TRAUGOTT Michael MMag. Dr. PD, Associate Professor
University of Innsbruck
Head of the Research Group:
Technikerstrasse 25 (Room 506)
Michael graduated in Zoology and Agroecology in 1997 and received his doctoral degree from the University of Innsbruck in 2001. In 2007 he obtained his professorial qualification ("Habilitation") in Ecology at the University of Innsbruck.
His scientific interests cover the ecology of invertebrates in natural and managed ecosystems and the role these organisms play in providing ecosystem services (e.g. pest control). Michael is especially interested in trophic and food web ecology, including novel approaches such as molecular techniques and stable isotope analysis to study trophic interactions under natural conditions. Both above- and below-ground systems have been addressed in his work, including arable and natural ecosystems. Detailed information on current and past research projects is available below.
At the Institute of Ecology Michael leads the Applied and Trophic Ecology research group. Furthermore, he acts as the coordinator and spokesman of the Research Unit for Mountain Agriculture at the University of Innsbruck and is the convenor of the IOBC/WPRS working group soil insect pests.
- Impact of biotic invasion on food web interactions: Tracking predation on native and invasive earthworms by molecular techniques
Daniela Straube and Anita Juen (PI)
- Indigenous natural enemies of the invading maize pest Diabrotica virgifera virgifera LeConte (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae)
Anita Juen (PI)
- The feeding ecology of cormorants
Johannes Oehm, Bettina Thalinger and Michael Traugott (PI)
- APPEAL: Assessment and valuation of Pest suppression potential through biological control in European Agricultural Landscapes
Mattias Jonsson (coordinator & PI), Josef Settele (PI) and Michael Traugott (PI)
- The importance of natural enemy diversity and food-web structure for biological control
Mattias Jonsson (PI), Cory Straub, Barbara Ekbom and Michael Traugott
- Agricultural intensification and aphid-parasitoid food webs
Zhengpei Ye, Ines Vollhardt (PI) and Michael Traugott (PI)
- Effects of fertilization type on biocontrol of pests
Oskar Rubbmark, Daniela Sint (co-PI) and Michael Traugott (PI)
- Promoting pest movement to enhance biological control of potato leafhopper
Michael Traugott and Cory Straub (PI)