Staff

Nele Schuwirth

Dr. Nele Schuwirth

Head of Department, Group leader Ecological Modelling

Department Systems Analysis, Integrated Assessment and Modelling

About Me

Research interests

  • mechanistic modelling, Bayesian inference, uncertainty analysis
  • multi criteria decision analysis (MCDA) for environmental management and ecological assessment
  • foodwebs, trait-based ecology, community ecology, multiple stressors

Teaching

Modelling aquatic ecosystems, ETH Zurich, Course 701-0426-00, 2007-2009, yearly since 2015.

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Projects

Mechanistic modelling of the macroinvertebrate community composition in rivers.
Development of unified ecological assessment procedures for river management.
We investigate human impacts on the community composition of macroinvertebrates and fish in Swiss rivers with statistical analyses of existing monitoring data, food web analyses, and computer models.
Bridging the gap between data science and mechanistic modelling to gain knowledge about community assembly
We study recent developments in insect abundance, biomass and species richness in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems of Switzerland.
Interdisciplinary project on biological effects of micropollutants on the periphyton

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Curriculum Vitae

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Publications

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Gebert, F., Obrist, M. K., Siber, R., Altermatt, F., Bollmann, K., & Schuwirth, N. (2022). Recent trends in stream macroinvertebrates: warm-adapted and pesticide-tolerant taxa increase in richness. Biology Letters, 18(3), 20210513 (7 pp.). doi:10.1098/rsbl.2021.0513, Institutional Repository
Schuwirth, N., Brodersen, J., Caradima, B., & Scheidegger, A. (2022). Umwelteinflüsse auf häufige Fischgattungen. Auswertung von Fisch-Monitoring-Programmen. Aqua & Gas, 102(6), 66-71. , Institutional Repository
Caradima, B., Scheidegger, A., Brodersen, J., & Schuwirth, N. (2021). Bridging mechanistic conceptual models and statistical species distribution models of riverine fish. Ecological Modelling, 457, 109680 (15 pp.). doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2021.109680, Institutional Repository
Carles, L., Wullschleger, S., Joss, A., Eggen, R. I. L., Schirmer, K., Schuwirth, N., … Tlili, A. (2021). Impact of wastewater on the microbial diversity of periphyton and its tolerance to micropollutants in an engineered flow-through channel system. Water Research, 203, 117486 (14 pp.). doi:10.1016/j.watres.2021.117486, Institutional Repository
Vermeiren, P., Reichert, P., Graf, W., Leitner, P., Schmidt-Kloiber, A., & Schuwirth, N. (2021). Confronting existing knowledge on ecological preferences of stream macroinvertebrates with independent monitoring data using a Bayesian multi-species distribution model. Freshwater Science, 40(1), 202-220. doi:10.1086/713175, Institutional Repository
Caradima, B., Reichert, P., & Schuwirth, N. (2020). Effects of site selection and taxonomic resolution on the inference of stream invertebrate responses to environmental conditions. Freshwater Science, 39(3), 415-432. doi:10.1086/709024, Institutional Repository
Schuwirth, N. (2020). Towards an integrated surface water quality assessment: aggregation over multiple pollutants and time. Water Research, 186, 116330 (11 pp.). doi:10.1016/j.watres.2020.116330, Institutional Repository
Vermeiren, P., Reichert, P., & Schuwirth, N. (2020). Integrating uncertain prior knowledge regarding ecological preferences into multi-species distribution models: effects of model complexity on predictive performance. Ecological Modelling, 420, 108956 (15 pp.). doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2020.108956, Institutional Repository
Caradima, B., Schuwirth, N., & Reichert, P. (2019). From individual to joint species distribution models: a comparison of model complexity and predictive performance. Journal of Biogeography, 46(10), 2260-2274. doi:10.1111/jbi.13668, Institutional Repository
