Michele Casini

Michele Casini
Professor in Marine ecology and fisheries management


-Population dynamics
-Food webs
-Ecosystem functioning
-Fish stock assessment and management 

My primary focus is on population and ecosystem dynamics, as well as stock assessment and management, at national and international level. I investigate spatial and temporal dynamics of exploited fish populations in relation to fishing pressure, predator-prey interactions, eutrophication and climate, with the final goal to foster an ecosystem approach to fisheries management.

I have more than 20 years experience within the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), and collaborate with HELCOM for the development of biodiversity and food-web indicators within the EU MSFD (Marine Strategy Framework Directive) and with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for the management of Mediterranean exploited resources.

I collaborate with the Southwest Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission (SWIOFC) and the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).

I have worked with third-world countries, under different SIDA projects, as consultant in the fisheries sector and as university lecturer in fisheries biology.

I have collaborated with the European Parliament as expert for the Baltic Sea.


2020-present: Leader and Lecturer of the course “Ecology and nature conservation” in the Bachelor Programme “Natural Sciences”, University of Bologna, Italy

2020-present: Leader and Lecturer of the course “Spatial planning and monitoring of marine environment” in the Master Programme “Marine Biology”, University of Bologna, Italy.

2020-present: Co-leader and Lecturer of the course “Basics and teaching of ecology” in the Master Programme “Teaching and dissemination of natural sciences”, University of Bologna, Italy.

2019-present: Lecturer in the course “Sustainability perspectives on contemporary fisheries. Where have all the fishes gone?” SLU Department of Aquatic Resources, Sweden.

2016-present: Lecturer in the Master Course “Principles in Fisheries Science”, SLU Department of Aquatic Resources, Sweden.

2015-present: Lecturer in the Bachelor Programme “Biology and Environmental Science”, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences SLU, Sweden.

2014-present: Lecturer for the Course “Population ecology: theories and applications”, Linköping University, Sweden.

2015-2019: Co-leader and Lecturer of the PhD Course “Fisheries Ecology and Aquatic Resource Management”, SLU Department of Aquatic Resources, Sweden.

2010-2014: Lecturer for the Course “Fish and Fisheries Biology”, Stockholm University, Sweden.

2005-2013: Lecturer for the Course “Fish Ecology and Conservation”, Gothenburg University, Sweden.

2009-2010: Co-organiser and Lecturer for the Master Course “Aquatic Biology and Coastal Ecosystem”, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique.

2001-2007: Co-organiser and Lecturer for the Course “Fisheries Ecology”, University of Gotland, Sweden.


Recent projects

- “Support coherent and coordinated assessment of biodiversity and measures across Mediterranean for the next 6-year cycle of MSFD implementation”,” funded by EU DG/Environment (DG ENV/MSFD2020, 2021-2023). Principal Investigator for the University of Bologna. Amount: 80 000 Euros (total).

- “Shifting the hypoxia paradigm – new directions to explore the spread and impacts of ocean/Great Lakes deoxygenation”, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), USA (2020-2022). SLU co-PI. Amount 1 150 000 USD (total).

- "Fish interactions in the marine benthic habitat: a knowledge gap in Baltic Sea fish ecology and multispecies fisheries management (BENTHFISH)”, funded by The Swedish Research Council Formas (2019-2021). Project main applicant and leader.

- “Tender Offer for ICCAT Bluefin Tuna Tagging Call” funded by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT). Atlantic-wide Research Programme on Bluefin Tuna (May-December 2017).

- “Tagging Baltic cod (TABACOD)” funded by BalticSea2020 foundation (2016-2019). Project Deputy Coordinator, Coordinator of Work Package 3 (Applications into stock assessment) and Principal Investigator for SLU.

- “There are back: return of Bluefin tuna to Nordic waters” funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers (2016-2018). Principal Investigator for SLU.

- “Losing track of time: dubious age determination of Baltic cod, probable causes and promising solution (LOSTINTIME)”, funded by The Swedish Research Council Formas (2016-2018).

- “Förbättrat förvaltning i Östersjön” (Improved management in the Baltic Sea), funded by the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (2014-2016). Project co-leader.

- “Integrating spatial processes into ecosystem models for sustainable utilization of fish resources (INSPIRE)”, funded by the EU 7th Framework Programme and Baltic Sea national funding institutions (BONUS, 2014-2018). Coordinator of Work Package 1 (Spatial distributions) and Principal Investigator for SLU.

