Univ. Prof. Dr. Monika Bright
Team

Department of Limnology and Oceanography

Section of Marine Biology

Althanstrasse 14

A-1090 Vienna

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Education

2001 Venia docendi: zoology and marine biology, University of Vienna, Austria “The Evolution of Thiotrophic Symbioses: Adaptations and Interactions of Marine Microbial Associations”

1992 Ph.D. zoology/paleontology, University of Vienna, Austria “Contributions to Ultrastructure and Phylogeny of Kinorhyncha” Graduation Dr. phil.: May 15th 1992

1983- 1992 zoology/paleontology, University of Vienna, Austria

1980- 1983 agriculture, University of Vienna, Austria

1976-1980 high school, Eisenerz, Austria final examination: June 16th 1980

1972-1976 high school, Knittelfeld, Austria

1968-1972 primary school, Knittelfeld, Austria

Career

from 2011 University Professor for Zoology and Marine Biology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna, Austria

from 2011 Head of the Research Focus “Symbiosis” of Faculty of Life Sciences (together with Prof. M. Horn), University of Vienna, Austria

from 2004 Vice Head of the Department of Marine Biology, University of Vienna, Austria

2007-2008 Sabbatical, University of Cadiz, Spain

2001-2011 Associate Professor, Department of Marine Biology, University of Vienna Austria

1998-2001 Assistant Professor, Section Marine Biology, Department of Ecology and Conservation Biology, University of Vienna, Austria

1997-1998 Assistant Research Biologist, Section Marine Biology, Institute of Zoology, University of Vienna, Austria

1996 Postdoctoral Research Biologist, Department of Marine Biology, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

1994-1995 Postdoctoral Research Biologist, Division of Marine Biology and Fisheries, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, USA

1994 Postdoctoral Research Biologist, Department of Marine Biology, Institute for Zoology, University of Vienna, Austria

1993-1994 Postdoctoral Research Biologist, Spezielle Zoologie, University of Tübingen, Germany

1989-1992 Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Marine Biology, Institute for Zoology, University of Vienna, Austria

Awards

2006 3rd place in Science Communication Award by the Austrian Science Foundation for the educational outreach programme “extreme 4 kids”

1997 John O. Corliss Ciliate Systematics Award. Redescription of Zoothamnium niveum (Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1831) Ehrenberg, 1838 (Oligohymenophora, Peritrichida), a ciliate with ectosymbiotic, chemoautotrophic bacteria

1994 Emil-Boral-Stiftung Fellowship for research stay in USA

Professional activities

Teaching

Interdisciplinary Seminar “News in Light and Electron Microscopy” (undergraduate and graduate seminar). Fall 2010

Marine Biology – Introduction into the research field of the Department of Marine Biology with field work (undergraduate course) (Piran, Adriatic Sea). Spring 2010, 2011, 2012

Marine Symbiosis – Evolution, Adaptation and Interactions of Microbial Associations (undergraduate and graduate lecture series). Fall 2008, 2010, Spring 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007

Symbiosis – concept and model systems (undergraduate and graduate lecture series). Fall 2011

Marine Ecosystems (undergraduate students for teaching in high schools). Fall 2011

Advances in symbiosis research (seminar for the Ph.D. students of the Initiativkolleg Symbiosis (graduate seminar). Spring 2009, 2010, Fall, 2008, 2009

Laboratory class – Introduction into marine laboratory work (Meiofauna ecology, systematics). Spring 2005, 2006, 2007, Fall 2004, 2005, 2006

Laboratory class and field work (including underwater work with SCUBA diving) in Marine Symbiosis (undergraduate and graduate course) (in English, shallow water hydrothermal vents at Dominica)l. Spring 2004

Extreme Marine Environments I: Hydrothermal Vents, Cold Seeps, and Deep-Sea (in English, undergraduate and graduate lecture series). Spring 2004

Critical Evaluation of Marine Biological Literature (graduate course). Fall 2000, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2010, Spring 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009

Marine Biology (undergraduate lecture series). Fall 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

Laboratory class and field work (including underwater work with SCUBA diving) in Marine Ecology (graduate course) (Corse, Mediterranean Sea). Spring 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2009, Fall 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003

Laboratory class and lecture series, Aschelminthes (undergraduate course) (in English, The Pennsylvania State University, USA). Fall 1996

Laboratory class and lecture series in comparative morphology, ultrastructure and phylogeny of Kinorhyncha, Loricifera, and Priapulida (graduate course) (Tübingen, Germany). Spring 1993

Laboratory class and lecture series in comparative morphology of invertebrates (undergraduate und graduate course). Fall 1991, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, Spring 1991, 1992, 1998, 2001, 2002

Laboratory class in methods of ultrastructural research (graduate course). Fall 1988, 1989, 1990, Spring 1989, 1990

peer reviewed publications

(I published under the names Nebelsick, Bauer-Nebelsick and Bright; publications that are a result of supervised Master, Diploma, and Doctoral theses are marked *)

 

67) Bohorquez J., Papaspyrou S., Yufera M., van Bergeijk S.A., Garcia-Robledo E., Jimenez-Arias J.L., Bright M., Corzo A. 2013. Effects of green macroalgal blooms on the meiofauna community structure in the Bay of Cadiz. Marine Pollution Bulletin 70: 10-17.

66) Bright M., Kose J., Nussbaumer A.D. 2013. Giant tubeworms. Current Biology 23/6: 224-225. 65) Gollner S., Miljutina M., Bright M. 2013. Nematode succession at deep-sea hydrothermal vents after a recent volcanic eruption, with the description of two dominant species. Organisms Diversity and Evolution

64)* Eichinger I., Hourdez S., Bright M. 2013. Morphology, microanatomy and sequence data of Sclerolinum contortum (Siboglindae, Annelida) of the Gulf of Mexico. Organisms Diversity and Evolution. DOI 10.1007/s13127-012-0121-3

63)* Bright M. Eichinger I., Salvini-Plawen v. L. 2012. The metatrochophore of a deep-sea hydrothermal vent vestimentiferan (Polychaeta: Siboglinidae). Organisms Diversity and Evolution. DOI 10.1007/s13127-012-0117-z

62)* Degen R., Riavitz L., Gollner S., Vanreusel A., Plum C., Bright M. 2012. Community study of tubeworm associated epizooic meiobenthos from deep-sea cold seeps and hot vents. MEPS 468: 135-148.

