What do I study?
Ambrosia beetles are notorious for major damages to forestry, fruit industries, and ecosystems. However, they are also amazing organisms! There are about 7,500 little-known species, and this diversity includes fungal gardeners, thieves of fungus gardens, cannibals, and complex societies; there is symbiont infidelity, incest, and diversity of sex unmatched in the animal kingdom. Long story short, the main goal of my work is to document the world of bark and ambrosia beetles, and tell the public that these minute insect are amazing, important, and deserve to be studied more.
In my collaboration with EOL, I proposed to produce over 1,200 species pages for Xyleborini, the largest and most important group of ambrosia beetles. Information resources on ambrosia beetles are scattered among taxonomic papers and a few specialized databases. Only a tiny fraction of their diversity has ever been photographed, and almost no public-friendly information is available for majority of species. Through a five-step process, I plan to upgrade current databases, accumulate species images, produce maps for American species, migrate species pages to LifeDesks and EOL, and engage the global community of taxonomists to create biological content.
Born December 2nd, 1978, in Slany, the Czech Republic.
Ph. D. in Entomology (1), Michigan State University, 2009.
Ph. D. in Entomology (2), Faculty of Sciences, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic. 2008.
M.Sc. and B.Sc., Faculty of Sciences (Entomology), University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic. Major advisor: Dr. Vojtech Novotny.
My publications and presentations are available here: http://www.ambrosiasymbiosis.org/pubs.html
Research associate (postdoc), Department of Biology, North Carolina State University, Dr. Rob Dunn’s lab, 2010-present.
Adjunct curator, A. J. Cook Insect Research Collection, Michigan State University, 2010-present.
Research associate (postdoc), Department of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Cameron Currie’s lab; 2009-2010.
Research affiliate, Bohart Museum of Entomology, University of California–Davis, 2008-2009.
Graduate research assistant, Michigan State University, Dept. of Entomology, East Lansing, MI, 2006-present.
Research associate, Institute of Entomology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Ceske Budejovice, 2004-2005.
Research associate, Faculty of Sciences, University of South Bohemia: lecturer at field courses, student advisor, 2003-present.
Research station manager (2002) and Research associate (2006-current), Binatang Research Center, Madang, Papua New Guinea.
- Full name
- Jiri Hulcr
- I am
- a professional scientist
- Curator level
- Full Curator
- I am a postdoctoral researcher at North Carolina State University, and an EOL Rubenstein Fellow for 2012. I have authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications on bark and ambrosia beetle taxonomy and ecology. I am a member of the Entomological Society of America.
- Curation scope
- Ambrosia beetles and bark beetles