- “Ecosystem-based approach for developing and testing pelagic food web indicators”, funded by the Swedish environmental Protection Agency. Call: Good Environmental Status in Sweden’s Marine Waters (2014-2016).

- “Development of ecosystem state indicators for the Baltic Sea pelagic ecosystem”, addressing the EU MSFD, funded by the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (2014-2016). Project coordinator.



2019-ongoing: Professor in Ecology, University of Bologna, Italy.

2015-ongoing: Professor in Marine ecology with specialisation in fisheries management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden.

2011-2015: Researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Associate Professor in Biology/Ecology 2013-2015), Sweden.

2009-2010: Lecturer and co-organizer for the Master Course “Aquatic Biology and Coastal Ecosystems”, Eduardo Mondlane University of Maputo, Mozambique.

2006-2013: Researcher at the Swedish Board of Fisheries, Sweden.

2001-2006: Research Assistant at the Swedish Board of Fisheries, Sweden.

2009-2011: Research Assistant at the University of Bologna, Italy.


March 2006: Doctoral Degree in Marine Ecology, Gothenburg University, Sweden. Thesis title: “Feeding resource utilisation of herring (Clupea harengus) and sprat (Sprattus sprattus) in the Baltic Sea: implications for growth”.

December 1998: Master Degree in Natural Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy. Thesis title: “Study, through acoustic methods, of AirGun effects on small pelagic fish”.


Tutor of Associate Senior Lecturers

Jonas Hentati Sundberg, from 1 June 2017. Subject “Fisheries ecology with specialization in spatial dynamics”.

Tutor of Postdoctoral fellows

- Max Lindmark, from 1 June 2020. Community ecology and trophic interactions.

- Huidong Tian, October 2011-March 2013. Population dynamics and ecosystem analyses.

PhD students

- Yvette Heimbrand (exam held 28 May 2021). Losing track of time: causes and solutions for the problematic determination of Baltic cod age. Assistant supervisor.

- Monica Mion (exam held 21 May 2021). Increasing the biological knowledge of Baltic Sea cod: growth, movements and reproductive potential from historical and contemporary data. Main supervisor.

- Alessandro Orio (exam held 15 March 2019). Understanding the spatio-temporal dynamics of demersal fish species in the Baltic Sea. Main supervisor.

- Hege Sande, on-going. Recreational fisheries: characterization, quantification, biological impact and application into management. Main supervisor.

- Federico Maioli, on-going. Biodiversity and population dynamics of demersal fish resources. Main supervisor.

- Astrid Anette Carlsen, on-going. Exploring sustainable ocean management through the lens of fish-eating seabirds. Main supervisor.

Undergraduate students

- Emanuele Asciutto (2021). University of Bologna (Italy). Master thesis.

- Federico Maioli (2019). In collaboration with the University of Bologna (Italy). Erasmus exchange and master thesis.

- Kevin Haase (2018). In collaboration with the University of Hamburg (Germany). Master thesis.

- Manon Sorais (2012). In collaboration with the University of Montpellier (France). Internship.

- Carlos Diaz Gil (2011). In collaboration with the Gothenburg University and the University of Cadiz (Spain). Erasmus exchange.

- Felix Mittermayer (2009). Gothenburg University (Sweden). Master project.

- Magdalena Linden (2007). Gothenburg University (Sweden). Master project.

- Lina Blomgren (2006). Lund University (Sweden). Master project.

Publikationer i urval

Scientific publications (peer-reviewed)

1)           Casini, M., Hansson, M., Orio, A. and Limburg, K. (2021). Changes in population depth distribution and oxygen stratification are involved in the current low condition of the eastern Baltic cod (Gadus morhua). Biogeosciences, 18: 1321-1331.

2)          Mion, M., Haase, S., Hemmer-Hansen, J., Hilvarsson, A., Hüssy, K., Krüger-Johnsen, M., Krumme, U., McQueen, K., Plikshs, M., Radtke, K., Schade, F.M., Vitale, F. and Casini, M. (2021). Multidecadal changes in fish growth rates estimated from tagging data: a case study from the Eastern Baltic cod (Gadus morhua, Gadidae). Fish and Fisheries, 22: 413-427.

