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Full professor of environmental sciences, School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering
March 1, 2024
Glacier-fed streams are undergoing a process of profound change, according to NOMIS researcher Tom Battin and other EPFL scientists in a paper appearing in Nature Geoscience. This conclusion is based […]
January 18, 2023
In a paper published in Nature, NOMIS researcher Tom Battin and colleagues argue that “a global river observing system will play a key role in understanding river networks and their […]
December 19, 2022
The NOMIS project Vanishing Glaciers — What Else Besides Water Is Lost? has been featured in an advertorial published in Science. “Glaciers are melting fast. Yet rising sea levels are […]
June 20, 2022
Cryospheric ecosystems are some of the oldest on the planet. NOMIS researcher Tom Battin and fellow EPFL scientists have found that the microorganisms living in them have a unique genetic […]
April 27, 2022
According to two recent studies carried out as part of the Vanishing Glaciers project, which is being led by NOMIS researcher Tom Battin, the ecosystems of glacier-fed streams are undergoing […]
April 4, 2022
NOMIS researcher Tom Battin and colleagues have published research that sheds new light on the downstream impacts of glacier shrinkage. Their findings were published in Global Change Biology. Abstract The […]
December 13, 2021
Since 2018, NOMIS researcher Tom Battin and the Vanishing Glaciers team have been traveling to the highest peaks around the world. On an expedition to the Himalayas, Fanny Arlandis and […]
September 17, 2021
NOMIS researcher Tom Battin and colleagues have shed new light on the hidden microbial life in glacier-fed streams. They have developed a novel analytical framework to screen the microbiome in […]
April 11, 2021
The research of NOMIS scientist Tom Battin and his team has been profiled in an article by EPFL. They have also published a video describing the team’s expeditions to remote […]
October 25, 2019
Researchers from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), led by NOMIS scientist Tom Battin, have made a discovery that has prompted scientists to rethink a standard approach used to […]
July 26, 2018
Scientists at Ecole Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland will spend at least the next four years studying some of the world’s biggest glacier-fed streams. By collecting microorganisms from […]
March 1, 2024
Abstract: Most cryospheric ecosystems are energy limited. How their energetics will respond to climate change remains largely unknown. This is particularly true for glacier-fed streams, which interface with the cryosphere and […]
December 1, 2022
Abstract: In glacier-fed streams, ecological windows of opportunity allow complex microbial biofilms to develop and transiently form the basis of the food web, thereby controlling key ecosystem processes. Using metagenome-assembled genomes, […]
December 1, 2022
Abstract: The melting of the cryosphere is among the most conspicuous consequences of climate change, with impacts on microbial life and related biogeochemistry. However, we are missing a systematic understanding of […]
June 1, 2022
Abstract: The shrinking of glaciers is among the most iconic consequences of climate change. Despite this, the downstream consequences for ecosystem processes and related microbiome structure and function remain poorly understood. […]
June 1, 2022
Abstract: Microbial life in glacier-fed streams (GFSs) is dominated by benthic biofilms which fulfill critical ecosystem processes. However, it remains unclear how the bacterial communities of these biofilms assemble in stream […]
March 1, 2022
Abstract: Glacier-fed streams (GFSs) are extreme and rapidly vanishing ecosystems, and yet they harbor diverse microbial communities. Although our understanding of the GFS microbiome has recently increased, we do not know […]
November 19, 2020
Abstract: Glacier-fed streams (GFSs) exhibit near-freezing temperatures, variable flows, and often high turbidities. Currently, the rapid shrinkage of mountain glaciers is altering the delivery of meltwater, solutes, and particulate matter to […]
October 27, 2020
Abstract: Glacier-fed streams (GFS) are harsh ecosystems dominated by microbial life organized in benthic biofilms, yet the biodiversity and ecosystem functions provided by these communities remain under-appreciated. To better understand the […]