Department of Limnology and Biological Oceanography


news from the Department of Limnology and Bio-Oceanography:

The dissolved organic carbon soup of the deep ocean isn’t too refractory for microbes it’s too thin.


This is the conclusion of a recent study published in Science on deep-water dissolved organic carbon utilization by heterotrophic microbes. The major part of the study was performed during the MEDEA cruise in the North Atlantic in the frame of the ERC Advanced Grant awarded to Gerhard J. Herndl.


Arrieta, J.M., E Mayol, R.L. Hansman, G.J. Herndl, T. Dittmar, C.M. Duarte: Dilution limits dissolved organic carbon utilization in the deep ocean. Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1258955. Link.

Position for a full Professor of Limnology open at the department


The The Faculty of Life Sciences of the University of Vienna is opening a position for a  Full Professor (Chair) of Limnology. For more information please follow the link to the official announcement.



The Faculty Research Focus Symbiosis will hold the next workshop at the seminar room DOME, April, 17, 2015. A flyer can be found here.


Registration deadline is March 27. Please register by email to Andrea Nussbaumer.



A study authored by Anna Sieczko, Maria Maschek and Prof. Peter Peduzzi on the fate of organic matter in Danube floodplains has been published in the journal 'Frontiers in Microbiology'. Please visit the link to the journal.


Two new species of caddisflies identified


A study Co-authored by Simon Vitecek and Prof. Johann Waringer identified two new endemic species from the Western Balkans by means of comparative morphology and molecular methods. The study is published in the journal 'Arthropod Systematics & Phylogeny'. Read and download the article here.


Master Thesis of Irene Teubner awarded as 'best Masters' by Springer


The Master thesis of Irene Teubner entiteld 'Viruses in the Danube Floodplains', supervised by Prof. Peter Peduzzi was selected for the 'Best Masters' series by Springer.


See more on the Springer website (in German).

Guest Lecture by Paul del Giorgio, University of Quebec at Montreal, Canada

Title: The taxonomic and functional biogeography of bacterial communities across boreal aquatic networks.

December 2nd, 2014, 12:00 pm (noon), Lecture Hall 5, UZA II, Althanstrasse 14.


You may also download the flyer as a pdf file.

De Bary Lecture by Christoph Hauert, University of British Columbia

the 'Research Focus Symbiosis' presents a De Bary Lecture by

Christoph Hauert, University of British Columbia, Canada with the
title: "Dynamics of Social Dilemmas: An evolutionary game theory perspective".

December 2, 1014 16.00 s.t., Seminar Room Limnology


Seminar series Program online


The new program for the fall seminar series 2014 is online.


More information can be found here.

Article Unifying River Ecosystem Concepts published in BioScience


A new article that unifies river ecosystem concepts has been published in the journal Bioscience. Title: "The River Wave Concept: Integrating River Ecosystem Models".


Link to journal article:


Tom Battin appointed Full Professor in Ecohydraulics at EPFL Lausanne


Tom Battin appointed Full Professor in Ecohydraulics at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. Tom will leave the University of Vienna in January 2015 to start his new position in Lausanne.



New Website of the 'Stream Biofilm and Biogeochemistry' Group launched.


The Stream Biofilm and Biogeochemistry Lab headed by Prof. Tom J. Battin has launched its new website!


Curious? Here's the link:


Article on microbial Co-occurence in fluvial Networks published in PNAS!


Widder, S., K. Besemer, G. A. Singer, S. Ceola, E. Bertuzzo, C. Quince, W. T. Sloan, A. Rinaldo, and T. J. Battin (2014): Fluvial network organization imprints on microbial co-occurrence networks, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (in press).


Link to journal article.

Science Day - Biology 2014

PhD and MSc students of the departments present their research. The lectures are followed by a summer party.

Tuesday, July 1, 09:00a.m.-07:00p.m., Lecture Hall I, UZA 1


Guest Lectures:

Victor Smetacek, Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven

Gaspar Jekely, Max-Planck-Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen

Download program

Margalef Lecture by Alan Decho, University of South Carolina


Title: Biofilms Remixed: Microbial Mats and Stromatolites


Wednesday, May 14th 2014, 15:00 s.t.
Seminar Room Limnology

Article on food assimilation in rotifers published in Freshwater biology

Alfred Burian, Martin J. Kainz, Michael Schagerl and Andrew Yasindi, 2014: Species-specific separation of lake plankton reveals divergent food assimilation patterns in rotifers. Freshwater Biology 59: 1257–1265; doi: 10.1111/fwb.12345


More on this work :

Link to journal article.
Download article as pdf file (open access).

review by Monika Bright and co-authors published in Frontiers in Microbiology

Monika Bright, Salvador Espada-Hinojosa, Ilias Lagkouvardos, Jean-Marie Volland: The giant ciliate Zoothamnium niveum and its thiotrophic epibiont Candidatus Thiobios zoothamnicoli: a model system to study interspecies cooperation. Frontiers in Microbiology, online, April 7, 2014; doi:10.3389/fmicb.2014.00145


Read more on Monika Brights work here.


More on this work:

Link to journal article and download article as pdf file (open access).