RNDr. Martin Volf, Ph.D.

Funkce: Vedoucí laboratoře - Laboratoř evoluční ekologie

Kontaktní údaje

Telefon: +420 387775038
E-mail: volf@entu.cas.cz

Popis

I specialize on insect-plant relationships, evolution of plant defensive traits, and chemical ecology. Mainly, I am interested in roles that insect-plant coevolution plays in promoting the astonishing chemical diversity in plants.

My projects cover a spectrum from the genesis of chemical diversity at macroevolutionary scale, through intraspecific variability in plant chemistry along major ecological gradients, to temporal changes within individual plants. This combination of approaches allowed me to show that differential selection pressures result in differential evolutionary trends in plant specialized metabolites and generate various dimensions of their chemical diversity. My results point to the necessity of studying plant chemistry, insect communities, and abiotic conditions in an integrative way.

I am particularly interested in evolutionary trends in Ficus and Salix defences. Both Ficus and Salix are key plant genera supporting high diversity of insects in tropical forests and temperate wetlands. Understanding evolution of their specialized metabolites is thus crucial for understanding not only the evolution of plant chemical diversity but also for understanding the factors driving diversity and specialization of insect herbivores.

 

Odborný životopis

Education

2012 – 2016: Ph.D. in Entomology, University of South Bohemia. Honours (cum laude). Supervisor: prof. Vojtěch Novotný, Title: Specificity of insect-plant associations and their role in the formation of plant defences and speciation

Date of defence: 12.10. 2016

2015: RNDr. in Zoology (an extension of a master degree), Supervisor: prof. Vojtěch Novotný, Title: Insect herbivores drive the loss of unique chemical defence in willows

2010 – 2012: M.Sc. in Zoology, University of South Bohemia. Honours. Awarded by the Dean's and the University President's prizes, Supervisor: Dr. Jan Hrček Title: The impact of defensive host-plant traits on community structure of herbivorous insects on willows

2007 – 2010: B.Sc. in Biology, University of South Bohemia. Honours. Supervisor: M.Sc. Jan Hrček. Ph.D. Title: Community structure of leaf-chewing insect on willows

Professional Experience

2019 – present Group leader at Biology Centre, Czech Academy of Sciences

2017 – 2019 Postdoc / Alexander von Humboldt fellow at iDiv (supervised by Nicole van Dam)

2016 – 2017 Postdoctoral research scientist at Biology Centre, Czech Academy of Sciences

2016 – 2017 Postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution (hosted by K. A. Teixeira)

2016 Predoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution (hosted by K. A. Teixeira)

2012 – 2016 Postgraduate fellowship at Biology Centre, Czech Academy of Sciences

Supervision of Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoc: Czech Academy of Sciences (CZ), 1 ongoing, Ph.D.: University of South Bohemia (CZ), 2 ongoing, PhD co-supervision: University of South Bohemia (CZ), 2 ongoing, M.Sc.: University of South Bohemia (CZ), 1 finished, M.Sc.: co-supervision: University of Leipzig (DE), 1 ongoing, M.Sc. internships: iDiv (DE), 2 finished

Teaching Activities

University of South Bohemia: Courses on Scientific reading and writing; main lecturer

University of South Bohemia: Field course in vertebrate and insect zoology, Field course in Alpine zoology, Practicals in insect systematics, Practicals in invertebrate biology; assistant lecturer

University of Jena: Research seminar in ecology; invited speaker

Awarded Grants and Fellowships

2020-2022 Czech Science Foundation, Junior Research Grant, 20-10543Y, Why is there such high diversity of chemical defences: role of insect herbivory in promoting chemical diversity in willows

2020-2021 Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and Czech Academy of Science, fellowship within the Programme for Research and Mobility Support of Young Researchers, MSM200962004, Diverge or converge: do harsh abiotic condition restrict divergence of defences in alpine willows?

