Biodiversity

Preserve biodiversity

Concerns about the preservation of biodiversity often end up on the losing side when it comes to weighing conflicting interests in the balance, and its loss is usually only quantified in financial terms when it is already too late. Eawag is researching what biodiversity really means, what benefits it brings, and what measures can be employed to preserve it.

News

January 19, 2021

The Ecotox Centre presents a new strategy to assess the quality of sediments. Sediments are of great significance in water protection.

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December 17, 2020

Europe still has barely any downstream passage facilities that guide fish past the turbines of run-of-river power stations unharmed. Now, an interdisciplinary team of engineers from ETH Zurich and fish biologists from Eawag have developed a rack that uses pressure and flow differences to guide fish out of the main flow and into the safe fish passage. Laboratory tests have shown that the system, which works by influencing fish behaviour, is particularly effective for cyprinid fish and salmon parr.

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Scientific publications

McGee, M. D.; Borstein, S. R.; Meier, J. I.; Marques, D. A.; Mwaiko, S.; Taabu, A.; Kishe, M. A.; O'Meara, B.; Bruggmann, R.; Excoffier, L.; Seehausen, O. (2020) The ecological and genomic basis of explosive adaptive radiation, Nature, 586, 75-79, doi:10.1038/s41586-020-2652-7, Institutional Repository
Tabi, A.; Pennekamp, F.; Altermatt, F.; Alther, R.; Fronhofer, E. A.; Horgan, K.; Mächler, E.; Pontarp, M.; Petchey, O. L.; Saavedra, S. (2020) Species multidimensional effects explain idiosyncratic responses of communities to environmental change, Nature Ecology & Evolution, 4, 1036-1043, doi:10.1038/s41559-020-1206-6, Institutional Repository
Moreno-Gámez, S.; Kiviet, D. J.; Vulin, C.; Schlegel, S.; Schlegel, K.; van Doorn, G. S.; Ackermann, M. (2020) Wide lag time distributions break a trade-off between reproduction and survival in bacteria, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America PNAS, 117(31), 18729-18736, doi:10.1073/pnas.2003331117, 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
Li, F.; Altermatt, F.; Yang, J.; An, S.; Li, A.; Zhang, X. (2020) Human activities' fingerprint on multitrophic biodiversity and ecosystem functions across a major river catchment in China, Global Change Biology, 26(12), 6867-6879, doi:10.1111/gcb.15357, Institutional Repository
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Current research projects

An Eawag-WSL collaboration focusing on Biodiversity at the interface of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

Experts

Prof. Dr. Martin Ackermann
  • bacteria
  • genetics
  • antibiotics
  • resistances
  • evolution
  • ecology
Prof. Dr. Florian Altermatt
  • biodiversity
  • genetics
  • modeling
  • ecology
  • Ecosystems
Dr. Jakob Brodersen
  • isotopes
  • ecology
Dr. Helmut Bürgmann
  • bacterioplankton
  • microbes
  • surface water
Dr. Philine Feulner
  • biodiversity
  • fish
  • genetics
  • comparative genomics
Prof. Dr. Jukka Jokela
  • algae
  • aquatic ecotoxicology
  • fish
  • genetics
  • plankton
  • proteomics
Dr. Carlos Melian
  • biodiversity
  • modeling
  • ecology
Dr. Francesco Pomati
  • algae
  • biodiversity
  • ecology
  • plankton
  • ecotoxicology
Dr. Katja Räsänen
  • biodiversity
  • ecology
  • Environmental change
  • Evolutionary ecology
  • Amphibians
Prof. Dr. Ole Seehausen
  • fish
  • genetics
  • ecology
  • evolution
PD Dr. Piet Spaak
  • plankton
  • sediments
Prof. Dr. Christoph Vorburger
  • biodiversity
  • genetics
  • ecology
  • evolution
Dr. Christine Weber
  • fish
  • river restoration
  • ecology