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
Jörg Ott - Shallow Water Symbiosis


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"Hyperthermophilic methanogenic archaea act as high-pressure CH4 cell factories"


"Luca" paper served as inspiration for artist Helena Kauppila to create an installation, now in exhibition in Berlin.


Ruth Taubner et al.'s paper "Experimental and Simulation Efforts in the Astrobiological Exploration of Exooceans" made an impact


2021 it's the Methanothermobacter


What we can learn from Archaea about early evolution (and about a scientist)


Heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Jakob Weiszmann for his recent PhD defense the topic "Effects of low temperature on photosynthesis and primary...

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