Martin Macek

E-mail: martin.macek(at)
Phone: +420 271 015 278

nullResearcherID: A-3371-2016

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My research interest is focused on forest ecology with emphasis on species niche modelling, temporal vegetation dynamics and forest microclimate. Besides, I participate on research of vegetation dynamics under extreme conditions of their upper elevation limit in Himalaya.


2010 – present: research assistant at Institute of Botany, The Czech Academy of Sciences, Průhonice, Czech Republic

Project participation:

2017-2019  Humans as nature: anthropogenic legacy in temperate forest ecosystems (GAČR, GA17-09283S) – project leader R. Hédl

2017-2019  Forest microclimate – neglected link between plant diversity and climate change (GAČR, GA17-13998S) – project leader J.Wild

2017-2019  Spatiotemporal reconstruction of tropical cyclones and their impact on the forest structure and diversity in Northeast Asia (GAČR, GA17-07378S) – project leader J. Altman

2017-2019  Ecological and Evolutionary Responses of Plants to Climate Change: Growth Analysis across Ecosystems and Evolutionary Linkages (GAČR, GA17-19376S) – project leader J.Doležal

2013-2017  Plant diversity changes under climate warming: from regional flora to microhabitat adaptation and diversity patterns (GAČR, GA13-13368S) – project leader J.Doležal

2012-2016  Long-term woodland dynamics in Central Europe: from estimations to a realistic model (ERC , 278065) – project leader P.Szabó

2011-2013  Vývoj a kalibrace modulární autonomní stanice pro měření vlhkostních a teplotních podmínek v rozsáhlých bodových polích (TAČR, TA01021283)


2006 – 2011  Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Science in Prague, Dept. of Geobotany, Czech Republic. MSc in Botany.

2011 – present: PhD study in Botany, Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Science in Prague, Czech Republic.


For up-to-date list of my publications see my ResearchGate profile

Knapp M., Seid M., Knappová J., Macek M., & Saska P. (2019). Temporal changes in the spatial distribution of carabid beetles around arable field-woodlot boundaries. Scientific Reports 9:8967.

Dolezal, J., Kopecky M., Dvorsky M., Macek M., Rehakova K., Capkova K., Borovec J., Schweingruber F., Liancourt P., Altman J. (2019) Sink limitation of plant growth determines treeline in the arid Himalayas. Functional Ecology 33 (4): 553-565.

Wild, J., Kopecký M., Macek M., Šanda M., Jankovec J., & Haase T. (2019) Climate at ecologically relevant scales: A new temperature and soil moisture logger for long-term microclimate measurement. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 268, 40–47. doi: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2018.12.018

Dolezal, J., M. Dvorský, M. Kopecký, J. Altman, O. Mudrák, K. Čapková, K. Řeháková, M. Macek, and P. Liancourt. 2019. Functionally distinct assembly of vascular plants colonizing alpine cushions suggests their vulnerability to climate change. Annals of Botany.

Altman, J., Ukhvatkina O. N. , Omelko A. M., Macek M., Plener T., Pejcha V., Cerny T., Petrik P., Srutek M., Song J.-S., Zhmerenetsky A. A., Vozmishcheva A. S., Krestov P. V., Petrenko T. Y., Treydte K., & Dolezal J. (2018) Poleward migration of the destructive effects of tropical cyclones during the 20th century. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115 (45):11543-11548.

De Lombaerde, E., K. Verheyen, M. P. Perring, M. Bernhardt-Römermann, H. Van Calster, J. Brunet, M. Chudomelová, G. Decocq, M. Diekmann, T. Durak, R. Hédl, T. Heinken, P. Hommel, B. Jaroszewicz, M. Kopecký, J. Lenoir, M. Macek, F. Máliš, F. J. G. Mitchell, T. Naaf, M. Newman, P. Petřík, K. Reczyńska, W. Schmidt, K. Świerkosz, O. Vild, M. Wulf, and L. Baeten. (2018). Responses of competitive understorey species to spatial environmental gradients inaccurately explain temporal changes. Basic and Applied Ecology 30:52-64. doi: 10.1016/j.baae.2018.05.013

Vild O., Šipoš J., Szabó P., Macek M., Chudomelová M., Kopecký M., Suchánková S., Houška J., Kotačka M. & Hédl R. (2018) Legacy of historical litter raking in temperate forest plant communities. Journal of Vegetation Science 29:596-606. doi: 10.1111/jvs.12642

Kolář, J., Macek, M. & Szabó, P. (2018) Using archaeology for population estimates and land-use reconstructions: a perspective from Central Europe. Past Global Changes Magazine 26:30-31.

