Department Fish Ecology and Evolution

Stability and the eco-evolutionary dynamics of ecosystems

In order to predict how human mediated environmental change will influence the stability and resilience of ecosystem functions we need to understand the evolutionary processes that generate and maintain diversity at multiple scales of biodiversity, spanning from genes to ecosystems. In the short term, this poses a significant technical challenge, because it means that we need to develop new tools to monitor changes in ecosystem conditions and to quantify genetic changes of populations outside of the lab in natural and semi-natural environments. Over the long term, we anticipate that our proposed work will improve our predictions about how populations, communities, and ecosystems will respond to human-mediated environmental change, and our understanding about the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.


Dr. Anita Julianne Tricia Narwani Deputy Head of Department Tel. +41 58 765 5667 Send Mail


Matthews, B.; De Meester, L.; Jones, C. G.; Ibelings, B. W.; Bouma, T. J.; Nuutinen, V.; van de Koppel, J.; Odling-Smee, J. (2014) Under niche construction: an operational bridge between ecology, evolution, and ecosystem science, Ecological Monographs, 84(2), 245-263, doi:10.1890/13-0953.1, Institutional Repository
Fischer, B. B.; Kwiatkowski, M.; Ackermann, M.; Krismer, J.; Roffler, S.; Suter, M. J. F.; Eggen, R. I. L.; Matthews, B. (2014) Phenotypic plasticity influences the eco-evolutionary dynamics of a predator-prey system, Ecology, 95(11), 3080-3092, doi:10.1890/14-0116.1, Institutional Repository
Hausch, S.; Shurin, J. B.; Matthews, B. (2013) Variation in body shape across species and populations in a radiation of Diaptomid copepods, PLoS One, 8(6), e68272 (12 pp.), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0068272, Institutional Repository


Narwani, A.; Reyes, M.; Pereira, A. L.; Penson, H.; Dennis, S. R.; Derrer, S.; Spaak, P.; Matthews, B. (2019) Interactive effects of foundation species on ecosystem functioning and stability in response to disturbance, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 286(1913), 20191857 (10 pp.), doi:10.1098/rspb.2019.1857, Institutional Repository