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Nicolas Dalla Valle

PhD student
room: C1.006 (tower)
phone: +49 3641 576292
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email: ndalla(at)

Professional background | My PhD-topic | Research interests | Publications

Professional background

  • Master in Biological and Geological Studies, University of Jena (2013)
    Thesis: The influence of stemflow on soil development and element fluxes in a beech forest
  • Bachelor in Geography, University of Jena (2011)
    Thesis: The influence of meteorological and phenological conditions on vegetation mapping in the Krüger National Park, South Africa, using L-band time series data (in German, title translated)

My PhD-topic

I am working on my thesis about modeling vertical soil organic matter transport.

My study aims to understand the vertical distribution and transport of soil organic matter under different land cover types (forest vs. grassland). In doing so I am focusing particularly on the role of strong precipitation events resulting in non-equilibrium flow conditions. An important task of the work is the development of a rapid carbon transport model to account for the processes mentioned above. The model will be calibrated using data from the Hainich, which will be gathered by several subprojects of the CRC Aqua Diva.

Research Interests:

  • Soil hydrology
  • Soil physics
  • Soil carbon modeling


Contributions to Conferences

Dalla Valle, N., Wutzler, T., Potthast, K., Meyer, S. & B. Michalzik (2017): Estimating soil hydraulic properties from soil moisture time series by inversion of a dual-permeability model. European Geoscience Union General Assembly 2017, Wien, Austria (poster presentation)

Dalla Valle, N., Meyer, S., Potthast, K., Wutzler, T., Michalzik, B., Metzger, J. & A. Hildebrandt (2015): A simple model to predict water fluxes at hydrological hot spots. International Symposium on Soil Organic Matter 2015, Göttingen, Germany (poster presentation)

Dalla Valle, N., Wutzler, T. & A. Hildebrandt (2014): Predicting soil moisture time series data using a kinematic wave model. BIOGEOMON 2014, Bayreuth, Germany (poster presentation)

Dalla Valle, N., Michalzik, B. & A. Hildebrandt (2014): The influence of stemflow from an European Beech Tree (Fagus Sylvatica L.) on soil solution and seepage fluxes. EGU General Assembly 2014. Wien, Austria (poster presentation)

Schmullius, C., Armstroff, A., Dalla Valle, N., Truckenbrodt, S., Urbazaev, M., Vollrath, A., Annegarn, H. & C. Paradzay (2012): The SARvanna Project. SAR Mapping of Vegetation Structure in the African Savanna. 10th Annual Savanna Science Network Meeting 2012, 5-9 March 2012, Skukuza, South Africa (oral presentation)

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