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Description of research and teaching

My postdoctoral research focuses on biogeochemical processes in boreal peatlands and their responses to climatic and/or land-use changes. I study the interactions between plant community composition, microbial enzyme activity, rates of organic matter (plant litter, peat) decomposition and environmental conditions in pristine and drained peatlands. My ultimate qoal is to quantify how each of these factors contribute to the C sink/source function of peatlands under different conditions, and to provide decomposition data and models that will be used for verifying the functionality and reliability of ecosystem-level C models and for developing them further.

This research vas initiated during my doctoral study, results from the early stage of litter decomposition process are summarized in my doctoral thesis "Carbon dynamics in peatlands under changing hydrology: Effects of water level drawdown on litter quality, microbial enzyme activities and litter decomposition rates" (approved with distinction -kiittäen hyväksytty-, received the Doctoral Thesis Award from the Finnish Society of Forest Science).

Keywords

  • 4112 Forestry

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 2005 2019

  • 19 Article
  • 3 Conference contribution
  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis

Tree species identity alters decomposition of understory litter and associated microbial communities: a case study

Angst, S., Harantova, L., Baldrian, P., Angst, G., Cajthaml, T., Strakova, P., Blahut, J., Vesela, H. & Frouz, J., Jul 2019, In : Biology and Fertility of Soils. 55, 5, p. 525-538 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Cotton-Grass and Blueberry have Opposite Effect on Peat Characteristics and Nutrient Transformation in Peatland

Kastovska, E., Strakova, P., Edwards, K., Urbanova, Z., Barta, J., Mastny, J., Santruckova, H. & Picek, T., Apr 2018, In : Ecosystems. 21, 3, p. 443-458 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Deforested and drained tropical peatland sites show poorer peat substrate quality and lower microbial biomass and activity than unmanaged swamp forest

Könönen, M., Jauhiainen, J., Straková, P., Heinonsalo, J., Laiho, R., Kusin, K., Limin, S. & Vasander, H., Aug 2018, In : Soil Biology & Biochemistry. 123, p. 229-241 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Response of peat biogeochemistry and soil organic matter quality to rewetting in bogs and spruce swamp forests

Urbanova, Z., Strakova, P. & Kastovska, E., 12 Feb 2018, In : European Journal of Soil Biology. 85, p. 12-22 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Responses of phenology and biomass production of boreal fens to climate warming under different water-table level regimes

Mäkiranta, P., Laiho, R., Mehtätalo, L., Straková, P., Sormunen, J., Minkkinen, K., Penttilä, T., Fritze, H. & Tuittila, E-S., Mar 2018, In : Global Change Biology. 24, 3, p. 944-956 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Projects 2004 2019

Peatland Ecology Group in the University of Helsinki (PEATLANDERS)

Badorek, T., Jauhiainen, J., Juottonen, H., Juutinen, S., Kaila, A., Kojola, S., Koskinen, M., Kotiaho, M., Laiho, R., Laine, A., Lampela, M., Larmola, T., Leppälä, M., Maanavilja, L., Minkkinen, K., Mäkiranta, P., Ojanen, P., Pearson, M., Peltoniemi, K., Putkinen, A., Riutta, T. E., Sarkkola, S., Seppä, H., Sipilä, T., Straková , P., Tuittila, E., Ťupek, B., Vasander, H., Väliranta, M., Yli-Petäys, M. & Yrjälä, K.

23/02/2011 → …

Project: Research Evaluation 2011

FunDivEUROPE-Functional significance of forest biodiversity in Europe

Finer, L., Domisch, T. & Straková , P.

15/04/201114/07/2011

Project: Research project

Prizes

Activities 2004 2017

European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2017

Petra Straková (Attendee)
27 Apr 201728 Apr 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

BIOGEOMON 2017, 9th International Symposium on Ecosystem Behavior

Petra Straková (Speaker: Presenter)
2017 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Carbon Cycling in Boreal Peatlands and Climate Change II - Hyytiälä revisited

Petra Straková (Speaker: Keynote)
25 Sep 201729 Sep 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

11th Annual Society of Wetland Scientists European Chapter Meeting

Petra Straková (Speaker: Presenter)
17 May 201620 May 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

15th Wetland Ecology and Hydrobotany Seminar (organized in memory of Dr. Slavomil Hejný and Dr. Dagmar Dykyjová)

Petra Straková (Speaker: Presenter)
9 Feb 201610 Feb 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars