Bertoni Roberto

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Roberto Bertoni is Associate Senior Scientist at CNR-ISE (National Research Council - Institute for the Study of Ecosystems) Verbania Pallanza.

He obtained the Degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Milan in 1971.Its field of interest is the Aquatic Microbial Ecology and, in particular, the spatial -temporal trend of particulate and dissolved organic matter and of the microbial assemblages. His activity is also addressed to the development of innovative tools to solve specific sampling problems (two patents) and to the application of image analysis techniques to quantify the microorganisms. The ultimate objective of his research is the study of the role of autotrophic and heterotrophic microorganisms in modifying the flow of energy and of organic matter in lakes. His research is developed through numerous international contacts which enabled him to study pristine environments (North Patagonian Andean lakes). He was responsible for the EU project MICOR for the evaluation of the UVB radiation effects on microbial communities. He collaborated in research activities in extreme environments in the Program EV-K2 and in the EU project MOLAR. He participated in the EU EMERGE project and collaborated in the EU project Euro-limpacs. He is engaged in students training and is support teacher in the PhD cycles of University of Parma, where he was external professor of Limnology (2004-2005).

He has produced and mantained the website of ISE and of its Department of Verbania (formerly Italian Institute of Hydrobiology) ( He is Editor in chief of Journal of Limnology ( Since 1990 he has been a member of the Scientific Council of the Italian Institute of Hydrobiology until 2002, when the Institute has joined the ISE. Since then he has been responsible for the Department of Ecology of Inland Waters until his termination in June 2005. Since 1997 he is coordinator of the research on the limnological evolution of Lake Maggiore, promoted by the International Commission for the Protection of Italian-Swiss waters (CIPAIS), and editor of the annual scientific reports. From 2002 to 2008 he was Assistant Editor of the Journal of Environmental Engineering & Science of Research Board of Canada.

He was member of the Council Board of the Italian Society of Ecology (SitE) and it is now member of the Council Board of the Italian Association of Limnology and Oceanography (AIOL). Since 2000 he is webmaster of AIOL website ( He is national coordinator of the International Society of Limnology (SIL) ( He is involved in the Italian network for the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) since its beginning as Member of Coordination Committee (till 2012) and he is webmaster of the website of the LTER Network Italy ( He was also coordinator of the Southern Alps Lakes LTER site (2005-2012).

He is author of over 130 scientific publications, of which one third in journals with IF, of textobooks on limnology and of some popular science books (

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Publications (from 2002)