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Universitaet für Bodenkultur Wien - Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management

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).

Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber

Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber
Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber (PhD) is a river ecologist with expertise in database design, set-up and management of (web-based) databases. Her main task during the last years was the establishment of freshwaterecology.info, a Europe-wide trait database for macro invertebrates, fish, diatoms and macrophytes. She has a background on river benthic invertebrates and experiences in multivariate statistics. She is editor of the book series “Distribution and Ecological Preferences of European Freshwater Organisms” (together with Daniel Hering, UDE), published by Pensoft Publishers.
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Andreas Melcher

Andy Melcher
Andreas Melcher (PhD) is a senior scientist for fish ecology and environmental data analyses and has more than 15 years experience in working and coordinating national and international research projects. He is also member of the BOKU CDR (centre for development research) working group. He has special expertise on assessment methods for the ecological status of running waters, aquatic ecosystem modelling and effects of climate change on freshwater fish. He gave many oral presentations and is author of several reports and peer-reviewed publications.
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Stefan Schmutz

Stefan Schmutz
Stefan Schmutz (PhD) is professor for Aquatic Ecology and working group leader (fish) with experience in coordinating EU projects focusing on fish-based assessment methods (FAME, EFI+). He has published more than 50 scientific papers (30+ ISI publications). He has expertise in fish conservation, fish passes, climate change, river restoration and river management.
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Wolfram Graf

Wolfram Graf
Wolfram Graf (PhD) is a biologist with expertise in taxonomy, biodiversity and ecology of benthic invertebrates (Plecoptera, Trichoptera). His main focus is on ecoregional distribution and biogeography, as well as on species traits and ecological preferences of invertebrates. He is one of Europe’s leading experts in aquatic entomology who described many hitherto unknown adult taxa and larvae and who co-authored the "Atlas of Central-European caddisfly larvae".
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