Associate professor at the Department of Matematics and Geosciences, DMG, University of Trieste. The main scientific interests are morphodynamics and sedimentology of the coastal areas (beaches, lagoons, tidal inlets, foredunes), clam fishing impact on marine and lagoon sea floor, sedimentological processes of the continental margin and epicontinental seas, pollution in coastal and marine sediments. Participant and Research Group leader in several National project, as MIUR Cofin98, Cofin2000, Cofin2002, Cofin2004, CNR Gruppo Nazionale Difesa Catastrofi Idrogeologiche GNDCI, Programma Nazionale di Ricerche in Antartide (PNRA). Scientific responsible and coordinator during several oceanographic cruises and coastal fieldwork in Italy, Albania, Dubai (UAE), Argentina, Chile and Antarctica. Scientific responsible and coordinator of several research agreement with private enterprises and public authorities. International consultant for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MAP-UNEP (Albania). Main scientific responsible of the Coastal Group - DiSGAM since 1999. Authors and co-author of ca. 80 publications, 55 abstracts (both on international and National congresses) and several Technical Reports.
PERSONAL DATA: born in Venice, Italy, March, 18, 1961 – fiscal code FNTGRG61C18L736R WORK POSITION: Associate Professor, SSD GEO/02, Università degli Studi, Trieste (UniTS) INSTITUTIONAL ROLES: Member of the Directive Board and Administrative Board, CONISMA National Inter-Universities Consortium for the Marine Sciences; Member of the Regional Commission for the Landscape Conservation, Regione Autonoma Friuli-Venezia Giulia; Responsible of the GEOLAB Service – Service for Geomatics and GIS, UniTS COASTAL GROUP (research group): Founder and head of the coastal group at UniTS, Dept. of Mathematics and Geosciences, currently made of 5 researchers (1 prof, 4 fellowship researchers) and 4 technics. 1. Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale (ASN, National Academic Qualification) Positive position at ASN for I FASCIA (full professor) role 04/A2 since 5/04/2017 to 5/04/2023 2. Teaching Currently teacher of the following classes: i) Dinamica e Protezione dei Litorali (Coastal morphodynamics), CdLM Geoscienze, UniTS, ii) Sedimentologia Applicata (Applied sedimentology), CdLM Geoscienze, UniTS, iii) Coastal Morphodynamics, Doctorate course ESFM, UniTS. 3. Research interests Coastal morphodynamics and sedimentology (beaches, lagoons, tidal inlets, foredunes), sedimentary processes of continental margins and epicontinental seas, pollution of coastal and marine sediments, impact of clam fishing and dredging on the physical marine and lagoon environment. 4. Former Institutional positions • 2010-11 Director, Geosciences Dept., UniTS • 2010-11 Member of the Directors Board, UniTS • 1-10/2012 Deputy director, Mathematics and Geosciences Dept., UniTS • 10/2012 - 09/2014 Director, Mathematics and Geosciences Dept., UniTS • 11/2012 - 10/2015 Member, Academic Senate, UniTS • 01/2015 – 12/2016 Director, National Museum of the Antarctica, Trieste Office. • Up to 2014, Coordinator Doctorate Course in Environmental Sciences (Physical Marine and Coastal Environment) University of Trieste 5. Research projects (as responsible RS, only), from 2000 • Competitive grants 1. PNRA, Progetto Nazionale Ricerche in Antartide, Project “Seismostratigraphy and sedimentology of the south Chile margin” (1995-2002). 2. MURST – Cofin98 “Sedimentary budget of the Italian coastal systems. Natural processes and anthropic influences” (1998-2000) RS UniTS. 3. MIUR Cofin2004 “Littoral nourishment in different geomorphological and sedimentary contexts: new methods for testing effectivenessy” RS UniTS 4. National Geographic Society (maggio 2006-maggio 2007) “Restoring naturally functioning dune environments on the Veneto coast of Italy.” (Principal Investigator: Karl F. Nordstrom). Italian RS in the bilateral partnership Italy-USA. 5. FISR – Progetto “VECTOR” (2006-2009, Conisma leadership) Vulnerability of the coasts and Italian marine ecosystems to climate changes and their role on Mediterranean Carbon cycles. RS UniTS as CONISMA. 