Short CV of Michael Traugott
Michael Traugott holds an Associate Professor position at the Institute of Ecology at the University of Innsbruck (Austria) where he leads the Applied and Trophic Ecology research group. Moreover, he manages the Mountain Agriculture Research Unit at the University of Innsbruck.
Michael’s research addresses the ecology of animals in natural and managed ecosystems and the role these organisms play in providing ecosystem services such as pest control. Through integration of molecular techniques and stable isotope analysis with laboratory and field experiments, his research team seeks to understand mechanisms governing the structure and functioning of natural communities. Besides pest control in above-ground systems (e.g. aphids and lepidopteran pests), his work has focussed on the ecology and control of soil-dwelling pests such as scarab and elaterid larvae. Recent work addresses, for example, how plant identity and diversity affects the dietary choices of soil insect herbivores and how this knowledge can be used to improve the control of subterranean pests.
Michael is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pest Science, serves as a Subject Editor for the Bulletin of Entomological Research and is an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Applied Entomology.