Natasha De Manincor


Spatial-Temporal approach to study EUROpean plant-pollinator interaction NETworks to assess the impact of pollinator decline


Prof. Denis Michez

Research center



Global change drivers induced by anthropogenic activities (e.g. climate and land-use changes) have transformed natural ecosystems at local and global scales, causing a dramatic decline of insect pollinator biodiversity. However, our current knowledge is missing information on pollinator trends that needs to be updated. The general aim of this project is to study spatial and temporal changes in EUROpean pollinator species and plant-pollinator NETworks, focusing our effort on species and regions for which we do not know the extension of the threat. We aim to understand the inter-relationships between pollinator and plant communities at multiple spatial and temporal scales and across different habitat types, e.g. (semi)natural, agricultural, and urban ecosystems. EURONET will go far beyond the current knowledge of plant-pollinator species and communities, focusing the effort on filling the gap in understudied and data deficient European countries and most vulnerable pollinators.


I am a community ecologist passionate about fieldwork and pollinators, especially native bees and hoverflies. I am interested in studying the structure and functioning of plant-pollinator interaction networks and how they vary in space and time.

The general aim of my PhD was to understand and predict the effects of environmental changes on plant and pollinator communities by studying plant-pollinator associations along an environmental gradient. I used an integrative approach that combined fieldwork observations and sampling, greenhouse experiments focusing on non-visual plant traits, such as volatile compounds, and pollen analysis. The goal was to improve our knowledge of how plant-pollinator associations are structured in different ecological contexts.

Most recently, during my first postdoc I investigated the effects of climate change on plant-pollinator interactions and how warming temperatures affect plant and pollinator phenology, traits and fitness, combining both greenhouse experiments and fieldwork.


2020-2022: Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of California, Riverside (USA), Department of Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology. Supervisor: Dr. Nicole E. Rafferty

2015-2019: PhD in Ecology at University of Lille (France), Laboratory EEP (Evolution, Ecologie, Paléontologie). Supervisors: CR-HDR François Massol and Prof. Mathilde Dufay

2014: Internship of 6 months at CEFE (Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive), Montpellier (France). Supervisor: Dr. John Thompson

2012-2014: M.Sc. in Biodiversity and Evolution at University of Bologna (Italy)

2008-2012: B.Sc. in Biology at University of Bologna (Italy)


de Manincor N., Fisogni A., Rafferty NE. (2023) Warming of experimental plant-pollinator communities advances phenologies, alters traits, reduces interactions, and depresses reproduction. Ecology Letters, 26:323-334

Fisogni A.#, de Manincor N.#., Bertelsen CD, and Rafferty NE. (2022) Long-term changes in flowering synchrony reflect climatic changes across an elevational gradient. (AF and NdM contributed equally). Ecography, 2022:e06050.

de Manincor N., Andreu B., Hautekeete N., Massol F, Piquot Y., Schatz B., Schmitt E., Dufay M. (2022). Geographical variation of floral scents in generalist entomophilous species with variable pollinator communities. Functional Ecology, 36:763-778.

Dubart M., Alonso P., Barroso-Bergada D., Becker N., Bethune K., Bohan DA , Boury C., Cambon M., Canard E., Chancerel E. , Chiquet J., David P , de Manincor N., […], Massol F. (2021) Coupling ecological network analysis with high-throughput sequencing-based surveys: lessons from the Next-Generation Biomonitoring project. Advances in Ecological Research, 65:367-430.

Fisogni A., Massol F., de Manincor N., Quaranta M., Bogo G., Bortolotti L., Galloni M. (2021). Network analysis highlights increased generalisation and evenness of plant pollinator interactions after conservation measures. Special Issue: Pollination in the Anthropocene. Acta Oecologica, 110:103689.

de Manincor N., Hautekeete N., Mazoyer C., Moreau P., Piquot Y., Schatz B., Schmitt E., Zélazny M., Massol F. (2020). How biased is our perception of plant-pollinator networks? A comparison of visit- and pollen-based representations of the same networks. Special Issue: Pollination in the Anthropocene. Acta Oecologica, 105:103551.

de Manincor N., Hautekeete N., Piquot Y., Schatz B., Vanappelghem C., Massol F. (2020). Does phenology explain plant-pollinator interactions at different latitudes? An assessment of its explanatory power in plant-hoverfly networks in French calcareous grasslands. Oikos, 129:753-765.

Gauthier P., de Manincor N., Picquenot M., Pons V., Schumpp U., Thompson J. D. (2020) Spécificité et flexibilité dans la ponte de Zerynthia polyxena sur différentes espèces du genre Aristolochia en région méditerranéenne française. Ecologia Mediterranea, 46:47-63.

Gauthier P., Pons V., Fisogni A., Murru V., Berjano R., Dessena S., Maccioni A., Chelo C., de Manincor N., Doncieux A., Papuga G., Thompson J. (2019). Assessing vulnerability of listed Mediterranean plants based on population monitoring. Journal for Nature Conservation, 52:125758.

Fisogni A., Quaranta M., Grillenzoni F.V., Corvucci F., de Manincor N., Bogo G., Bortolotti L., Galloni M. (2018). Pollen load diversity and foraging niche overlap in a pollinator community of the rare Dictamnus albus L. Arthropod-Plant Interactions, 12:191–200.

Bogo G., de Manincor N., Fisogni A., Galloni M., Zavatta L., Bortolotti L. (2018). Different reproductive strategies and their possible relation to inbreeding risk in the bumble bee Bombus terrestris. Insectes Sociaux, 65: 289–295.

Bogo G., de Manincor N., Fisogni A., Galloni M., Zavatta L., Bortolotti L. (2018). No evidence for an inbreeding avoidance system in the bumble bee Bombus terrestris. Apidologie, 49:473–483.

Stordeur B., Fisogni A., Brun M., de Manincor N. (2017). Nature en ville: faites circuler la biodiversité!. The Conversation (in french).

Bogo G., de Manincor N., Fisogni A., Galloni M., Bortolotti L. (2017). Effects of queen mating status, pre-diapause weight and pupae’s sex on colony initiation in small-scale rearing of Bombus terrestris. Apidologie, 48:845–854.

Bortolotti L., Bogo G., de Manincor N., Fisogni A.,Galloni, M. (2016). Integrated conservation of bee pollinators of a rare plant in a protected area near Bologna, Italy. Conservation Evidence, 13:51–56.

Fisogni A., Rossi M., Sgolastra F., Bortolotti L., Bogo G., de Manincor N., Quaranta M., Galloni M. (2015). Seasonal and annual variations in the pollination efficiency of a pollinator community of Dictamnus albus L. Plant Biology, 18:445–454.


Natasha De Manincor



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska Curie grant agreement No 101034383

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