Lena Zuchowski


Ass.-Prof. DDr Lena C. Zuchowski
Universität Salzburg
Department of Philosophy
Franziskanergasse 1
5020 Salzburg

Tel.: ++43/662/8044-4082
Email: lenaDOTzuchowskiATSIGNsbgDOTacDOTat


Research interests:

  • Philosophy of science
  • Philosophy of physics
  • Chaos and complexity
  • Scientific modelling
  • Poincaré’s philosophy of science


Selected publications

L. C. Zuchowski (2017). A Philosophical Analysis of Chaos Theory. Springer: London. In production.

L. C. Zuchowski (2015). Revisiting Smale’s fourteenth problem to discover two definitions of chaos. In U. Mäki, I. Votis, S. Ruphy & G. Schurz (Ed.). Recent Developments in the Philosophy of Science: EPSA 2013 Helsinki. Springer:Heidelberg, pp. 277–292.

L. C. Zuchowski (2014). Gestalt switches in Poincaré’s prize paper: An inspiration for, but not an instance of, chaos. Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 47, 1 – 14.

L. C. Zuchowski (2013). For electrodynamic consistency. Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 44, 135 – 144.

L. C. Zuchowski (2012). Disentangling complexity from randomness and chaos. Entropy 14, 177 – 212.

Charlotte Werndl

Charlotte Werndl


Prof. Charlotte Werndl
University of Salzburg
Department of Philosophy (KGW)
Franziskanergasse 1
5020 Salzburg

Tel.:+43 662 8044-4081
Email: charlotte.werndl@sbg.ac.at



My current work focuses on four themes:

(i) The philosophy of climate science. I am particularly interested in the question how to define climate and climate change, the role of initial conditions in climate models, and practices of confirmation and calibration in climate science. Some of this work is done in the context of the ERSC research project “Managing Climate Risk and Providing Climate Services” at the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.

(ii) The philosophy of statistical and thermal physics. I am currently working on several papers on topics such as typicality and probability in statistical mechanics, equilibrium and the approach to equilbrium, and the connection between Boltzmannian and Gibbsian statistical mechanics (some of these papers are collaborations with Dr Roman Frigg).

(iii) Evidence and the philosophy of statistics. I am currently working on several papers on Bayesianism and model selection theory (some of these papers are collaborations with Dr Katie Steele).

(iv) General philosophy of science: here I am particularly interested in determinism, underdetermination and confirmation.


Selected publications

Werndl, C. (forthcoming). ‘Model Selection Theory. The Need for a More Nuanced Picture of Double-Counting and Use-Novelty’. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. [with K. Steele]

Werndl, C. (forthcoming). ‘The Diversity of Model Tuning Practices in Climate Science’. Philosophy of Science. [with K. Steele]

Werndl, C. (2016). ‘On Defining Climate and Climate Change’. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 67 (2), 337-364.

Werndl, C. (2015). ‘Introduction to Philosophy of Climate Science, Part 2: Modelling Climate Change’. Philosophy Compass 10 (12), 965-977. [with R. Frigg and E. Thompson]

Werndl, C. (2015). ‘Introduction to Philosophy of Climate Science, Part 1: Observing Climate Change’. Philosophy Compass 10 (12), 953-964. [with R. Frigg and E. Thompson]


Ulrike Ruprecht



Mag. Dr. Ulrike Ruprecht
University of Salzburg
Department of Ecology and Evolution
Hellbrunnerstr. 34
5020 Salzburg

Tel.:+43 662 8044-5519
Email: ulrike.ruprecht@sbg.ac.at




Lichens as symbiotic organism with a poikilohydric lifestyle (water content varies passively with surrounding environmental conditions) are able to cover niches which are mostly not occupied by higher plants. They often occur in extreme habitats like high alpine or polar areas.

The symbiotic partners (fungus, algae/cyanobacteria) are colonized by unique bacterial communities and all components together form specific association patterns along different elevational gradients and furthermore in-between continents.

Because of these specific associations lichens are perfect model organism to investigate climate-change scenarios along an elevational gradient.

