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: 75 impact factor publications (WoS), H-index (WoS) = 16 (till 10 Jan 2018).

[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: 117 records
Baran R., Tušer M., Balk H., Blabolil P., Čech M., Draštík V., Frouzová J., Jůza T., Koliada I. , Muška M., Sajdlová Z., Vejřík L., Kubečka J. (2019) Quantification of Chaoborus and small fish by mobile upward-looking echosounding Journal of Limnology 78 : 60-70.
DOI: 10.4081/jlimnol.2018.1837
Holubová M., Čech M., Vašek M., Peterka J. (2019) Density dependent attributes of fish aggregative behaviour PeerJ 7 : e6378.
DOI: 10.7717/peerj.6378
Jůza T., Draštík V., Čech M., Sajdlová Z., Anton - Pardo M., Blabolil P., Peterka J. (2019) The vertical distribution of maraena whitefish ( Coregonus maraena ) early juveniles in different times of day in a newly created oligotrophic lake Limnologica 76 (May) : 19-27.
DOI: 10.1016/j.limno.2019.02.002
Vejřík L., Vejříková I., Kočvara L., Blabolil P., Peterka J., Sajdlová Z., Jůza T., Šmejkal M., Kolařík T. , Bartoň D. , Kubečka J., Čech M. (2019) The pros and cons of the invasive freshwater apex predator, European catfish Silurus glanis, and powerful angling technique for its population control Journal of Environmental Management 241 : 374-382.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.04.005
Blabolil P., Čech M., Jůza T., Kočvara L., Matěna J., Říha M., Vejřík L., Peterka J. (2018) Condition and feeding behaviour of subadult burbot (Lota lota) in riverine and lacustrine environments Biologia 73 : 83-91.
DOI: 10.2478/s11756-018-0008-7
Jůza T., Blabolil P., Baran R., Bartoň D. , Čech M., Draštík V., Frouzová J., Holubová M., Ketelaars H.A.M. , Kočvara L., Kubečka J., Muška M., Prchalová M., Říha M., Sajdlová Z., Šmejkal M., Tušer M., Vašek M., Vejřík L., Vejříková I., Wagenvoort A.J., Žák J., Peterka J. (2018) Collapse of the native ruffe (Gymnocephalus cernua) population in the Biesbosch lakes (the Netherlands) owing to round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) invasion Biological Invasions 20 : 1523-1535.
DOI: 10.1007/s10530-017-1644-5
Jůza T., Blabolil P., Čech M., Kubečka J., Mrkvička T., Říha M., Sajdlová Z., Vašek M., Vejřík L., Peterka J. (2018) Spatial distribution of four freshwater fish species in different types of artificial European water bodies Biologia 73 : 647-658 .
DOI: 10.2478/s11756-018-0075-9
Jůza T., Sajdlová Z., Čech M., Draštík V., Kočvara L., Tušer M., Kubečka J. (2018) Improved trawling setup for sampling pelagic juvenile fish communities in small inland bodies of water Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria 48 : 105–108.
DOI: 10.3750/AIEP/02373
Kubečka J., Frouzová J., Tušer M., Baran R., Čech M., Draštík V., Muška M., Říha M., Sajdlová Z. (2018) Výzvy hydroakustiky [Challenges of Hydroacoustics] Vesmír 97 (4) : 228-230.
Sajdlová Z., Frouzová J., Draštík V., Jůza T., Peterka J., Prchalová M., Říha M., Vašek M., Kubečka J., Čech M. (2018) Are diel vertical migrations of European perch (Perca fluviatilis L.) early juveniles under direct control of light intensity? Evidence from a large field experiment Freshwater Biology 63 : 473-482.
DOI: 10.1111/fwb.13085
Šmejkal M., Ricard D., Sajdlová Z., Čech M., Vejřík L., Blabolil P., Vejříková I., Prchalová M., Vašek M., Souza A., Brönmark C., Peterka J. (2018) Can species-specific prey responses to chemical cues explain prey susceptibility to predation? Ecology and Evolution 8 : 4544-4551.
DOI: 10.1002/ece3.4000
Baran R., Jůza T., Tušer M., Balk H., Blabolil P., Čech M., Draštík V., Frouzová J., Jayasinghe A.D., Koliada I. , Mrkvička T., Muška M., Ricard D., Sajdlová Z., Vejřík L., Kubečka J. (2017) A novel upward-looking hydroacoustic method for improving pelagic fish surveys Scientific Reports 7 : 4823.
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-04953-6
Blabolil P., Ricard D., Boukal D.S. , Kubečka J., Říha M., Vašek M., Prchalová M., Čech M., Frouzová J., Jůza T., Muška M., Tušer M., Draštík V., Šmejkal M., Vejřík L., Peterka J. (2017) Optimal gillnet sampling design for the estimation of fish community indicators in heterogeneous freshwater ecosystems Ecological Indicators 77 : 368-376 .
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.02.036
Blabolil P., Říha M., Ricard D., Peterka J., Prchalová M., Vašek M., Čech M., Frouzová J., Jůza T., Muška M., Tušer M., Draštík V., Sajdlová Z., Šmejkal M., Vejřík L., Matěna J., Boukal D.S. , Ritterbusch D., Kubečka J. (2017) A simple fish-based approach to assess the ecological quality of freshwater reservoirs in Central Europe Knowledge and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems 418 : 53.
DOI: 10.1051/kmae/2017043
Čech M., Frouzová J., Peterka J., Jůza T., Draštík V., Vašek M., Kubečka J. (2017) Sampling of deep benthic perch fry: insight into the diel vertical migrations. Hydrobiologia 784 : 1-8.
DOI: 10.1007/s10750-016-2803-x
Eloranta A.P., Vejříková I., Čech M., Vejřík L., Holubová M., Šmejkal M., Frouzová J., Kiljunen M., Jones R.I., Peterka J. (2017) Some like it deep: Intraspecific niche segregation in ruffe (Gymnocephalus cernua) Freshwater Biology 62 : 1401–1409 .
DOI: 10.1111/fwb.12953
Kalous L., Kuříková P., Kohout J., Rylková K., Petrtýl M., Čech M. (2017) Differences in spatial communities of European perch (Perca fluviatilis Linnaeus, 1758) fry in a canyon-shaped reservoir are not attributable to genetics Journal of Applied Ichthyology 33 : 306–313.
DOI: 10.1111/jai.13305
Kubečka J., Boukal D.S. , Baran R., Blabolil P., Čech M., Draštík V., Frouzová J., Hejzlar J., Jůza T., Matěna J., Muška M., Prchalová M., Říha M., Šmejkal M., Tušer M., Vašek M., Vejříková I. (2017) Může Lipno uspokojit všechny? [Can Lipno satisfy everyone] Rybářství 2017 (4) : 52-54.
Sajdlová Z., Jůza T., Frouzová J., Seďa J., Čech M. (2017) Bathypelagic percid fry, a strongly predominating fry community in a deep European reservoir. Hydrobiologia 787 : 341–352.
DOI: 10.1007/s10750-016-2978-1
Vejřík L., Vejříková I., Blabolil P., Eloranta A.P., Kočvara L., Peterka J., Sajdlová Z., Šmejkal M., Chung S.H.T. , Kiljunen M., Čech M. (2017) European catfsh (Silurus glanis) as a freshwater apex predator drives ecosystem via its diet adaptability Scientific Reports 7 : 15970.
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-16169-9

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