Department Aquatic Ecology

Aquatic Ecology

Eawag’s Department of Aquatic Ecology is currently home for eleven research groups that cover the broad disciplines of ecology and evolution from the individual to the community and ecosystem level, utilizing a wide range of tools and techniques from microscopes to molecular genetics. Read more

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February 21, 2017

As a result of climate change, concentrations of the trace element selenium in soils are likely to decrease. Because the selenium content of crops may also be reduced, the risk of selenium deficiency could be increased in many regions of the world. This was shown by a recent study which used data-mining to model the global distribution of selenium. Read more

Ambizione Fellowships and SNSF Professorships

Publications

Laland,K.; Matthews,B.; Feldman,M.W. (2016) An introduction to niche construction theory, Evolutionary Ecology, 1-12, doi:10.1007/s10682-016-9821-z, Institutional Repository
Gouskov,A.; Reyes,M.; Wirthner-Bitterlin,L.; Vorburger,C. (2016) Fish population genetic structure shaped by hydroelectric power plants in the upper Rhine catchment, Evolutionary Applications, 9(2), 394-408, doi:10.1111/eva.12339, Institutional Repository
van Hardenbroek,M.; Leuenberger,M.; Hartikainen,H.; Okamura,B.; Heiri,O. (2016) Bryozoan stable carbon and hydrogen isotopes: relationships between the isotopic composition of zooids, statoblasts and lake water, Hydrobiologia, 765(1), 209-223, doi:10.1007/s10750-015-2414-y, Institutional Repository

Research Projects

Population genetics approaches to investigate how the massive level of habitat fragmentation affects population connectivity of crayfish, and if technical countermeasures effectively mitigate the negative effects of fragmentation.
New tools to monitor changes in ecosystem conditions and to quantify genetic changes of populations in (semi-)natural environments to predict how human mediated environmental change will influence stability and resilience of ecosystems.
We test how natural selection acts on quantitative immune defence traits and how ecological factors create variation in the form and strength of selection.
Assess the distribution and genetic structure of all amphipod species in Switzerland.