Robert Ptacnik received postdoctoral lecture qualification

Working group leader Robert Ptacnik received on September 16th his postdoctoral lecture qualification at the University of Vienna in the subject Aquatic Ecology. The title of his habilitation lecture was „Fresh and salty: Spatial pattern in plankton diversity along natural stress gradients“. Robert Ptacnik teaches aquatic biodiversity and multivariate statistics in Vienna. More about his working group AQUASCALE


Robert Ptacnik habilitierte sich

Arbeitsgruppenleiter Robert Ptacnik hat sich am 16. September an der Universität Wien im Fach Aquatische Ökologie habilitiert. Der Titel seines Habilitationsvortrages war „Fresh and salty: Spatial pattern in plankton diversity along natural stress gradients“.  Robert Ptacnik unterrichtet  aquatische Diversität und multivariate Statistik an der Universität Wien. Mehr über die Arbeitsgruppe AQUASCALE

Sparkling Science-Project: Scientists and students work togehter

Our 2-year Sparkling Science Project PowerStreams starts on Oct 1st. In this research-education-cooperation-project, scientists will work together with schools to measure the efficiency and sustainability of nutrient and organic matter uptake in slightly to heavily polluted streams. Our partner schools are Francisco Josephinum, BRG Waidhofen/Ybbs, BORG Mistelbach and HBLFA Raumberg-Gumpenstein. Read more


Sparkling Science-Projekt: Wissenschafter und Schüler arbeiten zusammen

Am 1. Oktober startet das Sparkling Science Projekt PowerStreams, in dem Wissenschafter mit Schülern die Aufnahme von gelöstem Stickstoff und organischem Kohlenstoff in wenig bis massiv belasteten naturnahen und regulierten Gewässern messen. Partner-Schulen sind das Francisco Josephinum, BRG Waidhofen/Ybbs, BORG Mistelbach und die HBLFA Raumberg-Gumpenstein. Lesen Sie mehr

Seminar Series

Florian Altermatt,University of Zürich & EAWAG, Switzerland:
Diversity patterns and dispersal processes in riverine metacommunities
on Tuesday, October 7th 2014, Lecture Hall, WasserCluster Lunz     Forthcoming Seminars

Longterm ecological research

Lunz is a mastersite in the LTSER platform Eisenwurzen.
We are member of GLEON and study Lake Lunz as a permanent study site
Depth Profile of Lake Lunz
Depth Profile of Lake Lunz_(diagram)

WasserCluster Lunz

WasserCluster Lunz (WCL) is a nonprofit research center shared to equal amounts by the University of Vienna, the Danube University Krems, and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU Vienna). WCL is financially supported by a partnership with the Provincial Government of Lower Austria, the Federal Government of Austria, and the Municipality of Vienna. At BOKU, WCL is linked to the Department of Water, Atmosphere and Environment, at the University of Vienna to the Department of Limnology, and at the Danube University Krems to the Department of Clinical Medicine and Biotechnology.

WCL was founded in 2005 with the primary motivation to follow the scientific legacy of the Biological Station Lunz, which was established in 1905 (owned by the Austrian Academy of Sciences) and closed in 2003. The Biological Station Lunz was well known for its outstanding research in limnology (e.g., Franz Ruttner's »Fundamentals of Limnology« 1953) throughout the 20th century. WCL was established to reinvigorate freshwater ecosystem research and education in Lunz and to contribute to the advancement of freshwater sciences.