Mareike Tabea Mittag

Mareike Tabea Mittag, MSc
PhD student

Environment & Biodiversity – University of Salzburg, Hellbrunner Straße 34, A-5020 Salzburg

Tel.: +43 (0) 662 / 8044-5621

My journey into ecology probably began unconsciously at a very early age. At that time, it was simply the pure enthusiasm for the beauty of nature. Today, it is coupled with a fascination for systems and the dynamics of interactions, effects, and mechanisms in natural ecosystems.

Through my bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences, I have been confronted with ecological challenges and have decided to work on my knowledge and understanding of the environment. Since 2020, I have been dedicated to ecosystem research, eager to make contributions as a student, scientist, and science communicator.

My Master’s degree in ecology and evolution provided me with a deeper understanding of the intricate relationships between abiotic changes, biodiversity, and ecosystem functions. It is exciting to explore the complexity and interconnectedness of nature.

As part of Dr. Jana Petermann’s group within the Community Ecology and Biodiversity Research Unit, I am currently investigating food webs among plants, herbivores, and predators, their stoichiometry, and functions as part of the Forest Biodiversity Experiment project in China.


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Since 04.2023
PhD Student in the Research Field of Community Ecology & Biodiversity, Department of Environment and Biodiversity, Paris Lodron University of Salzburg, Austria.
MULTITROPH – Multi-Trophic Interactions in a Forest Biodiversity Experiment in China; Plant-arthropod food webs, stoichiometry and functions.   

Master’s thesis “LTLDE: Long Term Lichen Diversity Experiment – Myco-, photobiont and microbiome associations – Lichen guilds in crustose lichens share a similar photobiont- and microbiome composition along an elevational gradient.”.

Since 2020
Paramedic Red Cross Austria    

Tutor at Paris Lodron University of Salzburg, Evolution & Systematics of Plants at the Department of Environment and Biodiversity, Austria.     

2020 – 2023
M.Sc. Ecology and Evolution, Paris Lodron University of Salzburg, Austria.    

2018 – 2019
Student Assistant, Department of Nutritional Psychology, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany.    

2016 – 2020
B.Sc. in Agricultural Sciences, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany. With specialization in Biogeophysics and Environmental Changes.