Research Unit Alpine Freshwater Ecology

QuotationOur mission is to conduct leading research on alpine freshwater ecology at the national and international level"
 

The alpine freshwater ecology research unit includes two research groups where (sub-) alpine lakes (i.e., located above treeline), streams, and glaciers are at the centre of interest. The research groups focus on microbial ecology of lakes and glaciers and the role of microbes in biogeochemical cycles, on zooplankton ecology, on the structure and functioning of macroinvertebrates in running waters including conservation, as well as on the interactions between atmosphere, terrestrial catchment and lake.

In addition to experimental and field studies, palaeolimnological reconstruction of environmental conditions of alpine lakes during the Holocene is conducted.

Owing to excellent research facilities, such as fully equipped laboratories for limno-chemical and microbiology work, a high-altitude research station located at the shore of Lake Gossenköllesee, and an alpine research centre in Obergurgl, we offer unique opportunities for students and researchers to study alpine aquatic ecosystems and the effects of global change.

In addition, we run two LTER sites in the Tyrolean Alps (Piburgersee and Gossenköllesee). Scientists of the research unit are active in different parts of the world, but what they have in common is their focus on alpine ecosystems. The research activities of the unit are well integrated into diverse international research projects with links to more than 20 countries.

Our mission is to conduct leading research on alpine freshwater ecology at the national and international level. In addition, and as members of the largest Research Focus of the University of Innsbruck, Alpine Space – Man & Environment, we provide knowledge to students, managers, and the general public including outreach activities with children.

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