Mgr. Petr Keil, Ph.D.

Petr Keil

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Phone: 221 183 532

Petr Keil studied zoology at University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic. He then worked on acoustic behavior of crickets at University of Cambridge. He earned his PhD in macroecology at Department of Ecology, Charles University. Besides, he spent some time at University of Leeds where he studied neutral models of biodiversity and problem of scale in geographical ecology. Since 2011 he has been working at Yale University where he explores global patterns of biodiversity and he develops novel Bayesian methods to analyze spatially-explicit data.

Petr Keil has cooperated with CTS since 2010. In 2012 he was awarded three-years Marie Curie fellowship (FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IOF Proposal 302868 WORLDIVERSITY) which is now administered in cooperation between CTS and Yale University, USA.

Selected bibliography:

Storch, David; Koleček, J.; Keil, Petr; Vermouzek, Zdeněk; Voříšek, Petr; Reif, Jiří (2023): Decomposing trends in bird populations: Climate, life histories and habitat affect different aspects of population change.

Diversity & Distributions 29: 572-585.

Šizling, Arnošt L.; Keil, Petr; Tjørve, Even ; Tjørve , K.M.C.; Žárský, Jakub; Storch, David (2022): Mathematically and biologically consistent framework for presence-absence pairwise indices.

Keil, Petr; Storch, David; Jetz, Walter (2015): On the decline of biodiversity due to area loss

Nature Communications 6, Article number: 8837, DOI:10.1038/ncomms9837


Tropek, Robert; Sedláček, Ondřej; Beck, Jan; Keil, Petr; Musilová, Zuzana ; Šímová, Irena; Storch, David (2014): Comment on “High-resolution global maps of 21st-century forest cover change”

Science 30 May 2014, Vol. 344 no. 6187 p. 981, DOI: 10.1126/science.1248753 [detail]

Keil, Petr; Jetz, Walter (2014): Downscaling the environmental associations and spatial patterns of species richness

Ecological Applications, 24: 823-831

Keil, Petr; Wilson , A.O.; Jetz, Walter (2014): Uncertainty, priors, autocorrelation and disparate data in downscaling of species distributions

Diversity and Distributions. 20: 797-812

Carvalheiro , L.; Kunin, William, E.,; Keil, Petr (2013): Biodiversity declines and biotic homogenization have slowed down for NW-European pollinators and plants

Ecology Letters, 16: 870-878

Keil, Petr; Belmaker , J.; Wilson , A.M.; Unit , P. ; Jetz, Walter (2013): Downscaling of species distribution models: a hierarchical approach

Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 4: 82-94

Keil, Petr; Schweiger , O.; Kuhn , I.; Kunin, William, E.,; Kuussaari , M.; Settele , J.; Henle , K.; Brotons , L.; Pe'er, G.; Lengyel , S.; Moustakas , A.; Steinicke , H.; Storch, David (2012): Patterns of beta diversity in Europe: the role of climate, land cover and distance across scales

Journal of Biogeography, 39: 1473-1486.

Storch, David; Keil, Petr; Jetz, Walter (2012): Universal species–area and endemics–area relationships at continental scales

Nature, 488: 78-81. DOI: 10.1038/nature11226

Keil, Petr; Biesmeijer , J. C.; Barendregt , A.; Reemer , M.; Kunin, William, E., (2011): Biodiversity change is scale-dependent: an example from dutch and UK hoverflies (Diptera, Syrphidae)

Ecography, 34: 392-401.

Šímová, Irena; Storch, David; Keil, Petr; Boyle B., ; Phillips O. L., ; Enquist, Brian J. (2011): Global species-energy relationship in forest plots: role of abundance, temperature and species' climatic tolerances

Global Ecology and Biogeography 20: 842-856.

Keil, Petr; Herben T., ; Rosindell, J.; Storch, David (2010): Predictions of Taylor's power law, density dependence and pink noise from a neutrally modelled time series

Journal of Theoretical Biology, 265: 78-86.

Keil, Petr; Hawkins B. A., (2009): Grids versus regional species lists: are broad-scale patterns of species richness robust to the violation of constant grain size?

Biodiversity and Conservation, 18: 3127-3137.

Šizling, Arnošt L.; Storch, David; Keil, Petr (2009): Rapoport’s rule, species tolerances, and the latitudinal diversity gradient: geometric considerations

Ecology, 90: 3575-3586

Dixon, A.F.G.; Honěk, A.; Keil, Petr; Kotela, M.A.A.; Šizling, Arnošt L.; Jarošík, V. (2009): Relationship between the minimum and maximum temperature thresholds for development in insects

Functional Ecology, 23:257-264, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2008.01489.x.

Keil, Petr; Dziock , F. ; Storch, David (2008): Geographical patterns of hoverfly (Diptera, Syrphidae) functional groups in Europe: inconsistency in environmental correlates and latitudinal trends

Ecological Entomology, 33: 748-757.

Keil, Petr; Šímová, Irena; Hawkins B. A., (2008): Water-energy and the geographical species richness pattern of European and North African dragonflies (Odontata)

Insect Conservation and Diversity, 1: 142-150.

Keil, Petr; Konvička, M. (2005): Local species richness of Central European hoverflies (Diptera: Syrphidae): a lesson taught by local faunal lists

Diversity and Distributions, 11: 417-426.