Our project team includes everyone who contributes to the "AmphiBiom" project. First and foremost are our citizen scientists, without whose data reports, their commitment to monitoring the ponds and their enjoyment of joint research, our project could not be realised.

The "AmphiBiom" project is being carried out at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, which is why some of the investigations are also being carried out as part of Master's theses.

Our project team also includes people who contribute to the success of our project with their scientific expertise, programming skills and artistic eye. We are delighted about this commitment and the diverse exchange with our citizen scientists.

 

Lukas Landler

Lukas Landler is the project leader of AmphiBiom and a scientist at the Institute of Zoology at BOKU Vienna. His research focuses on the spatial distribution and behaviour of amphibians, currently mainly the Green toad. In addition to designing and implementing the project, he is also responsible for analysing some of the data.

Florian Heigl

Florian Heigl is a Senior Scientist for Citizen Science at the Institute of Zoology at BOKU and one of the founders and coordinators of the Citizen Science Network Austria and the associated online platform Österreich forscht (www.citizen-science.at). His research focusses on Citizen Science and its application in ecology. In the project, he is primarily involved in the conception and realisation of the Citizen Science elements.

Daniel Dörler

Daniel Dörler is a Senior Scientist for Citizen Science at the Institute of Zoology at BOKU and one of the founders and coordinators of the Citizen Science Network Austria and the associated online platform Österreich forscht (www.citizen-science.at). He teaches on Citizen Science and also provides consulting and training for researchers. In the project, he is primarily involved in the conception and realisation of the Citizen Science elements.

Amphi Team Janette Siebert

Janette Siebert

Janette Siebert is a research assistant at the Institute of Zoology at BOKU and coordinates the project processes in the citizen science projects GeRoKi and AmphiBiom. She also supports the conception and realisation of the Citizen Science elements of the project and is responsible for public relations and reporting.

Amphi Team Silke Schweiger

Silke Schweiger

Silke Schweiger is a curator and research assistant at the Herpetological Collection of the Natural History Museum Vienna. She is in charge of the Austrian Herpetofaunistic Database (HFDÖ), in which observations of native amphibians and reptiles are recorded. In the project, she is involved in the selection of the study areas and the identification of the reported amphibian and reptile species.

Amphi Team Wolfram Graf

Wolfram Graf

Wolfram Graf is a scientist at the Institute of Hydrobiology at BOKU Vienna. He studies the taxonomy and ecology of aquatic invertebrates in freshwater systems, which are also used as indicators in ecological water body assessment. His task in the AmphiBiom project is to identify the insect species that occur in the ponds in order to analyze the importance of temporary water bodies for biodiversity.

Amphi Team Stephan Burgstaller

Stephan Burgstaller

Stephan Burgstaller is working on his dissertation at the Institute of Zoology at BOKU Vienna. He is investigating whether there are adaptations and habitat variations (e.g. physiological and morphological) in Green toad populations of different habitats. In the project, he will primarily be active in the field, in monitoring, in which he can already draw on many years of expertise.

Amphi Team Maria Krall1

Maria Magdalena Krall

Maria Magdalena Krall is currently studying Environmental and Bioresource Management at BOKU. In the AmphiBiom project, she supports the team as a student assistant at the Institute of Zoology at BOKU, primarily in project coordination and public relations.

 

Amphi Team Magdalena Spieszberger

Magdalena Spießberger

Magdalena Spießberger is a PhD student at the Institute of Zoology at BOKU Vienna. She is analyzing the influence of human-induced environmental changes on the Green toad using a genetic component that stands for aging processes and physical condition. She is mainly responsible for organizing and implementing the water samples for the pollutants analysis.

Amphi Team Yurii Kornilev

Yurii Kornilev

Yurii Kornilev is a research assistant at the Institute of Zoology at BOKU Vienna. In the project he will mainly support field work and be active in monitoring. He is also an important member of the public relations team, where he writes and publishes English-language texts for various media.

Amphi Team Johann Zaller

Johann Zaller

Johann Zaller is an ecologist at the BOKU Institute of Zoology. He researches and teaches about the effects of human activities and land use on animals and ecosystem functions. In recent years, the focus has been on the effects of agrochemicals. In AmphiBiom, he analyzes the relationship between the pollution of pond water and the diversity and fitness of organisms.

Portrait Thomas Ofenboeck

Thomas Ofenböck

Thomas Ofenböck works in the Vienna Municipal Department of Waters and is head of the water management team and the competence center for aquatic ecology. He supports the project in particular with questions concerning water monitoring as well as conceptual issues regarding the utilization of the analyzed data.

Amphi Team Philipp Hummer

App-Support - Philipp Hummer

Philipp Hummer is designer & founder of the SPOTTERON Citizen Science App Platform. Together with his team, he develops and maintains the smartphone apps and the interactive map of the AmphiBiom project on SPOTTERON and supports the project with graphic design, app development, IT consulting and media production.