Blake Matthews

Dr. Blake Matthews

Department Fish Ecology & Evolution

About Me


I am interested in the ecology and evolution of aquatic ecosystems. Food webs exhibit remarkable structural diversity, but how does this influence the functioning of ecosystems? To predict how ecosystems will respond to global environmental change, we need to understand the processes that maintain food web diversity and functioning of ecosystems. This requires a more complete integration of ecology, evolution, and ecosystem science. My research has two main themes:

I. How do ecological, evolutionary, and anthropogenic processes structure aquatic food webs?

II. How does the structural diversity of food webs affect ecosystem functioning (i.e. the physical properties and biogeochemical cycling of aquatic ecosystems)?

List of publications Google scholar list

  1. Owen L Petchey, Mikael Pontarp, Thomas M Massie, Sonia Kefi, Arpat Ozgul, Maja Weilenmann, Gian Marco Palamara, Florian Altermatt, Matthews, B., Jonathan M Levine, Childs Z Dylan, Brian J McGill, Michael E Schaepman, Bernhard Schmid, Piet Spaak, Andrew P Beckerman, Frank Pennekamp, Ian S Pearse. 2015. The Ecological Forecast Horizon, and examples of its uses and determinants. Ecology Letters : In press pdf

  2. Birtel, J., Walser, J.C., Pichon, S. Buergmann, H., Matthews, B. 2015. Estimating bacterial diversity for ecological studies: methods, metrics, and assumptions PLoS ONE: In press pdf

  3. Czekalski, N., Sigdel, R., Birtel, J.,Matthews, B., Buergmann, H. 2015. Does human activity impact the natural antibiotic resistance background? Abundance of antibiotic resistance genes in 21 Swiss lakes Environment International : In press pdf

  4. Narwani, A., Matthews, B., Fox, J., and Venail, P. 2015. Using phylogenetics in community assembly and ecosystem functioning research Functional Ecology : In press pdf

  5. Pomati, F., Tellenbach, C., Matthews, B., Venail, P., Ibelings, B.W., and Ptacnik, R. 2015. Challenges and prospects for interpreting long term phytoplankton diversity changes in Lake Zurich (Switzerland). Freshwater Biology 60:1052-1059 pdf

  6. Fischer, B.B., M. Kwiatkowski, M. Ackermann, J. Krismer, S. Roffler, M.J.F. Suter, R.I.L. Eggen, and B. Matthews. 2014. Phenotypic plasticity influences eco-evolutionary dynamics of a predator-prey system. Ecology 95(11): 3080-3092. pdf

  7. Lundsgaard-Hansen, B., B. Matthews, O. Seehausen. 2014. Divergent ecosystem effects of whitefish species are genetically heritable and phenotypically plastic. Ecology 95(10): 2723-2735. pdf

  8. Melian, C.J., F. Baldo, B. Matthews, C. Vilas, E. Gonzalez-Ortegon, P. Drake, R.J. Williams. 2014. Individual trait variation and diversity in food webs. Advances in Ecological Research 50: 207-241 .pdf

  9. Marchinko, K. B., B. Matthews, Arnegard M. E., S. Rogers, D. Schluter. 2014. Maintenance of a genetic polymorphism with disruptive natural selection in stickleback Current Biology 24: 1289-1292.pdf

  10. Arnegard M. E., M. D. McGee, B. Matthews, K. B. Marchinko, G. L. Conte, S. Kabir, N. Bedford, S. Bergek, Y. F. Chan, F. C. Jones, D. M. Kingsley, C. L. Peichel, and D. Schluter. 2014. Genetics of ecological divergence during speciation. Nature 511:307-311.pdf

  11. B. Matthews L. De Meester, C.G. Jones, B.W. Ibelings, T.J. Bouma, V. Nuutinen, J. van de Koppel, J. Odling-Smee. 2014. Under niche construction: an operational bridge between ecology, evolution, and ecosystem science. Ecological Monographs 84(2):245-263. pdf

