Projects


The overall research aim of the Research Institute for Limnology, Mondsee is entitled:

"Evolutionary adaptations of aquatic organisms and consequences for ecosystem integrity under anthropogenic pressure and conditions of climate change "


The names of the projects or their leaders -given in brackets- serve as a link to the project pages or personal homepages. In case of fellowships the name of the supervisor is mentioned additionally.

Project list:

  • The hidden world of bacteria: Exploring the diversity of bacteria in Austrian inland waters, isolation and description of new species. Sparkling Science Project 06/065 (Sept 2017 - Aug 2019) (Hahn, Pitt)

  • Evolutionary importance and dynamics of multiplied rDNA sites in fish genomes, Tiroler Wissenschaftsfonds (TWF) (Feb 2017 - Dec 2017) (Symonova)

  • Bestandserhebungen alpiner Fischarten mittels eDNA. Bridge 1 FFG-Projekt, Projektleitung: Traugott, Institut für Ökologie (Mar 2016 - Aug 2018) (Wanzenböck, J., Kurmayer)

  • Toward an Understanding of Secondary Metabolic Diversity Among Algal Bloom-forming Cyanobacteria DOC-fellowship (Jan 2016 - Jan 2019) (Entfellner, Kurmayer)

  • Freshwater endosymbiotic algae and their ciliate hosts: morphology, phylogeny, ecology. Ciliates and their algal symbionts/Endosymbiontische Algen und deren Ciliaten-Wirte: Morphologie, Phylogenie, Ökologie FWF P 28333 (Apr 2016 - Mar 2021) (Sonntag)

  • Co-occurrence networks in aquatic food webs: ciliates as models/Netzwerkanalysen in aquatischen Nahrungsnetzen: Ciliaten als Modelle, DACH: FWF = Lead Agency (Sept 2015 - Sept 2018) (Sonntag, Kammerlander)

  • Microevolution of a planktonic freshwater bacterium studied along a 3000 km latitudinal gradient: role of local adaptation and the gene pool of the flexible genome FWF P 27160 (Dec 2014 - Nov 2017) (Hahn)

Finished projects: since 2008


  • Epigenetik der Fische als ein Werkzeug in der Genomforschung (Nachwuchsförderung der LFU, Sept 2015 - May 2017) (Symonová)

  • Phytoplankton response due to short-term environmental changes in Lake Mondsee – analysed by advanced optical methods. TWF-project (Mar 2016 - Apr 2017) (Bergkemper, Weisse)

  • Wasserleben-Wimpertierchen und Plattwürmer als Bioindikatoren für die GewässergüteFFG Talente regional Projekthomepage (Jul 2015- Dec 2016) (Wanzenböck, S., Sonntag)

  • Sensitivität der Protistengemeinschaften in Seen auf meterologische Extremereignisse - Verbesserte Analyse mittels halbautomatischer optischer Messverfahren. DOC-Stipendium (Sept 2016 - Feb 2017) (Bergkemper, Weisse)

  • Invasive Fische, FFG-Talente entdecken Projekt (Aug 2016 - Sept 2016) (Lamatsch)

  • Cyanobacterial blooms and toxins in water resources: Occurrence, impacts and management. ESSEM COST Action ES1105 (Apr 2012 - Oct 2016). This new COST Action will establish a European network in order to address the issues of cyanobacterial blooms, their toxicity, monitoring, risk assessment, treatment and management and has been approved for involving >30 partners from 24 countries (Apr 2012 - Mar 2016) (Kurmayer)

  • Mobilomics of toxin production in cyanobacteria FWF (Mar 2012 - July 2016) (Kurmayer)

  • Sensitivität der Protistengemeinschaften in Seen auf meterologische Extremereignisse - Verbesserte Analyse mittels halbautomatischer optischer Messverfahren (Nov 2014- Dec 2015) UIBK Doc fellowship (Kremser, Weisse)

  • Molecular Cytogenetics in Teleost Fishes (Coregoninae and Cyprinidae) (2014-2015) (Lamatsch, Wanzenböck) - OEAD
  • Characterization of Genomic and Ecophysiological Diversity within the Species Polynucleobacter necessarius and the Genus Limnohabitans. Forschungsstipendium der Universität Innsbruck (Jul 2015 - Sept 2015) (Hötzinger, Hahn)

  • Identification of ecophysiological differences facilitating the coexistence of strains within the species Polynucleobacter necessarius and the genus Limnohabitans in freshwater habitats (Jan 2013 - Jun 2015) (Hötzinger, Hahn)

  • Impact of early thermal experience on coregonid body and muscle growth: How much environment is at play in phenotypic diversification of fish ecotypes? FWF (Nov 2011 - Oct 2015) (in co-operation with University of Salzburg: Wanzenböck)

  • Characterization of planktonic communities of alpine lakes using high throughput sequencing (Dec 2013 - May 2015) UIBK Doc fellowship (Blank, Kurmayer)

  • Bewusstseinsbildende Maßnahme zur Sensibilisierung - Mein Mondsee-Schützenswerte Region Mondseeland Mondsee LEADER (Jun 2013 - Dec 2014) (Wanzenböck, S.)

