evolVienna Faculty and Group Leaders

Lee Altenberg

Senior Fellow KLI, Associate Editor: BioSystems (Elsevier)

Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Klosterneuburg

Subjects:

Theoretical population genetics, linear algebra, evolution of evolvability, evolution of modularity, evolution of the genotype-phenotype map, evolution of recombination, mutation and dispersal, multilocus models, the extended synthesis, Hawai`i conservation

Phone: +43 (0) 676-343-6594 | E-Mail: Lee.Altenberg(at)kli.ac.at | Website

Nick Barton

Professor
Institute of Science and Technology Austria

Subjects:

Population genetics, hybrid zones, speciation, evolution of recombination, evolutionary quantitative genetics, multilocus models, spatial structure, coalescent with selection

Phone: +43 (0) 2243 9000 3001 | E-Mail: nick.barton(at)ist.ac.at | Website

Andrea Betancourt

Group Leader
Institute of Population Genetics, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna

Subjects:

Drosophila population genetics, genetic basis of adaptive traits

Phone: +43 (0) 1 25077 4334 | E-Mail: andrea.betancourt(at)vetmeduni.ac.at | Website

Jonathan P. Bollback

Assistant Professor
Institute of Science and Technology Austria

Subjects:

Experimental microbial evolution, genetics of adaptation, recombination and adaptation, compensatory evolution, viral evolution, statistical phylogenetics

E-Mail: j.p.bollback(at)ed.ac.uk | Website

Pamela Burger

Group Leader
Institute of Population Genetics and Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna

Subjects:

camel domestication and hybridization, population genetics and conservation, cheetah phylogeography, conservation medicine

Phone: +43 (0) 1 25077 4333 | E-Mail: pamela.burger(at)vetmeduni.ac.at | Website

Reinhard BuergerReinhard Bürger

Professor
Department of Mathematics, University of Vienna

Subjects:

mathematical population genetics, evolutionary quantitative genetics, multilocus models involving selection, mutation, migration, and other evolutionary forces

Phone: +43 (0) 1 4277 50631 | E-Mail: Reinhard.Buerger(at)univie.ac.at | Website

Werner Callebaut

Scientific Director KLI, Editor-in-Chief: Biological Theory (Springer)
Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Klosterneuburg

Subjects:

The interaction of evolution and development, the limits of adaptation(ism), reduction and emergence, philosophy of biology as theoretical biology

Phone: +43 (0) 2243 302740  | E-Mail: werner.callebaut(at)kli.ac.at | Website

Sylvia Cremer

Assistant Professor
Institute of Science and Technology Austria

Subjects:

Anti-parasite defence in ant societies, social behaviour, ecological immunology, host-parasite coevolution, evolutionary ecology, experimental evolution

Phone: +43 (0) 2243 9000 | E-Mail: sylvia.cremer(at)ist.ac.at | Website

Ulf Dieckmann

Programm Leader, Evolution and Ecology
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg

Subjects:

theoretical evolutionary ecology, adaptive dynamics, fisheries-induced evolution, speciation theory, spatial ecology, life-history theory, evolutionary algorithms

Phone: +43 (0) 2236 807 386 | E-Mail: dieckmann(at)iiasa.ac.at | Website

Dustin PennLeopold Eckhart

Group Leader
Research Division of Biology and Pathobiology of the Skin, Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Vienna

Subjects:

evolution of mammalian skin, evolution of programmed cell death

Phone: +43 (0) 1 40400 5833 | E-Mail: leopold.eckhart(at)meduniwien.ac.at | Website

Tecumseh Fitch

Professor
Department of Neurobiology and Cognition Research, University of Vienna

Subjects:

bioacoustics and biolinguistics, evolution of cognition, specifically the evolution of speech, language, music, and art.

Phone: +43 (0) 1 4277 54444 | E-Mail: tecumseh.fitch(at)univie.ac.at | Website

Christoph Flamm

Associate Professor
Institute for Theoretical Chemistry, University of Vienna

Subjects:

RNA folding kinetics, discrete energy landscapes, algebraic chemistry, evolution of metabolism

Phone: +43 (0) 1 4277 52739 | E-Mail: xtof(at)tbi.univie.ac.at | Website

Andreas Futschik

Professor
Department of Statistics, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Biostatistics, Statistical Genetics

Phone: +43 (0) 1 4277 38634 | E-Mail: andreas.futschik(at)univie.ac.at | Website

Günter Gollmann

Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Evolutionary Biology, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Hybrid zones, population genetics, evolutionary ecology

E-Mail: guenter.gollmann(at)univie.ac.at

Arndt von Haeseler

Professor for Bioinformatics
Center for Integrative Bioinformatics Vienna (CIBIV), Max F. Perutz Laboratories

