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

June 13, 2019

Some insecticides, such as the neonicotinoids, have an effect on the nervous systems of organisms. But not only, as shown by the results of a new study in which Eawag scientists took part. And: the resulting damage can be very different, depending on the species of fish. Read more

June 3, 2019

Since the last ice age, stickleback have managed to emerge from the sea to colonise many freshwater waterbodies. Genetic analysis by Eawag researchers and colleagues from the University of Bern and the National Institute of Genetics in Shizuoka, Japan, now demonstrate that they achieved this thanks to additional copies of a metabolism gene. Read more

Events

30. - 31.10.​2019,
Sorell Hotel Aarauerhof, Aarau und Eawag, Dübendorf

Scientific publications

Weber, U. W.; Cook, P. G.; Brennwald, M. S.; Kipfer, R.; Stieglitz, T. C. (2019) A novel approach to quantify air–water gas exchange in shallow surface waters using high-resolution time series of dissolved atmospheric gases, Environmental Science and Technology, 53(3), 1463-1470, doi:10.1021/acs.est.8b05318, Institutional Repository
Harvey, E.; Altermatt, F. (2019) Regulation of the functional structure of aquatic communities across spatial scales in a major river network, Ecology, 100(4), e02633 (9 pp.), doi:10.1002/ecy.2633, Institutional Repository
Guggenheim, C.; Brand, A.; Bürgmann, H.; Sigg, L.; Wehrli, B. (2019) Aerobic methane oxidation under copper scarcity in a stratified lake, Scientific Reports, 9, 4817 (11 pp.), doi:10.1038/s41598-019-40642-2, Institutional Repository
Vaghefi, S. A.; Keykhai, M.; Jahanbakhshi, F.; Sheikholeslami, J.; Ahmadi, A.; Yang, H.; Abbaspour, K. C. (2019) The future of extreme climate in Iran, Scientific Reports, 9(1), 1464 (11 pp.), doi:10.1038/s41598-018-38071-8, 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, In: Rutschmann, P. (Eds.), 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