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

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February 19, 2019

The larvae of black soldier flies feed on organic waste matter. This has the potential not only to alleviate the waste problem in many countries, but also cut greenhouse gas emissions from waste disposal by around half. Read more

Publications

Gounand, I.; Little, C. J.; Harvey, E.; Altermatt, F. (2018) Cross-ecosystem carbon flows connecting ecosystems worldwide, Nature Communications, 9, 4825 (8 pp.), doi:10.1038/s41467-018-07238-2, Institutional Repository
Burdon, F. J.; Munz, N. A.; Reyes, M.; Focks, A.; Joss, A.; Räsänen, K.; Altermatt, F.; Eggen, R. I. L.; Stamm, C. (2019) Agriculture versus wastewater pollution as drivers of macroinvertebrate community structure in streams, Science of the Total Environment, 659, 1256-1265, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.12.372, Institutional Repository
Fontana, S.; Thomas, M. K.; Reyes, M.; Pomati, F. (2019) Light limitation increases multidimensional trait evenness in phytoplankton populations, ISME Journal, doi:10.1038/s41396-018-0320-9, 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.