Dr Antonella Petruzzella

Postdoctoral Fellow


Office: F 17.2, First Floor, Life Science Building

PhD Ecology, Netherlands Institute of Ecology (2019)

Postdoc collaborators/supervisors: Prof. Julie Coetzee and Prof. Martin Hill

Antonella completed her PhD at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) in the Netherlands in 2019.  Her research focused on understanding the biotic mechanisms underlying the establishment success of alien aquatic plant species in tropical and temperate freshwater ecosystems. Currently she is in her first year of postdoctoral research at the Centre for Biological Control (CBC) where she is keen to understand the extent to which priority effects of native species effect on alien plant invasions resistance of restored native plant communities in invaded habitats in order to improve restoration practices.

Research interests

  • Invasion biology
  • Aquatic macrophytes ecology
  • Plant-animal interactions
  • Restoration ecology
  • Wetland ecology


Petruzzella A, Rodrigues TASSR, van Leeuwen CHA, Esteves FA, Figueiredo-Barros MP, Bakker EB (2020) Species identity and diversity effects on invasion resistance of tropical freshwater plant communities. Nature Scientific Reports 10:5626

Petruzzella A, van Leeuwen CHA, van Donk E, Bakker ES (2020) Direct and indirect effects of native plants and herbivores on biotic resistance to alien aquatic plant invasions. Journal of Ecology 00:1-10

Zhang P, Grutters BMC, van Leeuwen CHA, Xu J, Petruzzella A, van den Berg RF, Bakker ES (2019) Effects of rising temperature on the growth, stoichiometry, and palatability of aquatic plants. Frontiers in Plant Science 9:1947

Petruzzella A, Manschot J, van Leeuwen CHA, Grutters BMC, Bakker ES (2018) Mechanisms of invasion resistance of aquatic plant communities. Frontiers in Plant Science 9:134

Petruzzella A, Grutters BMC, Thomaz SM, Bakker ES (2017) Potential for biotic resistance from herbivores to tropical and subtropical plant invasions in aquatic ecosystems. Aquatic Invasions 12(3): 343-353

Petruzzella A, Guariento RD, Gripp AR, Marinho CC, Figueiredo-Barros MP, Esteves FA (2015) Herbivore damage increases methane emission from emergent aquatic macrophytes. Aquatic Botany 127: 6-11

Petruzzella A, Marinho CC, Sanches LF, Minello M, Esteves FA (2013) Magnitude and variability of methane production and concentration in tropical coastal lagoons sediments. Acta Limnologica Brasiliensia 25(3): 341-351

Gripp AR, Marinho CC, Sanches LF, Petruzzella A, Esteves FA (2013) The role played by aquatic macrophytes regarding CO2 balance in a tropical coastal lagoon (Cabiúnas Lagoon, Macaé, RJ).  Acta Limnologica Brasiliensia 25(3): 291-301

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