Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Tenure track Scientist
  • Trophic Ecology
  • Benthos
  • Primary consumers

Dr. Eleonora Puccinelli

Tenure track Scientist

I am a marine ecologist working on the trophodynamic structure and functioning of intertidal and offshore habitats and communities. My research integrates ecological and biochemical expertise to understand the effects of climate change and other anthropogenic stressors on natural systems, and to generate the process knowledge needed to create and implement solutions to these threats. My main focus is to understand how bottom-up and top-down processes impact on primary consumers, particularly macrozoobenthos and pelagic zooplankton. Specifically, I am very interested in understanding how processes that affect phytoplankton communities translate into effects on primary consumers, focusing on the nitrogen (N) cycle. Core pillars of my research integrate field campaigns, laboratory experiments and cutting-edge biochemical techniques such as stable isotope (SI) and fatty acid (FA) analyses. I have used these methods to fill gaps in knowledge on the biodiversity x climate crises such as how natural variability in physical and biogeochemical processes control primary consumers as well as how pollution affects coastal habitats and food webs.

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Linked blogs

Monday 19 June 2023
ACTNOW Expedition June 2023
The 10 day cruise to sample the Doggers bank is organised in the framework of the EU project ACTNOW*. The aim is to collect data on different elements of the food web simultaneously: from phytoplankton (the small “plants” in the sea) via grazing…

Linked projects

ACTNOW_Advancing understanding of Cumulative Impacts on European marine biodiversity
Myron Peck
European Community
Project duration
1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2026