My CV can be downloaded as PDF here: CV Roman Alther

Academic track

Altermatt lab



Senior research assistant in Florian Altermatt's group at Eawag, Dübendorf and University of Zurich

Florian Altermatt



PhD in Ecology in Florian Altermatt's group at Eawag, Dübendorf and University of Zurich, working on diversity and distribution of amphipods in Switzerland and spatial analysis of biodiversity

Chris Robinson



Master thesis in Chris Robinson's group at Eawag, Dübendorf "Biodiversity of macroinvertebrates in tributaries of glacial catchments."



Semester work in Florian Altermatt's group at Eawag, Dübendorf "Invasive amphipods in Lake Constance and its tributaries."




Master of Science in Biology at ETH Zurich; (Master in Ecology and Evolution)




Bachelor of Science in Biology at University of Zurich; (Minor in Environmental Sciences

Scientific boards & Working groups

Review Seed Grants for the Participatory Science Academy PWA
Expert for amphipods in the working group Invasive Aquatic Macroinvertebrates (CSCF, IUCN)
Macrozoobenthos expert Eawag for Modulstufenkonzept BAFU
Member Scientific committee SwissBOL


Award / PrizeConference / Symposium / Foundation
Best student presentationEawag Symposium 2015
Funding of fieldwork season 2015Georges and Antoine Claraz Stiftung
Travel grant for International Colloquium on Amphipoda 2017Swiss Systematic Society


Certificate of Advanced Studies in Makrozoobenthos – Gewässerbeurteilung & Artenkenntnis (ZHAW Wädenswil) – Introduction to Amphipoda
Limnoecology blockcourse 2016 (ETH & UZH) – Student project on cryptic diversity within the Gammarus fossarum complex
Eco PhD Symposium 2016 in Kastanienbaum, Switzerland - Co-Organizer (together with M. Lürig); Symposium with international speakers (Dr. Tanja Schwander & Dr. D. Reznick)
BIO128/BI S430 Vielfalt der Tiere (UZH & PHZH) - Helping during practicals
BIO141 Ökologie (UZH) - Helping during practicals & exam supervision
MAT182 Analysis für die Naturwissenschaften (UZH) - Exam supervision

Work experience / internships

Since 2014Freelancer for the editorial department of the Simply Science Foundation, Zurich: writing articles to inspire children for natural sciences.
2013Field assistance at Western Wyoming Community College for a survey on the food webs of alpine streams in the Wind River Mountains, Wyoming, USA: horse trek of several days and conducting experiments in high alpine surrounding.
2013Scientific Internship at WSL, Birmensdorf (Research group of PD Dr. Anita Risch) and in the Swiss National Park, Zernez: Preparing and conducting experiments on the influence of herbivores on plant community structure: Living in the Park for several months, doing experiments every day.
2012 – 2013Scientific Assistant in Prof. Dr. Florian Altermatt's group at Eawag: Species identification IBCH/NAWA (Biodiversity Monitoring Switzerland)
2011Scientific Internship at Eawag in the Department of Aquatic Ecology: helping with surveys on alpine streams in the Swiss National Park.
2010Environmental Sciences Internship at Foundation SWO, Dübendorf in Public relations and Operation controlling.
2007 – 2008Civilian service at Foundation SWO, Dübendorf and at the Cantonal Archaeology, St. Gallen.

Society memberships

Gesellschaft für Ökologie (GfÖ), The Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland
Swiss Systematics Society (SSS)
Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Hydrologie und Limnologie (SGHL)
Entomologische Gesellschaft Zürich (EGZ)
St. Gallische Naturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft (NWGSG)
Pro Natura Schweiz
Aqua Viva: Water ecosystems protection and environmental education
Natur- und Vogelschutzverein Höngg (NVV Höngg), a section of BirdLife Schweiz (SVS)
2016 – 2019: BES: British Ecological Society
2014 – 2019: World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF)
2016 – 2018: Tiergarten-Gesellschaft Zürich (TGZ)