61)* Schimak M.P., Toenshoff E.R., Bright M. 2012. Simultaneous 16S and 18S rRNA fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) on LR White sections demonstrated in Vestimentifera (Siboglinidae) tubeworms. Acta Histochem. 114: 122-130.

60)* Eichinger I., Klepal W., Schmid M., Bright M. 2011. Organization and microanatomy of the Sclerolinum contortum trophosome (Polychaeta, Siboglinidae). Biol. Bull. 220: 140- 153.

59)* Katz S., Klepal W., Bright M. 2011. The Osedax trophosome: organization and ultrastructure. Biol. Bull. 220: 128-139.

58) Goodrich-Blair H., Ané J.-M., Bever J.D., Bordenstein S.R., Bright M., Chaston J.M., Clay K., Currie C.R., Douglas A.E., Gerardo N., Harrison M.J., Ley R.E., McFall – Ngai M., Mukherjee A., Rader B., Raffa K.F., Ruby E.G, Saffo M.B., Selosse M.-A., Sonnenburg J.L, Stock S.P., Suen G., Turnau K., Udvardi M., Visick K.L., Weis V.M. 2010. Symbiosis research, technology, and education: Proceedings of the 6th International Symbiosis Society Congress held in Madison Wisconsin, USA, August 2009. Symbiosis 51/1: 1-12.

57)* Bright M., Plum C., Riavitz L.A., Nikolov N., Martínez Arbizu P., Cordes E.E., Gollner S. 2010. Epizooic metazoan meiobenthos associated with tubeworm and mussel aggregations from cold seeps of the northern Gulf of Mexico. Deep-Sea Res. II: 57: 1982-1989.

56)* Katz S., Klepal W., Bright M. 2010. The skin of Osedax (Siboglinidae, Annelida) An ultrastuctural investigation of its epidermis. J. Morph. 271/10: 1272-1280.

55)* Vanreusel A., De Groote A., Gollner S., Bright M. 2010. Ecology and biogeography of free-living nematodes associated with chemosynthetic environments in the deep sea: a review. PloS One 5/8: e12449, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012449.

54)* Gollner S., Ivanenko V.N., Martínez Arbizu P., Bright M. 2010. Advances in taxonomy, ecology, and biogeography of Dirivultidae (Copepoda) associated with chemosynthetic environments in the deep sea. PloS One 5/8:e9801, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0009801.

53)* Gollner S., Riemer B., Martínez Arbizu P., Le Bris N., Bright M. 2010. Diversity of meiofauna from the 9°50´N East Pacific Rise across a gradient of hydrothermal fluid emissions. PloS One 5/8: e12321, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012321.

52) Bright M., Lallier F.H. 2010. The biology of vestimentiferan tubeworms. Oceanogr. Mar. Biol.: An Annual Review 48: 213-266.

51) Bright M., Bulgheresi S. 2010: A complex journey: transmission of microbial symbionts. Nature Microbiol. Rev. 8: 218-230 + supplement.

50)* Rinke C., Schmitz-Esser S., Loy A., Horn M., Wagner M., Bright M. 2009. High genetic similarity between two geographically distinct strains of sulfur-oxidizing symbiont Candidatus Thiobios zoothamnicoli. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 67/2: 229-241.

49)* Pfugfelder B., Cary C.C., Bright M. 2009. Dynamics of cell proliferation and apoptosis reflect different life strategies in hydrothermal vent and cold seep vestimentiferan tubeworms. Cell Tissue Res. 337: 149-165.

48)* Kloiber U., Pflugfelder B., Rinke C., Bright M. 2009. Cell proliferation and growth in Zoothamnium niveum (Oligohymenophora, Peritrichida) – thiotrophic bacteria symbiosis. Symbiosis 47: 43-50.

47)* Harmer T.L., Rotjan R.D., Nussbaumer A.D., Bright M., NG A.W., DeChaine E.G., Cavanaugh C.M. 2008. Free-living tubeworm endosymbionts found at deep-sea vents. Appl. Environ. Microb. 74/12: 3895-3898.

46) Roberts H., Carney R., Kupchik M., Fisher C., Nelson K., Becker L., Goehring L., Lessard-Pilon S., Telesnicki G., Bernard B., Brooks J., Bright M., Cordes E., Hourdez S., Hunt Jr. J., Shedd W., Boland B., Joye S., Samarkin V., Bernier M., Bowles M., MacDonald I., Niemann H., Petersen C., Morrison C., Potter J. 2007. Alvin explores the deep northern Gulf of Mexico slope. EOS 88/35: 341-342.

45)* Rinke C., Lee R., Katz S., Bright M. 2007. The effects of sulphide on growth and behavior of the thiotrophic Zoothamnium niveum symbiosis. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 274: 2259-2269.

44)* Gollner S., Zekely J., Govenar B., Le Bris N., Nemeschkal H.L., Fisher C.R., Bright M. 2007. Tubeworm-associated permanent meiobenthic communities from two chemically different hydrothermal vent sites on the East Pacific Rise. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 337: 39-49.

43) Bright M. 2006. Hydrothermal vent meiofauna. Denisia 18: 27-28.

42)* Zekely J., Gollner S., Van Dover C.L., Govenar B., Le Bris N., Bright M. 2006. Nematode communities associated with tubeworm and mussel aggregations on the East Pacific Rise. Cah. Biol. Mar. 47: 477-482.

41)* Gollner S., Zekely J., Van Dover C.L., Govenar B., Le Bris N., Bright M. 2006. The benthic copepod community of tubeworm and mussel aggregations at the East Pacific Rise. Cah. Biol. Mar. 47: 397-402.

