Alessandro Manfrin

DSC02874Doctoral Student in the Erasmus Mundus program “Science for Management of Rivers and Tidal Systems” (SMART)

manfrin@igb-berlin.de

RESEARCH INTERESTS

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

EDUCATION  
Oct 2013 – present 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.
WORK EXPERIENCE  

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.).
AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS
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) 
   
TEACHING EXPERIENCE  

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.)
PUBLICATIONS
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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