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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September 5, 2017

Dried-up ponds, culverted streams, contamination with fertilisers and pesticides – the list of adverse effects caused by agriculture to water and waterbodies is a long one. Shortening this list is a major challenge, not only for agriculture but also for society as a whole. Supplying humanity with food is, after all, equally important. At the Eawag Info Day, experts demonstrated that the conflicts between use and protection can be addressed through objective dialogue, transparently stated goals and a broad raft of measures. Read more

September 1, 2017

Will global warming force a shift in Biel’s drinking water intake? What caused the sudden turbidity of the water supply in the winter of 2009? Eawag has come up with answers to these and other questions for Energy Service Biel, and in the process, new questions have also emerged. Read more


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Eawag Kastanienbaum
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Eawag Dübendorf

Scientific publications

Harvey, E.; Gounand, I.; Ward, C. L.; Altermatt, F. (2017) Bridging ecology and conservation: from ecological networks to ecosystem function, Journal of Applied Ecology, 54(2), 371-379, doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12769, Institutional Repository
Alexander, T. J.; Vonlanthen, P.; Seehausen, O. (2017) Does eutrophication-driven evolution change aquatic ecosystems?, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 372(1712), 1-10, doi:10.1098/rstb.2016.0041, Institutional Repository
Tomonaga, Y.; Brennwald, M. S.; Livingstone, D. M.; Kwiecien, O.; Randlett, M.-È.; 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, 1-10, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-00371-w, Institutional Repository
Honti, M.; Schuwirth, N.; Rieckermann, J.; 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(3), 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), Holocene, xx (12 pp.), doi:10.1177/0959683617693892, Institutional Repository
To the library

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
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
Prof. Dr. Alfred Johny Wüest
  • aquatic ecology
  • water quality
  • Lake management