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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
Walker TWN, Janssens IA, Weedon JT, Sigurdsson BD, Richter A, Peñuelas J, Leblans NIW, Bahn M, et al. (2020). A systemic overreaction to years versus decades of warming in a subarctic grassland ecosystem. Nature Ecology & Evolution 4: 101-108. DOI:10.1038/s41559-019-1055-3.
Soong JL, Fuchslueger L, Marañon‐Jimenez S, Torn MS, Janssens IA, Penuelas J, & Richter A (2019). Microbial carbon limitation ‐ the need for integrating microorganisms into our understanding of ecosystem carbon cycling. Global Change Biology DOI:10.1111/gcb.14962. (In Press)
Fuchslueger L, Wild B, Mooshammer M, Takriti M, Kienzl S, Knoltsch A, Hofhansl F , Bahn M, et al. (2019). Microbial carbon and nitrogen cycling responses to drought and temperature in differently managed mountain grasslands. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 135: 144-153. DOI:10.1016/j.soilbio.2019.05.002.
Prommer J, Walker T, Wanek W, Braun J, Zezula D, Hu Y, Hofhansl F , & Richter A (2019). Increased microbial growth, biomass and turnover drive soil organic carbon accumulation at higher plant diversity. Global Change Biology DOI:10.1111/gcb.14777. (In Press)
Courtois EA, Stahl C, Van den Berge J, Bréchet L, Van Langenhove L, Richter A, Urbina I, Soong JL, et al. (2018). Spatial Variation of Soil CO2, CH4 and N2O Fluxes Across Topographical Positions in Tropical Forests of the Guiana Shield. Ecosystems 21 (7): 1445-1458. DOI:10.1007/S10021-018-0232-6.
Čapek P, Manzoni S, Kaštovská E, Wild B, Diáková K, Bárta J, Schnecker J, Biasi C, et al. (2018). A plant–microbe interaction framework explaining nutrient effects on primary production. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2: 1588-1596. DOI:10.1038/s41559-018-0662-8.
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