HR Excellence in Science

RNDr. Alena Sucháčková, Ph.D.

Position 1 Research Scientist - Laboratory of Molecular Ecology and Phylogenetics
Department of Ecology
Institute of Entomology

Position 2 Research Scientist - Laboratory of Temperate Biodiversity
Department of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
Institute of Entomology

Contact details +420 387775335


Biogeography, ecology, molecular ecology and conservation of butterflies

I focus on the influence of the Quaternary change in habitats and climate fluctuation on the distribution of Palaearctic butterflies. What was the effect of Quaternary large mammalian fauna on butterflies? How do butterflies survive in disrupted European biotopes? What will happen to the populations in the fragmented landscape?


Curriculum vitae


2013–2019 University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice, Faculty of Science.

Ph.D. in Entomology. Thesis: Factors influencing butterfly communities of the species rich Submediterranean region. [defended 13/6/2019]

2017 University of South Bohemia in CB, Faculty of Science.

RNDr. in Zoology. Thesis: How universal are reserve design rules? A test using butterflies and their life history traits. [defended 2017]

2011–2013 University of South Bohemia in CB, Faculty of Science. Mgr. in Zoology.

2008–2011 University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Faculty of Science. Bc. in Biology.

2000–2008 Gymnázium Otokara Březiny Telč (Grammar school)

Work experience

Since July 2019 Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre CAS – Postdoc

2018–2019 University of South Bohemia in České Budejovice, Faculty of Science – Research assistant

2013–2019 Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre CAS – PhD student

2016 Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre CAS – Technician (Monitoring and conservation of endangered moth fauna in the Czech Republic)

2014–2016 Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre CAS – Technician (Ecophysiology of mountain butterflies across the life cycle)

2013 Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre CAS  – Technician (Phylogeny of the genus Erebia)


University of South Bohemia in CB, Faculty of Science:

Field course of Alpine Zoology (2014-now) – course preparation, organization, teaching

Theses supervising:

Patrik Škopek: Barcoding of Czech Butterflies (ongoing Bachelor´s thesis, supervisor)

Jan Walter: Phylogeny and phylogeography of Everina Lycaenid butterflies (ongoing Master´s thesis, specialist supervisor)

Research experience

Field surveys:

Butterfly mapping (Czech Butterfly and Moth Monitoring, mapping for Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic, mapping for Beleco, z. s.)

Mark-recapture study on co-occurring Melitaea species in Podyjí National park (Czech Republic, 2017–2018)

Butterfly communities co-occurring with Euphydryas aurinia on its Western Bohemian localities (Czech Republic, 2015)

Biota co-occurring with Proterebia afra (Greece and Croatia, 2014–2015)

Influence of forest encroachment in the Mediterranean on butterflies and moths (Greece, Bulgaria and North Macedonia, 2012–2013),

Cold hardiness of mountain butterflies (Austria)

Molecular laboratory projects:

Biogeography of butterflies of the mammoth steppe

Czech butterflies DNA barcoding

Phylogeny of selected butterfly taxa

Funding awards

Faculty of Science (054/2015/P); The Exploration Fund Grant (The Explorers club), USA (2015); FAN (B), Germany (2015)


March 2018 Lund University, supervisor: Prof. Dr. N. Wahlberg

Phylogeny and biogeography of closely related Lyceanid butterflies (improvement of molecular laboratory skills, international cooperation)

January 2017 Senckenberg Deutsches Entomologisches Institut Müncheberg, supervisor: Prof. Dr. T. Schmitt

Phylogeography of steppe butterfly Proterebia afra based on AFLP markers (AFLP laboratory and data processing, phylogeographic data interpretation)

January – February 2016 Senckenberg Deutsches Entomologisches Institut Müncheberg, supervisor: Prof. Dr. T. Schmitt

Cooperation on the project of M. Geraldes (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal): Population genetics of Cirsium palustre based on AFLP markers (AFLP laboratory and data processing)