40)* Fuchs J., Bright M., Funch P., Wanninger A. 2006. Immunocytochemistry of the neuromuscular systems of Loxosomella viviparia and L. parguerensis (Entoprocta: Loxosomatidae). J. Morphol. 267: 866-883.

39)* Zekely J., Sørensen M., Bright M. 2006. Four new nematode species of family Monhysteridae De Man, 1876 from deep-sea hydrothermal vents from East Pacific Rise and Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Meiofauna Marina 15: 25-42.

38)* Zekely J., Van Dover C.L., Bright M. 2006. Hydrothermal vent meiobenthos associated with mussel (Bathymodiolus spp.) aggregations from Mid-Atlantic Ridge and East Pacific Rise. Deep-Sea Res. I 53: 1363-1378.

37)* Katz S., Cavanaugh C.M., Bright M. 2006. Symbiosis of epi- and endocuticular bacteria with Helicoradomenia spp. (Mollusca, Aplacophora, Solenogastres) from deep-seas. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 320: 89-99.

36)* Nussbaumer A.D., Fisher C.R., Bright M. 2006. Horizontal endosymbiont transmission in hydrothermal vent tubeworms. Nature 441: 345-348.

35)* Rinke C., Schmitz-Esser S., Stoecker K., Nussbaumer A.D., Molnar D.A., Vanura K., Wagner M., Horn M., Ott J.A., Bright M. 2006. “Canditatus Thiobios zoothamnicoli,” an ectosymbiotic bacterium covering the giant marine ciliate Zoothamnium niveum. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 72/3: 2014-2021.

34) Marotta M., Melone G., Bright M., Ferraguti M. 2005. Spermatozoa and sperm aggregates in the vestimentiferans Riftia pachyptila and Lamellibrachia luymesi (Polychaeta: Siboglinidae: Vestimentifera) with some phylogenetic considerations. Biol. Bull. 209: 215-226.

33) Salerno J.L., Macko S.A., Hallam S.J., Bright M., Won Y.-J., McKiness Z., Van Dover C.L. 2005. Characterization of symbiont population in life-history stages of mussels from chemosynthetic environments. Biol. Bull. 208: 145-155.

32) Bright M., Giere O. 2005. Microbial symbioses in annelids. Symbiosis 38: 1-45.

31) Vopel K., Thistle D., Ott J., Bright M., Røy H. 2005. Wave- induced H2S flux sustains a chemoautotrophic symbiosis. Limnol. Oceanogr. 50/1: 128-133.

30)* Pflugfelder B., Fisher C.R., Bright M. 2005. The color of the trophosome: elemental sulfur distribution in the endosymbionts of Riftia pachyptila Jones, 1981 (Vestimentifera, Siboglinidae). Mar. Biol. 146: 895- 901.

29) Ott J., Bright M. 2004. Sessile ciliates with bacterial ectosymbionts from Twin Cays, Belize. Atoll Res. Bull. 516: 1-7.

28) Ott J., Bright M., Bulgheresi S. 2004. Marine microbial thiotrophic ectosymbioses. Oceanogr. Mar. Biol. Annu. Rev. 42: 95-118.

27) Ott J., Bright M., Bulgheresi S. 2004. Symbiosis between marine nematodes and sulfur-oxidizing chemoautotrophic bacteria. Symbiosis 36: 103-126.

26)* Nussbaumer A., Bright M., Ott J.A. 2004. Attachment mechanism in a highly specific association between ectosymbiotic bacteria and marine nematodes. Aquat. Microb. Ecol. 34: 239-246.

25)* Bright M., Sorgo A. 2003. Ultrastructural reinvestigation of the trophosome in adults of Riftia pachyptila (Siboglinidae, Annelida). Inverteb. Biol. 122: 345-366.

24) Bright M., Arndt C., Keckeis H., Felbeck H. 2003. A temperature-tolerant interstitial worm associated with epibiotic bacteria from shallow water fumaroles of Deception Island, Antarctica. Deep-Sea Res. II 50: 1859-1871.

23) Bright M., Life strategies of thiotrophic ectosymbiosis. In: Bright M., Dworschak P., Stachowitsch M 2002 (eds.) The Vienna School of Marine Biology. A Tribute to Jörg Ott Facultas. Wien: 19-32.

22)* Sorgo A., Gaill F., Lechaire J.-P., Arndt C., Bright M. 2002. Glycogen storage in the Riftia pachyptila trophosome: contribution of host and symbionts. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 231: 115-120.

21)* Hoschitz M., Bright M., Ott J.A., 2001. Ultrastructural reconstruction of the pharynx of Leptonemellea juliae (Nematoda, Adenophorea). Zoomorphology 121: 95-107.

20) Polz M.F., Ott J.A., Bright M., Cavanaugh C.M. 2000. When bacteria hitch a ride. Ectosymbiotic associations between sulfur-oxidizing bacteria and eukaryotes represent a spectacular adaptation to environmental gradients. A.S.M. News 66/9: 531-539.

19) Bright M., Keckeis H., Fisher C.R. 2000. An autoradiographic examination of carbon fixation, transfer, and utilization in the Riftia pachyptila symbiosis. Mar. Biol. 136: 621-632.

18)* Hentschel U., Berger E.C., Bright M., Felbeck H., Ott J.A. 1999. Metabolism of nitrogen and sulfur in ectosymbiotic bacteria of marine nematodes (Nematoda, Stilbonematinae) Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 183: 149-158.

17) Scott K.M., Bright M., Macko S.A., Fisher C.R. 1999. Carbon dioxide use by chemoautotrophic endosymbionts of hydrothermal vent vestimentiferans: affinities for carbon dioxide, absence of carboxysomes, and delta 13C values. Mar. Biol. 135: 25-34.

16) Ott J.A., Bright M., Schiemer F., 1998. The ecology of a novel symbiosis between a marine peritrich ciliate and chemoautotrophic bacteria. P.S.Z.N. I Mar. Ecol. 19: 229- 243.

