Florian Altermatt

Research Interests

Community, metapopulation and metacommunity ecology; spatial dynamics; biodiversity-ecosystem functioning; species interactions; protist microcosms and Lepidoptera


Education and Professional Positions

2018 - present Associate Professor of Aquatic Ecology, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2019 - present President of the Forum Biodiversity, Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT), Bern, Switzerland
2011 - present Research Group Leader, Department of Aquatic Ecology, Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Dübendorf, Switzerland
2014 - 2018 SNSF Professor, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2012 - 2014 Lecturer at the Department of Environmental Systems Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland
2009 - 2010 Postdoctoral research fellow, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of California, Davis, USA
2007 - 2009 Scientific collaborator at Hintermann & Weber AG, Reinach, Switzerland
2005 - 2007 Research assistant, Institute of Zoology, University of Basel,
2004 - 2007 Ph.D., University of Basel, Switzerland
2004 - 2005 Research assistant, Institute of Ecology, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
1998 - 2004 Diploma in Biology, University of Basel, Switzerland

Selected Publications

  • Gounand I., Harvey E., Little CJ., Altermatt F. (2018). Meta-ecosystems 2.0: rooting the theory into the field. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 33(1):36-46. DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2017.10.006
  • Little CJ., Altermatt F. (2018). Species turnover and invasion of dominant freshwater invertebrates alter biodiversity-ecosystem function relationship. Ecological Monographs 88: 461–480.
  • Deiner K., Fronhofer EA., Mächler E., Walser J-C., Altermatt F. (2016). Environmental DNA reveals that rivers are conveyer belts of biodiversity information. Nature Communications, 7:12544. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms12544
  • Fronhofer EA., Altermatt F. (2015). Eco-evolutionary feedbacks during experimental range expansions. Nature Communications, 6:6844. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms7844
  • Giometto A., Carrara F., Rinaldo A., Altermatt F. (2014). Emerging predictable features of replicated biological invasion fronts. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111: 297–301. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1321167110
  • Pearse I., Altermatt F. (2013) Predicting novel trophic interactions in a non-native world. Ecology Letters 16: 1088-1094. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12143
  • Carrara F., Altermatt F., Rodriguez-Iturbe I., Rinaldo A. (2012). Dendritic connectivity controls biodiversity patterns in experimental metacommunities. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109: 5761–5766. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1119651109