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

Two of more than 40 amphipod species found in Switzerland. (Eawag, Jonas Steiner)
September 10, 2020 –

Until recently, researchers assumed that Switzerland had around 20 native species of amphipods. Now, a project by the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) and the University of Zurich has revealed that...

Until recently, researchers assumed that Switzerland had around 20 native species of amphipods. Now, a project by the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) and the University of Zurich has revealed that there are actually more than 40. It is always worth taking a closer look, because we can only protect the things that we know exist.

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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

Eco Seminars

14.10.​2020,
11.00 am
Eawag Dübendorf FC C24* & Zoom

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.