FONTANA ALESSANDRO

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Scientific sector GEO/04 - PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY AND GEOMORPHOLOGY
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Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:30 Dipartimento di Geoscienze Disponibilità anche in altri giorni e orario, previo accordo via mail o telefonico
(updated on 10/07/2013 19:18)

Proposals for thesis
Ricerche con attività di terreno riguardante il rilevamento di zone di pianura e costiere per le problematiche geomorfologiche e stratigrafiche.
Ricerche geoarcheologiche riguardanti sistemi insediativi e singoli siti dal Paleolitico superiore al Medioevo.
Ricerche sulle variazioni del livello marino in aree del Mediterraneo.

Curriculum Vitae
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 Geological Sciences (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.

Lecturer's Curriculum (PDF): F9ABCF4B9587EA3363C8769914BFE3DF.pdf

Research areas
Si occupa principalmente di Geomorfologia e di Geologia del Quaternario degli ambienti alluvionali e costieri. Si interessa della dinamica tardo pleistocenica e olocenica, con particolare interesse per la pianura veneto-friulana e padana e per il litorale adriatico su entrambe le sponde.
Studia la ricostruzione delle variazioni del livello marino nel corso degli ultimi 130.000 anni sfruttando indicatori morfologici, stratigrafici e archeologici.
Si occupa di Geoarcheologia utilizzando tecniche di telerilevamento e di osservazioni sul terreno per l'inidividuazione e la caratterizzazione di siti archeologici. Studia i condizionamenti indotti dall'ambiente sull'antico popolamento umano e i cambiamenti attuati dalle attività umane.

Publications
VACCHI M., MARRINER N., MORHANGE C., SPADA G., FONTANA A., ROVERE A. (2016) - Multiproxy assessment of Holocene relative sea-level changes in the western Mediterranean: Sea-level variability and improvements in the definition of the isostatic signal. Earth-Sciences Review, 155, 172-197.
BENITO, G., MACKLIN, M.G., PANIN, A., ROSSATO, S., FONTANA, A., JONES, A.F., MACHADO, M.J., MATLAKHOVA, E., MOZZI, P., ZIELHOFER, C. (2015) - Recurring flood distribution patterns related to short-term Holocene climatic variability. Scientific Reports 5, 16398; 1-12.
FELJA, I., FONTANA, A., FURLANI, S., BAJRAKTAREVIĆ, Z., PARADŽIK, A., TOPALOVIĆ, E., ROSSATO, S., ĆOSOVIĆ, V., JURAČIĆ, M. (2015) - Environmental changes in the lower Mirna River valley (Istria, Croatia) during the Middle and Late Holocene. Geologia Croatica, 68 (3), 209-224.
ROSSATO S., FONTANA A., MOZZI P. (2015) - Meta-analysis of the Holocene 14C database of the Venetian-Friulian alluvial plain (NE Italy). Catena, 130, 34-45. doi:10.1016/j.catena.2014.10.033
FONTANA, A., MONEGATO, G., DEVOTO, S., ZAVAGNO, E., BURLA, I., CUCCHI F. (2014) - Geomorphological evolution of an Alpine fluvioglacial system at the LGM decay: the Cormor type megafan (NE Italy). Geomorphology, 204, 136-153.
FONTANA A., MOZZI P., MARCHETTI M. (2014) - Alluvial fans and megafans along the southern side of the Alps. Sedimentary Geology, 301, 150-171.
FONTANA A. (2012) - Introduction to the thematic issue: "Alluvial Geomorphology in Italy". Géomorphologié: Relief, Processus, Environment, 2/2012, 123-131.
FONTANA A., MOZZI P., BONDESAN A., DE GUIO A., KOTÉ L. (2010) - Late prehistory and environmental changes along the Débé River in the lower Sourou valley (Burkina Faso, West Africa). Il Quaternario - Italian Journal of Quaternary Sciences, 23(2), 199-216.
FONTANA A., MOZZI P., BONDESAN A. (2010) - Late Pleistocene evolution of the Venetian–Friulian Plain. Rendiconti Lincei Scienze Fisiche e Naturali, Volume 21, Supplement 1, 181-196.
ANTONIOLI F., FERRANTI L., FONTANA A., AMOROSI A., BONDESAN A., BRAITENBERG C., FONTOLAN G., FURLANI S., MASTRONUZZI G., MONACO C., SPADA G., STOCCHI P. (2009) - Holocene relative sea-level changes and vertical movements along the Italian and Istrian coastlines. Quaternary International, 206, 101-133.
CARTON A., BONDESAN A., FONTANA A., MENEGHEL M., MIOLA A., MOZZI P., PRIMON S., SURIAN N. (2009) - Geomorphological evolution and sediment transfer in the Piave River watershed (north-eastern Italy) since the LGM. Géomorphologié: Relief, Processus, Environment, 3/2009, 37-58.
NINFO A., FONTANA A., MOZZI P., FERRARESE F. (2009) - The map of Altinum, ancestor of Venice. Science, 325, 577.
FONTANA A., MOZZI P., BONDESAN A. (2008) - Alluvial megafans in the Venetian–Friulian Plain (north-eastern Italy): Evidence of sedimentary and erosive phases during Late Pleistocene and Holocene. Quaternary International, 189, 71-90.
FONTANA A. (2006) - L’evoluzione geomorfologica della bassa pianura friulana e le sue relazioni con le dinamiche insediative antiche. Monografie del Museo Friulano di Storia Naturale, 46, Udine, 288 pp. Enclosed Geomorphological Map of the Low Friulian Plain, scale 1:50,000.

Lecturer's Publications (PDF): F9ABCF4B9587EA3363C8769914BFE3DF.pdf

List of taught course units in A.Y. 2018/19
Degree course code (?) Degree course track Course unit code Course unit name Credits Year Period Lang. Teacher in charge
SC1180 COMMON SC01122959 6 1st Year Second
semester
ITA ALESSANDRO FONTANA
SC1180 COMMON SCO2045743 6 2nd Year First
semester
ITA ALESSANDRO FONTANA
SC1162 COMMON SCN1037425 8 1st Year First
semester
ITA PAOLO MOZZI


Responsibility of other activity for A.Y. 2018/19
Degree course code (?) Degree course track Course unit code Course unit name Credits Year Period Lang. Teacher in charge
SC1180 COMMON SCL1004533 2 2nd Year First
semester
ITA ALESSANDRO FONTANA