Department Aquatic Ecology

Aquatic Ecology

Eawag’s Department of Aquatic Ecology is currently home for eight research groups that cover the broad disciplines of ecology and evolution from the individual to the community and ecosystem level, utilizing a wide range of tools and techniques from microscopes to molecular genetics. Read more

News

[Translate to English:] Vielfalt und Herkunft der Stichlinge im Bodensee (Eawag)
March 2, 2021 –

In Lake Constance, sticklebacks are occupying increasingly varied habitat types – in recent years even including the open and deep waters of the lake. In an Eawag review undertaken as part of the “SeeWandel” project, these...

In Lake Constance, sticklebacks are occupying increasingly varied habitat types – in recent years even including the open and deep waters of the lake. In an Eawag review undertaken as part of the “SeeWandel” project, these uniquely diverse ecological adaptations are explained in terms of renewed contact between three stickleback lineages – including one originating from the Baltic region, whose genetic material is as yet rarely observed in other Swiss lakes.

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Publications

Carraro, L.; Mächler, E.; Wüthrich, R.; Altermatt, F. (2020) Environmental DNA allows upscaling spatial patterns of biodiversity in freshwater ecosystems, Nature Communications, 11, 3585 (12 pp.), doi:10.1038/s41467-020-17337-8, Institutional Repository
Jacquet, C.; Gounand, I.; Altermatt, F. (2020) How pulse disturbances shape size-abundance pyramids, Ecology Letters, 23(6), 1014-1023, doi:10.1111/ele.13508, Institutional Repository
Matthews, B.; Jokela, J.; Narwani, A.; Räsänen, K.; Pomati, F.; Altermatt, F.; Spaak, P.; Robinson, C. T.; Vorburger, C. (2020) On biological evolution and environmental solutions, Science of the Total Environment, 724, 138194 (7 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.138194, Institutional Repository
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SNSF Fellowships
Ambizione / Eccellenza / Prima

Research Projects

The architecture of community structure, functional traits and trophic networks across blue-green ecosystems
New tools to monitor changes in ecosystem conditions and to quantify genetic changes of populations in (semi-)natural environments to predict how human mediated environmental change will influence stability and resilience of ecosystems.
We test how natural selection acts on quantitative immune defence traits and how ecological factors create variation in the form and strength of selection.
Assess the distribution and genetic structure of all amphipod species in Switzerland.