Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Rinaldo, Andrea
Location Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
Primary Field Environmental Sciences and Ecology
Secondary Field Engineering Sciences
 Election Citation
Rinaldo has made numerous contributions of truly exceptional importance towards the understanding of the structure of river basins and the role that drainage networks play as ecological corridors for species, populations and pathogens as well as the impact of hydrologic drivers in numerous aspects of biodiversity.
 Research Interests
A hydrologist and fluid mechanicist by training, Rinaldo studies fundamental hydrologic controls on biota by mathematical methods, field observations and laboratory experiments. Examples include the study of the dynamic origins of form and function of river networks, bio-morphodynamics in tidal systems, the role of directional dispersal and river network structure on patterns of biodiversity in fluvial ecosystems. He and his collaborators have identified general properties of the critical self-organization of mature river basin landscapes referred to as the theory of Optimal Channel Networks (OCN). The focus of the Laboratory of Ecohydrology at EPFL, which he established in 2008, is on the unifying framework for theoretical, field and experimental studies of river networks as ecological corridors for species, populations and pathogens of water-borne disease. Recently, Rinaldo has focused on spatially explicit epidemiological models of water-borne disease with a special interest on epidemic cholera inclusive of large-scale applications to hotspots of disease outbreaks. His overarching interests can be subsumed in the quest for a fair distribution of water

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