Dr Luisa Orsini PhD

Dr Luisa Orsini

School of Biosciences
Senior Lecturer in Biosystems and Climate Change
Director of the Environmental Omics Sequencing Facility, University of Birmingham

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School of Biosciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Luisa Orsini is a Senior Lecturer in Biosystems and Environmental Change at the University of Birmingham (UoB), and a time traveller. She studies the processes and mechanisms of evolutionary response to climate and other environmental factors with relevance to climate – pollution, anthropogenic land-use. To reconstruct long-term dynamics she applies high throughput technologies to sedimentary archives of inland waters, which have the unique advantage of preserving biological and environmental signals temporally. Moreover, she applies high throughput technologies to ‘resurrected’ specimens of the keystone species Daphnia magna (waterflea) to identify the molecular mechanisms that enable evolutionary changes through time and space. Dr Orsini strongly believes in bridging the science/policy divide. To this end, she works on biotechnology solutions for the removal of pharmaceuticals, pesticides and other suspended materials from wastewater and surface water.


  • 2018 – Academic College Lead for Enabling Technologies Sequencing Platforms
  • 2017 – Master: Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP)
  • 2017 – Director of the Environmental Omics Sequencing Facility, University of Birmingham
  • 2016 – Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK
  • 2003 – PhD, University of Messina/Stazione Zoologica A. Dohrn Naples, Italy
  • 1999 – Master in Environmental Science, Istituto Universitario Navale, Naples, Italy


  • 2018 – present Senior Lecturer in BioSystems and Environmental Change, Environmental Genomics Group, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham
  • 2013 – tenure - Lecturer in BioSystems and Environmental Change, Environmental Genomics Group, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham. 
  • 2012 – 2013 - senior postdoc, Laboratory of Aquatic Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, University of Leuven, Belgium
  • 2011 – 2012 - visiting scholar, Centre of Genomics and Bioinformatics, Indiana University Bloomington, IN, USA
  • 2008 – 2011 - postdoc, Laboratory of Aquatic Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, University of Leuven, Belgium
  • 2004 – 2008 - postdoc, Metapopulation Research Group, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • 2003 – 2004 - postdoc, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria
  • 1999 – 2003 - PhD in Biology  Stazione Zoologica “A. Dohrn”; Naples, Italy
  • 1999 – Master in Environmental Sciences, Istituto Universitario Navale, Naples,Italy (received with honour)


Module leader in “Toxicology for the 21st century” (Master in Toxicology). I redesigned this module involving industry (Unilever) and the Centre for Computational Biology at the University of Birmingham in delivering teaching. The new module provides cutting-edge high throughput toxicology training to increase employability. The collaboration with industry is likely to lead to future collaborations around environmental health.

Module leader in Year in Continental Europe. I updated this module in 2015 liaising with the international office at UoB. The module is now conformed to the audit requirements from the EU and counts a much higher and happier number of students.

Bioscience coordinator for Erasmus Plus exchange programme.

Lecturing in Adaptation to changing environments.

Tutor for Year1, Year2, Year3 and Master students.

Postgraduate supervision


  • 2017-ongoing: Albert Zhou, Computer scientist working on deCODE (Cracking the Code of Adaptive Evolution using biological archives)
  • 2017-ongoing: Vignesh Dhandapani, Bioinformatichan working on deCODE (Cracking the Code of Adaptive Evolution using biological archives)
  • 2017-ongoing: Romain Derelle, Bioinfromatician working on LOFRESH
  • 2017-2019: Timothy Williams, ecotoxicologist working on deCODE (Cracking the Code of Adaptive Evolution using biological archives)

PhD students

  • 2005-2009 - Helena Wirta Koivuletho: Dung beetle radiations in Madagascar; Biology, University of Helsinki, Finland.
  • 2010-2013 - Daniela D'Esposito: The molecular signature for local adaptation in the seagrass Posidonia oceanica, Biology, The Open University.
  • 2009-2015 - Aurora Geerts: Genetic variation and rapid evolution of thermal tolerance in the water flea Daphnia, Biology, University of Leuven, Belgium.
  • 2010-2016 - Katina Spanier: A pipeline for candidate gene locus identification in the waterflea Daphnia magna- development and validation, Biology, University of Leuven, Belgium.
  • 2014-2018 - Maria Cuenca Cambronero: Past, present and future of anthropogenic impact on the keystone specie Daphnia magna, Biosciences, University of Birmingham.
  • 2015-2019- Rosemary Barnett: The molecular mechanisms of diapause in D. magna, Biosciences, University of Birmingham.
  • 2019-ongoing - Muhammad Abdullahi: Fate and Impact of Emerging Pollutants on Waste and Surface Water Biosciences, University of Birmingham.

