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Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Michael Bahn (Department of Ecology)

Deputy Head

Ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gilbert Neuner (Department of Botany)

Student Representatives

Marlene Haider & Hanna Pritsch (Deputy)

Faculty Members

Faculty of Biology

Department of Botany

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Brigitta Erschbamer
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Božo Frajman
Assoc. Prof. Mag. Dr. Andreas Holzinger
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Ilse Kranner
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Stefan Mayr
Ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gilbert Neuner
Ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Walter Oberhuber
Assoc. Prof. Thomas Roach, MSc PhD
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Peter Schönswetter

Department of Ecology

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Michael Bahn
Ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Leopold Füreder
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Georg Leitinger
o. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Roland Psenner
Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Birgit Sattler
Priv.-Doz. Dipl.-Geogr. Uta Schirpke, PhD
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Birgit Schlick-Steiner
Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Julia Seeber
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gabriel Singer
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Ruben Sommaruga
Assoc. Prof. Mag. Dr. Florian Steiner
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ulrike Tappeiner
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Erich Tasser (affiliated)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Georg Wohlfahrt

Department of Microbiology

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Paul Illmer
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Sigrid Neuhauser

Ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Ursula Peintner

Research Department for Limnology

Assoc. Prof. Dipl.-Biol. Dr. Martin Hahn
Assoc. Prof. Mag. Dr. Rainer Kurmayer
Dr. Claus-Peter Stelzer
Univ.-Doz. Dr. Josef Wanzenböck
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Weisse

Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences

Department of Geography

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Clemens Geitner

Ass.-Prof., PD Mag. Dr. Martin Rutzinger

Associated Scientist Board Members

Dr. Barbara Beikirchner, Department of Botany, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Dr. Helmut Berger, Consulting Engineering Office for Ecology, Salzburg, Austria
Dr. Agnes Bouchez, INRA, France
Dr. Othmar Buchner, University of Salzburg, Austria
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Stefan Dullinger, CVL, University of Vienna, Austria
Dr. Arwyn Edwards, University of Aberystwyth
Dr. Andrea Ganthaler, Department of Botany, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Notburga Gierlinger, BOKU, Austria
Dr. Albin Hammerle, Department of Ecology, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Dr. Eliza Harris, Department of Ecology, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Johannes Ingrisch PhD, Department of Ecology, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Prof. Dr. Ivan Janssens, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Prof. Dr. Ulf Karsten, University of Rostock, Germany
Dr. Filip Kolar, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic
Dr. Catherine Larose, École Centrale de Lyon, France
Dr. Reinhard Lentner, Amt der Tiroler Landesregierung, Austria
Fabien Maussion PhD, Department of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences (ACINN), University of Innsbruck
Mirco Migliavacca PhD, Max Planck Institute of Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany
Dr. Andrea Mondoni, University of Pavia, Italy
Dr. Markus Möst, Department of Ecology, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Dr. Nadine Rühr, Karsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Mag. Dr. Bettina Sonntag, Research Department for Limnology, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Dr. Matthias Stegner, Department of Botany, University of Innsbruck, Austria
ao.Univ.-Prof. i.R. Dr. Gerhard Tomedi, Department of Archeologies, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Dr. Sonja Wipf, WSL, Switzerland
Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil. Sophie Zechmeister-Boltenstern, BOKU, Austria

Student Members and Research Focus

Victoria Als Ant-fungi mutualism in Lasius fuliginosus
Matteo Anderle Investigating different pressures for bird communities in the Central Alps

Rubén Morón Asensio

Bioorthogonal labelling as a tool for detecting and following the synthesis
of cyanobacterial toxins and bioactive peptides
Lisa Capponi Drought, heat, and grassland resilience under global change
Filippo Colla Evaluating interactions between arthropods and microorganism in subalpine and alpine extensive pastures along elevational gradient
Harald Crepaz Measuring and simulating global change impacts on alpine vegetation
Manuel Ebner A social-ecological system perspective on mountain lakes: integrated assessment for sustainable management
Daniel Gattinger Dispersal of antibiotic resistant microbes in remote cryospheric and urbanized habitats
Marlene Haider Population genetics and genomics of Tetrao urogallus and Tetrao tetrix
Lorenz Hänchen Spatio-temporal variability in water availability and demand in the Peruvian Andes
Valentin Heimer Cryptic evolution and diversification of Luzula sect. Luzula (Juncaceae) in the grasslands of the  Eastern Alps (LUZALP)
Veronika Hierlmeier protectAlps - Alps, persistent pollutants, and insects
Tania Holtzem Daphnia Resilience - Comparison of genomic and functional resilience of water flea populations in Lake Constance, Lake Zurich and Lake Walen under eutrophication and oligotrophication

Tania Patricia Sosa Jiron

Effects of fragmentation on river network functioning
Lumnesh Swaroop Kumar Joseph Individual and interactive effects of elevated CO2, warming and drought on the phenology of mountain grassland
Dominik Kaplenig Adaption and acclimation to alpine habitats viewed through different populations of Arabidopsis arenosa
Andreas Martin Kollert Development of high-resolution maps of snow-cover and soil-temperature
for use in species distribution models at a high alpine study site
Timo Knüver Drought stress and recovery in adult and juvenile Norway spruce and European beech: effects of stress duration and species composition
Lucía Laorden Camacho

Effects of shrub encroachment on ecosystem services in mountain grasslands due to land -use and climate change

Silvia Lembo

The effects of lower air pressure conditions on upwards shifting mountain ecosystems: how do plants-soil react?