3)          Hüssy, K., Krüger-Johnsen, M., Thomsen, T.B., Heredia, B., Næraa, T., Limburg, K., Heimbrand, Y., McQueen, K., Haase, S., Krumme, U., Casini, M., Mion, M., Radtke, K. (2021).  It’s elemental, my dear Watson: validating seasonal patterns in otolith chemical chronologies. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 78: 551–566.

4)          Haase, S., McQueen, K., Mion, M., Andersson, M., Hilvarsson, A., Olesen, H.J., Svenson, A., Casini, M., Hüssy, K., Radtke, K. and Krumme, U. (2021). Short-term tagging mortality of Baltic cod (Gadus morhua). Fisheries Research, 234: 105804.

5)          Han, F., Jamsandekar, M., Pettersson, M.E., Su, L., Fuentes-Pardo, A., Davis, B., Bekkevold, D., Berg, F., Casini, M., Dahle, G., Farell, E.D., Folkvord, A. and Andersson, L. (2020). Ecological adaptation in Atlantic herring is associated with large shifts in allele frequencies at hundreds of loci. eLife, 9: e61076.

6)          Mion, M., Hilvarsson, A., Hüssy, K., Krumme, U., Krüger-Johnsen, M., McQueen, K., Mohamed, E., Motyka, R., Orio, A., Plikšs, M., Radtke, K. and Casini, M. (2020). Historical growth of Eastern Baltic cod (Gadus morhua): setting a baseline with international tagging data. Fisheries Research, 223: 105442.

7)          McQueen, K., Casini, M., Mion, M., Radtke, K., Hüssy, K., Oleson, H.J., Hilvarsson, A., Dolk, B., Schulz, N., Mohr, T., Haase, S., Schade, F.M. and Krumme, U. (2020). Regional and stock-specific differences in contemporary growth of Baltic cod stocks revealed through tag-recapture data. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 77: 2078-2088.

8)          Heimbrand, Y., Limburg, K., Hüssy, K., Casini, M., Sjöberg, R., Palmén Bratt, A.-M., Levinsky, S.-E., Karpushevskaia, A., Radtke, K. and Öhlund, J. (2020). Seeking the true time: exploring otolith chemistry as an age-determination tool. Journal of Fish Biology, 97: 552-565.

9)          Haase, K., Orio, A., Pawlak, J., Pachur, M. and Casini, M. (2020). Diet of dominant demersal fish species in the Baltic Sea: is flounder steeling benthic food from cod? Marine Ecology Progress Series, 645: 159-170.

10)       Orio, A., Bergström, U., Florin, A.-B., Šics, I. and Casini, M. (2020). Long-term changes in spatial overlap between interacting cod and flounder in the Baltic Sea. Hydrobiologia, 847: 2541–2553.

11)       Karlson, A., Gorokhova, E., Gårdmark, G., Pekcan-Hekim, Z., Casini, M., Albertsson, J., Sundelin, B., Karlsson, O. and Bergström, L. (2020). Linking consumer physiological status to food-web structure and prey food value in the Baltic Sea. Ambio, 49: 391-406.

12)       Östman, Ö., Bergström, L., Leonardsson, K., Gårdmark, A., Casini, M., Sjöblom, Y., Haas, F. and Olsson, J. (2020). Analyses of structural changes in ecological time series (ASCETS). Ecological Indicators, 116: 106469.

13)       Majaneva, S., Fridolfsson, E., Casini, M., Legrand, C., Lindehoff, E., Margonski, P., Majaneva, M., Nilsson, J., Rubene, G., Wasmund, N. and Hylander, S. (2020). Deficiency syndromes in top predators associated with large-scale changes in the Baltic Sea ecosystem. PLoS ONE, 15: e0227714.

14)       Neuenfeldt, S., Bartolino, V., Orio, A., Andersen, K.H., Andersen, N.G., Niiranen, S., Bergström, U., Ustups, D. Kallasvuo, M., Kulatska, N. and Casini, M. (2020). Feeding and growth of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua L.) in the Eastern Baltic Sea under environmental change. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 77: 624–632.

15)       Limburg, K. and Casini, M. (2019). Otolith chemistry indicates recent worsened Baltic cod condition is linked to hypoxia exposure. Biology Letters, 15: 20190352.

16)       McQueen, K., Mion, M., Hilvarsson, A., Casini, M., Olesen, H.J., Hüssy, K., Radtke, K. and Krumme, U. (2019). Effects of freezing on length and weight measurements of Baltic cod (Gadus morhua). Journal of Fish Biology, 95: 1486-1495.

