Dania Albini

Fulford Junior Research Fellow; Postdoctoral Researcher, Jackson Lab

My research is mainly focused on studying the effects of climate change and other human stressors on aquatic ecosystems.

I use a combination of field research, controlled microcosm and mesocosm experiments and advanced techniques analysis (such as a combination of machine learning and flow cytometry), to understand how natural communities respond to stressors. I am particularly interested in freshwater ecosystems, from ponds to rivers, and plankton communities as model systems.

I work in the lab of Somerville’s Fellow and Tutor in Ecology, Associate Professor Michelle Jackson. During my time in Oxford, I am investigating the effect of warming and other stressors on freshwater plankton communities, using outdoor mesocosms, machine learning and flow cytometry. I am also developing a quantitative method to early detect sewage fungus in rivers and I am studying its effects on aquatic organisms.



  • Turning defence into offence? Intrusion of cladoceran brood chambers by a green alga leads to reproductive failure. September 2020. Journal article
  • Royal Society Open Science: Reversible colony formation and the associated costs in Scenedesmus obliquus. July 2019. Journal article. Journal of Plankton Research
  • Chemical composition of wildfire ash produced in contrasting ecosystems and its toxicity to Daphnia magna. January 2019. Journal article. International Journal of Wildland Fire
  • Early and late maternal effects on hatching phenology of heterocypris incongruens (crustacea: Ostracoda). June 2015. Journal article. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological Genetics and Physiology
  • To rest in hydration: hatching phenology of resting eggs of Heterocypris incongruens (Crustacea: Ostracoda). June 2012. Journal article. Fundamental and Applied Limnology

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