Hana Šantrůčková

Hana Šantrůčková

Senior Scientist

University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice

  • Faculty of Science
  • Branišovská 1760, 370 05 České Budějovice
  • Czech Republic

Areas of expertise: Soil biology and biochemistry, nutrient transformation, stable isotopes in ecological studies Current research and interests include: (i) carbon sequestration and mineralization in arctic and boreal forest soils (ii) C, N and P transformations in forest soils (iii) link between C,N and P cycling in soil – decomposer biomass stoichiometry, extracellular enzymes production (iv) effect of acidification, eutrofication and forest management on soil biochemistry (v) link between soil processes and vegetation cover in various ecosystems.

Education and Academic Positions

  • 2016 – 2019 Soil & Water Research Infrastructure, Biology Centre CAS – deputy director
  • 2007 – present Faculty of Science USB (till 2013 head of Dept. Ecosystem Biology)
  • 2000 – 2007 Faculty of Biological Sciences, USB – head of Dept. Ecol. & Hydrobiol.
  • 1997 – 2000 Faculty of Biological Sciences, USB – lecturer Institute of Soil Biology AS CR – scientist
  • 2005 Professor – Ecology, Fac. Biol. Sciences, USB in České Budějovice
  • 2000 Associated Professor – Ecology, Fac. Biol. Sciences, USB in České Budějovice
  • 1994 – 1997 Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, visiting fellow
  • 1989 – 1994 Institute of Soil Biology CAS – scientist
  • 1981 – 1989 Postdoctoral study, Institute of Soil Biology CAS, České Budějovice, (including parental leave from 1982 to 1986)
  • 1980 – 1981 Laboratory of Soil Biology, Institute of Landscape Ecology CAS, České Budějovice
  • 1979 – 1980 Dept. Ecol. Microorg., Institute of Microbiology CAS, Prague
  • 1988 PhD. – Ecology, specialization Microbiology (Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Professor V. Vancura and Professor M. Tesarova)
  • 1979 Ing. (Msc) – Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague (plant production)

Teaching Interests

  • Stable Isotopes in Environmental Sciences, Ecology and Physiology
  • Carbon in agricultural and forest soils (University of Helsinki)
  • Biogeochemical cycles (USB in Ceske Budejovice, in Czech)
  • Biogeochemical cycles (UK in Prague, in Czech)
  • Soil Ecology (USB in Ceske Budejovice, in Czech)
  • Soil microbiology (USB in Ceske Budejovice, in Czech)
  • Global biogeochemical cycles (Charles Univ. in Prague, in Czech)
  • Supervisor of Bc, M.Sc. and Ph.D. theses

