doc. RNDr. Martin Čech, Ph.D.

Job Position: Research Scientist - Department of Fish and Zooplankton Ecology (FZE)

Contact details

Phone: +420 387 775 870, +420 778 727 007
Room: 235

Curriculum vitae

        Date of birth: 



        Place of birth:

        Vlašim, Czechoslovakia



1995-2000 University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Biological Sciences (USB FBS), České Budějovice, CR

2000-2006 Postgraduate study – Hydrobiological Institute AS CR and USB FBS


Professional qualification:

1998 – B.Sc., B.Sc.-thesis: Abundance and biomass of fish in the open water of Želivka water supply reservoir (supervisor: Dr. Jan Kubečka).

         2000 – M.Sc. in Ecology and ethology of vertebrates, M.Sc.-thesis: Pelagic behaviour of riverine fish in Římov water supply               reservoir (supervisor: Dr. Jan Kubečka).

2002 – RNDr. (rerum naturalium doctor), RNDr.-thesis: Sinusoidal cycling swimming pattern of reservoir fishes (supervisor: Dr. Jan Kubečka).

2006 – Ph.D. in Zoology, Ph.D.-thesis: Diel vertical migrations, distribution and ontogeny of bathypelagic layer of European perch, Perca fluviatilis L. fry in reservoirs (supervisor: Dr. Jan Kubečka).

2015 – Associate professor (Doc.) in environmental sciences, Habilitation thesis: Early life history of European perch (Perca fluviatilis L.) in reservoirs and lakes.


Scientific and professional experience:

Present jobs (80%): research scientist at the Department of Fish and Zooplankton Ecology – Fish Ecology Unit (FishEcU, see or, Institute of Hydrobiology, Biology Centre CAS; and (25%): associate professor at the Institute for Environmental Studies, Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Science.

1994 – awarded a 'Price of special' in the national level of secondary-school expert works, thesis: Breeding and rearing of dwarf gourami (Colisa lalia) (supervisor: Dr. Lubomír Hanel).

1996-2000 – employed at Hydrobiological Institute AS CR in České Budějovice as a student assistant worker.

1997 – International Training Course on Fisheries Acoustic Techniques for Ecological Research (Slapy Res.).

1998-2002 – research work for Royal Holloway Institute of Environmental Research, Uni. London (UK), for Dresden Uni. Technology (Germany), for WSC Brabantse Biesbosch (Netherlands).

1999 – co-operation on sonar calibrations under the ice with University of Oslo and Simrad AS (Norway).

2004 – awarded a 'Price of Dr. A. Bečvář' for the researcher to the age of 26 working in natural sciences.

2006-2009 – post-doc at the Institute of Hydrobiology, BC AS CR – (investigator of two GA ČR projects – No. 206/06/1371 and 206/09/P266 – both with 'excellent' final classification)

2007 – DIDSON workshop Austria – Fischamend, DIDSON workshop California, USA – San Francisco.

2007-2008 and 2012-2016 – vice-chairman of the scientific council of the BC AS CR, Institute of Hydrobiology.

2008-2012 – chairman of the scientific council of the BC AS CR, Institute of Hydrobiology.

2010-2015 – assistant professor at the Institute for Environmental Studies, Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Science.

2013-till now – vice-head of the Department of Fish and Zooplankton Ecology (BC CAS, IHB).

2015-till now – associate professor at the Institute for Environmental Studies, Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Science.


        The research interests during the past five years included the understanding the role of fish in the open water of reservoirs          and lakes, fish behavior, ecology of ichthyoplankton, quantitative sonar studies of YOY fish, fish spawning, fish migrations,                using SCUBA divers in fish and submerged macrophytes research, fish sampling in habitats with high structural complexity.


Ph.D. students: Lukáš Vejřík (2013-October 2018), Zuzana Sajdlová (2013-January 2019; supervisor specialist), Roman Lyach (2014-September 2018), Alena Hadravová (since 2016)


Other indicators of professional esteem: 90 impact factor publications (WoS), H-index (WoS) = 18 (till 15 Oct 2019).

