Working groups

  • BIGER: BIodiversity and BioGEochemistry of Riverine landscapes
  • IMMA: Integrative Modelling and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems
  • RHEOPHYLAX: Ecology, Diversity and Assessment of Freshwater Invertebrates
  • SEM: Socio-ecological Management of Riverine Landscapes and Historical River Research
  • FISH: Freshwater Fish Ecology, Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • IPGL: International Post-Graduate Education & Research Hub in Limnology

    Associated working Groups at WasserCluster Lunz:
  • QUIVER: Aquatic Biodiversity and Entomology Research
  • FLUVICHEM: Fluvial Biogeochemistry and Ecology

Studying the chemical-physical habitat conditions and characteristics of freshwater ecosystems together with the biological demands of organisms leads to an integrative understanding of complex ecological relationships. Taxa knowledge (algae, floodplain vegetation, benthos, and fish) in combination with profound knowledge of autecological demands forms the basis for the assessment of indicator species and the functioning and integrity of ecosystems and the provision of ecosystem services. At the same time, this knowledge is a precondition for meeting the challenges of restoration ecology and the management of complex aquatic ecosystems. All disciplines necessary for an interdisciplinary approach (biology, ecology, landscape planning, environmental engineering, statistics, modelling, system analysis, GIS, water management, law, history, geography) are represented in the institute’s team.