Federico Baltar

Assistant Professor

Dept. Functional & Evolutionary Ecology

University of Vienna



Our research in biological oceanography integrates marine microbial ecology and biogeochemistry within the framework of physical oceanography. This research is based on microbes, trying to arrive to a mechanistic understanding of the regulation of marine carbon cycling to better constrain the potential consequences of climate change on the marine biogeochemical cycles and vice versa.

The three main focuses of research include:

  1. the role of microbes on marine biogeochemical cycles in surface and deep waters,

  2. the influence of mesoscale hydrological features on microbial functioning and diversity,

  3. the impact of anthropogenic perturbations on marine microbes and organic matter cycling.


Brief Curriculum Vitae

Professional Experience

2018-now   Assistant Professor, Dep. Limnology & Bio-Oceanography, University of Vienna, Austria

2017-2018   Rutherford Discovery Fellow (Royal Society of New Zealand), University of Otago, NZ

2016-2018   Tenured - Senior Lecturer in Marine Science, University of Otago, New Zealand

2013-2016   Lecturer (tenure-track) in Marine Science, University of Otago, New Zealand

2012-2013   Research Associate, Centre for Ecology & Evolution in Microbial Model Systems, Sweden

2010-2012   Postdoctoral Researcher, Dep. of Natural Sciences, Linnaeus University, Sweden

2006-2010   Predoctoral Fellow, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), Spain

Academic and Professional Honors

2016   European Geosciences Union (EGU) Award for Outstanding Young Scientist in Biogeosciences

2016   Rutherford Discovery Fellowship (Royal Society of New Zealand)

2015   Early Career Teacher of the Year, University of Otago Awards

2011   Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award 2010, ULPGC

Manuscript Reviewer

Among others for: 

Microbial Ecology, The ISME Journal, PNAS, Advances in Oceanography, Biogeoscience, PlosOne, Aquatic Sciences, Aquatic Microbial Ecology, Progress in Oceanography, Limnology & Oceanography, FEMS Microbiology Ecology, Frontiers in Marine Science, Deep Sea Research, Marine Drugs, Continental Shelf Research, Ocean Science, Frontiers in Chemistry, Frontiers in Earth Science, Science of the Total Environment, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Environmental Pollution, Environmental Microbiology, Marine Ecology Progress Series, Nature Conservation, Marine Chemistry, PeerJ, Geophysical Research Letters, Life, Microbiome

Editorial Boards

2021- now      Associate Editor of Frontiers in Marine Science (Q1-journal)

2020- now      Associate Editor of Journal of Fungi (Q1-journal)

2015- now      Member of the Editorial Board (Review Editor) of the Marine Biogeochemistry section of Frontiers in ChemistryFrontiers in Earth Science and Frontiers in Marine Science

Grant Reviewer

Among others for:

NSF Biological Oceanography (USA), The Leverhulme Trust (UK), German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Chilean National Science and Technology Commission (CONICYT), Italian Antarctic Research Programme (PNRA), The Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS-Belgium)

Examiner of PhD Thesis

2020   Catalina Mena Oliver, Universitat de les Illes Balears (Spain)

2019   Marina Zamanillo, Institut de Ciències del Mar de Barcelona-ICM, CSIC (Spain)

2019   Maria Teresa Tames-Espinosa, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)

2019   Ro Allen, University of Otago (New Zealand)

2019   Valeria Anabalon Molina, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)

2016   Amy Katherine Weaver, University of Otago (New Zealand)

2014   Tim Burrell, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)