HR Excellence in Science

Mgr. Veronika Jílková, Ph.D.

Position 1 Statutory representative
Institute of Soil Biology and Biogeochemistry

Position 2 Head of Laboratory - Laboratory of Soil Organic Matter
Biogeochemistry Section
Institute of Soil Biology and Biogeochemistry

Position 3 Board member
Scientific council
Institute of Soil Biology and Biogeochemistry

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Head of Laboratory of Soil Organic Matter

Deputy Director, Institute of Soil Biology and Biogeochemistry

Member of the Scientific Council, Institute of Soil Biology and Biogeochemistry

Personal Data:

* 1986


Affiliation and address: Biology Centre CAS, v.v.i., Institute of Soil Biology, Na Sádkách 7, 370 05 České Budějovice, Czech Republic, Phone.: +420 387 775 785, E-mail:


Current position: research scientist


Academic qualification:

Ph. D. Programme STARS, Environmental Sciences, Institute for Environmental Studies, Faculty of Sciences, Charles University, Prague (2015). Supervisor: Prof. Jan Frouz

MSc. Ecology of Animals, Faculty of Sciences, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice (2011). Supervisor: Prof. Jan Frouz

BSc. Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of South Bohemia, České Budějovice (2008). Supervisor: Prof. Jan Frouz


Research topics: Soil biology and chemistry, organic matter dynamics, forest ecosystem ecology, wood ant ecology


Professional experience:

2007 – till now Institute of Soil Biology, Biology Centre CAS, v.v.i.

2012 – 2016 Institute of Botany, CAS, v.v.i.

2011 – 2015 Institute for Environmental Studies, Faculty of Sciences, Charles University

2013 – 2014 Faculty of Sciences, University of South Bohemia

2013 Institute of Microbiology, CAS, v.v.i.



2019 Institute for Biogeochemistry, Max-Planck Institute, Jena, Germany

2016 and 2018 James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, United Kingdom

2012 and 2015 University of Cologne, Department of Terrestrial Ecology, Cologne, Germany

2012 Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany

2009 Joensuu Research Unit, Finnish Forest Research Institute, Joensuu, Finland


2020 till now Field Excursion on Soil Ecology, Charles University

2020 till now Modern Methods in Soil Biology, Charles University

2018 Hot Topics in Environmental Science, Charles University

2012-2014 Field Practical Excursion, Charles University


Tutor of Theses:

Navrátilová D. (2017 - till now) Potential of Arctic soils to sequester carbon on a successional gradient. Bachelor thesis. Faculty of Sciences, University of Hradec Králové.

Kellerová A. (2019 - 2022) Role of earthworms in decomposition and stabilization of maize biomass in soil. Bachelor thesis. Faculty of Sciences, University of South Bohemia.

Švábová B. (2020 - till now) Adaptability of temperate forest soils to fire events. Bachelor thesis. Faculty of Sciences, Charles University.

High-school Projects - 3 defended theses

Open Science - 5 defended theses



86 reviews for international journals

3 reviews for national grant agencies

4 reviews for university grant agencies


Publications: 34 papers in peer-reviewed journals with IF (26 as first author), 1 book chapter. H-index 10, sum of times cited 486



CSF 22-02550S (principal investigator, 2022-2024, 322,900 EUR (8,234,000 CZK)) SOMForClim: Soil organic matter fractions and soil carbon storage as affected by forest type and climate change.

COST LTC20 (team member, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, 2020–2023, 168,000 EUR (4,373,000 CZK)) Effect of fire on soil organic matter and the community of soil transforming organisms.

CSF 20-28265Y (team member, Czech Science Foundation, 2020-2022, 299,647 EUR (7,641,000 CZK)) Microbial community coalescence (MICOCO): Interchange of entire communities and its consequences on soil microbial productivity and dissemination of risky bio-agents.

CSF 19-00533Y (team member, Czech Science Foundation, 2019-2021, 270,000 EUR (6,762,000 CZK)) The formation and origin of stable soil organic matter in model and natural soils as affected by substrate quality.

CSF 17-08717S (principal investigator, Czech Science Foundation, 2017-2019, 275,000 EUR (7,400,000 CZK)) Organic matter decomposition and carbon sequestration on a natural gradient of labile carbon sources in coniferous temperate forest soils.

CSF 17-20839S (team member, Czech Science Foundation, 2017-2019, 354,000 EUR (9,550,000 CZK)) Linking functional traits of three organism levels as driving mechanisms of ecosystem functions in the Arctic.

CSF 17-10493S (team member, Czech Science Foundation, 2017-2019, 217,000 EUR (5,850,000 CZK)) Inside the leaf microbiome: bacterial and fungal endophytes in the context of ecosystem development.

COST LTC17 (team member, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, 2017–2019, 89,000 EUR (2,291,000 CZK)) The effect of soil fauna on carbon sequestration in extreme environments.

MSM 200961606 (principal investigator, Czech Academy of Sciences, 2016-2018, 31,000 EUR (838,000 CZK)) Fresh and stable carbon decomposition and sequestration in temperate coniferous forest soils.

L 200961602 (Czech Academy of Sciences, Programme of Perspective Human Resources Support, 2016-2017, 37,000 EUR (1,000,000 CZK))

GA UK No. 574213 (principal investigator, Grant Agency of the Charles University in Prague, 2013-2014, 15,000 EUR (413,000 CZK)) Budget of greenhouse gases in wood ant (Formica s.str.) nests and its dependence on environmental characteristics.

