Dr Stella Pytharouli

Senior Lecturer

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Personal statement

Dr Pytharouli has a Masters in Civil Engineering and a PhD on Dam deformations from Patras University, Greece. With more than 20 years of experience in the monitoring and analysis of structural and ground deformations, her research in the past few years has been directed towards two main inter-related themes: (1) the characterisation of the subsurface and (2) early warning systems for slope instability. Both themes have applications in engineering projects, resulting in close collaborations with the Industry sector. Her research focus has been on the potential of microseismics, i.e. the monitoring (using microseismic arrays) 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, in combination with state-of-the-art surveying technologies. Recently she has joined forces with colleagues specialising in machine learning and artificial intelligence. The integration of microseismic monitoring with advanced geodetic monitoring (terrestrial and aerial) and automatic detection and classification algorithms is a highly promising technological solution, which she is currently testing on landslide sites across the UK. Dr Pytharouli's research group consists currently of four PhD students and a post-doctoral researcher, with another three of her PhD students having successfully completed their studies since 2014. She has been the Director of Post-graduate research in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Strathclyde since November 2020. Dr Pytharouli teaches the undergraduate Level 2 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 within the Department of Architecture at Strathclyde. Dr Pytharouli is accepting new PhD students, get in touch if interested in joining her group.

Prizes and awards

Finalist (representing the Faculty of Engineering) for the WISE 2019 Outreach and Engagement award
Travel Bursary Award (£1,000)
The paper Pytharouli, S. I., R. J. Lunn, Z. K. Shipton, J. D. Kirkpatrick, and A. F. do Nascimento (2011), “Microseismicity illuminates open fractures in the shallow crust”, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L02402, doi:10.1029/2010GL045875 was selected and included in the section Research Spotlight of EOS, 92(12)
The paper Pytharouli, S. I., R. J. Lunn, Z. K. Shipton, J. D. Kirkpatrick, and A. F. do Nascimento (2011), “Microseismicity illuminates open fractures in the shallow crust”, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L02402, doi:10.1029/2010GL045875 was selected for the front cover of the print issue of Geophys. Res. Lett., 38(2)
Travel grant (£900) for participation to the AGU - 2010 The meeting of the Americas International conference
The Lampadarios 2009 Prize of the Academy of Athens (5,000euros, November 2009) was awarded to the article “Potential of Global Positioning System (GPS) to measure frequencies of oscillations of engineering structures”, Journal of Sound and Vibration, 318(3), pp. 606 – 623, 2008 by P. Psimoulis, S. Pytharouli, D. Karambalis and S. Stiros.

More prizes and awards


Minimising the computational time of a waveform based location algorithm
Parastatidis Emmanouil, Pytharouli Stella, Stankovic Lina, Stankovic Vladimir, Shi Peidong
EGU General Assembly 2021, pp. 15664 (2021)
Do intraplate and plate boundary fault systems evolve in a similar way with repeated slip events?
McKay L, Lunn R J, Shipton Z K, Pytharouli S, Roberts J J
Earth and Planetary Science Letters Vol 559 (2021)
Microseismic monitoring illuminates phases of slope failure in soft soils
Yfantis G, Pytharouli S, Lunn RJ, Carvajal HEM
Engineering Geology Vol 280 (2021)
Microseismic events cause significant pH drops in groundwater
Stillings M, Lunn R J, Pytharouli S, Shipton Z K, Kinali M, Lord R, Thompson S
Geophysical Research Letters Vol 48 (2021)
Determination of the seismic signatures of landslides in soft soils : a methodology based on a field scale shear box
Yfantis G, Pytharouli S, Lunn RJ, Carvajal HEM
Engineering Geology Vol 279 (2020)
Automatic detection and classification of microseismic events from Super-Sauze landslide using convolutional neural networks
Jiang Jiaxin, Stankovic Lina, Stankovic Vladimir, Pytharouli Stella
AGU Fall Meeting 2020 (2020)

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Professional activities

EURO-Conference on Rock Physics & Geomechanics
Accurate automatic Phase picking for continuous, noisy microseismic recordings without prefiltering
AGU Fall Meeting 2019
Ryan Pollyea
Internal examiner for PhD viva
Engineering Council (External organisation)

More professional activities


Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Brittain, Rory
Dobson, Kate (Principal Investigator) El Mountassir, Grainne (Co-investigator) Pytharouli, Stella (Co-investigator) Brittain, Rory (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2024
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Johnson, Karl
Patelli, Edoardo (Principal Investigator) Pytharouli, Stella (Co-investigator) Walls, Lesley (Co-investigator) White, Chris (Co-investigator) Johnson, Karl (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2024
Prosperity Partnership Call 2 Strategic Students-Weir Group and University of Strathclyde | Drais, Sara
Phoenix, Vernon (Principal Investigator) Dempster, William (Co-investigator) McConnell, Gail (Co-investigator) Pytharouli, Stella (Co-investigator) White, Chris (Co-investigator) Drais, Sara (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2024
Global Engagement Fund – Incoming Fellowship
Pytharouli, Stella (Principal Investigator) Pollyea, Ryan (Co-investigator)
£2,275 allocated via the Global Engagement Fund
£3,975 contribution from Virginia Tech
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Winwood, Robert
Renshaw, Joanna (Principal Investigator) Shipton, Zoe (Principal Investigator) Lunn, Rebecca (Co-investigator) Pytharouli, Stella (Co-investigator) White, Chris (Co-investigator) Winwood, Robert (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2022
Smart pumping for Subsurface Engineering (Prosperity Partnership)
Shipton, Zoe (Principal Investigator) Corney, Jonathan (Co-investigator) Dempster, William (Co-investigator) Perry, Marcus (Co-investigator) Pytharouli, Stella (Co-investigator) Stankovic, Lina (Co-investigator) Stankovic, Vladimir (Co-investigator) Yang, Shangtong (Co-investigator) Fan, Ding (Researcher) Parastatidis, Emmanouil (Researcher) Rizzuto, Francesco (Researcher) Xi, Xun (Researcher)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2023

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Civil and Environmental Engineering
James Weir Building

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