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



Prof. Christa Schleper was elected Full Member of the Division of Mathematics and the Natural Sciences of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW).


"Comparative Genomics of Archaeal Metabolism"

"Comparative physiology of methanogenic archaea with respect to biotechnological application"




Nika Pende receives Dissertation Completion Fellowship her PhD thesis "RE-ATTACH: Reproduction Mechanisms of Host-attached Bacteria".



"Unraveling cryptic diversity and building a solid phylogenetic framework for a marine thiotrophic symbiosis with metagenomics"


Th, 16 March, 11 am...


To understand the role of tiny microorganisms in ecolution, microbiologists Christa Schleper and Filipa Sousa take a look at the metabolic pathways...


Austrian newspaper Die Presse presents work of our biochemist Filipa Sousa, who "came to Austria to explore tiny microorganisms: archaea are useful...