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Paolo D'Odorico

Professor, Dept Environmental Science, Berkeley University, USA

Paolo D’Odorico is Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources and Chair of the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley.

Paolo D'Odorico


Paolo D’Odorico received his PhD from the University of Padua (Italy), has been a postdoc at Princeton, and a faculty member at Texas A&M and the University of Virginia.

His research focuses on the role of hydrological processes in the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems and societies. His work in ecohydrology has analyzed the coupling between hydrological processes and the biota in dryland ecosystems. Through field observations and modelling, he is studying new mechanisms of desertification and factors contributing to the resilience of ecosystems at the desert margins with a focus on African savannas and the Kalahari region of Botswana. He is currently investigating the global patterns of water use for food and energy production and their impacts on water equity, societal resilience, and food security.

He has published more than 240 articles in peer-reviewed journals, edited a volume on Dryland Ecohydrology (Springer, 2006); co-authored Noise-Induced Phenomena in the Environmental Sciences (Cambridge University Press, 2011); Elements of Physical Hydrology, 2nd ed. (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014), and Global Deforestation (Cambridge University Press, 2016).


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