Staff

Nele Schuwirth

Dr. Nele Schuwirth

Department Systems Analysis, Integrated Assessment and Modelling

About Me

Group Leader Ecological Modelling

Research interests

  • mechanistic modelling, Bayesian inference, uncertainty analysis, sensitivity analysis
  • multi criteria decision support for environmental management (MCDA)
  • food-webs, trait-based ecology, community ecology, multiple stressors

Teaching

Modelling aquatic ecosystems, ETH Zurich, Course 701-0426-00, Summer Semester 2007 and Spring Semester 2008, 2009, 2015, 2016

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Projects

We investigate human impacts on the community composition of macroinvertebrates and fish in Swiss rivers with statistical analyses of existing monitoring data, food web analyses, and computer models.
Decision support for river management by combining the prediction of effects of suggested measures with quantified societal goals.
Development of unified ecological assessment procedures for river management.
Mechanistic modelling of the macroinvertebrate community composition in rivers.
One of the most important challenges in environmental toxicology is to understand how responses to chemical pollutants scale through levels of biological complexity...
We aim at improving the use of MCDA in complex environmental problems.
Restoring rivers for for effective catchment management.

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Curriculum Vitae

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Selected publications

Mondy, C. P.; Schuwirth, N. (2017) Integrating ecological theories and traits in process-based modeling of macroinvertebrate community dynamics in streams, Ecological Applications, 27(4), 1365-1377, doi:10.1002/eap.1530, Institutional Repository
Paillex, A.; Reichert, P.; Lorenz, A. W.; Schuwirth, N. (2017) Mechanistic modelling for predicting the effects of restoration, invasion and pollution on benthic macroinvertebrate communities in rivers, Freshwater Biology, 62(6), 1083-1093, doi:10.1111/fwb.12927, Institutional Repository
Paillex, A.; Schuwirth, N.; Lorenz, A. W.; Januschke, K.; Peter, A.; Reichert, P. (2017) Integrating and extending ecological river assessment: concept and test with two restoration projects, Ecological Indicators, 72, 131-141, doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.07.048, Institutional Repository
Schuwirth, N.; Dietzel, A.; Reichert, P. (2016) The importance of biotic interactions for the prediction of macroinvertebrate communities under multiple stressors, Functional Ecology, 30(6), 974-984, doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12605, Institutional Repository
Kattwinkel, M.; Reichert, P.; Rüegg, J.; Liess, M.; Schuwirth, N. (2016) Modeling macroinvertebrate community dynamics in stream mesocosms contaminated with a pesticide, Environmental Science and Technology, 50(6), 3165-3173, doi:10.1021/acs.est.5b04068, Institutional Repository
Schuwirth, N.; Kattwinkel, M.; Stamm, C. (2015) How stressor specific are trait-based ecological indices for ecosystem management?, Science of the Total Environment, 505, 565-572, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.10.029, Institutional Repository
Gray, C.; Baird, D. J.; Baumgartner, S.; Jacob, U.; Jenkins, G. B.; O'Gorman, E. J.; Lu, X.; Ma, A.; Pocock, M. J. O.; Schuwirth, N.; Thompson, M.; Woodward, G. (2014) Ecological networks: the missing links in biomonitoring science, Journal of Applied Ecology, 51(5), 1444-1449, doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12300, Institutional Repository
Reichert, P.; Langhans, S. D.; Lienert, J.; Schuwirth, N. (2015) The conceptual foundation of environmental decision support, Journal of Environmental Management, 154, 316-332, doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.01.053, Institutional Repository
Langhans, S. D.; Reichert, P.; Schuwirth, N. (2014) The method matters: a guide for indicator aggregation in ecological assessments, Ecological Indicators, 45, 494-507, doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2014.05.014, Institutional Repository
Schuwirth, N.; Reichert, P. (2013) Bridging the gap between theoretical ecology and real ecosystems: modeling invertebrate community composition in streams, Ecology, 94(2), 368-379, doi:10.1890/12-0591.1, Institutional Repository

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Address

E-Mail: nele.schuwirth@eawag.ch
Phone: +41 58 765 5528
Fax: +41 58 765 5802
Address: Eawag
Überlandstrasse 133
8600 Dübendorf
Office: FC D04

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