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Academic Experience

10.2014 - present     Professor Assistant, Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

07.2014 - present     Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales, Australia.

07.2014 – 10.2014  Senior Scientist, Department of Earth Sciences, ETH Zürich, Switzerland.

07.2011 – 06.2014  Senior Lecturer, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales, Australia.

10.2010 – 06.2011  Research Fellow, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales, Australia.

10.2009 – 09.2010  Postdoctoral researcher, Energy Resources Engineering department, Stanford University, USA.

10.2006 - 08.2009   Research assistant, Centre of Hydrogeology, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Educational Background

2009      Ph.D. Hydrogeology, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland.
Thesis title: Geological stochastic imaging for aquifer characterization.

2006      Postgraduate Hydrogeologist (equivalent MAS), University of Neuchatel, Switzerland.

2003      M.Sc. Anthropology, Geology and French, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland.

Awards and honors

2012-2016  Keynote presentations at 6 international conferences.

2013      Vistelius Research Award, International Association for Mathematical Geosciences.

2012      Featured researcher, National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training.

2011      Best Paper Award, 1st Conference on Spatial Statistics 2011, Enschede, The Netherlands.

2008      Swiss National Science Foundation, Young Researcher Fellowship.

2006      Postgraduate hydrogeologist, head of the list.

2003      M.Sc. Graduated with distinction.

Research projects

2017                   A state of the art UAV system for hyperspectral, thermal and LIDAR mapping. CHF 100’000. Swiss National Science Foundation (206021_170753). R'Equip project. Co-applicant.

2016-2019        Extracting new information from old satellite imagery by using n->m colorization. CHF 193’918. Swiss National Science Foundation (200021_162882). Division II project. Main applicant.

2016-2019        Integrating spatial predictions of vegetation, soils, geomorphology and hydrology for improved assessment of ecosystem services under climate change. CHF 752’644. Swiss National Science Foundation (CR23I2_162754). Interdisciplinary project. Co-applicant.

2016                   Herbette Foundation grant for inviting a visiting scholar to the University of Lausanne: Prof. Mohammad J. Abdollahifard, to work on topics of optimization-based approaches for interpolation and inverse problem. CHF 14’400. Main applicant.

2015-2018        Fusing multiple sources of remote sensing data using textural information: high-resolution, high-frequency monitoring in alpine environments. CHF 200’408. Swiss National Science Foundation (200021_159756). Division II project. Main applicant.

2013-2014        Data-Centric Groundwater Modelling. A$167'004. Project funded by NICTA (National Information and Communication Technology Australia). Main applicant.

2012                   University of New South Wales Equipment grant, The use of 3D printers for physical modeling of hydrological processes. AUD 32'000. Main applicant.

2011                   University of New South Wales Equipment grant, Upgrade of Water Research Laboratory well tank for study of aquifer heterogeneity. AUD 27'182. Main applicant.

2011-2014        National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT), Australian Research Council (ARC). Chief investigator in Subprogram 1A: Linking Geological and Hydrogeological Processes. AUD 250'000.

2011-2014        Swiss National Science Foundation (200021_134614/1). Division II project. Stochastic simulation of climatic data with the Direct Sampling method. CHF 169'680. Co-author of the proposal and partner investigator.

2011-2013        Swiss National Science Foundation (CRSI22_132249/1). Sinergia project. Integrated methods for stochastic ensemble aquifer modeling (ENSEMBLE, www.ensemble-modeling.org). CHF 926’184. Co-author of the proposal and partner investigator.

2009-2010        Swiss National Science Foundation (PBNEP2-124334). Young researcher fellowship. Developing and applying a stochastic methodology for aquifer characterization. CHF 82’645, backed by a US$ 10'000 stipend from Stanford University. Author of the proposal and chief investigator.

Teaching

Courses taught

2015 - 2016      University of Lausanne: Remote Sensing of Earth Systems. 32 hours of lectures, 30 postgraduate students.

2015 - 2016      University of Lausanne: Télédétection / Remote Sensing. 84 hours of lecture, 110 undergraduate students.

