Andreas Bruder
I’m a stream ecologist with a focus on functional biodiversity and ecosystem processes. I mainly use detritus-based food webs of streams to study how these elements of ecosystems are interlinked and modified by anthropogenic change. I’ve recently plunged into the wonderful world of aquatic hyphomycetes, a diverse group of freshwater saprobic fungi. I use knowledge gained from these studies in collaborative projects with stakeholders, for instance to develop functional bioindicators or knowledge on understudied organism groups.


I'm group leader of the Stream Ecology Group at LMA. See here for info on current and past projects, on open positions, and on the group members and follow me on Twitter to stay updated.

For an overview on my background see my short CV or my complete CV. For a summary of my scientific output see my profiles on Google Scholar, ResearchGate, and Publons.


Image Teaching

University of Geneva: I’m responsible for the block course on “Molecular Microbial Ecology” (UNIGE 14B026, see detailed description here) held every year during a week in august at the field station of the Centre for Alpine Biology in the Val Piora. The course provides an introduction to the taxonomy of aquatic hyphomycetes and benthic diatoms of alpine streams. The focus is on practical work (sampling, sample preparation, microscopy) but background knowledge on both organism groups is provided by seminars. The course is taught by an international team of scientists and is open to students from Swiss and international universities.

Zürich University of Applied Sciences and Arts (ZHAW): I teach in the module on “Freshwater Ecology and Restoration” in the curriculum on Environmental Management. In two lectures, I introduce the students to the food-web perspective in applied freshwater ecology and management.



Image Outreach

I’m Co-Chair of the Freshwater Biodiversity Observation Network (FWBON), a part of GEOBON. FWBON is a global initiative to coordinate activities for assessment and monitoring of freshwater biodiversity and to develop the underlying methodologies and data structure. Current activities of FWBON focus on harmonization of macroinvertebrate and fish datasets and on adding the freshwater perspective to the development of Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs).



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Twitter: @andibruder