Přírodovědecká fakulta JU
petacapek [at] gmail.com
Ecology, soil biology and microbiology

Based on site-based research I try to find out the role of soil microbial community in the ecosystem scale processes. I use the knowledge and concepts of general microbiology and ecological stoichiometry to trace imprints of soil microbial community behavoir in soil organic carbon mineralization, humification and nutrient cycling. At the same time I try to quantify constraints possessed by physical and chemical properties of soil to microbial metabolism and growth.  

Brief CV: 

2005 – 2008: Bachelor of Biology (Bc, České Budějovice, (Faculty of Science, Department of Ecosystem Biology) - student of environmental care (supervisor: prof. Ing. Hana Šantrůčková, CSc.)

2008 – 2010: Master of Biology (Mgr.), University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice, (Faculty of Science, Department of Ecosystem Biology) – student of soil biology (supervisor: prof. Ing. Hana Šantrůčková, CSc.)

2011 – present: Ph.D. program at University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice, (Faculty of Science, Department of Ecosystem Biology) – student of ecosystem biology (supervisor: prof. Ing. Hana Šantrůčková, CSc.)



More information: 

Work and science experience:

Collaborator on the CryoCARB project (Long-term Carbon Storage in Cryoturbated Arctic Soils). http://www.univie.ac.at/cryocarb/the-cryocarb-project/.

Member of joint sampling trip 2011 of CryoCARB project to Taymyr peninsula (Russia).

Member of a field works in the Himalaya, Ladakh, 2013 (India).

Member of a field works in the Svalbard, 2014.


Scientific skills:

Using stable isotopes in biological research.

Using high level statistics and simple mathematical modelling in biological research with program R.


Publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals:


Manzoni, S., P. Čapek, M. Mooshammer, B. D. Lindahl, A. Richter, & H. Šantrůčková, 2017. Optimal metabolic regulation along resource stoichiometry gradients. Ecology Letters , http://doi.wiley.com/10.1111/ele.12815.

Choma, M., M. O. Rappe-George, J. Bárta, P. Čapek, E. Kaštovská, A. I. Gärdenäs, & H. Šantrůčková, 2017. Recovery of the ectomycorrhizal community after termination of long-term nitrogen fertilisation of a boreal Norway spruce forest. Fungal Ecology , http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1754504816301106.

Diáková K, Biasi C, Čapek P, Martikainen PJ, Marushchak ME, Patova EN, Šantrůčková H. (2016). Variation in N2 fixation in subarctic tundra in relation to landscape position and nitrogen pools and fluxes. Arctic Antarctic and Alpine Research, 48, 111–125.

Čapek P., Kotas P., Manzoni S., Šantrůčková H. (2016). Drivers of phosphorus limitation across soil microbial communities. Functional Ecology (in press). http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2435.12650/abstract

Čapek, P., Diáková, K., Dickopp, J.-E., Bárta, J., Wild, B., Schnecker, J., Alves, R.J.E., Aiglsdorfer, S., Guggenberger, G., Gentsch, N., Hugelius, G., Lashchinsky, N., Gittel, A., Schleper, C., Mikutta, R., Palmtag, J., Shibistova, O., Urich, T., Richter, A., Šantrůčková, H., 2015. The effect of warming on the vulnerability of subducted organic carbon in arctic soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 90, 19-29. - http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1RWOv8g1337Yu

Hauer, T., Čapek, P., Böhmová, P., 2015. Main photoautotrophic components of biofilms in natural draft cooling towers. Folia Microbiologica, 1-6.

Řeháková, K., Chroňáková, A., Krištůfek, V., Kuchtová, B., Čapková, K., Scharfen, J., Čapek, P., Doležal, J., 2015. Bacterial community of cushion plant Thylacospermum ceaspitosum on elevational gradient in the Himalayan cold desert. Frontiers in Microbiology 6. - http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fmicb.2015.00304/abstract

Gentsch, N., Mikutta, R., Alves, R.J.E., Barta, J., Čapek, P., Gittel, A., Hugelius, G., Kuhry, P., Lashchinskiy, N., Palmtag, J., Richter, A., Šantrůčková, H., Schnecker, J., Shibistova, O., Urich, T., Wild, B., Guggenberger, G., 2015. Storage and transformation of organic matter fractions in cryoturbated permafrost soils across the Siberian Arctic. Biogeosciences 12, 4525-4542. - http://www.biogeosciences.net/12/4525/2015/bg-12-4525-2015.html