Master students

  • 2001 – 2002.  Master in Biology, Alberto Amato: Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems; Stazione Zoological A. Dohrn, Naples, Italy.
  • 2014 – 2015. MSci, Hollie Marshal: Temporal genetic stability and fitness responses to human driven eutrophication in the waterflea Daphnia magna, University of Birmingham.
  • 2015 – 2016 MSci, Peter Osborne. Investigating the role of genomic structural variation in the evolution of heat tolerance in Daphnia magna, University of Birmingham.
  • 2016 May – August. MSc Toxicology, Simon Lee: Cracking the code of suspended animation; master  in Toxicology,  University of Birmingham.
  • 2016 September-2017 February. MSci Biosciences, Lisa King: Characterization of Daphnia magna microbiome under environmental stress, University of Leister
  • 2017 May – September. MSci Toxicology, Muideen Adeyinka: Innovative and Cost-effective Bioremediation Solutions for Wastewater Treatment with low Health and Environmental Impact; University of Birmingham.
  • 2017 May – September. MSci Toxicology, Simeon Petersen:  The effect of Microbiome on pesticide resistance in Daphnia; University of Birmingham
  • 2017 May – September. MSci Microbiology and Infection, Adad Iqbal: Microbiome Mediated Resistance to Pesticides; University of Birmingham.
  • 2017 September – 2018 March. MSci Biosciences, Niamh Eastwood: Longitudinal lake community dynamics: an eDNA approach; University of Birmingham
  • 2018  May – September. MSci Toxicology, Padma Ananthan: Removal of emerging micropollutants from wastewater using Daphnia. University of Birmingham.
  • 2018  May – September. MSci Toxicology, Troy Kemmish: Decoding adaptations to a changing environment with resurrection ecology. University of Birmingham.

Visiting scientists

  • 2019 April-June: Giulia Bellisai- MIBTP PhD student – mini project, University of Birmingham
  • 2018 April – June: Glen Guyver-Fletcher MIBTP PhD student – mini project, Warwick University
  • 2018 January-March: Christian Thomas MIBPT PhD student – mini project, Leicester University
  • 2017 January-April: Antonio Suppa. First year PhD student
  • 2017 January-March: Jordan Beasley: MIBPT PhD student – mini project, Leicester University

Doctoral research

PhD title
Integrated approach to the study of diversity in the genus Pseudo-nitzschia (Bacillariophyceae): morphology, life cycles and molecular tools


  • Cracking the Code of Adaptive Evolution using biological archives
  • Understanding the mechanisms of dormancy
  • Forecasting adaptive responses to future global change
  • Understanding the ecological relevance of eDNA in freshwater lotic ecosystems

Website: https://lorsini5.wixsite.com/luisaorsini

ResearchGate profile: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Luisa_Orsini/?ev=hdr_xprf

Other activities

Invited Lecture/Lecture Series

  • Genetics and genomics in ecology: concepts and applications Master class in evolutionary Ecology, University of Leuven, Belgium. 25th-26th May 2011
  • Approaches and molecular tools to study adaptation in natural populations University of Cologne, Germany. 31st May-1st June, 2011.
  • Bottom-up to top-down approaches to study selection, adaptation and evolution. PhD course University of Parma, Italy. 18th May 2010.
  • PhD course in Population genetics and Phylogeny in Marine systems. Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Napoli, Italy. 5th-8th October, 2009.
  • The use of Molecular markers in ecology and evolution. Lecture within the undergraduate course in Biology, University of Leuven, Belgium. 22nd April 2009 
  • Molecular ecology: the study of ecology and evolution with molecular markers. Master class in Biology, University of Leuven, Belgium. 27th  April 2009 
  • Graduate course in Conservation Biology in Fragmented Landscapes. Inbreeding in captive and wild populations: case studies and implication for conservation, University of Helsinki, Finland.6th-23rd November 2006.
  • Molecular markers and their application in molecular ecology. In: Molecular Ecology. University of Helsinki, Finland. 3rd November 2006.
  • The use of genetic markers in population genetics. Lecture and laboratory practice, University of Helsinki, Finland. 15th September 2006
  • Microsatellite evolution.University of Helsinki, Finland11th November 2005.
  • Cloning course. Cloning tool: how, why, to address what questions.University of Helsinki, Finland. 25th -27th January 2005
  • Graduate course in Conservation Biology in Fragmented Landscapes. Population genetics in fragmented landscapes. University of Helsinki, Finland.14th October 2004
  • Lecture within the PhD program of the Open University. Microsatellites: a powerful tool to infer phylogeny, phylogeography and population structure. Stazione Zoologica ‘A. Dohrn’, Naples, Italy20th May 2004


