Dr. Lorenzo Rovelli


Research Interests

  • Oxygen dynamics and carbon cycling in aquatic ecosystems
  • Greenhouse gas emissions from streams and rivers


Current Research Projects

  • StreamFlux: Greenhouse gas emissions from perennial and non-perennial streams


Academic and Professional History

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2019-2023)
    Institute of Environmental Sciences, University of Koblenz-Landau, Landau, Germany
  • Postdoctoral Researcher (2016-2019)
    Nordcee, Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Odense, Denmark 
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate (2013-2015)
    Scottish Marine Institute, Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), Oban, United Kingdom
  • PhD in Marine Sciences (2008-2014)
    GEOMAR - Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel Germany
  • Post-graduate Research Assistant (2007-2008) 
    Department Surface Waters, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science & Technology (EAWAG), Kastanienbaum, Switzerland
  • Studies in Biology (2002-2007)
    Department of Biology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich, Switzerland



Zhu Y, Jones JI, Collins AL, Zhang Y, Olde LA, Rovelli L, Murphy JF, Heppell CM, Trimmer N (2022) Separating natural from human enhanced methane emissions in headwater streams. Nat. Comm. 13:3810, doi:10.1038/s41467-022-31559-y

Rovelli L, Carreiro-Silva M, Attard KM, Rakka M, Dominguez Carrió C, Bilan M, Blackbird SJ, Morato T, Wolff GA, Glud RN (2022) Benthic O2 uptake by coral gardens at the Condor seamount (Azores). Mar. Ecol. Progr. Ser. 688:19-31, doi: 10.3354/meps14021

Rovelli L, Olde LA, Heppell CH, Binley A, Yvon-Durocher Glud RN, Trimmer M (2022) Contrasting biophysical controls on carbon dioxide and methane outgassing from streams. J Geophys Res 127: e2021JG006328, doi:10.1029/2021JG006328

De Clippele LH, Rovelli L, Ramiro-Sanchez B, Kazanidis G, Vad J, Turner S, Glud RN, Roberts JM (2021) Mapping benthic respiration rates in the cold-water coral reef, the Mingulay Reef. Coral Reefs 40:215–231, doi:10.1007/s00338-020-02030-5

de Froe E, Rovelli L, Glud RN, Maier S, Duineveld G, Mienis F, Lavaleye M, van Oevelen D (2019) Benthic Oxygen and Nitrogen Exchange on a Cold-Water Coral Reef in the North-East Atlantic Ocean. Front. Mar. Sci. 6:665, doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2019.00665

Rovelli L, Attard KM, Cardenas CA, Glud RN (2019) Benthic primary production and respiration of shallow rocky habitats: a case study from South Bay (Doumer Island, Western Antarctic Peninsula). Polar Biol. 42:1475–1476, doi:10.1007/s00300-019-02548-7

Rovelli L, Attard KM, Heppel CM, Binley A, Trimmer M, Glud RN (2018) Headwater re-aeration quantified from O2 mass balances at the reach scale. Limnol. Oceanogr.: Methods 16: 696–709, doi:10.1002/lom3.10281

Attard KM, Søgaard D, Piontek J, Lange BA, Katlein C, Sørensen HL, McGinnis DF, Rovelli L, Rysgaard S, Wenzhöfer F, Glud RN (2018) Oxygen fluxes beneath Arctic land-fast ice and pack ice: estimates of ice productivity. Polar Biol. 41: 2119–2134, doi:10.1007/s00300-018-2350-1

Rovelli L, Attard KM, Binley A, Heppell CM, Stahl H, Trimmer M, Glud RN (2017) Reach-scale river metabolism across contrasting sub-catchment geologies: Effect of light and hydrology. Limnol. Oceanogr. 62: S381–S399, doi:10.1002/lno.10619

Rovelli L, Dengler M, Schmidt M, Sommer S, Linke P, McGinnis DF (2016) Thermocline mixing and vertical oxygen fluxes in the stratified central North Sea. Biogeosciences 13: 1–12, doi:10.5194/bg-13-1-2016

Rovelli L, Attard KM, Bryant LD, Flögel S, Stahl H, Roberts JM, Linke P, Glud RN (2015) Benthic O2 uptake of two cold-water coral communities estimated with the non-invasive eddy-correlation technique. Mar. Ecol. Progr. Ser. 525: 97–104, doi:10.3354/meps11211

Hensen C, Scholz F, Nuzzo M, Valadares V, Gràcia E, Terrinha P, Liebetrau V, Kaul N, Silva S,  Martínez Loriente S, Bartolome R, Piñero E, Magalhães VH, Schmidt M, Weise SM, Cunha M, Hilario A, Perea H,  Rovelli L, Lackschewitz K (2015) Deep-sea Mud Volcanism linked to Fluid Flow in old oceanic Crust. Geology 43: 339–342, doi:10.1130/G36359.1

McGinnis DF, Cherednichenko S, Sommer S, Berg P, Rovelli L, Schwarz R, Glud RN, Linke P (2011) Simple, robust eddy correlation amplifier for aquatic dissolved oxygen and hydrogen sulfide flux measurements. Limnol. Oceanogr.: Methods 9: 340–347, doi:10.4319/lom.2011.9.340

McGinnis DF, Schmidt M, DelSontro T, Theman S,  Rovelli L, Reitz A, Linke P (2011) Discovery of a natural CO2 seep in the German North Sea: Implication for shallow dissolved gas and seep detection. J. Geophys. Res. 116: C03013, doi:10.1029/ 2010JC006557

Linke P, Sommer S,  Rovelli L, McGinnis DF (2009) Physical limitations of dissolved methane fluxes: The role of bottom-boundary layer processes. Mar. Geol. 272: 209–222, doi:10.1016/ j.margeo.2009.03.020



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