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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February 16, 2017

Humans influence evolution. In the case of whitefish in Swiss lakes, one consequence of this is replacement of a diversity of specialised species by fewer generalists. A recent analysis now suggests that communities of diverse specialists utilise trophic resources more efficiently. Read more

February 10, 2017

Periodic oscillations of bottom-water oxygen concentrations can alter benthic communities and carbon storage for decades, reveals a new study published in Science Advances. This is particularly relevant as low oxygen conditions are on the rise in the world’s oceans. Read more

Scientific publications

Tellenbach,C.; Tardent,N.; Pomati,F.; Keller,B.; Hairston,N.G.; Wolinska,J.; Spaak,P. (2016) Cyanobacteria facilitate parasite epidemics in Daphnia, Ecology, 97(12), 3422-3432, doi:10.1002/ecy.1576, Institutional Repository
Gounand,I.; Daufresne,T.; Gravel,D.; Bouvier,C.; Bouvier,T.; Combe,M.; Gougat-Barbera,C.; Poly,F.; Torres-Barcelo,C.; Mouquet,N. (2016) Size evolution in microorganisms masks trade-offs predicted by the growth rate hypothesis, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 283, 20162272 (8 pp.), doi:10.1098/rspb.2016.2272, Institutional Repository
Leal,M.C.; Seehausen,O.; Matthews,B. (2017) The ecology and evolution of stoichiometric phenotypes, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 10 pp., doi:10.1016/j.tree.2016.11.006, Institutional Repository
Props,R.; Kerckhof,F.M.; Rubbens,P.; De Vrieze,J.; Hernandez Sanabria,E.; Waegeman,W.; Monsieurs,P.; Hammes,F.; Boon,N. (2016) Absolute quantification of microbial taxon abundances, ISME Journal, 4 pp., doi:10.1038/ismej.2016.117, Institutional Repository
Boehm,A.; Arnoldini,M.; Bergmiller,T.; Röösli,T.; Bigosch,C.; Ackermann,M. (2016) Genetic Manipulation of Glycogen Allocation Affects Replicative Lifespan in E. coli, PLoS Genetics, 12(4), e1005974 (17 pp), doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1005974, 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