Titleimage: Aquatic Ecology

Fishes are the most diverse group of vertebrates, are key players in aquatic ecosystems, provide a diverse set of ecosystem services, and are sensitive to environmental change. We study their ecology, evolution and conservation. We work with fish diversity from traits and genes in populations to the diversity of species assemblages, their change through time and the ecosystem consequences. We are particularly interested in understanding the evolution of endemic diversity within individual ecosystems, such as the radiations of cichlid fish in African lakes and the radiation of whitefish in the lakes around the European Alps. We are a single research group led by Ole Seehausen at the University of Bern but Ole also leads the Department Fish Ecology and Evolution at the Eawag Center for Ecology, Evolution and Biogeochemistry, Kastanienbaum, where we currently host three other research groups that are all associated with the IEE too. The work of the Eawag department is motivated by the aim to contribute to the emerging synthesis between evolutionary biology and ecosystems ecology. There we also host the Swiss Fisheries Advisory Service.



Congratulations to Jaime Anaya-Rojas for his PhD

On 10 Feb 2017Jaime successfully defended his PhD entitled "Host-parasite interactions and the eco-evolutionary dynamics of aquatic ecosystems", supervised by Ole Seehausen and Blake Matthews (Eawag).


Ole Seehausen recognized by Thomson Reuters

Ole Seehausen has recently been listed as a Highly Cited Researcher in the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) developed by Thomson Reuters, in the field of “Ecology and Environment”. The recognition serves as an indicator of how influential a researcher is in the field. It is based on writing the greatest number of scientific papers that get officially designated by Essential Science Indicators as Highly Cited Papers and rank among the top 1% most cited works for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact.


Congratulations to Joana Meier for her PhD

On the 26th of May 2016, Joana Meier successfully defended her PhD work, entitled The role of hybridization in adaptive radiation: Genomic insights from Lake Victoria cichlids, supervised by Ole Seehausen, Laurent Excoffier and Catherine E. Wagner.


Congratulations to David Marques for his PhD

On the 10th of May 2016, David Marques successfully defended his PhD work, entitled Population Genomics of Adaptive Radiation: A Threespine Stickleback Perspective, supervised by Ole Seehausen, Laurent Excoffier and Catherine E. Wagner.



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