  • College academic lead for Enabling technologies sequencing platforms
  • Manager of the Environmental Omics facility at the University of Birmingham
  • Editor of the special issue on Evolutionary Ecological genomics, Molecular Ecology Wiley
  • Editorial Advisory Board Environmental DNA, Wiley
  • Grant evaluator for NSERC, Canada, BBSRC, UK, NERC, UK and NSF USA
  • Member of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology
  • Reviewer for Molecular, Ecology, Global Change Biology, Heredity, Journal of Animal Biology, Ecotoxicology among others

Commissions of Trust

  • Scientific advisor of the Sequence Advisory Committee for the Joint Centre for Environmental Omics (JCEO) at the University of Birmingham, UK
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the Birmingham Water Council
  • Advisory Board Member for Environmental DNA, a new Open Access journal published by Wiley

Outreach Activities

  • February 2019: Media interview in occasion of the World Water Day-Water for all organized by the Birmingham Water Council
  • August 2018: Media coverage for the review article on Cracking the code of past biodiversity responses to climate change, Trends in Ecology and Evolution (https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/latest/2018/08/animals-and-plants-react-to-climate-change-study.aspx; https://www.science.ku.dk/english/press/news/2018/adapt-move-or-die-how-biodiversity-reacted-to-past-climate-change/)  
  • February 2018: Invited interview for Slightly Evolved, a weekly science podcast for science outreach
  • August 2017: Invited interview for The Scientist: Nine Decades of Environmental Change Resurrected From Swedish Seas
  • June 2017: Contribution to the BBC documentary on Earth’s Greatest Spectacles: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0717vkv; http://bbc.in/1Tz3xyG
  • Invited interviews for the New York Times: nyti.ms/1xrba0q; nyti.ms/1o7i8RA
  • Open days Biosciences University of Birmingham
  • Invited panel expert on a Climate Change debate by Enactus Birmingham, an association thatcreates sustainable and empowering social enterprises, using entrepreneurial skills to improve the livelihoods of people in need

Partitipation in International Conferences

58 international conferences attended: 9 keynote lectures, 10 invited lectures, 28 talks and 13 posters.

Keynote addresses are listed:

  1. World Water Day, 22 March 2019, Birmingham, UK
  2. 13th Annual Arthropod Genomics Symposium, June 12-14, 2019, Kansas city, State University, USA
  3. The role of genome structural variation on plastic and constitutive phenotypic divergence in multifarious environments. Symposium ‘The role of genomic structural variants in adaptation and diversification’, ESEB2018, II Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology - Montpellier, France.
  4. Tales of a living fossil: from evolution to past environmental stress to persistence to future global change. 2nd Finnish Molecular Ecology and Evolution conference,  12-14 October 2016; Lammi Biological Station, University of Helsinki, Finland
  5. A revolutionary way to reconstruct evolutionary dynamics in nature over centuries. The International Biogeography Society, Bayreuth, Germany, 8-12 January 2015
  6. A revolutionary way to reconstruct evolutionary dynamics in nature over centuries. Prodiversa symposium: workshop on population genetics and intraspecific diversity of aquatic protists 27-28 August 2014, Tjarno, Sweden
  7. The past is the key to the future: developing a paleogenomic approach to link population dynamics to environmental change. The mighty daphnia, past present and future DGC 2014 Birmingham, UK 19-22 January 2014
  8. Environmental PALEO-genomics: using dormant propagules to FORECAST how natural populations can adapt to environmental change. Adapting to Global Change in the Mediterranean conference, 18-20 September, 2013 Seville
  9. How to live in a mosaic of stressors – an ecological genomics approach on the water flea Daphnia. SETAC North America 31st Annual Meeting. 7-11 November 2010. Portland, Oregon, USA.

