Life in rivers

Streams, rivers and riparian areas are impacted by anthropogenical pressures often leading to simplified degraded fragmented riverine ecosystems. Among others the pressures are human built dams, river straightening, pollution and agricultural and forestry runoffs. They affect abundance, but also the health of aquatic animals and might act as a selection pressure.

Topics studied by this group include effect of dams on fish population genetic variation, urban stream stressors on aquatic inhabitants, oil shale industry on fish population genetics and links between stress, pollution and disease in fish.