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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October 16, 2017

In a laboratory experiment, Eawag ecologists studied how the pond snail Lymnaea stagnalis is affected by heatwaves, which are expected to become more frequent as a result of climate change. Snails exposed to temperature stress showed a greater investment in reproduction, egg production increasing by 60 per cent on average.  Read more

October 5, 2017

Single-celled bacteria are capable of mixing water layers in lakes – not directly, by movement of their flagella, but by accumulating locally and thus increasing water density. The heavier water then sinks, creating circular currents. Researchers have now observed this process for the first time not just in the laboratory, but in a natural water body – Lake Cadagno (canton of Ticino). Read more


2.00 pm
Eawag Kastanienbaum
25.Oct. - 29.11.​2017,
Eawag Dübendorf, Forum Chriesbach, Atrium
2.00 pm
Eawag Kastanienbaum

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