DSP-Research Group

Dynamic Mountain Environments & Society Vol. 2


Mountain regions across the globe are dynamic environments displaying very high rates of natural and anthropogenic environmental change. Processes occur over a wide range of timescales and with a great dynamic range. They include slow but long-lasting geodynamic processes that build mountain ranges and foster evolutionary processes generating mountain biodiversity. Abiotic and biotic mountain environments are continuously shaped by the erosive power of ice and water. These processes can in turn occur on ecological to geological timescales as species and communities adapt to changing abiotic and/or biotic conditions. Species interactions further enhance dynamic feedbacks that lead to non-linear processes and changes in biodiversity. The increasing role of direct and indirect human impact on mountain ecosystems and biodiversity adds another dimension of complexity. Mountain ranges have been home to human societies for millennia. With technological changes and population increase human impact has become so significant that it now operates on par with geological and biological processes, and a new era is currently being coined – the Anthropocene. The increasing anthropogenic pressure on mountain environments has dramatic side effects. Erosional surface processes such as debris flows and rockfalls turn into natural hazards. Furthermore, climate change effects have a particularly strong impact on species that have adapted to alpine habitats. Hence, being able to cope with the risk of dynamic change is essential for any mountain-based society.

PhD students and scientists with backgrounds from natural sciences (geosciences and biology) and social sciences have joined forces to create a transdisciplinary research environment to tackle timely questions of international relevance within the framework of this proposed DSP-Kolleg entitled “Dynamic Mountain Environments” (DynamitE Vol. 2). Research excellence at the international forefront will be the leading characteristic of this DSP-Kolleg. Research project selection will focus on topics at the cutting edge of current debate. PhD students will have access to state of the art technologies and receive full support and training in all aspects of academic life. The main target for PhD students will be to publish at the highest international level (a minimum of three ISI papers) and the DSP-Kolleg will provide all necessary support to enable this. DynamitE will act as nucleation point for further research initiatives. DynamitE perfectly suits with and contributes to the guiding principle “Development and Sustainability” of PLUS.

The DSP Research Group Dynamic Mountain environments & Society Vol. 2 follows on from DymamitE – Dynamic Mountain Environments (DME)

  • Fellows

    Nina Czipf
    Main supervisor: Andreas Tribsch

    Fabian Dremel
    Main supervisor: Christoph v. Hagke

    Mengyue Duan
    Main supervisor: Jörg Robl

    Anna Maria Ernst
    Main supervisor: Hannelore Bauer

    Andreas Ewald
    Main supervisor: Andreas Lang

    Anna Götz
    Main supervisor: Ulrike Ruprecht

    Dominik Hagen
    Main supervisor: Peter Steinbacher

    Viktor Haunsperger
    Main supervisor: Jörg Robl

    Florian Hohenberger
    Main supervisor: Stephen Wickham

    Xinye Hu
    Main supervisor: Jürgen Breuste

    Gladys Kungu
    Main supervisor: Jan Christian Habel

    Danai Laina
    Main supervisor: Anja Hörger

    Daniel Lukic
    Main supervisor: Jan Christian Habel

    Mareike Tabea Mittag
    Main supervisor: Jana Petermann

    Noreen Mutoro
    Main supervisor: Jan Christian Habel

    Thomas Pollhammer
    Main supervisor: Bernhard Salcher

    Thomas Rupp
    Main supervisor: Stefan Dötterl

    Martin Schlager
    Main supervisor: Stefan Dötterl

    Robert Siller
    Main supervisor: Jürgen Breuste

    Anna Sommer
    Main supervisor: Jana Petermann

    Nicolas Villamizar-Escalante
    Main supervisor: Christoph von Hagke

  • Faculty

    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christoph von Hagke (DSP Coordinator)
    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jan Christian Habel (DSP Co-coordinator)

