Assoc.Prof. Dr. Otmar Urban, Ph.D.

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Position: scientist
Branch: Laboratory of Ecological Plant Physiology
Workplace: ÚVGZ AV ČR, v. v. i., Bělidla 4a, Brno, 603 00

Email: urban.o@czechglobe.cz
Phone: 511 192 250

Research Focus

biophysical plant physiology, stress physiology in plants, ecophysiology of photosynthesis, global change, effect of radiation regime on physiological processes in plants (dynamic light environment, diffuse and direct radiation, spectral composition), elevated CO2 concentration, manipulative experiments, plant environmental metabolomics, emissions of volatile organic compounds

Education

MSc.: Palacky University in Olomouc, Faculty of Science, specialization Biophysics and chemical physics (1991-1996); MSc. thesis: “Effect of enhanced UV-B radiation on photosynthetic characteristics of Norway spruce (Picea abies [L.] Karst.) grown under field conditions”


Ph.D.: Palacky University in Olomouc, Faculty of Science, specialization Biophysics (1996-2002); PhD thesis: "Spatial differentiation of the CO2 assimilation activity within Norway spruce canopy under the impact of elevated CO2 concentration”


Assoc.Prof.: Palacky University in Olomouc, Faculty of Science, specialization Biophysics (2013); thesis: „Light heterogeneity and ecophysiology of photosynthesis in plants“

Appointments

1996-2002: PhD student, Institute of Landscape Ecology CAS

2002-2005: junior researcher, Institute of Landscape Ecology CAS

since 2005: senior researcher, Global Change Research Institute CAS

since 2005: Head of the Laboratory of Ecological Plant Physiology

2010-2012: Head of the Division of Impact Studies and Physiological Analyzes 


since 2005: External Lecturer, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Ostrava (Ecological Plant Physiology)

Awards

2003: Honorary diploma for exceptional and outstanding cooperation in forestry research and development (Forest Research and Management Institute, Romania)


2008: Otto Wichterle Award for young researchers (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)

Important research visits and fellowships

1998: Technische Universität, Berlin, FG Landschaftsökologie / Ökologie der Gehölze, Dr. Manfred Forstreuter; application of biochemical models in plant physiology


1999: Institute of Microbiology ASCR, Třeboň, Dr. Ladislav Nedbal; chlorophyll fluorescence in plants


2003-2005: visiting scientist, Department of Forest Ecology, University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy, Prof. G.Scarascia-Mugnoza; investigation of effects of elevated atmospheric CO2 concentration


2008: workshop Trends in Plant Ecophysiology and Ecosystem Ecology Research, 22.–27.6. 2008, Universita degli Studi di Palermo, Italy (lecturers Prof. Park S. Nobel, Prof. Dennis Baldocchi, Prof. Paolo Inglese)


2013-2014: IBAF-CNR, Italy; aplication of stable isotope technique in plant physiology and measurements of volatile organic compounds emissions from plants (Dr. Marco Lauteri, Dr. Carlo Calfapietra)

Membership


since 2008: Member of the Czech Society for Ecology (CSPE) 

2010-2015: Member of the Academy Assembly of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.
since 2011: Member of the Scientific Board of the Faculty of Science, University of Ostrava and a member of the Advisory Board for the doctoral study program Applied Physics (specialization Biophysics) 

2012-2015: Member of the Advisory Board of Global Change Research Centre CAS, v.v.i.

since 2007: Member of the committee for final state examination and defense of theses in master degree course (specialization Biophysics, University of Ostrava) 
2011-2014: National delegate of the Management Committee in the COST Action FA0906 (UV4Growth) and since 2012 member of the Commission for STSM (Short-Term Scientific Missions) projects 
since 2012: National delegate of the Management Committee in COST Action FP1204 "Green Infrastructure approach: linking environmental with social aspects in studying and managing urban forests"

Brief scientometrics

Papers in journals with impact factor: 59


Papers in reviewed journals - world databases: 25


Monographs: 3


Textbooks: 1


Sums of the Times Cited: 641,  Sums of the Times Cited without self-citations: 507


H-index: 13