Research in freshwater ecology at our department covers a very broad range of topics. We study processes at the levels of the individual organism, the population, the community, and the ecosystem to address both very general ecological questions as well as specific questions of fundamental and applied importance to the understanding and management of lakes and streams.
Major research topics include the study of:
(i) the impacts of population size structure on individual performance and the dynamics of consumer-resource and food web interactions;
(ii) the importance of organismic elemental composition (C:N:P stoichiometry) for individual life history, and for the dynamics of communities and ecosystems;
(iii) the influence of spatial processes (e.g. spatial gradients in resource flux; movement of organisms and matter across habitat boundaries) on community structure and dynamics;
(iv) ecological factors driving trait evolution and speciation;
(v) the influence of biodiversity on community structure and ecosystem function;
(vi) the influence of climate change on the abiotic environment, species ranges, and species interactions.
Our research combines mathematical and conceptual modelling with experimental, observational and comparative studies at different temporal and spatial scales.
Estimating fish abundance in lakes via molecular methods based on environmental DNA (eDNA)Impacts of climate warming and brownification on trophic dynamics and food webs of northern lakesBiotic resistanceEffects of climate on pike-salmonid interactionsThe ecology of sympatric speciation of whitefishConsumer growth rates and nutritional constraints across latitudinal gradients – combining ecology and evolutionClimate change and ice formation in streams: effects on biodiversity and tools for proactive restorationThe role of predation and competition in phenotype dependent dispersalBenthic algal responses to temperature and nutrient regimeEffects of temperature and terrestrial carbon on fish populationsResponses of RiParian forests to hydroPeaking: towards a sustainable hydropower managementCross-boundary transfer of contaminants and ecological effectsPharmaceutical residues in aquatic environmentsTransfer of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)Salmon migrationAdaptive management of mountain fish populations in a changing landscape