15) Scott K.M., Bright M., Fisher C.R. 1998. The burden of independence: Inorganic carbon utilization strategies of the sulfur chemoautotrophic hydrothermal vent isolate Thiomicrospira crunogena and the symbionts of hydrothermal vent and cold seep vestimentiferans. Cah. Biol. Mar. 39/3: 379-381.

14) Bauer-Nebelsick M. 1996. Antygomonas oreas sp. n., a new deep sea kynorhynch from the Pacific Ocean. Ann. Naturh. Mus. Wien 98B: 5-22.

13)* Urbancik W., Bauer-Nebelsick M., Ott J.A. 1996. The ultrastructure of the cuticle of Nematoda. I. The body cuticle within the Stilbonematinae (Adenophorea, Desmodoridae). Zoomorphology 116: 51-64.

12) Bauer-Nebelsick M., Bardele C.F., Ott J.A. 1996. Electron microscopic studies on Zoothamnium niveum (Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1831) Ehrenberg 1838 (Oligohymenophora, Peritrichida), a ciliate with ectosymbiotic, chemoautrophic bacteria. Europ. J. Protistol. 32: 202-215.

11) Bauer-Nebelsick M., Bardele C.F., Ott J.A. 1996. Redescription of Zoothamnium niveum (Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1831) Ehrenberg, 1838 (Oligohymenophora, Peritrichida), a ciliate with ectosymbiotic, chemoautrotrophic bacteria. Europ. J. Protistol. 32: 18-30.

10)* Ott J.A., Bauer-Nebelsick M., Novotny V. 1995. The genus Laxus Cobb, 1894 (Stilbonematinae, Nematoda): Description of two new species with ectosymbiotic chemoautotrophic bacteria. Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 108/3: 508-527.

9) Bauer-Nebelsick M., Blumer M., Urbancik W., Ott J.A. 1995. The glandular sensory organ of Desmodoridae (Nemadota) – an ultrastructural and phylogenetic analysis. Inverteb. Biol. 114/3: 211-219.

8) Bauer-Nebelsick M. 1995. Zelinkaderes klepali sp. n., a new cyclorhagid kinorhynch from shallow water sands of the Red Sea. Ann. Naturh. Mus. Wien 97B: 57-74.

7) Nebelsick M. 1993. Nervous system, introvert, and mouth cone of Echinoderes capitatus and phylogenetic relationships of Kinorhyncha. Zoomorphology 113: 211-232.

6) Polz M.F., Felbeck H., Novak R., Nebelsick M., Ott J.A. 1992. Chemoautotrophic, sulfur-oxidizing symbiotic bacteria in marine nematodes: morphological and biochemical characterization. Microb. Ecol. 24: 313-329.

5) Nebelsick M. 1992. Ultrastuctural investigations of three taxonomic characters in the trunk region of Echinoderes capitatus (Kinorhyncha, Cyclorhagida). Zool. Scripta 21/4: 335-345.

4) Nebelsick M. 1992. Sensory spots of Echinoderes capitatus (Zelinka, 1928) (Kinorhyncha, Cyclorhagida). Acta Zool. (Stockholm) 73/3: 185-195.

3) Nebelsick M., Blumer M., Novak R., Ott J. 1992. A new glandular sensory organ in Catanema sp. (Nematoda, Stilbonematinae). Zoomorphology 112: 17-26.

2) Ott J.A., Novak R., Schiemer F., Hentschel U., Nebelsick M., Polz M. 1991. Tackling the sulfide gradient: a novel strategy involving marine nematodes and chemoautotrophic ectosymbionts. P.S.Z.N. I Mar. Ecol. 12/3: 261-279.

1) Nebelsick M. 1990. Antygomonas incomitata gen. et sp. n. (Cyclorhagida, Kinorhyncha) and its phylogenetic relationships, Zool. Scripta 19/2: 143-152.

Books

Bright M., Dworschak P., Stachowitsch M. 2002. (eds.) The Vienna School of Marine Biology. A Tribute to Jörg Ott. Facultas. Wien, Austria. pp. 200.

Desbruyeres D., Segonzac M., Bright M. 2006. Handbook of Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vent Fauna. 2nd edition. Denisia 18, Landesmuseum Linz, Austria pp. 554.

Current Grants

Principal Investigator, FWF P24565-B22 Thiotrophic ciliate mutualism between Cand. Thiobios zoothamnicoli and Zoothamnium niveum – cooperation goes empirical, 8/2012-7/2015

CoPrincipal Investigator and group leader, Molecular Ecology and Evolution of Bacterial Symbionts. ITN Symbiomics; 264774, FP7-PEOPLE-2010-INT. Principal Investigator Nicole Dubilier (MPI, Bremen, Germany), total € 3.570 465,50, € 223 984,30 allocated to Bright; 1/2011-12/2014

CoPrincipal Investigator, (Ref: CTM2009-10736). Principal Investigator A. Corzo, Microecology and changes in the biogeochemical cycles of carbon and nitrogen of intertidal sediments induced by macroalgae blooms (MICROCHANGE); € 257.000; 1/2010-12/2012

Grant History

Principal Investigator, FWF P20190-B17. Succession of deep sea hydrothermal vent meiofauna after a recent eruption at the 9°50´N region of the East Pacific Rise: including dives with submersible Alvin and rent of research vessel Atlantis 2009, € 375.045,80; 11/2006-5/2012

Principal Investigator, FWF P20282-B17. Evolution of trophosomes in siboglinid symbioses from deep-sea hydrocarbon seeps and whale falls; € 265.807.50; 11/2006-5/2012

CoPrincipal Investigator, “SymbiHot”; Principal Investigator F. Lallier (Roscoff, France) including dives with DVS Naulile; 2010

Principal Investigator, ChEss – scientists exchange and students training award (M.Bright and C.R. Fisher), 15.000 $; 2009-2010

CoPrincipal Investigator, Initiativkolleg „Symbiotic Interactions“; Principal Investigators J. Ott, M. Wagner, 2007-2010

