Stefania Tamea



 Professore Associato

Politecnico di Torino

Dipartimento di Idraulica, Trasporti
e Infrastrutture Civili Duca degli Abruzzi, 24
10129, Torino, Italy

Tel.: +39-011-564-5670
Fax: +39-011-564-5698


Stefania Tamea was born in Borgosesia (VC) on February, 25th 1978.

She graduates summa cum laudae in Civil Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino, detachment of Vercelli, in July 2003, and earns the professional license for Engineers in November 2003. During her studies she spends one year at the Cardiff University, School of Engineering (Cardiff, UK) with the Erasmus Program.

In 2004/2006 she is Ph.D. student at the Politecnico di Torino with a research activity about “Stochastic processes in Hydraulics and Hydrology”; there, she earns her Ph.D. in February 2007 with a dissertation about “Nonlinear analysis and probabilistic prediction of river flow time series”.

For about two years she is Visiting Research Specialist at the Princeton University (Princeton, NJ, USA), where she works with the distinguished professor Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe modelling the “Stochastic effect of rainfall on the ecohydrology of wetlands”.

Since May 2008, she is back in Italy with a post-doc research grant at the Politecnico di Torino, Department of Hydraulics, Transportation and Civil Infrastructures (DITIC), where she continues her research in ecohydrology with proff. Francesco Laio and Luca Ridolfi.

In parallel with her recent research activity,  she cooperates in two projects funded by the Regione Piemonte about the “Definition of criteria and guidelines for the verification of nominal power of hydropower plants” and the “Study and development of turbines for mini and micro hydropower plants”.


Her research interests include:

  • Ecohydrology of wetlands and groundwater-dependent ecosystems;
  •  interactions between rainfall, vegetation, soil moisture and water table depth.
  • Potential and impacts of small hydropower plants;
  • technologies and turbines for small and mini hydropower plants.
  • Probabilistic predictions of river flow time series.

She is referee for some international journal such as Water Resources Research, Hydrology and Earth System Science, and Ecohydrology. She has been convener of some sessions at the European Geoscience Union (EGU) and American Geoscience Union (AGU) Meetings about Ecohydrology and about Scientific Writing.


She is co-author of 12 publications in peer-reviewed international ISI journals, with a total of 93 citations and H-index 6 (Web of Science, July 2011). She also has 4 publications in the proceedings of national conferences and a number of contributions to international conferences. The list of  ISI papers can be found HERE.


She has done more than 200 certified hours of teaching and tutoring activity at Politecnico di Torino as
– lecturer of “Idraulica 1” for the course of Civil and Mechanical Engineering (2011);
– lecturer of “Fluid Mechanics” (in English) for the international course of Automotive Engineering (2009 and 2010).
She gave some seminars, among which are “Mini-hydro: technology and impacts” for the Fluvial Hydraulics course at the Politenico di Torino, detachment of Mondoví, and “Hydraulic devices” at the 5th International Course of Water Management – HYDROAID, co-organized by the Politecnico di Torino and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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