Mission Statement

The Department of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology within the Faculty of Life Sciences aims at a mechanistic understanding of ecological and evolutionary patterns and processes from organismic to ecosystem scale. Specifically, we study and teach biodiversity, symbioses, metabolic pathways, ecophysiology and ecosystem functioning in light of environmental change.


Archaea Biology and Ecogenomics

Christa Schleper - Archaea Ecology and Evolution
Silvia Bulgheresi - Environmental Cell Biology
Simon Rittmann - Archaea Physiology & Biotechnology
Filipa Sousa - Genome Evolution and Ecology


Johann Waringer - Benthic Communities & Bioindication
Christian Griebler
- Groundwater Ecology
Hubert Keckeis - Fish Ecology
Michael Schagerl - Phycology

Molecular Systems Biology

Wolfram Weckwerth - Systems Theory in Ecology and Biology
Stefanie Wienkoop - Plant-Microsymbiont Interaction
Verena Ibl - Cell biology in Crop Seeds
Ingeborg Lang - Structural and functional plant cell biology

Bio-Oceanography and Marine Biology

Gerhard J. Herndl - Microbial Oceanography
Monika Bright - Marine Benthic Ecology
Federico Baltar - Microbial Oceanography


1 2 3 4 ...

"Comparative Physiology of Methanogenic Archaea with respect to Biotechnological Applications"


"Ancestral Reconstructions Decipher Major Adaptations of Ammonia-Oxidizing Archaea upon Radiation into Moderate Terrestrial and Marine Environments"


First Economy for the Common Good report for the Archaea Biology Unit!


Climate change and Climate Crisis - future perspectives and concepts


Stefanie Wienkoops new FWF project wants to unravel the role of Ferritin in nodule formation, symbiosis functioning and priming of drought tolerance.


Verena Ibls new FWF project aims to produce stress resistant barley cultivars and to help to establish barley as future food grain.

1 2 3 4 ...