Collaboration Partner, The U.S. Department of the Interior, Mineral Management Service; Investigations of the chemosynthetic communities on the lower continental slope of the Gulf of Mexico; Principal Investigator C.R. Fisher, including 2 cruises; 2006-2008

Principal Investigator, FWF P16840-B03. Life cycle and interactions of a thiotrophic symbiosis; 251.357,40 Euro (without overhead); 11/2003-6/2007

Principal Investigator, FWF P16774-B03. Community study of hydrothermal vent meiobenthos from 9°50’N East Pacific Rise and adjacent off-axis sediments; including dives with submersible Alvin and rent of research vessel Atlantis in 2006, 388.287,90 Euro (without overhead); 11/2003-12/2007

Collaboration Partner VENTSULFURMICDIV, MEIF-CT-2003-502497; Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship (A. Loy, Department Microbial Ecology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna) Biodiversity of microbial communities involved in sulfur cycling at a shallow water hydrothermal vent; 2004-2006

Principal Investigator, Jubiläumsfonds der Stadt Wien, Academy of Science, Austria. Infection and Apoptosis: the onset of symbiosis in deep-sea hydrothermal vent tubeworms; 1/2004-12/2004

CoPrincipal Investigator, NOAA NURC grant NA06RU0287, The search for the free-living symbiont of Riftia pachyptila; in cooperation with Prof. Dr. C. Cavanaugh (Harvard University, MA, USA); 2002-2004

Principal Investigator, FWF research project P13762 BIO. Triphasic life cycle in vestimentiferan tubeworms - a new approach in understanding their evolution; 10/1999-12/2003

Principal Investigator, CCRE grant for research stay at Carrie Bow Cay, 2003: Life history of the Zoothamnium niveum symbiosis. Subcontractor, EC Grant VENTOX, Deep-sea hydrothermal vents: A natural pollution study; 1/2000-12/2002

Principal Investigator, CCRE grant for research stay at Carrie Bow Cay, 2001: Thiotrophic ectosymbioses - the free-living and symbiotic microbial populations of various hosts

Principal Investigator, CCRE grant for research stay at Carrie Bow Cay, 1998: Life and cell cycle studies of an extremely fast growing and short lived ciliate with thiotrophic bacteria

Principal Investigator, Hochschuljubliläumsstiftung der Stadt Wien. Quantitative Analyse des Glycogenspeichers im aeroben/anaeroben Stoffwechsel der thiotrophen Symbiose Riftia pachyptila (Vestimentifera); 12/1998-11/1999

Principal Investigator, FWF Charlotte-Bühler-Habilitation-Fellowship H0087-BIO. Hydrothermal vent and cold seep vestimentiferans and endosymbiotic, thiotrophic bacteria: symbiont transmission, development and transformation of trophosome, and host nutrition; supported by Austrian Science Foundation, 3/1997-2/1999

Principal Investigator, FWF Grant for Foreign Countries-Postdoctoral Fellowship Morphological and molecular biological studies on the reproduction biology of a chemoautotrophic symbiosis; Penn State University, USA; supported by "Grant for Foreign Countries", Austria, in cooperation with Prof. Dr. C.R. Fisher (Biology Department, Penn State University, USA), 5/1996-12/1996

Principal Investigator, Emil-Boral- Postdoctoral Fellowship. Biology of a new symbiosis between marine colonial ciliates and thiotrophic bacteria; Key of Florida, USA: supported by “Emil Boral Stiftung”, Austria, Switzerland, in cooperation with Prof. Dr. S.C. Snedaker (Division of Marine Biology and Fisheries, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, USA), 10/1994-9/1995

Principal Investigator, FWF Erwin Schrödinger-Postdoctoral Fellowship. A new symbiosis of marine, colonial ciliates and thiotrophic bacteria: morphological and ultrastructural studies; University of Tübingen, Germany; supported by Austrian Science Foundation, in cooperation with Prof. Dr. C.F. Bardele (University of Tübingen, Germany), 3/1993-4/1994

Research Visits

2013 Two one month research stays at the Marine Biologial Station, Piran, Slovenia

2007-2008 Sabbatical at the University of Cadiz, Spain; invitation by M.L. González de Canales (Decana, Facultad de Ciencias del Mar y Ambientales)

2007 One month research visit and teaching ERASMUS programme, Station Biologique, Roscoff, France; invitation by F. Lallier (Directeur Adaption et Diversité en Milieu Marin)

2004 Institute of Tropical Marine Ecology, Commonwealth of Dominica; in cooperation with A. Loy (Section Microbial Ecology, IECB, University of Vienna) and laboratory class and field work in Marine Symbiosis

2001 Marine Biological Station, Smithsonian Institution, Carrie Bow Cay, Belize

1993 Marine Biological Station, Smithsonian Institution, Carrie Bow Cay, Belize; in cooperation with Prof. Dr. H. Felbeck (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA) 1992 Safaga, Red Sea, Egypt; in cooperation with Prof. Dr. F.F. Steininger (Paleontological Institute, University of Vienna, Austria)

1991 Marine Biological Station, Smithsonian Institution, Carrie Bow Cay, Belize; in cooperation with Prof. Dr. J. Ott (Principal Investigator, University of Vienna, Austria), Prof. Dr. H. Felbeck (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA)

1987 National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA; in cooperation with Dr. R.P. Higgins (Curator of Evertebrata: Kinorhyncha, Tardigrada, Loricifera, Priapulida)

1987 Marine Biological Station, Smithsonian Institution, Port Link, Florida, USA; in cooperation with Dr. R.P. Higgins (Curator of Evertebrata: Kinorhyncha, Tardigrada, Loricifera, Priapulida)

Oceanographic Cruises

2011 cruise to 9°N East Pacific Rise, hydrothermal vents; (Dr. S. Nooner, chief scientist); with one postdoc, two graduate students, ROV Jason

2009 cruise to 9°N East Pacific Rise, hydrothermal vents; Principal Investigator, funded by FWF for two dives (Dr. S. Nooner, chief scientist); with one postdoc, one Diploma student, two technicians, one dive with DSV Alvin

