SOMMARUGA Ruben Dr., Univ.-Prof.


Current and recent research projects of the group

  1. VIRALP: Virus-host relationships in an alpine lake assessed by metagenomics.  Austrian Science Fund, FWF M2299-B32, PI: Christopher Bellas, Co-PI R. Sommaruga, 2017-2019.
  2. From myth to reason – Population structure and spawning area(s) of Pacific eels.
  3. Heterotrophic freshwater bacterial groups and the biogeochemical cycle of phosphorus in mountain lakes. Austrian Science Fund, FWF P24098, PI: M. Pérez, 2012-2016).
  4. Transcriptional response to UV stress in freshwater copepods. Austrian Science Fund, FWF V233, Elise Richter Project granted to B. Tartarotti, 2012-2017).
  5. Lake Lander: Impact of Glacial Melt on High-altitude lakes in Chile (granted by NASA), PI: Nathalie Cabrol, Co-PI: R. Sommaruga ( 2011-2014)
  6. Ultraviolet radiation effects on planktonic freshwater ciliates: an assessment of photoprotection and repair strategies” (Austrian Science Fund FWF P21013-B03, PI: B.Sonntag, Co-PI: R. Sommaruga. (2009-2012)
  7. Community structure and function of heterotrophic bacteria in alpine lakes: atmosphere and catchments linkages (Austrian Science Fund, FWF P19245-B03, 2006-2010, PI: R. Sommaruga).
  8. Effects of climate change and UVR on the nutritional quality of the food base – cascading effects at higher trophic levels. Granted by the Norwegian Research PI: Howard I. Browman (Norway), Co-PI: R. Sommaruga and Michael Arts (Canada).
  9. Load and viability of bacteria associated to airborne particles. Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Culture (bm:bwk, ÖAD, 2007-2008), Proj. Nr. 16/2007, PI: R. Sommaruga.
  10. Diversity of microbial communities in remote alpine lakes of the Alps and Himalaya. Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Culture (bm:bwk, ÖAD, 2006-2007), Proj. Nr. 16/2006, PI: R. Sommaruga.
  11. Characterization of the underwater UV climate in lakes from the Mt. Everest Region and assessment of DNA damage levels and counteractive mechanisms (photorepair and photoprotection) in planktonic organisms. K2-Ev-CNR Committee, Italy and Svarowsky Foundation-Univ. of Innsbruck, 2005-2006, PI: R. Sommaruga).
  12. Testing alternative benefits in symbiosis of pelagic Chlorella-bearing freshwater ciliates: an ecological and molecular approach (Austrian Science Fund, FWF P16559-B06, 2003-2006, PI: R. Sommaruga)
  13. Climate warming impact on alpine's lake bacterioplankton community structure and specific activity (FWF M788 B06, 2004-2006, Lise-Meitner project to M. Perez)
  14. Molecular response mechanisms of freshwater copepods to solar UV radiation (FWF T236-B06, 2004-2008, Hertha-Firnberg project to B. Tartarotti)
  15. Ecological role of mycosporine-like amino acids in alpine lakes (Austrian Science Fund, FWF 14153-BIO, 2000-2003, PI: R. Sommaruga)

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