  12. Seehausen O., Butlin R., Keller I., Wagner C.E., Boughman J., Hohenlohe P.A., Peichel C.L., Saetre G.-P. Claudia Bank, Ake Brannstrom, Alan Brelsford, Roger K. Butlin, Chris S. Clarkson, Fabrice Eroukhmanoff, Jeffrey L. Feder, Martin C. Fischer, Andrew D. Foote, Paolo Franchini, Chris D. Jiggins, Felicity C. Jones, Anna K. Lindholm, Kay Lucek, Martine E. Maan, David A. Marques, Simon H. Martin, B. Matthews, Joana I. Meier, Markus Moest, Michael W. Nachman, Etsuko Nonaka, Catherine L. Peichel, Diana J. Rennison, Julia Schwarzer, Eric T. Watson, Anja M. Westram, and Alex Widmer. 2014. Genomics and the origin of species. Nature Reviews Genetics 15:176-192. pdf

  13. Vogt, R.J., B. Matthews, T.P. Cobb, M.D. Graham, and P.R. Leavitt. 2013. Food web consequences of size-based predation and vertical migration of an invertebrate predator ( Leptodora kindtii ) Limnology and Oceanography 58(5):1790-1801. pdf

  14. Hausch, S., J.S. Shurin, and B. Matthews. 2013. Variation in body shape across species and populations in a radiation of Diaptomid copepods PLoS ONE 8(6):e68272 pdf

  15. Hendry, A.P., C.L. Peichel, B. Matthews, J.W. Boughman, and P. Nosil. 2013.Stickleback research: the now and the next. Evolutionary Ecology Research 15: 1-31. pdf

  16. Winter, C., B. Matthews, and C. A. Suttle. 2013. Effects of environmental variation and spatial distance on Bacteria, Archaea, and viruses in sub-polar and arctic waters. ISME Journal1:12pdf

  17. Lundsgaard-Hansen, B, B. Matthews, P. Vonlanthen, A. Traverna, and O. Seehausen. 2013. Adaptive plasticity and genetic divergence in feeding efficiency during parallel adaptive radiation of whitefish (Coregonus spp.). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26: 483-498. pdf

  18. Declerck, SAJ, C. Winter, J.B. Shurin, C.A. Suttle, and B. Matthews. 2013. Effects of patch connectivity and heterogeneity on metacommunity structure of planktonic bacteria and viruses. ISME Journal 7:533-542. pdf

  19. B. Matthews and Pomati, F. 2012. Reversal in the relationship between species richness and turnover in a phytoplankton community Ecology 93:2435-2447. pdf

  20. Pomati, F., B. Matthews, J. Jokela, A. Schildknecht, and B. W. Ibelings. 2012. Effects of re-oligotrophication and climate warming on plankton richness and community stability in a deep mesotrophic lake Oikos 121(8):1317-1327 pdf

  21. Matthews, B. , S. Hausch, C. Winter, C. Suttle, and J.B. Shurin. 2011. Contrasting ecosystem effects of morphologically similar copepods. PLoS ONE 6(11): e26700. pdf

  22. Matthews, B., A. Narwani, S. Hausch, E. Nonaka, H. Peter, M. Yamamichi, K. Sullam, K. Bird, M. Thomas, T. Hanley, and C. Turner. 2011. Toward an integration of evolutionary biology and ecosystem science. Ecology Letters 14(7): 690-701.pdf

  23. Shurin, J.B., M. Winder, R. Adrian, W. Keller, B. Matthews, A.M. Paterson, M. Paterson, B. Pinel-Alloul, J.A. Rusak, N. Yan. 2010. Environmental stability and lake plankton diversity: contrasting effects of chemical and thermal variability. Ecology Letters 13(4): 453-463. pdf

  24. Davies, J.M., W.H. Nowlin, B. Matthews, A. Mazumder. 2010. Temporal discontinuity of nutrient limitation in plankton communities. Aquatic Sciences 72(4): 393-402. pdf

  25. Matthews, B., L.J. Harmon, L. M'Gonigle, K.B. Marchinko, H. Schaschl. 2010. Sympatric and allopatric divergence of MHC genes in threespine stickleback. PLoS ONE 5(6):1-11 pdf

  26. Matthews, B., K.B. Marchinko, D.I. Bolnick, and A. Mazumder. 2010. Specialization of trophic position and habitat use by sticklebacks in an adaptive radiation. Ecology 91:1025-1034. pdf

  27. Harmon*, L.J., B. Matthews*, S. DesRoches, J. Chase, J.B. Shurin, D. Schluter. 2009. Evolutionary diversification in stickleback affects ecosystem function. Nature 458: 1167-1170. *Both authors contributed equally. pdf - supplement

  28. Das, B., A. Narwani, B. Matthews, R. Nordin, and A. Mazumder. 2009. Anthropogenic disturbance history influences the temporal coherence of paleoproductivity in two lakes. Journal of Paleolimnology 42: 167-181.

