University of Innsbruck

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Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Michael Bahn (Department of Ecology)

Deputy Head

Ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gilbert Neuner (Department of Botany)

Student Representatives

Marlene Haider & Hanna Pritsch (Deputy)

Faculty Members

Faculty of Biology

Department of Botany

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Brigitta ErschbamerAssoc. Prof. Dr. Božo FrajmanAssoc. Prof. Mag. Dr. Andreas HolzingerUniv.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Ilse KrannerUniv.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Stefan MayrAo. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gilbert NeunerAo. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Walter OberhuberAssoc. Prof. Thomas Roach, MSc PhDUniv.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Peter Schönswetter

Department of Ecology

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Michael BahnAo. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Leopold FürederAssoc. Prof. Dr. Georg Leitinger
o. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Roland PsennerPriv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Birgit SattlerPriv.-Doz. Dipl.-Geogr. Uta Schirpke, PhDUniv.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Birgit Schlick-Steiner
Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Julia Seeber
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gabriel SingerUniv.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Ruben SommarugaAssoc. Prof. Mag. Dr. Florian SteinerUniv.-Prof. Dr. Ulrike Tappeiner
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Erich Tasser (affiliated)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Georg Wohlfahrt

Department of Microbiology

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Paul Illmer Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Sigrid Neuhauser

Ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Ursula Peintner

Research Department for Limnology

Assoc. Prof. Dipl.-Biol. Dr. Martin HahnAssoc. Prof. Mag. Dr. Rainer Kurmayer
Dr. Claus-Peter Stelzer
Univ.-Doz. Dr. Josef WanzenböckUniv.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Weisse

Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences

Department of Geography

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Clemens Geitner

Ass.-Prof., PD Mag. Dr. Martin Rutzinger

Associated Scientist Board Members

Dr. Barbara Beikirchner, Department of Botany, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Dr. Helmut Berger, Consulting Engineering Office for Ecology, Salzburg, Austria
Dr. Agnes Bouchez, INRA, France
Dr. Othmar Buchner, University of Salzburg, Austria
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Stefan Dullinger, CVL, University of Vienna, Austria
Dr. Arwyn Edwards, University of Aberystwyth
Dr. Andrea Ganthaler, Department of Botany, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Notburga Gierlinger, BOKU, Austria
Dr. Albin Hammerle, Department of Ecology, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Dr. Eliza Harris, Department of Ecology, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Johannes Ingrisch PhD, Department of Ecology, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Prof. Dr. Ivan Janssens, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Prof. Dr. Ulf Karsten, University of Rostock, Germany
Dr. Filip Kolar, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic
Dr. Catherine Larose, École Centrale de Lyon, France
Dr. Reinhard Lentner, Amt der Tiroler Landesregierung, Austria
Fabien Maussion PhD, Department of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences (ACINN), University of Innsbruck
Mirco Migliavacca PhD, Max Planck Institute of Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany
Dr. Andrea Mondoni, University of Pavia, Italy
Dr. Markus Möst, Department of Ecology, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Dr. Nadine Rühr, Karsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Mag. Dr. Bettina Sonntag, Research Department for Limnology, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Dr. Matthias Stegner, Department of Botany, University of Innsbruck, Austria
ao.Univ.-Prof. i.R. Dr. Gerhard Tomedi, Department of Archeologies, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Dr. Sonja Wipf, WSL, Switzerland
Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil. Sophie Zechmeister-Boltenstern, BOKU, Austria

