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

Watercourses require adequate space: the restored Inn river near Bever (canton of Graubünden). © Flurin Bertschinger/Ex-Press/BAFU
April 7, 2020 –

The spatial requirements for surface waters specified in the Waters Protection Act represent the absolute minimum required to safeguard their ecological functions. The space provided along small streams is of particular...

The spatial requirements for surface waters specified in the Waters Protection Act represent the absolute minimum required to safeguard their ecological functions. The space provided along small streams is of particular importance, as material flows between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems are not dependent on the width of the watercourse. This is shown by Eawag’s own investigations – and by a review of available studies, which was cited by the Federal Supreme Court in a recent ruling.

 

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Publications

Siebers, A. R.; Paillex, A.; Robinson, C. T. (2019) Flow intermittency influences the trophic base, but not the overall diversity of alpine stream food webs, Ecography, 42(9), 1523-1535, doi:10.1111/ecog.04597, Institutional Repository
O'Connor, M. I.; Pennell, M. W.; Altermatt, F.; Matthews, B.; Melián, C. J.; Gonzalez, A. (2019) Principles of ecology revisited: integrating information and ecological theories for a more unified science, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 7, 219 (20 pp.), doi:10.3389/fevo.2019.00219, Institutional Repository
Schaffner, L. R.; Govaert, L.; De Meester, L.; Ellner, S. P.; Fairchild, E.; Miner, B. E.; Rudstam, L. G.; Spaak, P.; Hairston, N. G. J. (2019) Consumer-resource dynamics is an eco-evolutionary process in a natural plankton community, Nature Ecology & Evolution, 3(9), 1351-1358, doi:10.1038/s41559-019-0960-9, Institutional Repository
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SNSF Fellowships
Ambizione / Eccellenza / Prima

Eco Seminars

04.06.​2020,
9.00 am
Lausanne – Cours de base en coopération avec l’OFEV
05.06.​2020,
9.00 am
EPF Lausanne – Cours d’approfondissement en coopération avec l’OFEV
25.08.​2020,
9.00 am
Eawag Dübendorf – Basiskurs zusammen mit dem BAFU

Research Projects

Population genetics approaches to investigate how the massive level of habitat fragmentation affects population connectivity of crayfish, and if technical countermeasures effectively mitigate the negative effects of fragmentation.
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.