Director of the Institute of Ecology
Lake & Glacier Research Group
Address: 6020 Innsbruck, Technikerstr. 25
Phone: +43-(0)-512-507 51710
Fax: +43-(0)-512-507 51798
Ruben Sommaruga is Full Professor of Limnology at the Institute of Ecology and Institute's Director.
He graduated in Biological Oceanography at the Faculty of Sciences in Montevideo (Uruguay) in 1989, and in 1993 received his doctor degree from the University of Innsbruck. His interest for aquatic sciences brought him as post-doc researcher to several institutes in Europe, USA, and South America. In 1998, he completed his habilitation requirements in the field of Limnology at the University of Innsbruck. He has been awarded several international prizes including the Recognition of Professional Excellence (IRPE) in Limnetic Ecology by the International Ecology Institute and the Scientific Award from the Principality of Liechtenstein.
His general field of scientific interest is aquatic ecology, and within this general area, he has expertise in (micro)plankton ecology, biogeochemistry, photoecology, and global change. Research work on these topics is done in different types of aquatic ecosystems including alpine lakes and coastal systems.
Ruben Sommaruga is Subject Editor of Aquatic Microbial Ecology, member of the Editorial Board of Nature Scientific Reports, Journal of Plankton Research, and Journal of Limnology- He acted previously as Associate Editor of Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences. He is also present elected Board Member of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and member of the Faculty of 1000.