Gerrit Angst

Gerrit Angst

Soil & Water Research Infrastructure

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

I am a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Soil Biology and the Soil & Water Research Infrastructure of the Biology Centre CAS in České Budějovice. My research is focused on build-up, composition, and turnover of soil organic matter, advancing my investigations that I already started during my PhD studies at the Chair of Soil Science of the Technical University of Munich, Germany. I am particularly interested in the molecular chemical composition of differently stable soil organic matter fractions and factors/processes that influence this composition. I believe that such small-scale knowledge is needed to thoroughly understand plant-soil feedbacks and be able to actively manage persistence and magnitude of the soil carbon pool.

Education and Academic Positions

  • Since 2016 post-doctoral researcher Institute of Soil Biology and the SoWa RI at the Biology Centre CAS
  • 2013 – 2016 Scientific employee and PhD studies Chair of Soil Science of the Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • 2006 – 2013 University studies of Soil Science, Geography, and Urban Planning University of Bonn, Germany

Research Interests

  • Stabilization and turnover of soil organic matter (SOM)
  • Disentangling the origin and build-up of stable SOM
  • Biomarkers in soil and Environmental Science
  • Influence of tree species identity on carbon stocks and stabilization
  • Litter decomposition

Teaching Interests

  • Lab course for master students Chair of Soil Science, Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • Gamma ray spectrometry field course I and II University of Bonn, Germany


  • Soil physical fractionation
  • Analyses of lipids, amino sugars, CuO oxidation products

Scientific Activities

  • Reviewer for: Geoderma, SBB, Science of the Total Environment, Biogeosciences, Organic Geochemistry, Soil Research, Soil Processes, Ecological Research
  • Memberships: Deutsche Bodenkundliche Gesellschaft DBG, European Association of Geochemistry EAG
  • Grant: Programme for research and mobility support of starting researchers 2017: „Stabilization of cutin and suberin in soil aggregates and organo-mineral associations as affected by earthworm activity.“


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Soil organic carbon stability in forests: distinct effects of tree species identity and traits

Rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations have increased interest in the potential for forest ecosystems and soils to act as carbon (C) sinks. While soil...


Fast accrual of C and N in soil organic matter fractions following post-mining reclamation across the USA

The recovery of abandoned mining sites from disturbance results in rapid plant colonization and increases in soil organic matter (SOM)....


Soil organic carbon stocks in topsoil and subsoil controlled by parent material, carbon input in the rhizosphere, and microbial-derived compounds

What controls Carbon (C) storage in soils? Only if we know the most relevant factors, we can sustainably manage soils to persistently store old and...


Diversity Day 2018 Photogallery

Ohlédnutí za netradičním biologickým happeningem v trávě na zahradě Biologického centra AV ČR, na Sádkách: Objektivem Tomáše...