2019-2020 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, AvH Return Fellowship

2017-2019 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, AvH Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

2015 – University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Science, 103-016/2015/P, Evolutionary trends in host-plant defences and their impact on herbivore community assembly

Prizes and Awards

2020 Josef Hlávka Award for Young Researchers of the Czech Academy of Science

2019 A key-note talk in “Rising Star” category at the 7th Conference of the Czech Ecological Society, Olomouc

2016 – 2nd place in the Vojtěch Jarošík´s prize for an excellent student publication in ecology; awarded by Czech Association for Ecology and Department of Ecology, Charles University.

2016 Prize of Czech Entomological Society and 1st prize for the best student talk about invertebrates at national conference in zoology, České Budějovice.

2013 Prize of Czech Entomological Society and 2nd prize for the best student talk at national conference in zoology, Olomouc.           

Reviewing activities

Reviewer for research journals – 14 journals including Ecology Letters, Ecology, Ecography, Journal of Ecology, or Functional Ecology. Referee for student grant agencies at the University of South Bohemia (CZ) and Charles University (CZ)

Publications

I have published one book chapter and 22 peer-reviewed papers in IF journals (15 of them since 2018), including PNAS, Ecology Letters, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, or Journal of Animal Ecology. Citations: Web of Knowledge: 385 without self-citations (Hi=8, ResearcherID: O-4321-2017), Google Scholar: 533 (Hi=8).

Key publications

VOLF, M., J.E. LAITILA, J. KIM … and S.T. SEGAR Compound specific trends of chemical defences in Ficus along an elevational gradient reflect a complex selective landscape. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 2020, 46, 442-454.

There are pronounced trends in plant specialized metabolites generated by changes in abiotic conditions and biotic interactions along elevational gradients. The nature of these trends strongly depends on the function of respective metabolites. We thus argue that studying plant chemistry, insect communities, and abiotic conditions in an integrative way is necessary to understand the drivers of plant chemical diversity.

VOLF, M., J.-P. SALMINEN, and S.T. SEGAR. Evolution of defences in large tropical plant genera: perspectives for exploring insect diversity in a tri-trophic context. Current Opinion in Insect Science. 2019, 32, 91-97.

We review how plant specialized metabolites govern insect-plant reciprocal interactions and diversification of the two groups. We show how differential selection pressures result in differential evolutionary trends in plant specialized metabolites and generate various dimensions of their chemical diversity.

VOLF, M., S.T. SEGAR, S.E. MILLER, B. ISUA, M. SISOL, G. AUBONA, P. ŠIMEK, M. MOOS, J. LAITILA, J. KIM, J. ZIMA, J. ROTA, G.D. WEIBLEN, S. WOSSA, J.-P. SALMINEN, Y. BASSET, V. NOVOTNY Community structure of insect herbivores is driven by conservatism, escalation and divergence of defensive traits in Ficus. Ecology Letters, 2018, 21, 83-92.

We demonstrate that herbivores with different levels of specialization respond to plant traits with various evolutionary histories. While generalists are affected by escalating defences, specialists are affected by divergent defences of their hosts. This supports differential evolutionary trends among plant defences and their diversity. The composition of herbivore communities and the nature of biotic selection agents in play thus affect the trajectories by which plant chemical diversity evolves.

VOLF, M., P. PYSZKO, T. ABE, M. LIBRA, N. KOTÁSKOVÁ, M. ŠIGUT, R. KUMAR, O. KAMAN, P.T. BUTTERILL, J. ŠIPOŠ, H. ABE, H. FUKUSHIMA, P. DROZD, N. KAMATA, M. MURAKAMI, V. NOVOTNY Phylogenetic composition of host plant communities drives plant-herbivore food web structure. Journal of Animal Ecology, 2017, 86, 556-565.

The phylogenetic composition of host plant communities plays a prominent role in determining insect specialization, food web structure, and diversity. We show that not all levels of host plant phylogeny are equal in their effect on structuring plant-herbivore food webs. Furthermore, the way how the interactions networks are structed by host phylogeny fundamentally differs depending on herbivore specialization.