Scientific Activities

List of 10 most important publications with the highest IF

  • Treat C C, Natali S M, Ernakovich J, Iversen C M, Lupascu M, McGuire A D, Norby R J, Chowdhury T R, Richter A, Santruckova H, Schaedel C, Schuur E A G, Sloan V L, Turetsky M R, Waldrop M P, 2015 A pan-Arctic synthesis of CH4 and CO2 production from anoxic soil incubations. Global Change Biology 21, 2787-2803. IF 8,22
  • Čapek P, Diáková K, Dickopp J-E, Bárta J, Wild B, Schnecker J, Alves RJE, Aiglsdorfer S, Guggenberger G, Gentsch N, Hugelius G, Lashchinsky N, Gittel A, Schleper C, Mikutta R, Palmtag J, Shibistova O, Urich T, Richter A, Šantrůčková H, 2015. The effect of warming on the vulnerability of subducted organic carbon in arctic soils. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 90, 19-29. IF 4,41
  • Gentsch N, Mikutta R, Alves R. J. E, Barta J, Capek P, Gittel A, Hugelius G, Kuhry P, Lashchinskiy N, Palmtag J, Richter A, Santruckova H, Schnecker J, Shibistova O, Urich T, Wild B, Guggenberger G, 2015 Storage and transformation of organic matter fractions in cryoturbated permafrost soils across the Siberian Arctic. Biogeosciences 12, 4525-4542. IF 9,02
  • Stursova, M, Snajdr J, Cajthaml T, Barta J, Santruckova H, Baldrian P. 2014 When the forest dies: the response of forest soil fungi to a bark beetle-induced tree dieback. ISME Journal 8, 1920-1931 IF 9,27
  • Gittel A, Barta J, Kohoutova I, Mikutta R, Owens S, Gilbert J, Schnecker J, , Wild B, Hannisdal B. Maerz J, Lashchinskiy N, Capek P, Santruckova H, Gentsch N, Shibistova O, Guggenberger G, Richter , Torsvik V L, Schleper C, Urich T, 2014 Distinct microbial communities associated with buried soils in the Siberian tundra. ISME Journal  8    841-853  IF 9,27
  • Zimmermann M, Bird M I, Wurster C, Saiz G, Goodrick I, Barta J, Capek P, Santruckova H,  Smernik R, 2012 Rapid degradation of pyrogenic carbon. Global Change Biology 18, 3306-3316 IF 8,22
  • Šantrůčková H., Šantrůček J., Šetlík J., Svoboda M., Kopáček J. 2007. Carbon Isotopes in Tree Rings of Norway Spruce Exposed to Atmospheric Pollution. Environmental Science &. Technology, 41, 5778 -5782 (IF=4.36)
  • Šantrůčková H., Vrba J., Picek T., Kopáček J. 2004. Soil biochemical activity and P transformations and losses from acidified forest soils. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 36, 1569-1576. (IF=4.41)
  • Šantrůčková, H., Bird, M.I., Kalaschnikov, Y.N., Grund, M., Elhottová, D., Šimek, M., Grigoryev, S., Gleixner, G., Arneth, A., Schulze, E.-D., Lloyd, J., 2003. Microbial characteristics of soils on a latitudinal transect in Siberia. Global Change Biology 9, 1106-1117. (IF=8,04)
  • Šantrůčková, H., Bird, M. I., Lloyd, J., 2000. Microbial processes and carbon-isotope fractionation in tropical and temperate grassland soils. Functional Ecology 14, 108-114. (IF=4.82)


Publications and citation statistics for the whole life:
  • WOS – 1615 citations without self citations,
  • 93 publications in impacted journals
  • 2 chapters in books
  • h-index: 23

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

  • Kaňa J, Tahovská K, Kopáček J, Šantrůčková H, 2015. Excess of organic carbon in mountain spruce forest soils after bark beetle outbreak altered microbial N transformations and mitigated N-saturation. PLoS ONE 10(7): e0134165. (IF=3.23)
  • Kaštovská E., Edwards K, Picek T, Šantrůčková H, 2015. A larger investment into exudation by competitive versus conservative plants is connected to more coupled plant-microbe N cycling. Biogeochemistry 122, 47-59. IF 3.73
  • Urbanova M, Snajdr J, Brabcova V, Merhautova V, Dobiasova P, Cajthaml T, Vanek D, Frouz J, Santruckova H, Baldrian P. 2014. Litter decomposition along a primary post-mining chronosequence. Biology and Fertility of Soils  50, 827-837 IF= 3,40
  • Barta J, Slajsova P, Tahovska K, Picek T, Santruckova H, 2014 Different temperature sensitivity and kinetics of soil enzymes indicate seasonal shifts in C, N and P nutrient stoichiometry in acid forest soil. Biogeochemistry 117, 525-537   IF 3,73
  • Kopacek J, Cosby B J, Evans C D, Hruska J, Moldan F, Oulehle F, Santruckova H, Tahovska K, Wright R F, 2013. Nitrogen, organic carbon and sulphur cycling in terrestrial ecosystems: linking nitrogen saturation to carbon limitation of soil microbial processes. Biogeochemistry, 115, 33-51 IF 3,73
List of most important grants you got in the years 2010-2016 which correspond to SoWa research:
  • 2006-2012 coordinator: Ecological, evolutionary and experimental biological approaches to the study of the origin and significance of biodiversity (MSM6007665801, Ministry of Youth, Sport and Education)
  • 2011-2013 PI: CryoCarb project awarded by ESF in the frame of Polar Climate Call (7E10073)
  • 2012-2016 co-PI: The effect of natural dieback of mountain spruce forest on microclimate, chemistry, and bio-diversity of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems (P504/12/1218, GA ČR)
Coordinator of two internal projects of the GA of University of South Bohemia:
  • 2010 – 2013: Functional trait in grassland and aquatic ecosystems in eutrophied landscape.
  • 2014 – 2016: Linking of organic matter transformation to functioning of microbial communities across terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems.


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