Our alumnus Petr Blabolil awarded a 2019 Otto Wichterle Prize

On 19 June 2019, our staff member and former PhD student Petr Blabolil was awarded one of the prestigious 2019 Otto Wichterle Prizes of the Czech Academy of Sciences. This prize honours promising early career scientists with top results in their respective fields. Petr was awarded the prize for his research focused on fish communities and ecological quality of Czech freshwater reservoirs. Well done and best wishes for more success ahead, Petr!


Consequences of differential nutrient limitation of plants and soil microorganisms

Plants and soil microbes are different in many ways, in particular in their biomass composition. Plant biomass is rich in nitrogen, but has less phosphorus, compared to microbial biomass. This means that these organisms require different diets to thrive – richer in nitrogen for plants and richer in phosphorus for microbes. In soils, where both plants and microorganisms harvest the nutrients they need, nitrogen and phosphorus can be found in varying amounts. This creates a range of possible... more


Department of Ecosystem Biology as a partner in the International Applied Soil and Plant Ecology Knowledge project (IntASEK)

The IntASEK project brings together five partners from four counties across Europe: Estonia, France, Germany and the Czech Republic. It focusses on teaching, research and employability for students in the field of soil and plant sciences. Project is funded by ERASMUS+ and European commission.

The project runs for 33 months between December 2017 and August 2020.

As part of the project we continue to organize the international summer school "Soil and Water", which has already had 6... more


Carnivorous plant may be more of a gardener

Science (Vol. 358, Issue 6360) has published an article about carnivorous Utricularia research of Dagmara Sirová. Those aquatic carnivorous plants maintain a remarkable microbial community inside their bladders. Such communities are studied at our Department within the The Utricularia Holobiont project.

New paper on optimal feeding strategies in Ecology Letters

Most heterotrophs feed on substrates that are poor in nutrients (especially nitrogen and phosphorus) compared to their demand, which leads to elemental imbalances that may constrain their growth and reproduction. Optimal carbon-to-nutrient ratio in acquired food can be achieved, e.g., by excretion of surplus C during assimilation. The ratio of C used for growth and reproduction over C consumed (CUE, carbon-use efficiency) however varies with substrate and organism stoichiometry. International... more


Major prize for a project on the natural dieback of mountain spruce forests

In 2012-2016, our deparment was substantially involved in the project "The effect of natural dieback of mountain spruce forest on microclimate, chemistry, and bio-diversity of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems" lead by Prof. Jiří Kopáček. It has now received the 2017 President's Prize of the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic for the best project.

Our students win a double Vojtěch Jarošík Award for 2016

Our PhD students Ivana Vejříková and Petr Čapek co-won the Vojtěch Jarošík prize for 2016! This award, jointly administered by the Czech Society for Ecology and the Department of Ecology, at the Faculty of Science of Charles University, honours outstanding ecological papers lead by a student at a Czech university. Congratulations!

Ivana Vejříková was awarded for her innovative work on fish ecology combining field data with experiments. We have already covered the paper by... more


Open postdoc position: Quantifying human impacts on freshwater food webs

Open position focusing on the consequences of human impacts on food webs in standing freshwater bodies is available in the group of David Boukal within the Soil and Water National Research Infrastructure project in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic.

Focus: consequences of human impacts such as effects of climate change, habitat alteration and eutrophication on freshwater food webs in standing waters. We primarily use freshwater insects in small standing waters as a model system to study... more


New paper in Ecology Letters

Body size of ectotherms often changes with temperature. This can further affect trophic interaction strengths and the stability of food webs. However, the potential significance and magnitude of this effect has not been studied. Results of simulation models by Arnaud Sentis et al. published in Ecology Letters show that this effect depends on the type of temperature-size responses in the interacting populations and the predator-prey body mass ratios. Our results indicate that temperature-... more


Student and Erasmus internships in aquatic ecology

Up to four Master internship positions focusing on population ecology and phenotypic plasticity of aquatic invertebrates are available in the group of Dr. David Boukal at the Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia and Institute of Entomology in Ceske Budejovice (Czech Republic) in the spring and summer of 2017. The students will work under the supervision of David Boukal, Pavel Sroka, Joacim Näslund (Swedish postdoc) and Julien Mocq (French postdoc). We work mainly on aquatic insects... more