Foreign Research Collaborator

Adela Hemelikova, M.Sc.

USK research collaborator

I am PhD candidate at the Department of Ecology at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague. I got my master’s degree from International Development and Environmental Studies at Palacky University. I work in the In Situ Conservation Department at Liberec Zoo as a field zoologist and researcher and my main focus is on sea turtle conservation, especially hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), and tortoiseshell trade in Indonesia. I am a member of the Asia-Pacific Marine Turtle Genetic Working Group, and with Syiah Kuala University I collaborate mainly in the research of population decrease of hawksbill turtles, and hawksbill turtle genetics in Indonesia. Another of my interests is the involvement of people and communities in conservation actions

Pavel Zoubek, M.Sc.

USK research collaborator

Pavel Zoubek has graduated at Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague at the program Wildlife Management in Tropics and Subtropics. During the studies he has started to volunteer at various conservation projects in Central Africa focusing mainly on elephants and human-wildlife conflict. Later Pavel started to be active also in Indonesia regarding various aspects from community outreach to sea turtle conservation in the field. Currently, Pavel is head of In Situ Conservation Department at Liberec Zoo, Czech Republic, which is part of several conservation projects in Southeast Asia and Africa. As an active conservationist and researcher, Pavel is a member of IUCN SSC Asian Species Action Partnership and Asia-Pacific Marine Turtle Genetic Working Group.

Tomas Ouhel, M.Sc.

USK foreign lecturer and research collaborator

Tomas Ouhel has graduated from philosophy and studies of religion at the University of Pardubice and development studies at Palacky University. Tomas is an external lecturer at Palacky University and at University Siah Kuala in Banda Aceh, where he runs international course (Introduction to Biodiversity conservation in Indonesia). Tomas is associated with zoo Liberec as conservation and scientific advisor and for two years (2017-2019) he was chairman of EAZA (European Asociation of Zoos and Aquariums) conservation campaign Silent Forest. Tomas is currently chairman of the in-situ committee at Czech and Slovak zoo association, chairman of NGO Lestari, co-founder and board member of Czech Coalition for Biodiversity conservation and member of IUCN Asian Songbird Trade Specialist Group. His main research focus is in conservation management, extinction preventing and smart solution for conservation. Tomas is also making documentaries about wildlife and species conservation.



  • DOMINIC Y. J. NG, TEREZA SVEJCAROVA, KEREN R. SADANANDAN, TEUKU REZA FERASYI, JESSICA G.H. LEE, DEWI M. PRAWIRADILAGA, TOMAS OUHEL, ELIZE Y.X. FRANK E. RHEINDT, Genomic and morphological data help uncover extinction-in-progress of an unsustainably traded hill myna radiation, Ibis (2021), 163, 38–51
  • TOMAS OUHEL, SIMON BRUSLUND, WILLIAM V. LINT,  Saving Asia’s songbirds, Zooquaria (2017) issue  99 df

Norin Chai, DVM, MSc, PhD, Dipl.ECZM.


Norin graduated from the Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d’Alfort, in 1994. In 1995, he completed two Master of Science, one in «Tropical animal pathology» and one in “Tropical Animal Production”. In 1996, he finished his doctoral degree in Veterinary Medicine on “Ecology and Ethology of the Leopard (Panthera pardus)”. Meanwhile, he started his career with the position of director of the National Park of Manda (Chad) from 1995 to 1996. In 1997, he entered the National Museum of Natural History (France) as a research Engineer and as the deputy director of the Parc de la Haute Touche (zoological park in center of France). In 2000, he moved back to Paris as a field vet in the Menagerie du Jardin des Plantes. In 2008, he finished his second doctoral degree (PhD) on Amphibian medicine. In 2013 he became a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine in Zoo Health Management. From 2005 until September 2020, he had been the head veterinarian and the deputy director of the Ménagerie. He quite his position in October 2020 to follow his own personal projects. Norin is the founder and president of Yaboumba, a NGO working in Conservation and humanitarian projects. He is regularly asked for expertise on wildlife medical cases and conservation projects around the world. He has published numerous articles in veterinary journals, national magazines, and given hundreds of lectures in national and international congresses.