2006 cruise to 9°N and 13°N East Pacific Rise, hydrothermal vents; Principal Investigator, funded by FWF for four dives (Prof. Dr. A. Thurnherr, chief scientist); with three Ph.D. students and an Austrian journalist, three dives with DSV Alvin

2006 cruise to the cold seeps of the Gulf of Mexico; (Prof. Dr. C.R. Fisher, chief scientist); two dives with DSV Alvin

2004 cruise to 9°N and 13°N East Pacific Rise, hydrothermal vents; (Prof. Dr. C. Cary, chief scientist); one dive with DSV Alvin

2003 cruise to 9°N and 13°N East Pacific Rise, hydrothermal vents; in cooperation with Prof. Dr. C.M. Cavanaugh (Prof. Dr. C. Cary chief scientist); with one Ph.D. student, one dive with DSV Alvin

2002 cruise to 9°N East Pacific Rise, hydrothermal vents; in cooperation with Prof. Dr. C.R. Fisher (chief scientist) and Prof. Dr. C.M. Cavanaugh (chief scientist); with two Ph.D. students, one dive with DSV Alvin

2001 cruise to 9°N East Pacific Rise, hydrothermal vents; in cooperation with Prof. Dr. C.R. Fisher (chief scientist); with two Ph.D. students 1999 cruise to 9°N East Pacific Rise, hydrothermal vents; in cooperation with Prof. Dr. C.R. Fisher (Prof. Dr. L. Mullineaux, chief scientist); one dive with DSV Alvin

1999 cruise to Deception Island, Antarctica; in cooperation with Prof. Dr. H. Felbeck; including work with ROV (chief scientist)

1998 cruise to 9°N East Pacific Rise, hydrothermal vents; in cooperation with Prof. Dr. C.R. Fisher (Prof. Dr. L. Mullineaux, chief scientist)

1997 cruise to 9°N East Pacific Rise, hydrothermal vents; in cooperation with Prof. Dr. J.J. Childress (chief scientist); one dive with DSV Alvin

1992 cruise to 13°N East Pacific Rise, hydrothermal vents; in cooperation with Prof. Dr. H. Felbeck (chief scientist); one dive with DSV Alvin

Current Supervisions

28)  Julia Kesting. Termination of the Cand. Thiobios zoothamnicoli in the Zoothamnium niveum symbiosis. Master thesis.

27)  Salvador Espada Hinojosa. Population genetics of Cand. Thiobios zoothamnicoli. PhD thesis

26) Julia Klose. Population genetics and connectivity of free-living and symbiotic population of Cand. Endoriftia persephone. Doctoral thesis.

 

Supervisions

 

25) Judith Drexel. Oxygenated seawater induced release of Cand. Thiobios zoothamnicoli in the Zoothamnium niveum symbiosis. Master thesis.

24) Annika Buck. The search for Cand. Endoriftia persephone in tubes and skin of adult Tevnia jerichonan and Riftia persephone Master thesis.

23) Florian Scharhauser. The search for Cand. Endoriftia persephone in tubes and skin of Riftia. Master thesis.

22) Kastl-Killinger Rosa Maria. Hydrothermal Vents in Schools – Inquiry Learing. Master thesis.

21) Irmgard Eichinger. Pogonophoran symbiosis – host bacteriocyte and endosymbiont characterization. Doctoral thesis.

20) Susanne Pramendorfer. Development of educational class room activities on deep sea hydrothermal vents for schools. 2011. Master thesis.

19) Nora Nikolov. Community study of cold seep meiobenthos from the Gulf of Mexico. 2011. Diploma thesis.

18) Renate Degen. Community study of cold seep meiobenthos from the Gulf of Mexico. 2011. Diploma thesis.

17) Mario Schimak. 16S rRNA & 18S rRNA fluorescent in situ hybridization techniques in Vestimentiferan (Siboglinidae) tubeworms. 2010. Diploma thesis.

16) Tina Buchegger. Community study of Meiofauna from an intertidal mudflat in the Bay of Cádiz. 2010. Diploma thesis.

15) Laura-Amelie Riavitz. Community study of cold seep meiobenthos from the Gulf of Mexico. 2010. Diploma thesis.

14) Sigrid Katz. Vestimentifera and Osedax symbiosis – host bacteriocyte and endosymbiont interactions. 2010. Doctoral thesis.

13) Sabine Gollner. Hydrothermal vent and cold seep community study of meiobenthos. 2009. Doctoral thesis.

12) Ulrike Kloiber. Cell kinetic and life history studies in the ectosymbiosis of Zoothamnium niveum (Ciliophora). 2007. Diploma thesis.

11) Barbara Riemer. Hydrothermal vent meiobenthic community study of black smokers and Pompejiworm aggregations. 2007. Diploma thesis.

10) Christian Rinke. Life cycle and interactions of a thiotrophic ectosymbiosis. 2007. Doctoral thesis.

9) Bettina Pflugfelder. Cell cycle of bacteriocytes and thiotrophic symbionts in deep-sea hydrothermal vent and cold seep tubeworms. 2007. Doctoral thesis.

8) Andrea Nussbaumer. Infection and apoptosis in deep-sea hydrothermal vent tubeworm symbiosis. 2006. Doctoral Thesis.

7) Judith Fuchs. Ultrastructure of nervous system and muscles in Ectoprocta. 2005. Diploma thesis.

6) Sabine Gollner. Hydrothermal vent community study of tubeworm associated meiobenthos. 2005. Diploma Thesis.

5) Sigrid Katz. The discovery of new meiobenthic deep-sea hydrothermal vent symbiosis. 2005. Diploma thesis.

4) Bettina Pflugfelder. The color of the trophosome: Elemental sulfur distribution in the endosymbionts of Riftia pachyptila Jones, 1981 (Vestimentifera, Siboglinidae). 2003. Diploma thesis.

3) Julia Zekely. Hydrothermal vent meiobenthos associated with Bathymodiolus aggregations from Mid-Atlantic Ridge and East Pacific Rise. 2003. Diploma thesis.

