Leonardo Bertassello

Dr. Leonardo Bertassello received his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Purdue University under the mentorship of Dr. Suresh Rao and Dr. Antoine Aubueneau. During his Ph.D. he developed stochastic hydrological models to analyze the spatiotemporal dynamics of multiple wetlands across landscapes. The characterization of wetland hydrologic dynamics is fundamental for all the ecological communities that live in these precious habitats. Guided by this motivation, during his previous Postdoctoral appointment at Purdue University (2019-2020) he expanded his research focus into the ecological dynamics of species that could inhabit wetlandscapes by employing metapopulation models and network-based approaches to represent wetlandscapes as patchy habitats that could be colonized or not by certain type of organisms. 

Dr. Bertassello joined ND-ECI in September 2020 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate and will be working under the mentorship of Dr. Marc Muller and Dr. Diogo Bolster on several projects focused on how the distribution and access to water resources can affect the distribution, interactions and resilience of human communities.