Fontana Alessandro





Alessandro Fontana (1975) is assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Padova. He is a geomorphologist and Quaternary geologist with interest in the geomorphology of the alluvial and coastal environments and in the geoarchaeological aspects. His research focused on the interplay between fluvial systems, sea-level variations and ancient human settlements.

Laurea cum laude in Geology (1999) and PhD in Man and Environment (2003) at the University of Padua. Research fellow and surveyor of the Geological Map of Italy (2004-06), since 2006 assistant professor in Physical Geography and Geomorphology at the Department of Geography of Padova; since 2012 at the Department of Geosciences. He is responsible of the course of Applied Geomorphology for master in Geology since 2007 and, since 2013, he has the habilitation for the position of associate professor in Geomorphology in Italy. He was secretary of AIQUA (Italian Association of Quaternary Sciences) in 2009-2012 and, since 2016, he is secretary of the "HEX: Palaeohydrology and fluvial archives - extreme and critical events" (1622F), an International Focus Group of INQUA.

Geomorphologist with experience in Quaternary geology, pedology and geoarchaeology, dealing with the Late Pleistocene and Holocene evolution of alluvial and coastal-lagoon environments through field survey, boreholes, remote sensing and geophysical investigations. Interested in reconstruction of sea-level change through geomorphological, stratigraphical and archaeological indicators; expert in geomorphological and geological mapping, director of the survey of several sheets of the Geological technical Map of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region. He mainly studied the Late Pleistocene and Holocene evolution of the Venetian-Friulian Plain and of the Adriatic Sea, but joined also some missions abroad (Hungary, Burkina Faso, Croatia, Slovenia, Monte Negro). He supervised the geoarchaeological study of about 60 archaeological excavations and, in collaboration with CNR-ISMAR (Bologna), he joined 5 oceanographic missions in Adriatic on research vessel Urania. He is member of CoNISMa (Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Scienze del Mare).



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