Postcards from the Field

Innsbruck Ecology and Biodiversity scientists share their fieldwork ...


Postcard from Matsch (South Tyrol)

21 July 2017

Dear all,

just launched the snowbed-project in the sampling area Matsch, South Tyrol, which will continue at the Furka in Switzerland and finally in the National Parc Hohe Tauern.

Greetings from the Oberettes hut,

Julia, Michael, Alex, Eva, Andreas and Laura

Research Group Ecosystem and Landscape Ecology


Postcard from National Park Hohe Tauern

20 July 2017

Greetings from the Central Alps!

Sampling micro-catchments in Easttyrol, Carinthia and Salzburg. After long hikes, ready to measure nutrients and water chemistry for longterm ecological research - implementing the just launched project!


Leo, Manuel, Brigitte & Ines

River and Conservation Research Group


Postcard from Svalbard

20 July 2017

Greetings from the Arctic.

We spent the last weeks carrying air samplers on glaciers around NyAlesund (Svalbard, 79°N). Once the deep melting slush was gone, we had amazing days and took a big bag full of samples to assess aerial microbial biodiversity and abundance. What a great place to work !

best wishes

Lake and Glacier Research Group

Postcard from Chile

19 July 2017


Sampling in one of the highest lakes in the world, Lago Chungará (4517 m a.s.l.), Chile…

Hard work is the motto of sampling in this type of lake with very strong winds, low oxygen to breath and cold temperatures.

Anyway, happy that at the end everything went well and I got my DNA samples for assessing the microbial diversity, despite getting wet and frozen


Pablo Aguilar

Lake and Glacier Research Group

Postcard Rotmoos Gletschertor

18 July 2017

Greetings from the glacier,


we are on an excursion with 15 ecologists studying hydrology, chemistry and biology of glacial streams in the inner Oetz Valley.


We have been searching for the glacier mouth, and found it eventually, but not on the spot it was last year.  


Roland and Leo

Lake and Glacier Research Group
River and Conservation Research Group


Postcard from Aosta

Biometeorology group



13 July 2017

Hi Magdalena,

We are currently preparing our pulse-labeling experiment on the ClimGrass field site in Raumberg-Gumpenstein. Additionaly we perform various measurements to display carbon dynamics on species-, canopy- and ecosystem levels.

On the "postcard" attached, you can see our Master students Lena and Lisa performing measurements of light-dependencies of photosynthetic rates on species level. On a ClimGrass-field plot, using a LiCor LI6400 device.




The ClimGrass experiment
Research Group Plant, Soil and Ecosystem Processes