Invited Seminars

  • Back to the future with the evolutionary time machine. Milner Centre for Evolution, University of Bath, UK April 3rd, 2019
  • Evolutionary time traveling: resurrecting the past to deal with the future. The U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute, California USA. December 6th 2018.
  • Evolutionary time traveling reveals ‘ecological surprises’ to global change response in the wild. University of Lund, Denmark. February 22nd 2018
  • Evolutionary time traveling: resurrecting the past to deal with the future.University of Leicester. 22nd March 2017
  • Forecasting species persistence to future global change by learning from past evolutionary dynamics, University of Helsinki, Finland.11th October 2016
  • Only time can tell: studying long-term evolutionary dynamics using biological archives. Hull University, UK. 11th Match 2016
  • Only time can tell: studying long-term evolutionary dynamics using biological archives. University of Goteborg, Sweden. 24th September 2015
  • Only time can tell: studying long-term evolutionary dynamics using biological archives Natural History Museum London, UK 26th June 2015
  • The past is the key to the future: developing a paleogenomic approach to link population dynamics to environmental change. The mighty daphnia, past present and future DGC 2014 Birmingham, UK 19-22 January 2014.
  • Genomic signature of selection in a geographic mosaic of environmental stressors. Eawag, Switzerland 14th  April 2011
  •  Genomic signature of selection in a geographic mosaic of environmental stressors. University of Sheffield, UK 31st March, 2011.
  • Ecological genomics in space and time: the signature of natural selection in wild populations of the water flea, Daphnia magna. University of Parma, Italy. 19th May, 2010.
  • Metapopulation genetic structure of the Glanville fritillary butterfly, a well-known model system in population biologythe Stazione Zoologica ‘A. Dohrn’, Naples, Italy. 11th September 2006 


My current H-index is 21 with 1,656 citations in January 2019 (source: ResearchGate)

