Tomáš Vrška
Director, University Forest Enterprise Křtiny, Mendel University in Brno

Ass. Prof. Dr. Tomáš Vrška studied forestry at Mendel University in Brno, Ph.D. in Forest Ecology (1997) and obtained a habilitation in Silviculture (2010). He started his career in Forest Management Planning Institute (1989), but in 1994-2018 he was the team leading scientist researching the dynamics of natural temperate forests across the world. His main focus was oriented into the practical application of scientific knowledge in the practice of close-to-nature forestry and restoration management of forests in protected areas. Since 2019 he is the director of the University Forest Enterprise Křtiny at Mendel University in Brno. At the university forest enterprise (10.500 ha), he focuses on the real adaptation of forests to climate change – developing and testing new silvicultural models for the future forests. He lectures on this issue at universities. He is currently the 1st Vice-president of Pro Silva – an international association of foresters who practice close-to-nature forest management.

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