Senior Research Assistant, Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology (VAW), ETH Zurich
Research Affiliate, Nepf Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory, MIT
Isabella Schalko is a Senior Research Assistant at ETH Zurich and a Research Affiliate at MIT studying the interaction of flow, sediment, and wood in rivers. She integrates physical modeling and field observations to analyze transport processes in rivers and their implications regarding river restoration efforts and flood risk assessments. Her previous and present research topics include hydrodynamic and morphologic processes associated with nature based solutions, design of river infrastructures in the presence of wood and effects on sediment transport, wood transport in rivers, flood risk reduction measures at bridges, and wood blocking probability.
Dr. David Ferras (vice-chair of the IAHR technical committee on Education and Professional Development) interviewed me for the upcoming Newsflash on my career, women in science, and the next IAHR coffee chat I will moderate on “Work-Life Balance” with Prof. Silke Wieprecht and Prof. Virginia Ruiz-Villanueva.
I am co-guest editing a Special Issue on the impact of large wood on river morphodynamics and the related ecosystems in the journal Water. We invite contributions that study wood transport dynamics and the interactions between wood, flow, sediment, or fauna to inform restoration efforts. We further encourage studies on sustainable wood management in rivers, including innovative technical solutions.
You can find out more about the Special Issue here and about the submission procedure here. The deadline is July 31, 2021.