2015 - 2016      University of Lausanne: Introduction to Matlab. 20 hours of lectures, 20 postgraduate students.

2014                   ETH Zürich: Hydrogeologie und Quartärgeologie. 14 hours of lecture, 30 undergraduate students.

2014                   King Abdullah University of Science and Technology: Crash-course on multiple-point geostatistics (one day).

2012 - 2013      University of New South Wales: Surface Water Hydrology (CVEN9610). 48 hours of lecture/year, 40 postgraduate students. Main course coordinator.

2011 - 2013      University of New South Wales: Water Resources Modeling (CVEN4501/CVEN9612). 32 hours of lecture/year, 40 postgraduate students. Main course coordinator.

2012 - 2013      University of New South Wales: Water Resources Engineering (CVEN3501). 30 hours of lecture/year, 450 undergraduate students.

2012 - 2013      University of New South Wales: Special topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering: Data Mining, inference and Prediction (CVEN9901). 12 hours of lecture/year, 10 doctoral students.

2012 - 2013      University of New South Wales: Urban Hydrology and Stormwater Management (CVEN9611). 4 hours of lecture/year, 20 postgraduate students.

2011                   University of New South Wales: Geological modeling and geostatistics (GEOS9634). 20 hours of lecture, 20 postgraduate students.

2011                   University of New South Wales: Civil Engineering Practice (CVEN3031). 1 hour of lecture, 300 undergraduate students.

2011 - 2012      University of New South Wales: Fundamentals of Geology - Introduction to Hydrogeology (GEOS1111, P. Lennox). 2 hours of lecture/yeas, 200 undergraduate students.

2010                   Stanford University: Geostatistics for Spatial Phenomena (GES240, A. Journel). 4 hours of lecture, 20 postgraduate students.

2009                   University of Neuchatel: Sedimentology, practical classes (A. Drijska). 4 hours, 20 undergraduate students.

2007 - 2009      University of Neuchatel: Hydrogeology field trips. 1 week every year, 20-30 postgraduate students

2007 - 2009      University of Neuchatel: Lectures and practical classes in reservoir modeling (P. Renard). 4 hours yearly, 20-30 postgraduate students.

2007 - 2008      University of Neuchatel: Pumping tests, practical classes (P. Renard). 4 hours yearly, 20-30 postgraduate students.

Professional service

Editorial roles:

2016 - present   Co-Editor-in-Chief for the journal Computers & Geosciences.

2015 - present   Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Spatial Statistics.

2013 - 2016      Associate editor for the journal Hydrogeology Journal.

2014 - 2016      Associate editor for the journal Groundwater.

2013 - 2014       Joint editor for two special issues of the journal Mathematical Geosciences.

Reviewer for the journals:

Water Resources Research, Mathematical Geosciences, Remote Sensing of environment, Journal of Hydrology, Computers & Geosciences, Ground Water, Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, Hydrogeology Journal, Environmental Modelling & Software, Advances in Water Resources, Quaternary Science Reviews, Mathematical and Computer Modelling, Environmental Science & Technology, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Spatial Statistics, International Journal of Coal Geology, ICE Water Management, Natural Resources Research, Bulletin of Canadian Petroleum Geology, ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, WIRES Water, AGU books, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing.

Organization of conferences

2016                   Member of scientific committee and session chair, Xth International Geostatistics Congress, Valencia, Spain, September 5-9, 2016.

2016                   Member of scientific committee, 11th GeoENV Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, July 6-8, 2016.

2015                   Session chair (“Global Change”), Spatial Statistics Conference, Avignon, France, 9-12 June 2015.

2014                   Member of the scientific committee, Xth geoENV conference, Paris, 9-11 July 2014.

2012                   Member of the scientific committee, IXth geoENV conference on geostatistics for environmental applications, Valencia, Spain, 19-21 September 2012.

2012                   Session chair, the 34th International Geological Congress, Brisbane, Australia, 5-10 August 2012.

2012                   Session chair (2 sessions), The 9th International Geostatistics Congress, Oslo, Norway, 11–15 June 2012.

2010                   Session chair, IAHR International Groundwater Symposium, Valencia, Spain, 22 - 24 September 2010.