Daniela Vanella

Assistant Professor of Agricultural hydraulics and watershed protection [AGR/08]
Office: Via S. Sofia 100 Catania 95123 - primo piano
Email: daniela.vanella@unict.it
Phone: (+39) 095 7147554
Web Site: www.researchgate.net/profile/Daniela_Vanella2
Office Hours: Wednesday from 11:00 to 13:00 | Thursday from 15:00 to 17:00



Current position

Researcher (RTD-a) at the Department of Agricultural, Food and Environment Science (Di3A), University of Catania, Italy, within the programme Attraction and International Mobility (AIM) (August 2019 – July 2022).

Academic background

  • Ph.D. in Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science, at the Department of Agricultural, Food and Environment Science (Di3A), University of Catania, Italy (12 April 2017). Research topic: “Monitoring and modelling transfer processes in the soil-plant-atmosphere system by minimally invasive techniques”. During the Ph.D course, I performed two research stays at the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC), Lancaster University (UK) under the supervision of prof. Andrew Binley (May – July 2014 and October – December 2015)
  • Master in Monitoring, Analysis and Environmental Data Management (MAGDA), at the Department of Civil, Environmental, Aerospace, Engineering and Materials (DICAM), University of Palermo, Italy. Thesis: “Application of remote sensing techniques for study the eco-hydrological processes in orange orchards”. Final graduation mark: 100/100 cum laude (September 2013)
  • Master degree in Earth Sciences and Technologies at the Department of the Earth Science, University of Catania, Italy (18 November 2011)
  • Bachelor degree in Earth Sciences at the Department of the Earth Science, University of Catania, Italy (23 October 2009). During this period, I received a grant for studying at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens - Greece within the Erasmus program (European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) (October 2007 - February 2008)

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RESEARCH TOPICS

- Advanced and minimally invasive methodologies (electrical resistivity tomography - ERT) for supporting irrigation and monitoring the soil-plant interactions in agricultural contexts;

- Crop water requirements estimates through micro meteorological methods (eddy covariance) and multiscale approaches based on remote sensing data;

- Water saving techniques in agriculture using deficit irrigation strategies and the reuse of treated wastewater in agriculture.