A.  Refereed papers in primary international peer reviewed journals

  1. 1.Toyota K., Cambronero Cuenca M., Dhandapani V., Suppa A., Rossi V., Colbourne J.K. & Orsini L. Transgenerational response to early spring warming in Daphnia (in press) Nature Scientific Reports (SCI: 4.6)
  2. Jahnke M., D’ Esposito D., Orrù L., Lamontanara A., Dattolo E., Badalamenti F., Mazzuca S., Procaccini G., & Orsini L. (2019) Adaptive responses along a depth and a latitudinal gradient in the endemic seagrass Posidonia oceanica. Heredity: 22:233–243 (SCI: 4)
  3. Cambronero Cuenca M., Marshall H., De Meester L., Davidson T.A., Beckerman A. P. & Orsini L. (2018) Predictability of the impact of multiple stressors on the keystone species Daphnia. Nature Scientific Reports 8: 17572 (SCI: 4.6)
  4. Cambronero Cuenca M., Beasley J., Kissane S. Orsini L. Evolution of thermal tolerance in multifarious environments (2018) Molecular Ecology 27: 4529–4541 (SCI:6)
  5. Cuenca Cambronero M., Zeis B. Orsini, L. (2018) Haemoglobin-mediated response to hyper-thermal stress in the keystone species Daphnia magna. 11:112-120.Evolutionary Applications.(SCI: 5.7). Invited contribution for the special issue Evolutionary Aspects of Resurrection Ecology: Progress, Scope, and Applications.
  6. Cuenca Cambronero M. & Orsini, L. Resurrection of Dormant Daphnia Magna: Protocol and Applications (2018). 131: e56637Journal of Visualized Experiments (SCI: 1.3)
  7. Haileselasie, T. H., Mergeay, J., Vanoverbeke, J. Orsini, L. & Luc De Meester (2017). Founder effects determine the genetic structure of the water flea Daphnia in Ethiopian reservoirs. Limnology & Oceanography (SCI 4.2)
  8. Spanier IK, Jansen M,  Decaestecker E, Hulselmans Becker D,  Colbourne JK, Orsini L,  De Meester L,  Aerts S (2017) Conserved transcription factors steer growth-related genomic programs in Daphnia.9(6):1821–1842. Genome Biology and Evolution (SCI: 4)
  9. Orsini L., Brown J. B., Shams Solari O., Li D., He S., Podicheti R., Stoiber M.H., Spanier K. I., Gilbert G., Jansen M., Rusch D., Pfrender M. E., Colbourne J. K., Frilander M. J., Kvist J., Decaestecker E., De Schamphelaere K. A. C. & De Meester L.(2017)Early transcriptional responses pathways in Daphnia magna are coordinated in networks of crustacean specific genes. Molecular Ecology (SCI 6). This paper was highlighted in the perspectives of Molecular Ecology with the following commentary: Stanford, B. and Rogers, S. R(NA)-tistic Expression: the art of matching unknown mRNA and proteins to environmental response in ecological genomics (2017).
  10. Jansen, M, Geerts, A. N. Rago, A. Spanier, K.I. Denis, C. De Meester, L. & Orsini, L. Thermal tolerance in the water flea Daphnia magna– a candidate gene and a genome scan approach (2017) Molecular Ecology, 26, 2291–2305(SCI 6)
  11. Asselman, J.; De Coninck, D.; Beert, E.; Janssen, C.; Orsini, L.; Decaestecker, E.; Pfrender, M.; & De Schamphelaere, K. (2017) Bisulfite sequencing with Daphnia highlights a role for epigenetics in regulating Microcystis stress response through preferential differential methylation of serine and threonine amino acids. Environmental Science & Technology 1, 924 −931 (SCI 5.4).
  12. Li D, Brown JB, Orsini L, Hu G, Pan Z, He S (2016) MODA: MOdule Differential Analysis for weighted gene co-expression network bioRxiv 053496.
  13. D’Esposito, D. Orrù, L Dattolo, E. Bernardo, L. Lamontara, A. Orsini, L. Serra, I. A. Mazzuca, S. & Procaccini, G. (2016) Transcriptome characterisation and simple sequence repeat marker discovery in the seagrass Posidonia oceanicaScientific Data, Nature Group, 3:160115 (first SCI in 2017).
  14. Orsini, L. Marshall, H. Cuenca Cambronero, M. Chaturvedi, A. Thomas, K. W. Pfrender, M. E. Spanier, K. I. & De Meester, L.(2016) Temporal genetic stability in natural populations of the waterflea Daphnia magna in response to strong selection pressure  Molecular Ecology, 25: 6024–6038(SCI: 6)
  15. Orsini, L. Gilbert, D. Podicheti, R., Jansen, M., Brown, JB, Shams Solari,O. Spanier, K.I., Colbourne, J.K., Rush, D.,Decaestecker, E., Asselman, J., De Schamphelaere, K.A.C., Ebert, D. Haag, C., Kvist, J., Laforsch , C. Petrusek, A. Beckerman, A. Little,T. Pfrender, M.E. De Meester, L. Frilander M.J. (2016) Daphnia magna transcriptome by RNA-Seq across 12 environmental stressors. Scientific Data, Nature Group doi:10.1038/sdata.2016.30. (first SCI in 2017).
  16. Amato, A. and Orsini, L. Rare interspecific breeding in Pseudo-nitzschia (Bacillariophyceae). Phytotaxa, (2015) 217: 145-154 (SCI1.8)
  17. Orsini L. Mergeay J. Vanoverbeke J. & De Meester L. (2013) The role of selection in driving landscape genomic structure of the waterflea Daphnia magna. Molecular Ecology (Invited contribution to the special issue on Evolutionary Ecological Genomics) 22: 583-601 (SCI 6)
  18. D' Esposito D. Orsini L. & Procaccini G. Development of 51 novel EST-linked microsatellites in the threatened seagrass Posidonia oceanica (Posidoniaceae). (2013) Molecular Ecology Resources. (SCI:3.7)
