SoilCET 2024


Petr Baldrian

Institute of Microbiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Head of the Laboratory of Environmental Microbiology


Petr Baldrian studied microbiology at the Faculty of Science of the Charles University in Prague. Currently, he is the head of the Laboratory of Environmental Microbiology of the Institute of Microbiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences. His scientific work focuses on the ecology and biogeography of soil microorganisms, especially the contribution of bacteria and fungi to ecosystem functioning and their response to climate change. The main studied models are soils in forests under various impact of human management. Petr Baldrian is a supervisor of students of bachelor, master and doctoral degrees and professor of Environmental Sciences at the Charles University in Prague where he teaches several subjects in the field of microbial ecology. Petr Baldrian is a Highly Cited Researcher who published over 250 papers in impact factor journals with more than 20 000 citations. His research was awarded, for example with the Academic Award of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic or the Prize of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic. Petr Baldrian is the editor of ISME Journal, Microbiome, FEMS Microbiology Ecology and Fungal Ecology. Since November 2021, he serves as the president of the Czech Science Foundation.

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