Department of Limnology and Biological Oceanography


news from the Department of Limnology and Bio-Oceanography:

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".


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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

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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:

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Mia Bengtsson receives a Back-to-Research Grant

"I wanted to be able to see and experience the things that are invisible because they are so small", says the microbiologist Mia Bengtsson who received a Back-to-Research Grant and works at the Department of Limnology and Oceanography of the University of Vienna.


Read more about Mia here. You may also visit her personal page.

New Seminar series of the Division of Bio-Oceanography and Marine Biology

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


More information can be found here.

Katharina Besemer receives Erwin-Schrödinger stipend

Katharina Besemer received a Erwin-Schrödinger stipend from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) to work with Christopher Quince at the University of Glasgow on the metagenomics and community modelling of microbial biofilms in streams.

Gerhard Herndl receives the 2014 G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award by the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)

Gerhard Herndl has received this years G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award from the Association forthe Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography’s (ASLO) for his contributions to the development of oceanography and aquatic microbial ecology, for broadening our understanding of the interactions between microbes and marine biogeochemical cycles, for spearheading the exploration of the dark ocean, and for his excellence and dedication to training and community service.                              

The G. Evelyn Hutchinson award is given by ASLO to honor a limnology and oceanography scientist who has made considerable contributions to knowledge, and whose future work promises a continuing legacy of scientific excellence. The award was presented at the 17th biennial Ocean Sciences Meeting at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, on 26 February 2014.


More on Gerhard Herndls work can be found here.