Alessandro Manfrin



My interests include theoretical and applied ecology, conservation and evolution, as related to freshwater and riparian ecosystems. In my research I assess how human impacts influence freshwater ecosystems at both the ecological and molecular level. I am also fascinated by the flux of allochthonous resource subsidies that link ecosystems across boundaries (food webs) and how environmental change is likely to affect them. I combine observational and experimental studies, both in the field in laboratory setting to gain a better understanding of the interactions between multiple stressors.

Curriculum Vitae

Oct 2013 – May 2017 PhD student, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB); Erasmus Mundus (SMART) joint doctoral program of the Freie Universität Berlin, Queen Mary University of London, and Università di Trento.
PhD project: “Effect of Hydrology and artificial light on aquatic-terrestrial food webs”, supervised by Michael T. Monaghan and Franz Hölker.
Sep 2006 – May 2010 Master’s Degree in Biological Science. Thesis title: “Macroinvertebrates community distribution in the Aniene river: ecological and applied aspects”. Roma Tre University.
Sep 2000 – Feb 2005 Bachelor’s degree in Biology: Community assessment and identification of wild bird species and census techniques. Roma Tre University.
Sep 1995 – Jun 2000 Matura in Sciences (informatics division):mathematics, sciences, latin language and informatics. Leonardo Da Vinci High School.

Aug 2017 – present

Postdoc, University of Trier-Umwelt Campus Birkenfeld and University of Duisburg-Essen: River restoration; Time series analysis of restored sites in Germany.

Apr 2017 – Jul 2017

Postdoc, Leibniz-IGB: Quality assessment of gravel pits (Baggersee Project); collection, identification and data analysis of freshwater invertebrates and fish.

Aug 2011 – Oct 2013

Visiting Scientist, Leibniz-IGB: gene expression and physiological stress in Chironomus; collection, identification and stable isotope analysis of freshwater and terrestrial invertebrates and fish.

Feb 2010 – Feb 2012

Scientific assistant, Roma Tre University: use of molecular biomarker techniques on macroinvertebrates and fish specimens in inland water risk assessment of the Rome Province; fish (Micropterus salmoides) and Crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) population dynamics: trophic, dispersal and competition aspects.

Nov 2009 – Feb2010

Consultant and collaborator of writing: “Atlas of Mammals of Rome Province” and “BIODIVERSITÀ, DISTURBI, MINACCE – Dall’ecologia di base alla gestione e conservazione degli ecosistemi. Provincia di Roma – Nature Conservation Office.

Apr 2006 – Oct 2006

Quality inspector, Rome Airport Society (A.D.R.).
Sep 2014 Best Poster Award – ALAN Conference
Oct 2013-Sep 2016 Erasmus Mundus PhD scholarship (SMART Program)
Sep 2013 COST – European Cooperation in Science and Technology, IGB – Ulster University
Feb 2010- Jan 2012 Roma Tre University and Rome province scholarship (24months) 

Jun 2010 & Jul 2012

Student assistant: practical field course “Evolution and Biodiversity”, Freie Universität Berlin.

Oct 2010 – Feb 2012

Student assistant: course animal anatomy and inland freshwater biology,  Roma Tre University.

Oct 2009 – Jun 2010

Primary school educator. Fiumicino A.S.D.

Jan 2007 – Jul 2007

Secondary school teacher: Biology, health and nutrition science course. Comune di Fiumicino (C.F.P.)
Grubisic M, Singer G, Bruno MC, van Grunsven RHA, Manfrin A, Monaghan MT, Hölker F. 2017. Artificial light at night decreases biomass and alters community composition of benthic primary producers in a sub-alpine stream. Limnology and Oceanography 10.1002/lno.10607.
Manfrin A, Bombi P, Traversetti L, Larsen S, Scalici M. 2016. A landscape-based predictive approach for running water quality assessment: A Mediterranean case study.Journal for Nature Conservation 30:27-31.
Manfrin, A, Traversetti L, Pilotto F, Larsen S, Scalici M. 2016. Effect of spatial scale on macroinvertebrate assemblages along a Mediterranean river. Hydrobiologia 765: 185-196.
Holzhauer SIJ, Franke S, Kyba CCM, Manfrin A, Klenke R, Voigt CC, Lewanzik D, Oehlert M, Monaghan MT, Schneider S, Heller S, Kuechly H, Brüning A, Honnen A-C, Hölker F. 2015.
Out of the dark: establishing a large-scale field experiment to assess the effects of artificial light at night on species and food webs.
Sustainability 7:15593-15616.
Traversetti L, Ceschin S, Manfrin A, Scalici M. 2014. Co-Occurrence between macrophytes and macroinvertebrates: towards a new approach for the running waters quality evaluation? Journal of Limnology 74 10.4081/jlimnol.2014.974.
Traversetti L, Scalici M, Ginepri V, Manfrin A, Ceschin S. 2014. Concordance between macrophytes and macroinvertebrates in a Mediterranean river of central Apennine region. Journal of Environmental Biology 35:497-503.
Manfrin A, Larsen S, Traversetti L, Pace G, Scalici M. 2013. Longitudinal variation of macroinvertebrate communities in a Mediterranean river subjected to multiple anthropogenic stressors. International Review of Hydrobiology 98:155-164.
Traversetti L., Manfrin A., Scalici M. 2013. Remapping hydroecoregion boundaries: A proposal for improving the base of the running water monitoring procedures. Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences 9:533-537.
Battisti C, Dodaro G, Manfrin A, Teofili. 2011. Analisi delle minacce e sistemi di classificazione (IUCN, Natura 2000, WISE) In: D’Antoni S., Battisti C., Cenni M. e Rossi G.L. (eds.), Contributi per la tutela della biodiversità delle zone umide. Rapporti ISPRA 153/11.

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