Petr Kuneš

A Few Words

About me


A Few Words About Me

I am a biologist and ecologist interested in the long-term dynamics of nature. I like looking into ecosystem changes covering various time scales in the Quaternary, studying processes beyond our direct observation and experimentation.

My main research questions include how changing climate affected terrestrial ecosystem dynamics and migration of plants and how various natural and anthropogenic disturbances contributed to vegetation dynamics.


I graduated in biology from the Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague. My doctoral research focused on the palaeoecology of late-glacial and early-Holocene vegetation, and in 2008 I was awarded a PhD at the department of botany.

Between 2009 and 2011, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, studying past interglacial dynamics.

My primary research interests lie in Quaternary palaeoecology, which I translate mainly as a connection between ecology, geology and archaeology on various time scales. I am interested in studying past ecosystem dynamics and recognising baseline conditions before human impact.  I also focus on the determinants of ecosystem change, such as climate or disturbances (fire and human impact), and linking these processes with modern times.

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