Faculty & Staff


Paolo D'Odorico

Ernest H. Ern Professor · Ph.D. University of Padua (Italy), 1998.

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My research focuses on the understanding and modeling of the hydrological processes that determine the temporal and spatial dynamics of soil moisture at different scales. In particular I am presently studying how these dynamics affect the soil nutrient budget, the occurrence of water stress in vegetation, the coupling between the land surface and the overlying atmosphere, the soil susceptibility to wind erosion and the stability of hillslopes and colluvial deposits.

In these analyzes I use a process-based, probabilistic approach to develop simple mechanistic models, which are then tested against data. These models offer a quantitative framework to study non-linearity and feedbacks embedded in the dynamics. They also show to which extent and in which conditions hydrologic processes have an impact on soils, vegetation, and near-surface atmosphere.

This research offers the possibility to establish a number of interactions and collaborations with students and colleagues working in ecology, land surface processes, and climatology.

Recent Publications

O’Bannon, C., J.A. Carr, D.A. Seekell, and P. D’Odorico, “Globalization of agricultural pollution due to international trade”, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 503–510, doi:10.5194/hess-18-503-2014, 2014.

Bhattachan, A., P. D’Odorico, K. Dintwe, G.S. Okin, and S.L. Collins, “Resilience and Recovery of the Kalahari dunes”, Ecosphere, 5(2): 1-14, 2014.

Rulli, M.C. and P. D’Odorico, “The water footprint of land grabbing”, Geophysical Res. Lett. 40, 1–6, doi:10.1002/2013GL058281, 2013.

D’Odorico P. and M.C. Rulli, “The fourth food revolution”, Nature Geoscience, 6, 417-418, doi 10.1038/ngeo1842, 6(6), 417-418, 2013.

Rulli, M.C., A. Saviori, and P. D’Odorico, “Global land and water grabbing”, Proc. Natnl Acad. Sci, USA, PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1213163110, 2013.

Suweis, S., A. Rinaldo, A. Maritan, and P. D’Odorico, “Water-controlled wealth of nations”, Proc. Natnl Acad. Sci, USA, PNAS, 110(11), 4230-4233, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1222452110, 2013.

Carr, J.A., P. D’Odorico, F. Laio, L. Ridolfi, “Recent history and geography of virtual water trade”, PLoS-ONE, /8(2): e55825. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0055825, 2013.

D’Odorico P., Y. He, S.L. Collins, S.F.J. De Wekker, V. Engel, and J.D. Fuentes, “Vegetation-microclimate feedbacks in correspondence to woodland-grassland ecotones”, Global Ecology and Biogeography, 22, 364-379, 2013.

D’Odorico P., A. Bhattachan, K.F. Davis, S. Ravi, C.W. Runyan, “Global desertification: drivers and feedbacks”, Adv. Water Res., 51, 326-344, 2013.

Davis, K., P. D’Odorico, F. Laio, L. Ridolfi, “Human migration in a globalizing world” PLoS ONE 8(1): e53723. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0053723, 2013.

Runyan, C.W., P. D’Odorico, and D. Lawrence, “Physical and Biological Feedbacks on Deforestation”, Rev. Geophys., 50, RG4006, doi:10.1029/2012RG000394, 2012.

Bhattachan, A., P. D’Odorico, M.C. Baddock, T.M. Zobeck, G.S. Okin, N. Cassar, “The Southern Kalahari: A potential new dust source in the southern hemisphere?”, Environm. Res. Lett., 7, 024001, 2012.

Carr, J.A., P. D’Odorico, F. Laio, and L. Ridolfi, “On the Temporal variability of the virtual water network”, Geophys. Res. Lett. doi: 39, L06404, doi:10.1029/2012GL051247.

D’Odorico, P, G.S. Okin, and B.T. Bestelmeyer. “A synthetic review of feedbacks and drivers of shrub encroachment in arid grasslands”, Ecohydrology, 5(5), 520–530 doi : 10.1002/eco.259. 2012.

Bhattachan, A., M. Tatlhego, K. Dintwe, K. K. Caylor, F.C. O’Donnell, G. S. Okin, D. O. Perrot, S. Ringrose, P. D’Odorico, “Evaluating ecohydrological theories of woody root distribution in the Kalahari”, PLoS ONE 7(3): e33996. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0033996, 2012.

Runyan, C., P. D’Odorico, and D. Lawrence, “The effect of repeated deforestation on vegetation dynamics for phosphorus limited tropical forests”, JGR-Biogeociences. 117, G01008 DOI: 10.1029/2011JG001841, 2012.

Carr, J. A., P. D'Odorico, K. J. McGlathery, and P. L. Wiberg (2012), “Stability and resilience of seagrass meadows to seasonal and interannual dynamics and environmental stress”, J. Geophys. Res., 117, G01007, doi:10.1029/2011JG001744.

L. Ridolfi, P. D’Odorico, and F. Laio, Noise-induced Phenomena in the Environmental Sciences, Cambridge University Press, New York, 314pp., 2011.

D’Odorico P., F. Laio, A. Porporato, L. Ridolfi, A. Rinaldo, and I. Rodriguez-Iturbe, “Ecohydrology of terrestrial ecosystems”. Bioscience, 60(11): 898–907, 2010.