  19. Orsini L. Spanier K. I. & De Meester L. (2012) Genomic signature of natural and anthropogenic stress in wild populations of the waterflea Daphnia magna: validation in space, time and experimental evolution. Molecular Ecology 21: 2160–2175 (SCI 6.5). This paper was highlighted in the perspectives of Molecular Ecology with the following commentary: Pfrender, M.E.  "Triangulating the genetic basis of adaptation to multifarious selection" (2012)
  20. Orsini L. Jansen M. Souche E. Geldof S. & De Meester L. (2011) Single nucleotide polymorphism discovery from expressed sequence tags in the waterflea Daphnia magna. BMC Genomics. 12: 309 (SCI:4.4) This paper has been listed in the F1000 Biology for its innovative approach. It was commented by Van Straalen, N. M.  http://f1000.com/12991956.
  21. Jansen B., Geldof S., De Meester L. & Orsini L. (2011) Isolation and characterization of microsatellite markers in the waterflea Daphnia magna. Molecular Ecology Resources. 11: 418-421 (SCI:3.7)
  22. De Meester L., Van Doorslaer W. Geerts A, Orsini L., & Stoks R. (2011)Thermal genetic adaptation in the water flea Daphnia and its impact - an evolving metacommunity approach. Integrative and Comparative Biology (invited contribution for a special volume onIntegrated analysis of thermal adaptation). 51: 703–718 (SCI 2.6)
  23. Orsini L., Decaestecker E., De Meester L. Pfrender. M. E. & Colbourne J.K. (2010) Genomics in the ecological arena. Biology Letters (SCI:3.8)
  24. Wirta H., Viljanen H., Orsini L., Montreuil O. & Hanski I. (2010) Three parallel radiations of Canthonini dung beetles in Madagascar. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 57:710-727 (SCI:3.9)
  25. Orsini L. Wheat W. C., Haag R.C., Kvist J. Frilander J. M. & Hanski I. (2009). Fitness differences associated with Pgi SNP genotypes in the Glanville fritillary butterfly (Melitaea cinxia). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22: 367–375 (SCI:3.5)
  26. Orsini L. Corander J. Alasentie A. & Hanski I (2008). Genetic structure in a butterfly metapopulation correlates better with past than present demographic structure. Molecular Ecology 217: 2629-2642 (SCI:6.5)
  27. Wirta, H., Orsini, L. & Hanski I.(2008). An old adaptive radiation of forest dung beetles in Madagascar. Molecular Phylogenetic and Evolution 47: 1076-1089. (SCI:3.9)
  28. Orsini L. Pajunen M. Hanski I. & Savilahti H. (2007). SNP discovery by mismatch targeting of Mu transposition. Nucleic Acids Research 35 (6) e44. (SCI: 8.3) This paper was in the research highlights of Nature 2007, vol 4(4) doi:10.1038/nmeth0407-299
  29. Orsini L. Koivulehto H. & Hanski I. (2007) Molecular Evolution and Radiation of Dung Beetles in Madagascar. Cladistics 23: 145-168. (SCI: 5.0).
  30. Mirol P.M., Schäfer M.A., Orsini L., Routtu J., Schlötterer C., Hoikkala A. & Butlin R.K. (2007). Phylogeographic patterns in Drosophila montana. Molecular Ecology 16: 1085-1097. (SCI: 6.5)
  31. Schäfer M.A., Orsini L, McAllister B.F. & Schlötterer C. (2006). Patterns of microsatellite variation trough a transition zone of a chromosomal cline in Drosophila americana. Heredity 97: 291-295. (SCI: 4.6)
  32. Amato A., Orsini L., D´Alelio D. & Montresor M. (2005) Life cycle, size reduction patterns and ultrastructure of the pennate planktonic diatom Pseudonitzschia delicatissima (Bacillariophyceae). Journal of Phycology 41: 542-556. (SCI: 2.2)
  33. Cerino F., Orsini L., Sarno D., Dell'Aversano C., Tartaglione L. & Zingone, A. (2005). The alternation of different morphotypes in the seasonal cycle of the toxic diatom Pseudonitzschia galaxiae. Harmful Algae 4: 33-48. (SCI: 4.3)
  34. Orsini L. Huttunen S. & Schlötterer C. (2004) A multilocus microsatellite phylogeny of the Drosophila virilis group. Heredity 93: 161-165. (SCI: 4.1)
  35. Orsini L. & Schlötterer C. (2004). Isolation and characterization of microsatellites in Drosophila montana and their cross species amplification in D. virilis. Molecular Ecology Notes 4 (3): 412-414. (SCI: 3.7)
  36. Orsini, L., Procaccini, G., Sarn, D., & Montresor, M. (2004) Multiple rDNA ITS types within the diatomPseudonitzschia delicatissima (Bacillariophyceae) and their relative abundance across a spring bloom in the Gulf of Naples. Marine Ecology Progress Series 271:87-98. (SCI: 2.5)
  37. Montresor M., Lovejoy C., Orsini L., Procaccini G. & Roy, S. (2003) Bipolar distribution of the cystforming dinoflagellate Polarella glacialis. Polar Biology 26: 186-194.(SCI:1.69)
  38. Orsini, L., Sarno D., Procaccini G., Poletti R., Dahlmann J. & Montresor M. (2002) Toxic Pseudonitzschia multistriata (Bacillariophyceae) from the Gulf of Naples: morphology, toxin analysis and phylogenetic relationships with other Pseudonitzschia species. European Journal of Phycology, 37: 247-257. (SCI: 1.9)
  39. Procaccini G., Ruggiero M.V. & Orsini L. (2002) Genetic structure and distribution of microsatellite diversity in Posidonia oceanica over the whole Mediterranean basin. Bulletin of Marine Science 71:1291-1297 (SCI: 1.4)
  40. Procaccini G., Orsini L., Ruggiero M.V.& Scardi M. (2001) Spatial patterns of genetic diversity in Posidonia oceanica, an endemic Mediterranean seagrass. Molecular Ecology, 10: 1413-1421. (SCI: 6)

