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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October 18, 2018

Species-rich ecosystems are more resistant to disturbances such as droughts, heatwaves or pesticide inputs – that, at least, is the view widely held by scientists and non-scientists alike. In fact, the situation is more complex, as ecologists from Eawag and Zurich University have now discovered. Under certain environmental conditions, increased species diversity can also lead to an ecosystem becoming more unstable. Read more

October 15, 2018

Global trade is saving water on balance. In principle, this is a good thing. However, the water budget has its dark side – a fact which Eawag researchers have now brought to light. Read more


11.00 am
Eawag Dübendorf

Scientific publications

Melián, C. J.; Matthews, B.; de Andreazzi, C. S.; Rodríguez, J. P.; Harmon, L. J.; Fortuna, M. A. (2018) Deciphering the interdependence between ecological and evolutionary networks, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, doi:10.1016/j.tree.2018.04.009, Institutional Repository
Little, C. J.; Altermatt, F. (2018) Species turnover and invasion of dominant freshwater invertebrates alter biodiversity-ecosystem-function relationship, Ecological Monographs, 88(3), 461-480, doi:10.1002/ecm.1299, Institutional Repository
Ladd, S. N.; Nelson, D. B.; Schubert, C. J.; Dubois, N. (2018) Lipid compound classes display diverging hydrogen isotope responses in lakes along a nutrient gradient, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 237, 103-119, doi:10.1016/j.gca.2018.06.005, 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


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