17)       Niiranen, S., Orio, A., Bartolino, V., Bergström, U., Kallasvuo, M., Neuenfeldt, S., Ustups, D. and Casini, M. (2019). Predator-prey size relationships of cod in a low diversity marine system. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 627: 201-206.

18)       Ejsmond, M.J, Blackburn, N., Fridolfsson, E., Haecky, P., Andersson, A., Casini, M., Belgrano, A. and Hylander, S. (2019). Modelling vitamin B1 transfer to consumers in the aquatic food web. Scientific Reports, 9: 10045.

19)       Casini, M., Tian, H., Hansson, M., Grygiel, W., Strods, G., Statkus, R., Sepp, E., Gröhsler, T., Orio, A. and Larson, N. (2019). Spatio-temporal dynamics and behavioural ecology of a “demersal” fish population as detected using research survey pelagic trawl catches: the Eastern Baltic Sea cod (Gadus morhua). ICES Journal of Marine Science, 76: 1591–1600.

20)       Säterberg, T., Casini, M. and Gårdmark, A. (2019). Ecologically sustainable exploitation rates – A multispecies approach for fisheries management. Fish and Fisheries, 20: 952-961.

21)       Orio, A., Bergström, U., Florin, A.-B., Lehmann, A., Šics, I. and Casini, M. (2019). Spatial contraction of demersal fish populations in a large marine ecosystem. Journal of Biogeography, 46: 633-645.

22)       Kadin, M., Blenckner, T., Casini, M., Gårdmark, A., Torres, M.A. and Otto, S.A. (2019). Trophic interactions, management trade-offs and climate change: the need for adaptive thresholds to operationalize ecosystem indicators. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6: 249.

23)       Olsson, J., Jakubavičiūtė, E., Larsson, N., Kaljuste, O., Bergström, U., Casini, M., Cardinale, M., Hjelm, J. and Byström, P. (2019). The first large-scale assessment of three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) biomass and spatial distribution in the Baltic Sea. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 76: 1653–1665.

24)       Limburg, K.E. and Casini, M. (2018). Effect of marine hypoxia on Baltic Sea cod Gadus morhua: evidence from otolith chemical proxies. Frontiers in Marine Science, 5: 482.

25)       Reusch, T.B.H., Dierking, J., Andersson, H., Bonsdorff, E., Carstensen, J., Casini, M., Czajkowski, M., Hasler, B., Hinsby, K., Hyytiäinen, K., Johannesson, K., Jomaa, S., Jormalainen, V., Kuosa, H., Kurland, S., Laikre, L., MacKenzie, B.R., Margonski, P., Melzner, F., Oesterwind, D., Ojaveer, H., Refsgaard, J.C., Sandström, A., Schwarz, G., Tonderski, K., Winder, M., Zandersen, M. (2018). The Baltic Sea as a time machine for the future coastal ocean. Science Advances, 4: eaar8195.

26)       Frelat, R., Orio, A., Casini, M., Merigot, B., Otto, S., Sguotti, C. and Möllmann, C. (2018). A three-dimensional view on biodiversity changes: spatial, temporal, and functional perspectives on fish communities in the Baltic Sea. ICES Journal of Marine Science. 75: 2463–2475.

27)       Bauer, B., Meier, M., Casini, M., Hoff, A., Margoński, P., Orio, A., Saraiva, S., Stenbeek, J. and Tomczak, M. (2018). Reducing eutrophication increases spatial extent of communities supporting valuable commercial fisheries: a model case study. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 75: 1306-1317.

28)       Mion, M., Thorsen, A., Dierking, J., Herrmann, J.-P-, Huwer, B., Vitale, F., von Dewitz, B. and Casini, M. (2018). Effect of fish length and nutritional condition on the fecundity of distressed Atlantic cod Gadus morhua from the Baltic Sea. Journal of Fish Biology, 92: 1016-1034.

29)       Jacobson, P., Gårdmark, A., Östergren, J., Casini, M. and Huss, M. (2018). Size-dependent prey availability affects diet and performance of predatory fish at sea: a case study of Atlantic salmon. Ecosphere, 9(1): e02081.

30)       Otto, S.A., Kadin, M., Casini, M., Torres, M.A. and Blenckner, T. (2018). A quantitative framework for selecting and validating food web indicators. Ecological Indicators, 84: 619-631.

