Stefano Manzoni

Stefano Manzoni


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Telephone 08-674 78 02
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 8
Room T326
Postal address Inst för naturgeografi 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I am a senior lecturer in Ecohydrology, with research interests spanning soil-vegetation-atmosphere interactions, hydro-climatic impacts on carbon and nutrient cycling, sustainable resource use and management, and ecological stoichiometry. My approach is based on process-based, conceptual, and stochastic models of water, carbon, and nutrient fluxes, which are tested using global datasets.

Our team

  • Arjun Chakrawal (Ph.D. student) - soil biogeochemical modeling
  • John Livsey (Ph.D. student) - sustainable agriculture
  • Ilaria Clemenzi (research assistant) - hydrology of glacierized catchments
  • Benjamin Fischer (postdoc, co-supervised) - hydrology of soil-plant systems

News and open positions


Courses in the MSc Program in Hydrology, Hydrogeology and Water Resources:

  • Local to global water vulnerability and resilience (GE7025)
  • Ecohydrology – a Mediterranean perspective (GE7049)
  • Information and Modelling Systems for Land and Water Methods (GE7006, co-instructor)


Ongoing projects

Awards (most recent)

2017 Junior Marchi Lecturer, Gruppo Italiano di Idraulica

2014 Early Career Hydrologic Sciences Award, American Geophysical Union


Hunt A. and S. Manzoni (2016). Networks on Networks: The Physics of Geobiology and Geochemistry, Morgan & Claypool/IOP Concise Physics, doi:10.1088/978-1-6817-4159-8.

Papers in peer-reviewed international journals (selected recent & most relevant publications)

Brangarí A.C., Fernàndez-Garcia D., Sanchez-Vila X., and S. Manzoni (2018). Ecological and soil hydraulic implications of microbial responses to stress – A modeling analysis. Advances in Water Resources (accepted).

Buendía C., Kleidon A., Manzoni S., Reu B., and A. Porporato (2018). Evaluating the effect of nutrient redistribution by animals on the phosphorus cycle of lowland Amazonia. Biogeosciences 15, 279–295.

Manzoni S., Čapek P., Mooshammer M., Lindahl B., Richter A., and H. Šantrůčková (2017). Optimal metabolic regulation along resource stoichiometry gradients, Ecology Letters, 20(9), 1182–1191, doi: 10.1111/ele.12815.

Manzoni S. (2017). Flexible carbon-use efficiency across litter types and during decomposition partly compensates nutrient imbalances – Results from analytical stoichiometric models, Frontiers in Microbiology.

Vico G., Dralle D., Feng X., Thompson S., and S. Manzoni (2017). How competitive is drought deciduousness in tropical forests? A combined eco-hydrological and eco-evolutionary approach. Environmental Research Letters.

Hoeber S., Fransson P., Prieto-Ruiz I., Manzoni S., and M. Weih (2017). Two Salix genotypes differ in productivity and nitrogen economy when grown in monoculture and mixture, Frontiers in Plant Science, 8.

Baskaran P., Hyvönen R., Berglund S.L., Clemmensen K., Lindahl B., and S. Manzoni (2017). Modelling the influence of ectomycorrhizal decomposition on plant nutrition and soil carbon sequestration in boreal forest ecosystems, New Phytologist.

Sierra C., Müller M., Holger M., Manzoni S., and S. Trumbore (2017). The muddle of ages, turnover, transit, and residence times in the carbon cycle, Global Change Biology.

Manzoni S., Moyano F., Kätterer T., and J. P. Schimel (2016). Modeling coupled enzymatic and solute transport controls on decomposition in drying soils, Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 95, 275–287.

Stocker B., Prentice I.C., Cornell S., Davies-Barnard T., Finzi A., Franklin O., Janssens I., Larmola T., Manzoni S., Näsholm T., Raven J., Rebel K., Reed S., Vicca S., Wiltshire A. and S. Zaehle (2016). Terrestrial nitrogen cycling in Earth system models revisited New Phytologist 210(4), 1165–1168.

Čapek P., Kotas P., Manzoni S., and H. Šantrůčková (2016). Drivers of phosphorus limitation across soil microbial communities. Functional Ecology.

Vico G., Manzoni S., Nkurunziza L., Murphy K., and M. Weih (2016). Tradeoffs between seed output and life span - A quantitative comparison of traits between annual and perennial congeneric species, New Phytologist.