    Dr. Beate Apfelbeck (Faculty Member)
    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christina Antenhofer (Faculty Member)
    Univ.-Prof. Dr.  Ulrike-G. Berninger (Faculty Member)
    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hans Peter Comes (Faculty Member)
    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stefan Dötterl (Faculty Member)
    Dr. Jonas Eberle (Faculty Member)
    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jussi Grießinger (Faculty Member)
    Assoc.-Prof. Dr. Sylke Hilberg (Faculty Member)
    Assoz.-Prof. Dr. Angela Hof (Faculty Member)
    Ass.-Prof. Dr. Anja Hörger (Faculty Member)
    Univ.-Prof Dr. Martin Knoll (Faculty Member)
    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Lang (Faculty Member)
    Univ.-Prof. em. Dr. Franz Neubauer (Faculty Member)
    Ass.-Prof. Dr. Jan-Christoph Otto (Faculty Member)
    Assoc.-Prof. Dr. Jana Petermann (Faculty Member)
    Assoc.-Prof. Dr. Jörg Robl (Faculty Member)
    Assoc.-Prof. Dr. Bernhard Salcher (Faculty Member)
    Priv.-Doz. Dr. Robert Schabetsberger (Faculty Member)
    Univ.-Prof. Dr.in Kyoko Shinozaki (Faculty Member)
    Assoc.-Prof. Dr. Peter Steinbacher (Faculty Member)
    Assoc.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Tribsch (Faculty Member)
    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Anke Uhlenwinkel (Faculty Member)
    Ass.-Prof. Dr. Lena von Kotzebue (Faculty Member)
    Assoc.-Prof. Dr. Stephen Wickham (Faculty Member)

  • DSP Board of Experts

    Prof. Dr. Sierd Cloetingh, University of Utrecht Geology, Netherlands
    Prof. Dr. Konrad Fiedler, University of Vienna, Animal Biology, Austria
    Prof. Dr. Roman Frigg, London School of Economics, Phylosophy, UK
    Prof. Dr. Thomas Glade, University of Vienna, Geomorphology, Austria
    Prof. Dr. Stefan Harnischmacher, Phillips University Marburg, Anthropogeomorphology, Germany
    Prof. Dr. David Inouye, University of Maryland, Animal-Plant Interactions, USA
    Prof. Dr. Michael Krautblatter, TU München, Geomorphology, Germany
    Associate Prof. Dr. Maggi Leung, University of Utrecht, Geography, Nethrelands
    Prof. Dr. Marcus Nüsser, University of Heidelberg, Land Management, Germany
    Prof. Dr.Thomas Schmitt, Senckenberg, Animal Biology, Germany

  • Successfully completed theses

    Janine Geissenberger
    Doctoral viva: 10-23-2023

    Martina Althammer
    Topic: Molecular mechanisms of galactose toxicity in plants 
    Doctoral viva: 2-22-2022

    Ruihong Chang
    Topic: From accretionary to collisional orogeny: the tectonic evolution of the Austroalpine basement in the Eastern Alps
    Doctoral viva: 10-4-2022

    Eva Gfrerer
    Topic: A chemical-ecological and evolutionary view on the deceptive pollination of Arum maculatum L. (Araceae)
    Doctoral viva: 10-25-2022

    Moritz Liebl
    Topic: Elevated low relief landscapes in mountain belts
    Doctoral viva: 12-14-2022

    Josie Antonucci di Carvalho
    Topic: Environmental change, temporal heterogeneity and fragmented habitats: Effects of multiple stressors on biodiversity in a model ecosystem
    Doctoral viva: 11-22-2021

    Anne-Laure Argentin
    Topic: Detection and analysis of landslide-induced river course changes and lake formation
    Doctoral viva: 11-22-2021

    Marc Giménez Maranges
    Topic: Sustainable water management is an essential component of sustainable development in eco-cities
    Doctoral viva: 11-30-2021

    Ingo Hartmmeyer
    Topic: Thermal Dynamics and gravitational mass movements in high-alpine bedrock – Developing and implementing a long-term monitoring of surface and subsurface processes, Kitzsteinhorn, Hohe Tauern
    Doctoral viva: 4-22-2021

    Carola Helletsgruber
    Topic: Erfassung und Modellierung regulierender Ökosystemleistungen von Stadtbäumen
    Doctoral viva: 11-29-2021

    Clemens Herrmüller
    Topic: Sport in der Stadtnatur: Untersuchungen in der Stadt Salzburg
    Doctoral viva: 12-2-2021

    Boran Liu
    Topic: Metamorphic complexes in mountain belts: the Anziling metamorphic dome in the northeastern North China Craton vs. Alpine metamorphic domes.
    Doctoral viva: 4-7-2021

    Florian Peters
    Topic: Nature -related recreation in the city outskirts of Salzburg. What role does nature play in the context of recreation?
    Doctoral viva: 11-30-2020

    Anna-Maria Winkler
    Topic: Wegwerfprodukt Auto? Geschichte der Verschrottung und Wiederverwertung von Automobilen in Deutschland und Österreich
    Doctoral viva: 4-14-2021

    Andreas Zechner
    Topic: Das Ende des Steinbocks. Anthropogene und natürliche Ursachen für das Verschwinden der letzten autochthonen Steinwildpopulation der Ostalpen im Zillertal zu Beginn des 18. Jahrhunderts,
    Doctoral viva: 3-17-2017