Media & Outreach

National and international media are regularly reporting about scientific output from our research and we are always interested in sharing our scientific findings with the public. For a selection, see below.

The ABCD Conference format

The ABCD Conference format

The future of conferences: All continents, gender Balance, promote low Carbon transport & include Diverse backgrounds. See our proposed way forward in our commentary in Nature Ecology & Evolution and visit our webpage on this format.

ARTE documentary: Darwin comes to Town

ARTE documentary: Darwin comes to Town

ARTE documentary about evolution of animal and plants to city life. My research on moths’ adaptation to light pollution dates back to my PhD times.

Diversität und Verbreitung der Flohkrebse in der Schweiz

Diversität und Verbreitung der Flohkrebse in der Schweiz

N+L Inside: die Zeitschrift der Konferenz der Beauftragten für Natur- und Landschaftsschutz (KBNL) der Kantone berichtet über unsere Forschung zu Flohkrebsen in Gewässern. link zum Artikel

Höhlen und ihre Geheimisse: SRF podcast "Kopf voran"

Höhlen und ihre Geheimisse: SRF podcast “Kopf voran”

Im Untergrund und in Höhlen gibt es noch viel zu entdecken. Interview mit Roman Alther zu den Höhlenflohkrebsen im Podcast «Kopf voran» von Radio SRF vom 21.2.2020.

Verräterische DNA: SRF DRS Sendung "Kontext" über Umwelt-DNA

Verräterische DNA: SRF DRS Sendung “Kontext” über Umwelt-DNA

«Kontext» ist die Hintergrundsendung von Radio DRS zu Themen von Gesellschaft, Wissenschaft, Religion und Politik. Sendung vom 6.2.2020 über unsere Forschung zu Umwelt-DNA (eDNA).

Echo der Zeit (Radio DRS) Bericht über Umwelt-DNA

Echo der Zeit (Radio DRS) Bericht über Umwelt-DNA

Alle Organismen hinterlassen DNA-Spuren in der Umwelt. Diese Umwelt-DNA (eDNA) kann extrahiert werden um die Biodiversität zu erfassen. Bericht in der Radio DRS Hintergrundsendung “Echo der Zeit” vom 5.2.2020.

Flohkrebse in unterirdischen Lebensräume

Flohkrebse in unterirdischen Lebensräume

Berichte im Pro Natura Magazin und in LaLiberté über unser Forschungsprojekt zu Flohkrebsen in Höhlen. Roman Alther: «Wir rechnen mit weiteren Entdeckungen». Roman war zusammen mit unseren slowenischen Forscherkollegen und den Speläologen der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Hölloch an der Entdeckung von drei neuen Flohkrebsarten beteiligt.

Amphipoden der Schweiz

Amphipoden der Schweiz

We just published a new monograph of all amphipods in Switzerland in the series “Fauna Helvetica”. The book contains a current checklist, identification keys in German, French and English, species monographs with ecological and faunistic explanations, as well as distribution maps of all species. The newspaper Berner Oberländer reports about the book opening.

Umwelt DNA (eDNA) im Biodiversitätsmonitoring

Umwelt DNA (eDNA) im Biodiversitätsmonitoring

Florian Altermatt and Elvira Mächler are interviewed for a Swiss National Radio science broadcast (SRF I Wissenschaftsmagazin) on how environmental DNA (eDNA) can revolutionize biodiversity assessments.

Zustand der Biodiversität in der Schweiz

Zustand der Biodiversität in der Schweiz

Report and interview by the Swiss TV SRF news broadcast “10vor10” on the IPBES report and declines of biodiversity in Switzerland.

Insektenrückgang in der Schweiz (insect decline in Switzerland)

Insektenrückgang in der Schweiz (insect decline in Switzerland)

Interview im Radio SRF 4News über die Gefährdung und den Rückgang der Insekten in der Schweiz: Rund 60% aller untersuchten Arten sind gefährdet oder potentiell gefährdet, wie ein Faktenblatt des Forum Biodiversität zeigt.

UZH Magazine

UZH Magazine

Article in the University of Zurich Magazine on embracing the wilderness and why we need more biodiversity (read more in German or English).

Interview Naturzentrum Pfäffikon

Interview Naturzentrum Pfäffikon

Lake Pfäffikon and its surrounding are a biodiversity hotspot in Switzerland. Florian Altermatt is interviewed by the newly founded Naturzentrum Pfäffikersee about invertebrate diversity found in and around the lake (center opens spring 2019, interview in German).

Swiss Radio SRF1 – Interview with F. Altermatt

Swiss Radio SRF1 – Interview with F. Altermatt

Biodiversity is still declining. Florian Altermatt is interviewed in the broadcast “Morgengast” on the causes and consequences of biodiversity losses, about the state of biodiversity in Switzerland, and what can be done to promote biodiversity.

TELE Z TV - Report

TELE Z TV – Report

Environmental DNA (eDNA) is a novel tool to assess diversity in riverine ecosystems. This report shows how eDNA can be used to get information about which organisms live in and around rivers (in Swiss German) based on our study published in Nature Communications.

Swiss TV SRF - Science Broadcast “Einstein”

Swiss TV SRF – Science Broadcast “Einstein”

Riverine ecosystems in Switzerland are dramatically changing. In a thematic broadcast, “Einstein” of the Swiss TV SRF documents how biodiversity in the river Rhine is affected by anthropogenic activities. Florian Altermatt is interviewed about research from the Department of Aquatic Ecology at Eawag (project by a MSc student of Jukka Jokela) studying the significance of invasive species in aquatic systems (in Swiss German).

Deutschlandfunk – Interview with F. Altermatt

Deutschlandfunk – Interview with F. Altermatt

Interview in Science broadcast “Forschung Aktuell” at Deutschlandfunk on our study on eDNA-based biodiversity assessment in rivers published in Nature Communications (in German).

Swiss TV RSI  – Interview with F. Altermatt

Swiss TV RSI – Interview with F. Altermatt

Interview and report in the evening news of RSI on our study on eDNA-based biodiversity assessment in rivers published in Nature Communications (in Italian).

Radio RTS La Première – Interview with E. Fronhofer

Radio RTS La Première – Interview with E. Fronhofer

Deiner et al. (2016) show in a study published in Nature Communications that diversity in rivers can be assess using eDNA. Radio interview (RTS) of co-author Emanuel Fronhofer (in French).

Scientific American & BBC Wildlife

Scientific American & BBC Wildlife

Light-pollution is a global phenomenon with well-documented negative effects on the environment. In an experiment, we found a significantly reduced flight-to-light behavior of moths from light-polluted areas versus dark sky populations, suggesting an adaptive response of moth populations to this global environmental change (Altermatt & Ebert 2016 Biology Letters). This work received ample media coverage, among others in upcoming reports in Scientific American and BBC Wildlife.