Mgr. Pavel Němec, Ph.D.



Contact Information

Division of Animal Evolutionary Biology, Department of Zoology
Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague
Viničná 7, 128 44 Praha, Czech Republic
Room No.: 239
Phone: +420–22195 1855
E-mail: pgnemec[a]

Research Group

Laboratory of Sensory and Evolutionary Neurobiology

Research Interests

Sensory biology; comparative vertebrate neuroanatomy; neural basis of magnetoreception and magnetic orientation; neurobiology of subterranean mammals


Martin Kocourek (PhD student)
Kristina Kverková (PhD student)
Lucie Marhounová (PhD student)
Zuzana Pavelková (PhD student)
Zuzana Vondráčková (PhD student)
Yicheng Zhang (Master student)


Evolution of the Nervous System (MB170P74)
Morphology of animals (MB170P46)

Selected Publications

Berenreiterová M, Flegr J, Kuběna AA and Němec P (2011). The distribution of Toxoplasma gondii cysts in the brain of a mouse with latent toxoplasmosis: Implications for the behavioral manipulation hypothesis. PLoS ONE 6(12): e28925.
Burger T, Lucová M, Moritz RE, Oelschläger HHA, Druga R, Burda H, Wiltschko W, Wiltschko R and Němec P (2010). Changing and shielded magnetic fields suppress c-Fos expression in the navigation circuit: input from the magnetosensory system contributes to the internal representation of space in a subterranean rodent. J. R. Soc. Interface 7: 1275–1292
Burda H, Begall S, Cerveny J, Neef J and Němec P (2009). Extremely low-frequency electromagnetic fields disrupt magnetic alignment of ruminants. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 106, 5708-5713.
Němec P, Cveková P, Burda H, Benada O and Peichl L (2007). Visual Systems and the role of vision in subterranean rodents: Diversity of retinal properties and visual system designs. In: Begall S., Burda H., Schleich C. (eds) Subterranean rodents - News from underground. Springer, Heidelberg, pp.129-160.
Němec P, Altmann J, Marhold S, Burda H and Oelschläger HHA (2001). Neuroanatomy of Magnetoreception: The Superior Colliculus Involved in Magnetic Orientation in a Mammal. Science 294: 366-368.