Department Surface Waters - Research and Management

Aquatic Chemistry

Our group follows an interdisciplinary research agenda focused on biogeochemical processes in continental waters. We combine chemical sensors, tracer techniques and modelling to address topics such as

  • the reaction of large lakes and river systems to environmental change,
  • the role of oxic-anoxic boundaries on carbon an nutrient cycles,
  • sustainable strategies for the management of surface waters.

We teach several courses at ETH Zurich,

  • biogeochemistry and environmental chemistry,
  • field and lab courses on aquatic systems,
  • graduate seminar in environmental policy.


Christian DinkelTel. +41 58 765 2151Send Mail
Luzia FuchsTel. +41 58 765 2178Send Mail
Dr. Andreas BrandTel. +41 58 765 2148Send Mail
Rohini AthavaleTel. +41 58 765 5633Send Mail
Benedikt EhrenfelsDoctoral StudentTel. +41 58 765 2268Send Mail
Marie-Sophie MaierTel. +41 58 765 2243Send Mail
Matthias ZimmermannTel. +41 58 765 2257Send Mail

Tim Kalvelage
Tel. +41 44 632 5489


Elisa Calamita
Tel. +41 44 632 8335


Current Projects

Many Rivers carry high loads of nitrogen due to leaching of agricultural fertilizers. Wetlands can help mitigating nitrogen eutrophication of coastal waters.
Niches and traits of methanotroph bacteria in stratified lakes are studied with the ultimate goal to improve process models.