  • A transcriptome derived sex-specific marker in the invasive Western mosquitofish Gambusia affinis Sexing of Western mosquitofish (Apr 2013 - Jul 2014) - Marsden Fund, NZ (Lamatsch)

  • Ecological diversification within the subspecies Polynucleobacter necessarius ssp. asymbioticus and environmental ecotype sorting, ESF project FREDI. FWF (Jun 2010 - May 2014) (Hahn)

  • Diversity of Mycobacteria associated with tropical ornamental fishes and indigenous fishes in aquaculture systems or natural habitats: risk of invasion of non-indigenous pathogenic Mycobacteria? ILIMN (Apr 2010 - Dec 2013) (Hahn, Wanzenböck)

  • Rhodoluna Genome Project (Jan 2010 - Dec 2013) (Hahn)

  • DETECTIVE (Decadal detection of biodiversity in Alpine lakes)-Global warming threatens biodiversity in (ultra)-sensitive high Alpine lakes: an assessment of past, present and future scenarios Nationalkommitee Alpenforschung (Dec 2009 - Dec 2013) (Kurmayer)

  • Ultraviolet radiation effects on planktonic freshwater ciliates: an assessment of photoprotection and repair strategies FWF (Feb 2009 - Nov 2013) (Sonntag)

  • Morphology and ecology of endemic ciliates from bromeliads FWF (Nov 2009 - May 2013) (Weisse)

  • Risk Analysis of Direct and Indirect Climate effects on deep Austrian Lake Ecosystems (RADICAL) Austrian Climate Research Program (Jan 2010 - Apr 2013) (Wanzenböck, Kurmayer)

  • Evolution of asexuality in experimental rotifer populations FWF (May 2008 - April 2013) (Stelzer)

  • Polyzyklischer Peptid Phagen Display, Tech2B (Feb 2011 - Jan 2013) (Christiansen)

  • Gynogenesis as a dispersal strategy - parasite communities vs. genetic structure of clonal stocks of invasive prussian carp (Carassius gibelio) in Finland, Germany and Austria (Jul 2008 - Dec 2012) - EAWAG, Aquatic Ecology (J. Jokkela) (Lamatsch)
  • Adaptation of Active Fisheries Methods: Pair trawling (Apr 2009 - Dec 2012) - ILIM, co-operation with Czech Academy of Sciences, Institute of Hydrobiology, CZ (Wanzenböck)

  • Quantifying Individual Fitness with Trojan Sex Chromosomes: an Ultimate Conservation Tool (Mar 2011 - Dec 2012) - Marsden Fund, NZ (Lamatsch)

  • Development of Educational and Research CAPacity in Eastern Africa for the Sustainable Management of AQUAatic Ecosystems (CAPAQUA) ADA (Oct 2009 - Dec 2012) (Winkler; www.ipgl.at)

  • Time in Microevolution of Microcystin Synthesis, Doc-fFORTE, ÖAW (Apr 2009 - Mar 2012) (Ostermaier, Kurmayer)

  • Patterns and processes of adaptation and tolerance to low pH of freshwater plankton FWF (Jul 2007 - Mar 2011) (Weisse) (Summary and publications)
  • Genotype determined toxin content in cyanobacteria FWF (Jul 2008 - Dec 2011) (Kurmayer)

  • Biogeography and within-taxon ecological differentiation of Polynucleobacter necessarius subsp. Asymbioticus and Limnohabitans planctonicus (Betaproteobacteria) (Jan 2009 - Dec 2010) (Hahn)

  • Changing prospects in eukaryotic microbiology: implications of acclimatization, microevolution and population turnover of microeukaryotes for protist species, population dynamics and diversity estimates FWF (Mar 2007 - Sept 2010) (Boenigk)

  • Diversity and population heterogeneity of chrysomonad flagellates within an alpine gradient FWF (Sept 2009 - Sep 2010) (Boenigk)

  • Conservation of natural biological resources in Austria: Identification of indigenous whitefish species and extent of potential hybridization with a Baltic species FWF (Jan 2006 - Sept 2009) (Wanzenböck)

  • Ecological Diversity of Polynucleobacter Bacteria FWF (Hahn)

  • Exploiting bioactive compounds in cyanobacteria Cyano Biotech GmbH (Dec 2008 - Nov 2009) (Kurmayer)

  • Niche separation and coexistance of chrysophytes in an alpine gradient FWF (2007 - 2009) Abstract-PDF (Boenigk)

  • Reduced plankton diversity in extremely acidic mining lakes ILIMN (Apr 2007 - Jan 2008) (Weisse)

  • Chrysophyte diversity and encystment pattern in alpine lakes:Merging molecular microbiology, recent and palaeoecology in C32# FWF (2005 - 2008) (Boenigk)