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.


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February 11, 2019

Selenium is a difficult mineral to research, as it has a complex chemistry and is only found in the environment in the tiniest amounts. However, scientists at Eawag and ETH Zurich have now developed new methods of chemical analysis that, when combined with atmospheric models, allow assumptions to be made for the first time on the origins of selenium. Read more

February 8, 2019

In the coming decades, many rivers in Switzerland are to be restored to a natural state. To identify those river reaches where restoration would be ecologically most valuable, Eawag scientists have developed a new assessment procedure. Read more

Scientific publications

Gounand, I.; Little, C. J.; Harvey, E.; Altermatt, F. (2018) Cross-ecosystem carbon flows connecting ecosystems worldwide, Nature Communications, 9, 4825 (8 pp.), doi:10.1038/s41467-018-07238-2, Institutional Repository
Kang, K.; Schenkeveld, W. D. C.; Biswakarma, J.; Borowski, S. C.; Hug, S. J.; Hering, J. G.; Kraemer, S. M. (2019) Low Fe(II) concentrations catalyze the dissolution of various Fe(III) (hydr)oxide minerals in the presence of diverse ligands and over a broad pH range, Environmental Science and Technology, 53(1), 98-107, doi:10.1021/acs.est.8b03909, Institutional Repository
Liu, W.; Yang, H.; Folberth, C.; Müller, C.; Ciais, P.; Abbaspour, K. C.; Schulin, R. (2018) Achieving high crop yields with low nitrogen emissions in global agricultural input intensification, Environmental Science and Technology, 52(23), 13782-13791, doi:10.1021/acs.est.8b03610, Institutional Repository
Irving, K.; Kuemmerlen, M.; Kiesel, J.; Kakouei, K.; Domisch, S.; Jähnig, S. C. (2018) Data descriptor: a high-resolution streamflow and hydrological metrics dataset for ecological modeling using a regression model, Scientific Data, 5, 180224 (14 pp.), doi:10.1038/sdata.2018.224, 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


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