Gittel, A., Bárta, J., Kohoutova, I., Schnecker, J., Wild, B., Čapek, P., Kaiser, C., Torsvik, V.L., Richter, A., Schleper, C. & Urich, T. (2014) Site- and horizon-specific patterns of microbial community structure and enzyme activities in permafrost-affected soils of Greenland. Frontiers in Microbiology, 5. - http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fmicb.2014.00541/abstract

Gittel, A., Barta, J., Kohoutova, I., Mikutta, R., Owens, S., Gilbert, J., Schnecker, J., Wild, B., Hannisdal, B., Maerz, J., Lashchinskiy, N., Capek, P., Šantrůčková H, Gentsch, N., Shibistova, O., Guggenberger, G., Richter, A., Torsvik, V.L., Schleper, C. & Urich, T. (2014) Distinct microbial communities associated with buried soils in the Siberian tundra. Isme Journal, 8, 841-853.

Schädel, C., Bader, M.K.-F., Schuur, E.A.G., Biasi, C., Bracho, R., Čapek, P., De Baets, S., Diáková, K., Ernakovich, J., Estop-Aragones, C., Graham, D.E., Hartley, I.P., Iversen, C.M., Kane, E., Knoblauch, C., Lupascu, M., Martikainen, P.J., Natali, S.M., Norby, R.J., O’Donnell, J.A., Chowdhury, T.R., Šantrůčková, H., Shaver, G., Sloan, V.L., Treat, C.C., Turetsky, M.R., Waldrop, M.P. & Wickland, K.P. (2016) Potential carbon emissions dominated by carbon dioxide from thawed permafrost soils. Nature Climate Change, advance on.

Schnecker, J., Wild, B., Hofhansl, F., Alves, R.J.E., Bárta, J., Čapek, P., Fuchslueger, L., Gentsch, N., Gittel, A., Guggenberger, G., Hofer, A., Kienzl, S., Knoltsch, A., Lashchinskiy, N., Mikutta, R., Santruckova, H., Shibistova, O., Takriti, M., Urich, T., Weltin, G. & Richter, A. (2014) Effects of Soil Organic Matter Properties and Microbial Community Composition on Enzyme Activities in Cryoturbated Arctic Soils. Plos One, 9. - http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0094076

Tahovská, K., Čapek, P., Kaňa, J., Kopáček, J. & Šantrůčková, H. Measurement of in situ phosphorus availability in acidified soils using iron infused resin. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis.

Wild, B., Gentsch, N., Čapek, P., Diáková, K., Alves, R.J.E., Bárta, J., Gittel, A., Hugelius, G., Knoltsch, A., Kuhry, P., Lashchinskiy, N., Mikutta, R., Palmtag, J., Schleper, C., Schnecker, J., Shibistova, O., Takriti, M., Torsvik, V.L., Urich, T., Watzka, M., Šantrůčková, H., Guggenberger, G. & Richter, A. (2016) Plant-derived compounds stimulate the decomposition of organic matter in arctic permafrost soils. Scientific Reports, 6, 25607.

Wild, B., Schnecker, J., Alves, R.J.E., Barsukov, P., Bárta, J., Čapek, P., Gentsch, N., Gittel, A., Guggenberger, G., Lashchinskiy, N., Mikutta, R., Rusalimova, O., Šantrůčková, H., Shibistova, O., Urich, T., Watzka, M., Zrazhevskaya, G. & Richter, A. (2014) Input of easily available organic C and N stimulates microbial decomposition of soil organic matter in arctic permafrost soil. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 75, 143-151. - http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0038071714001345

Wild, B., Schnecker, J., Bárta, J., Čapek, P., Guggenberger, G., Hofhansl, F., Kaiser, C., Lashchinsky, N., Mikutta, R., Mooshammer, M.,Šantrůčková H, Shibistova, O., Urich, T., Zimov, S.A. & Richter, A. (2013) Nitrogen dynamics in Turbic Cryosols from Siberia and Greenland. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 67, 85-93. - http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0038071713002691

Zimmermann, M., Bird, M.I., Wurster, C., Saiz, G., Goodrick, I., Bárta, J., Čapek, P., Šantrůčková, H. & Smernik, R. (2012) Rapid degradation of pyrogenic carbon. Global Change Biology, 18, 3306-3316. - http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2486.2012.02796.x/abst...