Edoardo Mandolini Microbial Interactions in Snow Covered Habitats
Clemens Maylandt Elucidating the evolutionary history and taxonomy of two widespread steppe plants: Astragalus onobrychis and Astragalus exscapus
Kathiravan Mohamed Meeran Interactive effects of multiple global change drivers on belowground carbon allocation and coupling in grassland
Lena Nicklas Winners and losers of climate change in the Central and South Alps
Robert Niederheiser Mapping alpine vegetation location properties
Florian Oberleitner Effects of drought legacies and compound stress on mountain grassland and forest
Charlotte Permann Sexual reproduction in Zygnematophyceae (Charophyta)
Hanna Pritsch Alpine limnology and its relevance for ecosystem services under climate change
Fabrizzio Protti-Sanchez Sources of soil CO2 emissions in subarctic grasslands exposed to warming
Špela Pungaršek Polyploidisation in Luzula, Euphorbia and Knautia
Maria Ralser Control and growth of extracellular ice in plants
Katharina Ramskogler Short and long term feedback between vegetation and morphodynamic processes
David Reinthaler Interactive effects of warming, elevated CO2 and extreme climatic events on C-cycling in a temperate grassland
Hans Rund Development and implementation of eDNA monitoring methods for fish in the alpine region and comparison with traditional ecological status assessment methods

Theresa Magdalena Rzehak   

Key Factors for Microbial Diversity in Alpine Soils

Elena Stoll

Effects of global changes on N2O fluxes in mountain grasslands
Elena Tello-Garcia Implications of drought on water use strategies and arbuscular mycorrhizal abundance in Alpine grasslands
Svenja Trautmann Cryogeomorphic Processes and their Impact on Spatial Soil Heterogeneity
Simon Tscholl Analyzing climate change impacts and adaptation strategies for mountain viticulture
Maria Chiara Vulcano The role of phytobenthic fatty acids in glacial streams ecosystems under alpine deglaciation
Sebastiano Zanini Crop pollination across spatial scales: integrated assessment of related ecosystem services
Teresa Zeni Role of genome duplication in changing mountain landscapes



Pablo Aguilar Bacterial diversity and community composition from high-elevation aquatic ecosystems                           
Siegfried Aigner Stress responses in phylogenetically distant green algae from extreme habitats: Ecophysiological and molecular adaption in free living green algae and isolated lichen photobionts
Marlies Ausserlechner Archaeobotanical analyses of Bronze and Iron Age burnt-offering sites in the subalpine and alpine belt of the Eastern Alps
Andreas Bär Effects of forest fires on trees in Alpine ecosystems
Julie Blommaert Mechanisms and significance of genome size variation in rotifers
Teofana Chonova         Effect of pollutants on microbial communities in environmental biofilms
Matsapume Detcharoen  Effects of Wolbachia bacteria on the new host Drosophila nigrosparsa
Nora Els
Airborne inoculation sources of cryospheric microbial communities in the Alps and in the Arctic
Elia Guariento Biodiversity and trophic structures of soil invertebrates along management intensity gradients
Lisa Huber Modelling ecosystem services in Alpine areas with special emphasis on human impacts
Patrick Krapf Population genetics, social organisation, and genomics in Tetramorium ants
Xiaoteng Lu Functional ecology and biodiversity of planktonic ciliates
Vera Margreiter Germination, establishment & phenotypic plasticity of alpine plants 
Gregor Pichler The lichen symbiosis: Metabolites involved in lichenization
Nadine Präg Effects of plants on methanogenic Archaea and methanotrophic Bacteria
Katharina Scholz Influence of climate extremes on the carbon balance of a pre-alpine lake
Alberto Scotti Employing macroinvertebrates for the analysis of small alpine catchments affected by different anthropogenic impacts
Matthias Stegner The role of cell wall attributes in ice management and freeze dehydration of plant cells
Roland Vogt Fate and effect of waste water-borne manufactured nanomaterials in aquatic ecosystems
Klemens Weisleitner Ecology of cryospheric habitats in polar regions
Brenda Maria Zoderer Identifying and mapping people's preferences of Alpine landscapes
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