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Postdoctoral Associate
Civil and Environmental Engineering,
Duke University, USA
CIEMAS Building, room 2455
yair.mau at duke.edu (change "at" for "@")


Research Interests
  • Ecohydrology
  • Soil Salinity
  • Vegetation pattern formation in drylands.
  • Vegetation restoration through spatial periodic forcing.
  • Wavenumber-locking in spatially forced systems
I'm interested in soil salinization, caused by natural processes (primary salinization) or by human intervention, usually through irrigation (secondary salinization). Using stochastic and ordinary differential equations, I study the coupled dynamics of soil moisture and salt in the root zone, and how it is influenced by climatic conditions and irrigation practices. My goal is to quantitatively predict conditions leading to the accumulation of salt and determine optimal management strategies to achieve crop productions that are sustainable, both economically and environmentally.

I am also interested in the modelling of dryland vegetation, particularly in order to understand desertification, and in reforestation efforts by means of water-harvesting.

All this research is based on simple mathematical models, that strive to capture the essential physical processes, while providing deep insight into the dynamics of the system.