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

May 26, 2021

The shift from fossil to renewable energy sources is essential for climate mitigation but will also significantly reduce the atmospheric input of the nutrients sulphur and selenium into soils. Sustainable solutions are therefore needed to supply intensively used agricultural soils with sufficient nutrients and to ensure a safe and healthy diet for the world's population.  

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May 20, 2021

22 May is the International Day for Biological Diversity. In 2021, the theme is: "We are part of the solution". The research institutes Eawag and WSL are working together in search of solutions to conserve, promote and protect biodiversity.

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Events

03.09.​2021,
9.00 am
ZHAW, Wädenswil
08.09.​2021,
9.00 am
Swiss Tech Convention Center Lausanne

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 [German, French]

Factsheet: Invasive species spread by recreational boats transported overland [GermanFrench]

Factsheet: River Corridors [GermanFrench]

Factsheet: Facts about phosphorus in Lake Brienz [GermanFrench]

Factsheet: Water power and ecology [ GermanFrench]

Ecotox Centre Info sheet: Microplastics in the environment [GermanFrench]

FIBER Brochure: Small Watercourses: Ecological Function and importance for fishes [GermanFrench]

FIBER Brochure: River revitalisation: Focus on fish [GermanFrench]

Current research projects

A new multidisciplinary research platform for Lake Geneva
How to investigate the spatial variability in lakes?
Heterogeneous data platform for operational modeling and forecasting of Swiss lakes in collaboration with the Swiss Data Science Center.

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