2003-2005, Post-doc fellow (University of Trento, Italy): “Morphodynamic models of tidal systems. Analysis of the hydrodynamic behaviour and of the plano-altimetric evolution of tidal channels”.

2000-2003, Dottorato di ricerca (equivalent to Ph.D. or Doctorate of research) in “Hydraulic Engineering and Modelling of Environmental Systems” (University of Padua, Italy): “Hydrodynamics and morphodynamics of tidal channels”.

1999, Laurea (five years, equivalent to M.Sc. Degree) in “Environmental Engineering”, 110/110 with honours (University of Trento, Italy): “On the formation of tidal meanders: linear stability theory”.



2016 (July): Visiting professor at Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou, China).

2014 (March-April): Visiting professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - Lausanne (EPFL), collaborating with prof. A. Wüest (EPFL and Eawag).

2011 (May-November): Guest Scientist at the Department of Surface Waters - Research and Management, Eawag, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Kastanienbaum, Switzerland, within the project DEWAX (Modelling DEep WAter miXing in lakes), co-funded by European Commission and Provincia Autonoma di Trento (Marie Curie actions, project Trentino - PCOFUND-GA-2008-226070, Researcher 2010 outgoing - Call 4), in collaboration with prof. A. Wüest.

2001 (September-November): Visiting scientist at the Section of Hydraulic Engineering, Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands). Research project: Macro-scale morphological characterisation of the Western Scheldt (Delft Cluster). Supervisor prof. Huib de Vriend (TUDelft).

Carriera accademica ed attività didattica

Since July 2016, Associate Professor (Professore Associato), Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento (Italy).

Since January 2015, Deputy Director for International Relations of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering


Past roles

2012-2016, Professore Aggregato (Aggregate Professor), Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento (Italy).

2005-2016, Ricercatore confermato (roughly equivalent to a tenured Assistant Professor or a Senior Lecturer), Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering (formerly Faculty of Engineering and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering), University of Trento (Italy).


Courses taught at the University of Trento (2005-2015):

  • Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (Ph.D.), 2013-2015
  • Fluid Mechanics (Ph.D.), 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012
  • Environmental Fluid Mechanics/Hydropower plants (M.Sc.), 2013/2014, 2014/15-2015/16 (main responsible)
  • Environmental Hydraulics (M.Sc.), 2005/06-2015/16
  • Hydrodynamics (M.Sc.), 2011/2012
  • Processes of dispersion of pollutants in the environment (B.Sc.), 2010/11-2013/14 (main responsible), 2014/15
  • Environmental Modelling (B.Sc.), 2005/06-2009/10 (main responsible)

PhD courses and summer/winter schools:

  • Fluid Mechanics (PhD Univ. Trento), 2012 (module “Stratified flows”)
  • Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (PhD Univ. Trento), 2013-2015 (module “Stratified flows”)
  • Winter short course on “Modelling mixing and transport in lakes, harbors and estuaries” (MMTLHE14), ICTP-University of Trieste, 10-12 February 2014 (module “Simple models for lake dynamics”)
  • Winter short course on “Modelling mixing and transport in lakes, harbors and estuaries” (MMTLHE16), ICTP-University of Trieste, 1-3 February 2016 (module “Simple models for lake dynamics”)
Interessi di ricerca

Idrodinamica e morfodinamica di ambienti soggetti a marea (estuari, lagune)

Limnologia fisica

Trasporto solido e morfodinamica


Meccanica dei fluidi

Attività di ricerca

Marco Toffolon’s research interests cover different aspects of environmental fluid mechanics (physical limnology, sediment transport and morphodynamics, tidal hydrodynamics, environmental fluid mechanics and pollutant dispersion, eco-hydraulics, ecogeomorphology) and some topics in fluid dynamics (e.g. flows in biological collapsible tubes). His main expertise is in mathematical modelling of environmental systems.

Marco Toffolon is author of 36 papers (h-index 13) in leading peer-reviewed international journals (e.g., Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Geophysical Research, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Water Resources Research), various articles, and almost one hundred contributions to national and international conferences.

Appartenenza a società e comitati scientifici
  • Member of the Estuarine & Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA) since 2015.
  • Member of the International Society of Limnology (SIL) since 2016.
  • Member of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) since 2014.
  • Member of the International Water Association (IWA) since 2013.
  • Member of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) since 2008.
  • Member of the Scientific Council of GII (Gruppo Italiano di Idraulica – Italian Group of Hydraulics), 2013-2016. The Scientific Council is the steering committee composed by six representatives elected at the national level among the scholars involved in hydraulic and hydrologic disciplines.
  • Marie Curie fellow (project DEWAX, 2011).
  • 2005-2007: Member of the Council of the Section Trentino-Alto Adige of AEIT (Federazione Italiana di Elettrotecnica, Elettronica, Automazione, Informatica e Telecomunicazioni).
Convegni e conferenze


  • Chair of the Organizing Committee of 17th International Workshop on Physical Processes in Natural Waters (PPNW), Trento 1-4 July 2014.
  • Member of the International Steering Committee of the International Workshop on Physical Processes in Natural Waters (PPNW), 2014-present.
  • Member of the Specialist Group Management Committee of the IWA Symposium on Lake and Reservoir Management, Prembroke, Virginia (USA), 4-7 August 2015.
  • Convener or co-convener of the session “Estuarine processes” at EGU General Assembly (2008-2015).
  • Convener or Co-convener of the session “Ecogeomorphology of estuarine systems” at 55th and 56th Conference of Estuarine Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA 2015-2016).
  • Convener of the session “Temperature dynamics and thermal structure in lakes and rivers” at XXXIII Congress of the International Society of Limnology (SIL).
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the XXXIV Italian Conference of Hydraulics and Hydraulic Constructions (IDRA14), Bari (Italy), 8-10 September 2014.
  • Member of the Technical Abstract Review Committee of the 7th International Conference on Coastal Dynamics (CD), Arcachon (France), 24-28 June 2013.


Altre attività

Editorial activity

Associate Editor for three journal (Journal of Hydrology, Journal of Limnology, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Water management).

Guest Editor for the Special Issue “Ecogeomorphological feedbacks of water fluxes, sediment transport and vegetation dynamics in rivers and estuaries” (Advances in Water Resources).

Reviewer of manuscripts for 38 journals and of projects for several international institutions.