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)
Barbora Straková (Master student)
Veronika Salajková (Master student)
Alexandra Polonyiová (Undergraduate student)
Patrik Stehlík (Undergraduate student)


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

Selected Publications

Olkowicz, S., Kocourek, M., Lučan, R. K., Porteš, M., Fitch, W. T., Herculano-Houzel, S. and Němec, P. (2016) Birds have primate-like numbers of neurons in the forebrain. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 113: 7255–7260. doi:10.1073/pnas.1517131113
Molnár Z., Kaas J.H., de Carlos J. A., Hevner R. F., Lein E., Němec P. (2014): Evolution and development of the Mammalian cerebral cortex. Brain Behav. Evol. 83(2):126-139. doi:10.1159/000357753
Berenreiterová M., Flegr J., Kuběna A. A. & 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. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0028925
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, 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.
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