2) Christian Rinke. Carbon fixation, incorporation, and transfer in the chemoautotrophic Zoothamnium niveum symbiosis with 14C bicarbonate autoradiography. 2002. Diploma thesis.

1) Angelika Sorgo. Glycogen storage in the Riftia pachyptila trophosome: contribution of host and symbionts. 2000. Diploma thesis.

Conferences and Invited Talks

2013 Marine Molecular Ecology Gordon Conference, Hong Kong, 11 – 16 August, 2013 (invited talk)

2013 5th International Symposium on Chemosynthesis-Based Ecosystems, Victoria, Canada, 18 – 23 August, 2013 (2 talks, 2 posters of group)

2012 7th International Symbiosis Society Congress, Krakow, Poland, 22 -28 July, 2012, Chairperson: Symposium IV. Symbiosis as a driving force in evolution, Focus session I. Co-evolutionary mechanisms; in and out of symbiosis connectivity between the host-associated and free-living population of Candidatus Endoriftia persephone in Riftia pachyptila tubeworms (invited talk)

2012 Lower Invertebrate Symbiosis with Microorganisms Workshop, Tel Aviv, Eilat, Israel February 26 – March 1, 2012 (2 invited talks, Diversity and transmission of symbiosis in chemosynthetic ecosystems, Hot and toxic – life at deep-sea hydrothermal vents) 2011 Evolvienna, Vienna, Austria (invited talk)

2011 Microbial Interactions in Marine Systems (MIMAS), Greifswald, Germany (invited talk)

2009 6th International Congress on Symbiosis, Madison, USA (invited talk and chairperson of session “symbiont transmission” (2 talks, 1 poster)

2009 4th International Symposium on Chemosynthesis – Based Ecosystems, Okinawa, Japan (4 talks, 2 posters)

2008 Workshop ChEss “Siboglinidae”: a model system for the understanding of evolution, adaptive radiation, microbial symbioses and ecology at extreme environments”, Hawaii, USA (invited talk, 4 talks)

2008 Workshop EPR Integrative Study Sites, Ridge 2000, MA, USA (invited) 2008 EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria (invited talk)

2008 University of Cadiz, Spain (invited talk)

2007 13th International Meiofauna Conference, Recife, Brasil (chairperson of session “chemosynthetic ecosystems”, 3 talks, 5 poster)

2007 107th ASM General Meeting, Toronto, Canada (coauthor of poster)

2006 Malaga, Alceciras, Spain (3 invited talks)

2006 5th International Congress on Symbiosis, Vienna, Austria (5 talks, 1 poster)

2006 EPR-ISS Meeting, New York, USA (invited)

2006 ChEss Meeting, Barcelona, Spain (invited)

2005 Workshop Unicellular Symbionts, Vienna, Austria (invited talk, 3 talks)

2005 Hydrothermal Vent and Cold Seep Symposium, San Diego, USA (4 talks, 3 posters)

2005 EMBS, Vienna, Austria (3 talks, 3 posters)

2005 University of Milano, Italy (2 invited talks)

2004 12th International Conference of Meiobenthology, Ravenna, Italy (talk, poster)

2003 1st International Workshop on the Biodiversity and Evolution of the Scalidophora (Loricifera, Kinorhyncha, Priapulida), Berlin, Germany (invited talk)

2003 4th International Congress on Symbiosis, Halifax, Canada (1 talk, 5 posters)

2003 ChEss Biogeography and Biodiversity of Deep-Water Chemosynthetic Ecosystems Workshop, Southhampton, UK (poster)

2002 Symposium, Osnabrück, Germany (talk)

2002 Verein zur Förderung Naturwissenschaftlicher Erkenntnisse, Graz, Austria (invited talk)

2002 ProMare, Vienna, Austria (invited talk)

2001 Symposium- The biology of tropical shallow water habitats: a landlocked country´s window to marine science, Lunz, Austria (talk)

2001 2nd International Symposium on Deep-Sea Vent Biology, Brest, France (talk, poster)

2000 DFG Rundgespräch zur Vorbereitung eines Schwerpunktprogramms Bad Münster, Germany (invited talk)

2000 Third International Congress on Symbiosis, Marburg, Germany (talk)

2000 De Ridge 2000, Universität Bremen, Germany (talk)

1998 Zoologisches Kolloquium, Universität Essen, Germany (invited talk)

1998 Max Planck Institute, Bremen (invited talk)

1998 33rd European Marine Biology Symposium, Wilhelmshaven, Germany (lecture)

1998 5th Annual Meeting of the Society of Protozoologists, Flagstaff, USA (talk)

1998 10th International Meiofauna Conference, Plymouth, UK, (talk)

1997 2nd International Congress on Symbiosis, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, USA (talk)

1996 Annual Meeting, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Albuquerque, USA (talk)

1996 Biology Joint Research Forum, Penn State University, USA (poster)

1996 Symbiosis 96, Bar Harbour, USA (poster)

1996 31st European Marine Biology Symposium, St. Petersburg, Russia (poster)

1996 Jahresversammlung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Protozoologie, Linz, Austria (poster)

1994 29th European Marine Biology Symposium, Vienna, Austria (poster)

1994 Jahresversammlung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Protozoologie, Norderney, Germany (poster)

1993 Zoologisches Kolloquium, Universität Innsbruck, Austria (invited talk)

1993 Zoologisches Kolloquium, Universität Tübingen, Germany (invited talk)

1993 Die Bedeutung der Spermien-Morphologie für die Systematik der Sipunculida. Verhandlungen der deutschen zoologischen Gesellschaft, Salzburg, 1993: 139

1993 86. Jahresversammlung der Deutschen Zoologischen Gesellschaft, Salzburg, Austria (talk)

1992 8th International Meiofauna Conference University of Marryland, USA (2 talks, 1 poster)

1992 85. Jahresversammlung der Deutschen Zoologischen Gesellschaft, Kiel, Germany (talk, poster)

1991 6th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium, Copenhagen, Denmark

1991 84. Jahresversammlung der Deutschen Zoologischen Gesellschaft, Tübingen, Germany (talk, poster)

