Stefano Simoncelli

+49 (0)30 64181 632

Müggelseedamm 310, 12587 Berlin

Working group

My main expertise lies on the interactions between lake physics and living organisms. 

My research at IGB focuses on carbon fluxes produced by zooplankton carcasses in lakes. When zooplanktonic organisms die, they start sinking in the water column because of their density. Bodies can interact with surrounding physical processes and are decomposed by bacterial activity, creating fluxes of dissolved organic carbon and affecting lake ecosystem functioning. My project aims to assess zooplankton sinking rates and measure carbon fluxes in the field.

Specific expertise:

  • Microstructure turbulence measurements
  • Acoustic and velocity measurements
  • Mixing
  • DVM
  • Zooplankton measurements


  • 2014-2017 Doctoral degree at the University of Bath on “Turbulence and mixing generated by the diel vertical migration of zooplankton”
  • 2009-2012 Master in Environmental Engineering, University of Brescia, Italy
  • 2006-2009 Batchelor in Environmental Engineering, University of Brescia, Italy


  • Simoncelli, S., Wain D. J. and Thackeray S. Can temperature affect the zooplankton bulk velocity during the Diel Vertical Migration?. In preparation.
  • Simoncelli, S., Wain D. J. and Thackeray S. On biogenic turbulence and mixing from vertically migrating zooplankton in a small lake. Accepted with major revision in Aquatic Sciences.
  • Simoncelli, S., Wain D. J. and Thackeray S. (2017). Can small zooplankton mix lakes?, Limnology and Oceanography Letters, doi: 10.1002/lol2.10047
  • Pilotti, M., Simoncelli, S, and Valerio G. (2014).  A simple approach to the evaluation of the actual water renewal time of natural stratified lakes, Water Resour. Res., 50, doi:10.1002/2013WR014471.
  • Pilotti, M., Simoncelli, S., and Valerio, G. (2014). Computing the transport time scales of a stratified lake on the basis of Tonolli’s model. Journal Of Limnology, 73(3). doi:10.4081/jlimnol.2014.897


Professional membership
  • International Society of limnology (SIL)

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