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Dr. Diego Tonolla

Dr. Diego Tonolla

Dr. Diego Tonolla
ZHAW School of Life Sciences and Facility Management
Institute of Natural Resource Sciences
Grüental
8820 Wädenswil

+41 (0) 58 934 52 41
diego.tonolla@zhaw.ch

Personal profile

Management role

Deputy Head, Deputy Head Ecohydrology

Position at the ZHAW

Senior researcher and lecturer

www.zhaw.ch/iunr/oekohydrologie/

Professional development teaching

CAS Gewässerrenaturierung

Expertise and research interests

- Ecological consequences of hydropower on rivers as well as evaluation of restoration measures, especially concerning hydropeaking.
- Ecology of streams, rivers and floodplains.
- Spatial analysis of flow and bedload dynamic using passive (hydrophones) and active (ADP) acoustic measurements.
- Spatial and temporal analysis of temperature distribution in aquatic ecosystems, especially using thermal infrared (TIR).
- Morphological restoration and conservation of streams and rivers.
- Hydromorphology.

Educational background

2019 CAS in "University Didactics". Zurich University of Teacher Education(PHZH), Switzerland.

2013 CAS in River Restoration. College of Engineering and Architecture, Fribourg, Switzerland.

06/2011 Doctor of Natural Sciences (Dr. rer. nat.). Freie Universität Berlin (FUB), Germany.

02/2007-06/2011 Postgraduate (PhD student). Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Department of Shallow Lakes and Lowland Rivers, Berlin, Germany, and Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Department of Aquatic Ecology, Dübendorf, Switzerland.

11/2005 Diploma (equivalent to a M. Sc.) in Environmental Sciences. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zürich, Switzerland.

10/2000 – 10/2005 Study in Environmental Sciences. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zürich, Switzerland.

Professional milestones

Since 1/2019 Senior researcher and lecturer ZHAW.

04/2015-12/2018 Research Assistant and deputy head Ecohydrology ZHAW.

03/2012-03/2015 Research assistant and project leader for a program focused on mitigating negative ecological impacts due to hydropeaking at the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), Water Division, Berne, Switzerland.

7/2013 Award for the best PhD Dissertation in Freshwater Sciences of the European Federation for Freshwater Sciences (EFFS).

12/2013 Prix de la revitalization de course d’eau de l’État de Fribourg for the outstanding personal work during the „Certificate of Advanced Studies“ (CAS) in river restoration.

Since 5/2013 Faculty Affiliate at the Flathead Lake Biological Station (FLBS), Montana, USA.

Since 3/2012 Guest scientist at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Department of Shallow Lakes and Lowland Rivers, Berlin, Germany.

01/2009-12/2011 Scientific research assistant at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Department of Shallow Lakes and Lowland Rivers, Berlin, Germany.

11/2005-12/2008 Scientific research assistant at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Department of Aquatic Ecology, Dübendorf, Switzerland.

11/2005-02/2007 Several Works for the international project “Rivers of Europe”.

08/2013-11/2003 Internship for the analysis of biodiversity in big, old chestnut trees, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape (WSL), Bellinzona, Switzerland.

Membership of networks

Projects

Publications and conference contributions

Publications before appointment at the ZHAW

Publications (peer reviewed)

Lorang MS, Tonolla D. 2014. Combining active and passive hydroacoustic techniques during flood events for rapid spatial mapping of bedload transport patterns in gravel-bed rivers. Fundamental and Applied Limnology 184: 321-246. Doi: 10.1127/1863-9135/2014/0552.

Tonolla D, Wolter C, Ruhtz T, Tockner K. 2012. Linking fish assemblages and spatiotemporal thermal heterogeneity in a river-floodplain landscape using high-resolution airborne thermal infrared remote sensing and in-situ measurements. Remote Sensing of Environment 125: 134-146. Doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2012.07.014.

Tonolla D, Lorang MS, Heutschi K, Gotschalk CC, Tockner K. 2011. Characterization of spatial heterogeneity in underwater soundscapes at the river segment scale. Limnology and Oceanography 56: 2319-2333. Doi: 10.4319/lo.2011.56.6.2319.

Tonolla D, Acuña V, Uehlinger U, Frank T, Tockner K. 2010. Thermal heterogeneity in river floodplains. Ecosystems 13: 727-740. Doi: 10.1007/s10021-010-9350-5.

Tonolla D, Acuña V, Lorang MS, Heutschi K, Tockner K. 2010. A field-based investigation to examine underwater soundscapes of five common river habitats. Hydrological Processes 24: 3146-3156. Doi: 10.1002/hyp.7730.

Tonolla D, Lorang MS, Heutschi K, Tockner K. 2009. A flume experiment to examine underwater sound generation by flowing water. Aquatic Sciences 71: 449-462. Doi: 10.1007/s00027-009-0111-5.

