Research Assistant Professor

Clelia has 27 years of academic and professional experience in a wide range of both environmental and water resources engineering applications in surface water systems (SWS) (i.e. rivers, lakes, reservoirs, wetlands, estuaries and coastal marine waters) gained through her previous and current academic positions in Argentina, Australia and the United States. Her main research is focused on improving the scientific understanding of transport and mixing processes in SWS and the interplay between these processes and the biogeochemistry of the environment using high-level process fieldwork and data analysis, numerical modeling and mathematical scaling. This emphasis is motivated by her desire to develop sustainable engineering practices for the ecological outcome and the assimilative capacity of SWS. She has participated in and successfully directed and co-directed 30 major fieldwork projects, 20 within Australia and 10 around the world (Europe, Middle East, Southeast Asia, and The Americas) supported by competitive research grant schemes and partnerships with industry. She is currently contributing to the development of a fully 3D coupled physical and biogeochemical model of Lake Champlain as part of the Vermont EPSCoR Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE) project.


  • Tranmer, A.W., Marti, C.L., Tonina, D., Benjankar, R., Weigel, D., Vilhena,
    L., McGrath, C., Goodwin, P., Tiedemann, M., Imberger, J. and Mckean, J.,
    2018. A hierarchical modeling framework for assessing physical and
    biochemical characteristics of a regulated river. Ecological Modelling, 368:
  • Vilas M.P., Marti, C.L., Adams, M.P, Oldham C.E. and Hipsey, M.R., 2017.
    Invasive macrophytes control the spatial and temporal patterns in temperature
    and dissolved oxygen in a shallow lake: A proposed feedback mechanism of
    macrophyte loss. Frontiers in Plant Science - Conservation Ecology of Aquatic
    Plants, doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.02097
  • Woodward, B., Marti, C.L., Imberger, J., Oldham, C. and Hipsey, M., 2017.
    Wind and buoyancy driven horizontal exchange in shallow embayments of a
    tropical reservoir: Lake Argyle, Western Australia. Limnology and
    Oceanography, doi: 10.1002/lno.10522
  • Marti, C.L., Imberger, J., Leoni, B. and Garibaldi, L., 2016. Using time
    scales to characterize phytoplankton assemblages in a deep subalpine lake
    during the thermal stratification period: Lake Iseo, Italy. Water Resources
    Research, doi:10.1002/2015WR017555
  • Silva, C.P., Marti, C.L. and Imberger, J., 2014. Physical and biological
    controls of algal blooms in the Río de la Plata. Environmental Fluid
    Mechanics, 14: 1199-1228.
  • Machado, D., Marti, C.L. and Imberger, J., 2014. Influence of microscale
    turbulence on the phytoplankton of a temperate coastal embayment, Western
    Australia. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 145: 80-95.
  • Marti, C.L., Mills, R. and Imberger, J., 2011. Mechanisms influencing the
    mixing and transport of multiple inflows into a stratified reservoir: Thomson
    Reservoir, Australia. Advances in Water Resources, 34(5): 551-561.
  • Marti, C.L., Antenucci, J. P., Okely, P., Luketina, D. and Imberger, J.,
    2011. Near field dilution characteristics of a negatively buoyant hypersaline
    jet generated by a desalination plant. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering,
    ASCE, 137(1): 57-65.
  • Marti, C.L. and Imberger, J., 2008. Exchange between littoral and pelagic
    waters due to wind induced motions in a stratified lake: Lake Kinneret,
    Israel. Hydrobiologia, 603(1): 25-51.
  • Marti, C. L. and Imberger, J., 2006. Dynamics of the benthic boundary layer
    in a strongly forced stratified lake. Hydrobiologia, 568(1): 217-233.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Coupled physical and biogeochemical processes in surface water systems, field monitoring and numerical modeling of surface water systems, environmental fluid dynamics, climate change, and sustainability


  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering - The University of Western Australia
  • M.S., Water Resources Engineering - Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina
  • B.S., Water Resources Engineering - Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina


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