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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February 19, 2018

If the climate heats up, the temperature in the uppermost layer of lakes will increase, the thermic layering will become more stable and last longer, and less oxygen will reach the depths – this is the present theory on the effect of climate change on lakes. Read more

January 17, 2018

How much thermal energy from Swiss lakes can be exploited without having an impact on their ecosystems? Eawag was commissioned by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) to estimate the potentials with the larger lakes and rivers. Read more


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Eawag Dübendorf
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Eawag Dübendorf
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Eawag Dübendorf

Scientific publications

Gounand, I.; Harvey, E.; Little, C. J.; Altermatt, F. (2018) Meta-Ecosystems 2.0: rooting the theory into the field, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 33(1), 36-46, doi:10.1016/j.tree.2017.10.006, Institutional Repository
Fontana, S.; Thomas, M. K.; Moldoveanu, M.; Spaak, P.; Pomati, F. (2018) Individual-level trait diversity predicts phytoplankton community properties better than species richness or evenness, ISME Journal, 12, 356-366, doi:10.1038/ismej.2017.160, Institutional Repository
Carraro, L.; Bertuzzo, E.; Mari, L.; Fontes, I.; Hartikainen, H.; Strepparava, N.; Schmidt-Posthaus, H.; Wahli, T.; Jokela, J.; Gatto, M.; Rinaldo, A. (2017) Integrated field, laboratory, and theoretical study of PKD spread in a Swiss prealpine river, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America PNAS, 114(45), 11992-11997, doi:10.1073/pnas.1713691114, Institutional Repository
Käch, H.; Mathé-Hubert, H.; Dennis, A. B.; Vorburger, C. (2017) Rapid evolution of symbiont-mediated resistance compromises biological control of aphids by parasitoids, Evolutionary Applications, doi:10.1111/eva.12532, Institutional Repository
Spaak, J. W.; Baert, J. M.; Baird, D. J.; Eisenhauer, N.; Maltby, L.; Pomati, F.; Radchuk, V.; Rohr, J. R.; Van den Brink, P. J.; De Laender, F. (2017) Shifts of community composition and population density substantially affect ecosystem function despite invariant richness, Ecology Letters, 20(10), 1315-1324, doi:10.1111/ele.12828, Institutional Repository
To the library
  • 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