Martin Fikáèek

Current positions:
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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Researcher and Collection cutator, Department of Entomology, National Museum in Prague
Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, Charles University in Prague


Postal address:
Department of Biological Sciences
National Sun Yat-sen University
No. 70, Lienhai Rd.,
Kaohsiung 80424,

Curriculum vitae:
CV in English
List of publications

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Research interests:
•  diversity, systematics and evolution of beetles
•  molecular and morphological phylogenetics
•  fossil record and its integration into phylogenetic studies
•  island biogeography
•  Coleoptera (especially aquatic and leaf litter lineages)
•  taxonomy of hydrophiloid beetles
• morphology and biology of immature stages of Coleoptera

2003: defence of Bc.-Thesis: Commented Review of Immature!Stages of World Hydrophiloidea (Coleoptera: Staphyliniformia)
2006: MSc. degree, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic; defence of MSc. thesis "Primary chaetotaxy of the head of the hydrophiloid beetles (Coleoptera: Hydrophiloidea)"
2006-2010: PhD. degree, Department of Zoology, Charles University of Prague; defence of the PhD thesis "Taxonomy, phylogeny and fossil record of selected groups of water scavenger beetles (Coleoptera: Hydrophiloidea)". Supervisor: RNDr. Jakub Prokop, PhD. Oponents: Prof. M. S. Engel (University of Kansas, USA), Dr. Michael Balke (Zoologische Staatssammlung München, Germany)

Proffesional experience
Curator of Polyneopteran insect orders at Department of Entomology, National Museum in Prague (2009-present)
Researcher, National Museum in Prague (2017-present)
Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, Charles University, Prague (2010-present)
Adjunct Research Associate, Natural History Museum, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA (2009-2015)
Associate and Technical Editor, Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae (2005-present)
Associate Editor, Arthropod Systematics & Phzlogeny (2018-present)
Associate Editor, Klapalekiana (journal of Czech Entomological Society) (2009-2011)
Subject editor for Hydrophiloidea, Zookeys (2010-2016)
2007  Zoologische  Staatsammlung,  München,  Germany,  Michael  Balke  Lab (training in methods of molecular taxonomy) - 1 month
2009  University of Kansas, Lawrence, USA, Andrew Short Lab (cooperation on join taxonomic research) - 1 month
2010  Landcare  Research,  New Zealand  Arthropod  Collection  (cooperation  with dr. R. A. B. Leschen on NZ Hydrophilidae) - 1 month
2011  Institute  of  Entomology,  Life  Science  School,  Sun  Yat-sen  University, Guangzhou  (cooperation  with  F.-L.  Jia  on  systematics  of  Chinese Hydrophilidae) - 1 month
2014  Landcare  Research,  New Zealand  Arthropod  Collection (cooperation  with dr. R. A. B. Leschen on NZ Hydrophilidae) - 1 month
2016  Landcare  Research,  New Zealand  Arthropod  Collection  (cooperation  with dr. R. A. B. Leschen on NZ Hydrophilidae) - 2 months
2017  Landcare  Research,  New Zealand  Arthropod  Collection  (cooperation  with dr. R. A. B. Leschen on NZ Hydrophilidae) - 1 month
Journal referee:
Aquatic Insects, Annales Zoologici, Coleopterist´s Bulletin, Cretaceous Research, Current Zoology, European Journal of Entomology, Journal of Paleontology, Journal of Natural History, Klapalekiana, Koleopterologische Rundschau, Systematic Entomology, Turkish Journal of Zoology, Zootaxa.
Publications: 122 scientific publications (91 in Web of Science)
 272 citations without autocitations
H-index: 14
see List of the scientific publications

