Understand and manage ecosystems

Why does one species of toad live in ponds, while another prefers shingle banks? How does the flora and fauna in a mountain stream change when the glacier has melted away? And how do invasive species affect their new habitat? It is only by answering questions such as these that entire ecosystems can be understood and, to some extent, managed.


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May 18, 2017

Bypass tunnels designed to reduce sediment deposition in reservoirs also have beneficial effects on ecological conditions in downstream receiving waters. This was the conclusion of a study carried out on the Solis reservoir in Graubünden by biologists from Eawag and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).  Read more

May 16, 2017

The sediments of Lake Van in Eastern Anatolia (Turkey) are a valuable climate archive. Now, using the salinity measured in sediment porewater, scientists have reconstructed the huge lake-level fluctuations that occurred over the past 250,000 years. This approach – based on simple physical concepts – is likely to be more widely applied in the future. Read more


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Scientific publications

Alexander,T.J.; Vonlanthen,P.; Seehausen,O. (2017) Does eutrophication-driven evolution change aquatic ecosystems?, Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B, 372(1712), 20160041 (10 pp.), doi:10.1098/rstb.2016.0041, Institutional Repository
Tomonaga,Y.; Brennwald,M.S.; Livingstone,D.M.; Kwiecien,O.; Randlett,M.E.; Stockhecke,M.; Unwin,K.; Anselmetti,F.S.; Beer,J.; Haug,G.H.; Schubert,C.J.; Sturm,M.; Kipfer,R. (2017) Porewater salinity reveals past lake-level changes in Lake Van, the Earth’s largest soda lake, Scientific Reports, 7, article 313 (10 pp.), doi:10.1038/s41598-017-00371-w, Institutional Repository
Honti,M.; Schuwirth,N.; Rieckermann,N.; Stamm,C. (2017) Can integrative catchment management mitigate future water quality issues caused by climate change and socio-economic development?, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21, 1593-1609, doi:10.5194/hess-21-1593-2017, Institutional Repository
Lavrieux,M.; Schubert,C.J.; Hofstetter,T.; Eglinton,T.I.; Hajdas,I.; Wacker,L.; Dubois,N. (2017) From medieval land clearing to industrial development: 800 years of human-impact history in the Joux Valley (Swiss Jura), The Holocene, xx (12 pp.), Institutional Repository
Mondy,C.P.; Schuwirth,N. (2017) Integrating ecological theories and traits in process-based modeling of macroinvertebrate community dynamics in streams, Ecological Applications, xx (20 pp.), doi:10.1002/eap.1530, Institutional Repository
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Publications for practitioners

  • Factsheet: Invasive species spread by recreational boats transported overland [pdf, available in German and French]
  • Factsheet: River Corridors [pdf, available in German and French]
  • Factsheet: Facts about phosphorus in Lake Brienz [pdf, available in German and French]
  • River revitalisation: Focus on fish [pdf, available in German and French]
Weber,C. (2013) Schweizer Fließgewässer im Spannungsfeld zwischen Schutz und Nutzung, 259-268, Institutional Repository


Prof. Dr. Rik Eggen
  • aquatic ecotoxicology
  • micropollutants
  • surface water
Dr. Tom Gonser
  • groundwater
  • ecology
Prof. Dr. Jukka Jokela
  • algae
  • aquatic ecotoxicology
  • fish
  • genetics
  • plankton
  • proteomics
Dr. Hans Peter Kohler
  • micropollutants
  • organic pollutants
  • drinking water
Dr. Blake Matthews
  • biodiversity
  • plankton
  • evolution
  • Ecosystems
Dr. Carsten Schubert
  • isotopes
  • surface water
Prof. Dr. Ole Seehausen
  • fish
  • genetics
  • ecology
  • evolution
Dr. Piet Spaak
  • plankton
  • sediments
Dr. Colette vom Berg
  • molecular ecotoxicology
  • fish
Prof. Dr. Alfred Johny Wüest
  • aquatic ecology
  • water quality
  • Lake management