SNF Ambizione Fellow (Junior group leader), Institute of Fluid Dynamics, D-MAVT, ETH Zurich
Research Affiliate, Nepf Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory, MIT

I am an SNF Ambizione Fellow (Junior group leader) at ETH Zurich and a Research Affiliate at MIT studying the interaction of flow, sediment, and wood in rivers. I integrate physical modeling and field observations to analyze transport processes in rivers and their implications regarding river restoration efforts and flood risk assessments. My 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.


SNF Ambizione Fellowship approved

Starting in November 2022, I will be joining the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering at ETH Zurich as an SNF Ambizione fellow to kick-off my project on: Ecological fluid dynamics for habitat creation in river systems

Special Issue on Benefits and Challenges of Large Wood in Fluvial Ecosystems

Engineered logjam at the Trinity River (California, USA; photo: I. Schalko)

Together with Elizabeth Follett (Cardiff University) and Brian Crookston (Utah State University), I serve as a guest editor for the Special Issue on the benefits and challenges of large wood in fluvial ecosystems in the Journal of Coastal and Hydraulic Structures . You can find out more about the Special Issue here.

IAHR Coffee Chat

I moderated the 4th IAHR coffee chat for young professionals on the range of career paths: industry versus academia on the occasion of the International Women’s Day on 8 March, 2022, from 4-5 pm CET. This time, we had four panelists from industry and academia. 

  • Tanja Janisch-Breuer, Head of the Hydro Power Plant Pool Kaprun-Salzach at VERBUND Hydro Power GmbH in Austria, and Dr. María Pedro Monzonis, Head of I+D+i Agua Potable at Global Omnium in Spain, will provide insights on their career in industry.
  • Prof. Ioana Popescu, Associate Professor at IHE Delft in The Netherlands, and Prof. Blair Johnson, Assistant Professor at University of Texas at Austin in the US, will share their experiences from academia.

You can find a summary here.

IAHR Interview

Dr. David Ferras (vice-chair of the IAHR technical committee on Education and Professional Development) interviewed me for the IAHR Newsflash on my career, women in science, and the IAHR coffee chats I founded with the support of the IAHR task force on Strengthening Diversity and Gender Equity.