Thomas Pröschold


since January 2017 at the Research Institute for Limnology, Mondsee of the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck (LFUI) in the research group ‘Ecology and Taxonomy of planktonic Ciliates’

in the FWF-Project Endosymbiotic Algae and their Ciliate Hosts: Morphology, Phylogeny, Ecology (P28333-B25), PI B. Sonntag & T. Pröschold, Duration April 2016 – March 2021

Expertise: Systematics, Taxonomy and molecular Phylogeny of (Green) Algae and Protists

Scientific CV

Oct 2014 Habilitation at the University of Vienna (A): Generic and species concepts in green algae (Chlorophyta)

Jul 2011–Dec 2013 Postdoc at the University of Rostock (D), Department of Applied Ecology (Ulf Karsten)

Feb 2010–Jun 2011 Postdoc at the University of Vienna, Department of Limnology (Michael Schagerl)

Jun 2004–Oct 2009 Phycologist and Molecular Biologist at the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP) at SAMS, Dunbeg near Oban (Scotland)

Apr 2003–Feb 2004 Postdoc at the University of Cologne (D), Botanical Institute I (DFG-Project ‘Generic and species concept among the Volvocales’)

Feb 2002–Mar 2003 Postdoc at the Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island (USA), Department BioMed (Annette Coleman; DFG-Project ‘Generic and species concept among the Volvocales’)

Sep 1999–Dec 2001 Research Associate at the University of Cologne (D), Botanical Institute I

Feb 1998–Jan 1999 Research Associate at the University of Göttingen (D), Albrecht-von-Haller-Institute of Plant Science, Department of Systematic Botany

Sep 1991–Sep 1994 Research Associate at the University of Göttingen (D), Institute for Plant Physiology

Nov 1997 Doctoral Study at the University of Göttingen (D), Collection of Algal Cultures (SAG). Topic: Gametogenesis in unicellular green algae

Aug 1991 Diploma at the University of Göttingen (D), Collection of Algal Cultures (SAG). Topic: Zur Oogamie bei Chlamydomonas

Oct 1989 Master in Botany, Mikrobiology and Physikalischer Chemistry at the University of Göttingen (D)

Apr 1988 Bachelor in Botany, Mikrobiology and inorganic and Physikalischer Chemistry at the University of Göttingen (D)


Darienko T, Pröschold T (2018) The establishment of Diplosphaera epiphytica sp. nov. and its distinction from Chlorella sphaerica Tschermak-Woess. Notulae algarum 54: 1-4. PDF

Pröschold T, Darienko T (2018) The distinctions between Chlamydomonas incerta Pascher and Chlamydomonas globosa J.W. Snow and their taxonomic consequences. Notulae algarum 56: 1-4 PDF

Pröschold T, Darienko T, Krienitz L, Coleman AW (2018) Chlamydomonas schloesseri sp. nov. (Chlamydophyceae, Chlorophyta) revealed by morphology, autolysin cross experiments, and multiple gene analyses. Phytotaxa 362: 021-038 PDF

Darienko T, Pröschold T (2017) Toward a monograph of non-marine Ulvophyceae using an integrative approach (Molecular phylogeny and systematics of terrestrial Ulvophyceae II) Phytotaxa 324: 1-41.

Albrecht M, Pröschold T, Schumann R (2017) Identification of cyanobacteria in a eutrophic coastal lagoon on the southern Baltic coast. Frontiers in Microbiol 8: 923.

Gustavs L, Schiefelbein U, Darienko T, Pröschold T (2017): Symbioses of the green algal genera Coccomyxa and Elliptochloris (Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorophyta). In Seckbach J, Grube M, Muggia L (eds): Algae and Cyanobacteria Symbioses. pp. 169-208.

Darienko T, Gustavs L, Pröschold T (2016) Species concept and nomenclatural changes within the genera Elliptochloris and Pseudochlorella (Trebouxiophyceae) based on an integrative approach. J Phycol 52: 1125-1145.

Darienko T, Gustavs L, Eggert A, Wolf W, Pröschold T (2015) Evaluating the species boundaries of green microalgae (Coccomyxa, Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorophyta) using integrative taxonomy and DNA barcoding with further implications for the species identification in environmental samples. PLOS One 10: e0127838.

Darienko T, Pröschold T (2015) Genetic variability and taxonomic revision of the genus Auxenochlorella (Shihira et Krauss) Kalina et Puncocharova (Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorophyta). J Phycol 51: 394-400.

Kitzing C, Pröschold T, Karsten U (2014) UV-induced effects on growth, photosynthetic performance and sunscreen contents in different populations of the green alga Klebsormidium fluitans (Streptophyta) from alpine soil crusts. Microbial Ecol 67: 327-340.

