Supervisors and Co-supervisors

Supervision plays a key role in doctoral education. Supervisors provide feedback, guidance and support to PhD students to successfully complete their research project. The VDSEE has a number of highly experienced supervisors who provide excellent infrastructures and conditions for carrying out research.
Candidates are invited to contact our faculty members and discuss their research projects and ideas with them.
All our supervisors have agreed to the  Code of Good Practice for Doctoral Schools.

Supervisors by Research Group

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  • Archaea Biology and Ecogenomics
    • Christa Schleper
      Speaker
      Research Areas: Archaea ecology and evolution CRISPR defense systems
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    • Silvia Bulgheresi
      Research Areas: Environmental Cell Biology
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    • Simon Rittmann
      Research Areas: Archaea Physiology and Biotechnology
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    • Filipa Sousa
      Research Areas: Early evolution of Life
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  • Bio-Oceanography and Marine Biology
    • ­Gerhard J. Herndl
      Speaker
      Research Areas: Biological Oceanography, Marine Biogeochemistry and Marine Environmental Change
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    • Federico Baltar
      Research Areas: Biological Oceanography and Marine Biogeochemistry
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    • Monika Bright
      Research Areas: Marine Biology, Microbial/Eukaryote Mutualism and Zoology
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    • Pedro Frade, Natural History Museum Vienna
      Research Areas: Corals and Coral reef science; Coral biology, Ecology and Evolution; integrated Systematics, Phylogenetics and Phylogenomics; Biodiversity, Symbiosis, Microbial Ecology and host-associated microbes; invertebrate Zoology
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    • Petra Heinz
      Research Areas: Paleoecosystems and Marine Micropaleontology
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    • Martin Zuschin
      Research Areas: Conservation Paleobiology and Historical Ecology
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    • Thomas Reinthaler
      Research Areas: Marine Microbial Biogeochemistry
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  • Environmental Change and Biodiversity
    • Stefan Dullinger
      Speaker
      Research Areas: Global Change, Biogeography and Biodiversity
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    • Franz Essl
      Speaker
      Research Areas: Bioinvasions, Global Change and Macroecology
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    • Karl Hülber
      Research Areas: Plant Marcoecology
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    • Leyla J. Seyfullah
      Research areas: Plant Evolution and Paleobotany
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    • Thomas Wrbka
      Research Areas: Ecosystem Research; Nature Conservation; Geoecology; Biodiversity Research; Agroecology, Nature and Landscape Conservation; Botany, Vegetation Science, Plant Ecology; Geoinformatics
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    • Martin Zuschin
      Research Areas: Conservation Paleobiology and Historical Ecology
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  • Evolutionary Anthropology
    • Gerhard Weber
      Speaker
      Research Areas: Human Evolution and Primate Morphology
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    • Martin Fieder
      Research Areas: Evolutionary Demography, Migration and Integration, Evolution of Religions, Bioinformatics and Statistical Genetics, Research and higher Education Management and Human Cooperation
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    • Ron Pinhasi
      Research Areas: Ancient DNA genomics of human populations across the world during the Late Pleistocene and Holocene with a strong link to physical anthropology and archaeology; aDNA from sediments and pathogen aDNA as well as on the genomics of domesticated species and commensals.
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    • Sylvia Kirchengast
      Research Areas: Body composition and health; Migration and Health; Biological, evolutionary and social aspects of teenage pregnancies; etc.
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    • Katrin Schäfer
      Research Areas: Human Behavioral Biology and Evolutionary Aesthetics
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    • Harald Wilfing
      Research Area: Human Ecology
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    • Elmira Mohandesan (co-supervisor)
      Research Areas: Ancient DNA (Paleogenomics), Animal Domestication, Population Genetics, Phylogenetics, and Conservation Biology
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    • Katerina Douka
      Research Area: Radiocarbon Dating and Paleoproteomics
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    • Thomas Higham
      Research Areas: Radiocarbon Dating, Archaeological Science, Palaeolithic archaeology, chronology, Neanderthals and Denisovans
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    • Martin Kuhlwilm
      Research Area: genomics, admixture, primates incl. humans
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  • Evolutionary Zoology and Palaeobiology
    • Andreas Wanninger
      Speaker
      Research Areas: Animal morphology, Development and Evolution
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    • Jürgen Kriwet
      Co-Speaker
      Research Areas: Vertebrate Evolution, Morphology and Diversity Patterns
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    • Pedro Frade, Natural History Museum Vienna
      Research Areas: Corals and coral reef science; coral biology, ecology and evolution; integrated systematics, phylogenetics and phylogenomics; biodiversity, symbiosis, microbial ecology and host-associated microbes; invertebrate zoology
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    • Elisabeth Haring, Natural History Museum Vienna
      Research Areas: Evolutionary genetics, biodiversity, molecular systematics (animals), molecular phylogenies, phylogeography, population/conservation genetics, DNA barcoding genetic monitoring
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    • Harald Krenn
      Research Areas: Integrative Zoology and Insect Morphology, 