Manzoni S., Vico G., Thompson S., Beyer F., and M. Weih (2015). Contrasting leaf phenological strategies optimize carbon gain under droughts of different duration, Advances in Water Resources 84, 37–51.

Porporato A., Feng X., Manzoni S., Mau Y., Parolari A. J., and G. Vico (2015). Ecohydrological modeling in agroecosystems: Examples and challenges, Water Resources Research, 51(7), 5081–5099.

Wang L., Manzoni S., Ravi S., Riveros-Iregui D., and K. Caylor (2015). Dynamic interactions of ecohydrological and biogeochemical processes in water-limited systems, Ecosphere 6(8), Article 133.

Manzoni S., and G. Katul (2014). Invariant soil water potential at zero microbial respiration explained by hydrological discontinuity in dry soils, Geophysical Research Letters 41(20), 7151–7158. Research Spotlight, Eos 96, 9 February 2015.

Manzoni S. (2014), Integrating plant hydraulics and gas exchange along the drought-response trait spectrum, Tree Physiology 34(10), 1031-1034.

Manzoni S., Katul G., and A. Porporato (2014). A dynamical-system perspective on plant hydraulic failure. Water Resources Research 50(6), 10.1002/2013WR015236. Research Spotlight, Eos 95, 28 October 2014.

Manzoni S., Vico G., Katul G., Palmroth S., and A. Porporato (2014). Optimal plant water-use strategies under stochastic rainfall. Water Resources Research 50(7), 10.1002/2014WR015375.

Manzoni S., Schaeffer S.M., Katul G., Porporato A., Schimel J.P. (2014). A theoretical analysis of microbial eco-physiological and diffusion limitations to carbon cycling in drying soils. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 73, 69–83.

Baker P.A., Fritz S.C., Dick C.W., Eckert A.J., Horton B.K., Manzoni S., Ribas C.C., Garzione C.N., and D.S. Battisti (2014). The emerging field of geogenomics: Constraining geological problems with genetic data. Earth-Science Reviews 135, 38–47.

Manzoni S., Vico G., Palmroth S., Porporato A., and G. Katul (2013). Optimization of stomatal conductance for maximum carbon gain under dynamic soil moisture. Advances in Water Resources 62, 90–105.

Manzoni S., Vico G., A. Porporato, and G.G. Katul (2013). Biological constraints on water transport in the soil-plant-atmosphere system. Advances in Water Resources, 51, 292–304, doi: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2012.03.016.

Manzoni S., Vico G., Katul G., Palmroth S., Jackson R.B., and A. Porporato (2013). Hydraulic limits on maximum plant transpiration and the origin of the safety-efficiency tradeoff. New Phytologist, 198(1), 169–178, doi: 10.1111/nph.12126.

Moyano F., Manzoni S., and C. Chenu (2013). Responses of soil heterotrophic respiration to moisture availability: An exploration of processes and models. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 59, 72-85.

Sinsabaugh R., Manzoni S., Moorhead D., and A. Richter (2013). Carbon use efficiency by microbial communities: Stoichiometry, methodology and modeling. Ecology Letters 16(7), 930–939.

Manzoni S., Taylor P., Richter A., Porporato A., and G. Ågren (2012). Environmental and stoichiometric controls on microbial carbon use efficiency in soils. New Phytologist 196, 79–9, doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2012.04225.x.

Manzoni S., Schimel J.P., and A. Porporato (2012). Physical vs. physiological controls on water-stress response in soil microbial communities. Ecology 93(4), 930-938.

Manzoni S., Jackson R.B., Trofymow J.A., and A. Porporato (2010). Stoichiometric controls on carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus dynamics in decomposing litter. Ecological Monographs 80, 89-106.

Manzoni S., and A. Porporato (2009). Soil carbon and nitrogen models: Mathematical structure and complexity across scales. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 41, 1355–1379.

Manzoni S., Jackson R.B., Trofymow J.A., and A. Porporato (2008). The global stoichiometry of litter nitrogen mineralization, Science 321, 684-686.

Data products

Manzoni S. (2014). Plant Hydraulic Traits. Data set. Available from TRY – Global Initiative for Plant Traits,

Vergutz, L., Manzoni S., et al. (2012). A Global Database of Carbon and Nutrient Concentrations of Green and Senesced Leaves,

Last updated: February 16, 2018

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