Prof. David Storch, Ph.D.

E-mail: storch(zavinac)

Personal website:

Phone: +420 221 183 535

David Storch, Ph.D. (1970) is a biologist interested in macroecology, biodiversity and ecological theory. He teaches these subjects at the Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, as well as at some other Czech universities. He coauthored books "Evolution", "An introduction to contemporary ecology", "Habitats
of the Czech Republic" (in Czech) and co-edited the book "Scaling Biodiversity" (published in Cambridge University Press). He is an editor of the journal Ecology Letters, and a president of Czech Society for Ecology.

Current grants (Researcher):

Centrum pro výzkum dynamiky biodiverzity II

2018 - 2023

Selected bibliography:

Ferenc M., ; Sedláček, Ondřej; Fuchs, Roman; Hořák D., ; Storchová, L.; Fraissinet, M.; Storch, David (2018): . Large-scale commonness is the best predictor of bird species presence in European cities.

Urban Ecosystems 21: 369-377.

Macháč, Antonín; Graham, Catherine H.; Storch, David (2018): Ecological controls of mammalian diversification vary with phylogenetic scale.

Global Ecology and Biogeography 27: 32-46.

Fanta, V.; Šálek, M.; Zouhar, J.; Storch, David (2018): Equilibrium dynamics of European pre-industrial populations: The evidence of carrying capacity in human agricultural societies.

Proceedings of the Royal Society B: 20172500.

Graham, Catherine H.; Storch, David; Macháč, Antonín (2018): Phylogenetic scale in ecology and evolution.

Global Ecology and Biogeography 27: 175-187.

Storch, David; Bohdalková, Eliška; Okie, Jordan (2018): The more-individuals hypothesis revisited: the role of community abundance in species richness regulation and the productivity-diversity relationship.

Ecology Letters 21: 920-937.

Kunin, William, E.,; Harte, J.; He, F.; Hui, C.; Jobe, R. T.; Ostling, A.; Polce, C.; Šizling, Arnošt L.; Smith, A. B.; Smith, K.; Smart, S. M.; Storch, David; Tjørve, Even ; Ugland, K.-I.; Ulrich, W.; Varma, V. (2018): Up-scaling biodiversity: Estimating the species-area relationship from small samples.

Ecological Monographs 88: 170-187.

Zrzavý, Jan; Burda, Hynek; Storch, David; Begallová, Sabine; Mihulka, Stanislav (2017): Jak se dělá evoluce

Praha, ARGO/Dokořán [detail]

Šímová, Irena; Storch, David (2017): The enigma of terrestrial primary productivity: measurements, models, scales and the diversity–productivity relationship

Ecography 40: 239–252. DOI: 10.1111/ecog.02482 Ecography E4 Award
In the February issue, the article is freely available. [detail]

Storch, David (2015): Fylogeneze ptáků - Vyřešeno?

Vesmír 94 (145): 556-563 [detail]

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


, ; Šímová, Irena; Violle, C.; Kraft, N.J.B.; Storch, David; Svenning, Jens-C.; Boyle B., ; Donoghue II, J.C.; Jørgensen, Peter M.; McGill, Brian J.; Morueta-Holme, Naia; et al., ; Enquist, Brian J. (2015): Shifts in trait means and variances in North American tree assemblages: species richness patterns are loosely related to the functional space

Ecography 38: 649–658. Editor's choice

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]

Macháč, Antonín; Storch, David; Wiens , J. J. (2013): Ecological causes of decelerating diversification in carnivoran mammals

Evolution 67: 2423-2433

Šímová, Irena; Li, Yue; Storch, David (2013): Relationship between species richness and productivity in plants: the role of sampling effect, heterogeneity and species pool

Journal of Ecology, 101: 161-170.

Šizling, Arnošt L.; Kunin, William, E.,; Storch, David (2013): Taxon invariances, maximum entropy, and the species-area relationship: Reply to Harte et al.

American Naturalist, DOI: 10.1086/668822

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

Šizling, Arnošt L.; Kunin, William, E.,; Šizlingová, Eva; Reif, Jiří; Storch, David (2011): Between geometry and biology: the problem of universality of the species-area relationship.

American Naturalist, 178:602-611.

Hořák D., ; Sedláček, Ondřej; Tószögyová , Anna ; Albrecht T., ; Ferenc M., ; Jelínek V., ; Storch, David (2011): Geographic variation in avian clutch size and nest predation risk along a productivity gradient in South Africa

Ostrich, 82: 175-183

Pautasso M., ; Böhning-Gaese K., ; Clergeau P., ; Cueto V. R., ; Dinetti M., ; Fernández-Juricic E., ; Kaisanlahti-Jokimäki M.-L., ; Jokimäki J., ; McKinney M. L., ; Sodhi N. S., ; Storch, David; Tomialojc L., ; Weisberg P. J., ; Woinarski J., ; Fuller R. A., ; Cantarello E., (2011): Global macroecology of bird assemblages in urbanized and semi-natural ecosystems

Global Ecology and Biogeography 20: 426-436

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.

