Welcome to Archaea Biology and Ecogenomics

Department of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology

We belong to the Faculty of Life Sciences of the University of Vienna.

On January 1, 2020 we merged with Molecular Systems Biology, Limnology and Bio-Oceanography and Marine Biology to become part of the Department of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology.

Archaea arose together with Bacteria as the first organisms on this planet about 3.5 billion years ago. They form a separate domain of life beside Bacteria and Eukaryotes and inhabit virtually all environments on Earth, including the most extreme environments that can sustain life.
Our division studies the Biology of Archaea as well as bacterial symbioses with a focus on ecological, physiological and evolutionary aspects to shed light on the diversity and fundamental distinctions between these two prokaryotic groups.

In particular we are interested in:

- The ecological distribution of archaea from terrestrial, aquatic and hot environments

- The phylogeny of archaea

- The metabolism and genomes of ammonia oxidizing thaumarchaeota

- virus-defense (CRISPR-) systems of hyperthermophilic archaea

- Archaea Biotechnology

- bacterium-nematode symbioses

We thus attempt to improve the understanding of the role of mocroorganisms, in particular of archaea, in global biogeochemical cycles and in early evolution.

15.09.2022
 

Senior Research Fellow @ Genome Evolution and Ecology Group

08.09.2022
 

Frontiers in Microbiology is releasing a special issue (SI) on Cross-Boundary Significance of Methanogens co-edited by Dr. Simon K.-M.R. Rittmann!

01.09.2022
 

"Cell Division Dynamics in cell-walled Archaea"

10.08.2022
 

"Flow cytometry-based viability staining: an at-line tool for bioprocess monitoring of Sulfolobus acidocaldarius"

24.07.2022
 

"Evolution of longitudinal division in multicellular bacteria of the Neisseriaceae family"

 

 

22.06.2022
 

We are thrilled to announce that Christa Schleper, head of our department, received Austria's most prestigious science award for her ground-breaking...

Guest Lectures

20.01.2022
 

"If nothing changes, everything changes - climate activism, politics and the way forward"

13.01.2022
 

"Science, Society and the Climate Crisis - Ethical Perspectives"

09.12.2021
 

"Can we achieve climate resilient development of all?"