Mgr. Milan Janda, Ph.D.

Job Position: Research Scientist - Laboratory of Ecology and Evolution of Social Insects

Contact details

Phone: 420387775334


Research lines:

Ecology, evolution and diversity of ants
Phylogenetics, phylogeography, population genetics 
Biogeography of South Pacific and Melanesia
Biodiversity surveys



Laboratory of Molecular Ecology and Biodiversity

National Laboratory for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, UNAM, Mexico

Ants of New Guinea

Curriculum vitae

Professional Career

Head, Laboratory of Molecular Ecology and Biodiversity, National Laboratory for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, ENES, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico. (2016- present).

New Guinea Binatang Research Center, Madang, Papua New Guinea, (affiliated researcher 2002- present).

University of Guanajuato, Department of Biology, Guanajuato, Mexico, (professor 2015-2016).

Marie Curie Fellow, Harvard University, Dept. Organismal and Evolutionary Biology, MA, USA, (2010-2013).

Fulbright Fellow, Harvard University, Museum of Comparative Zoology, MA, USA, (2009-2010).

Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, (researcher 2005-2011).

Teaching Systematics and phylogenetics
The National Autonomous University of Mexico

Invertebrate zoology
The National Autonomous University of Mexico

Field ecology
The National Autonomous University of Mexico

Total found: 55 records
Villasenor-Amador D., Janda M., Rosas-Mejía M., Sandoval-Becerra F.M., Morrone J.J. (2024) Leaf litter weevil richness increases with elevation in a tropical–temperate transitional forest in El Cielo Biosphere Reserve, northeastern Mexico. Biotropica 56 : article number: e13295.
DOI: 10.1111/btp.13295
Janda M. (2022) Becoming urban: How city life shapes the social structure and genetics of ants. Molecular Ecology 31 : 4589-4592.
DOI: 10.1111/mec.16657
Aguilar-Méndez M.J., Rosas-Mejía M., Vásquez-Bolanos M., González-Hernández G.A., Janda M. (2021) New distibutional records for ants and the evaluation of ant species richness and endemism patterns in Mexico. Biodiversity Data Journal 9 : article number: e60630.
DOI: 10.3897/BDJ.9.e60630
Antoniazzi R., Guevara R., García-Franco J., Janda M., Leponce M., Dáttilo W. (2021) Environmental drivers of ant dominance in a tropical rainforest canopy at different spatial scales. Ecological Entomology 46 : 440-450.
DOI: 10.1111/een.12988
Booher D.B., Gibson J.C., Liu C., Longino J., Fisher B., Janda M., Narula N., Toulkeridou E., Mikheyev A.S., Suarez A., Economo E. (2021) Functional innovation promotes diversification of form in the evolution of an ultrafast trap-jaw mechanism in ants. PLoS Biology 19 : article number: e3001031 .
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3001031
Rosas-Mejía M., Guénard B., Aguilar-Méndez M.J., Ghilardi A., Vásquez-Bolanos M., Economo E., Janda M. (2021) Alien ants (Formicidae: Hymenoptera) in Mexico – the first database of records. Biological Invasions 23 : 1669-1680.
DOI: 10.1007/s10530-020-02423-1
Antoniazzi, R.,, García‐Franco, J., , Janda M., Leponce, M.,, Dáttilo, W., (2020) Diurnal foraging ant–tree co‐occurrence networks are similar between canopy and understorey in a Neotropical rain forest. Biotropica 52 : 717-729.
DOI: 10.1111/btp.12773
Dáttilo W., Vásquez-Bolanos M., Ahuatzin D.A., Antoniazzi R., et al., Janda M., Rojas P., Torres-Ricario R., et al. (2020) Mexico ants: incidence and abundance along the Nearctic‐Neotropical interface. Ecology 101 : e02944.
DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2944
Dáttilo W., Vásquez-Bolanos M., Ahuatzin D.A., Antoniazzi R., Janda M., et al. (2020) Mexico's Ants: Who are They and Where do They Live? The Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 101,2 : DOI:
