Ecology and biogeochemical cycles

All chemical elements on Earth are cycled to various extents through biogeochemical cycles. All of these cycles include water (in liquid, solid or gaseous form), biomass and soil or sediments and many include an atmospheric component. The biological transformation of these elements is linked to the ecology of both microscopic and macroscopic life.

A detailed understanding of these biogeochemical cycles and their link to ecology is critical to tackling environmental change and the impact of anthropogenic activities on the planet and to harnessing these processes for engineering applications such as waste treatment and remediation.

IIE focuses on several aspects of biogeochemical cycling and ecology:

  • Biogeochemical cycling in soils, inland waters and the ocean
  • Trace element cycling in terrestrial environments
  • Biogeochemical transformations for waste treatment and nutrient recovery
  • Ecological impact of climate change and toxicants
  • Modeling of biogeochemical transformations

Laboratories :

APHYS Physics of Aquatic Systems Laboratory – Margaretha Kamprad Chair
ECHO Laboratory of Ecohydrology
ECOL Ecological Engineering Laboratory
ECOS Ecological Systems Laboratory
EML Environmental Microbiology Laboratory
GR-LUD EPFL-PSI Joint Professorship on Solid Waste Treatment
LBE Laboratory for Environmental Biotechnology
LGB Laboratory for Biological Geochemistry
SBER Stream Biofilm and Ecosystem Research Laboratory
TOX Laboratory of Environmental Toxicology