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Serena Donadi

Serena Donadi
My research interests lie at the interface of community ecology, conservation biology and statistical modeling. I am broadly interested in marine and freshwater habitats, with a strong focus on species-environment interactions and feedbacks that underpin ecosystem functioning and resilience under the increasing influence of human impacts.


I am a passionate aquatic ecologist and conservationist, with experience from different countries and ecological systems. My work focuses on species (trophic and non-trophic) interactions, effects of human impacts, biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and resilience.

Selected publications

Eklöf, J.S., G. Sundblad, M. Erlandsson, S. Donadi, J.P. Hansen, B. K. Eriksson, U. Bergström. 2020. A spatial regime shift in a large coastal ecosystem through predator-prey reversal. Communications Biology, in press.

Donadi, S., L. Sandin, C. Tamario, and E. Degerman. 2019. Country-wide analysis of large wood as a driver of fish abundance in Swedish streams: Which species benefit and where? Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 29:706–716.

Donadi, S., Å. N. Austin, E. Svartgren, B. K. Eriksson, J. P. Hansen, and J. S. Eklöf. 2018. Density-dependent positive feedbacks buffer aquatic plants from interactive effects of eutrophication and predator loss. Ecology 99:2515-2524.

Carlson, P. E., S. Donadi, and L. Sandin. 2018. Responses of macroinvertebrate communities to small dam removals: Implications for bioassessment and restoration. Journal of Applied Ecology:1-12.

Tamario, C., E. Degerman, S. Donadi, D. Spjut, and L. Sandin. 2018. Nature-like fishways as compensatory lotic habitats. River Research and Applications 34:253-261.

Donadi S., Å.N. Austin, U. Bergström, B.K. Eriksson, J.P. Hansen, P. Jacobson, G. Sundblad, M. van Regteren, and J.S. Eklöf. 2017. A cross-scale trophic cascade from large predatory fish to algae in coastal ecosystems. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 284:20170045

Eriksson, B. K., J. Westra, I. van Gerwen, E. Weerman, E. van der Zee, T. van der Heide, J. van de Koppel, H. Olff, T. Piersma, and S. Donadi. 2017. Facilitation by ecosystem engineers enhances nutrient effects in an intertidal system. Ecosphere 8:e02051.

Duffy, J. E., P. L. Reynolds, C. Boström, J. a. Coyer, M. Cusson, S. Donadi, J. G. Douglass, J. S. Eklöf, A. H. Engelen, B. K. Eriksson, S. Fredriksen, L. Gamfeldt, C. Gustafsson, G. Hoarau, M. Hori, K. Hovel, K. Iken, J. S. Lefcheck, P.-O. Moksnes, M. Nakaoka, M. I. O’Connor, J. L. Olsen, J. P. Richardson, J. L. Ruesink, E. E. Sotka, J. Thormar, M. a. Whalen, and J. J. Stachowicz. 2015. Biodiversity mediates top-down control in eelgrass ecosystems: a global comparative-experimental approach. Ecology Letters 18:696-705.

Donadi, S., B. K. Eriksson, K. A. Lettmann, D. Hodapp, J. Wolff, and H. Hillebrand. 2015. The body-size structure of macrobenthos changes predictably along gradients of hydrodynamic stress and organic enrichment. Marine Biology:675–685.

Donadi, S., T. van der Heide, E. M. van der Zee, J. S. Eklöf, J. van de Koppel, E. J. Weerman, T. Piersma, H. Olff, and B. K. Eriksson. 2013. Cross-habitat interactions among bivalve species control community structure on intertidal flats. Ecology 94:489–98.


Researcher at the Department of Aquatic Resources; Enheten för miljöanalys
Telephone: +46104784209
Postal address:
Stångholmsvägen 2
17893 Drottningholm
Visiting address: Stångholmsvägen 2, Drottningholm