Martin Bouda

PhD Candidate; Advisor: James Saiers

Curriculum Vitae

Present position

PhD Candidate, Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Dissertation: Quantifying the effect of root system architecture on plant water uptake. Committee: James E. Saiers (Chairman), Graeme P. Berlyn, Xuhui Lee. Expected completion date: May 2016


Yale University, Master of Environmental Science. May 2010. Advisor: Peter Raymond. Thesis: Effect of rainfall frequency on in-stream inorganic carbon flux.

University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, May 2008. Political Science; Environmental Studies (Biology).

Awards and honours

Argonne National Laboratory Award for Scaling Root Processes Workshop, 2012 ($1000); Yale Doctoral Program Travel Grant, 2010 ($500); Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies Fellowship, 2010 ($5000); Phi Beta Kappa, 2008; Environmental Studies Departmental Honours, University of Pennsylvania, 2008; Dean’s List, University of Pennsylvania, 2006-2008; Benjamin Franklin Scholar Research Grant, 2006 ($800).


Bouda M. and J. Saiers, Representing root system architecture in Dynamic Vegetation Models: results of a combined model of root system growth and soil water uptake. Ecological Society of America 97th Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, 2012.

Bouda M. and J. Saiers, Implementing root system architecture in regional-scale models. Scaling Root Processes Workshop, Washington D.C., 2012.

Bouda, M. and J. Saiers, Modelling root soil-water extraction of two different root systems in 3D. American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 2010.

Bouda, M., Achieving realism in 3D virtual representations of plant root systems. Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Doctoral Student Research Conference, New Haven, 2010.

Research experience

Research Assistant, Raymond Laboratory, Yale University, 2009-2010; Research Assistant, Berlyn Laboratory, Yale University, 2008-2009; Independent research on stable isotopes in unsaturated porous media, Helliker Laboratory, Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania, 2007-2008; Independent field research on the lentic-lotic transition zone due to downstream impoundment, Advisor: Thomas Bott (Stroudt Water Research Center), Benjamin Franklin Scholar Project, University of Pennsylvania, 2006.

Teaching experience

Teaching Assistant, Physiology of Trees and Forests (Graduate Level), Spring 2012; Teaching Assistant, Anatomy of Vascular Plants (Graduate Level), Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012; Teaching Assistant, Guest Lecturer, Environmental Hydrology (Graduate Level), Spring 2011, Spring 2013.

Peer reviewer


Journal of Sustainable Forestry

Professional affiliations

American Geophysical Union

Ecological Society of America

New York Academy of Sciences


Fluent: Czech, English, French

Proficient: German

Computer: MATLAB, Linux, Fortran90, Java