Jan Frouz

Jan Frouz

Director, Senior Scientist

Born 13. 5. 1967

Soil & Water Research Infrastructure

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

Areas of expertise: Ecosystem restoration after mining and other disturbances with particular attention on restoration of soil part of ecosystem recovery soil processes and functions. Role of soil organisms in modification of their environment, nutrient cycling and soil formation. Invertebrate microbial interactions. Carbon storage in soil and SOM transformation in soil. Soil and soil biota in heavy disturbed ecosystems such as arable filed, post mining sites, etc. Above belowground interactions and their role for ecosystem development

Education

  • 2016 – present Director of SoWa RI
  • 2008 – present Senior Scientist, Biology Centre, Academy of sciences of the Czech Republic
  • 2013 – present proffesor Charles University
  • 2013 – present Director Environmental Centre, Charles Univers
  • 2008 – 2013 Director of Institute for Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, Charles University
  • 1995 – 2005 Senior Scientist, Institute of Soil Biology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
  • 1990 – 1995 Research assistant Institute of Soil Biology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
  • 1995 CSc. – (Ph.D.) - Entomology Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
  • 1992 Mgr. – (M. Sc.) - Systematic biology – Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague
  • 1990 Ing. – (M. Sc.) - Agronomie – Czech Univerity of life sciences in Prague

Teaching Interests

  • Co-teaching of 16 subjects (mostly soil and ecosystem biology and general ecology and restoration ecology)
  • Supervising of 4 undergraduate students (52 finished) and 12 PhD students (9 finished)

Scientific activities

List of 10 most important publications with the highest IF
  • Tsiafouli, M.A., Thébault, E., Sgardelis, S.P., de Ruiter, P.C., van der Putten, W.H., Birkhofer, K., Hemerik, L., de Vries, F.T., Bardgett, R.D., Brady, M.D., Bjornlund, L., Jørgensen, H.B., Christensen, S., Hertefeldt, T.D., Hotes, S., Hol, W.H.G., Frouz, J., Liiri, M., Mortimer, S.R., Setälä, H., Tzanopoulos, J., Uteseny, K., Pižl, V., Starý, J., Wolters, V., Hedlund, K. 2015. Intensive agriculture reduces soil biodiversity across Europe. Global Change Biology, 21: 973-985. [IF 8.044]
  • de Vries, F.T., Thébault, E., Liiri, M., Birkhofer, K., Tsiafouli, M.A., Bjornlund, L., Jorgensen, H., Bracht, B., Mark, V., Christensen, S., de Ruiter, P.C., d’Hertefeldt, T., Frouz, J., Hedlund, K., Hemerik, L., Hol, W.H.G., Hotes, S., Mortimer, S.R., Setala, H., Sgardelis, S.P., Uteseny, K., van der Putten, W.H., Wolters, V., Bardgett, R.D. 2013. Soil food web properties explain ecosystem services across European land use systems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110: 14296-14301. [IF 9.674]
  • Frouz, J., Nováková, A., Jones, T.H. 2002. The potential effect of high atmospheric CO2 on soil fungi-invertebrate interactions. Global Change Biology, 8: 339-344 . [IF 8.044].
  • Frouz, J., Špaldoňová, A., Fričová, K., Bartuška, M. 2014. The effect of earthworms (Lumbricus rubellus) and simulated tillage on soil organic carbon in a long-term microcosm experiment. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 78: 58-64. [IF 4.152]
  • Frouz, J., Jílková, V., Cajthaml, T., Pižl, V., Tajovský, K., Háněl, L., Burešová, A., Šimáčková, H., Kolaříková, K., Franklin, J., Nawrot, J., Groninger, J.W., Stahl, P.D. 2013. Soil biota in post-mining sites along a climatic gradient in the USA: Simple communities in shortgrass prairie recover faster than complex communities in tallgrass prairie and forest. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 67: 212-225. . [IF 4.152]
  • Toyota, A., Hynšt, J., Cajthaml, T., Frouz, J. 2013. Soil fauna increase nitrogen loss in tilled soil with legume but reduce nitrogen loss in non-tilled soil without legume. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 60: 105-112. . [IF 4.152]
  • Jílková, V., Cajthaml, T., Frouz, J. 2015. Respiration in wood ant (Formica aquilonia) nests as affected by altitudinal and seasonal changes in temperature. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 86: 50-57 . [IF 4.152]
  • Yao, M., Rui, J., Li, J., Dai, Y.M., Bai, Y.F., Heděnec, P., Wang, J.M., Zhang, S.H., Pei, K.Q., Liu, C., Wang, Y.F., He, Z.L., Frouz, J., Li, X.Z. 2014. Rate-specific responses of prokaryotic diversity and structure to nitrogen deposition in the Leymus chinensis steppe Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 79: 81-90 [IF 4.152].
  • Šnajdr, J., Dobiášová, P., Urbanová, M., Petránková, M., Cajthaml, T., Frouz, J., Baldrian, P. 2013. Dominant trees affect microbial community composition and activity in post-mining afforested soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 56: 105-115. [IF 4.152].
  • Baldrian, P., Trogl, J., Frouz, J., Šnajdr, J., Valášková, V., Merhautová, V., Cajthaml, T., Herinková, J. 2008. Enzyme activities and microbial biomass in topsoil layer during spontaneous succession in spoil heaps after brown coal mining. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 40: 2107-2115. . [IF 4.152]

