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Global Change Research Institute, CAS
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doc. Mgr. Otmar Urban, Ph.D.

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Position: scientist

Branch: Laboratory of Ecological Plant Physiology

Workplace: ÚVGZ AV ČR, v. v. i.Bělidla 4aBrno603 00

Email: urban.o@czechglobe.cz

Phone: +420 511 192 250

Research Focus

biophysical plant physiology; plant stress physiology, ecophysiology of photosynthesis; biochemical/mathematical models in photosynthesis; impact studies; global change; impact of radiation regime (diffuse/direct radiation, spectral composition, dynamic light environment); impacts of elevated CO2 concentration and UV radiation; manipulative experiments; plant environmental metabolomics; ozone and volatile organic compound fluxes; CH4 and N2O emissions; stable isotopes (C13, N15, O18) in terrestrial ecosystems

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 (Czech Academy of Sciences)

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

2010–2015: member of Academy Assembly (Czech Academy of Sciences)

2011–present: member of Scientific Board (Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Ostrava), and the member of Subject area board Biophysics (PhD study programme Applied physics)

2012–present: member of CzechGlobe Advisory Board

since 2007: member of the committee for final examination (MSc. and PhD. study programmes Biophysics), Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Ostrava

since 2016: member of the committee for final examination (Bc., MSc., and PhD. study programmes Plant Anatomy and Physiology), Faculty of Natural Sciences, Masaryk University Brno

since 2018: member of FWO (Research Foundation – Flanders) expert panel Bio2: Functional Biology

since 2018: member of Advisory Board for mobility projects, Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports

since 2019: evaluator of the Czech Science Foundation, Panel P505-Ecology of animals and plants

2011–2014: national representative and member of Management Committee in COST Action FA0906 (UV4Growth), since 2012 member of the committee for STSM (Short-Term Scientific Missions) evaluation

2012–2019: national representative and member of Management Committee in COST Action FP1204 „Green Infrastructure approach: linking environmental with social aspects in studying and managing urban forests“

 

since 2016: member of UV4Plants Association (uv4plants.org)

Brief scientometrics

Papers in the reviewed journal with impact factor: 92

Proceeding papers: 14

Meeting abstracts: 3

Editorial materials: 2

Book chapters: 5

Papers in the other peer-reviewed journals: 17

Citations: 1595 (Sum of the Times Cited), 1324 (without self-citations)

H-index: 22 (Web of Science), 25 (Google Scholar)

Research ID: J-7432-2012