Subjects:

molecular evolution, models of evolution, algorithms, population genetics, phylogenetic reconstruction, parallel computing, insertion deletion processes

Phone: +43 (0) 1 4277 24020 | E-Mail: arndt.von.haeseler(at)univie.ac.at | Website

Elisabeth Haring

Head of the Laboratory of Molecular Systematics
Museum of Natural History Vienna

Subjects:

Phylogenetic and phylogeographic studies on various groups of animals (different taxonomic levels), conservation genetics, evolution of mitochondrial DNA

Phone: +43 (0) 1 52 177 332 | E-Mail: elisabeth.haring(at)nhm-wien.ac.at | Website

Marie-Theres Hauser

Associate Professor
Department of Applied Genetics and Cell Biology, University of Natural; Resources and Applied Life Sciences (Boku) Vienna

Subjects:

molecular genetic and functional analyses of adaptive natural variations, plant development, Arabidopsis, willows

Phone: +43 (0) 1 47654 3671 | E-Mail: marie-theres.hauser(at)boku.ac.at | Website

Erich Heidenreich

Associate Professor
Institute of Cancer Research, Medical University of Vienna

Subjects:

Molecular mechanisms of spontaneous and stress-induced mutagenesis, adaptive mutations in stationary cells, transient hypermutability, DNA repair mechanisms

Phone: +43 (0) 1 4277 65212 | E-Mail: erich.heidenreich(at)meduniwien.ac.at | Website

Associate Professor

Joachim Hermisson

Professor for Mathematics and Biosciences
Mathematics and BioSciences Group, Department of Mathematics, University of Vienna & Max F. Perutz Laboratories

Subjects:

population genetics, mathematical modelling, adaptation, speciation, molecular evolution, spatial structure, multi-locus theory, epistasis, robustness, evolvability

Phone: +43 (0) 1 4277 50648 | E-Mail: joachim.hermisson(at)univie.ac.at | Website

Walter Hödl

Professor
Department of Evolutionary Biology, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Signal evolution in amphibians, population biology. Model organism: the pan-Amazonian poison frog Allobates femoralis

Phone: +43 (0) 1 4277 54495 | E-Mail: walter.hoedl(at)univie.ac.at | Website

Ivo Hofacker

Associate Professor
Institute for Theoretical Chemistry, University of Vienna

Subjects:

RNA bioinformatics, sequence evolution of structured biomolecules, folding landscapes and fitness landscapes, evolution of noncoding RNAs.

Phone: +43 (0) 1 4277 52738 | E-Mail: ivo(at)tbi.univie.ac.at | Website

Josef Hofbauer

Professor for Biomathematics
Department of Mathematics, University of Vienna

Subjects:

evolutionary game theory, population dynamics

Phone: +43 (0) 1 4277 50769 | E-Mail: Josef.Hofbauer(at)univie.ac.at | Website

Matthias Horn

Professor
Department of Microbial Ecology, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Microbial evolution and diversity, microbial symbioses, evolution of pathogenicity and intracellular life

Phone: +43 (0) 1 4277 54393 | E-Mail: horn(at)microbial-ecology.net | Website

Alex Kalinka

Group Leader
Institute of Population Genetics, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna

Subjects:

Evo-devo, experimental evolution, life-history evolution, ecological genetics

Phone: +43 (0) 1 25077 4334 | E-Mail: alexander.kalinka(at)vetmeduni.ac.at | Website

Carolin Kosiol

Group Leader in Bioinformatics
Institute of Population Genetics, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna

Subjects:

Probabilistic models for molecular evolution and natural selection, population genetic aspects of phylogenetics, comparative genomics, next generation sequencing

Phone: +43 (0) 1 25077 4331 | E-Mail: carolin.kosiol(at)vetmeduni.ac.at | Website

Harald W. Krenn

Professor
Department of Evolutionary Biology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna

Subjects:

evolution of insect – flower interactions, evolutionary ecomorphology

Phone: +43 (0) 1 4277 54497 | E-Mail: harlad.krenn(at)univie.ac.at | Website

Brian Metscher

Assistant Professor
Department of Theoretical Biology, University of Vienna

Subjects:

developmental evolutionary biology (EvoDevo), microCT imaging for comparative embryology, evolution education

Phone: +43 (0) 1 4277 56704 | E-Mail: brian.metscher(at)univie.ac.at | Website

Wolfgang Miller

Assistant Professor
Laboratories of Genome Dynamics, Center of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Medical University of Vienna

Subjects:

evolutionary long- and shortterm dynamics of mobile genetic elements and endosymbiotic bacteria such as Wolbachia in different insect host systems

Phone: +43 (0) 1 40160 37750 | E-Mail: wolfgang.miller(at)meduniwien.ac.at | Website

