Alain Maasri


Justus-von-Liebig-Str. 7, 12489 Berlin

Working group

My research activity spans multiple scales of aquatic ecology. My principal interests include community ecology, functional trait ecology using primarily two biological models, the macroinvertebrate community and more specifically the chironomid community.

My most current research project consists of studying macrosystem ecology as it relates to river basins in major temperate steppe regions of the world.

Check the website of the MACRO project for more details:



2015 - to date: Assistance Research Professor, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, USA 

2013-2015 - Associate Researcher, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, USA 

2013-2015 - Project manager, Transboundary river management, the Lower Jordan River, Global Nature Fund, GERMANY

2010-2013 - Postdoc, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, USA 

2007 - Ph.D., Aix Marseille University, FRANCE




Other publications


  • Maasri, A., and J. Gelhaus. 2012. Stream invertebrate communities of Mongolia: current structure and expected changes due to climate change. Aquatic Biosystems 8:18.

  • Maasri, A., and J. Gelhaus. 2011. The new era of the livestock production in Mongolia: consequences on streams of the Great Lakes Depression. Science of the Total Environment 409:4841-4846.

  • Diomande, D., T. Tie-Bi, E. Franquet, A. Maasri, A. Ouattara, and G. Gourene. 2010. Temporal dynamics of Chaoborus larvae (Diptera: Chaoboridae) in the tropical ecosystem (lake Ayamé; Côte d'Ivoire). Sciences & Nature 7:51-58.

  • Maasri, A., S. Fayolle, E. Gandouin, R. Garnier, and E. Franquet. 2008. Epilithic chironomid larvae and water enrichment: is larval distribution explained by epilithon quantity or quality? Journal of the North American Benthological Society 27:38-51.

  • Maasri, A., S. Fayolle, and E. Franquet. 2010. Foraging electivity by a rheophilic chironomid (Eukiefferiella claripennis Lundbeck.) on an epilithic algal assemblage. Fundamental and Applied Limnology 177:151-159.

  • Maasri, A., S. Fayolle, and E. Franquet. 2008. Chironomid community structure: is it a matter of epilithic algae? Boletim do Museu Municipal do Funchal Sup n°13:133-140

  • Maasri, A., B. Dumont, C. Claret, G. Archambaud-Suard, E. Gandouin, and E. Franquet. 2008. Tributaries under Mediterranean climate: their role in macrobenthos diversity maintenance. Comptes Rendus Biologies 331:547-558.
  • Gandouin, E., A. Maasri, B. van Vliet-Lanoë, and E. Franquet. 2006. Chironomid (Insecta: Diptera) assemblages from a gradient of lotic and lentic waterbodies in river floodplains of France: a methodological tool for paleoecological applications. Journal of Paleolimnology 35:149-166.
Projects and grants
  • Collaborative Research: Hierarchical Functioning of River Macrosystems in Temperate Steppes - From Continental to Hydrogeomorphic Patch (2016-2020) - NSF, Division of Macrosystem Biology, $4.2,000,000 - as co-PI.
  • Integrated transboundary master plan for the Lower Jordan River Basin (2012-2015) -Sustainable Water Integrated Management, - as project-section leader
  • Testing niche selection and mass effects paradigms under different land use scenarios (2012-2013) - The Morris Fund for the ANSP, $250,000 - as co-PI.

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