[ResearchID: C-5797-2014; ORCID ID: 0000-0003-1350-4286; see also ResearchGate]

60 presented talks at international (30 talks) and national (30 talks) conferences incl. 6 invited lectures (4+2).

Czech patent No. 302159 (year 2010)

Over 160 published articles (scientific non-impact or popular) dealing with fish biology, fisheries and feeding ecology of fish-eating birds and mammals.

Reviewing of manuscripts for scientific journals (e.g. J. Fish Biol., Fisheries Manag. Ecol., Ecol. Freshw. Fish, Oecologia, Aquat. Sci., Fish. Res., Hydrobiologia, Folia Zool., Biologia, Environ. Biol. Fish, Knowl. Manage. Aquat. Ec., N. Am. J. Aquacult., T. Am. Fish. Soc., Acta Ornithol., Behav. Process.) and grants for the Grant Agency AS CR and the Ministry of Environment CR.



Teaching Socio-economic conflicts in nature conservation
Institute for Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science, Charles University

Basic Ecology
Institute for Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science, Charles University

Total found: 175 records
Čech M., Čech P. (2024) Skvělý lovec a rodič, problematický partner - životní strategie ledňáčka říčního. [Great hunter and parent, problematic partner - the life strategies of the common kingfisher.] Vesmír 103 : 238-242.
De Santis V., Brignone S., Čech M., Eckert E.M., Fontaneto D., Magalhães F., Martelo J., Ribeiro F., Vejřík L., Volta P. (2024) LIFE PREDATOR: Prevent, detect, combat the spread of Silurus glanis in south European lakes to protect biodiversity. NeoBiota 93 : 225–244.
DOI: 10.3897/neobiota.93.105200
Jůza T., Blabolil P., Čech M., Draštík V., Holubová M., Kočvara L., Kubečka J., Malinovskyi O., Policar T., Rychtecký P., Říha M., Sajdlová Z., Tušer M., Vašek M. (2024) Assessing the efficacy of spring stocking of pikeperch (Sander lucioperca) into a eutrophic reservoir. Lake and Reservoir Management 40 : 196-204.
DOI: 10.1080/10402381.2024.2333298
Vejřík L., Vejříková I., Sajdlová Z., Kočvara L., Kolařík T., Bartoň D., Jůza T., Blabolil P., Peterka J., Čech M., Vašek M. (2024) A non-lethal stable isotope analysis of valued freshwater predatory fish using blood and fin tissues as alternatives to muscle tissue. PLoS ONE 19 : e0297070.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0297070
Blabolil P., Jůza T., Čech M., Peterka J. (2023) High mobility and flexibility in the habitat use of early juvenile pikeperch (Sander lucioperca) based on a mark-recapture experiment. Diversity 15 : 720.
DOI: 10.3390/d15060720
Blabolil P., Peterka J., Čech M., Jůza T. (2023) Influence of habitat on abundance, size and growth rate of pikeperch (Sander lucioperca) 0+ juveniles in a canyon-shaped reservoir. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 32 : 703–711.
DOI: 10.1111/eff.12709
Čech M., Draštík V. (2023) Ochrana ryb před kormorány – teorie a praxe. [Fish protection against cormorants - theory and practice.] Rybářství 2 : 40-45.
DeBruyne R., Roseman E., Čech M. (2023) 5th International Percid Fish Symposium: Continuing a Great Trans-Atlantic Tradition. Fisheries 48 : 75-78.
DOI: 10.1002/fsh.10880
Jůza T., Blabolil P., Čech M., Draštík V., Hejzlar J., Kočvara L., Muška M., Peterka J., Sajdlová Z., Tušer M., Vašek M., Kubečka J. (2023) Distribution patterns, annual density changes, growth and mortality of pikeperch [Sander lucioperca (L. 1758)] fry following oligotrophication of a reservoir. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 32 : 724-734.