Karsten U, Pröschold T, Mikhailyuk T, Holzinger A (2013)  Photosynthetic performance of different genotypes of the green alga Klebsormidium sp. (Streptophyta) isolated from biological soil crusts of the Alps. Algol Stud 142: 45-62.

González MA, Pröschold T, Palacios Y, Aguayo P, Inostroza I, Gómez PI (2013) Taxonomic identification and lipid production of two Chilean Chlorella-like strains isolated from a marine and an estuarine coastal environment. AoB Plants 5: 1-12.

Blanc G, Agarkova I, Grimwood J, Kuo A, Brueggeman A,Dunigan DD, Gurnon J, Ladunga I, Lindquist E, Lucas S, Pangilinan J, Pröschold T, Salamov A, Schmutz J, Weeks D, Yamada T, Lomsadze A, Borodovsky M, Claverie J-M, Grigoriev IV, Van Etten JL (2012) The genome of the polar eukaryotic microalga Coccomyxa subellipsoidea reveals traits of cold adaptation. Genome Biol 13: R39.

Chen C, Barfuss MHJ, Pröschold T, Schagerl M (2012) Hidden genetic diversity in the green alga Spirogyra (Zygnematophyceae, Streptophyta). BMC Evol Biol 12: 77.

Krienitz L, Bock C, Kotut K, Pröschold T (2012) Genotypic diversity of Dictyosphaerium-morphospecies (Chlorellaceae, Trebouxiophyceae) in African inland waters, including the description of four new genera. Fottea 12: 231-253.

Demchenko E, Mikhailyuk T, Coleman AW, Pröschold T (2012) Generic and species concepts in Microglena (previously the Chlamydomonas monadina group) revised using an integrative approach. Eur J Phycol 47: 264-290.

Bock C, Krienitz L, Pröschold T (2011) Taxonomic reassessment of the genus Chlorella (Trebouxiophyceae) using molecular signatures (barcodes), including description of seven new species. Fottea 11: 293-312.

Bock C, Pröschold T, Krienitz L (2011) Updating the genus Dictyosphaerium and description of Mucidosphaerium gen. nov. (Trebouxiophyceae) based on morphological and molecular data. J Phycol 47: 638-652.

Caisova L, Marin B, Sausen N, Pröschold T, Melkonian M (2011) Polyphyly of Chaetophora and Stigeoclonium within the Chaetophorales (Chlorophyceae), revealed by sequence comparisons of nuclear-encoded SSU rRNA genes. J Phycol 47: 164-177.

Pröschold T, Darienko T, Silva PC, Reisser W, Krienitz L (2011) The systematics of “Zoochlorella” revisited employing an integrative approach. Environ Microbiol 13: 350-364.

Krienitz L, Bock C, dadheech PK, Pröschold T (2011) The Mychonastes-clade of Chlorophyceae and the dispute on conception of orders in green algae. Phycologia 50: 89-106.

Dadheech PK, Ballot A, Casper P, Kotut K, Novelo E, Lemma B, Pröschold T, Krienitz L (2010) Mexican Arthrospira strains show phylogenetic divergence to strains of East African and Indian origin deduced by 16S rRNA-ITS and phycocyanin operon sequences. Phycologia 49: 361-372.

Bock C, Pröschold T, Krienitz L (2010) Two new Dictyosphaerium-morphotype lineages of the Chlorellaceae (Trebouxiophyceae): Heynigia gen. nov. and Hindakia gen. nov. Eur J Phycol 45: 267-277.

Krienitz L, Bock C, Luo W, Pröschold T (2010) Polyphyletic origin of the Dictyosphaerium-morphotype within Chlorellaceae (Trebouxiophyceae). J Phycol 46: 559-563.

Day JG, Pröschold T, Friedl T, Lorenz M, Silva PC (2010) Conservation of microalgal type material: approaches needed for 21st century science. Taxon 59: 3-6.

Pröschold T, Bock C, Luo W, Krienitz L (2010) Polyphyletic origin of bristle formation in Chlorellaceae: Micractinium, Didymogenes and Hegewaldia gen. nov. (Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorophyta). Phycol Res 58: 1-8.

Luo W, Pröschold T, Bock C, Krienitz, L (2010) Generic concept in Chlorella-related coccoid green algae (Chlorophyta, Trebouxiophyceae). Plant Biol 12: 545-553.

Darienko T, Gustavs L, Mudimu O, Rad Menendez C, Schumann R, Karsten U, Friedl T, Pröschold T (2010) Chloroidium, a common terrestrial coccoid green alga previously assigned to Chlorella (Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorophyta). Eur J Phycol 45: 79-95.

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