Tiia joined SEI in December 2020 and she works on projects related to hydrobiology, hydrology, limnology, environmental engineering and urban waterbodies management.
She has a PhD in environmental engineering from Tallinn University of Technology and MSc and BSc in hydrobiology from Tartu University. In her doctoral thesis she made a deep insight into Tallinn (the capital city of Estonia) drinking water supply and studied the possibility of using the biomanipulation technique to improve the water quality of the main drinking water reservoir.
She has a mixed career background, including time with Tallinn Water Ltd and National Hydrometric Network of Estonia. Early work experience include applied limnology, hydrometry and hydrological modeling, water treatment technology, water resources management as well as her specialism of hydrobiology. Water supply regulation policy and flooding were her main responsibilities working for the Ministry of the Environment of Estonia. Recently, her research interests have expanded to urban waterbodies, their restoration and integration into the cityscape.
She is a member of Nordic Association for Hydrology and a member of Estonian Naturalists Society.