Dr. Alberto Canarini

Ecologist - Researcher

I am researcher, with a strong focus in ecology. I am currently working in the division of Terrestrial Ecosystem Research at the University of Vienna.

I am fascinated on how ecosystems function, particularly on the complex interactions between plant and soil microorganisms. I have dedicated most of my research on how grassland ecosystems will respond to future climatic changes. Have a look to my project section to see some of my past and present projects.

I am primarily an ecologist. I obtained my PhD in soil science at The University of Sydney and I am now working as a Post-Doc at the University of Vienna. I have always been interested in human impacts (and climate change) on ecosystems and therefore I was dedicated to understanding the functioning of ecosystems.

This is the reason why I started researching on soil and plant-soil interactions. Indeed, soil contains most of C in terrestrial ecosystems and climate change could cause positive or negative feedbacks in term of green-house gas emissions from soil. Plants and micro-organisms play a central role in all of these dynamics, but we still know so little about it.


Climate change effects on grasslands

My next Post-doc will explore climate change effects on grasslands

Drought effects on C cycle

My PhD thesis investigated on drought and C cycle between plant and soil

Sustainable food to feed the world

I am interested in sustainable food production to increase production and reduce pollution

Science illustrational videos

I produce science illustrational video


2013 -2016

The University of Sydney

PhD in Soil Biogeochemistry


University of Ferrara

Master in Ecology and Evolution


University of Bologna

Bachelor in Biology