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Alicia Correa

Alicia Correa


Post Doc


+49 641/99 12714


Center for international Development
and Environmental Research
Justus Liebig Universität
Senckenbergstraße 3
35390 Gießen


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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

Civil Engineer

University of Cuenca, Faculty of Engineering.

Thesis “Design of mixed steel-wood suspension bridges for the rural community of Pampa Vintimilla”. Cuenca, Ecuador.

Research experience

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. 10.3389/feart.2020.571477.

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. 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. 

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.

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.


Correa, A., Ochoa-Tocachi, D and Birkel, C. Uncertainty in multi-source partitioning using large tracer data sets. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences.

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.


Research Focus


  • Water-Energy-Food Nexus
  • Sustainable Development Goals

  • Water security

  • Climate Change

  • Runnoff generation

  • Tropical hydrology

  • Tracer assisted hydrological models



Honor/ Awards

since 2019

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.