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
Gerhard Herndl - Microbial Oceanography
Thomas Reinthaler - Marine Microbial Biogeochemistry



After a successful launch of the research topic, here comes the editorial, which was edited by P Chaturvedi from the University of Vienna, along with...


The review article from P Chaturvedi, I Pierides, A Ghatak, W Weckwerth in collaboration with the lead author from LMU Munich T Nagele and team...


The recent research work with ICRISAT, India in collaboration with Dr. A Ghatak, Dr. P Chaturvedi, Mag. L Fragner and Prof. W Weckwerth from the...


Three of the 12 ERC Advanced Grants for Austrian research projects have been awarded to professors at the Faculty of Life Sciences! Gerhard Herndl,...


Jihang defended his thesis with the topic “Integration of genome-scale metabolic networks and inverse modeling to probe regulated metabolic...


Bocar Diallo (Weckwerth lab) succesfully defended his thesis "Beneficial bacteria in the phyllosphere promote plant growth and health"