Dr. Alessandro Manfrin


Building I, room 0.
Fortstr. 7
76829 Landau


Tel.: +49 6341 280 31361
E-Mail: a.manfrin (at) rptu.de


Freshwater and terrestrial ecosystem

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Theoretical and applied ecology, conservation, and evolution in freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. Observational and experimental studies, in both field and laboratory settings, to better understand the interactions between multiple abiotic and biotic stressors and structural and functional responses in communities. Particular competence in the analysis of large spatial and temporal datasets using advances statistical modelling approaches.

DFG-funded Research Training Group "SystemLink"

  • Since 2020 : Postdoc, University of Koblenz-Landau, Institute for Environmental Sciences, in SystemLink. Topic: Effect of micro-pollutants on aquatic terrestrial interface.
  • 2017 – 2020: Postdoc, University of Applied Sciences Trier, Environmental-Campus Birkenfeld and University of Duisburg-Essen.
  • Pietz, S.; Kolbenschlag, S.; Röder, N.; Roodt, AP.; Steinmetz, Z.; Manfrin, A.; Schwenk, K.; Schulz, R.; Schäfer, R.; Zubrod, JP.; Bundschuh, M. (2023) Subsidy Quality Affects Common Riparian Web-Building Spiders: Consequences of Aquatic Contamination and Food Resource. ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICOLOGY AND CHEMISTRY, 42 (6), 1346-1358. DOI Link

