YHS Board Structure

YHS Board Members (2022-2024)

Chair: Faranak Tootoonchi

Affiliation: Uppsala University

Research: Currently I am working as a PhD student at Uppsala university in the Department of earth science. I have a keen interest in statistical and mathematical formulation of natural processes. My research focuses on bias correction of climate model outputs to enhance multivariate hydrological modelling in changing climates. 

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? I think, it is not just enough to do the research. It is also important to be able to communicate, show and discuss. I think it is important to be active in the public community and leave a fingerprint on the society. Therefore, this year I aim to contribute to better communication and interaction with the hydrological community.

Secretary: Albert Nkwasa

Affiliation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Research: My research focuses on advancing our ability to predict non-point source pollution from regional to continental scales under global change drivers.

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? I hope to increase the visibility of water and climate stories from diverse backgrounds beyond scientific and geographical borders.

Treasurer: Hannes Müller-Thomy

Affiliation: TU Braunschweig

Research: The generation of rainfall on different spatial and temporal scales and its application in a variety of models, ranging from urban hydrological modelling over crop modelling to water resources management.

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? Due to the world-wide pandemic and the cancellation of so many workshops and conferences I would be happy if YHS can bring young scientists further together to share their thoughts and ideas!

EGU Rep: Elena Cristiano

Institution: University of Cagliari

Research: I am working as Postdoc in the field of urban hydrology, focusing on green roofs and other nature-based solutions to mitigate pluvial floods, to adapt to climate changes and to create smart and resilient cities.

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? I want to help YHS grow and offer opportunities for young researchers to support their academic growth, through activities focused on enlarging the network, discussing hydrology and interdisciplinary topics. I think that, especially in this difficult period, where contacts are limited, there is the need to strengthen the network among young researchers, supporting each other and consolidating collaborations.

Blog Committee

Chair: Epari Ritesh Patro

Affiliation: University of Oulu, Finland

Research:I am an interdisciplinary environmental researcher with particular expertise in climate-water-energy nexus. My current research activity focuses on the analysing and quantifying the impact of climate change, renewable deployment, carbon and fuel prices over hydropower’s future in the alpine and arctic environment. 

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? Certainly, as a YHS representative I would envisage in bridging the gap between both learning the cutting edge work and better communication of the work to both who may be familiar or unfamiliar with the field of hydrology.

Name: Swamini Khurana

Affiliation: Stockholm University, Sweden

Research: I focus on microbially mediated nutrient cycling in soil.

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? I would like to help diverse early-career stage (ECS) researchers get in touch with the community through engaging blogs highlighting achievements of ECS researchers as well as conversations with senior scientists.

Name: Diana Spieler

Affiliation: Technische Universität Dresden

Research: I am a computational hydrologist working on automatically identifying suitable conceptual model structures for a specific task, dataset and catchment and hope to improve our knowledge on which model to use where and why.

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? I would like to bring some information on being a parent in science into the YHS blog to make it an even richer resource for all kinds of questions ECRs might be confronted with during their career.

Name:  Paola Mazzoglio

Affiliation: Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Research: I am a Research Assistant at Politecnico di Torino working on geographically-based approaches to the statistical analysis of rainfall extremes, rainfall frequency analysis and investigation of the orographic influence on rainfall extremes.

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year?  I would like to help early-career stage (ECS) researchers to receive advice and suggestions from established hydrologists by contributing to the “Hallway conversations” blog post series.

Conferences Commiteee

Chair: Deandre Presswood

Affiliation: Georgia State University

Research: My research focuses on watershed dynamics and evolution in headwaters and non-perennial and I am interested in stream metabolism and how variations in physical stream attributes might influence stream metabolic regimes.

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? To connect with established hydrologists from diverse to better understand hydrologic issues across poorly represented communities.

Diversity Commiteee

Chair: Sarpong Hammond Antwi

Affiliation: Dundalk Institute of Technology

Research: I am a PhD candidate at Dundalk Institute of Technology, Center for Freshwater and Environmental Studies. My research focuses on water governance and management in the Republic of Ireland with interest in communication, water policy, legislations and management practices since 1950.

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year?   I look forward to encouraging diversity in hydrology and environmental research with special interest in science communication and engagement. 

