Filip Kolář

Group leader

I am generally interested in the evolution of plant diversity. By combining extensive fieldwork with cytogenetic, genomic and ecological approaches, our team addresses evolutionary consequences of whole genome duplication (polyploidization) in natural populations of Arabidopsis and several other plant species. Using these fascinating plant models we also uncover the mechanisms driving convergent genome evolution and parallel adaptation to challenging environments such as toxic soils and alpine habitats.

Department of Botany

Faculty of Science

Charles University in Prague

Institute of Botany

The Czech Academy of Science

Benátská 2, 128 01, Praha 2, Czech Republic

Tel.: +420 221 951638

Fax: +420 221 95 1645


Complete list of my publications 


  • Jörn Gerchen: Evolutionary significance of interploidy gene flow (since 2022)
  • Miloš Duchoslav: Mechanism of convergent genome evolution in Arabidopsis (since 2022)
  • Josselin Clo: Adaptive consequences of whole genome duplication (since 2021)
  • Cristina Vives Cobo: Evolutionary significance of structural variation in polyploid populations (since 2020)
  • Martha Kandziora: Phylogenomics of plant diversification in tropical mountains (joint project with R Schmickl, 2020-2022)
  • Nélida Padilla García: Evolutionary history and gene flow in polyploid plants (since 2020)
  • Guillaume Wos: Evolutionary drivers of alpine adaptation in Arabidopsis (2017-2021)
  • Emma Morgan: Evolution of ploidy coexistence in wild Arabidopsis (2017-2020)

Bc and MSc students

  • Karolína Havlíková: Role of metal hypearccumulation in serpentine adaptation (Bc thesis 2020-2022, MSc thesis since 2022)
  • Alena Voltrová: Triploid plants: barriers or mediators of gene flow in mixed-ploidy species? (Bc thesis 2020-2021, MSc thesis since 2021)
  • Timothée Lamotte: Genetic adaptation of natural population of Arabidopsis arenosa to serpentine soil (MSc thesis 2019-2021)
  • Doubravka Požárová: Altitudinal adaptation in Arabidopsis (Bc thesis 2016-2018; MSc thesis 2018-2021)
  • Jana Bayerová: Evolutionary and ecological consequences of polyploidization in Arabidopsis arenosa complex in Western Carpathians (Bc thesis 2013-2014; MSc thesis 2014-2016)
  • Kateřina Nováčková: Distribution, conservation and microevolutionary relationships in genus Polycnemum in Central Europe (Bc thesis 2012-2013)
  • Adam Knotek: Evolutionary history of tetraploid representatives of Galium pusillum group (sect. Leptogalium) in central Europe. Allopatric differentiation of Czech endemic species G. sudeticum. (Bc thesis 2011-2012; MSc thesis 2012-2014)
  • Martin Čertner (Hanzl): Processes governing sympatric coexistence of di- and tetraploid cytotypes in primary contact zone of Knautia arvensis agg. (Bc thesis 2009-2010; MSc thesis 2010-2012)

Grant projects (leading role)

  • 2023-2027 Czech Science Foundation, Junior Research Talent grant (Junior Star)(23-07204M): Mechanisms driving convergent genome evolution in natural populations (principal investigator)
  • 2021-2026 ERC Starting grant, European Research Council (850852) DOUBLE ADAPT: Whole genome duplication – the gateway to adaptation? (principal investigator)
  • 2020-2022 Czech Science Foundation (20-10878S) Tropical-alpine plant radiations: an intercontinental comparison of timing and the role of allopatry, hybridization and niche differentiation (co-PI, principal investigator: Roswitha Schmickl)
  • 2020-2022 Czech Science Foundation (20-22783S) Genome duplication as an imperfect barrier in speciation? Evolutionary drivers and consequences of inter-ploidy introgression in natural populations (principal investigator)
  • 2017-2020 FRIPRO Mobility project, Norwegian Research Council (262033): Parallel adaptation to changing environments in wild Arabidopsis populations (principal investigator)
  • 2017-2019 Junior researcher project, Czech Science Foundation (17-20357Y): Parallel adaptation to alpine environments in wild Arabidopsis (principal investigator)
  • 2017-2019 Junior group leader research project, Charles University in Prague (Primus/SCI/35): Wild Arabidopsis adaptomics (principal investigator)
  • 2016 - 2017 Bilateral project of Czech and Austrian Ministries for Education (WTZ 7AMB16AT003): Evolution of alpine ecotypes in plant model Arabidopsis arenosa (co-PI together with P. Schönswetter)
  • 2014 - 2016 European Research Council, Marie Curie Fellowship (624421): WILD ARABIDOPSIS: Pathways, ecological and genomic consequences of genome duplication in Arabidopsis arenosa, an overlooked diploid-polyploid member of the model genus Arabidopsis. (principal investigator in group of C. Brochmann)
  • 2008 Student Grant Agency of the Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia (SGA): Phylogeography of tundra species Potentilla crantzii in Central Europe (principal investigator)

Reviewing experience (journals)

  • Alpine Botany, Annals of Botany, AoB Plants, Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Conservation Genetics, Current Opinion in Plant Science, Ecology and Evolution, Folia Geobotanica, Heredity, Journal of Biogeography, Molecular Ecology, Molecular Ecology Resources, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, New Phytologist, Nordic Journal of Botany, Phytotaxa, PLoS ONE, PNAS, Preslia

Major Collaborations

  • Levi Yant, Nottingham, University, UK: genomics of adaptation and genome duplication in A. arenosa
  • Kirsten Bomblies, ETH Zurich, Switzerland: Evolutionary genetics of Arabidopsis arenosa
  • Korbinian Schneeberger, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding & Uni Munich: genome evolution in Brassicaceae
  • Tanja Slotte, Stockholm University, Sweden: population genomics of Brassicaceae
  • Christian Parisod, University of Bern, Switzerland: ecological genomics of polyploid plants
  • Christian Brochmann & Abel Gizaw, University of Oslo, Norway: speciation in the Afroalpine
  • Brian Husband, University of Guelph, Canada: ecology and evolution of polyploidy
  • Peter Schönswetter & Ilse Kranner, University of Innsbruck, Austria: ecology, evolution and metabolomics of alpine plants
  • Patrick Meirmans, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands: polyploid population genetics
  • Marc Stift, University of Konstanz, Germany: ecology and evolution of Arabidopsis
  • Karol Marhold, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia: systematics of Brassicaceae
  • Terezie Mandáková, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic: cytogenetics of Brassicaceae


  • Sklenář P, Dušková E, Kolář F (2011): Rostliny zpod vrcholků rovníkových And 1. Historický vývoj květeny párama. [Plants from beneath Equatorial Andean Peaks 1. The Historical Development of Páramo flora] - Živa 59: 19-22.

  • Štajerová K, Kolář F, Kubešová M, Sekerka L, Molem K, Lepš J (2008): Role nepůvodních druhů během sukcese na opuštěných políčkách Papuy Nové Guineje [The role of alien plants in succession in a shifting agriculture of Papua New Guinea] - Zprávy České Botanické Společnosti 43, Materiály 23: 63-72.

  • Kolář F, Vít P (2008): Endemické rostliny českých hadců 1.- 3. [Endemic plants of Czech serpentines, parts 1. - 3.] - Živa 56: 14-17 (1. díl) , 67-69 (2.díl) , 111-113 (3.díl).

Education and Mobility