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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July 19, 2017

Central Switzerland is shaped by Lake Lucerne, which offers not only rich landscape diversity but also habitats for numerous animal species. As part of the Swiss-wide “Projet Lac” study, the lake’s fish fauna was surveyed for the first time using standardized quantitative methods – producing some surprising findings. Read more

Ambizione Fellowships and SNSF Professorships

Publications

Laland, K.; Matthews, B.; Feldman, M. W. (2016) An introduction to niche construction theory, Evolutionary Ecology, 30(2), 191-202, 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
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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.