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


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
Markus Teige - Plant signalling

Verena Ibl - Cell biology in Crop Seeds
Ingeborg Lang - Structural and functional plant cell biology
Steffen Waldherr Computational methods for systems biology

Bio-Oceanography and Marine Biology

Monika Bright - Marine Benthic Ecology
Federico Baltar - Fungal and Biogeochemical Oceanography



Microbial Oceanography Mini Symposium: 17 April 2024 & 19 April 2024 in SE 3.1


Publication on the role of the microbial carbon pump under climate change conditions published.


"Exploring the effects of biological nitrification inhibitors in the soil microbial communities"


Zoe Wessely (Weckwerth lab) succesfully defended her thesis "In silico identification of cis-regulatory elements in Clusia species"


Cristina López Hidalgo is one of two new young researchers with high potential who will join the Faculty of Life Sciences through the Marie-Skłodowska...


"Crucial steps in evolution: The rise of genome architecture"