Macháč, Antonín; Zrzavý, Jan; Storch, David (2011): Range size heritability in Carnivora is driven by geographic constraints

American Naturalist 177: 767-779

Isaac, Nick J. B.; Storch, David; Carbone C., (2011): Taxonomic variation in size-density relationships challenges the notion of energy equivalence

Biology Letters 7: 615-618

Storch, David (2011): Teorie ideálního lesa

Vesmír 90: 351-356

Storch, David (2011): Žijeme v době šestého masového vymírání? Odhady současných změn biodiverzity po deseti letech

Vesmír 90: 568-572

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.

Zrzavý, Jan; Storch, David; Mihulka, Stanislav (2009): Evolution: Ein Lese-Lehrbuch

Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, Heidelberg. [detail]

Šizling, Arnošt L.; Storch, David; Reif, Jiří; Gaston, Kevin (2009): Invariance in species-abundance distributions

Theoretical Ecology, 2: 89-103, doi 10.1007/s12080-008-0031-3.

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

Ecology, 90: 3575-3586

Šizling, Arnošt L.; Šizlingová, Eva; Storch, David; Reif, Jiří; Gaston, Kevin (2009): Rarity, commonness and the contribution of individual species to species richness patterns

American Naturalist 174: 82-93.

Šizling, Arnošt L.; Storch, David; Šizlingová, Eva; Reif, Jiří; Gaston, Kevin (2009): Species-abundance distribution results from a spatial analogy of central limit theorem

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A., 106: 6691-6695.

Nekola, J.C.; Šizling, Arnošt L.; Boyer, A.G. ; Storch, David (2008): Artifactions in the Log-transformation of Species Abundance Distributions

Folia Geobotanica, 43:259-268, doi: 10.1007/s12224-008-9020-y.

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.

Storch, David; Šizling, Arnošt L. (2008): The concept of taxon invariance in ecology: Do diversity patterns vary with changes in taxonomic resolution?

Folia Geobotanica, 43:329-344, doi: 10.1007/s12224-008-9015-8.

Reif, Jiří; Storch, David; Šímová, Irena (2008): The effect of scale-dependent habitat gradients on the structure of bird assemblages in the Czech Republic

Acta Ornithologica, 43/2, 197-206.

Storch, David; Šizling, Arnošt L.; Reif, Jiří; Polechová, Jitka; Šizlingová, Eva; Gaston, Kevin (2008): The quest for a null model for macroecological patterns: geometry of species distributions at multiple spatial scales

Ecology Letters ,11: 771-784.

Šizling, Arnošt L.; Storch, David (2007): Geometry of species distributions: Random clustering and scale invariance

In: Scaling Biodiversity (eds. Storch D., Marquet P.A.& Brown J.H.], Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Storch, David; Marquet, Pablo A.; Brown, J.H. (2007): Scaling biodiversity

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. [detail]

Storch, David; Šizling, Arnošt L.; Gaston, Kevin (2007): Scaling species richness and distribution: Uniting the species-area and species-energy relationships

In: Scaling Biodiversity (eds. Storch D., Marquet P.A.& Brown J.H.], Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Storch, David; Davies , R.G.; Zajíček, Samuel; Orme , C.D.L.; Olson , V.; Thomas , G.H.; Ding , T.S.; Rasmussen , P.C.; Ridgely , R.S.; Bennett, P.M.; Blackburn , T.M.; Owens, I.P.F.; Gaston, Kevin (2006): Energy, range dynamics and global species richness patterns: Reconciling mid-domain effects and environmental determinants of avian diversity

Ecology Letters, 9: 1308-1320.

Storch, David; Evans, K.L.; Gaston, Kevin (2005): The species-area-energy relationship

Ecology Letters 8: 487-492.

Zrzavý, Jan; Storch, David; Mihulka, Stanislav (2004): Jak se dělá evoluce: Od sobeckých genů k rozmanitosti života

Paseka, Praha. [detail]

Šizling, Arnošt L.; Storch, David (2004): Power-law species-area relationships and self-similar species distributions within finite areas

Ecology Letters, 7: 60-68.

Storch, David; Šizling, Arnošt L.; Gaston, Kevin (2003): Geometry of the species-area relationship in central European birds: testing the mechanism

Journal of Animal Ecology, 72: 509-519.

Storch, David; Šizling, Arnošt L. (2002): Patterns in commoness and rarity in Central European birds: Reliability of the core-satellite hypothesis

Ecography, 25: 405-416.

Sádlo, Jiří; Storch, David (2000): Biologie krajiny: Biotopy České republiky

Vesmír, Praha. [detail]