In April 2019 Claudia Schneider finished successfully her MSc-thesis with the title "The effect of mixotrophic chrysophytes on zooplankton in pelagic food webs" under Supervision from Robert Ptacnik and Csaba Vad (AG AQUASCALE).


With the project idea "Biogeocaching – a scavenger hunt for the treasures of biology around Lake Lunz” Astrid Harjung and her colleagues Laura Coulson, Romana Hödl and Katrin Attermeyer have won one of the EGU Public Engagement Grants 2019.

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) supports every year two projects of EGU members with this grant to raise awareness of the geosciences outside the scientific community.

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Tamara Löwenstern finished successfully her MSc-thesis with the title "Meta-Ecosystem for studying coexistence along environmental gradients" under Supervision from Robert Ptacnik (AG AQUASCALE)
in March 2019.


Zsofia Horvath (aquascale lab, WasserCluster Lunz) and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) have established that the destruction of habitat causes double damage to biodiversity. If habitat patches disappear, not only do the species living there become extinct, but species richness in neighbouring patches also declines. The reason for this additional species loss is the large physical distances between the remaining habitat patches, the researchers write in the journal Ecology Letters.

On Wednesday 10.04.2019 the topic of Science Talk on ORF III is woman in science.
Gabriele Weigelhofer (Leader of the Workinggroup BIGER) will be one of the interesting
scientists this TV-Show will inform about.

Lena Campostrini (photo right) finished successfully her MSc-thesis with the title "The effects of different DOM-sources on microbial activity in riverine sediments" under Supervision from Thomas Hein (WasserCluster Lunz, BOKU) and Co-Supervision of Gabriele Weigelhofer (WasserCluster Lunz, BOKU) in February 2019.

Elmira Akbari (photo left) finished successfully her MSc-thesis with the title "The Effects of a forested channel section on the phosphorus buffer capacity of fine sediments in an agricultural stream" under Supervision of Ronald Pöppl (Uni Wien, Dep of Geography and regional research) and cooperation with Gabrielle Weigelhofer (WasserCluster Lunz, BOKU) in March 2019.


In March 2019 the WasserCluster Lunz Scientific Advisory Board, which consists of eight international leading experts in aquatic sciences, visited our institute. During the 1.5 day visit the scientific activities and major achievements were presented and discussed. A meeting with representatives of the Supervisory Board outlined opportunities to support the further development of WasserCluster Lunz as a leading institution in aquatic ecosystem research.

In cooperation with Margaux Mathieu-Resuge, Tarn Preet Parmar and Dominik Martin-Creuzburg, Martin Kainz started the DACH Project „AQUATERR - Transfer of essential lipids from aquatic to terrestrial ecosystems“ (funded from DFG-FWF),

More information you find here.


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