PhD

Alessandro Manfrin

Position
Phone
+49 (0) 30 64 181 784
Room
402

Müggelseedamm 310, 12587 Berlin

Profile
Working group
Light Pollution and Ecophysiology
Expertise

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.  

CV

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Apr 2017 – Jul 2017

Biologist, Leibniz Institute (IGB), Berlin:

Investigating the effectiveness of a sustainable revaluation of shore areas in excavated lakes. Assess how introduction of deadwood and the generation of shallow water areas can increase fish and invertebrate density and biodiversity.

- Field collection and laboratory identification of animal samples

 

  • Dec 2016 – Feb 2017

Biologist, Leibniz Institute (IGB), Berlin:

Analysis of the effect of artificial illumination on freshwater vegetation, invertebrates and fish:

- Field collection and laboratory identification of plant and animal samples

- Sample processing for stable isotope analysis of collected samples

- Use of mixing models statistic to analyse stable isotopes (SIAR)

 

  • Dec 2013 – Dec 2016

Biologist (as Erasmus Mundus joint doctoral student), Freie Universität (FU), Berlin:

Analysis of the effect of artificial illumination on structure and trophic interactions of aquatic - terrestrial invertebrates in aquatic and riparian ecosystems:

- Field collection and Identification of invertebrate samples

- Stable isotope processing

- Data analysis using statistical modelling and multivariate analysis

- Visiting scientist in Queen Mary University of London (QMUL, 6 months) and University of Trento (UniTn, 3 months) as part of the Erasmus Mundus joint doctoral program (EMJD)

 

  • Mar 2013 – Dec 2013

Biologist, Leibniz Institute (IGB), Berlin:

Analysis of the effect of artificial illumination on freshwater vegetation, invertebrates and fish:

- Field collection and laboratory identification of plant and animal samples

- Sample processing for stable isotope analysis of collected samples

- Use of mixing models statistic to analyse stable isotopes (SIAR)

 

  • Feb 2011 – Feb 2013

Biologist, Roma Tre University, Rome:

Analysis the effect of global changes and in particular of global warming on freshwater systems using the non-biting midge, Chironomus riparius:

- Gene expression (HSP70) and physiological stress (haemoglobin synthesis) in Chironomus riparius;

- 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 – Feb 2010

Biology consultant and collaborator, Provincia di Roma – Nature Conservation Office, Rome:

Writing of the "Atlas of Mammals of Rome Province” and “BIODIVERSITÀ, DISTURBI, MINACCE - Dall’ecologia di base alla gestione e conservazione degli ecosistemi:

- Collection of available literature and data from Nature conservation associations

 

EDUCATION

  • Oct 2013 – Mai 2017

PhD, Freie Universität (FU), Berlin:

Erasmus Mundus (SMART) joint doctoral program of the Freie Universität Berlin, Queen Mary University of London, and Università di Trento.

- PhD project: “Effect of artificial light on aquatic-terrestrial invertebrate communities”, supervised by Dr. Michael T. Monaghan and Dr. Franz Hölker.

- Collection, identification, data analysis and results publication.

 

  • Sep 2006 – May 2010

Master’s Degree in Biological Science. Roma Tre University, Rome:

Thesis title: “Macroinvertebrates community distribution in the Aniene river: ecological and applied aspects” supervised by Prof. Giancarlo Gibertini and Dr. Massimiliano Scalici (final mark: 110 cum laude on 110):

- Freshwater invertebrate community ecological assessment and identification.

 

  • Sep 2000 – Feb 2005

Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Roma Tre University, Rome:

Thesis title: “Nesting bird community analysis in a Site of Community Importance (SCI): “Basso Corso del Rio Fiumicino” supervised by Prof. Marco A. Bologna and Dr. Corrado Battisti (110 on 110)

 

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

  • Oct 2016: Keynote speaker – ALAN 2016 Conference, Cluj-Napoca (RO)
  • Sep 2014: Best Poster Award – ALAN 2014 Conference, Leicester (UK)
  • Oct 2013-Sep 2016: Erasmus Mundus PhD scholarship (SMART Program)
  • Sep 2013: COST – European Cooperation in Science and Technology 8, mobility scholarship) between Leibniz- IGB & Ulster University
  • Feb 2010- Jan 2012: Roma Tre University and Rome province scholarship (24 months) 

 

LANGUAGES

ITALIAN: fluent in written and spoken (native speaker)

ENGLISH: fluent in written and spoken

GERMAN: good working knowledge

SPANISH: good working knowledge

2017

by Alessandro Manfrin

Effects of artificial light at night (ALAN) on interactions between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems

2016

2015

2014

Lorenzo Traversetti; Massimiliano Scalici; Valeria Ginepri; Alessandro Manfrin; Simona Ceschin

Concordance between macrophytes and macroinvertebrates in a Mediterranean river of central Apennine region

Journal of Environmental Biology. - 35(2014)3, S. 497-503

2013

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