Economo E., Huang J.-P., Fischer G., Sarnat E., Narula N., Janda M., Guénard B., Longino J., Knowles L. (2019) Evolution of the latitudinal diversity gradient in the hypediversite ant genus Pheidole. Global Ecology and Biogeography 28 : 456-470.
DOI: 10.1111/geb.12867
Janda M., Rosas-Mejía M., Corcuera P., Aguilar-Méndez M.J., Vásquez-Bolanos M., Tafoya-Alvarado Y. (2019) Diversity and community structure of ants in the Cuatro Ciénegas Basin, Coahuila, Mexico. In: Álvarez F. & Ojeda M. (eds): Animal Diversity and Biogeography of the Cuatro Ciénegas Basin, Springer , Switzerland, 231 pp., ISBN 978-3-030-11261-5. (kapitola v knize) 129-145.
Arnan X., Andersen, A. N., Gibb H., Parr C. L., Sanders N., Dunn R., Angulo E., Baccaro F., Bishop T., Boulay R., Castracani C., Cerda X., Del Toro I., Delsinne T., Donoso D., Elten E.K., Fayle T. M., Fitzpatrick M., Gómez C., Grasso D.A., Grossman B., Guénard B., Gunawardene N., Heterick B., Hoffmann B., Janda M., Jenkins C.N., Klimeš P., Lach L., Laeger T., Leponce M., Lucky A., Majer J., Menke S., Mezger D., Mori A., Moses J., Munyai T., Paknia O., Pfeiffer M., Philpott S.M., Souza J.L.P., Tista M., Vasconcelos H., Retana J. (2018) Dominance-diversity relationships in ant communities differ with invasion. Global Change Biology 24 : 4614–4625.
DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14331
Matos Maravi P. F., Clouse R., Sarnat E., Economo E., LaPolla J.S., Borovanská M., Rabeling C., Czekanski-Moir J., Latumahina F., Wilson E., Janda M. (2018) An ant genus-group (Prenolepis) illuminates the biogeography and drivers of insect diversification in the Indo-Pacific. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 123 : 16-25.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2018.02.007
Matos Maravi P. F., Matzke N.J., Larabee F., Clouse R. M., Wheeler W.C. , Sorger D.M., Suarez A., Janda M. (2018) Taxon cycle predictions supported by model-based inference in Indo-Pacific trap-jaw ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Odontomachus). Molecular Ecology 27 : 4090-4107.
DOI: 10.1111/mec.14835
Novais S., Macedo-Reis L.E., Cristobal-Peréz E.J., Sánchez-Montoya G., Janda M., Neves F., Quesada M. (2018) Positive effects of the catastrophic Hurricane Patricia on insect communities. Scientific Reports 8 : article number 15042.
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-33210-7
Sharma P., Oberski J.T., Santiago M.A., Kriebel R., Lipps S., Buenavente P., Diesmos A., Janda M., Boyer S., Clouse R. M., Wheeler W. C. (2018) There is no evidence that Podoctidae carry eggs of their own species: Reply to Machado and Wolff (2017). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 129 : 349-353.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2017.03.026
Chomicki G., Janda M., Renner S. (2017) The assembly of ant-farmed gardens: mutualism specialization following host broadening. Proceedings of the Royal Society B - Biological Sciences 284 : article number 20161759.
DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.1759
Economo, E. P., Janda M., Guneard, B., Sarnat, E. (2017) Assembling a species-area curve through colonization, speciation, and human-mediated introduction. Journal of Biogeography 44 : 1088–1097.
DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12884
Gibb H., et al., Fayle T. M., et al., Janda M., et al., Klimeš P., et al., Moses J., et al., Parr C. L. (2017) A global database of ant species abundances. Ecology 98 : 883-884.
DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1682
Normark B. B., Normark R. D., Vovides A., Solís-Montero L., González-Gómez R., Pulido-Silva M. T., Escobar-Castellanos M. A., Dominguez M., Perez-Farrera M. A., Janda M., Cibrian-Jaramillo A. (2017) Cycad Aulacaspis Scale (Aulacaspis yasumatsui Takagi, 1977) in Mexico and Guatemala: a threat to native cycads. BioInvasions Records 6(3) : 187–193.

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