Gabriele Manoli

Born in: Italy
Primary research category: Environmental Sciences
Research location / employer: School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC), École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
Fellowship dates: 2017-2022

Academic Career

  • Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC), EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2022-present
  • Lecturer, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, University College London, United Kingdom, 2019-2022
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Environmental Engineering, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2016-2019
  • Postdoctoral Associate, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, USA, 2014-2016
  • PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of Padova, Italy, 2011-2013
  • MSc in Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, 2007-2009
  • MSc in Environmental Engineering, University of Padova, Italy, 2007-2009
  • BSc in Environmental Engineering, University of Padova, Italy, 2004-2007

Fellowship Research

Green urbanism, eco-cities and innovative green infrastructures are being promoted and adopted worldwide to improve urban well-being. However, all these efforts are guided by aesthetic, conceptual, and qualitative principles rather than a quantitative understanding of the underlining biophysical processes, scales and feedbacks. To fill this knowledge gap, the following hypotheses are framed: (i) urbanization generates critical transitions in urban biophysical states; (ii) general scaling laws and bulk relations linking metrics of urbanization, vegetation and ecosystem services exist and can be used to identify critical thresholds and early warning signals; (iii) different vegetation types and patterns can enhance resilience to climate fluctuations by re-coupling cities to their local biosphere. The overarching goal is to identify efficient urban vegetation strategies and introduce quantitative tools (i.e. scaling laws, dynamical system theories, eco-hydrological modeling) in the design of future cities.

Major Awards

  • Gini Foundation Scholarship, University of Padova, Italy, 2012
  • ERASMUS Scholarship, European Student Exchange Program, 2007