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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December 3, 2018

Amphipods in Swiss waters are exposed to insecticides, pharmaceutical residues and other trace substances, and accumulate these in their bodies. However, when water-treatment plants are upgraded, practically no trace substances are found in these organisms according to a new study carried out by Eawag researchers. Read more

November 26, 2018

When a population grows quickly and farms intensively, the environment often suffers. This is not only true today, but was also the case as early as Roman times. Evidence of this has been found by Eawag researchers in sediments in Lake Murten. Read more

Scientific publications

Odermatt, D.; Danne, O.; Philipson, P.; Brockmann, C. (2018) Diversity II water quality parameters from ENVISAT (2002–2012): a new global information source for lakes, Earth System Science Data, 10(3), 1527-1549, doi:10.5194/essd-10-1527-2018, Institutional Repository
Athavale, R.; Pankratova, N.; Dinkel, C.; Bakker, E.; Wehrli, B.; Brand, A. (2018) Fast potentiometric CO2 sensor for high-resolution in situ measurements in fresh water systems, Environmental Science and Technology, 52(19), 11259-11266, doi:10.1021/acs.est.8b02969, Institutional Repository
Munz, N. A.; Fu, Q.; Stamm, C.; Hollender, J. (2018) Internal concentrations in gammarids reveal increased risk of organic micropollutants in wastewater-impacted streams, Environmental Science and Technology, 52(18), 10347-10358, doi:10.1021/acs.est.8b03632, Institutional Repository
Liu, W.; Yang, H.; Ciais, P.; Stamm, C.; Zhao, X.; Williams, J. R.; Abbaspour, K. C.; Schulin, R. (2018) Integrative crop-soil-management modeling to assess global phosphorus losses from major crop cultivations, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 32(7), 1074-1086, doi:10.1029/2017GB005849, 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