New PhD coordinator

On May 31st, 2019 professor Francesco Ficetola was elected as the new coordinator of the PhD course in Environmental Sciences.

Congratulations and best of luck!

Filippo Brandolini added a new publication (02/07/2019)

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Mattia Falaschi added a new publication (29/07/2019)

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Camilla Carla Parenti added a new publication (17/08/2019)

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    September 2, 2019

  • Seminar by Dott.ssa Beata Siemiatkowska, entitled: Redox regulation analysis by mass spectrometry”

Geomorphological landscape changes in natural and urban contexts: hazard and risk analysis, geosites and geoheritage assessment, valorization and monitoring; environmental and climatic reconstructions.

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PhD Students

Research interests

Landscape and landforms are the result of dynamic interactions between litosphere, climate, soils, biota and human activities. In sensitive environments, they rapidly modify as a response to climate change and human impact, inducing threats to cultural and natural heritage. This research unit is investigating on the responses of abiological and biological systems to the ongoing climate change in sensitive areas of mountain ranges, fluvial plains and arid zones, mainly based on geological and geomorphological proxies. Moreover, the impact of human activity on the environment in different time periods is analyzed as influencing the current landscape setting.

Landscape features are moreover influenced by geodiversity and represent the context where geosites can be defined, evaluated, investigated and monitored as key components of geoheritage and starting point for geoconservation.

New approaches and techniques in dendrochronology, photointerpretation, geoarchaeology, archeogeomorhology and educational applications in Earth Sciences are enriched by the collaboration with international research groups. Laboratories: dendrogeomorphology, soils & sediments, micromorphology.

The current research topics are:

  • - Geoheritage: global value assessment; impact of climate change and human fruition, geosites’ evolution rate.
  • - Urban geomorphology and urban geoheritage
  • - Landscape changes under changing climate condition: responses of geomorphological processes through field monitoring and multitemporal analysis in GIS environment; geomorphological hazard and risk 
  • - Dendrogeomorphological and dendrochemical analysis in climate limited environments.
  • - The history of human impact on landscape, a geoarchaeological approach
  • - Geoscience Education: experimentation of new methodologies and technologies for teaching natural and environmental Sciences in the secondary school.


Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL (Birmensdorf, CH)
Université de Lausanne, Faculté des géosciences et de l'environnement University of Losanna (CH)

ERC panel descriptors

PE10_13 Physical geography
PE10_3 Climatology and climate change
PE10_4 Terrestrial ecology, land cover change
SH3_2 Environmental change and society
SH6_1 Archaeology, Archaeometry, landscape archaeology