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Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies

Romana Limberger

Research interests

I am interested in mechanisms that maintain biodiversity in changing environments. Using aquatic protists as model organisms, I have investigated if evolution and dispersal can rescue species from extinction in changing environments. In my ongoing research, I am exploring how biodiversity and environmental change influence the predictability of ecological dynamics.


Education and professional positions

2020 - present Oberassistent at the Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland with Prof. Owen Petchey
2019 - 2020 Postdoc at the University of Innsbruck, Research Department for Limnology, Mondsee, Austria with Prof. Thomas Weisse
2017 - 2019 Postdoc at the University of Innsbruck, Research Department for Limnology, Mondsee, Austria.
2015 - 2017 Postdoc at Eawag, Kastanienbaum, Switzerland with Dr. Blake Matthews.
2014 - 2015 Postdoc at the University of Salzburg, Austria with Dr. Stephen Wickham.
2012 - 2014 Postdoc at McGill University, Montreal, Canada with Prof. Gregor Fussmann.
2007 - 2011 PhD in Ecology. Thesis title: The role of metacommunity dynamics in structuring diversity. Supervision: Dr. Stephen Wickham. University of Salzburg, Austria
2003 Diplom in Biology, University of Vienna, Austria with Dr. Michael Schagerl

Selected publications

  • Limberger R., Pitt A., Hahn MW., Wickham SA. (2019). Spatial insurance in multi-trophic metacommunities. Ecology Letters, 1828-1837. DOI: 10.1111/ele.13365
  • Limberger R., Birtel J., Peter H., Catalán N., Farias DDS., Best RJ., Brodersen J., Bürgmann H., Matthews B. (2019). Predator-induced changes in dissolved organic carbon dynamics. Oikos 128, 430-440. DOI: 10.1111/oik.05673
  • Matthews B., Best RJ., Feulner PGD, Narwani A., Limberger R. (2018). Evolution as an ecosystem process: insights from genomics. Genome 61, 298-309. DOI: 10.1139/gen-2017-0044
  • Limberger R.*, Birtel J.*, Farias DDS., Matthews B. (2017). Ecosystem flux and biotic modification as drivers of metaecosystem dynamics. Ecology 98, 1082-1092. DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1742, *equal contribution
  • Limberger R., Low-Décarie E., Fussmann GF. (2014). Final thermal conditions override the effects of temperature history and dispersal in experimental communities. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281, : 20141540. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.1540

Weiterführende Informationen

Romana Limberger

Romana Limberger

Post-doctoral fellow

Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
University of Zurich
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zurich

Office: Y19-M-72
Phone: +41 44 635 4764