GA JU 164/2010/P (co-author, Grant Agency of the University of South Bohemia, 2010, 4,000 EUR (100,000 CZK)) Dispersal possibilities and adaptations for myrmecochory in the genus Melampyrum.

Total found: 45 records
Angst G., Angst Š., Frouz J., Jabinski S., Jílková V., Kukla J., Li M., Meador T.B., Angel R. (2024) Stabilized microbial necromass in soil is more strongly coupled with microbial diversity than the bioavailability of plant inputs Soil Biology and Biochemistry 190: Article number 109323.
DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2024.109323
Angst Š., Mudrák O., Frouz J., Jílková V., Schnablová R., Straková P., Veselá H., Angst G. (2024) The effect of dead standing (marcescent) biomass on litter decomposition in herbaceous flora is governed by plant functional group Functional Ecology 38: 1309–1319.
DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.14544
Farská J., Jílková V., Frelich L.E., Starý J., Devetter M. (2024) Long-term post-fire recovery of oribatid mites depends on the recovery of soil properties in a fire-adapted pine forest Trees, Forests and People 16: Article number 100536.
DOI: 10.1016/j.tfp.2024.100536
Jílková V., Macek P., Angst G., Bartuška M., Starý J., Šustr V., Devetter M. (2024) Macrofauna amplify plant litter decomposition and stabilization in arctic soils in a warming climate. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 188 : 109245.
DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2023.109245
Kellerová A., Angst G., Jílková V. (2024) Earthworms facilitate stabilization of both more-available maize biomass and more-recalcitrant maize biochar on mineral particles in an agricultural soil Soil Biology and Biochemistry 189: Article number 109278.
DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2023.109278
Jílková V. (2023) Biochar-application rate and method affect nutrient availability and retention in a coarse-textured, temperate agricultural Cambisol in a microcosm experiment Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science 186: 209–216.
DOI: 10.1002/jpln.202200331
Jílková V., Adámek M., Angst G., Tůmová M., Devetter M. (2023) Post-fire forest floor succession in a Central European temperate forest depends on organic matter input from recovering vegetation rather than on pyrogenic carbon input from fire Science of the Total Environment 861: Article number 160659.
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.160659
Jílková V., Chroňáková A., Elhottová D., Frouz J., Heděnec P., Kotrbová L., Moudrý J., Tajovský K., Tůma J., Vavříková J., Záhora J. (2023) Půdní živote, nedej se! SSČ AVČR, Praha, 70 pp.
Jílková V., Devetter M. (2023) Chvála (dřevěnému) uhlí Vesmír 102 (12): 700-702.
Jílková V., Sim A., Thornton B., Paterson E. (2023) Grass rather than legume species decreases soil organic matter decomposition with nutrient addition Soil Biology and Biochemistry 177: Article number 108936.
DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2022.108936
Yang S., Angst G., Jandová K., Kukla J., Meador T.B., Paterson E., Jílková V. (2023) Early- and later-stage priming effects induced by spruce root fractions are regulated by substrate availability, stoichiometry and C input Geoderma 437: Article number 116610.
DOI: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2023.116610
Angst Š., Veselá H., Bartuška M., Jílková V., Frouz J., Angst G. (2022) Changes in the quality of marcescent and shed senescent leaves during the dormant season Plant and Soil 474: 373-382.
DOI: 10.1007/s11104-022-05341-4
Jílková V., Angst G. (2022) Biochar and compost amendments to a coarse-textured temperate agricultural soil lead to nutrient leaching Applied Soil Ecology 173: Article number 104393.
DOI: 10.1016/j.apsoil.2022.104393
Jílková V., Jandová K., Cajthaml T., Kukla J., Jansa J. (2022) Differences in the flow of spruce-derived needle leachates and root exudates through a temperate coniferous forest mineral topsoil Geoderma 405: Article number 115441.
DOI: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2021.115441
Renčo M., Adámek M., Jílková V., Devetter M. (2022) Post-fire recovery of soil nematode communities depends on fire severity Diversity 14: Article number 1116.
DOI: 10.3390/d14121116
Jílková V., Devetter M., Bryndová M., Hájek T., Kotas P., Luláková P., Meador T.B., Navrátilová , Saccone P., Macek P. (2021) Carbon sequestration related to soil physical and chemical properties in the high Arctic Global Biogeochemical Cycles 35: Article number e2020GB006877.
DOI: 10.1029/2020GB006877
Jílková V., Jandová K., Kukla J. (2021) Responses of microbial activity to carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus additions in forest mineral soils differing in organic carbon content Biology and Fertility of Soils 57: 513–521.
DOI: 10.1007/s00374-021-01545-5
Jílková V., Jandová K., Kukla J., Cajthaml T. (2021) Soil organic carbon content decreases in both surface and subsoil mineral horizons by simulated future increases in labile carbon inputs in a temperate coniferous forest Ecosystems 24: 2028-2041.
DOI: 10.1007/s10021-021-00632-w
Jílková V., Smatanová M., Elhottová D., Košnář Z., Kaštánek F., Šolcová O., Hlavinka P., Žalud Z., Bohuslav J., Trnka M. (2021) Organická hmota nad zlato Středisko společných činností AVČR, v.v.i., Praha, 52 pp.
Jílková V. (2020) Soil respiration in temperate forests is increased by a shift from coniferous to deciduous trees but not by an increase in temperature Applied Soil Ecology 154 : Article number 103635.
DOI: 10.1016/j.apsoil.2020.103635

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