Haag, F., Lienert, J., Schuwirth, N., & Reichert, P. (2019). Identifying non-additive multi-attribute value functions based on uncertain indifference statements. Omega: the international journal of management science, 85, 49-67. doi:10.1016/j.omega.2018.05.011, Institutional Repository
Kuemmerlen, M., Reichert, P., Siber, R., & Schuwirth, N. (2019). Ecological assessment of river networks: from reach to catchment scale. Science of the Total Environment, 650, 1613-1627. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.09.019, Institutional Repository
Küry, D., Stucki, P., Martinez, N., Roth, T., Schuwirth, N., Michel, C., & Schindler Wildhaber, Y. (2019). Vom IBCH zum IBCH_2019. Methoden-Update des Moduls "Makrozoobenthos Stufe F" im Modul-Stufen-Konzept. Aqua & Gas, 99(12), 47-54. , Institutional Repository
Schuwirth, N., Caradima, B., Schindler Wildhaber, Y., & Sarbach-Remund, N. (2019). Analyse schweizweiter Makrozoobenthosdaten. Erkenntnisse über anthropogene Einflüsse und Monitoring-Design. Aqua & Gas, 99(12), 55-61. , Institutional Repository
Schuwirth, N., Borgwardt, F., Domisch, S., Friedrichs, M., Kattwinkel, M., Kneis, D., … Vermeiren, P. (2019). How to make ecological models useful for environmental management. Ecological Modelling, 411, 108784 (14 pp.). doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2019.108784, Institutional Repository
Schuwirth, N., Honti, M., Logar, I., & Stamm, C. (2018). Multi-criteria decision analysis for integrated water quality assessment and management support. Water Research X, 1, 100010 (11 pp.). doi:10.1016/j.wroa.2018.100010, 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
Michel, C., Schindler Wildhaber, Y., Leib, V., Remund, N., & Schuwirth, N. (2017). Überarbeitung des Makrozoobenthos-Index. Natürliche Einflussfaktoren, Ursache-Wirkungsanalyse und Diskussion des Spear-Index. Aqua & Gas, 97(4), 70-77. , 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, 27(4), 1365-1377. doi:10.1002/eap.1530, Institutional Repository
Paillex, A., Schuwirth, N., Lorenz, A. W., Januschke, K., Peter, A., & Reichert, P. (2017). Integrating and extending ecological river assessment: concept and test with two restoration projects. Ecological Indicators, 72, 131-141. doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.07.048, 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
Kattwinkel, M., Reichert, P., Rüegg, J., Liess, M., & Schuwirth, N. (2016). Modeling macroinvertebrate community dynamics in stream mesocosms contaminated with a pesticide. Environmental Science and Technology, 50(6), 3165-3173. doi:10.1021/acs.est.5b04068, Institutional Repository
Schuwirth, N., Dietzel, A., & Reichert, P. (2016). The importance of biotic interactions for the prediction of macroinvertebrate communities under multiple stressors. Functional Ecology, 30(6), 974-984. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12605, Institutional Repository
Reichert, P., Langhans, S. D., Lienert, J., & Schuwirth, N. (2015). The conceptual foundation of environmental decision support. Journal of Environmental Management, 154, 316-332. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.01.053, Institutional Repository
Scholten, L., Schuwirth, N., Reichert, P., & Lienert, J. (2015). Tackling uncertainty in multi-criteria decision analysis – an application to water supply infrastructure planning. European Journal of Operational Research, 242(1), 243-260. doi:10.1016/j.ejor.2014.09.044, Institutional Repository
Schuwirth, N., Kattwinkel, M., & Stamm, C. (2015). How stressor specific are trait-based ecological indices for ecosystem management?. Science of the Total Environment, 505, 565-572. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.10.029, Institutional Repository
Gray, C., Baird, D. J., Baumgartner, S., Jacob, U., Jenkins, G. B., O'Gorman, E. J., … Woodward, G. (2014). Ecological networks: the missing links in biomonitoring science. Journal of Applied Ecology, 51(5), 1444-1449. doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12300, Institutional Repository
Langhans, S. D., Reichert, P., & Schuwirth, N. (2014). The method matters: a guide for indicator aggregation in ecological assessments. Ecological Indicators, 45, 494-507. doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2014.05.014, Institutional Repository
