Fields of expertise
BiographyI was born in Padova, Italy, in 1986. After high school, I started the Environmental Engineering program at the University of Padova (Bachelor and Master), where I followed the 'soil protection' curriculum. During my Master studies I spent a semester as Erasmus student at Wageningen University (Wageningen, the Netherlands) to follow courses in Hydrology. After graduation, I decided to bring my education further and I started a Ph.D. at the civil and environmental engineering department at the University of Padova. My Ph.D. thesis focused on hydrologic transport and travel time distributions at the catchment scale. My contribution to the subject included both new theoretical formulations and extensive numerical applications to real catchments. During my Ph.D., I also spent 7 months as visiting research fellow at Virginia Tech University (Blacksburg, USA). Since I arrived at EPFL as post-doc in 2015, I started being involved in field and experimental activities, which allowed me to learn about practical experimental problems. In 2017 I had the opportunity to by hired by the ECHO laboratory as a permanent scientist, conducting research in the field of catchment hydrology.
Current workI am currently conducting my research on the following subjects:
-Understanding and modeling the transport of solutes in hydrologic systems, with special regard to anthropized landscapes;
-Estimating water age and its variations in time for various catchments worldwide;
-Monitoring solute concentration in rivers during storms and developing new low-cost methodologies to measure at high-frequency;
-Numerical development of models for solute transport in rivers;
-Experiments on hydrologic and solute mass balance in large lysimeters;
PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences
University of Padova, Padova, Italy
January 2012 - January 2015
Bachelor and Master in Environmental Engineering
University of Padova, Padova, Italy
September 2005 - October 2011
 Tracing and Closing the Water Balance in a Vegetated LysimeterWater Resources Research. 2021-04-01. DOI : 10.1029/2020WR029049.
 On the use of leaf water to determine plant water source: A proof of conceptHydrological Processes. 2021-03-01. DOI : 10.1002/hyp.14073.
 Tree water deficit and dynamic source water partitioningHydrological Processes. 2020-12-21. DOI : 10.1002/hyp.14004.
 Toward catchment hydro-biogeochemical theoriesWiley Interdisciplinary Reviews-Water. 2020-12-03. DOI : 10.1002/wat2.1495.
 Nitrate removal and young stream water fractions at the catchment scaleHydrological Processes. 2020-05-05. DOI : 10.1002/hyp.13781.
 The Demographics of Water: A Review of Water Ages in the Critical ZoneReviews Of Geophysics. 2019-09-01. DOI : 10.1029/2018RG000633.
 Velocities, Residence Times, Tracer Breakthroughs in a Vegetated Lysimeter: A Multitracer ExperimentWater Resources Research. 2019-01-01. DOI : 10.1029/2018WR023894.
 Decomposing the Bulk Electrical Conductivity of Streamflow To Recover Individual Solute Concentrations at High FrequencyEnvironmental Science & Technology Letters. 2017. DOI : 10.1021/acs.estlett.7b00472.
 Searching for patterns in the electrical conductivity signal of stream waters2017
 Young runoff fractions control streamwater age and solute concentration dynamicsHydrological Processes. 2017. DOI : 10.1002/hyp.11243.
 Using SAS functions and high-resolution isotope data to unravel travel time distributions in headwater catchmentsWater Resources Research. 2017. DOI : 10.1002/2016Wr020117.
 Reply to comment by Porporato and Calabrese on "Storage selection functions: A coherent framework for quantifying how catchments store and release water and solutes''Water Resources Research. 2016. DOI : 10.1002/2015Wr018045.
 Transit times-the link between hydrology and water quality at the catchment scaleWiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water. 2016. DOI : 10.1002/wat2.1155.
 Tracking residence times in hydrological systems: forward and backward formulationsHydrological Processes. 2015. DOI : 10.1002/hyp.10513.
 Linking water age and solute dynamics in streamflow at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, NH, USAWater Resources Research. 2015. DOI : 10.1002/2015WR017552.
 Modeling chloride transport using travel time distributions at Plynlimon, WalesWater Resources Research. 2015. DOI : 10.1002/2014Wr016600.
 Storage selection functions: A coherent framework for quantifying how catchments store and release water and solutesWater Resources Research. 2015. DOI : 10.1002/2015Wr017273.
 Transport of fluorobenzoate tracers in a vegetated hydrologic control volume: 2. Theoretical inferences and modelingWater Resources Research. 2015. DOI : 10.1002/2014WR016508.
 Kinematics of age mixing in advection-dispersion modelsWater Resources Research. 2013. DOI : 10.1002/2013Wr014708.
 Chloride circulation in a lowland catchment and the formulation of transport by travel time distributionsWater Resources Research. 2013. DOI : 10.1002/wrcr.20309.
Teaching & PhD
Environmental Sciences and Engineering
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