Unit for Theoretical Biology

Unit for Theoretical Biology

The work in our unit is motivated by theoretical and conceptual questions in organismal evolutionary biology. Systemic properties of organisms, such as developmental and physiological processes, as well as their interactions with the environment, strongly influence their ability to respond to selection and to evolve. Our goal is to identify and understand these interactions in order to explain how the enormous diversity of life has evolved and continues to evolve. In pursuit of this general goal, we apply and advance theoretical, biometric, comparative, and experimental research methods.


Congratulations to Sandra Wallner for successfully defending her Master's Degree on "Monitoring of an allochthonous viper population (Vipera ammodytes, Viperidae) and the accompanying herpetofauna in Lower Austria "!

Wednesday, February 15th 2023

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Dominik Huemer

Population dynamics of the European fire-bellied toad, Bombina bombina, in Obere Lobau (Donau-Auen National Park, Vienna)


Tobias Nigl BSc

The amphibian fauna of the Natura 2000 nature reserve “Traun-Donau-Auen” near Linz, with evaluation of important spawning sites and...


New paper in Knowledge and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems

Site-specific attachment of Anodonta anatina (Bivalvia: Unionidae) glochidia on two new fish hosts introduced in Lake Trasimeno (Italy).


New paper in Symmetry

Adaptability of Bony Armor Elements of the Threespine Stickleback Gasterosteus aculeatus (Teleostei: Gasterosteidae): Ecological and Evolutionary...


Nicole Grunstra