31)       Orio, A., Bergström, U., Casini, M., Erlandsson, M., Eschbaum, R., Hüssy, K., Lehmann, A., Lozys, L., Ustups, D. and Florin, A.-B. (2017). Characterizing and predicting the distribution of Baltic Sea flounder during the spawning season. Journal of Sea Research, 126: 46-55.

32)       Feng, C., Pettersson, M., Lamichhaney, S., Rubin, C.-J., Casini, M., Folkvord, A. and Andersson, L. (2017).  Moderate nucleotide diversity in the Atlantic herring is associated with a low mutation rate. eLife, 6: e23907.

33)       Bartolino, V., Tian, H., Bergström, U., Jounela, P., Aro, E., Dieterich, C., Meier, H.E.M. Cardinale, M., Bland, B. and Casini, M. (2017). Spatio-temporal dynamics of a fish predator: density-dependent and hydrographic effects on Baltic Sea cod population. PLoS ONE, 12(2): e0172004.

34)       Torres, M.A., Casini, M., Huss, M., Otto, S.A., Kadin, M. and Gårdmark, A. (2017). Food-web indicators accounting for species interactions respond to multiple pressures. Ecological Indicators, 77: 67-79.

35)       Orio, A., Florin, A.-B., Bergström, U., Šics, I., Baranova, T. and Casini, M. (2017). Modelling indices of abundance and size-based indicators of cod and flounder stocks in the Baltic Sea using newly standardized trawl survey data. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 74: 1322-1333.

36)       Lindh, M.V., Sjöstedt, J., Ekstam, B., Casini M., Lundin, D., Hugerth, L., Hu, Y., Andersson, A., Andersson, A., Legrand, C. and Pinhassi, J. (2017). Metapopulation theory identifies biogeographical patterns among core and satellite marine bacteria scaling from tens to thousands of kilometers. Environmental Microbiology, 19: 1222–1236.

37)       Jakubavičiūtė, E., Casini, M., Ložys, L. and Olsson, J. (2017). Seasonal dynamics in the diet of pelagic fish species in the southwest Baltic Proper. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 74 (3): 750-758.

38)       Lindh, M.V., Sjöstedt, J., Casini M., Andersson, A., Legrand, C. and Pinhassi, J. (2016). Local environmental conditions shape generalist but not specialist components of microbial metacommunities in the Baltic Sea. Frontiers in Microbiology, 7: 2078.

39)       Casini, M. Käll, F., Hansson, M., Plikshs, M., Baranova, T., Karlsson, O., Lundstrom, K., Neuenfeldt, S., Gårdmark, G. and Hjelm J. (2016). Hypoxic areas, density dependence and food limitation drive the body condition of a heavily exploited marine fish predator. Royal Society Open Science, 3: 160416.

40)       Norrström, N., Casini, M. and Holmgren, N. (2016). Nash equilibrium can resolve conflicting maximum sustainable yields in multi-species fisheries management. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 74: 78-90.

41)       Casini, M., Eero, M., Carlshamre, S. and Lövgren, J. (2016). Using alternative biological information in stock assessment: condition-corrected natural mortality of Eastern Baltic cod. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 73: 2625-2631.

42)       Bertos-Fortis, M., Farnelid, H., Lindh, M.V., Casini, M., Andersson, A., Pinhassi, J. and Legrand, C. (2016). Unscrambling cyanobacteria community dynamics related to environmental factors. Frontiers in Microbiology, 7: 625.

43)       Barrio, A. M., Lamichhaney, S., Fan, G., Rafati, N., Pettersson, M., Zhang, H., Dainat, J., Ekman, D., Höppner, M., Jern, P., Martin, M., Nystedt, B., Liu, X., Chen, W., Liang, X., Shi, C., Fu, Y., Ma, K., Zhan, X., Feng, C., Gustafson, U., Rubin, C.-J., Sällman Almén, M., Blass, M., Casini, M., Folkvord, A., Laikre, L., Ryman, N., Ming-Yuen Lee, S., Xu, X. and Andersson, L. (2016). (2016). The genetic basis for ecological adaptation of the Atlantic herring revealed by genome sequencing. eLife, 5: e12081.