Duelli P, Moretti M, Tonolla D, Barbalat S. 2006. Scented traps yield two large lacewing species (Neuroptera, Chrysopidae) new to Switzerland. Mitteilungen der Schweizerischen Entomologischen Gesellschaft 79: 25-28.


Book chapters

Tockner K, Uehlinger U, Robinson CT, Siber R, Tonolla D, Peter FD. 2010. European Rivers. In River Ecosystem Ecology, Likens GE (ed). Elsevier Publisher: Oxford; 340-351.

Tockner K, Uehlinger U, Robinson CT, Tonolla D, Siber R, Peter FD. 2009. Introduction to European Rivers. In Rivers of Europe, Tockner K, Uehlinger, U, Robinson CT (eds). Elsevier Publisher: London; 1-21.

Tockner K, Uehlinger U, Robinson CT, Siber R, Tonolla D, Peter FD. 2009. European Rivers. In Encyclopedia of Inland Waters, Likens GE (ed). Elsevier Publisher: Oxford; 366-377.


Not Peer reviewed articles and reports

Schweizer S, Tonolla D, Bruder A, Vollenweider S. 2015. Schwall und Sunk – ein kurzer Überblick. WasserWirtschaft 6: 15-20.

Tonolla D, Acuña V, Uehlinger U, Wolter C, Frank T, Ruhtz T, Tockner K. 2013. Quantification of the spatial thermal heterogeneity of river-floodplain using thermal infrared remote sensing. Extended abstracts of the annual conference of the German Limnological Society (DGL), 2012 (Koblenz). DGL Publisher: Hardegsen; 7-11.

Schweizer S, Schmidlin S, Tonolla D, Büsser P, Meyer M, Monney J, Schläppi S, Wächter K. 2013. Schwall/Sunk-Sanierung in der Hasliaare – Phase 1a: Gewässerökologische Bestandsaufnahme. Wasser Energie Luft 105: 191-199.

Schweizer S, Schmidlin S, Tonolla D, Büsser P, Meyer M, Monney J, Schläppi S, Schneider M, Tuhtan J, Wächter K. 2013. Schwall/Sunk-Sanierung in der Hasliaare – Phase 1b: Ökologische Bewertung des Ist-Zustands anhand der 12 Indikatoren der aktuellen BAFU-Vollzugshilfe. Wasser Energie Luft 105: 200-207.

Schweizer S, Bieri M, Tonolla D, Monney J, Rouge M, Stalder P. 2013. Schwall/Sunk-Sanierung in der Hasliaare – Phase 2a: Konstruktion repräsentativer Abflussganglinien für künftige Zustände. Wasser Energie Luft 105: 269-276.

Schweizer S, Schmidlin S, Tonolla D, Büsser P, Maire A, Meyer M, Monney J, Schläppi S, Schneider M, Theiler Q, Tuhtan J, Wächter K. 2013. Schwall/Sunk-Sanierung in der Hasliaare – Phase 2b: Ökologische Bewertung von künftigen Zuständen. Wasser Energie Luft 105: 277-287.

Bruder A, Vollenweider S, Schweizer S, Tonolla D, Meile T. 2012. Schwall und Sunk: Planung und Bewertung von Sanierungsmassnahmen. Möglichkeiten und Empfehlungen aus wissenschaftlicher Sicht. Wasser Energie Luft 104: 265-272.

Bruder A, Schweizer S, Vollenweider S, Tonolla D, Meile T. 2012. Schwall und Sunk: Auswirkungen auf die Gewässerökologie und mögliche Sanierungsmassnahmen. Wasser Energie Luft 104: 257-264.

Tonolla D. 2011. Acoustic and thermal characterization of river landscapes. Dissertation, Freie Universität Berlin (FUB), Germany. www.diss.fu-berlin.de/diss/receive/FUDISS_thesis_000000023479.

Tockner K, Tonolla D, Junker B, Heutschi K. 2009. Der Klang der Flüsse. Nationalpark 1: 20-21.

Tonolla D, Tockner K, Junker B, Heutschi K. 2008. The sound of rivers. EAWAG Annual Report: 29.

Tockner K, Uehlinger U, Robinson CT, Tonolla D, Siber R, Peter FD. 2008. European rivers under pressure. EAWAG Annual Report: 31.

Tonolla D. 2005. Characterization of the temporary hydro-system of a high alpine catchment (Val Roseg, Switzerland) by GIS mapping and assessment of morphological features. Diploma thesis in Environmental Sciences, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zürich, Switzerland.

Moretti M, Tonolla D, Altenburger I, Duelli P. 2004. Biodiversità delle selve castanili del Mont Grand (Soazza, Grigioni). Quaderni Grigionitaliani 73: 355-362.