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


December 5, 2019

The lakes of East Africa are home to a surprising number of different cichlid species. This level of biodiversity has developed partly due to hybrids that managed to take over new ecological niches in their habitats, according to recent research carried out by scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Eawag, and the University of Bern.

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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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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.