Mgr. Arnošt L. Šizling, Ph.D.

E-mail: sizling(zavinac)

Personal website:

Phone: +420 221 183 526

2011 - 2011 Sun Yat-sen University, China, Associate Professor
2007 - 2008 the University of Sheffield, UK, Marie Curie fellow
1998 - 2001 Czech Agency for Nature Conservation and Landscape Protection, Praha – researcher
1997 - 1998 Archaeological Institute, Praha – research assistant
1995 - 1996 TelcomSpol s r. o., Praha – analyst and consultant for BPR

Professional education:
1986 - 1991 Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University, Prague MS.
Thesis: “Stability in Biological Systems”
2001 - 2003 Faculty of Sciences, Department of Philosophy and History of Science, Charles University, Prague Ph.D.
Thesis: “Methodological Reliability and Informational Value of Mathematical Modelling in Biology Illustrated Using Two Macroecological Phenomena”

Other courses:
Astronomical course of Observatory and Planetarium of Prague – two years
Conservation biology and environmental experiences: Volunteer in the Czech Karst
Working group „Školka“ – two years Member of the Recycling group – since 1988

Languages: Russian, English

Research interest: Methodology; differences between animate and inanimate; mechanisms of spatial distribution of plants and animals, processes of invasion and immigration; dynamics of geographical ranges; macroecological and zoogeographical patterns; movement within landscape.

Current grants (Researcher):

Greenland Ice Sheet surface as a model ecosystem for microbial macroecology

2019 - 2021, GA ČR 19-21341S, board n. P505

The equilibrium theory of biodiversity dynamics - macroecological perspective [detail]

2020 - 2024, GA ČR EXPRO 20-29554X board n. EX5

Selected bibliography:

Tjørve, Even ; Tjørve , K.M.C.; Šizlingová, Eva; Šizling, Arnošt L. (2018): Great theories of species diversity in space and why they were forgotten: The beginnings of a spatial ecology and the Nordic early 20th‐century botanists.

Horsák , M.; Juřičková, Lucie; Horsáková, Veronika; Pokorná, Adéla; Pokorný, Petr; Šizling, Arnošt L.; Chytrý, Milan (2018): Forest snail diversity and its environmental predictors along a sharp climatic gradient in southern Siberia.

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.

Šizling, Arnošt L.; Pokorný, Petr; Juřičková, Lucie; Horáčková, Jitka; Abraham, Vojtěch; Šizlingová, Eva; Ložek, Vojen; Tjørve, Even ; Tjørve , K.M.C.; Kunin, William, E., (2016): Can people change the ecological rules that appear general across space?

Global Ecology and Biogeography, DOI: 10.1111/geb.12467 [detail]

Šizling, Arnošt L.; Šizlingová, Eva; Tjørve, Even ; Tjørve , K.M.C.; Kunin, William, E., (2016): How to allow SAR collapse across local and continental scales: a resolution of the controversy between Storch et al. (2012) and Lazarina et al. (2013).

Ecography, doi: 10.1111/ecog.02181.

Horáčková, Jitka; Juřičková, Lucie; Šizling, Arnošt L.; Jarošík, V.; Pyšek, Petr (2014): Invasiveness Does Not Predict Impact: Response of Native Land Snail Communities to Plant Invasions in Riparian Habitats

PLoS ONE 9(12): e114751. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0114751

Reif, Jiří; Prylová, Kristýna; Šizling, Arnošt L.; Vermouzek, Zdeněk; Šťastný, Karel; Bejček, Vladimír (2013): Changes in bird community composition in the Czech Republic from 1982 to 2004: increasing biotic homogenization, impacts of warming climate, but no trend in species richness.

Journal of Ornithology, 154:359–370.

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

Javůrková, Veronika; Šizling, Arnošt L.; Kreisinger, Jakub; Albrecht T., (2012): An Alternative Theoretical Approach to Escape Decision-Making: The Role of Visual Cues.

PLOS one, 7:e32522.

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.

Kůrka, Petr; Šizling, Arnošt L.; Rosindell, J. (2010): Analytical evidence for scale-invariance in the shape of species abundance distributions

Mathematical Biosciences, 223:151-159.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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; 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.

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

Ecology Letters, 7: 60-68.

Velický, Bedřich; Trlifajová, Kateřina; Šizling, Arnošt L.; Bob, Petr; Moural, Josef; Kratochvíl, Zdeněk; Chotaš, Jiří ; Chvatík, Ivan; Benyovszký, Ladislav; Havel, Ivan M.; Mitášová, Monika; Ajvaz, Michal; Pětová , Marie; Zervan, Marián; Marcelli, Miroslav; Lesák, František (2004): Prostor a jeho člověk

Praha: Vesmír. ISBN 80-85977-60-5. [detail]

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.

Fišerová, Jindra; Musil, P.; Šizling, Arnošt L. (2003): Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) - habitat preference in breeding season in the Třeboňsko Biosphere Reserve

Sylvia, 39: 107-118. In Czech.

Zavadil, Vít; Šizling, Arnošt L. (2002): Morphological variability in the newts of the cristatus group. In. Vogrin, M. (ed.). Proceedings of the 11th Ordinary General Meeting of Societas Europea Herpetologica (SEH), Žalec, Slovenia, July 13-

Biota 3: 181-189.

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.

Šizling, Arnošt L.; Zavadil, Vít (2001): The estimation of population size of northern crested newt (Triturus cristatus) on the locality Suchá Rudná in the Jeseníky Mts. Czech Republic.

RANA, Sonderheft 4: 163-171.

Zavadil, Vít; Šizling, Arnošt L.; Dandová, Radka (2000): The estimation of population density and sex-ratio in a sympatric population of newts, Triturus montandoni and T. alpestris (Caudata: Salamandridae) in Karlova Studánka in the Jeseníky Mts.

Čas. Slez. Muz., Opava (A), 49: 21-27.