* EAP University of California-University of Padua felllowship suitability for the Academic
year 2006/2007, suitability as Visiting
Student at the University
of California Berkeley
M.Sc. thesis in the field of Ecohydrology (this was the initial thinking.., on Berkeley
Lab., ESPM, advisor Prof.
and for a supplement
advanced academic year (graduate level) doing courses, Italian advisor
A. Rinaldo, IMAGE Dept..
(Laurea) in Civil Engineering, University
comprehensive mark 100/110,
my class; B.Sc. thesis ("Innovative
techniques and materials
in the construction and reliability of transportation infrastructures",
experimental tests and FEM model simulations of new "environmental
Marco Pasetto, DCT
Laboratory, University of Padova, Italy; --->take the pdf reprint at Padua@Thesis the official digital thesis archive of the Unibersity of Padova.
* Diploma of Surveyor and Structural
Technical (July 2001),Secondary
Belzoni”, Padova, comprehensive
mark 100/100 (here
you can see and download some my spreadsheets & structural
drawings I have made for various Applied Structural Mechanics projects
(in "far" years 2000 & 2001 about..), ...therefore now, as you can
see, I have changed completely my scientific fields...!);
* 07/20/1982, Padova, I was born!.
(ask me if you want my
complete pdf CV)
Research Interests(or better what I would like to
do! ..."I am interdisciplinary as my mentors are"..)
Mechanics applied to Earth & Environmental Sciences like Hydrology,
Ecology, Geomorphology, Biology, and Zoology. At the same I am interested in Physics
of Complex Networks from Information Networks to Natural and Social ones, so in
Stochastic Dynamical Modeling of Natural phenomena. Expertise are in Fractals
and Multifractals, Scaling processes and Aggregation phenomena,Hydrology (Surface/Subsurface, Ecohydrology
and Hydroclimatology) and Geophysical Modeling, Computational Methods. Strong
background is the field of Fluid Mechanics, Numerical Methods (particularly
Finite Element Methods and its modern derived schemes), Statistical and Probabilistic
Methods, Environmental Engineering and Continuum Mechanics. Particularly
multidisciplinary studies encounter my interest, such as Evolutionary
Processes, Diseases Dynamics, Non-linear phenomena, Complexity and Life
As a short initial statement of
purpose I want to apply myself in the field of Physics of Complex
Networks applied to Environmental Sciences so in
in the emerging Ecohydrology), Geomorphology, Athmospherical Sciences,
Ecology & Zoology, for example also in relation of Climate
Complexity and Non-linear Science is also able to describe important
Biological Processes (which often imply outcomes in Evolutionary
Processes and on Health) so I hope even to do some research in this
Mechanics of Fluids is the discipline in which I am formed more than
other one, so I can't forget it but I hope to study non-traditional
problems (...I hope to create new knowledge and not only using what
already exists...) and always related to the fields mentioned above: so
I can cite Turbulence theory applied to the study of air modeling of
landscape (even without taking in account air), in transport of
pathogen agents (is possible to study epidemic networks), its
influence on land-athmosphere fluxes (eg. in ABL), and finally
example in water where nutrients and bacteria are dependent on it
(Which are the relations between macroscale food webs
There are many open questions between the macro-properties of networks
(their pattern (not form...) and function) and the
mesoµ-properties of their nodes, which are their
The dynamics of networks patterns formation are quite well understood
but which are the perturbative elements that change the resulting
patterns? Are scaling distributions and universality class invariant in
the perturbated situation? But the fundamental question is: "Is
possible to act against negative effects of "randomness" in the
formation of networks?"
This last problem is crucial for example in Proteins Interaction
Networks (PIN) where the hope is to solve some bad diseases (especially
genetic diseases), but even in relevant Environmental issues, eg. the
effect of Climate Change on the Distribution of Vegetation at basin
scale and its effects on Watershed Transport Phenomena, primarily on
the Hydrologic Response (one need is to prevent floods because they
cause millions of deaths!).
In a short, but not so short (as a famous LaTeX manual is entitled ;)) list, my research interests are in:
* Physics of Complex
Networks, Stochastic Models and
Modeling of Natural Phenomena,
Fractals and Multifractals in Geophysics, Complex Systems, Statistical Mechanics, Patterns Formation;
* Biological and
Chemical Processes in the Hydrologic and
Athmospheric Cycle, Transport Phenomena in Natural Cycles and their
Interactions with Ecosystem (e.g. the Carbon Cycle), Hydrological
Hydroclimatology, Bio&Hydro-meteorology, Water Quality and
* Surface Hydrology, Snow and Ice Hydrology, Remote
* Environmental Science and Engineering, Ecology and Health
Sciences, Contaminant Hydrogeology;
* Geosciences and Planetary Sciences, studies on "Extreme"
Artic zones, Arid zones and Forests, Continental Erosion and
River/Ocean Sediments, Landslide Triggering, Subsidence and Geothermal
* Fractals, Chaos, Dynamics of Populations, Scale and
problems, Risk Assesment, Energy Resources;
Hydrodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Hydraulic Constructions, Agricultural
Engineering, Hydrology Field Methods and Measurements;
As regards my interests I know probably they are too much but the real
question is What is bad and annoying in studying nature and
I think one of the major roles of a scientist is in understanding which
the links between all disciplines because only with a large vision of
problems we can get to know macro and microscopical problems, isn't it?