Philipp Mitteröcker

Assistant Professor
Department of Theoretical Biology, University of Vienna

Subjects:

evolutionary and theoretical morphology, human evolution and development, morphometrics, multivariate statistics

Phone: +43 (0) 1 4277 56705 | E-Mail: philipp.mitteroecker(at)univie.ac.at | Website

yoshan moodleyYoshan Moodley

Scientist, Head of Molecular Genetics
Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology, Department of Integrative Biology and Evolution, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna

Subjects:

evolutionary genetics, molecular ecology and sexual selection

Phone: +43 (1) 4890915 835 | E-Mail: Yoshan.Moodley’at’vetmeduni.ac.at | Website

Gerd B. Müller

Professor, Department Head
Department of Theoretical Biology, University of Vienna & Konrad Lorenz Institute, Klosterneuburg

Subjects:

theoretical biology of evo-devo

Phone: +43 (0) 2243 302740 | E-Mail: gerhard.mueller(at)univie.ac.at | Website

Hans-Leo Nemeschkal

Professor, Curator of the Zoological Collection
Department of Theoretical Biology, University of Vienna

Subjects:

morphological evolution, biometrics, pleiotropy and morphological integration, phenotypic plasticity, sexual selection, assortative mating

Phone: +43 (0) 1 4277 56707 | E-Mail: hans.leo.nemeschkal(at)univie.ac.at | Website

Magnus Nordborg

Scientific Director
Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology, Vienna

Subjects:

population genetics, genetic basis of adaptation, statistical genetics, molecular evolution, Arabidopsis and other organisms

Phone: +43 (0) 1 79044 9100 | E-Mail: magnus.nordborg(at)gmi.oeaw.ac.at | Website

Günther Pass

Professor
Department of Evolutionary Biology, University of Vienna

Subjects:

phylogeny of arthropods (combined approach)

Phone: +43 (0) 1 4277 54493 | E-Mail: guenther.pass(at)univie.ac.at | Website

Hannes F. Paulus

Professor, Department Head
Department of Evolutionary Biology, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Evolution of communication in insect – plant pollination systems; biology, phylogeny and population biology of the sexual deceptive orchid genus Ophrys

Phone: +43 (0) 1 4277 54490 | E-Mail: hannes.paulus(at)univie.ac.at | Website

Ovidiu Paun

Group Leader
Department for Botany and Biodiversity Research, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Phenotypic divergence and speciation, adaptation, evolution of gene expression, evolutionary epigenetics, polyploidy and hybridization

Phone: +43 (0) 4277 54052 | E-Mail: Ovidiu.paun(at)univie.ac.at | Website

Dustin PennDustin Penn

Head of the Institute and Senior Scientist
Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology, Department of Integrative Biology and Evolution, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna

Subjects:

Behavioral ecology and evolutionary biology, including sexual selection, kin recognition, host-pathogen coevolution, MHC polymorphisms, life history evolution

Phone: +43 (0) 1 489 09 15 800 | E-Mail: Dustin.Penn(at)vetmeduni.ac.at | Website

Florian Raible

Group Leader
Max F. Perutz Laboratories/ University of Vienna

Subjects:

evolution of animal hormone systems, hormonal control of reproduction and regeneration in the bristle worm Platynereis dumerilii, cellular mechanisms and evolution of bristle formation in Lophotrochozoa

Phone: +43 (0) 1 4277 54616 | E-Mail: florian.raible(at)mfpl.ac.at | Website

Peter Schausberger

Professor
Institute of Plant Protection, DAPP, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences

Subjects:

behavioral ecology, mites, recognition systems, predator-prey interactions, multi-trophic interactions

Phone: +43 (0) 1 47654 3361 | E-Mail: peter.schausberger(at)boku.ac.at | Website

Christa Schleper

Professor
Department of Genetics in Ecology, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Evolution and molecular biology of Archaea, microbial diversity and phylogeny, metagenomics and metatranscriptomics to study uncultivated microorganisms

Phone: +43 (0) 1 4277 57800 | E-Mail: christa.schleper(at)univie.ac.at | Website

Christian Schlötterer

Professor
Institute of Population Genetics, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna

Subjects:

Population genetics, genetics of adaptation, genome evolution, gene expression, experimental evolution

Phone: +43 (0) 1 25077 4300 | E-Mail: christian.schloetterer(at)vetmeduni.ac.at | Website

Gerald Schneeweiss

Associate Professor
Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany, University of Vienna

Subjects:

genome evolution in parasitic plants, molecular phylogenetics and phylogeography

Phone: +43 (0) 1 4277 54062 | E-Mail: gerald.schneeweiss(at)univie.ac.at | Website

Silvio Schueler

Group Leader – Unit of Population Genetics and Provenance Research
Department of Genetics, Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape

Subjects:

Population genetics, quantitative genetics, spatial genetic structure, conservation genetics und phylogeography

Phone: +43 (0) 1 87838 2228 | E-Mail: silvio.schueler(at)bfw.gv.at | Website

Peter Schuster

Professor emeritus
Institute for Theoretical Chemistry, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Modeling evolution of molecules viruses and bacteria, sequence-structure relations in RNA molecules and fitness landscapes.

