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Harald. G. Zechmeister





Born: January 2nd 1958 in Linz

Nationality: Austria

Languages: German, English, Swedish


Education and position held

1968 - 1976     High School

1976 - 1977     Military Service

1977 - 1984     Study of Biology at the Universities of Salzburg and Vienna, finished with a Magisterium for teaching Biology, Physics and Chemistry at the University of Vienna

1983 - 1989     PhD thesis on 'Water Spring Vegetation and Spring-Mires in   Waldviertel', submitted at the Institute of Plant Physiology, University of Vienna

1983 - present  Leadership or participation in up to date 48 national and international scientific programs

1984 - 1995     Part time high school teacher

2001 - 2022     Part time high school teacher

1990 - present  Senior Lecturer at the University of Vienna (Institute of Plant Physiology, Institute of Ecology, Institute of Botany, Faculty of Life Sciences) on various topics

1993               Sabbatical in Edinburgh/Scotland; scientific studies (4 months)

1995               Habilitation at the University of Vienna, Institute of Plant Physiology; topic of postdoctoral thesis: 'Biomonitoring and Vegetation Ecology'

2002 - present Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences of Wiener Neustadt/Tulln (Biotechnical Processes)

2002 - present  Foundation of an Accredited Office (“Technisches Büro”) for Ecology and Biology




2001               Candidate for the final four applicants for a professorship on ‘Ecology and Systematics of Lower Plants’ at the Johann-Goethe-University Frankfurt



Esteem factors

Member of the Editorial Board of the journal ‘Environmental Science and Pollution Research’ (Impact Factor 4.306), Member of the Editorial Board of the journal ‘Environmental Science Europe‘ (Impact Factor 5.893), Member of the Editorial Board of the journal ‘Verhandlungen der Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft’

Member of the Austrian expert group for the development of strategic programs for EU research within FP7 and FP8.

Scientific advisory board member of LTER-Austria (Long Term Ecological Research).

Vice-Chairman of the Bryological and Lichenological Society for Central Europe


224 articles in journals and contributions in books, out of them 76 SCI papers


Invited reviewer for more than 80 articles in 45 SCI journals



Main scientific investigations




Supervision of diplomas  and thesis