Staff

Roman Alther

Roman Alther

Department Aquatic Ecology

About Me

I have been fascinated by aquatic ecosystems for a long time. Whereas my Masters’ project focused on diversity of insects in high alpine glacial tributaries, the focus of my PhD project will be on understanding the importance of different ecological and evolutionary processes shaping diversity of amphipod communities.

My goal is to establish well-founded knowledge about the distribution and diversity of native and non-native amphipod species in Switzerland. I want to gain a deeper insight into processes forming biodiversity patterns over time and space. Dendritic aquatic systems represent a suitable study system wherein different ecological and evolutionary mechanics, such as dispersal, invasion and speciation, can be studied.

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Projects

Assess the distribution and genetic structure of all amphipod species in Switzerland.

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Curriculum Vitae

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Selected publications

Fišer, C.; Konec, M.; Alther, R.; Švara, V.; Altermatt, F. (2017) Taxonomic, phylogenetic and ecological diversity of Niphargus (Amphipoda: Crustacea) in the Hölloch cave system (Switzerland), Systematics and Biodiversity, 15(3), 218-237, doi:10.1080/14772000.2016.1249112, Institutional Repository
Alther, R.; Fišer, C.; Altermatt, F. (2017) Description of a widely distributed but overlooked amphipod species in the European Alps, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 179(4), 751-766, doi:10.1111/zoj.12477, Institutional Repository
Altermatt, F.; Alther, R.; Mächler, E. (2016) Spatial patterns of genetic diversity, community composition and occurrence of native and non-native amphipods in naturally replicated tributary streams, BMC Ecology, 16(1), 23 (11 pp.), doi:10.1186/s12898-016-0079-7, Institutional Repository
Robinson, C. T.; Thompson, C.; Lods-Crozet, B.; Alther, R. (2016) Chironomidae diversity in high elevation streams in the Swiss Alps, Fundamental and Applied Limnology, 188(3), 201-213, doi:10.1127/fal/2016/0891, Institutional Repository
Robinson, C. T.; Alther, R.; Leys, M.; Moran, S.; Thompson, C. (2015) A note on the trophic structure of alpine streams in the Wind River Mountains, Wyoming, USA, Fundamental and Applied Limnology, 187(1), 43-54, doi:10.1127/fal/2015/0730, Institutional Repository
Altermatt, F.; Alther, R.; Fišer, C.; Jokela, J.; Konec, M.; Küry, D.; Mächler, E.; Stucki, P.; Westram, A. M. (2014) Diversity and distribution of freshwater amphipod species in Switzerland (Crustacea: Amphipoda), PLoS One, 9(10), e110328 (12 pp.), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0110328, Institutional Repository

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Address

E-Mail: roman.alther@eawag.ch
Phone: +41 58 765 5638
Fax: +41 58 765 5802
Address: Eawag
Überlandstrasse 133
8600 Dübendorf
Office: BU G08

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Research Focus

  • Amphipoda
  • Community ecology
  • Spatial dynamics

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