Phone: +43 (0) 1 4277 52736 | E-Mail: pks(at)tbi.univie.ac.at | Website

Horst Seidler

Professor, Department Head, Dean
Department of Anthropology, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Palaeoanthropology, hominin evolution, human genetics

Phone: +43 (0) 1 4277 54704 | E-Mail: horst.seidler(at)univie.ac.at | Website

Karl Sigmund

Professor
Department of Mathematics, University of Vienna

Subjects:

population dynamics, population ecology, population genetics, replicator dynamics, adaptive dynamics, game theoretic models for the evolution of cooperation

Phone: +43 (0) 1 4277 50612 | E-Mail: karl.sigmund(at)univie.ac.at | Website

Christian Stauffer

Professor for Forest Entomology and Forest Protection
Department of Forest and Soil Sciences, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna

Subjects:

Molecular Ecology, Phylogeography, Co-Evolution, Coleoptera, Endosymbionts

Phone: +43 (0) 1 368 635 225 | E-Mail: christian.stauffer(at)boku.ac.at | Website

Tod Stuessy

Professor, Department Head
Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany, University of Vienna

Subjects:

biological classification, island biology, evolution of the flora of the Robinson Crusoe islands, phylogeny of the sunflower family (Compositae), adaptive radiation in southern South America, populational differentiation and phylogeography

Phone: +43 (0) 1 4277 54140 | E-Mail: tod.stuessy(at)univie.ac.at | Website

Ulrich Technau

Professor for Developmental Biology
Department of Molecular Evolution and Development, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Molecular EvoDevo, evolution of complex body plans, in particular; evolutionary origin of triploblasty and bilaterality, sea anemone; Nematostella vectensis as developmental model

Phone: +43 (0) 1 4277 57000 | E-Mail: ulrich.technau(at)univie.ac.at | Website

Kristin Tessmar

Group Leader
Max F. Perutz Laboratories/ University of Vienna

Subjects:

molecular mechanisms underlying lunar/ tidal rhythms and their interconnection with the circadian clock, evolution of clock mechanisms, function of animal inner brain photoreceptor cells, light pollution

Phone: +43 (0) 1 4277 74635 | E-Mail: kristin.tessmar(at)mfpl.ac.at | Website

Claus Vogl

Assistant Professor
Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna

Subjects:

biostatistics, bioinformatics, probabilistic modeling, gene expression analysis, statistical planning and analysis of biological experiments

Phone: +43 (0) 1 2507 75631 | E-Mail: claus.vogl(at)vetmeduni.ac.at | Website

Michael Wagner

Professor, Department Head
Department of Microbial Ecology, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Microbial evolution and diversity, structure-function analyses of microbial communities, ecophysiology of uncultured microbes, evolution of pathogenicity and intracellular life

Phone: +43 (0) 1 4277 54390 | E-Mail: wagner(at)microbial-ecology.net | Website

Nayuta Yamashita

Group Leader
Institute of Population Genetics, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna

Subjects:

feeding ecology and behavior in Malagasy lemurs, dietary niche partitioning and sympatry, relationships of diet to masticatory apparatus in non-human primates

Phone: +43 (0) 1 25077 4331 | E-Mail: Nayuta.Yamashita(at)vetmeduni.ac.at | Website

ALUMNI

Ingo Ebersberger

Goethe Universität Frankfurt
Phylogenomics, Metatranscriptomics, Bioinformatics, Prediction of functional equivalents among proteins, Orthology prediction

Thomas Flatt

University of Lausanne
Evolution and mechanisms of aging and life history traits; functional Drosophila genetics

Ines Hellmann

LMU Munich
Population Genetics, Human Evolution, Genome Evolution

Elvira Hörandl

Göttingen University
Evolution and population genetics of asexual plants, evolution of reproductive systems; molecular phylogenetics and biogeography of flowering plants

Michael Kopp

Aix-Marseille University
Population genetics, evolutionary ecology, adaptation, phenotypic plasticity, speciation, mathematical modelling

Alistair McGregor

Oxford Brookes University
Evolutionary developmental biology, morphological evolution, genetics

Claus Rueffler

Uppsala University
Department of Animal Ecology, Evolutionary Biology Centre

Kristan Schneider

Hochschule Mittweida
Mathematical population genetics, evolutionary ecology, empidemiology, antimalarial drug resistance