Faculty

Research Groups

APRI involves 17 research groups, including about 50 scientists, specialized in one of the three research areas.

Research Group Bartsch

Cryosphere & Climate

We focus on changes of landscape hydrology and their impact in the Arctic. This includes monitoring of thaw lakes, snow conditions and surface moisture with satellite data.

Research Group Degen

Polar Ecology

The Arctic is warming about twice the rate than the global average. We are interested how these changes affect specifically the benthic macro- and megafauna communities.

Research Group Füreder

Polar Ecology

We are studying the biogeography, biodiversity and biocomplexity of aquatic organisms and communities in cold lotic ecosystems. We investigate high arctic river ecosystems.

Research Group Haimberger

Cryosphere & Climate

While everyone can observe the dramatic warming of the polar region, we feel it is important to quantify also the changes in the energy and water budgets in this region.

Research Group Heinz

Polar Ecology

We are analyzing species composition and biodiversity, biogeographic ranges, trophic interactions, abundances and fossil assemblages of benthic and planktonic foraminifera.

Research Group Herndl

Polar Ecology

We are studying the link between the large-scale water mass transport and microbial community composition and activity in the Arctic Sea and the Southern Ocean.

Research Group Loy

Polar Ecology

We are studying the biogeography and ecosystem function of microorganisms in permanently cold marine sediments and in Arctic wetlands.

Research Group Moseley

Cryosphere & Climate

Speleothem deposits are analysed using U-series dating, stable isotopes and trace elements to improve understanding of climate change in Northeast Greenland.

Research Group Richter

Polar Ecology

The Richter group’s scientific curiosity is centered on understanding transformation, decomposition and release of organic carbon from tundra ecosystems.

Research Group Rieder

Cryosphere & Climate

We are studying the effects of the ozone and greenhouse gas forcings on the climate system.

Research Group Rott

Cryosphere & Climate

Development of methods for satellite observations on mass balance and dynamics of ice sheets and glaciers, including synergy with in situ measurements and studies of ice/climate interactions.

Research Group Sattler

Polar Ecology

Investigations focus on the microbial characterization of lake ice, glaciers, ice sheets and caps as well as the snow cover and – as a novel aspect – also cloud systems.

Research Group Saxinger

Social & Cultural Systems

The overall interest of this research group is the socio-economic wellbeing and multi-perspective topics related to the development of the extractive industries in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic.

Research Group Schleper

Polar Ecology

We investigate the distribution and activity of distinct clades of ammonia oxidizing archaea that we found to be associated with different nitrification rates in arctic soils.

Research Group Schlosser

Cryosphere & Climate

For a correct interpretation of ice core data we need to fully understand the precipitation mechanisms that lead to the formation of the ice. Our focus is on process studies in Antarctica.

Research Group Schöner

Cryosphere & Climate

We are studying the reaction of glaciers and ice-caps in NE-Greenland through both comprehensive measurements and modelling attempts of the surface energy- and mass balance.

Research Group Schweitzer

Social & Cultural Systems

I am working on issues of mobility, infrastructure, climate change, and identity in the circumpolar North, in particular in Alaska and Siberia.