Szabó, P., Suchánková S., Křížová L, Kotačka M., Kvardová M., Macek M., Müllerová J., and Brázdil R. 2018. More than trees: The challenges of creating a geodatabase to capture the complexity of forest history. Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History 5440:1–15. doi: 10.1080/01615440.2018.1444523

Röder, M., Latifi, H., Hill, S., Wild, J., Svoboda, M., Brůna, J., Macek, M., Nováková, M. H., Gülch, E., Heurich, M. (2018). Application of optical unmanned aerial vehicle-based imagery for the inventory of natural regeneration and standing deadwood in post-disturbed spruce forests. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 39(15-16), 5288-5309. doi:10.1080/01431161.2018.1441568

Dvorský, M., Macek M., Kopecký M., Wild J., Doležal J. 2017. Niche asymmetry of vascular plants increases with elevation. Journal of Biogeography 44 (6) 1418-1425.

Macek, M., J. Wild, M. Kopecký, J. Červenka, M. Svoboda, J. Zenáhlíková, J. Brůna, R. Mosandl, and A. Fischer. 2017. Life and death of Picea abies after bark-beetle outbreak: ecological processes driving seedling recruitment. Ecological Applications 27:156–167.

Verheyen, K., P. De Frenne, L. Baeten, D. M. Waller, R. Hédl, M. P. Perring, H. Blondeel, J. Brunet, M. Chudomelová, G. Decocq, E. De Lombaerde, L. Depauw, T. Dirnböck, T. Durak, O. Eriksson, F. S. Gilliam, T. Heinken, S. Heinrichs, M. Hermy, B. Jaroszewicz, M. A. Jenkins, S. E. Johnson, K. J. Kirby, M. Kopecký, D. Landuyt, J. Lenoir, D. Li, M. Macek, S. L. Maes, F. Máliš, F. J. G. Mitchell, T. Naaf, G. Peterken, P. Petřík, K. Reczyńska, D. A. Rogers, F. Hø. Schei, W. Schmidt, T. Standovár, K. Świerkosz, K. Ujházy, H. Van Calster, M. Vellend, O. Vild, K. Woods, M. Wulf, and M. Bernhardt-Römermann. 2017. Combining Biodiversity Resurveys across Regions to Advance Global Change Research. BioScience 67:73–83.

Kolář J., Tkáč P., Macek M. & Szabó P. (2016) Archaeology and historical ecology: the archaeological database of the LONGWOOD ERC project. Archäologisches Korrespondenzblatt 46:539-554.

Kolář J., P. Kuneš P., P. Szabó, M. Hajnalová, H. Svobodová-Svitavská, M. Macek, P. Tkáč. 2016 Population and forest dynamics during the Central European Eneolithic (4500-2000 BC). 2016. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences doi:10.1007/s12520-016-0446-5

Dolezal, J., M. Dvorsky, M. Kopecky, P. Liancourt, I. Hiiesalu, M. Macek, J. Altman, Z. Chlumska, K. Rehakova, K. Capkova, J. Borovec, O. Mudrak, J. Wild, and F. Schweingruber. 2016. Vegetation dynamics at the upper elevational limit of vascular plants in Himalaya. Scientific Reports 6:24881.

Kolář J., P. Szabó P., M. Macek & P. Tkáč., 2016. Spatio-temporal modelling as a way to reconstruct patterns of past human activities. Archeometry 58 (3): 513-528

Dvorský, M., Z. Chlumská, J. Altman, K. Čapková, K. Řeháková, M. Macek, M. Kopecký, P. Liancourt, and J. Doležal. 2016. Gardening in the zone of death: an experimental assessment of the absolute elevation limit of vascular plants. Scientific Reports 6:24440.

Fischer, A., H. S. Fischer, M. Kopecký, M. Macek, and J. Wild. 2015. Small changes in species composition despite stand-replacing bark beetle outbreak in Picea abies mountain forests. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 45:1164–1171.

Bernhardt-Römermann, M., L. Baeten, D. Craven, P. De Frenne, R. Hédl, J. Lenoir, D. Bert, J. Brunet, M. Chudomelová, G. Decocq, H. Dierschke, T. Dirnböck, I. Dörfler, T. Heinken, M. Hermy, P. Hommel, B. Jaroszewicz, A. Keczyński, D. L. Kelly, K. J. Kirby, M. Kopecký, M. Macek, F. Máliš, M. Mirtl, F. J. G. Mitchell, T. Naaf, M. Newman, G. Peterken, P. Petřík, W. Schmidt, T. Standovár, Z. Tóth, H. Van Calster, G. Verstraeten, J. Vladovič, O. Vild, M. Wulf, and K. Verheyen. 2015. Drivers of temporal changes in temperate forest plant diversity vary across spatial scales. Global Change Biology 21:3726–3737.

Kuneš, P., Kolář, J., Hajnalová, M., Abraham, V., Svobodová-Svitavská, H., Macek, M., Tkáč, P., and Szabó, P., 2015. The origin of grasslands in the temperate forest zone of east-central Europe: long-term legacy of climate and human impact. Quarternary Science Reviews 116, 15–27.

Kopecký, M., Macek, M., 2015. Vegetation resurvey is robust to plot location uncertainty. Diversity and Distributions 21, 322–330.