Gerhard J. Herndl

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Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences and
Head of the Division Bio-Oceanography
Dept. of Limnology & Bio-Oceanography
University of Vienna, Austria

gerhard.herndl@univie.ac.at

+43-1-4277-764 31


Dept. of Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry
NIOZ, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Research Interests

  • Marine Microbial and Molecular Ecology with emphasis on structure and function relationships in microbial communities
  • Microbial Oceanography (linking the thermohaline circulation to the biogeography of prokaryotes and to biogeochemical cycling of organic matter particularly in the meso- and bathypelagic realm)
  • Biotic and abiotic transformation of organic matter in the sea

Professional Experience

2014-now Dean at the Faculty of Life Sciences University of Vienna, Austria
2009-now Chair and Head of Division Bio-Oceanography at the Dept. of Limnology and Bio-Oceanography University of Vienna, Austria
2009-now Adjunct Senior Scientist Royal Netherlands Inst. for Sea Research, Netherlands
1997-2008 Dept. Head of Biological Oceanography Royal Netherlands Inst. for Sea Research, Netherlands
1994-199 Assistant Professor University of Vienna, Austria
1988-1989 Post Doctoral Position at Scripps Institution of Oceanography Univ. of California at San Diego, California
1983-1994 Research Biologist University of Vienna, Austria

Academic and Professional Honors

  • 2014 Hutchinson Award of ASLO
  • 2013 Full Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • 2012 Most cited Aquatic Biologist of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (Labjournal, April 2012)
  • 2011 Wittgenstein Prize of the Austrian Science Fund
  • 2011 Recipient of an European Research Council: Advanced Grant
  • 2011 Corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • 2006 2006EurOceans Roland Wollast Awards for Scientific Achievements

Service to the University

  • 2014-2016 Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences of the University of Vienna
  • 2014-2016 Deputy Head of the Department of Limnology & Oceanography
  • 2013-now Head of Division Bio-Oceanography
  • 2009-2013 Head of the Department Marine Biology
  • 2009-2013 Director of the PhD program of the Faculty of Life Sciences
  • 2012-now Director of the Faculty Center of Ecology
  • 2009-2012 Vice-Director of the Faculty Center of Ecology

Synergistic Activities

  • 2014-now Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Red Sea Research Center at KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2014-2016 Member of the Organizing Committee of the ASLO meeting in Granada, Spain
  • 2014-2016 Member of the Science Steering Committee of IMBER (Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research, co-sponsored by SCOR and IGBP).
  • Member of the international Organizing Committee of SAME-11, SAME-12, SAME-13, SAME-14
  • 2012-2013 Member-At-Large of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography
  • 2013-now Full Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • 2011-2013 Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • 2012-2015 Head of the Scientific Advisory Board of the WasserCluster Lunz, Austria
  • 2008-2014 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Sea at the Univ. of Oldenburg, Germany
  • 2005-2008 Member of the IMBER/SOLAS working group on Carbon Research from
  • 2005-2010 Member of the Steering Committee of the International Census of Marine Microorganisms (ICoMM) as part of the Census of Marine Life (CoML)
  • 2008-2012 Member of the SCOR working group: The Microbial Carbon Pump in the Ocean
  • 2006-2010 Associate Member of the SCOR working group: Role of viruses in marine ecosystems
  • 2003-2005 Member of the Advisory Board of the Dutch Marine Facilities of the Dutch Science Foundation
  • 2001-2007 President of the Microbiology Section of CIESM (Commission of the Scientific Exploration of the Mediterranean Sea)

Manuscript Reviewer

Among others for:
Nature, Science, Nature Reviews Microbiology, PNAS, The ISME J, Environ. Microbiol., Biogeosciences, Limnol. Oceanogr., Molecular Ecology, Appl. Environ. Microbiol., Aquat. Microb. Ecol.

Grant Reviewer

Among others for:
NSF Biological Oceanography, ESF, NERC, DFG, ERC