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.


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August 6, 2018

Lagoons are valuable natural habitats as well as being good for tourism. In the case of the “Mar Menor” in the Spanish province of Murcia, however, such large quantities of nutrients are entering the unique ecosystem via the groundwater that algal blooms are making swimming impossible. Working together with Eawag, Spanish researchers have been modelling the underground water flows in order to develop better cultivation and water management scenarios. Read more

June 1, 2018

Southerly countries are rich in genetic resources. The companies that exploit this natural treasure commercially are very often from the northern, developed world, however. The Nagoya Protocol was created in order to ensure fair use of genetic resources and appropriate compensation.  Read more


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Université de Lausanne (UNIL), Lausanne

Scientific publications

Frickel, J.; Feulner, P. G. D.; Karakoc, E.; Becks, L. (2018) Population size changes and selection drive patterns of parallel evolution in a host–virus system, Nature Communications, 9(1), 1760 (10 pp.), doi:10.1038/s41467-018-03990-7, Institutional Repository
Little, C. J.; Altermatt, F. (2018) Do priority effects outweigh environmental filtering in a guild of dominant freshwater macroinvertebrates?, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological sciences, 285(1876), 20180205 (9 pp.), doi:10.1098/rspb.2018.0205, Institutional Repository
Hertäg, C.; Vorburger, C. (2018) Defensive symbionts mediate species coexistence in phytophagous insects, Functional Ecology, 32, 1057-1064, doi:10.1111/1365-2435.13040, Institutional Repository
To the library


Prof. Dr. Martin Ackermann
  • bacteria
  • genetics
  • antibiotics
  • resistances
  • evolution
  • ecology
Prof. Dr. Florian Altermatt
  • biodiversity
  • genetics
  • modeling
  • ecology
  • Ecosystems
Dr. Jakob Brodersen
  • isotopes
  • ecology
Prof. Dr. Jukka Jokela
  • algae
  • aquatic ecotoxicology
  • fish
  • genetics
  • plankton
  • proteomics
Prof. Dr. Ole Seehausen
  • fish
  • genetics
  • ecology
  • evolution
Dr. Piet Spaak
  • plankton
  • sediments