Total found: 34 records
Zamani A., Faltýnek Fric Z., Gante H.F., Hopkins T., Orfinger A.B., Scherz M.D., Sucháčková Bartoňová A., Dal Pos D. (2022) DNA barcodes on their own are not enough to describe a species. Systematic Entomology Early View: DOI: 10.1111/syen.12538
Marešová J., Sucháčková Bartoňová A., Konvička M., Hoye T.T., Gilg O., Kresse J.-C., Shapoval N.A., Yakovlev R.V., Faltýnek Fric Z. (2021) The story of endurance: Biogeography and the evolutionary history of four Holarctic butterflies with different habitat requirements. Journal of Biogeography 48: 590-602.
DOI: 10.1111/jbi.14022
Sucháčková Bartoňová A., Faltýnek Fric Z., Konvička M. (2021) Modrásek pumpavový, záhadný obyvatel podhorských trávníků. Živa číslo 1: 32-34.
Sucháčková Bartoňová A., Konvička M., Marešová J., Bláhová D., Číp D., Skala P., Andres M., Hula V., Dolek M., Geyer A., Böck O., Kadlec T., Faltýnek Fric Z. (2021) Extremely endangered butterflies of scattered Central European dry grasslands under current habitat alteration. Insect Systematics and Diversity 5: article number: 6.
DOI: 10.1093/isd/ixab017
Sucháčková Bartoňová A., Konvička M., Marešová J., Wiemers M., Ignatev N., Wahlberg N., Schmitt T., Faltýnek Fric Z. (2021) Wolbachia affects mitochondrial population structure in two systems of closely related Palaearctic blue butterflies. Scientific Reports 11: article number 3019.
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-82433-8
Jeliazkov A., Mijatovic D., Chantepie S., Andrew N., Arlettaz R., Barbaro L., Barsoum N., Bartoňová A., Belskaya E., Bonada N., et al., Zolotarev M., Chase J.M. (2020) A global database for metacommunity ecology, integrating species, traits, environment and space. Scientific Data 7: article number: 6.
DOI: 10.1038/s41597-019-0344-7
Sucháčková Bartoňová A., Faltýnek Fric Z., Marešová J., Konvička M. (2020) Velcí býložravci a změny klimatu 1: Vliv megafauny na podobu ekosystémů. Vesmír 99 (3): 154-157.
Sucháčková Bartoňová A., Faltýnek Fric Z., Marešová J., Konvička M. (2020) Velcí býložravci a změny klimatu 2: Refaunační hnutí. Vesmír 99 (4): 224-227.
Sucháčková Bartoňová A., Konvička M., Marešová J., Kolev Z., Wahlberg N., Faltýnek Fric Z. (2020) Recently lost connectivity in the Western Palaearctic steppes: the case of a scarse specialist butterfly. Conservation Genetics 21: 561-575.
DOI: 10.1007/s10592-020-01271-9
Vrba P., Vodičková V., Sucháčková Bartoňová A., Marešová J., Konvička M. (2020) Podyjí - nejvýznamnější útočiště hnědásků v České republice a návrat koní. Živa čislo 2: 94-98.
Bartoňová A., Faltýnek Fric Z., Konvička M. (2019) Příběh okáče Proterebia afra - eurasijského stepního motýla, který žil společně s mamuty. Živa 67: 35-37.
Korb S. K., Bartoňová A., Faltýnek Fric Z. (2019) Molecular-morphological comparison of the Middle Asiatic taxa of the genus Alpherakya Zhdanko, 1994 (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) as an example of the clinal variability within the first subunit of cytochrome oxidase (COI). Eversmannia 58: 11-18 (in Russian, English summary).
Marešová J., Habel J., Néve G., Sielezniew M., Bartoňová A., Kostro-Ambroziak A., Faltýnek Fric Z. (2019) Cross-continental phylogeography of two Holarctic Nymphalid butterflies, Boloria eunomia and Boloria selene. PLoS ONE 14: article number: 0214483.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0214483
Rindoš M., Sucháčková Bartoňová A., Shaw M. (2019) Faunistic records from the Czech Republic – 476. Hymenoptera: Braconidae. Klapalekiana 55: 261-262.
Sucháčková Bartoňová A., Beneš J., Faltýnek Fric Z., Konvička M. (2019) Genetic confirmation of Aricia artaxerxes (Fabricius, 1793) (Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae) in the Czech Republic, its conservation significance and biogeographic context. Nota Lepidopterologica 42: 163-176.
DOI: 10.3897/nl.42.38853
Vodičková V., Vrba P., Grill S., Bartoňová A., Kollross J., Potocký P., Konvička M. (2019) Will refaunation by feral horse affect five checkerspot butterfly species (Melitaea Fabricius, 1807) coexisting at xeric grasslands of Podyji National Park, Czech Republic? Journal for Nature Conservation 52: article number: 125755.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jnc.2019.125755
Bartoňová A., Konvička M., Korb S., Krampl K., Schmitt T., Faltýnek Fric Z. (2018) Range dynamics of Palaearctic steppe species under glacial cycles: the phylogeography of Proterebia afra (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Satyrinae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 125: 867-884.
DOI: 10.1093/biolinnean/bly136
Potocký P., Bartoňová A., Beneš J., Zapletal M., Konvička M. (2018) Life-history traits of Central European moths: gradients of variation and their association with rarity and threats. Insect Conservation and Diversity 11: 493-505.
DOI: 10.1111/icad.12291
Bartoňová A., Kolář V., Marešová J., Šašić M., Šlancarová J., Sucháček P., Konvička M. (2017) Isolated Asian steppe element in the Balkans: habitats of Proterebia afra (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Satyrinae) and associated butterfly communities. Journal of Insect Conservation 21: 559-571.
DOI: 10.1007/s10841-017-9995-x
Korb S. K., Faltýnek Fric Z., Bartoňová A. (2017) On the status and position of Melitaea minerva var. palamedes Groum-Grshimailo, 1890 (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). SHILAP –Revista de Lepidopterologia 45: 17-22.

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