Mag. Maximilian Nepel

Scientific project collaborator (prae doc)
PhD Student
4. floor, room 411
t: +43 (0)1 4277-540 81
m: maximilian.nepel@univie.ac.at

Research interests


  • Symbiosis
  • Plant-Ant Interactions
  • Microbial Diversity in various ecosystems
  • Tropical Ecology

My research mainly focuses on investigating microbial communities and their potential functions in various ecosystems. To address ecological questions, I am mostly applying molecular and stable isotope techniques. Currently, my main focus lies on bacteria, fungi and also nematodes being present in special compartments – so called patches – located in the nests of Azteca ants inside Cecropia trees. This ant-plant mutualism is widespread in the Neotropics and turned out to be a stunningly complex multi-species-network. Additionally, due to my broad research interests, I have been working on identifying N2-fixing bacteria and studying their distribution patterns in grasslands and biological soil crusts.

 Cooperations

  • Dagmar Woebken, Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science, Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Andreas Richter, Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science, Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Roey Angel, Soil and Water Research Infrastructure and Institute of Soil Biology, Biology Centre CAS, Czechia
  • Nutrient Network (NutNet) - a globally replicated experiment investigating the effects of nutrient addition and herbivores on grassland ecosystems

 Curriculum Vitae

Derzeitige Anstellung

  • 2019– PhD student/Scientific project collaborator (prae doc), (FWF project P 31990-B)

Ausbildung und wissenschaftliche Laufbahn

  • 2016–2019 Associated PhD student of the graduate program "Microbial Nitrogen Cycling – From Single Cells to Ecosystems" funded by the FWF
  • 2016–2019 DOC fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Science (ÖAW) for excellent doctoral candidates
  • 2015–2019 Scientific project collaborator and PhD student Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science (University of Vienna)
  • 2013–2014 Laboratory assistant in the group of Dr. Veronika Mayer, Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research, University of Vienna, Austria.
  • 2009–2013 Graduate studies in ecology, University of Vienna, Austria Emphasis on conservation biology and biodiversity management
  • 2007–2009 Undergraduate studies in biology, University of Vienna, Austria

Publications


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2018


2017


2016


Nepel, M., Angel, R., Fierer, N., & Wöbken, D. (2016). Investigating the effect of elevated nutrient availability on the potential N2-fixing communities in grassland soils across four continents. Poster session presented at 3rd Thünen Symposium on Soil Metagenomics, Braunschweig, Germany.


2014


2013


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