2015-2018: European  Union’s  Horizon  2020  research  and  innovation  programme  under  the  Marie Sklodowska-Curie  grant:  BIG4: Biosystematics,  informatics  and  genomics  of  the  big  4 insect groups: training tomorrow's  researchers and enterpreneurs. (co-PI)
2013: SYNTHESYS  grant:  Revision  of  the  New  Zealand  hydrophilid  beetles  from  the collections of D. Sharp and T. Broun  (project in the Museum of Natural History, London, UK).
2012-2014: Grant  Agency  of  the  Czech  Republic:  Ancient  habitat  shifts  from  water  to  dry  land: phylogeny and biogeography of the Gondwanan Sphaeridiinae. (PI)
2009-2011:  Grant  Agency  of  the  Czech  Academy  of  Sciences:  Comparative  morphology  of  fossils hydrophiloid  beetles  and  their  significance  for  the  phylogeny  reconstruction  of  the superfamily (Coleoptera: Hydrophiloidea). (PI)
2008: SYNTHESYS  grant:  Fossil  hydrophilids  of  the  Eocene  amber  from  the  Paris  basin (project in Museum d´Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France).
2007: SYNTHESYS  grant:  Taxonomy  of  the  Georissidae  and  selected  groups  of  the Sphaeridiinae  from  the  Arabian  Peninsula  and  Oriental  Region  (project  in the  Institute des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium).
2007-2009: Grant Agency of the Charles University:  Phylogeny and biodiversity of the hydrophiloid beetles: fossil versus recent taxa and adult versus larval morphology. (PI)
2005-2006: Grant  Agency  of  the  Charles  University  in  Prague:  Evolutionary  trends  and biosystematics of the Hydrophiloidea (Coleoptera). (PI)

2018: course assistant of Beetle Systematics Workshop (Czech University of Life Sciences, main lecturers: R. A. B Leschen and H. Escalona, 8-21. July 2018).
2010-2018:  main  lecturer  of  Diversity  of  Insects  (MSc.  course  in  English,  Charles  University  in Prague)
2010-2018: associated lecturer of  Biology of Aquatic Animals  (lecture about aquatic beetles, Charles University in Prague)
2012-2018: field  lab  instructor  of  Biology  of  the  terrestrial  ecosystems  (Charles  University in Prague,).
2015-2016: associated lecturer of Advanced Entomology (lecture about the application of fossil data in studies of recent insect groups, Masaryk University, Brno).
2014: lab instructor  of  Beetle Systematics Workshop  (Czech University of Life Sciences, main lecturers: R. A. B Leschen and H. Escalona, 6-19. July 2014).
Supervised students 4 PhD students (3 in progress, 1 finished)
2 MSc students (1 in progress, 1 finished)
2 undergraduate students (both finished)

Organized conferences
Immature Beetles Meeting 2007 (Prague, October 5-6, 2007)
Immature Beetles Meeting 2009 (Prague, October 1-2, 2009)
Immature Beetles Meeting 2011 (Prague, September 29-30, 2011)
Immature Beetles Meeting 2013 (Prague, October 3-4, 2013)
Immature Beetles Meeting 2015 (Prague, October 1-2, 2015)

Field Experience
2000: southwestern Bulgaria (2 weeks)
2001: eastern Turkey (4 weeks)
2002: western and northwestern India (6 weeks)
2003: Argentina (5 weeks)
2006: Ecuador (5 weeks), Turkey (1 week)
2008: northeastern India (5 weeks)
2010: New Zealand (1 week)
2011: southern China (Jiangxi, Guangdong, Hainan) (4 weeks)
2012: eastern Cuba (4 weeks), New Zealand (4 weeks)
2013: southern China (2 weeks), Chile (5 weeks)
2014: Dominican Republic (5 weeks)
2015: Republic of South Africa (4 weeks)
2016:  New Zealand (7 weeks), Puerto Rico (2 weeks)
2017:  Panama (3 weeks), New Zealand (4 weeks)

Collections visited
Canadian National Collection, Ottawa (Canada)
Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa (Canada)
Capital Normal University, Beijing (China)
Cornell University Insect Collection, Ithaca (USA)
Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago (USA)
Institute Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique, Bruxelles (Belgium)
Institute of Entomology, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou (China)
Institute of Paleontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing (China)
Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Santiago de Chile (Chile)
Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Madrid (Spain)
Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Boston (USA)
Natural History Museum, London (UK)
Naturhistorisches Museum, Wien (Austria)
Museum d´Histoire Naturelle, Paris (France)
Paleontological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow (Russia)
Royal Museum of Central Africa, Tervuren (Belgium)
Slovenské národné muzeum, Bratislava (Slovakia)
Senckenberg Research Institute, Research Station Grube Messel
Steinmanns Institut für Paläontologie, Universität Bonn (Germany)
University of Kansas, Museum of Natural History, Lawrence (USA)
Termeszéttudomanyi Muszeum, Budapest (Hungary)
Zoological Museum of China, Beijing (China)
Zoologische Staatssammlung, München (Germany)

Updated: July 20, 2019