DOI: 10.1111/eff.12718
Kubečka J., Souza A., Soukalová K., Čech M., Šmejkal M., Ďurišová J., Svojtka M. (2023) S otolity za tajemstvími candátů. [With otoliths after the secrets of pikeperch.] Rybářství 1 : 56-59.
Říha M., Prchalová M., Brabec M., Draštík V., Muška M., Tušer M., Bartoň D., Blabolil P., Čech M., Frouzová J., Holubová M., Jůza T., Ribeiro de Moraes K., Rabaneda Bueno R., Sajdlová Z., Souza A., Šmejkal M., Vašek M., Vejřík L., Vejříková I., Peterka J., Kubečka J. (2023) Calibration of fish biomass estimates from gillnets: Step towards broader application of gillnet data. Ecological Indicators 153 : 110425.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2023.110425
Sajdlová Z., Jůza T., Draštík V., Seďa J., Čech M. (2023) The effect of littoral complexity on the diel distribution of early juvenile fish communities in temperate freshwater reservoirs. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 32 : 783–794.
DOI: 10.1111/eff.12740
Vašek M., Brabec M., Blabolil P., Čech M., Draštík V., Jůza T., Kubečka J., Muška M., Peterka J., Prchalová M., Říha M., Hejzlar J. (2023) Fish scale stable isotopes as potential indicators of nutrient pollution: Exploring the response of roach (Rutilus rutilus) scale δ15N and δ13C to a gradient of land use disturbance. Science of the Total Environment 865 : 161198.
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.161198
Vejřík L., Vejříková I., Blabolil P., Sajdlová Z., Kočvara L., Kolařík T., Bartoň D., Jůza T., Šmejkal M., Peterka J., Čech M. (2023) Trophic position of the species and site trophic state affect diet niche and individual specialization: From apex predator to herbivore. Biology 12 : 1113.
DOI: 10.3390/biology12081113
Vejříková I., Vejřík L., Čech M., Blabolil P., Peterka J. (2023) Variable diet plasticity in Eurasian perch (Perca fluviatilis): Current versus seasonal food uptake. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 32 : 795–803.
DOI: 10.1111/eff.12746
Čech M. (2022) Sympozium PERCIS V. Světoví odborníci na okounovité ryby poprvé v Česku. [PERCIS V Symposium - percid fish world experts for the first time in the Czech Republic.] Rybářství 2 : 63.
Čech M., Čech P. (2022) Role savců coby predátorů hnízd ledňáčka říčního (Alcedo atthis). [The role of mammals as Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) nest predators.] Sylvia 58 : 37-50.
Golpour Dehsari A., Šmejkal M., Čech M., Dos Santos R.A., Souza A., Jůza T., Martinez C., Bartoň D., Vašek M., Draštík V., Kolařík T., Kočvara L., Říha M., Peterka J., Blabolil P. (2022) Similarities and differences in fish community composition accessed by electrofishing, gill netting, seining, trawling, and water eDNA metabarcoding in temperate reservoirs. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 10 : 913279.
DOI: 10.3389/fevo.2022.913279
Holubová M., Blabolil P., Čech M. (2022) Ohlédnutí za konferencí - Odborníci na okounovité ryby zavítali do Českých Budějovic. [Conference summary – Percid experts visited České Budějovice.] Limnologické noviny 3 : 8-9.
Jarić I., Říha M., Souza A., Rabaneda Bueno R., Děd V., Gjelland K.Ø., Baktoft H., Čech M., Blabolil P., Holubová M., Jůza T., Muška M., Sajdlová Z., Šmejkal M., Vejřík L., Vejříková I., Peterka J. (2022) Influence of internal seiche dynamics on vertical movement of fish. Freshwater Biology 67 : 1543-1558.
DOI: 10.1111/fwb.13959

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