BAHN Michael Mag. Dr. PD, Associate Professor


Michael Bahn

University of Innsbruck
Institute of Ecology

Head of the Research Group:
Plant, Soil and Ecosystem Processes

Sternwartestraße 15     (Room 410)
A-6020 Innsbruck

T +43 (0)512 507-51630
F +43 (0)512 507-51699

Research Interests

Plant, soil and ecosystem processes: biogeochemical cycles; carbon dynamics and interactions with the water and nutrient cycles; global change; greenhouse gas emissions; isotopic tracers; mountain ecosystems; plant ecology and ecophysiology; plant-soil interactions; plant traits and ecosystem functioning.

Research Projects

Principle Investigator (PI), Site PI and workpackage leader of various national (FWF, ÖAW, TWF) and international (EU-FP4, 5 and 7, ERA-Net) projects. For list of current and recent projects see Research Group Plant, Soil and Ecosystem Processes.


Book on 'Soil Carbon Dynamics. An Integrated Methodology' (2009 - reprinted 2010, Cambridge University Press) (Co-Editor).

>80 peer-reviewed publications in international books and journals (including a.o. Nature, PNAS, Global Change Biology and New Phytologist).

Invited talks at major international conferences (including British Ecological Society, American Geophysical Union, European Geosciences Union, ASA, CSSA, and SSSA, European Ecological Federation), workshops / summer schools and research institutions (Harvard University, EPFL Lausanne, ETH Zürich, MPI Jena, Universities of Basel, Göttingen, Lisbon, Manchester, Munich-Weihenstephan, Vienna, Zürich a.o.).

Editorial Boards

•  Biogeosciences (Co-Editor-in-Chief)
•  Global Change Biology (Editorial Advisory Board)


•   >25 international journals (including a.o. Biogeochemistry; Ecology; Ecology Letters; Ecosystems; Functional Ecology; Global Biogeochemical Cycles; Global Change Biology; ISME Journal; Journal of Ecology; Journal of Geophysical Research; Nature Climate Change; New Phytologist; Plant, Cell and Environment; Plant and Soil; PNAS; Oecologia; Soil Biology and Biochemistry; Tree Physiology).
•   the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (AR5).
•  >15 Universities / Research Institutions in Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, UK, USA.
•  Funding agencies: Belgium (FWO), Canada (NSERC), Czech Republic, EU (ERC), France, Germany (DFG), Switzerland (SNF), UK (NERC, BBSRC, Royal Society), USA (NSF), a.o.

Convenor of Science Meetings

Convenor/ Co-Convenor of two international conferences, including the Open Science Conference on 'Climate Extremes and Biogeochemical Cycles in the Terrestrial Biosphere' (Seefeld 2013) and the Conference on Stable Isotopes and Biogeochemical Cycles in Terrestrial Ecosystems (Ascona 2010), and of several international conference sessions (AGU, EGU, GfÖ, ESF, SOM), and workshops (ESF, COST). Upcoming events: two sessions at AGU 2016 (link:


Regular teaching (lectures, seminars, field courses, international summer schools), co-advisor/ advisor of >10 Ph.D. theses and >30 M.Sc. theses, and supervisor of internships and related theses of several students from Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain and Slovakia. Link to current courses.