Petr Dostál



 Research interest

I am a plant community ecologist. I am interested in how biotic interactions determine abundance and distribution of plant populations. In my previous research I investigated how native organisms can promote or, in contrast, reduce dominance of exotic plants. Currently, I explore variation in species local abundance patterns as a result of fitness differences and stabilizing processes (sensu Chesson 2000). Further, I examine an association between plant species abundance and phenotypic plasticity.


Plant competition

Plant-soil feedback

Experimental plant ecology



2005 PhD in Botany – Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague, CZ



Since 2002 Institute of Botany, The Czech Academy of Sciences, Průhonice, CZ

Selected publications

Dostál P. et al. 2013. The impact of an invasive plant changes over time. Ecology Letters, 16, 1277–1284.

Dostál P. et al. 2013. Central European plant species from more productive habitats are more invasive at a global scale. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 22, 64–72.

Dostál P. et al. 2017. No evidence for larger leaf trait plasticity in ecological generalists compared to specialists. Journal of Biogeography, 44, 511–521.