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Personal Statement

Dr Pytharouli has a Civil Engineering background and more than 15 years of experience in the monitoring and analysis of structural and ground deformations. Since joining Strathclyde her research has been directed towards two main inter-related research themes: (1) the characterisation of the subsurface and (2) early warning systems for slope instability. The focus has been on the potential of nanoseismics, i.e. the monitoring (using an array of four seismometers) and analysis (based on advanced signal processing techniques) of either weak seismic events (-3 < Magnitude < 3), or just seismic noise, to be used within the remit of the above two research themes.

Her First EPSRC grant (EP/K005812/1) explored the potential of nanoseismics in imaging flow pathways (faults or fractures) in the subsurface. Her second grant (UKCCSRC/EPSRC funded) as a Principal Investigator has been on 3D imaging of large scale flow pathways at a CO2 injection site (Aquistore, Canada). She is currently leading the microseismic monitoring WP in EPSRC funded Prosperity Partnership Smart Pumps for Subsurface Engineering, with the Weir Advanced Research Centre. In addition, she is continuing her research on slope stability, integrating microseismic monitoring with advanced geodetic monitoring (terrestrial and aerial) and automatic classification algorithms.  She is currently the first supervisor of two PhD students. She is the 2nd year Adviser of Studies for the undergraduate courses offered in the Department and the Departmental Outreach Coordinator. She teaches the undergraduate module of Land Surveying and Mapping and delivers a 1-day course on land surveying principles as part of the post-graduate module Survey, Preliminary studies and Investigations in Architectural Heritage.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Patras

Master in Science, University of Patras

Master of Engineering, University of Patras


  • microseismic monitoring
  • imaging
  • site investigation
  • geomechanics
  • geodetic deformations
  • landslides
  • spectral analysis

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Projects 2009 2023

Research Output 2004 2019

From theory to field evidence: observations on the evolution of the settlements of an earthfill dam, over long time scale

Pytharouli, S., Michalis, P. & Raftopoulos, S., 23 Oct 2019, 4, 4, 26 p., 65.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Domain decomposition methods for time-harmonic elastic waves

Author: Brunet, R., 1 Nov 2017

Supervisor: Dolean Maini, V. (Supervisor) & Pytharouli, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Kinematics of soft soil landslides based on the analysis of microseismic monitoring data

Author: Yfantis, G., 1 Feb 2014

Supervisor: Pytharouli, S. (Supervisor) & Lunn, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Activities 2002 2019

AGU Fall Meeting 2019

Stella Pytharouli (Speaker)
9 Dec 201913 Dec 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Accurate automatic Phase picking for continuous, noisy microseismic recordings without prefiltering

Stella Pytharouli (Speaker)
9 Dec 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation