TRAUGOTT Michael MMag. Dr. PD, Associate Professor



University of Innsbruck
Department of Zoology

Head of the Research Group:
Applied Animal Ecology

Technikerstrasse 25 (Room 6/26)
A-6020 Innsbruck

T +43 (0)512 507-51864
F +43 (0)512 507-51899

Michael graduated in Zoology and Agroecology in 1997 and received his doctoral degree from the University of Innsbruck in 2001. In 2007 he obtained his professorial qualification ("Habilitation") in Ecology at the University of Innsbruck.

His scientific interests cover the ecology of animals in natural and managed ecosystems and the role these organisms play in providing ecosystem services such as pest control. Michael is especially interested in food web ecology, including the development and application of novel molecular approaches to study trophic networks under natural conditions in both terrestrial and aquatic systems. Together with colleagues from his team he offers the unique MATI and MOTI university courses where scientists from all over the world get a hands on start into the world of molecular food web ecology. Michael’s interest in environmental molecular diagnostics is also reflected in his research on environmental DNA, aiming at assessing organismic communities in various ecosystems. More information on current and past research projects is available here.

At the Institute of Ecology Michael leads the Applied Animal Ecology research group. Furthermore, he acts as the head of the Research Unit for Mountain Agriculture at the University of Innsbruck.

Michael is the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Pest Science, one of the leading journals in its field and which he runs with over 30 Subject Editors from all around the world. Moreover, he is a member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Applied Entomology.

Finally, Michael is a co-founder and the current CEO of the Sinsoma GmbH, a spin-off company of the University of Innsbruck. Sinsoma offers a wide range of DNA services in the fields of biomonitoring, conservation and nature management, providing scientific and technological excellence to scientific, governmental and business sectors alike.




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