6. FRA 2009 (Fondo di Ricerca di Ateneo, RS) Integrate study on the recent evolution of foredunes for supporting protection and safeguard of coastal habitats. 7. FRA 2011 (Fondo di Ricerca di Ateneo, RS) Application of multi-hazard methods to coastal area. 8. CNR Flagship Project, Progetto Bandiera CNR Ritmare 2012-2016 - SP3 Maritime Spatial Planning: Coastal area - WP1 Evolution, morphological structure and sedimentary budgets (WP leader, responsible of coordinating action among 18 units, as CONISMA) 9. CNR Flagship Project, Progetto Bandiera CNR Ritmare (2016-17) SP3_LI3_WP1_UO07 – Coastal Vulnerability: long- and short-term coupled analysis (RS UniTS CONISMA) 10. CNR Flagship Project, Progetto Bandiera CNR Ritmare (2016-17) SP3_LI5_WP1_UO10 – Recent evolutionary dynamics of the coastal area of Po delta: a synthesis (RS UniTS CONISMA) • Research Contracts (CR) and Institutional collaboration as Operational Partnership (OP) with public Authorities and privates 1. 2001-2002: CR, ICRAM – Ministry of the Environment "Balance and sedimentological equilibrium of the Venice Lagoon". 2. 2003: CR, Proteco di S.Donà di Piave "Evolution, current dynamics and perspectives for the restoration of the coastal area of Igea Marina (RI)". 3. 2003-2005 CR, Venice Province, Settore Tutela e Valorizzazione del Territorio "Province Program and Prevention on Civil Protection, Emergency Province Plan: Storm Risk". 4. 2003-2004 CR, ISMES Geotecnica "Analysis of the textural, compositional and stratigraphic characteristics of cores collected in Chioggia inlet (Venezia)". 5. 2003-2005 CR, Lignano Pineta S.p.a "The littoral facing the Adriatico beach front in Lignano: analysis of the erosional status and intervention proposals". 6. 2004 CR, Lignano Municipality "Hypothesis for the restoration of the Lignano beach by artificial nourishment". 7. 2005 CR, Consorzio Venezia Nuova, Magistrato alle Acque di Venezia "Analysis of the textural, compositional and stratigraphic characteristics of cores collected in Malamocco inlet (Venezia). 8. 2006 CR, Venezia Municipality "Dynamics and evolutionary potential of coastal dunes along the Lido beach, Venice". 9. 2006-07 CR, Veneto Region, Civil Corps at Rovigo "Analysis of erosional processes and intervention proposal for the Rosolina coastlines". 10. 2005-2008 CR, LIPU Lega Italiana Protezioni Uccelli Bird Protection League "Morphological monitoring of beach and dunes in the LIPU protected area of Ca' Roman (Chioggia, Venice). 11. 2007-08 CR, ENEA "Sea level changes in the Marano and Grado lagoons" 12. 2009-10, SIT Project, Giacomed Ministry of the Environments; RS for the theme "Coastal physical structure" (as Conisma). 13. 2010 CR, Agency for the Enviromental Protection, ARPA Friuli Venezia Giulia "Environmental changes in the Marano and Grado lagoons". 14. 2010-11 CR, Autorità di Bacino Regionale del Friuli Venezia Giulia "Morphological processes and evolution of the Marano and Grado lagoons: the new bathymetric map of the lagoons" 15. 2010-11 CR, Autorità di Bacino Regionale del Friuli Venezia Giulia "Operation for the continous monitoring of discharges and suspended sediment transport through the inlets of Marano and Grado lagoons”. 16. 2010 OP, Commissario delegato per l'emergenza socio economico ambientale nella Laguna di Marano e Grado "Morphological transformations in the Marano lagoon". 17. 2012 CR, ARPA Friuli Venezia Giulia "Sedimentological-geochemical study of the salt marshes in the Marano and Grado lagoons". 18. 2012-13 CR, Veneto Region, UP Genio Civile di Rovigo "Definition of the management units along the coastal area of Po delta, physiographic description, evolutionary trends and quantification of the sedimentary budgets". 19. 