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Storch David

Prof., Ph.D.
Born June 18, 1970 in Prague

  • Ecology – macroecology, biodiversity, evolutionary ecology, ecological theory
  • Member of Learned Society since 2018

Educational and professional preparation

  • 2013 Professor (ecology,Charles University)
  • 2006 Associate professor in (ecology, Charles University)
  • 1998 PhD in Zoology (Faculty of Science, Charles University)
  • 1993 MSc in Special biology and ecology (Faculty of Science, Charles University)

Employment and academic positions

  • since 1998 Center for Theoretical Study, Charles University (since 2008 director)
  • since 2004 Department of Ecology, Faculty of Sciences, Charles University (professor)
  • external lecturer at Department of Zoology, Biological faculty of the University of South Bohemia
  • 2002-2004 international fellow of the Santa Fe Institute
  • 2002 Royal Society fellow at the Biodiversity and Macroecology Group (led by Kevin Gaston), Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK

Membership in selected domestic scientific bodies

  • since 2011 president of the Czech Ecological Society
  • since 2012 member of the committee „Fórum ochrany přírody“
  • since 2012 member of the advisory board of the Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic
  • 2011 member of government expert panel on „Sustainability of functioning of natural resources“
  • 2008-2013 member of the panel „Animal and Plant Ecology“ of the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic
  • member of editorial boards of journals Vesmír and Fórum ochrany přírody

Membership and positions in selected international organizations and societies

  • editor of Ecology Letters
  • editor of Global Ecology and Biogeography
  • since 2014 member of ERC panel LS8 „Evolutionary, population and environmental biology“

Notable awards

  • 2015 Award of the president of the Czech Science foundation for the project „Macroecology beyond species richness: reconciling ecological and evolutionary processes driving spatial variation of diversity“

Selected publications

  • Storch D., Bohdalková E. & Okie J. (2018). The more-individuals hypothesis revisited: the role of community abundance in species richness regulation and the productivity-diversity relationship. Ecology Letters 21: 920-937.
  • Šímová I., Storch D. (2017). The enigma of terrestrial primary productivity: measurements, models, scales and the diversity-productivity relationship. Ecography 40: 239-252.
  • Keil P., Storch D., Jetz W. (2015). On the decline of biodiversity due to area loss. Nature Communications, 6: 8837. DOI:10.1038/ncomms9837.
  • Storch D., Keil P. & Jetz W. (2012). Universal species-area and endemics-area relationships at continental scales. Nature 488: 78-81.
  • Harte J., Smith A.B. & Storch D. (2009): Biodiversity scales from plots to biomes with a universal species-area curve. Ecology Letters, 12: 789-797.
  • Šizling A.L., Storch D., Šizlingová E., Reif J. & Gaston K.J. (2009): Species-abundance distribution results from a spatial analogy of central limit theorem. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A., 106: 6691-6695.
  • Storch D., Šizling A.L., Reif J., Polechová J., Šizlingová E. & Gaston K.J. (2008): The quest for a null model for macroecological patterns: geometry of species distributions at multiple spatial scales. Ecology Letters 11: 771-784.
  • Storch D., Evans K. L. & Gaston K. J. (2005): The species-area-energy relationship. Ecology Letters 8: 487-492.
  • Zrzavý J., Burda H., Storch D., Begallová S. & Mihulka S. (2017): Jak se dělá evoluce: Labyrintem evoluční biologie. Dokořán, Praha.
  • Storch D., Marquet P.A.  & Brown J.H. (eds.) (2007): Scaling biodiversity. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

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XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic

The ceremonial part of the XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society, at which the Medals of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic Societas Scientarium Bohemica Ad Laudem et Honorem and the awards of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories were presented, took place on Monday 20 May 2019 in the Great Hall of the Carolinum.


Bolzano lecture by prof. Kip S. Thorne

American physicist Kip S. Thorne, recipient of the Nobel Prize for 2017 for detection of gravitational waves, visited Prague at the invitation of he Learned Society. He held a series of “Bolzano lectures” and a lecture titled “Creating Gravitational-Wave Astronomy” for the Learned Society on 15 May 2019 in the Blue Auditorium of the Carolinum. The lecture was held with the support of the Karel Janeček Foundation and was received very enthusiastically.


XXV. General Assembly

The Czech Learned Society is holding its XXV. General Assembly on 20 and 21 May 2019. The Learned Society’s awards in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories, Teaching Awards for pedagogic workers who promote interest in science and research at grammar schools and the Learned Society’s medals for meritorious contributions to the advance of science will be presented during a ceremony on 20 May at the Karolinum. Lectures by renowned scientists will also be presented. The second day will be reserved for the working part of the meeting, in the building of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.