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

November 25, 2021

Eawag intends to further develop artificial intelligence methods to enable their increasing use in water research. One current application is the monitoring of plankton communities in lakes. With the help of machine learning methods, it has been possible to implement an automatic classification of the microorganisms.   

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November 23, 2021

Researchers Christoph Vorburger and Florian Altermatt talk about the importance and state of aquatic biodiversity in Switzerland and Eawag’s commitment to conserving natural biodiversity.

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Scientific publications

Borko, Š.; Trontelj, P.; Seehausen, O.; Moškrič, A.; Fišer, C. (2021) A subterranean adaptive radiation of amphipods in Europe, Nature Communications, 12, 3688 (12 pp.), doi:10.1038/s41467-021-24023-w, Institutional Repository
Carles, L.; Wullschleger, S.; Joss, A.; Eggen, R. I. L.; Schirmer, K.; Schuwirth, N.; Stamm, C.; Tlili, A. (2021) Impact of wastewater on the microbial diversity of periphyton and its tolerance to micropollutants in an engineered flow-through channel system, Water Research, 203, 117486 (14 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.watres.2021.117486, Institutional Repository
Merz, E.; Kozakiewicz, T.; Reyes, M.; Ebi, C.; Isles, P.; Baity-Jesi, M.; Roberts, P.; Jaffe, J. S.; Dennis, S. R.; Hardeman, T.; Stevens, N.; Lorimer, T.; Pomati, F. (2021) Underwater dual-magnification imaging for automated lake plankton monitoring, Water Research, 203, 117524 (12 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.watres.2021.117524, Institutional Repository
Timoner, P.; Fasel, M.; Ashraf Vaghefi, S. S.; Marle, P.; Castella, E.; Moser, F.; Lehmann, A. (2021) Impacts of climate change on aquatic insects in temperate alpine regions: complementary modeling approaches applied to Swiss rivers, Global Change Biology, 27(15), 3565-3581, doi:10.1111/gcb.15637, Institutional Repository
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Current research projects

An Eawag-WSL collaboration focusing on Biodiversity at the interface of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.
This Interreg project aims to understand the responses of Lake Constance to changing environmental conditions.
Assess the distribution and genetic structure of all amphipod species in Switzerland.
Almost two-thirds of the native fish species of Switzerland are threatened by extinction. To preserve or specifically enhance aquatic biodiversity and habitats ...
Understanding and measuring how flow intermittency drives biodiversity and river functions in an alpine environment
Assessing biodiversity from genes to communities in Swiss river fish
Developing tools and protocols on how to use novel eDNA technology in the context of biodiversity monitoring in riverine ecosystems.
Combining innovative approaches to phytoplankton and lake-ecosystem monitoring with community and ecosystem theory to to understand plankton-driven ecosystem processes.

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. Lauren Cook
  • planning of infrastructure
  • climate change
  • modeling
  • sustainable water management
  • urban water management
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. Serina Robinson
  • Microbiology
  • biotransformation
  • Metagenomics
  • pharmaceuticals
  • biodegradation
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