Awards

Invited (keynote) speaker:
  • Ecology of Soil Microorganisms 2015, 29.11. – 3.12. 2015, Prague, Czech Republic
  • International Mine Closure Conference Perth, Australia 15 – 17 March 2016
  • H-index: 23
  • Number of publications: 176
  • Sum of Times Cited without self-citations: 1371
List of 5 most important publications from the years 2010-2016 with IF and number of citations (WoS, without autocitations) which correspond to SoWa research
  • Tsiafouli, M.A., Thébault, E., Sgardelis, S.P., de Ruiter, P.C., van der Putten, W.H., Birkhofer, K., Hemerik, L., de Vries, F.T., Bardgett, R.D., Brady, M.D., Bjornlund, L., Jørgensen, H.B., Christensen, S., Hertefeldt, T.D., Hotes, S., Hol, W.H.G., Frouz, J., Liiri, M., Mortimer, S.R., Setälä, H., Tzanopoulos, J., Uteseny, K., Pižl, V., Starý, J., Wolters, V., Hedlund, K. 2015. Intensive agriculture reduces soil biodiversity across Europe. Global Change Biology, 21: 973-985. [IF 8.044, 21x]
  • de Vries, F.T., Thébault, E., Liiri, M., Birkhofer, K., Tsiafouli, M.A., Bjornlund, L., Jorgensen, H., Bracht, B., Mark, V., Christensen, S., de Ruiter, P.C., d’Hertefeldt, T., Frouz, J., Hedlund, K., Hemerik, L., Hol, W.H.G., Hotes, S., Mortimer, S.R., Setala, H., Sgardelis, S.P., Uteseny, K., van der Putten, W.H., Wolters, V., Bardgett, R.D. 2013. Soil food web properties explain ecosystem services across European land use systems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110: 14296-14301. [IF 9.674, 75x]
  • Frouz, J., Livečková, M., Albrechtová, J., Chroňáková, A., Cajthaml, T., Pižl, V., Háněl, L., Starý, J., Baldrian, P., Lhotáková, Z., Šimáčková, H., Cepáková, Š. 2013. Is the effect of trees on soil properties mediated by soil fauna? A case study from post-mining sites. Forest Ecology and Management, 309: 87-95 [IF 2.826, 21x]
  • Mudrák, O., Frouz, J., Velichová, V. 2010. Understory vegetation in reclaimed and unreclaimed post-mining forest stands. Ecological Engineering, 36: 783-790. [IF 2.740, 36x]
  • Helingerová, M., Frouz, J., Šantrůčková, H. 2010. Microbial activity in reclaimed and unreclaimed post-mining sites near Sokolov (Czech Republic). Ecological Engineering, 36: 768-776. [IF 2.740, 25x]

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