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

Shallow lakes, that remain clear for years despite increasing nutrient inputs, but then suddenly become turbid, are a classic example of ecosystem tipping points. (Photo: International Institute for Sustainable Development IISD – Experimental Lakes Area ELA, Kanada)
October 5, 2021 –

Evolution plays a crucial role in ecosystem tipping points, as shown in two recently published studies by Eawag researchers. If this influence is taken into account, ecosystem collapses can be better predicted in the future. At...

Evolution plays a crucial role in ecosystem tipping points, as shown in two recently published studies by Eawag researchers. If this influence is taken into account, ecosystem collapses can be better predicted in the future. At the same time, the studies reveal how the risk of ecosystem collapse can be reduced and the chances of recovery increased.

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Publications

Widmer, I., Mühlethaler, R., Baur, B., Gonseth, Y., Guntern, J., Klaus, G., … Altermatt, F. (2021). Diversité des insectes en Suisse. Importance, tendances, actions possibles (Swiss Academies Reports, Report No.: 16(9). doi:10.5281/zenodo.5144800, Institutional Repository
Widmer, I., Mühlethaler, R., Baur, B., Gonseth, Y., Guntern, J., Klaus, G., … Altermatt, F. (2021). Insektenvielfalt in der Schweiz: Bedeutung, Trends, Handlungsoptionen (Swiss Academies Reports, Report No.: 16(9). doi:10.5281/zenodo.5144739, Institutional Repository
Widmer, I., Mühlethaler, R., Baur, B., Gonseth, Y., Guntern, J., Klaus, G., … Altermatt, F. (2021). Insektenvielfalt in der Schweiz. Bedeutung, Trends, Handlungsoptionen. Swiss academies factsheets: Vol. 16/4. doi:10.5281/zenodo.5520541, Institutional Repository

SNSF Fellowships
Ambizione / Eccellenza / Prima

Research Projects

Using freshwater isopods to understand how gut microbiome mediates host function in the face of environmental stress
Functional characterization of isopod-microbe symbiosis
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.