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Andreas Richter

Guest Senior Research Scholar

Exploratory Modeling of Human-natural Systems Research Group

Advancing Systems Analysis Program


Andreas Richter joined IIASA in September 2016, as a senior guest researcher with the Ecosystems Services and Management Program (ESM).

Dr. Richter received his PhD degree in Plant Biology from the University of Vienna, Austria in 1989. He currently is full professor for terrestrial ecosystem research and vice head of the Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science at the University of Vienna and director of the Austrian Polar Research Institute.

He is interested in all aspects of terrestrial ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry. His research aims at a mechanistic understanding of the role of soil microbes and their interaction with plants in the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems. His research specifically focuses on (a) ecological stoichiometry (carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus use efficiency of microbial communities) (b) the cycling and decomposition of soil organic matter, and (c) the link between microbial community structure and ecosystem processes.

Dr. Richter is involved in IIASA’s theoretical modeling effort in the IMBALANCE-P project, which aims at identifying the dominant processes of the interactive dynamics of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling in ecosystems.

Last update: 17 DEC 2018


Metze, D., Schnecker, J., de Carlan, C.L.N., Bhattarai, B., Verbruggen, E., Ostonen, I., Janssens, I.A., Sigurdsson, B.D., Hausmann, B., Kaiser, C., & Richter, A. (2024). Soil warming increases the number of growing bacterial taxa but not their growth rates. Science Advances 10 (8) 10.1126/sciadv.adk6295.

Metze, D., Schnecker, J., Canarini, A., Fuchslueger, L., Koch, B.J., Stone, B.W., Hungate, B.A., Hausmann, B., Schmidt, H., Schaumberger, A., Bahn, M., Kaiser, C., & Richter, A. (2023). Microbial growth under drought is confined to distinct taxa and modified by potential future climate conditions. Nature Communications 14 (1) 10.1038/s41467-023-41524-y.

Verbrigghe, N., Leblans, N., Sigurdsson, B., Vicca, S., Fang, C., Fuchslueger, L., Soong, J., Weedon, J., Poeplau, C., Ariza-Carricondo, C., Bahn, M., Guenet, B., Gundersen, P., Gunnarsdóttir, G., Kätterer, T., Liu, Z., Maljanen, M., Marañón-Jiménez, S., Meeran, K., Oddsdóttir, E., Ostonen, I., Peñuelas, J., Richter, A., Sardans, J., Sigurðsson, P., Torn, M., Van Bodegom, P., Verbruggen, E., Walker, T., Wallander, H., & Janssens, I. (2022). Soil carbon loss in warmed subarctic grasslands is rapid and restricted to topsoil. Biogeosciences 19 (14) 3381-3393. 10.5194/bg-19-3381-2022.

Walker, T., Gavazov, K., Guillaume, T., Lambert, T., Mariotte, P., Routh, D., Signarbieux, C., Block, S., Münkemüller, T., Nomoto, H., Crowther, T., Richter, A., Buttler, A., & Alexander, J. (2022). Lowland plant arrival in alpine ecosystems facilitates a decrease in soil carbon content under experimental climate warming. eLife 11 e78555. 10.7554/eLife.78555.

Séneca, J., Pjevac, P., Canarini, A., Herbold, C.W., Zioutis, C., Dietrich, M., Simon, E., Prommer, J., Bahn, M., Pötsch, E.M., Wagner, M., Wanek, W., & Richter, A. (2020). Composition and activity of nitrifier communities in soil are unresponsive to elevated temperature and CO2, but strongly affected by drought. The ISME Journal 10.1038/s41396-020-00735-7.