BAHN Michael Mag. Dr., Univ.-Prof.


Michael Bahn

University of Innsbruck
Department of Ecology

Head of the Research Group: Functional Ecology
Head of the Doctoral programme Alpine Biology and Global Change

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 Functional Ecology.


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

>140 peer-reviewed publications in international books and journals (including a.o. Nature, Nature Communications, Science Advances, PNAS, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Nature Ecology and Evolution, Ecology Letters, 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 (2014-2017)


•  >30 international journals (including Nature; Nature Climate Change; PNAS; Ecology Letters; Global Change Biology; ISME Journal; Ecological Monographs; New Phytologist; Journal of Ecology; Plant, Cell and Environment; Ecology; Functional Ecology; Global Biogeochemical Cycles; Soil Biology and Biochemistry; Ecosystems; Journal of Geophysical Research;  Plant and Soil; Oecologia; Tree Physiology a.o.).
•   the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (AR5).
•  >15 Universities / research institutions in Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, UK, USA.
•  >15 funding agencies at the EU (ERC, Marie Curie) and in several countries in Europe and North America.


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.


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