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

EES are molecules that bring electrons to their destination like a taxi. The greater the effort to get rid of the first passenger, the lower their efficiency.  (Photo: Flickr, CC BY 2.0)
January 12, 2022 –

All living organisms that respire have to get rid of electrons. In oxygen-free environments, microorganisms deploy special molecules which act as extracellular electron shuttles to transfer the electrons from cells to minerals. A...

All living organisms that respire have to get rid of electrons. In oxygen-free environments, microorganisms deploy special molecules which act as extracellular electron shuttles to transfer the electrons from cells to minerals. A group of researchers has now discovered what determines the electron transfer efficiency of these “taxi” cars: the energy differences of the transported electrons.

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Publications

Briscoe, A. G., Nichols, S., Hartikainen, H., Knipe, H., Foster, R., Green, A. J., … Bass, D. (2021). High-throughput sequencing of faeces provides evidence for dispersal of parasites and pathogens by migratory waterbirds. Molecular Ecology Resources. doi:10.1111/1755-0998.13548, Institutional Repository
Li, F., Zhang, Y., Altermatt, F., & Zhang, X. (2021). Consideration of multitrophic biodiversity and ecosystem functions improves indices on river ecological status. Environmental Science and Technology, 55(24), 16434 (11 pp.)-16444. doi:10.1021/acs.est.1c05899, Institutional Repository
Mathers, K. L., Robinson, C. T., & Weber, C. (2021). Artificial flood reduces fine sediment clogging enhancing hyporheic zone physicochemistry and accessibility for macroinvertebrates. Ecological Solutions and Evidence, 2(4), e12103 (14 pp.). doi:10.1002/2688-8319.12103, Institutional Repository

SNSF Fellowships
Ambizione / Eccellenza / Prima

Eco Seminars

07.04.​2022,
9.00 am
Eawag Dübendorf

PEAK-Advanced Course V53/22

10.05.​2022,
9.00 am
Raum Bern

PEAK-Vertiefungskurs V54/22

15.09.​2022,
9.00 am
Swiss Tech Convention Center Lausanne

Eawag Info Day 2022

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.