Contact information:

Doc. RNDr. Pavel Hulva, Ph.D.

Phone: +420 22 195 1848


Room: 219


Research interests:

Molecular evolution (phylogenetics, phylogeography, landscape genetics, population genetics), superorder Laurasiatheria (Carnivora, Cetartiodactyla, Chiroptera, Eulipotyphla, Perissodactyla, Pholidota)


Proposed Bachelor and Master student projects to be found here.


Current projects:

Phylogeography, biogeography, landscape, population and conservation genetics and genomics

Genetic monitoring of the grey wolf in the Czech Republic


PhD students:

Lucie Baránková: Biogeography of grey wolf in Central Europe

Nikola Tkáčová: Demography of large carnivores in Central Europe

Michal Škrobánek: Adaptive aspects of speciation in model Laurasiatheria populations

Jana Šrutová: Landscape genetics of large carnivores in Central Europe

Pavlína Vacková: Population biology of carnivores and invertebrate-derived DNA (iDNA)


MSc students:

Magdalena Bélová: Population genetics and genomics of grey wolf: neutral vs. adaptive processes

Jakub Červeňák: Conservation genetics of negaherbivore peripatric populations

Sára Simandlová: Genomics of grey wolf in Central Europe

Tereza Slavíčková: Trophic biology of dolphins in the Adriatic sea

Tereza Švihálková: Speciation mechanisms in bats in biodiversity hotspots



Outreach activities (in Czech):









            Analýzy DNA vlka obecného (pdf)




Recent publications:


Ciucani MM, Ramos-Madrigal J, Hernandez-Alonso G, ... Gilbert MTS, Gopalakrishnan S (2023) The extinct Sicilian wolf shows a complex history of isolation and admixture with ancient dogs. iScience 28, 107307.    


Déerville S, Toorres LG, Newsoome SD, Somes CJ, Valenzuela LO, Zanden HBV, ... Zerbini AN, Carroll EL (2023) Long-term stability in the circumpolar foraging range of a Southern Ocean predator between the eras of whaling and rapid climate change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 120, e2214035120.




Eliásová K, Lledó JIL, Grau JH, Loudová M, Bannikova AA, Zolotareva K, Benes V, Hulva P, Cerná Bolfíková B (2022) Contrasting levels of hybridization across the two contact zones between two hedgehog species revealed by genome-wide SNP data. Heredity 129, 305-315.


Neveceralova P, Carroll EL, Steel D, Vermuelen E, Elwen S, Zidek J, Stafford JK, Chivell W, Hulva P (2022) Population changes in a whale breeding ground revealed by citizen science noninvasive genetics. Global Ecology and Conservation 38, e02252.


Larsen J, Raisen CL, Ba X, Sandgrove NJ, Padilla-González GF, ... (2022) Emergence of methicillin resistance predates the clinical use of antibiotics. Nature 602, 135-141.


Doan K, Niedziałkowska M, Stefaniak K, Sykut M, ... (2022) Phylogenetics and phylogeography of red deer mtDNA lineages during the last 50000 years in Eurasia. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 194, 431-456.




van den Berg, G.L, Vermeulen, E., Valenzuela, L.O., Bérubé, M., Ganswindt, A., Gröcke, D.R., Hall, G., Hulva, P., Neveceralova, P., Palsbøll, P.J., Carroll, E.L. (2021) Decadal shift in foraging strategy of highly migratory marine predator. Global Change Biology, 27, 1052-1067.


Niedziałkowska, M., Doan, K., Górny, M., Sykut, M., Stefaniak, K., … Hulva, P. et al. (2021) Winter temperature and forest cover have shaped red deer distribution in Europe and the Ural Mountains since the Late Pleistocene. Journal of Biogeography, 48 (1), pp. 147-159.




Bolfíková, B.Č., Evin, Knitlová R.M., Loudová, M., Sztencel-Jabłonka, A., Bogdanowicz, W., Hulva, P. (2020) 3D Geometric Morphometrics Reveals Convergent Character Displacement in the Central European Contact Zone between Two Species of Hedgehogs (Genus Erinaceus). Animals, 10(10), art. no. 1803.


