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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The International Plant Proteomics Organization (INPPO) is hosting their virtual conference from March 9 to 11, 2021. Registration is now open on...


Ghatak, Weckwerth et al. published a comparative physiological and molecular view on wheat and pearl millet under drought stress, explaining how pearl...


Congratulations to Paul Steiner on his PhD thesis defense.


"Geochemical transition zone powering microbial growth in subsurface sediments"


Congratulations to Maria Pinto on her PhD thesis defense.

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