VOLF, M., J. HRCEK, R. JULKUNEN-TIITTO, and V. NOVOTNY. To each its own: differential response of specialist and generalist herbivores to plant defence in willows. Journal of Animal Ecology, 2015, 84, 1123–1132.

Plants are involved in diffuse co-evolution with diverse insects. Here we show that it is essential to take this into account when interpreting the evolution of plant defenses. It is not the pressure by individual insect species but by their whole assemblages what drives the evolution of plant chemical defences. We show that assemblages of insects with various life-history traits respond to different plant defences. This differential response of herbivore assemblages to plant defences prevents plants from evolving a single, universally efficient, defence. Such trends promote the astonishing diversity of plant defences.

Výuka Současné trendy v ekologii
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Practical writing and communication in biology
Jihočeská universita

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Jihočeská universita

Publikace
Celkem nalezeno: 25 záznamů
Volf M., Weinhold A., Seifert C. L., Holicová T., Uthe H., Alander E., Richter R., Salminen J.-P., Wirth C., van Dam N.M. (2021) Branch-localized induction promotes efficacy of volatile defences and herbivore predation in trees. Journal of Chemical Ecology 47 : 99-111.
DOI: 10.1007/s10886-020-01232-z
Klimm F.S., Weinhold A., Volf M. (2020) Volatile production differs between oak leaves infested by leaf-miner Phyllonorycter harrisella (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae) and galler Neuroterus quercusbaccarum (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae). European Journal of Entomology 117 : 101-109.
DOI: 10.14411/eje.2020.011
Mottl O., Fibich P., Klimeš P., Volf M., Tropek R., Anderson-Teixeira K., Auga J., Blair T., Butterill P. T., Carscallen G., Gonzalez-Akre E., Goodman A., Kaman O., Lamarre G., Libra M., Losada M.E., Manumbor M., Miller S., Molem K., Nichols G., Plowman N., Redmond C. M., Seifert C. L., Vrána J., Weiblen G., Novotný V. (2020) Spatial covariance of herbivorous and predatory guilds of forest canopy arthropods along a latitudinal gradient. Ecology Letters 23 : 1499–1510.
DOI: 10.1111/ele.13579
Sam K., Koane B., Sam L., Mrázová A., Segar S. T., Volf M., Moos M., Šimek P., Sisol M., Novotný V. (2020) Insect herbivory and herbivores of Ficus species along a rain forest elevational gradient on Papua New Guinea. Biotropica 52 : 263-276.
DOI: 10.1111/btp.12741
Seifert C. L., Lamarre G., Volf M., Ré Jorge L., Miller S., Wagner D.L., Anderson-Teixeira K., Novotný V. (2020) Vertical stratification of a temperate forest caterpillar community in eastern North America. Oecologia 192 : 501-514.
DOI: 10.1007/s00442-019-04584-w
Seifert C. L., Volf M., Ré Jorge L., Abe T., Carscallen G., Drozd P., Kumar R., Lamarre G., Libra M., Losada M.E., Miller S., Murakami M., Nichols G., Pyszko P., Šigut M., Wagner D.L., Novotný V. (2020) Plant phylogeny drivers arboreal caterpillar assemblages across the Holartic. Ecology and Evolution 10 : 14137-14151.
DOI: 10.1002/ece3.7005
Volf M. (2020) Chemická diverzita rostlin – důsledek závodů ve zbrojení s býložravým hmyzem? Živa 4/2020 : 170-172.
Volf M., Laitila J., Kim J., Sam L., Sam K., Isua B., Sisol M., Wardhaugh C. W., Vejmělka F., Miller S., Weiblen G., Salminen J.-P., Novotný V., Segar S. T. (2020) Compound specific trends of chemical defence in Ficus along an elavational gradient reflect a complex selective landscape. Journal of Chemical Ecology 46 : 442-454.
DOI: 10.1007/s10886-020-01173-7
Volf M., Wirth C., van Dam N.M. (2020) Localized defense induction in trees: a mosaic of leaf traits promoting variation in plant traits, predation, and communities of canopy arthropods? American Journal of Botany 107 : 1-4.
