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Andrea Belgrano

Andrea Belgrano
Research interests Macroecology; food webs; biodiversity; population, community and ecosystem ecology; fisheries; ecosystem-based management; biocomplexity; biological oceanography; climate change; philosophy. My research approach is to use the broad concepts of macroecology, food webs theory and evolution to understand the underlying common rules governing ecosystem dynamics. Most of my current work focuses on ecosystem-based management for marine fisheries, ocean governance, sustainability and resilience.

Selected publications

Tiselius, P., Belgrano, A., Andersson, L., Lindahl, O. (2015) Primary productivity in a coastal ecosystem: a trophic perspective on a long-term time series. J. Plankton Res., 1-11.

Longo, C., Hornborg, S., Bartolino, V., Tomczak, M. T., Ciannelli, L., Libralato, S., Belgrano, A. (2015) Role of trophic models and indicators in current marine fisheries management. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 558: 257-272.

Fisher, J. A. D., Frank, K. T., Belgrano, A. (2015) Global aquatic ecosystem services provided and impacted by fisheries: a macroecological perspective. In Aquatic Functional Biodiversity – An Ecological and Evolutionary Perspective. 2015. Belgrano, A., Woodward, G., Jacob, U. (Eds.) Elsevier – Academic Press, 157-180.

Belgrano, A., Fowler, CW. (2013) How Fisheries Affect Evolution. Science, 342:1176-1177.
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Sara Hornborg, Andrea Belgrano, Valerio Bartolino, Daniel Valentinsson & Friederike Ziegler (2013) Trophic indicators in fisheries: a call for re-evaluation. Biology Letters, Royal Society, London, 2013 9, 20121050.

Charles W. Fowler, Andrea Belgrano, and Michele Casini (2013) Holism in Management: Macroecology, Ecosystems and Evosystems. Marine Fisheries Review in press.

Belgrano, A., and Fowler, C. W., (2011). On the path to holistic management: ecosystem-based management in marine systems. In: Ecosystem-Based Management for Marine Fisheries: An Evolving Perspective. (Ed. by Belgrano, A., and Fowler, C. W.) Cambridge University Press.

Petchey O. L., Belgrano, A. 2010. Body-size distributions and size-spectra: Universal indicators of ecological status? Biol. Lett. 6: 434-437.

Julia L. Blanchard., Andrea Belgrano, Bo Ebenman, Owen Petchey and F. J. Frank Van Veen. (2010) Body size and ecosystem dynamics – SIZEMIC 2010. Oikos, Virtual Issues.

Casini, M., Hjelm. J., Molinero, J-C., Lövgren, J., Cardinale, M., Bartolino, V., Belgrano, A., Kornilovs, G. 2009. Trophic cascades promote treshold-like shifts in pelagic marine ecosystems. PNAS 106(1): 197-202.

Mauricio Lima, S. K. Morgan Ernest, James H. Brown, Andrea Belgrano, and Nils Chr. Stenseth. 2008. Chihuahuan desert kangaroo rats: nonlinear effects of population dynamics, competition and rainfall. Ecology 89(9): 2594-2603

Almo Farina and Andrea Belgrano. 2006. The Eco-Field Hypothesis: Toward a Cognitive Landscape. Landscape Ecology, 21: 5-17.

Ciannelli, L., Bailey, K. M., Chan, K. S., Belgrano, A., Stenseth, N. C. 2005. Climate change causing phase transitions of walleye pollock (Theragra chalcogramma) recruitment dynamics. Proc. R. Soc. B. Lond., 272 (1573): 1735-1743.

Duffy-Anderson, J. T., Bailey, K. M., Ciannelli, L., Cury, P., Belgrano, A., Stenseth, N. C. 2005. Phase transitions in marine fish recruitment processes. Ecological Complexity 2 (3): 205-218.

Bailey, K. M., Ciannelli, L., Bond, N. A., Belgrano, A., Stenseth, N. C. 2005. Recruitment of walleye pollock in a physically and biologically complex ecosystem: A new perspective. Progress in Oceanography 67 (1-2): 24-42.

Belgrano, A., Lima, M., Stenseth, N. C. 2004. Non-linear dynamics in marine-phytoplankton population systems. Marine Ecology Progress Series 273: 281-289.

Belgrano, A. (Eds.). 2004. Emergent properties of complex marine systems: a macroecological perspective. Marine Ecology Progress Series 273: 227-227.

Belgrano, A., Allen, A. P., Enquist, B. J., Gillooly, J. F. 2002. Allometric scaling of maximum population density: a common rule for marine phytoplankton and terrestrial plants. Ecology Letters 5 (5): 611-613.

Belgrano, A., and Brown, J. H. 2002. Ecology - Oceans under the macroscope. Nature 419: 128-129.

Belgrano A., B. Malmgren and Odd Lindahl (2001) The use of artificial neural network for predicting primary productivity. Journal of Plankton Research, 23: 651-658.

Belgrano A., Lindahl O and Hernroth B. 1999. North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) primary productivity and toxic phytoplankton in the Gullmar Fjord, Sweden (1985-1996). Proc. R. Soc. B. Lond., 266: 425-430.


Belgrano, A., Woodward, G., Jacob, U. (Eds.) 2015. Aquatic Functional Biodiversity – An Ecological and Evolutionary Perspective. Elsevier – Academic Press, 283 Pp.

Belgrano, A., and Fowler, C. W., eds. 2011. Ecosystem-Based Management for Marine Fisheries: An Evolving Perspective. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Belgrano, A., and Reiss, J., eds. 2011. Advances in Ecological Research, vol. 45. The role of body size in multispecies systems. Elsevier/Academic Press.

Belgrano, A., U. Scharler, J.A. Dunne, and R.E. Ulanowicz, eds. 2005. Aquatic Food Webs: An Ecosystem Approach. Oxford University Press, London.

Stenseth, N. C., G. Ottersen, J. W. Hurrell, and A. Belgrano, eds. 2004. Marine Ecosystems and Climate Variation: The North Atlantic – A Comparative Perspective. Oxford University Press, London.



Researcher at the Department of Aquatic Resources; Institute of Marine Research, joint staff
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