Günter Köck´s Research Page

Since the early 1980s I have been involved in numerous environmental toxicology-related research projects. All these projects were carried out in my position as research scientist and lecturer at the Institute of Zoology and Limnology of the University of Innsbruck. At present, I am Research Associate at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research (IGF) in Innsbruck. My research activities include


· effects of metals on aquatic ecosystems

· environmental physiology and ecotoxicology of freshwater fish

· fish as indicators of environmental pollution

· aquatic invertebrates as bioindicators of metal contamination of aquatic ecosystems

· Climate change in Alpine and Arctic regions


Since 1997 I have focussed my research activities on the Austrian-Canadian research cooperation “HIGH-ARCTIC - Fish from sensitive ecosystems as bioindicators of global climate change”. However, my research on "Aquatic invertebrates as bioindicators of metal contamination of aquatic ecosystems" has always been continued.


Since 2004 I am the coordinator of the international research programmes (e.g. UNESCO´s „Man and the Biosphere  (MAB)" Programme) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.


Professional activities:


Austrian delegate to the International Coordinating Council of UNESCO´s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB-ICC)

Vice-Chair of the UNESCO MAB Programme (2004, 2010 and again in 2012)

Member of the Austrian UNESCO Commission

Member of the Scientific Board of the „Hohe Tauern“ National Park

Member of the Sonnblick Observatory Scientific Advisory Board

Austrian delegate to the European Alliance of Global Change Research Committees

Delegate to the International Scientific Committee for Alpine Research (ISCAR)

Member of the Scientific Board of the „Hohe Tauern“ National Park

Co-editor of the scientific journal “eco.mont”




2000: Canada Prize of the University of Innsbruck

2010 „Silberner Hahn“ and „Goldener Hahn“ for the book „Planet Austria“ (best Public Relation project)

2010: The Canadian Government´s “Go for Gold” honorary medal for exceptional contributions to Canada-Austria relations

2013: My MAB project "Vielfalt genießen/Enjoying diversity" was designated Official Austrian UN Project of the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development 2005 - 2014 for its continued commitment in the field for sustainable development.



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