Zuzana Musilov√°

Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Zuzana Musilova is an Assistant professor and group leader at Department of Zoology, Faculty of Sciences, Charles University. She focuses her research on fish evolution. She obtained her experience  at Zoological Institute at University of Basel, Sensory Neurobiology Group at University of Queensland and at Cytogenetic laboratory at University of Lisbon. Her major interests are visual gene expression and rod opsins in deep-sea fishes as well as sensory systems of cichlid fishes from tropical rivers. Further, she focused her research on gut microbiota of African cichlid species or phylogeny and biogeography of tans-Andean cichlid fishes.

Antonin Machac

Center for Theoretical Studies, Charles University & Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic

How did the diversity of life emerge? My research integrates phylogenies, maps and traits to unearth the interplay of processes that have generated the tropical megadiversity, including the uneven distribution of species across regions and taxa. As Fulbright Fellow, I received my PhD from the State University of New York and continued as postdoc at the Univ of Copenhagen and the Univ of British Columbia. Recently, I have started my own group that uses birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and microorganisms as the model taxa to investigate global diversity dynamics, from the rainforests of the Amazon to the highlands of the Andes.