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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December 11, 2017

The composition of cyanobacterial communities in peri-alpine lakes has become increasingly similar over the past century. Climate warming and a period of eutrophication have favoured in particular potentially toxic species which can adapt rapidly to environmental changes. These are the findings of an Eawag-led study analysing DNA extracted from sediment cores. Read more

November 22, 2017

According to a survey conducted by Eawag, around 45 per cent of all actors in the Swiss water sector are concerned in some way with river restoration.  Read more


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Scientific publications

Santschi, F.; Gounand, I.; Harvey, E.; Altermatt, F. (2017) Leaf litter diversity and structure of microbial decomposer communities modulate litter decomposition in aquatic systems, Functional Ecology, xx, doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12980, Institutional Repository
Dermond, P.; Thomas, S. M.; Brodersen, J. (2017) Environmental stability increases relative individual specialisation across populations of an aquatic top predator, Oikos, xx, doi:10.1111/oik.04578, Institutional Repository
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
To the library


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