Michael Stachowitsch

Dept. of Limnology and Bio-Oceanography, Center of Ecology, University of Vienna
Althanstrasse 14
1090 Vienna

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     Habilitation (Univ. of Vienna), 2009: The Northern Adriatic Sea: lessons in marine ecology from a "dead zone"

, 1980, Zoology
     University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria 

     BSc, 1973, Biology/Chemistry        
     University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA         

Research Interest 

  • Northern Adriatic, benthos, hypoxia/anoxia, hermit crab symbiosis
  • Sea turtles
  • Coral reefs 


  • 07/2009- 06/2013   PI
    Austrian Science Fund (FWF) project (P21542-B17), Vienna (Austria)
    "Low dissolved oxygen events in the Northern Adriatic: in situ experimental insights into multi-level responses before, during and post- anoxia"
  • 01/2011-06/2013    Research associate
    Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD), Federal Ministry of Science and Research (BMWF), Vienna (Austria)
    Bilateral project (Austria-France): "Experimentally induced anoxia in the Northern Adriatic Sea: eiofauna responses and changes in sediment geochemistry" (WTZ; FR 13/2011)
  • 01/2009- 12/2010   PI (Austria)
    Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD), Federal Ministry of Science and Research (BMWF), Vienna (Austria)
    Bilateral project (Austria-Slovenia): "Reaction of benthic organisms to hypoxia/anoxia in the Northern Adriatic" (WTZ; SI 22/2009)
  • 07/2005-12/2008    PI
    Austrian Science Fund (FWF) project (P17655-B03), Vienna (Austria)
    "Oxygen crises in the North Adriatic: effect on the structure and behaviour of the macroepibenthos"


  • 2010-1995 Advisor to 11 Master's students and 1 Doctoral student 
  • Introduction to Marine Pollution (Course held every summer semester) 
  • Coral Reef Field Course (Course held every year at Dahab, Egypt, Red Sea; with W. Waitzbauer, J. Herler, P. Zolda) 
  • Marine Turtle Field Course (Course held every summer in Turkey) 
  • Scientific Publication for Biologists (Course held every winter semester; with G. Gollmann) 
  • Management of Endangered Species (Course held every winter semester, with N. Ziegler)
  • Introduction to Marine Biology (Course held in winter semester 2007/08 with D. Abed-Navandi)    


For complete list of publications see Main Menue: Publications


  • Austrian Representative in the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and alternate commissioner (since 1994).
  • Book review editor: MARINE ECOLOGY: an evolutionary perspective (Blackwell Publishing) (since 2005, previously editorial assistent since 1981) 


  • 2016 "Hans and Lotte Hass Award for Marine Conservation" (Vienna's Aqua Terra Zoo)
  • 2002 “Innovation in teaching” prize, Univ. of Vienna (for “Scientific Publication for Biologists”)
  • 1992 Honorary Science Award at "Aqua Vision", International Water-Congress & Trade Fair,  Klagenfurt, Austria (for concept to combat eutrophication of the Adriatic Sea) 
  • 1990 City of Vienna Award for special achievement in the sciences
  • 1981-98 Stipends from the Austrian Ministry of Science for field work in Slovenia  (total: 13 months)
  • 1981 Award: Theodor Körner Foundation for the Advancement of Arts and Sciences (Vienna);
  • 1981 Award: Foundation of the City of Vienna for the Advancement of Science (Hochschuljubiläumsstiftung) (Projects: hermit crab symbioses)
  • 1987-2000 Invited speaker to various symposia (1986 Bologna, 1987 Cesenatico, 1990 London,  1995 Dotternhausen, 1996 Oahu, 2000 Abu Dhabi)