Roey Angel

Roey Angel

Environmental microbiologist
Head of anaerobic and molecular microbiology lab

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Orcid: 0000-0002-2804-9661

Soil & Water Research Infrastructure

  • Biology Centre CAS
  • Na Sádkách 7, 370 05 České Budějovice
  • Czech Republic

I am a microbial ecologist interested in deciphering the way in which terrestrial communities of microorganisms, on a micro scale, control the cycling of nutrients on landscape scales. In particular, my group focuses on anaerobic processes in soil aggregates, biological soil crusts and arthropod guts. In the lab, we use stable isotope labelling and tracing in combination with classical microbiology and modern omics techniques to identify organisms and community interactions that impact ecosystems. Particular attention is given to processes and effects of interest to society such as the turnover of greenhouse gases and response to stress originating from climate change, or from pollution.

Education and Academic Positions

  • 2017 – present present Group leader, head of anaerobic microbiology lab. Soil & Water Research Infrastructure. Biology Centre CAS, České Budějovice, Czechia
  • 2013 – 2017 Post-doctoral researcher at the Division of Microbial Ecology, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  • 2011 – 2013 Post-doctoral researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg, Germany.
  • 2007 – 2010 Dr. rer. nat. Summa Cum Laude. The International Max Planck Research School for Environmental, Cellular and Molecular Microbiology; Max-Planck-Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology; Philipps-Universität, Marburg, Germany
  • 2006 – 2007 Research Assistant at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
  • 2004 – 2007 M.Sc. Summa Cum Laude in Desert Studies (Environmental Sciences Specialization), Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.
  • 2000 – 2004 B.Sc. Cum Laude in Life Sciences, The Open University of Israel, Israel.

Research Interests

Soil microbiology, structure and function of microbial communities, anaerobic microniches, turnover of atmospheric gas, microbial biogeochemistry

Scientific Activities

List of 10 most important publications with the highest IF

Angel R, Panhölzl C, Gabriel R, Herbold CW, Wanek W, Richter A, Eichorst S A & Woebken D (2018). Application of stable-isotopes labelling techniques for the detection of active diazotrophs. Environmental Microbiol 20:44–61. doi:10.1111/1462-2920.13954.

Ho A, Angel R, Veraart AJ, Daebeler A, Jia Z, Kim SY, Kerckhof FM, Boon N and Bodelier PL (2016). Biotic interactions in microbial communities as modulators of biogeochemical processes. Frontiers in Microbiology 7:1285. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2016.01285.

Angel R, and Conrad R (2013). Elucidating the microbial resuscitation cascade in biological soil crusts following a simulated rain event. Environmental Microbiology 15:2799–2815. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.12140.

Ke X, Angel R, Lu Y and Conrad R (2013). Niche differentiation of ammonia oxidizers and nitrite oxidizers in rice paddy soil. Environmental Microbiology 15: 2275–2292. doi:10.1111/1462-2920.12098.

Angel R, Pasternak Z, Conrad R, Soares MIM and Gillor O (2013). Active and total prokaryotic communities in dryland soils. FEMS Microbial Ecology 86:130–138. doi:10.1111/1574-6941.12155.

Angel R, Kammann C, Claus P and Conrad R (2012). Effect of long-term free-air CO2 enrichment on the diversity and activity of soil methanogens in a periodically waterlogged grassland. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 51:96-103. doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2012.04.010.

Angel R, Claus P and Conrad R. (2012). Methanogenic archaea are globally ubiquitous in aerated soils and become active under wet anoxic conditions. The ISME Journal 6:847–862. doi:10.1038/ismej.2011.141.

Angel R, Matthies D and Conrad R. (2011). Activation of methanogenesis in arid biological soil crusts despite the presence of oxygen. PLoS ONE 6(5):e20453. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020453.

Angel R, Soares MIM, Ungar ED and Gillor O. (2010). Biogeography of soil archaea and bacteria along a steep rainfall gradient. The ISME Journal 4:553-563. doi:10.1038/ismej.2009.136.

Angel R and Conrad R. (2009). In situ measurement of methane fluxes and analysis of transcribed particulate methane monooxygenase in desert soils. Environmental Microbiology 11:2598–2610. doi:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2009.01984.x..


2019-2021 With a little help from my friends: understanding the roles and importance of the millipede gut microbiome (GACR project No. 19-24309Y). Role: PI

2019-2021 Who eats whom and when? Zooming-in on alternative energy transfer pathways in planktonic food webs of hypertrophic shallow lakes. (GACR project No. 19-16554S). Role: Partner

2017-2019 TeaTime4Schools – citizen science project for mapping soil decomposition rates and microbial decomposers together with high-school students from Austrian. Funding agency: Sparkling Science, Austria. Role: Partner

2016-2019 Monitoring of bacteria, archaea and fungi in soil in the oil contaminated site at the Evrona Nature Reserve, Israel. Funding agency: Israel Nature and Parks Authority. Role: PI

2011 Best Paper Prize 2010 – International Journal of River Basin Management

2007 Doctoral fellowship from the International Max Planck Research School for Environmental, Cellular and Molecular Microbiology

2007 Fulbright doctoral student grant

2004 Dean’s academic excellence scholarship – The Open University of Israel

Scopus H-index: 15
Number of publications: 27
Citations (excl. self citation): 933

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Alica Chroňáková

Soil Scientist

Ana Catalina Lara R.

Molecular biologist and bioinformatics

Jolanta Niedzwiecka

Environmental microbiologist

Eva Petrová

Research assistant


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The origin and role of biological rock crusts in rocky desert weathering

In drylands, microbes that colonize rock surfaces have been linked to erosion because water scarcity excludes traditional weathering mechanisms. We...


New laboratories for the research of soil and water interactions

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Diversity Day 2018 Photogallery

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Dr. Roey Angel talks about the oil slick in the East China Sea and about petroleum degrading bacteria on a Czech morning news show. Dr. Roey Angel...