Stefania Tron

 Stefania Tron

Post Doc


Born in 1985 in Pinerolo (TO), Italy.

January 2014 – Present
Post-Doc Research Fellow
Project: "The roots of drought resistance” coordinated by Dr. Gernot Bodner (BOKU)

University of Vienna

January 2011 – December 2013
PhD in Engineering for Natural and Built Environment (Ecohydrology specialization)
Thesis: "Impact of stochastic hydrological forcing on root distribution and functioning 
Advisors: Prof. Francesco Laio, Prof. Luca Ridolfi
Politecnico di Torino

March 2013 – June 2013
Internship as environmental engineer
Terra Erosion Control Ltd, Nelson, BC, Canada

May 2012 – July 2012
Period of research with Dr. Alexia Stokes (ECOSFIX project)
Research Center INRA, UMR AMAP, Montpellier, France

September 2010 – December 2010
Scholarship at the Dept. of Water Engineering 
Politecnico di Torino
March 2008 – May 2010
Master Degree in Enviromental Engineering (110/110 cum laude)
Thesis: Turbulence-induced hyporheic exchange 
Tutors: PhD. Fulvio Boano, Prof. Davide Poggi, Prof. Roberto Revelli, Prof. Luca Ridolfi
Politecnico di Torino

January 2009 – July 2009
European Erasmus Program
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain

October 2004 – March 2008
Bachelor Degree in Enviromental Engineering (106/110)
Thesis :Hydrogeological study of Chisone Valley 
Tutor: Prof. Adriano Fiorucci
Politecnico di Torino


  • Interaction between climate, soil and vertical root distribution
  • Effect of stochastic precipitation on soil moisture and transpiration dynamics
  • Root soil reinforcement in slope stability analysis

Publications in ISI journals

Tron S., Laio F., Ridolfi L. 2014. Effect of water table fluctuations on phreatophytic root distribution. J. Theor. Biol. 306, 102-108.

Tron S., Dani A., Laio F., Preti F., Ridolfi L. 2014. Mean root depth estimation at landslide slopes. Ecol. Eng. 69, 118-125.

Tron S., Laio F., Ridolfi L. 2013. Plant water uptake strategies to cope with stochastic rainfall. Adv. Water Resour. 53, 118-130.

Conference proceedings

Preti F., Dani A., Tron. S. Ecohydrological analysis of landslide risk in Northern Tuscany. Atti del XXXIII Convegno Nazionale di Idraulica e Costruzioni Idrauliche, Brescia, 10-15 settembre 2012.

Abstracts for conference presentations and posters

Tron S., Raymond P. Effect of the root system on vegetated riprap. EGU General Assembly 2014 – Vienna, Austria, 27 April - 02 May 2014. [Poster and Flash Presentation] 

Tron S., Laio F., Ridolfi L., Modeling the vertical distribution of roots under stochastic hydrological forcings. Annual Meeting of the Austrian Society for Root Research (ASRR) - Workshop – Illmitz, Austria, 16-17 September 2013. [Presentation]

Dani A., Laio F., Preti F., Ridolfi L. and Tron S. Root profile eco-modeling. 3rd International Conference on Soil Bio- and Eco-engineering. The Use of Vegetation to Improve Slope Stability – Vancouver, Canada 23-27 July 2012. [Poster]

Tron S., Dani A., Laio F., Preti F., and Ridolfi L. Root profile modeling as a link between ecohydrology and slope stability. EGU General Assembly 2012 – Vienna, Austria, 22-27 April 2012. [Poster] 

 (Lista completa delle pubblicazioni)