Student Members and Research Focus

Victoria AlsAnt-fungi mutualism in Lasius fuliginosus
Matteo AnderleInvestigating different pressures for bird communities in the Central Alps
Rubén Morón Asensio Bioorthogonal labelling as a tool for detecting and following the synthesis of cyanobacterial toxins and bioactive peptides
Lisa CapponiDrought, heat, and grassland resilience under global change
Filippo CollaEvaluating interactions between arthropods and microorganism in subalpine and alpine extensive pastures along elevational gradient
Harald CrepazMeasuring and simulating global change impacts on alpine vegetation
Daniel GattingerDispersal of antibiotic resistant microbes in remote cryospheric and urbanized habitats
Marlene HaiderPopulation genetics and genomics of Tetrao urogallus and Tetrao tetrix
Lorenz HänchenSpatio-temporal variability in water availability and demand in the Peruvian Andes
Valentin HeimerCryptic evolution and diversification of Luzula sect. Luzula (Juncaceae) in the grasslands of the  Eastern Alps (LUZALP)
Veronika HierlmeierprotectAlps - Alps, persistent pollutants, and insects
Tania HoltzemDaphnia Resilience - Comparison of genomic and functional resilience of water flea populations in Lake Constance, Lake Zurich and Lake Walen under eutrophication and oligotrophication
Lesley HuymannDiversity and Evolution of the ectomycorrhizal dermocyboid Cortinarius species in a global context
Tania Patricia Sosa Jiron Effects of fragmentation on river network functioning
Lumnesh Swaroop Kumar JosephIndividual and interactive effects of elevated CO2, warming and drought on the phenology of mountain grassland
Dominik KaplenigAdaption and acclimation to alpine habitats viewed through different populations of Arabidopsis arenosa
Andreas Martin KollertDevelopment of high-resolution maps of snow-cover and soil-temperature for use in species distribution models at a high alpine study site
Timo KnüverDrought stress and recovery in adult and juvenile Norway spruce and European beech: effects of stress duration and species composition
Lucía Laorden Camacho Effects of shrub encroachment on ecosystem services in mountain grasslands due to land -use and climate change
Silvia Lembo The effects of lower air pressure conditions on upwards shifting mountain ecosystems: how do plants-soil react?
Edoardo MandoliniMicrobial Interactions in Snow Covered Habitats
Clemens MaylandtElucidating the evolutionary history and taxonomy of two widespread steppe plants: Astragalus onobrychis and Astragalus exscapus
Kathiravan Mohamed MeeranInteractive effects of multiple global change drivers on belowground carbon allocation and coupling in grassland
Sophia MützelAtmospheric Deposition and Interaction of Microplastics in High Mountains
Lena NicklasWinners and losers of climate change in the Central and South Alps
Robert NiederheiserMapping alpine vegetation location properties
Florian OberleitnerEffects of drought legacies and compound stress on mountain grassland and forest
Charlotte PermannSexual reproduction in Zygnematophyceae (Charophyta)
Hanna PritschAlpine limnology and its relevance for ecosystem services under climate change
Fabrizzio Protti-SanchezSources of soil CO2 emissions in subarctic grasslands exposed to warming
Špela PungaršekPolyploidisation in Luzula, Euphorbia and Knautia
Maria RalserControl and growth of extracellular ice in plants
Katharina RamskoglerShort and long term feedback between vegetation and morphodynamic processes
David ReinthalerInteractive effects of warming, elevated CO2 and extreme climatic events on C-cycling in a temperate grassland
Hans RundDevelopment and implementation of eDNA monitoring methods for fish in the alpine region and comparison with traditional ecological status assessment methods
Theresa Magdalena Rzehak    Key Factors for Microbial Diversity in Alpine Soils
Elena Stoll Effects of global changes on N2O fluxes in mountain grasslands
Elena Tello-GarciaImplications of drought on water use strategies and arbuscular mycorrhizal abundance in Alpine grasslands
Svenja TrautmannCryogeomorphic Processes and their Impact on Spatial Soil Heterogeneity
Simon TschollAnalyzing climate change impacts and adaptation strategies for mountain viticulture
Maria Chiara VulcanoThe role of phytobenthic fatty acids in glacial streams ecosystems under alpine deglaciation
Sebastiano ZaniniCrop pollination across spatial scales: integrated assessment of related ecosystem services
Teresa ZeniRole of genome duplication in changing mountain landscapes



Pablo AguilarBacterial diversity and community composition from high-elevation aquatic ecosystems                           
Siegfried AignerStress responses in phylogenetically distant green algae from extreme habitats: Ecophysiological and molecular adaption in free living green algae and isolated lichen photobionts
Marlies AusserlechnerArchaeobotanical analyses of Bronze and Iron Age burnt-offering sites in the subalpine and alpine belt of the Eastern Alps
Andreas BärEffects of forest fires on trees in Alpine ecosystems
Julie BlommaertMechanisms and significance of genome size variation in rotifers
Teofana Chonova        Effect of pollutants on microbial communities in environmental biofilms
Matsapume Detcharoen Effects of Wolbachia bacteria on the new host Drosophila nigrosparsa
Manuel Ebner A social-ecological system perspective on mountain lakes: integrated assessment for sustainable management
Nora Els Airborne inoculation sources of cryospheric microbial communities in the Alps and in the Arctic
Elia GuarientoBiodiversity and trophic structures of soil invertebrates along management intensity gradients
Lisa HuberModelling ecosystem services in Alpine areas with special emphasis on human impacts
Patrick KrapfPopulation genetics, social organisation, and genomics in Tetramorium ants
Xiaoteng LuFunctional ecology and biodiversity of planktonic ciliates
Vera MargreiterGermination, establishment & phenotypic plasticity of alpine plants 
Gregor PichlerThe lichen symbiosis: Metabolites involved in lichenization
Nadine PrägEffects of plants on methanogenic Archaea and methanotrophic Bacteria
Katharina ScholzInfluence of climate extremes on the carbon balance of a pre-alpine lake
Alberto ScottiEmploying macroinvertebrates for the analysis of small alpine catchments affected by different anthropogenic impacts
Matthias StegnerThe role of cell wall attributes in ice management and freeze dehydration of plant cells
Roland VogtFate and effect of waste water-borne manufactured nanomaterials in aquatic ecosystems
Klemens WeisleitnerEcology of cryospheric habitats in polar regions
Brenda Maria ZodererIdentifying and mapping people's preferences of Alpine landscapes