Educational and public relations

Contributions with the participation of MSE members

Tiere sind dem Plastik ausgeliefert.

SRF 4, News aktuell, 01.06.2021

Ship losing tons of plastic

In Sri Lanka, following the accident of a container ship off the coast, tons of microplastics washed up on the coast near the capital Colombo. There is a threat of massive consequences for marine life, and not only on the directly affected section of the coast.
Assessments by Prof. Patricia Holm

Microplastics in the marine environment report

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT

participating in report

Evaluations of the interview with Prof. Patricia Holm
in chapter 3 and recommendations for
for authorities in chapter 4

Prof. Patricia Holm at the Children`s University Basel

Microplastic - are we surrounded by mini waste?
April 2021

[Translate to English:] Grundeln

April 2021

Hobbyists acting simultaneously as anglers and aquarists: Novel pathways for non‐native fish and impacts on native fish

Research results from the MGU aim to stipulate a change of perspective among hobbyists, who – by acting simultaneously as anglers and aquarists – establish novel pathways for non‐native fish.
Human translocations of non‐native aquatic species are a global conservation challenge. Aquarists and anglers are two hobbyist groups whose practices are particularly likely to translocate non‐native aquatic species, especially fish. [de]

[Translate to English:] corkwing wrasse

Jan 2021

This fish grunts when it is ready to have sex

Popular science article on sound production and behaviour of fish of the species Symphodus melops.

Nov 2020

Polar animals, Swiss Polar Class

Interview with Patricia Holm about polar animals für the program Swiss Polar Class [de]

Nov 2020

Patricia Holm on the state of the planet

Prof. Dr. Patricia Holm, professor of ecology at the University of Basel, talks about her experiences and provides an insight into her research results, Natural History Museum Basel [de]

Current MSE publications


Hobbyists acting simultaneously as anglers and aquarists: Novel pathways for non‐native fish and impacts on native fish

P.E. Hirsch, A. N' Guyen, P. Burkhardt-Holm - Aquatic Conservation


Comparative swimming performance and behaviour of three benthic fish species: The invasive round goby (Neogobius melanostomus), the native bullhead (Cottus gobio), and the native gudgeon (Gobio gobio)

Egger, B., Wiegleb, J., Seidel, F., Burkhardt-Holm, P., Hirsch, P. E. - Ecology of Freshwater Fish

Round gobies in the third dimension – use of vertical walls as habitat enables vector contact in a bottom-dwelling invasive fish

Bussmann, K., & Burkhardt-Holm, P. -  Aquatic Invasions

Flow field-induced drag forces and swimming behavior of three benthic fish species

Wiegleb, J., Hirsch, P. E., Egger, B., Seidel, F., & Burkhardt-Holm, P. - Limnologica

Predation on native fish eggs by invasive round goby revealed by species-specific gut content DNA analyses.

Lutz, E., Hirsch, P.E., Bussmann, K., Wiegleb, J., Jermann, H-P., Muller, R., Burkhardt-Holm, P., Adrian-Kalchhauser, I. - Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems

(If you are interested in the full publication, please contact us.)


Comming soon

Autumn 2021

Low microplastic abundance in Siganus spp. from the Tañon Strait, Central Philippines

Paler, M. K. O., Leistenschneider, C., Migo, C., Burkhardt-Holm, P. - Environmental Pollution