Maja Ilic


Present position:


Research area:

 Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics  



+43 512 507-50266


Academic History

Oct 2023 – present: Postdoc, Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics, Research Department for Limnology, Mondsee, Universität Innsbruck, Austria
Oct 2021 – Sep 2023: Postdoc, Forest Entomology, Forest Health and biotic Interactions, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL, Switzerland
Mar 2019 – Jul 2021: Data Analyst / R Programmer, School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom
Oct 2017 – Mar 2018: Scientific Assistant, Institute for Cell Biology and Zoology, Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany
Oct 2014 – Feb 2019:  PhD Thesis, Aquatic Chemical Ecology, Institute for Zoology, University of Cologne, Germany
Oct 2012 – Sep 2014: Master of Science in Biology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany
Oct 2009 – Aug 2012: Bachelor of Science in Biology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany


Research interests

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accepted/in press

  • Boenigk J., Beisser D., Franke L., Klar L., Ilić M., Fink P. Differences in pigment composition and concentration between phototrophic, mixotrophic and heterotrophic Chrysophyceae. Fottea (accepted)


  • Ilić, M., Walden, S., Hammerstein, S. K., Stockenreiter, M., Stibor, H., & Fink., P. (2023). Pigment and fluorescence proxies to estimate functional diversity of phytoplankton communities. Fundamental and Applied Limnology 196(3-4): 229-249,


  • Schwarzenberger A., Ilić M., Von Elert E. (2021). Daphnia populations are similar but not identical in tolerance to different protease inhibitors. Harmful Algae 106, 102062,

  • Ilić, M., Klintworth, S., & Jackson, M. C. (2021): Quality over quantity: Trophic cascades in a warming world (2021). Functional Ecology 35(4): 818-820,

  • Ilić, M., Cordellier, M., & Fink, P. (2021). Intrapopulation variability in a functional trait: susceptibility of Daphnia to limitation by dietary fatty acids. Freshwater Biology 66(1): 130-141,


  • Haug, J. T., Winder, V., Ilić, M., Haug, G. T., & Haug, C. (2020). The early stages of Miomantis binotata and their bearing on the question whether ant mimicry is a larval feature of first stage praying mantises (Mantodea: Mantidae). Fragmenta entomologica 52(1): 29-38,



  • Ilić M., Werner C., Fink P. (2019). Equal relevance of omega‑3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids for the fitness of Daphnia spp.. Limnology and Oceanography 64(6): 2512-2525,

  • Burberg, C., Ilić, M., Petzoldt, T., & von Elert, E. (2019): Nitrate determines growth and protease inhibitor content of the cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa. Journal of Applied Phycology 31(3): 1697-1707,

  • Werner C., Ilić M., von Elert E. (2019). Differences in heat tolerance within a Daphnia magna population: the significance of body PUFA content. Hydrobiologia 846(1): 17-26,





  • Reinhardt T., Baldauf L., Ilić M., Fink P. (2018). Cast away: Drift as the main determinant for larval survival in western fire salamanders (Salamandra salamandra) in headwater streams. Journal of Zoology 306(3): 171-179,    


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