1990 7th International Symposium on Aquatic Nematodes, Yerseke, Netherlands (poster)

1989 7th International Meiofauna Conference, Vienna, Austria (talk, poster)

Service to the University/Administration

2005-2013 Vice Head of the Department of Marine Biology

2004-2013 Public outreach coordination

1998-2013 Administration of image analyses systems and microscopical equipment

1998-2004 Administration of equipment and chemicals & Budget administration, Faculty of Life Sciences (former Faculty of Natural Sciences & Mathematics):

from 2012 Head of the Faculty Focus „Symbosis“ (together with M.Horn)

2005-2008 Head of Planning Committee of Marine Biology Studies

2003-2005 Ecology Teaching Committee

2002-2004 Representative of Assistant and Associate Professors

2001-2003 Chair of Master’s and Doctoral Thesis Financial Planning Committee

2000-2004 Microscopy Committee

2000-2004 Chair of the Image Analyses Committee

Service to Scientific Community

Österreichische Gesellschaft für Elektronenmikoskopie ASEM:

from 2012 Member of Steering Committee

Theodor Körner Fonds:

from 2011 Member of the Advisory Board

International Society of Meiobenthology:

from 2007 Member of Steering Committee

INTERRIDGE:

from 2005 representative of outreach activities & invited member of Biological Working Group

from 2001 Austrian representative (corresponding member)

International Society of Symbiosis:

from 2003 Councilor

ChEss (project of Census of Marine Life):

2006-2010 Member of Steering Committee

European Polar Board:

1999-2001 Austrian representative

2010 CoOrganization of Symposium „Symbiotic Interactions“, Nov. 25th -26th, University of Vienna, Austria

2010 Organization of ChEss workshop on Meiofauna from deep-sea chemosynthetic environments, July 17th, University of Ghent, Belgium

2006 Organization of 5th International Symbiosis Society Meeting, Aug. 4th -10th, Biocenter Althanstraße, Vienna, Austria (organized by Bright, Ott, Horn)

2005 Organization of 40th European Marine Biology Symposium (EMBS40), Aug. 21st-25th, Biocenter Althanstraße, Vienna, Austria (organized by Ott & Bright)

2009-2010 Associate Editor of Organisms Diversity and Evolution

Memberships:

from 2000 Symbiosis Society

from 1988 Meiobenthology Society

2003-2005 American Microscopical Society

1989-1992 German Zoology Society

Journal Reviewer:

Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Acta Zoologica (Stockholm)

Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien

Chemical Geology

Environmental Microbiology

Ecology

FEMS Microbiology Reviews

Invertebrate Biology

Marine Ecology Progress Series

Marine Biology

Meiofauna Marina

Marine Ecology

Nature Reviews Microbiology

Symbiosis

Zoologica Scripta

Zoomorphology

Trends in Microbiology

Grant Proposal Reviewer:

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

NSF USA

NOAA USA

Public Outreach

Personal homepage: www.hydrothermalvent.com

2013 Gymnasium Tulln

2012-2013 Kip 3 Kids Participation in Educational Research, BMWF, in the programme “Sparkling Science“

2012 Hot and toxic – Life at deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Tel Aviv. February 2012

2012 Vielfalt NAWITECH, Initiative to support teenagers interest in natural sciences professions

2010-2012 Kip 2 Kids Participation in Educational Research, BMWF, in the programme “Sparkling Science“

2011 Heiß und giftig – eine Reise zu den Vulkanen der Tiefsee, Akademisches Gymnasium Wien, invited talk

2011 Kepler Salon, Linz, invited talk

2011 Von kleinen Larven zu riesigen Röhrenwürmern – die Erforschung einer Symbiose in Vulkankratern der Tiefsee, Gymnasium Teacher Education, Tulln, invited talk

2010 Radio Harmonie interview May, 31st. To explain to children the tides, the waves, and the salt in the seawater,

2010 Radio Dimensionen interview October 4th. Research at the Department of Marine Biology

2010 Volkszählung im Tiefseevulkan. University online November

2010 Forum für Arbeitstechnik, October 7th 2010. Heiß und giftig – Reise zu den Vulkanen der Tiefsee. Vienna, invited talk

2010 Österreichischer Biodiversitätstag October 21st. Diversität an Hydrothermalquellen und Erdgas-/Erdöllagerstätten der Tiefsee, Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, invited talk

2010 “Die Leben der Anderen – Filmschau zur Artenvielfalt” invited impuls statement

2009 Children University Bratislava, Slovakia, August 26th, “A journey to the deep sea” for children between 9 and 11 years, invited lecture

2008-2009 KiP Kids Participation in Educational Research, BMWF in the programme “Sparkling Science“

2007 educational programme online made in german, english and spanish language

2002-2007 Pro Mare (Austrian non-profit organization to support distribution of marine science and outreach to general public and children, www.promare.at): President; Collaboration with Landesmuseum Linz; Collection of hydrothermal vent fauna; Exhibition hydrothermal vents (2006)

from 2006 Collaboration with Kindermuseum Wien; Exhibition on the ocean

2006 extreme 4 kids– Expedition to the depths of the oceans; Kids meet University: a multidisciplinary, interactive programme for kids, 3rd place in Science Communication Award by the Austrian Science Foundation for educational outreach program “extreme 4 kids”

2006 Programme for Austrian schools during cruise October/November

2005 Days of Young Research – Open Space for Open Minds; A dialogue between 100 teenagers and 10 scientists on the future of science; funded by the Ministry of BMVIT, Austria, to promote science.

2004 Science Week 2004 - Journey to the vulcanos of the deep-sea; Kids meet University: a multidisciplinary, interactive programme for kids Vienna, Austria

2004 extreme 2004 – Expedition to the depths of the oceans; Kids meet University: a multidisciplinary, interactive programme for kids; An Austrian-wide programme for kids during cruise to hydrothermal vents, East Pacific Rise, December 2004 including webpage and live phone call with R/V Atlantis and DSV Alvin

 
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