On January 31, 2024, Florian Caillon successfully defended his PhD thesis at the University of Vienna. Title: "Understanding the Dynamics of Dissolved Organic Carbon and Microbial Diversity in Small Headwater Streams." Congratulations!
Leonie Haferkemper (AG CARBOCROBE) successfully defended her Master's thesis at the University of Vienna on January 23. The title of her thesis is: "Microbial Activity and Biochemical Particle Composition Along a Fine Particle Size Continuum in Mountain vs Agricultural Streams." Congratulations to her!
Tjaša Matjašič (AG FLUVICHEM) successfully completed her dissertation on 19 December in Lunz. The title of her thesis is: Plastic pollution in the hyporheic zone: occurrence and its interaction with microorganisms. Congratulations to her!
Marina Ivanković (AG AquaScale) successfully defended her PhD thesis at the University of Vienna in December. The topic of her thesis was focussed on: Mixotrophic bacterivory in lake ecosystems under current and potential climate conditions under the supervision of Robert Ptacnik and Mia Bengtsson. Congratulations!
Isabell Gmeiner successfully presented her Master's thesis at the University of Vienna on 23.10.2023. Her confident presentation "Spatial and Temporal Variation of Lipids in Stream Periphyton and Benthic Invertebrates" convinced the committee. Congratulations from the LIPTOX group, especially their leader Martin Kainz, and from the whole WCL team!
The first in-person eLTER meeting of the platform coordinators took place in Lunz from 2-5 October. 70 representatives of the eLTER community from 21 European countries exchanged information on long-term ecological research within the European eLTER infrastructure. At the same time, there was an opportunity to learn about the analytical and experimental facilities at WassercLuster. In beautiful autumn weather, Christian Preiler led the participants to the pond 'Obersee'. Photos: ©Jens Nejstgaard
From August to September 2023, an international team of researchers together with the AquaSale lab studies the effect of low and moderate salt additions to freshwater pelagic communities in a mesocosm experiment. This is the last experiment funded by the EU project AQUACOSM-plus. As in previous years, thanks to Lunz Fireworkers for logistic support.