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

March 24, 2020

Contaminated waste water often flows into rivers and streams after heavy rains. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria thus also enter the waters. Eawag is researching exactly which ones and in what amounts as part of a national research programme.

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March 19, 2020

The theme to this year’s UNESCO World Water Day is “Water and Climate Change”. Environmental scientist Martin Schmid, who is Head of the Eawag Group Applied System Analysis in the Surface Waters Department, talks about how climate change is impacting on waterbodies in Switzerland.

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Events

04.06.​2020,
9.00 am
Lausanne – Cours de base en coopération avec l’OFEV
05.06.​2020,
9.00 am
EPF Lausanne – Cours d’approfondissement en coopération avec l’OFEV
16. - 17.06.​2020,
Eawag Dübendorf

Scientific publications

Mayr, M. J.; Zimmermann, M.; Guggenheim, C.; Brand, A.; Bürgmann, H. (2020) Niche partitioning of methane-oxidizing bacteria along the oxygen–methane counter gradient of stratified lakes, ISME Journal, 14, 274-287, doi:10.1038/s41396-019-0515-8, Institutional Repository
Wang, S.; Zhu, G.; Zhuang, L.; Li, Y.; Liu, L.; Lavik, G.; Berg, M.; Liu, S.; Long, X.-E.; Guo, J.; Jetten, M. S. M.; Kuypers, M. M. M.; Li, F.; Schwark, L.; Yin, C. (2019) Anaerobic ammonium oxidation is a major N-sink in aquifer systems around the world, ISME Journal, doi:10.1038/s41396-019-0513-x, Institutional Repository
Mohammed, G. H.; Colombo, R.; Middleton, E. M.; Rascher, U.; van der Tol, C.; Nedbal, L.; Goulas, Y.; Pérez-Priego, O.; Damm, A.; Meroni, M.; Joiner, J.; Cogliati, S.; Verhoef, W.; Malenovský, Z.; Gastellu-Etchegorry, J.-P.; Miller, J. R.; Guanter, L.; Moreno, J.; Moya, I.; Berry, J. A.; Frankenberg, C.; Zarco-Tejada, P. J. (2019) Remote sensing of solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence (SIF) in vegetation: 50 years of progress, Remote Sensing of Environment, 231, 111177 (39 pp.), doi:10.1016/j.rse.2019.04.030, Institutional Repository
Müller, E.; von Gunten, U.; Bouchet, S.; Droz, B.; Winkel, L. H. E. (2019) Hypobromous acid as an unaccounted sink for marine dimethyl sulfide?, Environmental Science and Technology, 53(22), 13146-13157, doi:10.1021/acs.est.9b04310, Institutional Repository
Ossola, R.; Tolu, J.; Clerc, B.; Erickson, P. R.; Winkel, L. H. E.; McNeill, K. (2019) Photochemical production of sulfate and methanesulfonic acid from dissolved organic sulfur, Environmental Science and Technology, 53, 13191-13200, doi:10.1021/acs.est.9b04721, 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]

Schneeweiss, A.; Junghans, M.; Segner, H.; Stadtlander, T.; Werner, I. (2019) Ökotoxikologische Risiken von PSM für Fische. Eine Literaturstudie ermittelt Risiken von PSM und priorisiert die relevantesten Stoffe, Aqua & Gas, 99(11), 74-80, Institutional Repository
Schneeweiss, A.; Werner, I.; Segner, H.; Stadtlander, T. (2019) Ökotoxikologische Wirkungen von PSM auf Fische. Eine Literaturstudie untersucht mögliche Auswirkungen von priorisierten PSM, Aqua & Gas, 99(11), 82-91, Institutional Repository
Baracchini, T.; Bärenzung, K.; Bouffard, D.; Wüest, A. (2019) Le Lac de Zurich en ligne. Prévisions hydrodynamiques 3D en temps-réel sur meteolakes.ch, Aqua & Gas, 99(12), 24-29, Institutional Repository

Experts

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