Ecosystems

Understand and manage ecosystems

Why does one species of toad live in ponds, while another prefers shingle banks? How does the flora and fauna in a mountain stream change when the glacier has melted away? And how do invasive species affect their new habitat? It is only by answering questions such as these that entire ecosystems can be understood and, to some extent, managed.

News

May 28, 2020

Around 500 different cichlid species are found in Lake Victoria. According to a study by scientists at Eawag and Bern University, whether closely related species can persist within the same area depends on the effect sizes of individual genes underlying key mate-choice traits.

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May 20, 2020

To mark this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May, professor Catherine Graham and professor Florian Altermatt explain in an interview why it is important in biodiversity research to look beyond systemic boundaries. The two scientists lead the joint research initiative “Blue-Green Biodiversity” between WSL and Eawag.

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Events

17. - 18.08.​2020,
Cours de base en coopération avec l’OFEV
25. - 26.08.​2020,
Eawag Dübendorf – Basiskurs zusammen mit dem BAFU
09.09.​2020,
9.00 am
Swiss Tech Convention Center Lausanne

Scientific publications

Thomas, H. J. D.; Bjorkman, A. D.; Myers-Smith, I. H.; Elmendorf, S. C.; Kattge, J.; Diaz, S.; Vellend, M.; Blok, D.; Cornelissen, J. H. C.; Forbes, B. C.; Little, C. J.; de Vries, F. T. (2020) Global plant trait relationships extend to the climatic extremes of the tundra biome, Nature Communications, 11, 1351 (12 pp.), doi:10.1038/s41467-020-15014-4, Institutional Repository
Chaparro-Pedraza, P. C.; de Roos, A. M. (2020) Ecological changes with minor effect initiate evolution to delayed regime shifts, Nature Ecology & Evolution, 4(3), 412-418, doi:10.1038/s41559-020-1110-0, Institutional Repository
van Gestel, J. (2020) Slow lane to collectivity, Nature Ecology & Evolution, 4(3), 292-293, doi:10.1038/s41559-020-1116-7, Institutional Repository
Damm, A.; Paul-Limoges, E.; Kükenbrink, D.; Bachofen, C.; Morsdorf, F. (2020) Remote sensing of forest gas exchange: considerations derived from a tomographic perspective, Global Change Biology, 26(4), 2717-2727, doi:10.1111/gcb.15007, Institutional Repository
Caputo, D. R.; Robson, S. C.; Werner, I.; Ford, A. T. (2020) Complete transcriptome assembly and annotation of a critically important amphipod species in freshwater ecotoxicological risk assessment: Gammarus fossarum, Environment International, 137, 105319 (10 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.envint.2019.105319, Institutional Repository
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Publications for practitioners

Factsheet: Frequently asked questions on road salt [pdf, available in German and French]

Factsheet: Invasive species spread by recreational boats transported overland [pdf, available in German and French]

Factsheet: River Corridors [pdf, available in German and French]

Factsheet: Facts about phosphorus in Lake Brienz [pdf, available in German and French]

Factsheet: Water power and ecology [pdf, available in German and French]

Ecotox Centre Info sheet: Microplastics in the environment [pdf, available in German and French]

FIBER Brochure: Small Watercourses: Ecological Function and importance for fishes [pdf, available in German and French]

FIBER Brochure: River revitalisation: Focus on fish [pdf, available in German and French]

Schneeweiss, A.; Junghans, M.; Segner, H.; Stadtlander, T.; Werner, I. (2019) Ökotoxikologische Risiken von PSM für Fische. Eine Literaturstudie ermittelt Risiken von PSM und priorisiert die relevantesten Stoffe, Aqua & Gas, 99(11), 74-80, Institutional Repository
Schneeweiss, A.; Werner, I.; Segner, H.; Stadtlander, T. (2019) Ökotoxikologische Wirkungen von PSM auf Fische. Eine Literaturstudie untersucht mögliche Auswirkungen von priorisierten PSM, Aqua & Gas, 99(11), 82-91, Institutional Repository
Baracchini, T.; Bärenzung, K.; Bouffard, D.; Wüest, A. (2019) Le Lac de Zurich en ligne. Prévisions hydrodynamiques 3D en temps-réel sur meteolakes.ch, Aqua & Gas, 99(12), 24-29, Institutional Repository

Experts

Prof. Dr. Rik Eggen
  • aquatic ecotoxicology
  • micropollutants
  • surface water
Dr. Philine Feulner
  • biodiversity
  • fish
  • genetics
  • comparative genomics
Dr. David Johnson
  • biodiversity
  • Ecosystem services
  • Metagenomics
  • Metabolic specialization
  • Experimental evolution
Prof. Dr. Jukka Jokela
  • algae
  • aquatic ecotoxicology
  • fish
  • genetics
  • plankton
  • proteomics
Dr. Hans Peter Kohler
  • micropollutants
  • organic pollutants
  • drinking water
Dr. Blake Matthews
  • biodiversity
  • plankton
  • evolution
  • Ecosystems
Dr. Carlos Melian
  • biodiversity
  • modeling
  • ecology
Dr. Anita Julianne Tricia Narwani
  • genetics
  • ecology
  • plankton
Dr. Christopher Robinson
  • algae
  • biodiversity
  • field studies
  • river restoration
  • ecology
  • hydropower
Prof. Dr. Carsten Schubert
  • isotopes
  • surface water
Prof. Dr. Ole Seehausen
  • fish
  • genetics
  • ecology
  • evolution
PD Dr. Piet Spaak
  • plankton
  • sediments
Dr. Colette vom Berg
  • fish
  • molecular ecotoxicology
Prof. Dr. Alfred Johny Wüest
  • aquatic ecology
  • water quality
  • Lake management
Dr. Marco Baity Jesi
  • modeling
  • Computational methods
  • machine learning
  • data science