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



RV Pelagia expedition 64PE520 - DEPOCA2023






We studied how different natural accessions of Arabidopsis thaliana, a common model plant, adjust their metabolism to different temperature regimes.


Our paper discusses a study on a phyllosphere symbiont called Paraburkholderia dioscoreae Msb3, which promotes plant growth through the production of...


Our paper introduces a new method called COVRECON, which can analyze how the interactions between different molecules in a biological system change...


"Stepwise pathway for early evolutionary assembly of dissimilatory sulfite and sulfate reduction"