Ploi, K., Curto, M., Bolfíková, B.Č., Loudová, M., Hulva, P., Seiter, A., Fuhrmann, M., Winter, S., Meimberg, H. (2020) Evaluating the impact of wildlife shelter management on the genetic diversity of Erinaceus europaeus and E. roumanicus in their contact zone. Animals, 10 (9), art. no. 1452.


Majerová, K., Hönig, V., Houda, M., Papežík, P., Fonville, M., Sprong, H., Rudenko, N., Golovchenko, M., Bolfíková, B.Č., Hulva, P., Růžek, D., Hofmannová, L., Votýpka, J., Modrý, D. (2020) Hedgehogs, squirrels, and blackbirds as sentinel hosts for active surveillance of borrelia miyamotoi and borrelia burgdorferi complex in urban and rural environments. Microorganisms, 8 (12), art. no. 1908.


Carroll, E.L., Ott, P.H., McMillan, L.F., Galletti Vernazzani, B., Neveceralova, P., … Hulva, P., et al. (2020) Genetic Diversity and Connectivity of Southern Right Whales (Eubalaena australis) Found in the Brazil and Chile-Peru Wintering Grounds and the South Georgia (Islas Georgias del Sur) Feeding Ground. The Journal of Heredity, 111 (3), pp. 263-276.


Bachorec, E., Horáček, I., Hulva, P., Konečný, A., Lučan, R.K., Jedlička, P., Shohdi, W.M., Řeřucha, Š., Abi-Said, M., Bartonička, T. (2020) Egyptian fruit bats do not preferentially roost with their relatives. Journal of Zoology, 312 (2), pp. 111-121.


Bachorec, E., Horáček, I., Hulva, P., Konečný, A., Lučan, R.K., Jedlička, P., Shohdi, W.M., Řeřucha, Š., Abi-Said, M., Bartonička, T. (2020) Spatial networks differ when food supply changes: Foraging strategy of Egyptian fruit bats. PLoS ONE, 15 (2), art. no. e0229110.




Gürün, K., Furman, A., Juste, J., Pereira, M.J.R., Palmeirim, … Hulva, P., et al. (2019) A continent-scale study of the social structure and phylogeography of the bent-wing bat, Miniopterus schreibersii (Mammalia: Chiroptera), using new microsatellite data. Journal of Mammalogy, 100 (6), pp. 1865-1878.


Stronen, A.V., Iacolina, L., Pertoldi, C., Kusza, S., Hulva, P., Dykyy, I., Kojola, I., Faurby, S. (2019) The use of museum skins for genomic analyses of temporal genetic diversity in wild species. Conservation Genetics Resources, 11 (4), pp. 499-503.


Szewczyk, M., Nowak, S., Niedźwiecka, N., Hulva, P., Špinkytė-Bačkaitienė, R., Demjanovičová, K., Bolfíková, B.Č., Antal, V., Fenchuk, V., Figura, M., Tomczak, P., Stachyra, P., Stępniak, K.M., Zwijacz-Kozica, T., Mysłajek, R.W. (2019) Dynamic range expansion leads to establishment of a new, genetically distinct wolf population in Central Europe. Scientific Reports, 9 (1), art. no. 19003.


Stribna, T., Romportl, D., Demjanovič, J., Vogeler, A., Tschapka, M., Benda, P., Horáček, I., Juste, J., Goodman, S.M., Hulva, P. (2019) Pan African phylogeography and palaeodistribution of rousettine fruit bats: Ecogeographic correlation with Pleistocene climate vegetation cycles. Journal of Biogeography, 46 (10), pp. 2336-2349.


Neradilová, S., Connell, L., Hulva, P., Bolfíková, B.Č. (2019) Tracing genetic resurrection of pointing dog breeds: Cesky Fousek as both survivor and rescuer. PLoS ONE, 14 (8), art. no. e0221418.


Bartonička, T., Miketová, N., Hulva, P. (2019) High Throughput Bioacoustic Monitoring and Phenology of the Greater Noctule Bat (Nyctalus lasiopterus) Compared to Other Migratory Species. Acta Chiropterologica, 21 (1), pp. 75-85.


Donfrancesco, V., Ciucci, P., Salvatori, V., Benson, D., Andersen, L.W., … Hulva, P., et al. (2019) Unravelling the scientific debate on how to address wolf-dog hybridization in Europe. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 7 (May), art. no. 175.