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Global Change Research Institute, CAS

Ing. Milan Fischer, Ph.D.


Position: Scientist

Branch: Department of Climate Change Impacts on Agroecosystems

Branch: Department of Matters and Energy Fluxes

Workplace: MendelGlobeZemědělská 1665/1Brno613 00



Research Focus

Main topic of my research is ecophysiology of bioenergy crops with special focus on their water balance, water use efficiency and biomass productivity. Apart from that, I work with various micrometeorological and ecophysiological methods, including modelling, for quantifying the fluxes within soil-plant-atmosphere continuum. Last but not least, I work with remote sensing products based on land surface temperature measurements for quantifying evapotranspiration of agricultural and forestry landscape.


2008 – 2012 Ph.D. in Plant production at MENDELU in Brno, Department of Agrosystems and Bioclimatology (Ph.D. thesis: Water Balance of Short Rotation Coppice)

2003 – 2008 M.Sc. at MUAF in Brno (M.Sc. thesis: Seasonal and Intra Seasonal Dynamics of Soil Carbon in Agricultural Field with Multiple-Crop Rotation System)

1999 – 2003 Grammar school in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm


Researcher at North Carolina State University (Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources (7/1/2014-6/30/2017)

Researcher at CzechGlobe (Global Change Research Institute CAS (since 1/1/2011)

Researcher at MENDELU in Brno (3/1/2009 – 9/30/2014)

Important research visits and fellowships

Belgium, Antwerp, Universiteit Antwerpen, Department of Biology, Research Group of Plant and Vegetation Ecology, prof. Reinhart Ceulemans, overall 8 week long stay during May and September 2010, March 2011, October 2013 and September 2014.

USA, North Carolina, Raleigh, North Carolina State University, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, prof. John S. King, overall 9 weeks during 2012 and 2013, ecophysilogical research focused on water use and physiology of hybrid poplars for bioenergy

Austria, Vienna, BOKU, Institute of Meteorology, prof. Josef Eitzinger, October to December 2010 (in the frame of program AKTION) and 2 short-time stays (6 days together) in 2008 and 2009

Brief scientometrics

Total Articles in Publication List: 49

Sum of the Times Cited (Web of Science): 505

Sum of the Times Cited (Google Scholar): 789

H-index (Web of Science): 13

H-index (Google Scholar): 17

5 most relevant publications during last 5 years:

Fischer M, Kelley AM, Ward EJ, Boone JD, Ashley EM, Domec JC, Williamson JC, King JS (2017) A critical analysis of species selection and high vs. low-input silviculture on establishment success and early productivity of model short-rotation wood-energy cropping systems. Biomass and Bioenergy 98:214-227.

Fischer M, Zenone T, Trnka M, Orság M, Montagnani L, Ward EJ, Tripathi AM, Hlavinka P, Seufert G, Žalud Z, King JS, Ceulemans R (2018) Water requirements of short rotation poplar coppice: Experimental and modelling analyses across Europe. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 250-251:343-360.

Orság M, Fischer M, Tripathi AM, Žalud Z, Trnka M (2018) Sensitivity of short rotation poplar coppice biomass productivity to the throughfall reduction – Estimating future drought impacts. Biomass and Bioenergy 109:182-189.

Pozníková G, Fischer M, van Kesteren B, Orság M, Hlavinka P, Žalud Z, Trnka M (2018) Quantifying turbulent energy fluxes and evapotranspiration in agricultural field conditions: A comparison of micrometeorological methods. Agricultural Water Management 209:249-263.

Tian S, Fischer M, Chescheir GM, Youssef MA, Cacho JF, King JS (2018) Microtopography-induced transient waterlogging affects switchgrass (Alamo) growth in the lower coastal plain of North Carolina, USA. GCB Bioenergy 10:577-591.