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Constructed wetlands and environmental agronomy

Curriculum Vitae
Nicola Dal Ferro is researcher (2016 -) at the University of Padova, DAFNAE Department. Dr Dal Ferro graduated in 2008 in Land and environment science and technology (110/110 cum laude) and obtained a PhD in Crop Science in 2012 (doctor Europeaus label). Dr Dal Ferro continued his career with 4 years of post-doc grants in collaboration with several national and international research group. Dr Dal Ferro's research activity focuses on issues related to sustainable agriculture, with particular emphasis to soil and water management practices, the impacts of agriculture on the agro-ecosystems, water and nutrient cycling.

Research areas
Research activity can be summarised as follows:

Impact of agrcultural systems on agroecosystems.

Water quality and reuse.

Three-dimensional technologies for the study of soil structure and soil fertility.

Dal Ferro N., Borin M., Cardinali A., Cavalli R., Grigolato S. & Zanin G. (2019). Buffer Strips on the Low-Lying Plain of Veneto Region (Italy): Environmental Benefits and Efficient Use of Wood as an Energy Resource. Journal of Environmental Quality.
Dal Ferro N., Ibrahim H.M.S. & Borin M. (2018). Newly-established free water-surface constructed wetland to treat agricultural waters in the low-lying Venetian plain: Performance on nitrogen and phosphorus removal. Science of the Total Environment, 639, 852-859.
Müller K., Dal Ferro N., Katuwal S., Tregurtha C., Zanini F., Carmignato S., ... & Morari, F. (2018). Effect of long-term irrigation and tillage practices on X-ray CT and gas transport derived pore-network characteristics. Soil Research.
Dal Ferro N., Cocco E., Berti A., Lazzaro B. & Morari F. (2018). How to enhance crop production and nitrogen fluxes? A result-oriented scheme to evaluate best agri-environmental measures in Veneto Region, Italy. Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science, 1-16.
Dal Ferro N., Quinn C. & Morari F. (2018). A Bayesian belief network framework to predict SOC dynamics of alternative management scenarios. Soil and Tillage Research, 179, 114-124.
Dal Ferro N., Zanin G. & Borin M. (2017). Crop yield and energy use in an organic and conventional case farming case study of northeastern Italy. European Journal of Agronomy.
Simonetti G., Francioso O., Dal Ferro N., Nardi S., Berti A. & Morari F. (2017). Soil porosity in physically separated fractions and its role in SOC protection. Journal of Soils and Sediments.
Dawelbait M., Dal Ferro N. & Morari F. (2017). Using Landsat images and spectral mixture analysis to assess drivers of 21-year LULC changes in Sudan. Land degradation & Development, 1-12.
Dal Ferro N., Cocco E., Lazzaro B., Berti A., Morari F. (2016). Assessing the role of agri-environmental measures to enhance the environment in the Veneto Region, Italy, with a model-based approach. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment (232), 312-325.
Berti A., Morari F., Dal Ferro N., Simonetti G. & Polese R. (2016). Organic input quality is more important than its quantity: C turnover coefficients in different cropping systems. European Journal of Agronomy (77), 138-145.
Pituello C., Dal Ferro N., Simonetti G., Berti A. & Morari F. (2016). Nano to macro pore structure changes induced by long-term residue management in three different soils. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment (217), 49-58.
Dal Ferro N. & Morari F. (2015). From real soils to 3D-printed soils: re production of complex pore network at the real size in a silty-loam soil. Soil Science Society of America Journal (79), 1008-1017.
Morari F., Dal Ferro N. & Cocco E. (2015). Municipal Wastewater Treatment with Phragmites australis L. and Typha latifolia L. for Irrigation Reuse. Boron and Heavy Metals. Water, Air & Soil Pollution (226), 1-14.
Dal Ferro N., Pagliarin C. & Morari F. (2014). Pore network and water retention characteristics of volcanic porous media. European Journal of Soil Science (65), 672-683. DOI: 10.1111/ejss.12163.
Dal Ferro N., Sartori L., Simonetti G., Berti A. & Morari F. (2014). Soil macro- and microstructure as affected by different tillage systems and the effects on maize root growth. Soil and Tillage Research (140), 55-65.


List of taught course units in A.Y. 2019/20
Degree course code (?) Degree course track Course unit code Course unit name Credits Year Period Lang. Teacher in charge
AV2493 COMMON AVP9085787 6 1st Year (2019/20) First
IF0321 COMMON SC01122536 8 1st Year (2019/20) Second