Aquatic Ecology - Visiting scientists

Dr.Alessandro Manfrin

Visiting Scientist

Faculty of Biology
Aquatic Ecology
Universitätsstrasse 5
D-45141 Essen

Room S05T03B02
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My interests include theoretical and applied ecology, conservation and evolution, as related to freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. I combine observational and experimental studies, both in the field in laboratory setting to gain a better understanding of the interactions between multiple stressors. I developed particular competence in the analysis of large spatial and temporal dataset adopting linear and non-linear mixed-effects modelling in which potential spatial and serial dependency are considered.

Since 2017, I hold a PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in River Science and Geography, granted by the Freie Universität Berlin and the Queen Mary University of London as Erasmus Mundus (SMART) joint doctoral program. As soon as I finished my PhD I was hired as postdoc at the Leibniz-Institute IGB part of the German Baggersee Project in which I assessed community aspects of benthic invertebrates in gravel pit lakes. Currently, I am working as postdoc at the University of Trier, Environmental Campus Birkenfeld and University of Duisburg-Essen within the project “Optimization of River Restoration for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services”. My tasks include the analysis of taxonomical and functional (i.e. ecological traits) restoration outcomes on fish communities using large European datasets. My publications cover studies on ecological and molecular aspects related to different anthropogenic stressors (light pollution, global warming, land use) using benthic macroinvertebrates, macrophytes, adult aquatic and riparian insects, spiders and fish (list of publications).