Research interests

Ecohydrology, nonlinear interactions, dynamical systems theory, Bayesian parameter inference, stable isotope hydrology.

The overarching topic of my research project deals with the impacts of climate extreme conditions, especially drought, on Swiss forest health.

I apply a data and model based approach to understand soil water processes in the unsaturated zone and predict actual soil water availability and related plant water stress for various geographical locations and soil types in Switzerland. I try to combine methodological approaches from different disciplines. I highly appreciate model parsimony, resulting in models that are often more easily constrained by available data yet sufficient to answer many research questions.

ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0338-0961

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Bernhard, F., Odedra, R., Sordello, S., Cardin, R., Franzoni, S., Charrier, C., Belley, A., Warn, P., Machacek, M., & Knechtle, P. (2020). Pharmacokinetics-pharmacodynamics of enmetazobactam combined with cefepime in a neutropenic murine thigh infection model. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 64(6).
Bernhard F. A., & Perona, P. (2017). Dynamical behavior and stability analysis of hydromechanical gates. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, 143(9).
Fromme, P., Bernhard, F., & Masserey, B. (2017). High-frequency guided ultrasonic waves to monitor corrosion thickness loss. In AIP Conference Proceedings (Vol. 1806, No. 1, p. 030006). AIP Publishing.
Ruggeri, G., Bernhard, F. A., Henderson, B. H., & Takahama, S. (2016). Model–measurement comparison of functional group abundance in α-pinene and 1, 3, 5-trimethylbenzene secondary organic aerosol formation. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 16(14), 8729-8747.

Professional Experience

Graduate Student,
Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL
since Oct 2019,
see description above, supervised by Katrin Meusburger and Arthur Gessler.
Systems Pharmacology Modeller,
LYO-X GmbH, Allschwil
Jan 2017 - Sep 2019,
Mathematical model develoment and parameter estimation for linear and nonlinear population pharmacokinetics and -dynamcis (PK/PD) for drugs in development.
Junior Scientist,
with Paolo Perona at University of Edinburgh, UK
Oct 2016 - Dec 2016,
a) Study of AMIL canal gates and their innovative use in run-of-the-river hydroelectric power plants; b) investigation of the sediment scour occurring around tidal power plants.
Research Assistant in the framework of civil service,
University of Applied Sciences Fribourg
Jan 2016 - Mar 2016,
Setting up Finite Difference simulations of ultrasonic, guided waves for structural health monitoring.
Junior Scientist,
Group Paolo Perona at EPFL, Lausanne
Aug 2015 - Dec 2015,
Dynamical stability analysis of AMIL canal gates.
Research Intern,
CREALP centre de recherche sur l'environnement alpin, Sion
Jul 2014 - Sep 2014,
Geostatistical and seasonal analyses of groundwater levels and their interpolation via Kriging.


Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
- Master’s Degree Environmental Engineering and Sciences with Minor in Computational Science and Engineering, 2013 - 2015
- Bachelor's Degree Environmental Engineering and Sciences, 2010 - 2013
Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
- Two exchange semesters 2012 - 2013