So my interests are always in extension!
* Half UniPd-Regional Fellowship 2005/2006 for right duration studies (Laurea Magistralis) in two years (2004-2006)
* University of
California EAP-University of
Padova fellowship suitability for the Academic Year 2006/2007;
* Suitability for a Socrates-Erasmus Fellowship by EU for the
year 2006/2007, at the TU Delft - IHE UNESCO Water Resources Center -,
supervisor Prof. A. Defina;
* Regional fellowship by the University of Padova, A.A.
* Suitability for a Socrates-Erasmus Fellowship by EU for the
year 2005/2006, at the University of Wales - Swansea - Civil &
Computational Engineering Centre (UK RAE 5*), supervisor Prof. L.
* B.S.’s degree award consists in half of the
2003/2004, with the motivation of worthy undergraduate studies and
their right duration, December 2004;
* Regional Fellowship by the University of Padova, A.A.
Fellowship by Italian Ministry of Internals, academic year
* Suitability for the University Regional Fellowship in
2001/02, 2002/03 (tuition exempt only).
* INFORM srl Development Group, Environmental Software and
technologies, Padova (www.informsrl.it,
Dr. E. Del Sole Group);
* Frappr! Users Network (in JGrass & FreePOPs networks, see my
I am at the Doctoral Students Office, next to the "Dino Tonini" International Center for Hydrology,
at IMAGE Dept.,
Via Loredan 20 - I 35131, Padova, Italy (see on Google Maps, click on the map! ---> ...the room where I work, nicely called the "Aquarium" ;)) * phone number at IMAGE Dept.: 0039 049 827 5445 (I am with Dr. G. Botter, E. Belluco, A. Frascati, L. Nicotina) * fax number at IMAGE Dept.: 0039 049 827 5446 * mobile phone:0039
* Princeton University e-mail (preferred!): mconvert (at) Princeton (dot) EDU (I will be there from 01/06 to 12/15/2008; look for my contacts on "search people" directory service of Princeton University web-site!)
* IMAGE Dept. e-mail (preferred too!): convertino (at) idra
(dot) unipd (dot) it (see my data on IMAGE website here and here)
* UniPd academic e-mail: matteo (dot) convertino (at) unipd (dot) it (search my name on the address book of University of Padova)
* "informal" e-mail:matconv (dot) uni (at) gmail (dot) com(feel
free to contact me! This way to write my e-mail addresses would be an
* Skype username-contact: convertino.matteo
* personal web page: http://matconv.spaces.msn.com
(with photos of my adventures, friends & family,
miscellaneous things..), and very recently I have started to add my
public photos' galleries with the best Google-Picasa service, so see
even my wonderful life moments here on my GooglePicasa galleries, ENJOY!
* My Blog - News coming
soon!!!For now you can see of few of my Ph.D. reserach steps here! (I have not so much time to update the site... understand me ;)!)
" The scientist does not study nature because it is useful;
it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is
beautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing,
and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living "
* " The reverse side also
has a reverse side "
Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA.
* " The world appears
coloured only if in our minds there are colours "
* “ They are
beautiful laws, laws that are fulfilling in a wonderful
manner. The beauty of finding unity in an infinite variety of things is
what science is all about ”
(Princeton E-Quad News interview)
" Nature is Physics
" As we could named Ocean the Earth
we should called Water the Life; nothing exist and can be done without
water, probably it's really true that the H2O molecule is the essence
of everything " Anonimous. *
" Imagination is more important than knowledge "
" Every day is a good day. You need rain, you need sun, wind
to blow things around. Every day is a good day "
Slow Turtle, supreme medicine man of the Mashpee
..la Natura sembra voler nascondere agli uomini le sue vere bellezze,
alle quali essi sono troppo insensibili; giacchè le sfigurano
tosto che vi possono mettere mano. Essa fugge i luoghi frequentati: le
cime de' monti, il fondo delle foreste e l'isole deserte sono le scene
ove essa spiega i suoi più delittuousi incanti. Coloro che
l'amano, e non possono raggiungerla così lunghi, sono ridotti a
violentarla, ed a costringerla in qualche modo ad abitare con loro, e
tutto questo non si può fare senza qualche illusione." Rousseau, J.J., La Nouvelle Heloïse.
* See the petition
made by ADI (Italian PhD students and PhD doctors Association) to the
Italian Government for increasing PhD fellowships and fundings for
Research!!! There are a lot of subscriptions, so if you believe in what you are done SUBSCRIBE yourself too!