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Salvatore Calabrese

Calabrese, Salvatore
Salvatore Calabrese
Assistant Professor
302B Scoates Hall
Undergraduate Education
B.S., University of Palermo (Italy), Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2012
Graduate Education
M.S., University of Palermo (Italy), Environmental Engineering, 2014
Ph.D., Princeton University (USA), Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2019

Research Interests

Our research addresses critical environmental challenges arising from the impact of climatic changes and land management practices on the hydrologic cycle and the spatiotemporal dynamics of carbon and nutrient cycles, in the soil and throughout the Critical Zone. We develop mathematical models for quantifying the sensitivity of the hydrologic and biogeochemical cycles to environmental changes in natural and agricultural ecosystems and use them to explore innovative land management strategies for both local and global sustainability. Our multidisciplinary approach seamlessly integrates hydrology, biology, biogeochemistry as well as dynamical system theory, stochastic processes, and thermodynamics, allowing us to study holistically the interaction between human activities and the ecosystem as a whole.

Current projects focus on:

  1. understanding the interaction between carbon cycle, soil structure and properties, and soil moisture dynamics;
  2. sustainable agricultural practices;
  3. effects of climate variability on plant productivity and soil carbon dynamics of tropical forests;
  4. enhanced weathering as a negative emissions technology.

Lab Members

  • Achla Jha, PhD student
  • Rodolfo Souza, Postdoc
  • Heng Huang, Postdoc

Selected Publications

Calabrese, Salvatore, and Amilcare Porporato. “Impact of ecohydrological fluctuations on iron-redox cycling.” Soil Biology and Biochemistry 133 (2019): 188-195.

Daly, E., Calabrese, S., Yin, J., & Porporato, A. (2019). Linking parametric and water-balance models of the Budyko and Turc spaces. Advances in Water Resources, 103435.

Yin, J., Calabrese, S., Daly, E., & Porporato, A. (2019). The energy side of Budyko: Surface‐energy partitioning from hydrological observations. Geophysical Research Letters, 46, 7456– 7463.

Calabrese, Salvatore, et al. “The Formation of Clay‐Enriched Horizons by Lessivage.” Geophysical Research Letters 45.15 (2018): 7588-7595.

Calabrese, Salvatore, et al. “Hydrologic transport of dissolved inorganic carbon and its control on chemical weathering.” Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface 122.10 (2017): 2016-2032.

Calabrese, Salvatore, and Amilcare Porporato. “Linking age, survival, and transit time distributions.” Water Resources Research 51.10 (2015): 8316-8330.