Fields of expertise
BiographyI have a background in Environmental Engineering started with my Bachelor and Master studies from the University of Padova, Italy. 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. 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;
- Use of stable isotopes of oxygen and hydrogen in the water molecule to trace ecohydrological processes;
- 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
 Phloem water isotopically different to xylem water: Potential causes and implications for ecohydrological tracingEcohydrology. 2022-03-25. DOI : 10.1002/eco.2417.
 Using water age to explore hydrological processes in contrasting environmentsHydrological Processes. 2022-03-01. DOI : 10.1002/hyp.14524.
 Improved framework to estimate travel time and derived distributions in hydrological control volumesLausanne, EPFL, 2022. DOI : 10.5075/epfl-thesis-9684.
 A Note on the Role of Seasonal Expansions and Contractions of the Flowing Fluvial Network on Metapopulation PersistenceWater Resources Research. 2021-11-01. DOI : 10.1029/2021WR029813.
 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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