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

August 26, 2021

There has been a floating laboratory on Lake Geneva called LéXPLORE since 2019. Natacha Tofield-Pasche, limnologist at EPFL and project leader of LéXPLORE, and Damien Bouffard, researcher at Eawag and member of the LéXPLORE steering committee, tell us what is being studied there and why this research platform is unique.

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August 12, 2021

Decisions in water management are often associated with large uncertainties. Quantifying and communicating these uncertainties is crucial for science to support transparent decision-making in society.

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Scientific publications

Philippi, M.; Kitzinger, K.; Berg, J. S.; Tschitschko, B.; Kidane, A. T.; Littmann, S.; Marchant, H. K.; Storelli, N.; Winkel, L. H. E.; Schubert, C. J.; Mohr, W.; Kuypers, M. M. M. (2021) Purple sulfur bacteria fix N2 via molybdenum-nitrogenase in a low molybdenum Proterozoic ocean analogue, Nature Communications, 12, 4774 (12 pp.), doi:10.1038/s41467-021-25000-z, Institutional Repository
van Gestel, J.; Bareia, T.; Tenennbaum, B.; Dal Co, A.; Guler, P.; Aframian, N.; Puyesky, S.; Grinberg, I.; D’Souza, G. G.; Erez, Z.; Ackermann, M.; Eldar, A. (2021) Short-range quorum sensing controls horizontal gene transfer at micron scale in bacterial communities, Nature Communications, 12(1), 2324 (11 pp.), doi:10.1038/s41467-021-22649-4, Institutional Repository
Isles, P. D. F.; Pomati, F. (2021) An operational framework for defining and forecasting phytoplankton blooms, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, doi:10.1002/fee.2376, Institutional Repository
Wüest, A.; Bouffard, D.; Guillard, J.; Ibelings, B. W.; Lavanchy, S.; Perga, M.‐E.; Pasche, N. (2021) LéXPLORE: a floating laboratory on Lake Geneva offering unique lake research opportunities, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water, 8(5), e1544 (15 pp.), doi:10.1002/wat2.1544, 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]

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

 

Current research projects

This Interreg project aims to understand the responses of Lake Constance to changing environmental conditions.
In order to better understand natural processes and also to be able to better control the activities of microbial communities in technical systems such as wastewater treatment plants, we need to understand how microbial communities work.
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