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Alessandro Gargini

Full Professor

Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

Academic discipline: GEO/05 Engineering Geology

Curriculum vitae


Born in Florence (Italy) on August 20th 1958. Full Professor of Hydrogeology at Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna since March 1st 2011 (disciplinary sector: Applied Geology).


High School Diploma at Classic Lyceum "Dante" in Florence (1976). MSc in Geological Sciences at the University of Florence (Italy), in 1986, with a Structural Geology dissertation. PhD degree in Hydrogeology at the University of Parma in 1990, with an hydrogeological thesis on the vulnerability to pollution of shallow aquifers and determination of hydraulic conductivity by in situ tests. Post-doc fellowship from 1992 to 1994, at the Earth Sciences Department of Florence University, with a research on: Hydrogeological and geophysical techniques for groundwater vulnerability evaluation to pollution.  Since November 1st 1998 to December 31st 2004 lecturer at the Earth Sciences Department of the University of Ferrara. Since January 1st 2005 to February 28st 2011 associate professor of hydrogeology at the Earth Sciences Department of the University of Ferrara. Attending specialistic courses of Applied Hydrogeology at: Politechnics of Milan; Politechnics of Barcellona; Birmingham University; Waterloo University.


General and Applied Hydrogeology , Technical Geological Prospecting, Hydrogeological Prospecting and Aquifer Monitoring, Mathematical Models in Hydrogeology, Contaminated sites, Protection and Contamination of Groundwater Resources; Contaminated sites; Water Resources and Hydrogeologic Risk; Geological risks and climate change


Responsible for the University of Ferrara of 3 EU funded project about Risk Assessment (NORISC), Natural Attenuation (CORONA) and Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems (GENESIS). 

Referee of following journals:  Hydrogeology Journal; Journal of Contaminant Hydrogeology; Journal of Hydrology; Hydrological ProcessesEnvironmental Science and Technology; Isotopes in Environmental & Health Studies; Water, Air and Soil Pollution; Italian Journal of Geosciences.

Current research interests are exclusively devoted to Applied Hydrogeology: Plume characterization and modelling in porous aquifers;  Risk assessment and natural attenuation; Ecohydraulics and Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems in Alpine and Apenninic environment; Relationships between surface water and groundwater in alluvial plains; Impacts of tunnelling on water resources; Groundwater flow systems in fractured aquifers.

Bibliometry Scopus July 2022: H-Index:16 (H-Index: 13 without self-citations); n°citations: 847; n° products: 46

Bibliometry ISI WoS July 2022: H-Index:15; n°citations: 757; n° products: 40

Public engagement activities

Scientific coordinator of more than 40 applied research projects funded by public or private institutions at a national or local level.

Technical forensic support for the Ministery of Environment for the trial on environmental disaster for the site of Bussi sul Tirino, and also for other forensic involvements.

Academic activities

3/5/2015-2/5/2021 Head of the Department BiGeA.

3/5/2018-2/5/2021 component of Academic Senate of the University of Bologna

1/10/2012-4/3/2015 Coordinator of Bachelor Course of Geological Sciences and Master Course of Geology and Land.

Component of the Collegium of the PhD in Earth, Life and Environmental Sciences of the University of Bologna.

Other activities

Since 2003 associated to International Association of Hydrogeologists; for 2012-2021 elected member of IAH Italian National Chapter (elected for a second term on January 2017).

Member of the Academy of Sciences of Bologna


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