44)       Vitale, F., Mittermayer, F., Krischansson, B., Johansson, M. and Casini, M. (2015). Growth and maturity of sprat (Sprattus sprattus) in the Kattegat and Skagerrak, eastern North Sea. Aquatic Living Resources, 28: 127-137.

45)       Wikström, A., Knape, J., Casini, M., Gårdmark, A., Cardinale, M., Hjelm, J. and Jonzén, N. (2015). Fishing, reproductive volume and regulation: Population dynamics and exploitation of the Eastern Baltic cod. Population Ecology, 58: 199-211.

46)       Eero, M., Hjelm, J., Behrens, J., Buckmann, K., Casini, M. et al. (2015). Eastern Baltic cod in distress: an ecological puzzle hampering scientific guidance for fisheries management. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 72: 2180-2186.

47)       Bergström, U., Olsson, J., Casini, M., Eriksson, B. K., Fredriksson, R., Wennhage, H. and Appelberg, M. (2015). Stickleback increase in the Baltic Sea – a thorny issue for coastal predatory fish? Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 163: 134-142.

48)       Blenckner, T., Llope, M., Möllmann, C., Voss, R., Quaas, M.F., Casini, M., Lindegren, M., Folke, C. and Stenseth, N.C. (2015). Climate and fishing steer ecosystem regeneration to uncertain economic futures. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 282: 20142809.

49)       Gårdmark, A., Casini, M., Huss, M., van Leeuwen, A., Hjelm, J., Persson, L. and de Roos, A.M. (2015). Regime shifts in exploited marine food webs: detecting mechanisms underlying alternative stable states using size-structured community dynamics theory. Philosophical Transactions B, invited contribution, 370: 20130262.

50)       Fisher, J.A.D., Casini, M., Frank, K.T., Möllmann C., Leggett, W.C. and Daskalov, G. (2015). Within-system spatial variation in drivers of exploited marine ecosystem regime shifts. Philosophical Transactions B, invited contribution, 370: 20130271.

51)       Conversi, A., Blenckner, T., Dakos, V., Edwards, M., Folke, C., Gårdmark, A., Greene, C., Ling, S., Mumby, P., Casini, M. and Möllmann, C. (2015). The relevance of alternative stable states for exploited marine systems. Philosophical Transactions B, 370: 20130279.

52)       Cardinale, M., Bartolino, V., Svedäng, H., Sundelöf, A. Poulsen, R. T. and Casini, M. (2015). A centurial development of the North Sea fish megafauna as reflected by the historical Swedish longlining fisheries. Fish and Fisheries, 16: 522-533.

53)       Lindegren, M., Andersen, K.-H.,  Casini, M., Neuenfeldt, S. (2014). A metacommunity perspective on source-sink dynamics and management: the Baltic Sea as a case study. Ecological Applications, 24: 1820-1832.

54)       Diaz-Gil, C., Lövgren, O., Werner, M., Kaljuste, O., Margonski, P. and Casini, M. (2014). Spatio-temporal composition and dynamics of zooplankton in the Kalmar Sound (western Baltic Sea) in 2009–2010. Boreal Environmental Research, 19: 323-335.

55)       Casini, M., Rouyer, T., Bartolino V., Larson N. and Grygiel, W. (2014). Density dependence in space and time: opposite synchronous variations in population distribution and body condition in the Baltic Sea sprat (Sprattus sprattus) over three decades. PLoS ONE, 9: e92278.

56)       Bartolino, V., Margonski, P., Lindegren, M., Linderholm, H., Cardinale, M., Rayner, D., Wennhage, H. and Casini, M. (2014). Forecasting fish stock dynamics under climate change: Baltic herring (Clupea harengus) as a case study. Fisheries Oceanography, 23: 258-269.

57)       Munk, P., Cardinale, M., Casini, M. and Rudolphi, A.-C. (2014). The community structure of over-wintering larval and small juvenile fish in a large estuary. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 139: 27-39.

58)       Cardinale, M., Chacate, O., Casini, M., Chaúca, I. and Vølstad, J.H. (2014). CPUE trends of Hilsa kelee and Thryssa vitrirostris exploited by the artisanal finfish fisheries in Mozambique derived from an on-shore sampling of catches by trip. Scientia Marina, 78: 55-64.

59)       Möllmann, C., Lindegren, M., Blenckner, T., Bergström, L., Casini, M. et al. (2013). Implementing ecosystem-based fisheries management – from single-species to integrated ecosystem assessment and advice for Baltic Sea fish stocks. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 71: 1187-1197.

