Roman Alther

Roman Alther


Summary

I have been fascinated by aquatic ecosystems for a long time. Whereas my Masters’ project focused on diversity of insects in high alpine glacial tributaries, the focus of my PhD project will be on understanding the importance of different ecological and evolutionary processes shaping diversity of amphipod communities.

My goal is to establish well-founded knowledge about the distribution and diversity of native and non-native amphipod species in Switzerland. I want to gain a deeper insight into processes forming biodiversity patterns over time and space. Dendritic aquatic systems represent a suitable study system wherein different ecological and evolutionary mechanics, such as dispersal, invasion and speciation, can be studied.

Biodiversity Biogeography Ecology Zoology

Institution affiliations

Work details

PhD student

Eawag, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
June 2014 - December 2017
Aquatic Ecology
Eawag is a world-wide leading institute for research, education, and expert consulting in aquatic science and technology. We take an integrated view of the water environment and combine basic research to achieve fundamental advances in the aquatic sciences with applied research that addresses important societal needs. Eawag researchers work closely with practitioners to maintain the bridge between theory and practice.

PhD student

University of Zürich
June 2014 - December 2017
Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
At the Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, we are dedicated to advancing the scientific understanding of living organisms and their interactions in the environment. We employ a multidisciplinary mixture of approaches from ecology, evolution and environmental sciences to study a wide variety of organisms and ecosystems. We conduct cutting-edge research, innovative student training, and regular public outreach. We further complement our endeavour for high quality research and teaching with close scientific collaborations and student exchanges with first-class institutions in Switzerland and abroad. We foster a philosophy of scientific practice and training that highlights the ethical responsibilities of scientists to their colleagues, society and the environment.