Jiří Kolibáč is Head of the Department of Entomology at the Moravian Museum in Brno. Even as a child he was fascinated by the natural sciences, not least by life in the sea. Because he lived a long way from it, he began to study the ecology of mammals (at the Academy of Sciences), graduating with a doctoral degree in the zoology of vertebrates in 1992. His fascination with insects also began in childhood. He published on beetles when a student, and it was for beetles that he eventually returned to the Moravian Museum. In recent years his main professional interest has been the palaeontology and evolution of beetles. An active sportsman, he enjoys water in all its shapes, doing kayaking as well as diving and skiing. He also needs water for his bonsai among which he likes to spend time with a book.