60)       Huss, M., de Roos, A., Van Leeuwen, A., Casini, M. and Gårdmark, A. (2013). Cohort dynamics give rise to alternative stable community states. The American Naturalist, 182: 374-392.

61)       Fowler, C.W., Belgrano, A. and Casini, M. (2013). Holistic fisheries management: combining macroecology, ecology, and evolutionary biology. Marine Fisheries Review, Vol. 75, No. 1-2. 

62)       Van Leeuwen, A., Huss, M., Gårdmark, A., Casini, M., Vitale, F., Hjelm, J., Persson, L. and de Roos, A. (2013). Predators with multiple ontogenetic niche shifts have limited potential for population growth and top-down control of their prey. The American Naturalist, 182: 53-66.

63)       Eero, M., Vinther, M., Haslob, H., Huwer, B., Casini, M., Storr-Paulsen, M. and Köster, F.W. (2012). Spatial management of marine resources can enhance the recovery of predators and avoid local depletion of forage fish. Conservation Letters, 5: 486-492.

64)       Bartolino, V., Cardinale, M., Svedäng, H., Linderholm, H. W., Casini, M. and Grimwall, A. (2012). Historical spatiotemporal dynamics of eastern North Sea cod. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 69: 833-841.

65)       Casini, M., Blenckner, T., Möllmann, C., Gårdmark, A., Lindegren, M., Llope, M., Kornilovs, G., Plikshs, M. and Stenseth, Nils Chr. (2012). Predator transitory spillover indices trophic cascades in ecological sinks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 109: 8185-8189.

66)       Keinänen, M., Uddström, A., Mikkonen, J., Casini, M., Pönni, J., Myllylä, T., Aro, E. and Vuorinen, P. (2012). The thiamine deficiency syndrome M74, a reproductive disorder of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) feeding in the Baltic Sea, is related to the fat and thiamine content of prey fish. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 69: 516-528.

67)       Cardinale, M., Svedäng, H., Bartolino, V., Maiorano, L., Casini, M. and Linderholm, H. (2012). Spatial and temporal depletion of haddock and pollack during the last century in the Kattegat-Skagerrak. Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 28: 200-208.

68)       Alheit, J., Pohlmann, T., Casini, M., Greve, W., Hinrichs, R., Mathis, M., O'Driscoll, K., Vorberg, R. and Wagner, C. (2012). Climate variability drives anchovies and sardines into North Sea and Baltic Sea. Progress in Oceanography, 96: 128-139.

69)       Mikkonen, J., Keinänen, M., Casini, M., Pönni, J. and Vuorinen, P. (2011). Relationships between fish stock changes in the Baltic Sea and the M74 syndrome, a reproductive disorder of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). ICES Journal of Marine Science, 68: 2134-2144.

70)       Eriksson, B.C., Sieben, K., Eklöv, J., Ljunggren, L., Olsson, J., Casini, M. and Bergström, U. (2011). Effects of altered offshore food webs on coastal ecosystems emphasize the need for cross-ecosystem management. Ambio, 40: 786-797.

71)       Casini, M., Kornilovs, G., Cardinale, M., Möllmann, M., Grygiel, W., Jonsson, P., Raid, T., Flinkman, J. and Feldman, V. (2011). Spatial and temporal density-dependence regulates the condition of central Baltic Sea clupeids: compelling evidence using an extensive international acoustic survey. Population Ecology, 53: 511-523.

72)       Möllmann, C., Blenckner, T., Casini, M., Gårdmark, A. and Lindegren, M. (2011). Beauty is in the eye of the beholder: management of Baltic cod stock requires an ecosystem approach. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 431: 293-297.

73)       Ljunggren, L., Sandström, A., Bergström, U., Mattila, J., Lappalainen, A., Johansson, G., Sundblad, G., Casini, M., Kaljuste, O. and Eriksson, B. K. (2010). Recruitment failure of coastal predatory fish in the Baltic Sea is related to an offshore system shift. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 67: 1587-1595.

74)       Österblom, H., Gårdmark, A., Bergström, L., Folke, C., Olsson, Müller-Karulis, B., Lindegren, M., Blenckner, T., Casini, M. et al. (2010). Making the ecosystem approach operational in the Baltic Sea: can regime shifts in ecological and governance systems facilitate the transition? Marine Policy, 34: 1290-1299.

