, O. T., Stewart, A. J. A. & and Weiblen, G. D. 2012. Insects on plants: explaining the paradox of low diversity within specialist herbivore guilds. American Naturalist 179, 351–362.
  8. Novotny, V., Miller, S. E., Hulcr, J., Drew, R. A. I., Basset, Y., Janda, M., Setliff, G. P., Darrow, K., Stewart, A. J. A., Auga, J.,  Isua, B., Molem, K., Manumbor, M., Tamtiai, E., Mogia, M. & Weiblen, G. D. (2007) Low beta diversity of herbivorous insects in tropical forests. Nature, 448, 692-695.
  9. Novotny, V., Miller, S. E., Leps, J., Bito, D., Janda, M., Hulcr, J., Basset, Y., Damas &  K. Weiblen, G. D. (2004) No tree an island: the plant-caterpillar food web of secondary rainforest in New Guinea. Ecology Letters 7: 1090-1100.


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Reaction to the case of Tomáš Hudlický: Members of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic support the freedom of expression

„We believe that free exchange of ideas is a key condition for the pursuit of truth and that the honest opinions should be scrutinized, challenged or rebutted but not censored or suppressed,“ say 45 members of the Learned Society in a statement regarding the retracted opinion paper by Prof. Tomáš Hudlický.


The letter by Jan Konvalinka to the President and Vice-Chancellor of the Brock University regarding the retracted article of Prof. Tomáš Hudlický

Opinions could and should be challenged, questioned or refuted but never silenced. In order to be able to think, we have to have the right to inquire, question and even offend or be mistaken,” writes Assoc. Prof. Jan Konvalinka, a biochemist at the IOCB Prague and the Vice-Rector of the Charles University, to Gervan Fearon.


Prof Miroslav Bárta receives the Česká hlava National Government Award

Learned Society member, Prof. Mgr. Miroslav Bárta, Dr. (Charles University Faculty of Arts) received the Česká hlava (Czech Head) National Government Award on 25 November 2019. A renowned Czech Egyptologist and archaeologist, Professor Bárta researches the history of ancient civilisations, the human relationship to the natural environment, and also for many years the evolution of complex societies. He leads the Czech Institute of Egyptology for archaeological and environmental research in Egypt and Sudan. His principal research interest is the period of the pyramid builders of the Old Kingdom.