Rinderknecht, S. L., Albert, C., Borsuk, M. E., Schuwirth, N., Künsch, H. R., & Reichert, P. (2014). The effect of ambiguous prior knowledge on Bayesian model parameter inference and prediction. Environmental Modelling and Software, 62, 300-315. doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2014.08.020, Institutional Repository
Robinson, C. T., Schuwirth, N., Baumgartner, S., & Stamm, C. (2014). Spatial relationships between land-use, habitat, water quality and lotic macroinvertebrates in two Swiss catchments. Aquatic Sciences, 76(3), 375-392. doi:10.1007/s00027-014-0341-z, Institutional Repository
Langhans, S. D., Lienert, J., Schuwirth, N., & Reichert, P. (2013). How to make river assessments comparable: a demonstration for hydromorphology. Ecological Indicators, 32, 264-275. doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2013.03.027, Institutional Repository
Reichert, P., Schuwirth, N., & Langhans, S. (2013). Constructing, evaluating and visualizing value and utility functions for decision support. Environmental Modelling and Software, 46, 283-291. doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2013.01.017, Institutional Repository
Schuwirth, N., & Reichert, P. (2013). Bridging the gap between theoretical ecology and real ecosystems: modeling invertebrate community composition in streams. Ecology, 94(2), 368-379. doi:10.1890/12-0591.1, Institutional Repository
Reichert, P., & Schuwirth, N. (2012). Linking statistical bias description to multiobjective model calibration. Water Resources Research, 48(9), W09543 (20 pp.). doi:10.1029/2011WR011391, Institutional Repository
Schuwirth, N., Reichert, P., & Lienert, J. (2012). Methodological aspects of multi-criteria decision analysis for policy support: a case study on pharmaceutical removal from hospital wastewater. European Journal of Operational Research, 220(2), 472-483. doi:10.1016/j.ejor.2012.01.055, Institutional Repository
Lienert, J., Koller, M., Konrad, J., McArdell, C. S., & Schuwirth, N. (2011). Multiple-criteria decision analysis reveals high stakeholder preference to remove pharmaceuticals from hospital wastewater. Environmental Science and Technology, 45(9), 3848-3857. doi:10.1021/es1031294, Institutional Repository
Schuwirth, N., Acuña, V., & Reichert, P. (2011). Development of a mechanistic model (ERIMO-I) for analyzing the temporal dynamics of the benthic community of an intermittent Mediterranean stream. Ecological Modelling, 222(1), 91-104. doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2010.09.013, Institutional Repository
Reichert, P., & Schuwirth, N. (2010). A generic framework for deriving process stoichiometry in environmental models. Environmental Modelling and Software, 25(10), 1241-1251. doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2010.03.002, Institutional Repository
Hofmann, T., & Schuwirth, N. (2008). Zn and Pb release of sphalerite (ZnS)-bearing mine waste tailings. Journal of Soils and Sediments, 8(6), 433-441. doi:10.1007/s11368-008-0052-y, Institutional Repository
Schuwirth, N., Kühni, M., Schweizer, S., Uehlinger, U., & Reichert, P. (2008). A mechanistic model of benthos community dynamics in the River Sihl, Switzerland. Freshwater Biology, 53(7), 1372-1392. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2427.2008.01970.x, Institutional Repository
Schuwirth, N., Voegelin, A., Kretzschmar, R., & Hofmann, T. (2007). Vertical distribution and speciation of trace metals in weathering flotation residues of a zinc/lead sulfide mine. Journal of Environmental Quality, 36(1), 61-69. doi:10.2134/jeq2006.0148, Institutional Repository
Schuwirth, N., & Hofmann, T. (2006). Methods of metal release assessment in soil water at anoxic sites. Acta Hydrochimica et Hydrobiologica, 34(6), 579-586. doi:10.1002/aheh.200500651, Institutional Repository

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Address

E-Mail: nele.schuwirth@eawag.ch
Phone: +41 58 765 5528
Fax: +41 58 765 5802
Address: Eawag
Überlandstrasse 133
8600 Dübendorf
Office: FC D04

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Expert on

aquatic ecology, decision analysis, modeling, multiple stressors, transdisciplinary research

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