The Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management (IHG) at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) is one of six institutes within the Department of Water, Atmosphere and Environment (WAU).
IHG is an interdisciplinary group of aquatic ecologists, landscape ecologists, river engineers and historians organised in four groups (Fish Ecology, Benhtic Ecology, Aquatic Ecosystem Modelling, Landscape Planning and Management). The staff includes six permanent scientists, 30 PhD candidates and post-docs, and three technical and administrative staff members. Research focuses on fish and benthic invertebrates, riverine habitat and landscape management.
IHG has played a key role in the Europe-wide development of WFD compliant assessment systems for rivers, particularly in the EU projects AQEM, STAR, FAME and EFI+ and is now involved in WISER dealing with the WFD implementation. IHG has experiences in assessing effects of global/climate change on freshwater ecosystems (Euro-limpacs, REFRESH) including effects of invasive species. IHG has developed competence in river management and restoration within eight EU LIFE-Nature projects. Research projects outside of Europe complement the experience in the area of bio-assessment (ASSESS-HKH) and aquaculture (BOMOSA).