Working group BERG becomes EcoCatch


EcoCatch - Stream Ecology and Catchment Biogeochemistry -  is the new group name of the former working group BERG. Since Jakob Schelker took over the lead of the group from Tom Battin two years ago, the focus has shifted towards investigating the importance of soil-stream connectivity and in-stream processing for landscape biogeochemistry. Main research topics of EcoCatch are biogeochemistry, stream ecology, microbial ecology and biodiversity of streams, cycling of carbon, nutrients and metals.


More about the working groups

How different feeds affect Common Carp

Sebastian Schultz successfully defended his PhD last week (Feb 17, 2017) at the University of Vienna. In his research he tested how fish feeds of different dietary composition affected biomass accrual, lipid and fatty acid composition, and methyl mercury bioaccumulation in Common Carp in aquaculture ponds of  Lower Austria. Sebastian's research was conducted in the research group LIPTOX and supported by the Austrian Science Fund project L516-B17. Congratulations!

Seminar Series

Stefanie Moorthi, Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, Oldenburg, Germany: Implications of ecological stoichiometry in plankon food webs
4th April 2017

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Longterm ecological research

WasserCluster Lunz is member of GLEON and study Lake Lunz as a permanent study site.

Moreover Lunz is a mastersite in the LSTER platform Eisenwurzen.

Current depth profile of Lake Lunz

About WasserCluster Lunz

WasserCluster Lunz  is a nonprofit research center shared to equal amounts by the University of Vienna, the Danube University Krems, and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU Vienna). The research center is financially supported by the Provincial Government of Lower Austria and the Municipality of Vienna.


WasserCluster Lunz pursues basic and applied research on aquatic ecosystems. Our researchers work at the highest level on current questions of aquatic ecosystem research, such as questions of climate change, diversity research, water resource management or renaturation of waters.



WasserCluster Lunz pursues university and postgraduate training at an international level and accomplishes education-cooperation-projects and pedagogic outdoor activities on a regional level.


Visiting Scientists

WasserCluster Lunz welcomes enquiries from scientists who are interested in a sabbatical leave in our research centre. Interested persons are invited to contact us:


Guided tours

WasserCluster Lunz offers guided tours for schools and other interested groups twice a year. The next possibility to take part at a guided tour: spring 2016. Exact dates will be announced here in due time. Please contact us to make a reservation: or 07486/20060.