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    • Luise Kruckenhauser, Natural History Museum Vienna
      Research Areas: Population and Conservation Genetics, Species Delimitation, Molecular Systematics, Phylogeography, Biodiversity, genetic Monitoring, Evolution of cave fish and DNA barcoding of Molluscs
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    • Anja Palandačić, Natural History Museum Vienna
      Research Areas: Population and conservation genetics, species delimitation, molecular systematics & taxonomy, phylogeography, biodiversity, museum and ancient DNA analysis
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    • Thomas Schwaha
      Research Areas: Animal Morphology and Evolution
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    • Gerhard Steiner
      Research Areas: Invertebrate Phylogenetics and Evolution
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    • Tim Wollesen
      Research Areas: Marine Invertebrates
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    • Frank Zachos, Natural History Museum Vienna
      Research Areas: Biodiversity, Phylogeography, Population/Conservation genetics of mammals and birds, Species concepts, Theoretical foundations of taxonomy, History and Philosophy of Biology
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  • Limnology
    • Christian Griebler
      Speaker
      Research Area: Groundwater Ecology
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    • Katrin Attermeyer
      Research Areas: Carbon cycling and freshwater microbial ecology
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    • Stephan Glatzel
      Research Areas: Wetland Ecology and Management
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    • Hubert Keckeis
      Research Areas: River and fish ecology
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    • Robert Ptacnik
      Research Areas: Aquatic Biodiversity, plankton ecology; lecturer in multivariate statistics
      Wassercluster Lunz
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  • Molecular Evolution and Development
    • Ulrich Technau
      Speaker
      Research Areas: Molecular Evolution and EvoDevo
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    • Grigory Genikhovich
      Research Areas: Evolution and molecular mechanisms of pattern formation in development
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    • Thomas Hummel
      Research Areas: Molecular and cell biological regulation of brain development in Drosophila, Neurobiology, Evolution and Development
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    • Roger Revilla-i-Domingo
      Research Areas: Stem cells, early animal evolution and deep-sea sponge ecology
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    • Oleg Simakov
      Research Areas: Comparative and regulatory genomics
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    • Qi Zhou
      Research Areas: Sex chromosome evolution
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  • Molecular Systems Biology
    • Wolfram Weckwerth
      Speaker
      Research Areas: Molecular Systems Biology
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    • Verena Ibl
      Research Areas: Plant cell biology in crop seeds
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    • Ingeborg Lang
      Research Areas: Structural and functional plant cell biology
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    • Stefanie Wienkoop
      Research Areas: Plant-Microsymbiont Interaction
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    • Steffen Waldherr
      Research Areas: Computational Methods for Bio-/Chemical Processes
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  • Plant Evolutionary Biology
    • Jürg Schönenberger
      Speaker
      Research Areas: Diversity and Evolutionary Biology of Flowers
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    • Andreas Bachmair
      Research Areas: Protein modification in plants, Plant stress responses, Plant molecular biology
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    • Agnes Dellinger
      Research Areas: Pollination ecology, pollen analysis, floral biology, geometric morphometrics, plant morphology and ecology
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    • Friðgeir Grímsson
      Research Areas: Paleobotany, paleoecology, palynology and plant-animal interactions
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    • Michael Kiehn
      Core Facility Botanical Garden
      Research Areas: Angiosperm Karyosystematics, Phylogeography and Speciation; International Conventions and Plant Conservation
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    • Gerald M. Schneeweiss
      Research Areas: Plant Systematics and Evolution
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    • Hanna Schneeweiss
      Research Areas: Plant Evolutionary Cytogenetics
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    • Leyla J. Seyfullah
      Research areas: Plant evolution, Palaeobotany
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    • Martina Weber, emer.
      Research Areas: Palynology
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  • Theoretical Evolutionary Biology
    • Mihaela Pavlicev
      Speaker
      Research Areas: Developmental evolution, reproductive biology, evolvability, evolutionary medicine
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    • Joachim Hermisson
      Research Areas: Population Genetics
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    • Philipp Mitteröcker
      Research Areas: Theoretical evolutionary Biology, evolutionary Medicine and Biometrics
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    • Frank Emmanuel Zachos, Natural History Museum Vienna
      Research Areas: Biodiversity, Phylogeography, Population/Conservation genetics of mammals and birds, Species concepts, Theoretical foundations of taxonomy, History and Philosophy of Biology

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    • Brian Metscher
      Research Areas: 3D-Imaging, 3D-Modeling, Evolution, X-ray Computed Tomography
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  • Tropical Ecology and Animal Biodiversity
    • Konrad Fiedler
      Research Areas: Zoology and animal ecology
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    • Christian H. Schulze
      Research Areas: Conservation Biology, ecology, biodiversity, conservation, species diversity, sustainability, ecosystem ecology, natural resource management, ecology and evolution and invasive species
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