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Global Change Research Institute, CAS

doc. RNDr. Vladimír Špunda, CSc.


Position: scientist

Branch: Laboratory of Ecological Plant Physiology

Workplace: Přírodovědecká fakulta Ostravská univerzitaChittussiho 10Ostrava710 00



Research Focus

chlorophyll a fluorescence, biophysics and biochemistry of photosynthesis, biophysical plant ecophysiology, photooxidative stress and photoprotective processes, photosynthesis under stress conditions, short- and longer-term acclimatory response to changing climatic conditions (radiation and its spectral quality, temperature, CO2 concentration and further manifestations of climate change, mutual interactions of the mentioned environmental stimuli), optical spectroscopy of assimilatory apparatus.


Graduated: (1986) Palacky University Olomouc, Faculty of Science, Specialization: biophysics and chemical physics, MSc thesis: Optical phenomena in chlorophyll a fluorescence spectrum in green leaf. (Supervisor: Prof. J. Nauš, CSc.)

External PhD studies: (1994) Institute of Experimental Botany AS CR , Specialization: plant physiology, PhD thesis: Indication of functional state of photosynthetic apparatus of conifers by the means of fluorescence. (Supervisor: Dr. Z. Šesták, DrSc.).

Habilitation (Assoc. Prof.): (1999) Masaryk University, Faculty of Science, Brno, Specialization: biophysics and chemical physics; Habilitation thesis: Manifestation of acclimation of higher plant photosynthetic apparatus to increased level of photosynthetically active radiation. Regulation of absorbed light utilization.


1986 – 1988: specialist, Inst. of Microbiology AS CR, Dept. of Autotrophic Microorganisms Třeboň

1988 – 1991: specialist, Institute of Industrial Landscape Ecology AS CR Ostrava

1991 – 1999: Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Ostrava

2000 – present: Assoc. Professor, Faculty of Science, University of Ostrava (2010 – present: Head of Department of Physics)

2011 – 2015: scientist,  Global Change Research Centre CAS; 2016 – present: scientist, Global Change Research Institute CAS

Important research visits and fellowships

1994(4 months): Umea University, Department of Plant Physiology, research stay with Prof. G. Oqiust (stipend by Swedish Institute) 

– July 2007, October 2009, October 2012: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany (Dr. Claus Buschmann) – total 3 weeks

– February 2011, August 2016, February 2017, January 2018, June 2018 – Biological Research Centre (HAS, Szeged, Hungary, Laboratory of Photosynthetic membranes Dr. G. Garab, Dr. P. Lambrev, Dr. B. Ughy)  – total 5 weeks


Member of Scientific Boards: Faculty of Science, University of Ostrava: 2000-2006, 2010-present; Faculty of Science, Palacky University Olomouc: 2006-present; Institute of Global Change Research (member of the Board of Institution – since 2013)

Grant Agency of Czech republic : Member of expert panel 522 Plant physiology and Genetics, Plant Medicine 2004-2008 (chairman 2006-2007); Member of expert panel P501 Plant Physiology and Genetics, Plant Medicine 2011-2015 (vice chairman 2011); Member of expert panel P501 Plant Physiology and Genetics, Plant Medicine 2016-2020 (vice chairman 2018,  chairman 2019).

Brief scientometrics

Researcher ID: G-4479-2014

Data valid for March 17th, 2020:

Total WOS records: 69

number of articles in impacted journals: 52

number of articles in other scientific journals: 3

sum of times cited: 806, with out self-citations: 649

H-index : 15