75)       Casini M., Bartolino, V., Molinero, J.C. and Kornilovs, G. (2010). Linking fisheries, trophic interactions and climate: threshold dynamics drive herring Clupea harengus growth in the central Baltic Sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 413: 241-252.

76)       Cardinale, M., Möllmann, C., Bartolino, V., Casini, M. Kornilovs, G. et al. (2009). Effect of environmental variability and spawner characteristics on the recruitment of Baltic herring Clupea harengus populations. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 388: 221-234.

77)       Cardinale, M., Linder, M., Bartolino, V., Maiorano, L. and Casini, M. (2009). Conservation value of historical data: reconstructing stock dynamic of turbot (Psetta maxima) during the last century in the Eastern North Sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 386: 197-206.

78)       Vainikka, A., Mollet, F., Casini, M. and Gårdmark, A. (2009). Spatial variation in growth, condition and maturation reaction norms of the Baltic herring, Clupea harengus membras. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 383: 285-294.

79)       Casini, M., Hjelm, J., Molinero, J.C., Lövgren, J., Cardinale, M., Bartolino, V., Belgrano, A. and Kornilovs, G. (2009). Trophic cascades promote threshold-like shifts in pelagic marine ecosystems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 106: 197-202.

80)       Molinero, J.-C., Casini, M. and Buecher, E. (2008). The influence of Atlantic and regional climate variability on the long-term changes in gelatinous carnivore populations in the northwestern Mediterranean. Limnology & Oceanography, 53: 1456-1467.

81)       Casini, M., Lövgren, J., Hjelm, J., Cardinale, M., Molinero, J.C. and Kornilovs, G. (2008). Multi-level trophic cascades in a heavily exploited open marine ecosystem. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Biological Sciences, 275: 1793-1801.

82)       Cardinale, M., Hjelm, J. and Casini, M. (2008). Disentangling the effect of adult biomass and temperature on the recruitment dynamics of fishes. Resiliency of gadid stocks to fishing and climate change. Alaska Sea Grant College Program, AK-SG-08-01: 221-237.

83)       Vitale, F., Börjesson, P., Svedäng, H. and Casini, M. (2008). The spatial distribution of cod (Gadus morhua L.) spawning grounds in the Kattegat, eastern North Sea. Fisheries Research, 90: 36-44.

84)       Österblom, H., Casini, M., Olsson, O. and Bignert, A. (2006). Fish, seabirds and trophic cascades in the Baltic Sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 323: 233-238.

85)       Casini, M., Cardinale, M. and Hjelm, J. (2006). Inter-annual variation in herring (Clupea harengus) and sprat (Sprattus sprattus) condition in the central Baltic Sea: what gives the tune? Oikos, 112: 638-650.

86)       Casini, M., Cardinale, M., Hjelm, J. and Vitale, F. (2005). Trends in cpue and related changes in spatial distribution of demersal fish species in Kattegat and Skagerrak, eastern North Sea, between 1981-2003. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 62: 671-682.

87)       Casini, M., Cardinale, M. and Arrhenius, F. (2004). Feeding preferences of herring (Clupea harengus) and sprat (Sprattus sprattus) in the southern Baltic Sea. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 61: 1267-1277.

88)       Cardinale, M., Casini, M., Arrhenius, F. and Håkansson, N. (2003). Diel spatial distribution and feeding activity of herring (Clupea harengus) and sprat (Sprattus sprattus) in the Baltic Sea. Aquatic Living Resources, 16: 283-292.

89)       Cardinale, M., Casini, M. and Arrhenius, F. (2002). The influence of biotic and abiotic factors on the growth of sprat (Sprattus sprattus) in the Baltic Sea. Aquatic Living Resources, 15: 273-281.

Book chapters

- Casini, M. (2013). Spatio-temporal ecosystem shits in the Baltic Sea: top-down control and reversibility potential. In “Advances in Environmental Research, Vol. 28”. J. A. Daniels Ed., Nova Science Publishers, New York, pp. 149-167.

- Casini, M., Möllmann, C., and Österblom, H. (2011). Ecosystem approach to fisheries in the Baltic Sea: present and potential future applications in assessment and management. In “Ecosystem Based Management for Fisheries - An Evolving Perspective”. A. Belgrano and C. Fowler Eds., Cambridge University Press, pp. 9-31.


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