Christian Pruckner

Associated scientist
I am a PhD-candidate at the Vienna doctoral school of Ecology and Evolution of the University of Vienna employed by the Natural History Museum of Vienna.

My PhD project is part of the transnational research project RESTORESEAS (, which aims to improve conservation of marine forests in the Atlantic Ocean. Marine forests are biodiversity-rich ecosystems engineered by key structural taxa of macroalgae, seagrasses and corals. These underwater forests are disappearing at an unprecedented rate and are further pushed toward a tipping point (e.g. climate change). RESTORESEAS is aiming to reverse this process by applying novel nature-based solutions that will help to improve the restoration resilience of these forests.
In this project I apply 16S-amplicon sequencing and metagenomics to characterize the host-associated microbiome in cold-water coral habitats in the North-Atlantic – primarily habitats formed by Desmophyllum pertusum – and to identify the microbial consortium involved in the successful restoration of these habitats.

3. zoology

Akkari Nesrine
Curator of the collection Myriapoda / staff scientist
Barta Anna-Chiara
Project researcher
Coelho David
Associated scientist
Dworschak Peter C.
Associated scientist / formerly curator of the collection Crustacea
Eschner Anita
curator of the collection Mollusca / staff scientist
Frade Pedro
curator of the collection Evertebrata Varia
Gallmetzer Ivo
staff scientist
Greilhuber Matthäus
Associated scientist
Gruber Jürgen
Associated scientist / formerly curator of the collection Arachnoidea
Hörweg Christoph
Head of the 3. Zoological Department / curator of the collection Arachnoidea / staff scientist
Macek Oliver
project researcher, Myriapoda collection assistant
Marchioro Giulia
Associated scientist
Mason Katharina
staff scientist
Sattmann Helmut
Associated scientist / formerly head of department and curator of the collection Evertebrata varia
Schiller Edmund
collection assistant in the collections Arachnoidea & Crustacea
Schnedl Sara Maria
collection assistant in the collection Mollusca
Schwentner Martin
curator of the collection Crustacea / staff scientist
Seiter Michael
Associated scientist
Stagl Verena
Associated scientist / formerly curator of the collection Myriapoda
Szeiler Stefan
collection manager
Wöss Emmy
Associated scientist