Name: Pedro Torralbo Muñoz

Affiliation: University of Cordoba

Sentence about your research: Drought and torrential rainfall in mediterranean mountains such as sierra nevada in granada, spain, and how climate change impacts on river flow are my main interests.

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? I would love to see a diverse and motivated environment to bring YHS together where we get to showcase the important work we do for hydrology. And especially to make the work of women hydrologists more visible. 

Name: Gökben Demir

Affiliation: Friedrich Schiller University Jena ( Group Terrestrial Ecohydrology)

Sentence about your research: My research focuses on understanding the effect of canopy-induced heterogeneity on water flux patterns and flows at the plot scale with field observations.  

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? I’d like to contribute to YHS, by supporting the Diversity committee. I believe we all should keep our awareness of all types of discrimination. Many discriminative behaviors are embedded into daily routines, yet we can break them to enhance a more colorful and more equal scientific community.

National Branches Committee

Chairs: Lina Stein, Rodolfo

Name: Lina Stein

Affiliation: University Potsdam

Research: My research focus lies improving how we find and synthesise the knowledge accumulated in our publications.

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? I will be stepping down as president, but at the same time look forward to being a more active part of the national branches committee.

Name: Eunsang Cho

Affiliation: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center & University of Maryland

Research: My research background is primarily in snow hydrology and extreme events, via multiple remote sensing, land surface modelling, and machine learning, and climate change & human impacts on water resources and infrastructures.

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? As a member of the National Rep Committee, I would love to actively connect with early career hydrologists from all over the world and to make an open and diverse community within YHS. For this, I am going to update the list of National Rep.

Name: Adil Ashraf

Affiliation: University of Manchester

Research: My research spans across many disciplines of environmental and civil engineering, including water-energy nexus, thermophilic mixed culture anaerobic fermentation, groundwater contaminant fate and transport, machine learning and optimisation.

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year?I would love to contribute towards building a more active and diverse community of young hydrologists.

Outreach Committee

Name: Xinyang Fan

Affiliation: The University of Melbourne, Australia & Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Research: My research focuses on quantifying the impact of climate change on groundwater in Australia and Germany.

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year? I wish to help early career researchers communicate science, follow useful information, and build up networks via the YHS media platforms.

Name: Roshanak Tootoonchi

Affiliation: University of Trento, Italy

Research: Currently, I am studying climate change in the Mediterranean region and the impacts on water resources. My main research purpose is to understand the thermodynamic and dynamic response of the climate to warming.

What’s one thing you’d like to achieve with YHS this year?: Being part of the outreach committee, I would like to create connections amongst scientists, and more specifically, hydrologists. It is important to communicate science and its advancement to a broader community. What I want to achieve with the YHS is to strengthen this communication, and encourage more young scientists to be part of the hydrologists community.

Previous Board Structure and Members


Chair: Harsh Beria (University of Lausanne)
Secretary: Sina Khatami (University of Melbourne)
Co-chair (blog): Wouter Knoben (University of Bristol), Andrea Popp (Eawag / ETH Zürich)
Co-chair (national branches): Bethel Ugochukwu Ukazu (University of Nigeria)
Co-chair (social media): Iskra Mejia-Estrada (University of Bristol)
Co-chair (conferences): Caitlyn A. Hall (Arizona State University)
Diversity officer: Lina Stein (University of Bristol), Pedro Torralbo (University of Cordoba)

Chair: Andrea Popp (Eawag / ETH Zürich)
Secretary: Niels Claes (University of Wyoming)
Co-chair (blog): Harsh Beria (University of Lausanne)
Co-chair (national branches): Wouter Knoben (University of Bristol)
Co-chair (social media): Sina Khatami (University of Melbourne)
Co-chair (conferences): Tim van Emmerik (The Ocean Cleanup)

Chair: Nilay Dogulu (Middle East Technical University, Ankara)
Co-chair: Wouter Berghuijs (ETH Zürich)
Secretary: Harsh Beria (University of Lausanne)
Member: Andrea Popp (Eawag / ETH Zürich)

Chair: Wouter Berghuijs (University of Bristol)
Co-chair: Tim van Emmerik (Delft University of Technology)
Secretary: Nilay Dogulu (Middle East Technical University, Ankara)