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Baldrian Petr

Assoc. Prof., Ph.D.
Born September 1, 1972 in Prague

  • Environmental microbiology and ecology
  • Member of Learned Society since 2021

Educational and professional preparation

  • MSc., Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, 1996
  • Ph.D., Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, 2000
  • Associate Professor in Environmental Sciences Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, 2017

Employment and academic positions

  • Institute of Microbiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague (since 1998), Head of the Laboratory of Environmental Microbiology (since 2006)

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies

  • Czechoslovak Society for Microbiology (member)
  • Czech Society for Ecology (member)
  • Czech Science Foundation – panel member, discipline committee member, member of presidium
  • Scientific Council of the Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague (member)

Membership and positions in selected international organizations and societies

  • International Society for Microbial Ecology – Ambassador for the Czech Republic
  • American Society for Microbiology (member), British Mycological Society (member)
  • Editor časopisů Microbiome, ISME Journal, Fungal Ecology a FEMS Microbiology Ecology
  • Evaluation panel member: Horizon 2020, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, FORMAS
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board - Finnish Natural Resources Institute, Helsinki

Notable awards

  • 2008, Prize of the President of the Czech Science Foundation
  • 2015, Prize of the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic for the excellence in research
  • 2017, Academic Award – Praemium Academiae, Czech Academy of Sciences
  • 2021, Award of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic

Selected publications

  • Větrovský, T., Kohout, P., Kopecký, M., Machac, A., Man, M., Bahnmann, B.D., Brabcová, V., Choi, J., Meszárošová, L., Human, Z.R., Lepinay, C., Lladó, S., Lopez-Mondejar, R., Martinovic, T., Mašínová, T., Morais, D., Navrátilová, D., Odriozola, I., Štursová, M., Švec, K., Tláskal, V., Urbanová, M., Wan, J., Žifčáková, L., Howe, A., Ladau, J., Peay, K.G., Storch, D., Wild, J., Baldrian, P. (2019) A meta-analysis of global fungal distribution reveals climate-driven patterns. Nature Communications 10, 5142.
  • Nilsson, R.H., Anslan, S., Bahram, M., Wurzbacher, C., Baldrian, P., Tedersoo, L. (2019) Mycobiome diversity: high-throughput sequencing and identification of fungi. Nature Reviews Microbiology 17, 95.
  • López-Mondéjar, R., Brabcová, V., Štursová, M., Davidová, A., Jansa, J., Cajthaml, T., Baldrian, P.  (2018) Decomposer food web in a deciduous forest shows high share of generalist microorganisms and importance of microbial biomass recycling. ISME Journal 12, 1768.
  • Kohout, P., Charvátová, M., Štursová, M., Mašínová, T., Tomšovský, M., Baldrian, P. (2018) Clearcutting alters decomposition processes and initiates complex restructuring of fungal communities in soil and tree roots. ISME Journal 12, 692.
  • Baldrian, P. (2017) Forest microbiome: diversity, complexity and dynamics. FEMS Microbiology Reviews 41, 109.
  • Brabcová, V., Nováková, M., Davidová, A. and Baldrian, P. (2016) Dead fungal mycelium in forest soil represents a decomposition hotspot and a habitat for a specific microbial community. New Phytologist 210, 1369.
  • Štursová, M., Šnajdr, J., Cajthaml, T., Bárta, J., Šantrůčková, H. and Baldrian, P. (2014) When the forest dies: the response of forest soil fungi to a bark beetle-induced tree dieback. ISME Journal 8, 1920.
  • Bradford, M.A., Warren, R.J., Baldrian, P., Crowther, T.W., Maynard, D.S., Oldfield, E.E., Wieder, W.R., Wood, S.A. and King, J.R. (2014) Climate fails to predict wood decomposition at regional scales. Nature Climate Change, 4, 625.
  • Voříšková, J. and Baldrian, P. (2013) Fungal community on decomposing leaf litter undergoes rapid successional changes. ISME Journal, 7, 477.
  • Baldrian, P., Kolařík, M., Štursová, M., et al. (2012) Active and total microbial communities in forest soil are largely different and highly stratified during decomposition. ISME Journal 6, 248-258.