  • Ongoing Alpine related project:  Mycobiont – photobiont – bacteria interactions in saxicolous crustose lichens as sensitive bio indicators in context of climate change

Ulrike Ruprecht, Ann-Marie Zein, Robert R. Junker



Joerg Christian Robl

Jörg Christian Robl

Jörg Robl


Dept. Geography and Geology
University of Salzburg
5020 Salzburg
Hellbrunnerstraße 34/III



Research Interests

Currently my research is focused on landscape evolutions at different spatial and temporal scales. This includes the response of alpine topography on tectonic and climatic forcing and the long-term evolution of topography towards steady state but also single, hazardous events such as debris flows or rock falls.

Active Orogens
Determination of timing, rates, duration and involved volumes of processes and their feedbacks in active orogens in different spatial and temporal scales. This involves field observations and the numerical description of orogen scale deformation, crustal thickening and uplift, the development of drainage systems accompanied by fluvial erosion and hill-slope instabilities.

Natural Hazards
Exploring the occurrence, return period and run-out distance of natural hazards in alpine domains and their impact on infrastructure. This involves the field observation of landslides, debris flows, snow avalanches, rock falls and floodings with sediment redistribution, the numerical description of these processes, the development of mitigation strategies and the implementation of protecting structures in field.

Selected recent publications in Peer Reviewed Journals
Hergarten, S., Robl, J. and Stüwe, K., 2016. Tectonic geomorphology at small catchment sizes – extensions of the stream-power approach and the χ method. Earth Surf. Dynam., 4(1), 1-9.Robl, J., Prasicek, G., Hergarten, S. and Salcher, B.,2015. Glacial cirques and the relationship between equilibrium line altitudes and mountain range height: COMMENT. Geology, 43(6), e365.

Hergarten S. and J. Robl, 2015. Modeling rapid mass movements using the shallow water equations. Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 671-685, doi:10.5194/nhess-15-671-2015.

Robl, J., Prasicek G., Hergarten S. and K. Stüwe, 2015. Alpine topography in the light of tectonic uplift and glaciation. Global and Planetary Change,127,34-49 doi 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2015.01.008

Hergarten S., Robl J. and K. Stüwe, 2014. Extracting topographic swath profiles across curved geomorphic features. Earth Surf. Dynam., 2: 97-104, doi 10.5194/esurf-2-97-2014

Jana Petermann

Jana Petermann


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jana Petermann
University of Salzburg
Department of Ecology and Evolution
Hellbrunnerstr. 34
5020 Salzburg

Tel.:+43 662 8044-5482
Email: jana.petermann@sbg.ac.at




Research Interests

We work on community ecology and biodiversity of different organism groups (e.g.  protists, zooplankton and insects) in tropical and temperate regions. Some of our projects ask how communities and food webs change with changing envronmental conditions along mountain slopes.

For more information see our webpage: https://petermannlab.wordpress.com

Selected publications

Petermann, J. S., A. Rohland, N. Sichardt, P. Lade, B. Guidetti, W. W. Weisser, and M. Gossner. (2016). Forest management intensity affects aquatic communities in artificial tree holes. PloS ONE 11:e0155549.

Gossner, M., Lade, P., Schober, A., Sichardt, N., Kahl, T., Bauhus, J., Weisser, W. W. & Petermann, J. S. (2016) Effects of management on tree-hole metacommunities in temperate forests are mediated by detritus amount and water chemistry. Journal of Animal Ecology 85: 213–226..

Petermann, J. S., P. Kratina, A. A. M. MacDonald, N. A. C. Marino, and D. S. Srivastava (2015) Resources alter the structure and increase stochasticity in bromeliad microfauna communities. PloS ONE 10:e0118952.

Petermann, J.S., Farjalla, V.F., Jocque, M., Kratina, P., MacDonald, A.A.M., Marino, N.A.C., de Omena, P.M., Piccoli, G.C., Richardson, B.A., Richardson, M.J., Romero, G.Q., Videla, M. & Srivastava, D.S. (2015) Dominant predators mediate the impact of habitat size on trophic structure in bromeliad invertebrate communities. Ecology 96: 428–439.

For further publications see: https://petermannlab.wordpress.com/publications/