Preserve biodiversity

Concerns about the preservation of biodiversity often end up on the losing side when it comes to weighing conflicting interests in the balance, and its loss is usually only quantified in financial terms when it is already too late. Eawag is researching what biodiversity really means, what benefits it brings, and what measures can be employed to preserve it.


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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

June 21, 2017

European eels (Anguilla anguilla)  take three years to migrate from the spawning grounds in the Sargasso Sea (east of Florida) to the coasts of Europe, where they grow to maturity. En route, they are guided by subtle local differences in the Earth’s magnetic field. Read more


18. - 19.09.​2017,
Eawag Dübendorf
25.Oct. - 29.11.​2017,
Eawag Dübendorf

Scientific publications

Fronhofer, E. A.; Nitsche, N.; Altermatt, F. (2017) Information use shapes the dynamics of range expansions into environmental gradients, Global Ecology and Biogeography, 26(4), 400-411, doi:10.1111/geb.12547, 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
Meier, J. I.; Marques, D. A.; Mwaiko, S.; Wagner, C. E.; Excoffier, L.; Seehausen, O. (2017) Ancient hybridization fuels rapid cichlid fish adaptive radiations, Nature Communications, 8, 1-11, doi:10.1038/ncomms14363, Institutional Repository
Stephenson, J. F.; Young, K. A.; Fox, J.; Jokela, J.; Cable, J.; Perkins, S. E. (2017) Host heterogeneity affects both parasite transmission to and fitness on subsequent hosts, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 372, 1-10, doi:10.1098/rstb.2016.0093, Institutional Repository
Svensson, O.; Woodhouse, K.; van Oosterhout, C.; Smith, A.; Turner, G. F.; Seehausen, O. (2017) The genetics of mate preferences in hybrids between two young and sympatric Lake Victoria cichlid species, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological sciences, 284(1849), 1-9, doi:10.1098/rspb.2016.2332, Institutional Repository


Prof. Dr. Martin Ackermann
  • bacteria
  • genetics
  • antibiotics
  • resistances
  • evolution
  • ecology
Prof. Dr. Florian Altermatt
  • biodiversity
  • genetics
  • modeling
  • ecology
  • Ecosystems
Dr. Jakob Brodersen
  • isotopes
  • ecology
Dr. Helmut Bürgmann
  • bacterioplankton
  • microbes
  • surface water
Prof. Dr. Jukka Jokela
  • algae
  • aquatic ecotoxicology
  • fish
  • genetics
  • plankton
  • proteomics
Prof. Dr. Ole Seehausen
  • fish
  • genetics
  • ecology
  • evolution
Dr. Piet Spaak
  • plankton
  • sediments