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Global Change Research Institute, CAS

prof. Anthony Dixon, Ph.D., dr. h. c.

Position: senior researcher

Branch: Department of Biodiversity Research

Workplace: ÚVGZ AV ČR, v.v.i.Prokišova 356/7České Budějovice370 01



Research Focus

Entomology, Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, Aphids, Insect, Population Dynamics, Cereal, Wheat, Evolution, Community Ecology, Distribution, Biodiversity


Professor at the University of East Anglia in Norwich

2013 – Doctor Honoris Causa awarded by Charles University

Important research visits and fellowships

A lot of research was carried out in a laboratory in České Budějovice.

Links to Charles University and the Czech Republic date back long before the fall of the Iron Curtain.

Brief scientometrics

Kindlmann P., Štípková Z., and Dixon A.F.G. (2020) Aphid colony duration does not limit the abundance of Harmonia axyridis in the mediterranean area. Sci Rep 10, 21085.

Kindlmann P., Dixon A.F.G. and Štípková Z. (2020), Assumed effects of invasive intraguild predators and how to avoid the snowball effect of unsupported expectations. Ecol Entomol.

Kindlmann P., Štípková Z., Dixon A.F.G. (2020) Generation time ratio, rather than voracity, determines population dynamics of insect – natural enemy systems, contrary to classical Lotka-Volterra models European Journal of Environmental Sciences, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 133–140.

Honek A., Martinkova Z., Roy H.E., Dixon A.F.G., Skuhrovec J., Pekár S. and Brabec M. (2019) Differences in the Phenology of Harmonia axyridis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) and Native Coccinellids in Central Europe. Environmental Entomology, 48 (1): 80–87.

Honek A., Brabec M., Martinkova Z., Dixon A.F.G., Pekar S. and Skuhrovec J. (2019) Factors determining local and seasonal variation in abundance of Harmonia axyridis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) in Central Europe. European Journal of Entomology, 116: 93-103. DOI: 10.14411/eje.2019.011

Dixon A.F.G. and Kindlmann P. (2019) Data on aphids indicate that rarity in herbivorous insects may be a consequence of a low rate of potential population growth. Ecological Entomology, doi:10.1111/een.12779

Honek A., Martinkova Z., Dixon A.F.G., Skuhrovec J., Roy H.E., Brabec M., Pekar S. (2018) Life cycle of Harmonia axyridis in central Europe. BioControl, 63 (2). 241-252.

Honek A., Martinkova Z., Saska P., Dixon A.F.G. (2018) Aphids (Homoptera: Aphididae) on Winter Wheat: Predicting Maximum Abundance of Metopolophium dirhodum, Journal of Economic Entomology, 111 (4) 3: 1751–1759.

Honek A., Martinkova Z., Dixon A.F.G. and Saska P. (2017) Annual pred Kindlmann, P., Dixon, A.F. and Štípková, Z. (2020), Assumed effects of invasive intraguild predators and how to avoid the snowball effect of unsupported expectations. Ecol Entomol. of the peak numbers of Sitobion avenae infesting winter wheat. J. Appl. Entomol., 141: 352–362. doi:10.1111/jen.12344. (IF2017 = 1.641)

Ferrer A., Dixon A.F.G. and Hemptinne J.-L. (2016) Habitat or prey specialization in predatory ladybird beetles: a case study of two closely related species. J. Appl. Entomol., 140: 199–208. doi:10.1111/jen.12244

Thieme T., Dixon A.F.G. (2015) Is the response of aphids to alarm pheromone stable? Journal of Applied Entomology.

Hemptinne J.-L., Ferrer A., Dixon A.F.G. (2015) Habitat or prey specialization in predatory ladybird beetles: A case study of two closely related species. Journal of Applied Entomology

Honek A., Martinkova Z., Dixon A.F.G. (2015) Detecting seasonal variation in composition of adult Coccinellidae communities. Ecological Entomology

Skálová H., Moravcová L., Dixon A.F.G., Kindlmann P., Pyšek P. (2015) Effect of temperature and nutrients on the growth and development of seedlings of an invasive plant. AoB PLANTS

Kindlmann P., Yasuda H., Kajita Y., Sato S., Dixon A.F.G. (2015) Predator efficiency reconsidered for a ladybird-aphid system. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.

Dixon A.F.G., Sato S., Kindlmann P. (2015) Evolution of slow and fast development in predatory ladybirds. Journal of Applied Entomology

Dixon A.F.G., Honěk A. (2014) Rate of development of predatory insects is dependent on that of their prey. DOI: 10.14712/23361964.2014.1

Honek A., Martinkova Z., Lukas J., Dixon A.F.G. (2014) Plasticity of the thermal requirements of exotherms and adaptation to environmental conditions. Ecology and Evolution

Honek A., Martinkova Z., Kindlmann P., Ameixa O.M.C.C., Dixon A.F.G. (2013) Long-term trends in the composition of aphidophagous coccinellid communities in Central Europe. Insect Conservation and Diversity

Honek A., Martinkova Z., Saska P., Dixon A.F.G. (2012) Temporal variation in elytral colour polymorphism in Hippodamia variegata (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). European Journal of Entomology

Grüber K, Dixon A.F.G. (2011) The effect of nutrient stress on development and reproduction in aphids. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata

Magro A., Ducamp Ch., Ramon-Portugal F., Lecompte E., Crouau-Roy B., Dixon A.F.G., Hemptinne J.-L. (2010) Oviposition deterring infochemicals in ladybirds: the role of phylogeny. Evol Ecol

Brentassi M.E., Corrales C., Snape J.W., Dixon A.F.G., Castro A.M. (2009) Wheat Antixenosis, Antibiosis, and Tolerance to Infestation by Delphacodes kuscheli (Hemiptera: Delphacidae), a Vector of “Mal de Río Cuarto” in Argentina. Journal of Economic Entomology

Satoru Sato · Hironori Yasuda · Edward W. Evans · Anthony F. G. Dixon (2009) Vulnerability of larvae of two species of aphidophagous ladybirds, Adalia hipunctata Linnaeus and Harmonia axyridis Pallas, to cannibalism and intraguild predation. Entomol. Sci.

Satoru Sato · Katsuhiro Shinya · Hironori Yasuda · Pavel Kindlmann · Anthony F. G. Dixon (2009) Effects of intra and interspecific interactions on the survival of two predatory ladybirds (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) in relation to prey abundance. Appl Entomol Zool