Research

I am a biologist and ecologist interested in palaeoecology. I like doing research in long-term ecosystem changes covering various time scales in Quaternary, studying processes that are beyond 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.

Long-term woodland dynamics in Central Europe

Vihorlat

LONGWOOD was a five-year project financed by the European Research Council (ERC –erc.europa.eu) in its Starting Grant scheme. The mission of ERC is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-initiated frontier research. The principal investigator of the LONGWOOD project is Péter Szabó.

Interglacials

Trelde klint
Leaf of Quercus (oak) found in an old interglacial varved sediment at Trelde klint [see published article]

A project funded by Carlsberg foundation (2009-2010) aimed to revise the terrestrial interglacial stratigraphy and palaeoenvironments in Denmark as was the topic of my postdoc at Aarhus University.

Human impact and modern vegetation analogues of pre-agricultural period

A topic connecting parts of my Ph.D. We used present vegetation in Southern Siberia as a modern analogue to interpret ecosystems of the last glacial in Central Europe. The analogue hypothesis is based on biogeographical and climatological links. We studied modern pollen spectra related to present vegetation, which we correlated with fossil pollen using several numerical techniques.

Ph.D. thesis – Petr Kuneš

Introduction to my phd thesis Human-driven and natural vegetation changes of the last glacial and early Holocene, which I defended at the Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague in 2008.