- Academic Career
2013 - 2017
PhD (Dr. rer. nat.)
Magna cum laude, Justus Liebig University, Institute of Landscape Ecology and Resource Management (ILR).
PhD thesis “Runoff sources and flowpath dynamics in the Andean Páramo.” Giessen, Germany.
2016 - 2017
Higher Diploma in University Teaching
San Marcos University. Lima, Peru.
2009 - 2011
Master of Science
Management and conservation of water and soil resources, University of Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador; Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium; Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.
Master thesis “Analysis of scenarios of different land cover on micro-catchments by applying semi distributed hydrological models (SWAT and TOP MODEL).” Cuenca, Ecuador.
Diploma in Training leaders for development
Andean Development Corporation (CAF) and Polytechnic University ESPOL. Azogues, Ecuador.
2002 - 2008
University of Cuenca, Faculty of Engineering.
Thesis “Design of mixed steel-wood suspension bridges for the rural community of Pampa Vintimilla”. Cuenca, Ecuador.
2018 - 2020
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Costa Rica, Geography department. San José, Costa Rica.
2018 - 2020
Co-coordinator for Costa Rica in the project “Isotope - enable models for improved estimates of water balance in catchments” with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
2013 - 2017
Research Assistant at Institute of Landscape Ecology and Resource Management (ILR). Giessen, Germany and at Department of Water Resources and Environmental Science (iDRHiCA). Cuenca, Ecuador.
Scientific visitor at the Northern Rivers Institute (NRI), School of Geoscience. Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.
Venegas-Cordero, N., Birkel, C., Giraldo-Osorio, J., Correa, A., Duran-Quesada, A., Arce-Mesen, R and Nauditt, A. Can hydrological drought be efficiently predicted by conceptual rainfall-runoff models with global data products?. Journal of Natural Resources and Development (Under Review).
Birkel, C., Correa, A., Duvert, C., Granados, S., Chavarria, A., Duran-Quesada, A., Sánchez-Murillo, R and Biester, H. End Member and Bayesian mixing models consistently evidence near-surface flowpath dominance in a pristine humid tropical rainforest. Journal of Hydrology (Under Review).
Ramon, J., Correa, A., Timbe, E., Mosquera G., Mora, E., Crespo, P. Comparison of Mixing Models for the Water Sources Contributions Estimation in a Tropical Andean Catchment. Hydrological Processes (Under Review).
Sánchez-Murillo, R., Esquivel-Hernández, G., Birkel C., Correa, A., Welsh, K., Durán-Quesada, A.M., Sánchez-Gutiérrez, R. and Poca, M. Tracing water sources and fluxes in a dynamic tropical environment: from observations to modelling. Frontiers in Earth Science.
Correa, A., Birkel, C., Gutierrez, J., Dehaspe, J., Duran-Quesada, A., Soulsby, C and Sánchez-Murillo, R. Modeling non-stationary water ages in a tropical rainforest: a preliminary spatially-distributed assessment. Hydrological Processes. doi.org/ 10.1002/hyp.13925
Correa, A., Ochoa-Tocachi, B., Ochoa-Sánchez, A., Birkel, C., Zogheib, C., Tovar, C and Buytaert, W. A concerted research effort to leapfrog hydrological understanding of South American hydrology: the case of the Páramos Hydrological Processes. doi.org/10.1002/hyp.13904
Birkel, C., Correa, A., Martinez, M., Granados, S., Venegas, N., Gutierrez, K., Blanco, S., Quesada, R., Chavarria, A., Vargas, K., Duran Quesada, A., Vásquez Morera, J., Soulsby, C and Espinoza Cisneros, E and Sánchez-Murillo, R. Headwaters drive tracer export and streamflow in a meso-scale humid tropical catchment. Hydrological Processes. doi.org/10.1002/hyp.13841
Birkel, C., Duvert, C., Correa, A., Munksgaard, N., Maher, D and Hutley L. Tracer-aided modelling in the low-relief, wet-dry tropics suggests water ages and DOC export are driven by seasonal wetlands and deep groundwater. Water Resources Research. doi.org/10.1029/2019WR026175.
Correa, A., Ochoa-Tocachi, D and Birkel, C. Uncertainty in multi-source partitioning using large tracer data sets. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. doi.org/10.5194/hess-2019-197.
Birkel, C and Correa, A. Rainfall-runoff modelling: A brief overview. Elsevier EES reference chapters.
Correa, A., Windhorst, D., Crespo, P., Célleri, R., Feyen, J and Breuer, L., 2018. Spatially distributed hydro-chemical data with temporally high-resolution is needed to adequately assess the hydrological functioning of headwater catchments. Science of the Total Environment. doi/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.09.189
Correa, A., Windhorst, D., Tetzlaff, D., Silva, C., Crespo, P., Célleri, R., Feyen, J and Breuer, L., 2017. Temporal dynamics in dominant runoff sources and flow paths in the Andean Páramo, Water Resources Research. doi/10.1002/2016WR020187.
Correa, A., Windhorst, D., Crespo, P., Célleri, R., Feyen, J and Breuer, L. Continuous versus event based sampling: ¿How many samples are required for deriving general hydrological understanding on Ecuador’s Páramo region?: Comparison of continuous versus event based sampling. Hydrological Processes. doi:10.1002/hyp.10975.
- Water-Energy-Food Nexus
Sustainable Development Goals
Tracer assisted hydrological models
Member of the Early Career Research Board of Hydrological Processes Journal.
2019 - 2020
International Secretariat for Water and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. Zurich Switzerland, through the Youth Water Network. Awarded research grant for the project Citizen science for water management in Costa Rica.
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Funds granted for travel and research meeting at the University of San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, Mexico.
International Project TROPISECA (DAAD). Funds granted for travel and research visit at the University of Costa Rica. San José, Costa Rica.
2014 - 2018
Director of Society of Civil Engineers of Azuay. Cuenca, Ecuador.
2011 - 2013
The National Secretary of Science Technology & Innovation of Ecuador (SENESCYT). Quito, Ecuador. Award Scholarship to study MSc out of Ecuador, amount: $50,000.00. Award Scholarship to study PhD out of Ecuador, amount: $120,000.00.