Monika Bright

Phone: +43 1 4277 76430




Research Interests

Ecology and evolution of symbiotic mutualism

Marine dual partnerships with thiotrophic bacteria and protist/animal hosts

Biodiversity and succession of chemosynthesis-based ecosystems



2001     Venia docendi – zoology and marine biology, University of Vienna

1992     Dr. phil. University of Vienna



Since 2011     §99 University Professor, University of Vienna, Austria

2001-2011     Associate Professor, University of Vienna, Austria

1998-2001     Assistant Professor, University of Vienna, Austria

1997-1998     Postdoc, University of Vienna, Austria

1996     Postdoc, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, USA

1994-1995     Postdoc, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, USA

1994     Postdoc, University of Vienna, Austria

1993-1994     Postdoc, University of Tübingen, Germany



2006     Communication Award, FWF for educational outreach programme ‘extreme 4 kids’

1997     John O. Corliss Ciliate Systematics Award, USA

1994     Emil-Boral-Stiftung Fellowship, USA


Research stays and oceanographic cruises

15 cruises to deep-sea hydrothermal vents and cold seeps at the East Pacific Rise, Lau Basin, Gulf of Mexico, Antarctica including 13 dives with HOV Alvin

17 extended research stays at the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea and Caribbean Sea


Research achievements in numbers (since 1990)

Orcid ID

Web of Science Researcher ID AAA-7015-2021

86 publications in peer-reviewed journals

editor of 2 books


8 large and 8 small research grants as PI and host (total budget ~3 million €).

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