Lukáš Falteisek

Dr Lukáš Falteisek

(MSc, BSc, PhD Charles University in Prague)


I am interested in the ecology of microbial communities thriving in extreme habitats, mainly those associated with sulfidic ore deposits. These communities are relatively simple compared to microbiota of common habitats (soil, water, human body, etc…) and the biogeochemical processes that are fueling their life are well-understood. For these reasons, they are good models for studying the relations between biogeochemical processes and microbial community composition. My main research interest is searching for the existence of neutral variability in the composition of these communities. My research is also a good excuse for spending time exploring abandoned ore mines.

You can email me at nealkoholik(at)

Recent Publications

Vinšová P, Kohler TJ, Simpson MJ, Hajdas I, Yde JC, Falteisek L, Žárský JD, Yuan T, Tejnecký V, Mercl F, Hood E, Stibal M (2022) The biogeochemical legacy of Arctic subglacial sediments exposed by glacier retreat. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 36:e2021GB007126 doi: 10.1029/2021GB007126

Hawkings JR, Linhoff BS, Wadham JL, Stibal M, Lamborg CH, Carling GT, Lamarche-Gagnon G, Kohler TJ, Ward R, Hendry KR, Falteisek L, Kellerman AM, Cameron K, Hatton JE, Tingey S, Holt A, Vinšová P, Hofer S, Bulínová M, Větrovský T, Meire L, Spencer RGM (2021) Large meltwater source of mercury from the southwestern margin of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Nature Geoscience 14:496-502 doi:10.1038/s41561-021-00753-w

Kohler TJ, Vinšová P, Falteisek L, Žárský JD, Yde JC, Hatton JE, Hawkings JR, Lamarche-Gagnon G, Hood E, Cameron KA, Stibal M (2020) Patterns in microbial assemblages exported from the meltwater of Arctic and sub-Arctic glaciers. Frontiers in Microbiology 11:669 doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2020.00669

Žárský JD, Kohler TJ, Yde JC, Falteisek L, Lamarche-Gagnon G, Hawkings JR, Hatton JE, Stibal M (2018) Prokaryotic assemblages in suspended and subglacial sediments within a glacierized catchment on Qeqertarsuaq (Disko Island), west Greenland. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 94:fiy100 doi: 10.1093/femsec/fiy100