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

April 9, 2021

The influence of various factors on the ecosystem of Lake Constance and its resilience is the main focus of two mutually informative and wide-ranging research projects that are currently in progress.

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April 8, 2021

In the Blue-Green Biodiversity research initiative of WSL and Eawag scientists from around the world are working together to find solutions to the pressing challenges of biodiversity loss. The scientists explain in a video what they are working on – and why.

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Scientific publications

Graf, J. S.; Schorn, S.; Kitzinger, K.; Ahmerkamp, S.; Woehle, C.; Huettel, B.; Schubert, C. J.; Kuypers, M. M. M.; Milucka, J. (2021) Anaerobic endosymbiont generates energy for ciliate host by denitrification, Nature, 591, 445-450, doi:10.1038/s41586-021-03297-6, Institutional Repository
Callbeck, C. M.; Ehrenfels, B.; Baumann, K. B. L.; Wehrli, B.; Schubert, C. J. (2021) Anoxic chlorophyll maximum enhances local organic matter remineralization and nitrogen loss in Lake Tanganyika, Nature Communications, 12, 830 (11 pp.), doi:10.1038/s41467-021-21115-5, Institutional Repository
De‐Kayne, R.; Frei, D.; Greenway, R.; Mendes, S. L.; Retel, C.; Feulner, P. G. D. (2021) Sequencing platform shifts provide opportunities but pose challenges for combining genomic datasets, Molecular Ecology Resources, 21(3), 653-660, doi:10.1111/1755-0998.13309, Institutional Repository
Filatova, D.; Jones, M. R.; Haley, J. A.; Núñez, O.; Farré, M.; Janssen, E. M. -L. (2021) Cyanobacteria and their secondary metabolites in three freshwater reservoirs in the United Kingdom, Environmental Sciences Europe, 33, 29 (11 pp.), doi:10.1186/s12302-021-00472-4, Institutional Repository
Mächler, E.; Salyani, A.; Walser, J.-C.; Larsen, A.; Schaefli, B.; Altermatt, F.; Ceperley, N. (2021) Environmental DNA simultaneously informs hydrological and biodiversity characterization of an Alpine catchment, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 25(2), 735-753, doi:10.5194/hess-25-735-2021, 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