B. Reviews and opinion papers

  1. Nogués-Bravo D. Rodríguez-Sánchez F., Orsini L., de Boer E. Jansson R., Morlon H. Fordham D.& Jackson S. (2018) Cracking the code of past biodiversity responses to climate change. Trends in ecology and evolution (Invited review) 33: 765-776 (SCI: 16)
  2. Orsini L. Schwenk K., De Meester L. Colbourne J.K. Pfrender M. & Weider L. J(2013) The evolutionary time machine: forecasting how populations can adapt to changing environments using dormant propagules. Trends in ecology and evolution(Invited opinion paper) 28: 274-282(SCI: 15.4; cited 6)
  3. Orsini L. Vanoverbeke J, Swillen I, Mergeay J. and De Meester (2013) Drivers of population genetic differentiation in the wild: isolation by dispersal limitation, isolation by adaptation and isolation by colonization Molecular Ecology (Invited review) 22: 5983-5999 (SCI: 6.3)
  4. Orsini L. Andrew R. & Eizaguirre C. Evolutionary ecological genomics.(2013) Molecular Ecology. (editorial piece for the special issue on Evolutionary Ecological Genomics, eds Orsini, L., Andrew, R. and Eizaguirre, C.)22: 527-531 (SCI 6.3)

C. Book chapters with peer review

  1. Amato A. & Orsini L. (2009)The eco-genomics of phytoplankton: an outlook on the future. In: Kersey, W. T. and Munger, S. P. (Eds.), Marine Phytoplankton. NOVA Publisher ISBN: 978-1-60741-087-4.
  2. Orsini L., Acunto S., Piazzi L. & Procaccini G. (2001). Sexual reproduction and recruitment in Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile, a genetic diversity study. In: Faranda, F.M. Guglielmo L. and Spezie G. (Eds.), Mediterranean Ecosystem: Structures and Processes. Springer-Verlag , Berlin Heidelberg. Cap. 50: 385-389.

D. Non SCI journals

  1. Ruggiero M.V., Orsini L. & Procaccini G. (2001). Depth related genetic structure in populations of endemic and introduced seagrass species: Posidonia oceanica and Halophila stipulacea. Biologia Marina Mediterranea, 8: 110.
  2. Procaccini G., Orsini L. & Ruggiero M.V. (2000) Genetic structure and distribution of microsatellite diversity in Posidonia oceanica. Biologia Marina Mediterranea, 7 (2): 115-118.
  3. D'Esposito D., Dattolo E., Badalamenti F., Orsini L. & Procaccini G. (2012) Comparative analysis of genetic diversity of Posidonia oceanica along a depth gradient using neutral and selective/non neutral microsatellite markers, Biologia Marina Mediterranea 19 (1): 45-48.

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climate change; eutrophication; human-driven environmental change; freshwater biodiversity; long-term biological response to environmental change; wastewater treatment