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
Steffen Waldherr

Bio-Oceanography and Marine Biology

Gerhard J. Herndl - Microbial Oceanography
Monika Bright - Marine Benthic Ecology
Federico Baltar - Fungal and Biogeochemical Oceanography
Jörg Ott - Shallow Water Symbiosis



"Exploring the diversity of ammonia oxidizing archaea in pristine arctic and agricultural soils"


Genomes and phenomes of microbial individuals in their natural environment


Lena S. Kutschera successfully defended her Master thesis

Congratulations to Lena S. Kutschera for the successful defense of her Master

thesis "Comparative genome analysis of photosynthetic flexible Clusia...


... but you are welcome to join our climate change lecture in person!


Congratulations to Clara Priemer for the successful defense of her Master

thesis "Chemo-ecological aspects of flavonoid diversification in P....


Congratulations to Tamara Schmidt for the successful defense of her Master thesis "In-situ investigation of Crassulacean Acid Metabolism in the...