  29. Matthews, B., and A. Mazumder. 2008. Detecting trophic-level variation in consumer assemblages. Freshwater Biology 53: 1942-1953. pdf

  30. Bolnick, D., Caldera, E. and, B. Matthews. 2008. Evidence for asymmetric migration load in a pair of ecologically divergent stickleback populations. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 94: 273-287. pdf

  31. Ingram, T., B. Matthews, C. Harrod, T. Stephens, J. Grey, R. Markell, A. Mazumder. 2007. Lipid extraction has little effect on the d15N of aquatic consumers. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods 5: 338-343. pdf

  32. Matthews, B., and A. Mazumder. 2007. Distinguishing trophic from seasonal and size-based isotopic (d15N) variation of zooplankton. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 64: 74-83. pdf

  33. Perga, M., M. Kainz, B. Matthews, and A. Mazumder. 2006. Carbon pathways to zooplankton: insights from paired use of stable isotope analysis and fatty acid biomarkers. Freshwater Biology 51: 2041-2051. pdf

  34. Matthews, B., and A. Mazumder. 2006. Habitat specialization and the exploitation of allochthonous carbon by zooplankton. Ecology 87: 2800-2812.pdf

  35. Matthews, B., and A. Mazumder. 2005. Consequences of large temporal variability of zooplankton d15N for estimates of fish trophic variation. Limnology and Oceanography 50: 1404-1414.pdf

  36. Matthews, B., and A. Mazumder. 2005. Temporal variation in body composition (C:N) helps explain seasonal patterns of zooplankton d13C. Freshwater Biology 50: 502-515. pdf

  37. Matthews, B., and A. Mazumder. 2004. A critical examination of intrapopulation variation of d13C and isotopic evidence of individual specialization. Oecologia 140: 361-371. pdf

  38. Matthews, B., and A. Mazumder. 2003. Compositional and inter-lake variability of zooplankton affect baseline stable isotope signatures. Limnology and Oceanography 48: 1977-1987. pdf

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Curriculum Vitae

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Selected publications

Arnegard, M. E.; McGee, M. D.; Matthews, B.; Marchinko, K. B.; Conte, G. L.; Kabir, S.; Bedford, N.; Bergek, S.; Chan, Y. F.; Jones, F. C.; Kingsley, D. M.; Peichel, C. L.; Schluter, D. (2014) Genetics of ecological divergence during speciation, Nature, 511(7509), 307-311, doi:10.1038/nature13301, Institutional Repository
Fischer, B. B.; Kwiatkowski, M.; Ackermann, M.; Krismer, J.; Roffler, S.; Suter, M. J. F.; Eggen, R. I. L.; Matthews, B. (2014) Phenotypic plasticity influences the eco-evolutionary dynamics of a predator-prey system, Ecology, 95(11), 3080-3092, doi:10.1890/14-0116.1, Institutional Repository
Matthews, B.; De Meester, L.; Jones, C. G.; Ibelings, B. W.; Bouma, T. J.; Nuutinen, V.; van de Koppel, J.; Odling-Smee, J. (2014) Under niche construction: an operational bridge between ecology, evolution, and ecosystem science, Ecological Monographs, 84(2), 245-263, doi:10.1890/13-0953.1, Institutional Repository
Matthews, B.; Narwani, A.; Hausch, S.; Nonaka, E.; Peter, H.; Yamamichi, M.; Sullam, K. E.; Bird, K. C.; Thomas, M. K.; Hanley, T. C.; Turner, C. B. (2011) Toward an integration of evolutionary biology and ecosystem science, Ecology Letters, 14(7), 690-701, doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2011.01627.x, Institutional Repository
Harmon, L. J.; Matthews, B.; Des Roches, S.; Chase, J. M.; Shurin, J. B.; Schluter, D. (2009) Evolutionary diversification in stickleback affects ecosystem functioning, Nature, 458(7974), 1167-1170, doi:10.1038/nature07974, Institutional Repository

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Phone: +41 58 765 2120
Fax: +41 58 765 2168
Address: Eawag
Seestrasse 79
6047 Kastanienbaum
Office: SW C05

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Expert of

biodiversity, plankton, evolution, Ecosystems

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Research Group

Rebecca Best

Romana Limberger

Marek Svitok

Jaime Mauricio

Moritz Luerig

Dominik Schmid

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