Mag. Maximilian Nepel

Scientific project collaborator
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

Current position

Education and scientific career

  • 2019–2022 PhD student
  • 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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2023


Frey, B., Moser, B., Tytgat, B., Zimmermann, S., Alberti, J., Biederman, L. A., Borer, E. T., Broadbent, A. A. D., Caldeira, M. C., Davies, K. F., Eisenhauer, N., Eskelinen, A., Fay, P. A., Hagedorn, F., Hautier, Y., MacDougall, A. S., McCulley, R. L., Moore, J. L., Nepel, M., ... Risch, A. C. (2023). Long-term N-addition alters the community structure of functionally important N-cycling soil microorganisms across global grasslands. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 176, [108887]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2022.108887

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