Prof. Dr. Oliver Schilling
Oliver Schilling
Philosophisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Departement Umweltwissenschaften
FG Schilling


Bernoullistrasse 30/32
4056 Basel

Tel. +41 61 207 35 92

Research Interest

My research and interests focus on developing new hydrological tracer techniques and integrated surface-subsurface hydrological models (ISSHM) for improving our understanding of surface water-groundwater interactions and ecohydrological processes. While I currently work intensively on the study of surface water-groundwater interactions in alluvial river valleys, I also conduct research in other environments, including ephemeral streams in arid regions, alpine headwater catchments, the boreal zone, or volcanic flow systems. I currently lead an international research project on microbial tracers in volcanic systems with colleagues from Japan and Switzerland and collaborate closely with research groups at Laval University on winter hydrological research projects. I’m also involved in the H2020 WATERAGRI project, for which I develop a new data assimilation platform for multivariate data assimilation with the ISSHM HydroGeoSphere.

Academic Appointments and Employment

Since 2022
Assistant Professor of Hydrogeology, University of Basel & Eawag, CH

2020 – 2022
Research Fellow, Université de Neuchâtel (UniNe), CH

2020 – 2022
Coordinator of the Swiss Water-Earth Systems (WES) PhD school, UniNe, CH

2019 – 2020
Research Fellow, Flinders University, AUS

2017 – 2019
SNFS Early Postdoc.Mobility Fellow, Laval University (ULaval), CAN

Postdoctoral Researcher, UniNe, CH

2013 – 2017
PhD Student, UniNe, CH

Hydrogeologist, NTEC Environmental Technology, AUS

2011 – 2012
Research Assistant, Western Australian Geothermal Centre of Excellence, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), AUS

2010 – 2011
Research Assistant, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich), CH

Environmental Scientist (intern), South Florida Water Management District, USA

Environmental Scientist (intern), Umwelt und Energie Luzern, CH



2023                      CAS in Leadership in Science, FHNW, CH

2021 - 2022           CAS in Advanced Machine Learning, University of Berne, CH (stopped following appointment at Uni Basel)

2019 – 2020           Flinders Foundations in Higher Education Teaching, Flinders University, AUS

2013 – 2017           PhD in Hydrogeology, UniNe, CH

2015 – 2016           CAS in Applied Statistics, ETH Zürich, CH

2005 – 2011           BSc & MSc in Environmental Sciences, ETH Zürich, CH


Academic achievements, services, fellowships, and awards

Since 2021              Associate Editor, Frontiers in Water

2020-2022              National coordinator, Swiss Water-Earth Systems PhD School

Since 2018              Associate Editor, Hydrogeology Journal

2017-2018              SNSF early postdoc.mobility fellowship, (grant: P2NEP2_171985)

2017                        Prix Leon du Pasquier and Louis Perrier, Best PhD thesis at UniNe in 2017