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

April 9, 2021

The influence of various factors on the ecosystem of Lake Constance and its resilience is the main focus of two mutually informative and wide-ranging research projects that are currently in progress.

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April 8, 2021

In the Blue-Green Biodiversity research initiative of WSL and Eawag scientists from around the world are working together to find solutions to the pressing challenges of biodiversity loss. The scientists explain in a video what they are working on – and why.

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Events

06.05.​2021,
4.00 pm
Eawag Dübendorf, Online
04.06.​2021,
9.00 am
Maison de la rivière, Tolochenaz

Scientific publications

Jones, M. R.; Pinto, E.; Torres, M. A.; Dörr, F.; Mazur-Marzec, H.; Szubert, K.; Tartaglione, L.; Dell'Aversano, C.; Miles, C. O.; Beach, D. G.; McCarron, P.; Sivonen, K.; Fewer, D. P.; Jokela, J.; Janssen, E. M. -L. (2021) CyanoMetDB, a comprehensive public database of secondary metabolites from cyanobacteria, Water Research, 196, 117017 (12 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.watres.2021.117017, Institutional Repository
Larsen, S.; Comte, L.; Filipa Filipe, A.; Fortin, M. J.; Jacquet, C.; Ryser, R.; Tedesco, P. A.; Brose, U.; Erős, T.; Giam, X.; Irving, K.; Ruhi, A.; Sharma, S.; Olden, J. D. (2021) The geography of metapopulation synchrony in dendritic river networks, Ecology Letters, (11 pp.), doi:10.1111/ele.13699, Institutional Repository
Zu, P.; Koch, H.; Schwery, O.; Pironon, S.; Phillips, C.; Ondo, I.; Farrell, I. W.; Nes, W. D.; Moore, E.; Wright, G. A.; Farman, D. I.; Stevenson, P. C. (2021) Pollen sterols are associated with phylogeny and environment but not with pollinator guilds, New Phytologist, 230(3), 1169-1184, doi:10.1111/nph.17227, Institutional Repository
Natumi, R.; Marcotullio, S.; Janssen, E. M. -L. (2021) Phototransformation kinetics of cyanobacterial toxins and secondary metabolites in surface waters, Environmental Sciences Europe, 33, 26 (13 pp.), doi:10.1186/s12302-021-00465-3, 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]

Experts

Dr. Marco Baity Jesi
  • modeling
  • Computational methods
  • machine learning
  • data science
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