  • Manfrin A., Pilotto F., Larsen S., Tonkin J.D., Lorenz A.W. Haase, P. and Stoll, S. 2023. Taxonomic and functional reorganization in Central European stream macroinvertebrate communities over 25 years. Science of The Total Environment, p.164278. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.164278
  • Chimeno C., Rulik B., Manfrin A., Kanlinkat G., Hölker F., and Baranov V. 2023. Facing the infinity: Tackling large samples of challenging Chironomidae (Diptera) with an integrative approach. PeerJ 11:e15336. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.15336
  • Pietz S., Kolbenschlag S., Röder N., Roodt A.P., Steinmetz Z., Manfrin A., Schwenk K., Schulz R., Schäfer R.B., Zubrod J.P., and Bundschuh M. 2023. Subsidy quality affects common riparian web-building spiders: consequences of aquatic contamination and food resource. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. https://doi.org/10.1002/etc.5614.
  • Gerstle V., Solanki P., Manfrin A., Kolbenschlag S., and Brühl C.A. 2023. Stress response of European common frog (Rana temporaria) tadpoles to Bti exposure in an outdoor pond mesocosm. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00128-023-03708-6
  • Manfrin A., Schirmel J., Mendoza-Lera C., Ahmed A., Bohde R., Brunn M., Brühl C.A., Buchmann C., Bundschuh M., Burgis F., Diehl D., Entling M.H., Ganglo C., Geissler S., Gerstle V., Girardi J.P, Graf T., Huszarik M., Jamin J., Joschko T.J., Jungkunst H.F., Knäbel A., Kolbenschlag S., Lorke A., Muñoz K., Ogbeide C., Osakpolor S.E., Pietz S., Riess K., Roodt A.P., Rovelli L., Röder N., Rösch V., Schaumann G.E., Schäfer R.B., Schmitt T., Schmitz D., Schützenmeister K., Schwenk K., Stehle S., and Schulz R. 2023. SystemLink: moving beyond aquatic-terrestrial interactions. Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin. https://doi.org/10.1002/lob.10557
  • Osakpolor S.E., Manfrin A., Leroux S.J., Schäfer R.B, 2023. Cascading impacts of changes in subsidy quality on recipient ecosystem functioning. Ecology, p.e4023. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.4023
  • Ganglo C., Mendoza-Lera C., Manfrin A., Bolpagni R., Gerstle V., Kolbenschlag S., Bollinger E., Schulz R., and Lorke A., 2023. Does biocide treatment for mosquito control alter carbon dynamics in floodplain ponds? Science of The Total Environment, 161978. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.161978
  • Pietz S., Kainz M.J., Schröder H., Manfrin A., Schäfer R.B., Zubrod J.P., and Bundschuh M., 2023. Metal Exposure and Sex Shape the Fatty Acid Profile of Midges and Reduce the Aquatic Subsidy to Terrestrial Food Webs. Environmental Science & Technology. 57, 951–962. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.2c05495
  • Gerstle V., Manfrin A., Kolbenschlag S., Gerken M., Mufachcher Ul Islam A.S.M., Entling M.H., Bundschuh M, and Brühl C.A., 2022. Benthic macroinvertebrate community shifts based on Bti-induced chironomid reduction also decrease Odonata emergence. Environmental Pollution, 316, 120488. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2022.120488
  • Ganglo C., Manfrin A., Mendoza-Lera C., and Lorke A. 2022. Biocide treatment for mosquito control increases CH4 emissions in floodplain pond mesocosms. Frontiers in Water, 152. https://doi.org/10.3389/frwa.2022.996898
  • Roodt A.P., Röder N., Pietz S., Kolbenschlag S., Manfrin A., Schwenk K., Bundschuh M., and Schulz R., 2022. Emerging Midges Transport Pesticides from Aquatic to Terrestrial Ecosystems: Importance of Compound- and Organism-Specific Parameters. Environmental Science and Technology, 56(9), 5478-5488. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.1c08079
  • Stehle S., Manfrin A., Feckler A., Graf T., Joschko T.J., Jupke J., Noss C., Rösch V., Schirmel J., Schmidt T., Zubrod J.P., and Schulz R., 2022. Structural and functional development of twelve newly established floodplain pond mesocosms. Ecology and Evolution, 12, p.e 8674. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.8674
  • Osakpolor S.E., Kattwinkel M., Schirmel J., Feckler A., Manfrin A.,and Schäfer R.B., 2021. Mini-review of process-based food web models and their application in aquatic-terrestrial meta-ecosystems. Ecological Modeling, 458: 109710. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2021.109710
  • Muñoz J.C.V., Feld C.K., Hilt S., Manfrin A., Nachev M., Köster D., Jochmann M.A., Schmidt T.C., Sures B., Ziková A., and Knopf K., 2021. Eye fluke infection changes diet composition in juvenile European perch (Perca fluviatilis). Scientific reports, 11: 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-81568-y
  • De Necker L., Manfrin A., Ikenaka Y., Ishizuka M., Brendonck L., van Vuren J.H.J, Sures B., Wepener V., and Smit N. J. 2020. Using stable δ13C and δ15N isotopes to assess food web, structures in an African subtropical temporary pool, African Zoology, 55: 79-92. https://doi.org/10.1080/15627020.2020.1731331
  • Manfrin A., Bunzel-Drüke M., Lorenz A.W., Maire A., Scharf M., Zimball O., and Stoll S. 2020. The effect of lateral connectedness on the taxonomic and functional structure of fish communities in a lowland river floodplain. Science of The Total Environment, 719: 137169. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.137169
  • Manfrin A., Teurlincx S., Lorenz A. W., Haase P., Marttila M., Syrjänen J.T., Gregor T., and Stoll S. 2019. Effect of river restoration on life-history strategies in fish communities. Science of The Total Environment, 663: 486-495. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.01.330
  • Manfrin A., Larsen S., Scalici M., Wuertz S., and Monaghan M.T. 2018. Stress response of Chironomus riparius to changes in water temperature and oxygen concentration in a lowland stream. Ecological Indicators, 95: 720-725. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.08.015
  • Manfrin A., Lehmann D., van Grunsven R.H.A., Larsen S., Syväranta J., Wharton G., Voigt C. C., Monaghan M.T., and Hölker F. 2018. Dietary changes in predators and scavengers in a nocturnally illuminated riparian ecosystem. Oikos, 127: 960-969. https://doi.org/10.1111/oik.04696
  • Grubisic M., van Grunsven R.H.A., Kyba C.C.M., Manfrin A., and Hölker F. 2018. Insect declines and agroecosystems: does light pollution matter? Annals of Applied Biology, 173: 180-189. https://doi.org/10.1111/aab.12440
  • Grubisic M., van Grunsven R. H., Manfrin A., Monaghan M. T., and Hölker F. 2018. A transition to white LED increases ecological impacts of nocturnal illumination on aquatic primary producers in a lowland agricultural drainage ditch. Environmental Pollution, 240: 630-8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2018.04.146
  • Manfrin A., Singer G., Larsen S., Weiß N., van Grunsven R. H. A., Weiß N. S., Wohlfahrt S., Monaghan M. T., and Hölker F. 2017. Artificial light at night affects organism flux across ecosystem boundaries and drives community structure in the recipient ecosystem. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 5: 1-14. https://doi.org/10.3389/fenvs.2017.00061
  • Grubisic M., Singer G., Bruno M. C., van Grunsven R. H. A., Manfrin A., Monaghan M. T., and Hölker F. 2018. A pigment composition analysis reveals community changes in pre-established stream periphyton under low-level artificial light at night. Limnologica, 69: 55-8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.limno.2017.10.004
  • Grubisic M., Singer G., Bruno M. C., van Grunsven R. H. A., Manfrin A., Monaghan M. T., and Hölker F. 2017. Artificial light at night decreases biomass and alters community composition of benthic primary producers in a sub‐alpine stream. Limnology and Oceanography, 62: 2799-810. https://doi.org/10.1002/lno.10607
  • Manfrin A., Traversetti L., Pilotto F., Larsen S., and Scalici M. 2016. Effect of spatial scale on macroinvertebrate assemblages along a Mediterranean river. Hydrobiologia, 765: 185-196. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-015-2412-0
  • Manfrin A., Bombi P., Traversetti L., Larsen S., and Scalici M. 2016. A landscape-based predictive approach for running water quality assessment: A Mediterranean case study. Journal for Nature Conservation, 30: 27-31. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnc.2016.01.002
  • Holzhauer S. I., Franke S., Kyba C., Manfrin A., Klenke R., Voigt C. C., Lewanzik D., Oehlert M., Monaghan M. T., Schneider S., Heller S., Kuechly H., Brüning A., Honnen A. C., and F. Hölker. 2015. Out of the dark: establishing a large-scale field experiment to assess the effects of artificial light at night on species and food webs. Sustainability, 7: 15593-15616. https://doi.org/10.3390/su71115593
  • Traversetti L., Ceschin S., Manfrin A., and Scalici M. 2014. Co-Occurrence between macrophytes and macroinvertebrates: towards a new approach for the running waters quality evaluation? Journal of limnology, 74: 133-142. https://doi.org/10.4081/jlimnol.2014.974
  • Traversetti L., Scalici M., Ginepri V., Manfrin A., and 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. https://doi.org/10.1002/iroh.201201605
  • Traversetti L., Manfrin A., Scalici M. 2013. Remapping hydro ecoregion boundaries: a proposal for improving the base of the running water monitoring procedures. Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, 9: 533-537.