Herndl and Baltar Group

University of Vienna

Microbial Oceanography and Marine Biology

Who we are

We are studying the interaction of the marine biota with the environment, specifically the composition and activity of microbial communities and the transformation of the organic and inorganic matter from the coastal marine waters to the open ocean mediated by microbes.

Why/How are we going Green

Marine plastics and their impact on the biota is one of the research areas we have been addressing over the past three years. About 8-10 million tons of plastics are entering the oceans annually. At the same time we are wasting large amounts of resources while doing ecological research. We feel that there is a tremendous potential to use the available resources more carefully and foster developments towards a circular economy. This is an ambitious plan but we can start in our intimate surrounding – the labs and offices.


microbial oceanography