Deep Anthropocene


The roots of the Anthropocene reach into the distant past. Humans began to influence, and sometimes even control, the destinies of individual places and gradually the entire planet. The interconnectedness over time grew to a point where "nature" and human beings ("culture," if you will) can no longer be mutually separated without losing something very essential. The dynamics of such interactions are not trivial, and they can only be understood to a certain extent through a transdisciplinary approach.

Contributing to research in this field are: Petr Pokorný (coordinator), Jan Turek, Jan Hošek, Karolína Pauknerová, David Storch, Arnošt Šizling, Irena Šímová, Ondřej Mottl, and Václav Cílek.

Selection of representative publications:

Abraham V., Man M., Theuerkauf  M., Pokorný P., Bobek P., Novák J. (2023): Spatially explicit, quantitative reconstruction of past vegetation based on pollen or charcoal data as a tool for autecology of trees. Landscape Ecology 38: 1747-1763.

Izdebski A., Guzowski P., Poniat R., … Pokorný P., … Masi A. (2022): Palaeoecological Data indicates land-use changes across Europe linked to spatial heterogeneity in mortality during the Black Death pandemic. Nature Ecology & Evolution 6:297-306.

Pokorný P., Bobek P., Šída P., Novák J., Ptáková M., Walls M. (2022): Managing wilderness? Holocene-scale, human-related disturbance dynamics as revealed in a remote, forested area in the Czech Republic. The Holocene 32:584-596.

Hošek J., Verčík M., Pokorný P., Beneš J., Komárková V., Radoměřský T., Atanasoska N., Todoroska V., Ardjanliev P. (2021): Geoarchaeological evidence on a Late Bronze Age earthquake, Ohrid Basin (North Macedonia). Journal of Quaternary Science 36:1003-1012.

Roleček J., Abraham V., Vild O., Svobodová Svitavská H., Jamrichová E., Plesková Z., Pokorný P., Kuneš, P. (2021): Holocene plant diversity dynamics show a distinct biogeographical pattern in temperate Europe. Journal of Biogeography 48: 1366-1376.