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


Michael Bahn

University of Innsbruck
Department of Ecology

Head of the Research Group: Functional Ecology
Head of the Innsbruck Doctoral College (IDC) Alpine Biology and Global Change

Sternwartestraße 15     (Room 410)
A-6020 Innsbruck

T +43 (0)512 507-51630

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).

>160 peer-reviewed publications in international journals (including a.o. Nature, Science, Nature Communications, Science Advances, PNAS, Nature Ecology and Evolution, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Ecology Letters, Global Change Biology and New Phytologist) and >10 book chapters.

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 and Reviewing

• Editorial Boards of Biogeosciences (Associate Editor 2009-2014, Co-Editor-in-Chief 2014-2023) and Global Change Biology (Advisory Board 2014-2017)

•  >30 international journals (including Nature; Science; Science Advances; PNAS; Nature Climate Change; Nature Geoscience; 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; STOTEN; Tree Physiology a.o.).
•   the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (AR5).
•  >20 Universities / research institutions in Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA.
•  >15 funding agencies in Europe and North America.

Teaching and Mentoring

Regular teaching (lectures, seminars, field courses, international summer schools), mentor / supervisor / advisor of 10 Post-Docs, >15 Ph.D. and >45 M.Sc. students (theses), and supervisor of >20 internships and related theses of several students from Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia and Spain.

Link to current courses.



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