Josef Bryja, Prof.

Czech Academy of Sciences
BII expert in: Insectivores and rodents

My work focuses on phylogeography, biogeography, taxonomy, speciation, species concepts, host-parasite co-evolution, biodiversity distribution – in all subjects the African small mammals (rodents, shrews, sengis, etc.) are used as main research models.

We are primarily working in relatively undisturbed areas. However, sometimes we have worked in agricultural regions and we realized that intensive farming and overgrazing significantly reduces biodiversity of small terrestrial mammals. This is observable everywhere, but probably the worst situation is in some Ethiopian regions (especially overgrazing can be a problem for unique fauna of Ethiopian highlands).

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