2012-13 CR, Veneto Region, Segreteria regionale per l'Ambiente, Direzione Difesa del Suolo, Project IPA Adriatic "Construction and implementation of a geodatabase for the management of the coastal area of the Veneto region, from the Adige river mouth to the Tagliamento river mouth: physiographic description, evolutionary trends and quantification of the sedimentary budgets". 20. 2013 CR, Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia, Direzione Centrale Infrastrutture e Territorio “Monitoring of water turbidity due to dredging operation in the Coron canal”. 21. 2014 CR, Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia Direzione Centrale Ambiente – Servizio Geologico “Geological study and synoptic map of the impact of global changes on the regional physical territory”. 22. 2015 OP, Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia - Direzione Centrale Infrastrutture e Territorio “Study for the morphological and environmental structure Plan of the Marano and Grado lagoons”. 23. 2015-16 CR, Veneto Region RV - Sezione Bacino Idrografico Adige-Po, Sez. Rovigo “Investigation on the coastal dynamics of Rosolina mare, Rovigo, including the monitoring of ante and post-operam structure of sea bottom where the new groins will be placed”. 24. 2015-17 OP, Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia, Direzione Centrale Ambiente “New methods and scientific instruments for supporting the environmental themes sustained by the Environment Direction”. 25. 2016-17 OP, Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia, Direzione Centrale Ambiente “History and evolution of the Grado littorals, with special attention to Mula di Muggia sand bank”. 26. 2017-18 OP, Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia, Direzione Centrale Ambiente “Geomorphological analysis of the basin of river Livenza, with special focus on the sedimentological characteristics and relationships”. 27. 2017-2020 OP, Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia, Direzione Centrale Infrastrutture e Territorio “Focus on the sedimentary dynamics between lagoon and the sea, in order to schedule intervention in the tidal inlets”. 6. Consultancy agreements (CS) and technical reporting (CT) • January 2000: CS, United Nations (“Mediterranean Action Plan” UNEP-PAP/RAC) Re: evatuation report on the erosional problems along the Albanian coastlines. • 2000-2001: CS Venice Province, Sector of Civil Protection "Province Program for Civil Protection. Storm Risk". • 2001: CS Venezia Municipality– Comitato Tecnico per la Salvaguardia di Venezia, Re: issues on coastal re-equilibrium and restoration of the Lido di Venezia. • 2002-2003: CT Sharaf Group and Palm Island, Dubai (UAE) Re: monitoring of an erosional beach along Jumeira Beach littoral, Dubai, before and after an experimental protection work carried out using submerged artificial reefs (Tecnoreef©) and beach nourishment. • 2004: CT appointed by the court Procura della Repubblica presso il Tribunale di Rovigo. Re: consultancy on occupation of maritime public spaces in the lagoon areas of Laguna di Caleri and Sacca Scardovari (Po delta). • 2009: CS General Direction for the Cooperation and Development, MAE (Ministero degli Affari Esteri, Ministry of the Foraign Affairs). Consultancy for drafting “Protection of the Mediterranean, Techical support for the realization of a system of control and mitigation of the erosional issues in Tunisia”. Cooperation Action Italy-Tunisia • 2014-2017: CS General Direction Infrastructure and Territory, Region FVG. Re: Morphological Plan of the Marano and Grado lagoons. 7. Technological transfer (spin-off) Co-founder and business partner of the society ESPLORA srl – acdemic Spin off of the Università degli Studi di Trieste, since 2012. 8. Scientific publications Author of about 80 papers on national and international journals, book chapters, extended papers (proceedings with peer review); about 55 abstracts at international and national conferences; about 40 technical reports. Catalog in: http://www.units.it/persone/index.php/from/abook/persona/4654