Insect Communities

Join us (incl. Erasmus interns)

Are you interested in our research? Almost continuously, we are looking for new highly motivated members of our team:

Prospective Erasmus interns

We are ready to host motivated interns for practical stays financed by the Erasmus+ program or other sources. The internships would typically include working on various our projects with the aim to try as many methodological approaches as possible. But for already skilled and motivated students we can also find some smaller individual project. A typical internship should be planned for at least two months, longer stays are encouraged. If you are coming from the Erasmus+ included countries write to, ideally with a letter of motivation and CV attached. Coincidently, Robert used to be a departmental Erasmus coordinator which helps with arranging of formalities even with universities with which we do not have any bilateral agreement yet. Applicants out of the Erasmus+ countries should look for some other financial sources for their stay.

Studies co-authored by student interns in our group:

Sakhalkar S.P., Janeček Š., Klomberg Y., Mertens J.E.J., Hodeček J., Tropek R. (in press) Cheaters among pollinators: Nectar robbing and thieving vary spatiotemporally with floral traits in Afrotropical forests. Ecosphere.
(Sailee Sakhalkar spent 8 months during her studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Her Erasmus project led to the above-referred scientific publication. Thanks to the great experience, Sailee was offered by a PhD student position in our group.)

Papandreou F., Hodeček J.,  Maicher V., Delabye S., Pyrcz T., Tropek R. (2023) Elevational and seasonal intraspecific differences in tropical moth sizes on Mount CameroonJournal of Tropical Ecology 39: e4.
(Fotini Papandreou spent 6 months in our group in winter 2019/2020 during her studies at the International Hellenic University, Greece. Her Erasmus project led to the above-referred scientific publication. Thanks to the great experience, Fotini was offered by a MSc student position in our group.)

Mertens J.E.J., Brisson L., Janeček Š., Klomberg Y., Maicher V., Sáfián Sz., Delabye S., Potocký P., Kobe I.N., Pyrcz T., Tropek R. (2021) Elevational and seasonal patterns of butterflies and hawkmoths in plant-pollinator networks in tropical rainforests of Mount CameroonScientific Reports 11: 9710.
(Lucas Brisson spent 5 months in our group in spring and summer 2019 during his studies at the Université de Poitiérs, France)

Maicher V., Delabye S., Murkwe M., Doležal J., Altman J., Kobe I.N., Desmist J., Fokam E.B., Pyrcz T., Tropek R. (2020) Effects of disturbances by forest elephants on diversity of trees and insects in tropical rainforests on Mount CameroonScientific Reports 10: 21618.
(Julie Desmist spent 2 months in our group in summer 2018 during her studies at the Université Paris-Saclay, France)

Prospective bachelor or master students

We are ready to supervise bachelor or master theses in any of our reseach topics, just check our Projects page. The thesis topics are usually discussed individually prospective students, based on their interests and skills, as well as our running grants. We supervise various topics in insect ecology, pollination biology, community ecology, restoration ecology and conservation biology. Theses supervised in our group can combine field sampling or already collected data processing, depending on the students’ preferences and the team needs. If interested, write to, ideally with a letter of motivation and CV attached.

Prospective PhD students and Post-docs

PhD students and post-docs are generally accepted only for the funded positions, so it depends on our successful grant applications. If there is any position call, it would be announced on top of this page. If you are interested in working in our team and know about some possibilities of external funding, write to, ideally with a motivation letter and CV attached.