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Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.nat.techn. Stefan Schmutz

Head: Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management

Gregor-Mendel-Straße 33
1180 Wien
EMail: stefan.schmutz(at)
Tel: +43 1 47654-81202

Curr. Vitae

2017 - Full Professor in Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis
2010 - Head of Institute
2005 - 2005 Visiting Professor at the Oregon State University and Environmental Protection Acency, Corvallis OR
2002 - Distinguished lecturer Polytechnical University of Virginia
2000 - Distinguished Lecturer Cornell University
1997 - Habilitation
1995 - Doctoral Degree

Statistik Austria, science classification

ecological system research; water pollution control; hydrobiology; limnology; interdisciplinary natural science; environmental research; pisciculture; ichthyology; Nature conservation (- research) ; Climate change; Environmental protection; Environmental engineering;


Fish ecology; Freshwater ecology; Ecological integrity (fish); Telemetry; Fish migration; Aquatic ecosystem analyses; Assessment methods; Modelling; Habitat requirements of fishes; Human impacts on running water ecosystems; Climate change impacts; Climate change adaptation strategies and impacts; Restoration of running waters; Environmental impacts of hydropower; Hydropeaking; Environmental flow requirements; Reservoir flushing; Disruption of continuity; Fish passes; Prioritisation of restoration measures; Impacts of land use on aquatic ecosystems; Ecologically orientated river catchment management; Assessment of multiple stressors; Sustainable hydropower; Habitat modeling;

Appointments/Memberships in Professional Societies

2013 - Österreichischer Wasser- und Abfallwirtschaftsverband (ÖWAV) - Leitungsausschusses der Fachgruppe „Wasserbau, Ingenieurbiologie und Ökologie"
2013 - National Committee "Global Change", International Research Programme "Earth System Sciences", Austrian Academy of Sciences
member of the commisson
2007 - BOKU-Forschungsbeirat
advisory board member
2000 - American Fisheries Society
2000 - ECO-Expert Group of the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture
scientific advisor
1995 - International Society of Limnology (SIL)

Editorial board appointments for scientific journals

2009 - River Systems:
Editorial Board Member

Reviewer for scientific journals

2017 - Global Change Biology
2014 - Science of the Total Environment
2014 - Journal For Nature Conservation
2014 - Fish and Fisheries
2008 - Aquatic Sciences: research across boundaries
2006 - Freshwater Biology
2004 - Ecology of Freshwater Fish
2004 - Aquatic Ecology
2001 - Hydrobiologia
1995 - Water air and Soil Pollution

Reviewer/Expert funding organizations

2014 - Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Deutschland - Germany
2009 -2009 FCT-Fund for Science and Technology - Biological Sciences- Molecular and Structural Biology - Portugal
2006 - ÖAD - Österreischischer Austauschdienst - Austria
2004 -2004 Ministerium f. Forschung - Norway
2001 -2001 Europäische Kommission - European Union
2001 - Europäische Kommission - European Union

Reviewer/Expert organization

2011 Tschechische Akademie der Wissenschaften

Organizer of scientific conferences, Chairs

2017 8th International Symposium on Sturgeons
2014 10th Symposium on Ecohydraulics
scientific member of the advisory board
2012 9th Intern. Symposium on Ecohydraulics
scientific member of the advisory board
2009 Improving the ecological status of fish communities in inland waters
2007 6th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics
scientific member of the advisory board
scientific member of the advisory board
2004 5th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics
scientific member of the advisory board
2002 River fish monitoring and the Water Frame Work Directive
member of the organisation committee
2002 International Bioengineering Section Symposium III (during American Fisheries Society annual meeting)
member of the organisation committee
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