DOI: 10.1002/ajb2.1457
Redmond C. M., Auga J., Gewa B., Segar S. T., Miller S., Molem K., Weiblen G., Butterill P. T., Maiyah G., Hood A.S.C., Volf M., Jorge L.R., Basset Y. F., Novotný V. (2019) High specialization and limited structural change in plant-herbivore networks along a successional chronosequence in tropical montane forest. Ecography 42 : 162-172.
DOI: 10.1111/ecog.03849
Segar S. T., Volf M., Sisol M., Pardikes N., Souto-Vilarós D. (2019) Chemical cues and genetic divergence in insects on plants: conceptual cross pollination between mutualistic and antagonistic systems. Current Opinion in Insect Science 32 : 83-90.
DOI: 10.1016/j.cois.2018.11.009
Volf M., Klimeš P., Lamarre G., Redmond C. M., Seifert C. L., Abe T., Auga J., Anderson-Teixeira K., Basset Y. F., Beckett S., Butterill P. T., Drozd P., Gonzalez-Akre E., Kaman O., Kamata N., Laird-Hopkins B., Libra M., Manumbor M., Miller S., Molem K., Mottl O., Murakami M., Nakaji T., Plowman N., Pyszko P., Šigut M., Šipoš J., Tropek R., Weiblen G., Novotný V. (2019) Quantitative assessment of plant-arthropod interactions in forest canopies: A plot-based approach. PLOS One 14 : e0222119.
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0222119
Volf M., Salminen J.-P., Segar S. T. (2019) Evolution of defences in large tropical plant genera: perspectives for exploring insects diversity in a tri-trophic context. Current Opinion in Insects Science 32 : 91-97.
DOI: 10.1016/j.cois.2018.12.005
Volf M. (2018) Differential Response of Herbivores to Plant Defence. In J.-M. Merillon and K. G. Ramawat [eds.], Co-Evolution of Secondary Metabolites, Reference Series in Phytochemistry 1-24. Springer International Publishing..
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-76887-8_38-1
Volf M., Holec M., Holcová D., Jaroš P., Hejda R., Drag L., Blízek J., Šebek P., Čížek L. (2018) Microhabitat mosaics are key to the survival of an endangered ground beetle (Carabus nitens) in its post-industrial refugia. Journal of Insect Conservation 22 : 321-328.
DOI: 10.1007/s10841-018-0064-x
Volf M., Segar S. T., Miller S. E., Isua B., Sisol M., Aubona G., Šimek P., Moos M., Laitila J., Kim J., Zima J., Rota J., Weiblen G. D., Wossa S., Salminen J.-P., Basset Y. F., Novotný V. (2018) Community structure of insect herbivores is driven by conservatism, escalation and divergence of defensive traits in Ficus. Ecology Letters 21 : 83-92.
DOI: 10.1111/ele.12875
Biranvand Amir, Nedvěd O., Shakarami Jahanshir, Fekrat Lida, Hamidi Elnaz, Volf M., Hanley Guy A. (2017) The ladybeetle community (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) in north east of Iran. Baltic Journal of Coleopterology 17 : 49-67.
Segar S. T., Volf M., Isua B., Sisol M., Redmond C. M., Rosati M., Gewa B., Molem K., Dahl C. N., Holloway J., Basset Y. F., Miller S., Weiblen G., Salminen J.-P., Novotný V. (2017) Variably hungry caterpillars: predictive models and foliar chemistry suggest how to eat a rainforest Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284 : article number 20171803.
DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.1803
Segar S. T., Volf M., Zima J., Isua B., Sisol M., Sam L., Sam K., Souto-Vilarós D., Novotný V. (2017) Speciation in a keystone plant genus is driven by elevation: a case study in New Guinean Ficus. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 30 : 512-523.
DOI: 10.1111/jeb.13020
Volf M., Kadlec Jan, Butterill P. T., Novotný V. (2017) Host phylogeny and nutrient content drive galler diversity and abundance on willows. Ecological Entomology 42 : 685-688.
DOI: DOI: 10.1111/een.12420

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