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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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Reaction to the case of Tomáš Hudlický: Members of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic support the freedom of expression

„We believe that free exchange of ideas is a key condition for the pursuit of truth and that the honest opinions should be scrutinized, challenged or rebutted but not censored or suppressed,“ say 45 members of the Learned Society in a statement regarding the retracted opinion paper by Prof. Tomáš Hudlický.


The letter by Jan Konvalinka to the President and Vice-Chancellor of the Brock University regarding the retracted article of Prof. Tomáš Hudlický

Opinions could and should be challenged, questioned or refuted but never silenced. In order to be able to think, we have to have the right to inquire, question and even offend or be mistaken,” writes Assoc. Prof. Jan Konvalinka, a biochemist at the IOCB Prague and the Vice-Rector of the Charles University, to Gervan Fearon.


Prof Miroslav Bárta receives the Česká hlava National Government Award

Learned Society member, Prof. Mgr. Miroslav Bárta, Dr. (Charles University Faculty of Arts) received the Česká hlava (Czech Head) National Government Award on 25 November 2019. A renowned Czech Egyptologist and archaeologist, Professor Bárta researches the history of ancient civilisations, the human relationship to the natural environment, and also for many years the evolution of complex societies. He leads the Czech Institute of Egyptology for archaeological and environmental research in Egypt and Sudan. His principal research interest is the period of the pyramid builders of the Old Kingdom.