Biodiversity

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.

News

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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

June 7, 2017

In freshwater lakes, large amounts of the greenhouse gas methane are oxidized by bacteria before it can be emitted into the atmosphere. A study in Lakes Rotsee and Zug has now shown that the bulk of this work is done, not by “classical” methane consumers, but by filamentous bacteria previously known only as contaminants of water supplies. Read more

Events

31.08.​2017,
9.00 am
Eawag Kastanienbaum
18. - 19.09.​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, 14363 (11 pp.), 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, 372, 20160093 (10 pp.), 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), 20162332 (9 pp.), doi:10.1098/rspb.2016.2332, Institutional Repository

Experts

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