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

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April 20, 2018

Amphipods play a key role in freshwater ecosystems. In her doctoral research at Eawag, biologist Chelsea Little discovered that invasive amphipod species consume much less leaf litter than native species. Read more

April 5, 2018

Financial support and the further increase in hydroelectric power, negative effects of plant protection agents and the destruction of aquatic environments were the major themes in Swiss water policy in the year 2017. Read more

Events

17.05.​2018,
9.00 am
Eawag Dübendorf
25.05.​2018,
11.00 am
Eawag Dübendorf
22.06.​2018,
9.00 am
Eawag Dübendorf

Scientific publications

Nelson, D. B.; Ladd, S. N.; Schubert, C. J.; Kahmen, A. (2018) Rapid atmospheric transport and large-scale deposition of recently synthesized plant waxes, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 222, 599-617, doi:10.1016/j.gca.2017.11.018, Institutional Repository
Råman Vinnå, L.; Wüest, A.; Zappa, M.; Fink, G.; Bouffard, D. (2018) Tributaries affect the thermal response of lakes to climate change, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 22(1), 31-51, doi:10.5194/hess-22-31-2018, Institutional Repository
Belletti, B.; Nardi, L.; Rinaldi, M.; Poppe, M.; Brabec, K.; Bussettini, M.; Comiti, F.; Gielczewski, M.; Golfieri, B.; Hellsten, S.; Kail, J.; Marchese, E.; Marcinkowski, P.; Okruszko, T.; Paillex, A.; Schirmer, M.; Stelmaszczyk, M.; Surian, N. (2018) Assessing restoration effects on river hydromorphology using the process-based morphological quality index in eight european river reaches, Environmental Management, 61(1), 69-84, doi:10.1007/s00267-017-0961-x, Institutional Repository
Proctor, C. R.; Besmer, M. D.; Langenegger, T.; Beck, K.; Walser, J.-C.; Ackermann, M.; Bürgmann, H.; Hammes, F. (2018) Phylogenetic clustering of small low nucleic acid-content bacteria across diverse freshwater ecosystems, ISME Journal, doi:10.1038/s41396-018-0070-8, Institutional Repository
To the library
  • 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]
  • River revitalisation: Focus on fish [pdf, available in German and French]
Weber, C. (2013) Schweizer Fließgewässer im Spannungsfeld zwischen Schutz und Nutzung, 259-268, Institutional Repository

Experts

Prof. Dr. Rik Eggen
  • aquatic ecotoxicology
  • micropollutants
  • surface water
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. Carsten Schubert
  • isotopes
  • surface water
Prof. Dr. Ole Seehausen
  • fish
  • genetics
  • ecology
  • evolution
Dr. Piet Spaak
  • plankton
  • sediments
Prof. Dr. Alfred Johny Wüest
  • aquatic ecology
  • water quality
  • Lake management