1. Ph.D. in Hydraulics, University of Genova Ph.D dissertation on “River meandering morphodynamics” (2000).
  2. Training as Professional Counsellor – Transactional Analysis. J.E.T., Genova, (1999 – 2002)
  3. Annual Civil Service, Social work with homeless people. S. Marcellino, Genova (1996–1997)
  4. Abilitation as professional engineer in Italy (1997).
  5. MSc in Environmental Engineering, University of Genova (1990 – 1996)


Carriera accademica ed attività didattica
  1. Associate Professor in Hydraulics, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Trento (2014 – )
  2. SMART Ph.D. Director, Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Programme (2010 – )
  3. Reference person for Development Cooperation, University of Trento (2007 – )
Interessi di ricerca

Broad areas of expertise and interest

  • River morphodynamics and sediment transport
  • Ecohydraulics and environmental hydraulics
  • Water supply and management in developing regions

Specific topics:

  • Planform evolution of meandering rivers
  • Dynamics of transitional river patterns between meandering and braiding
  • Morphodynamic influence in channelized and freely meandering rivers
  • Downstream effects of dam operations: hydro- and thermopealking
  • Non-contact flow velocity measurements
  • Linkages between, water quality, contamination risk of water supply sources and human health in developing regions
Attività di ricerca

Supervised Graduate Students

  1. Rossella Luchi, PhD School in Environmental Engineering, University of Trento. “Effect of curvature and width variations in river meander morphodynamcs” (2005 – 2009).
  2. Corrado Pellachini, PhD School in Environmental Engineering, University of Trento. Modeling fine sediment transport over immobile gravel beds” (2006 – 2011).
  3. Guglielmo Stecca, PhD School in Environmental Engineering, University of Trento. Modelling transport processes in braided rivers” (2008 – )
  4. Camilla Archetti, PhD School in Environmental Engineering, University of Trento. Design and management of Eco-San systems for small scale wastewater treatment plants (2008 – 2011)
  5. Mikhail Toropov (Kyrgyzstan), visting PhD student at the University of Trento (Jepa Limmat scholarship) (2004).
  6. Tenzin Wangdu (Tibet) visting graduate student at the University of Trento (Jepa Limmat scholarship) (2003).


Research grants

  • “Morphodynamics of river bifurcations” University of Trento (2000)
  •  “Alp–Water–Scarce” INTERREG IV Alpine Space, subcontractor of Autonomous Province of Trento (2008 – 2011)
  • Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate SMART – “Science for the Management of Rivers and their Tidal Systems” (2010 – )


Editorial and conference activities

  • Guest Editor, Geomorphology Special Issue “Meandering Channels: Advances and Challenges in Research” with JD. Abad I. Guneralp  JM. Hooke, (2011).
  • Guest Editor, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms Special Issue “River meander dynamics” with JM. Hooke, E. Gautier (published 2011).
  • Session convenor at EGU, AGU and ECRR conferences
  • Reviewer for roughly 10 international peer-reviewed journals in areas of expertise


Invited talks

  • “Morphodynamics of bars in gravel bed rivers: bridging analytical models with field applications. Gravel Bed Rivers 7, Tadoussac, Canada (2010)
  • “Coupling the dynamics of channel width and curvature in meandering rivers: a perspective on fluvial patterns” RCEM 2009 – VI Symposium on River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics, Santa Fe (Argentina)
  •  “Planform controls and dynamics in river meanders: spatial variations of width and curvature” GeoItalia 2009 - VII Forum Italiano di Scienze della Terra, Rimini.
  •  “Morphodynamic processes in meander bends” Mini-Symposium on Fluvial Hydraulics, Morphodynamics and Ecology, S.Pietro (UD) (2009)
  •  “Morphodynamics of meander bends: modelling and field observations”. IGB - Berlin Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, (2009)
  •  “Downstream effects on river morphodynamics: monitoring and modelling tools to support assessment and to plan for mitigation options”. Sediment Workshop, Sustainable Hydro-Electricity (She) Project, Universidad de Concepcion – EULA – (Chile) (2008)


Appartenenza a società e comitati scientifici
  1. River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics (RCEM) Advisory Board (2009 – )
  2. CUCS, Italian University Network for Development Cooperation (2007 – )
  3. TCIC, Training Center for International Cooperation, (2008 – )
  4. ISF / EWB (Engineering Without Borders) President of Trento Section (2003 – 2005) and member of Executive Board (2001 – 2007).
Altre attività

University teaching

MSc Environmental Engineering, University of Trento

  1. Water resources management and use in developing regions (6 ECTS, teacher 2006 –)
  2. Free-surface hydrodynamics (12 ECTS, laboratory and applications, 2000 –)
  3. Development cooperation project stage (6 ECTS, teacher, 2006 –)

BSc Environmental Engineering, University of Trento

  1. Introduction to Environmental Engineering (1 ECTS, teacher, 2003 – )


Higher-education and lifelong learning projects

  1. CIVICAS – Teaching module on International contexts and international cooperation, 1 ECTS for all BSc students at the University of Trento – co-organizer with TCIC (2010 – )
  2. “Community Water Supply and Sanitation: challenges for sustainable solutions” Course Director (2009)
  3. International seminar on water supply and sanitation (UNIP) – Facilitator (2006)
  4. Water Supply and Sanitation in Developing Countries (ISF-Tn) – Course Director (2004)
  5. Engineering role in development cooperation (ISF-Tn) – Course Director (2003)


Invited lectures

  • “River meander morphodynamics” University of Pittsburgh, 2009
  •  “Aspetti idraulici: captazione, distribuzione e conservazione”. CETAMB, University of Brescia, 2008
  •  “Introduzione alle tecnologie appropriate”. University of Brescia, 2008
  •  “Development cooperation projects: the University of Trento and ISF-Trento”. Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, 2008
  •  “Approvvigionamento idrico: il Progetto Pemba”, Milan Politechnic, 2007
  • Water resources and development coperation” Bari Politechnic, 2007
  •  “Gestione dell'acqua per lo sviluppo umano”. University of Genova, 2006..


Educational conferences / workshops

  • EAIE Conference 2009, convenor: “University education in science and technology for development cooperation” .with A. Marjoram, A.Peréz-Foguet, C. Buckley
  • University of Trento, 2007, co-organizer: University as actor in development cooperation.
  • Univ. of Trento, 2005, organizer: Higher education, technology and human development.