Born in Deinze ( Belgium ) on September 12, 1968.
Graduated at High School (Deinze) in 1986.
M.Sc in Geology in 1990 at the University of Ghent
Project Erasmus 1990-1991 (Univ. Ghent and Univ. Cagliari -
PhD in Mineral Prospection at the Department of Engineering
Geology and Environmental Techniques (DIGITA) in University of
Cagliari (Italy) in 1995.
Temporary researcher at the Department of Earth Sciences
(DISTER) in University of Cagliari from 1998 to 2006.
Associate Professor since October 2006 at the Department of
Earth Sciences and Environmental Geology of the University of
Bologna Alma Mater (Italy).
In 2011 he had a Consultancy Contract of 50 days with the European Space Agency in the framework of the Human Behavior Performance Course “CAVES” for astronauts.
In 2012 the same Course for ESA was repeated, with a Consultancy contract of 30 days.
In 2013 and 2014 he had a Consultancy Contract of 40 days with the European Space Agency in the framework of the Human Behavior Performance Course “CAVES” for astronauts.
In 2015 the same Course for ESA was repeated, with a Consultancy contract of 30 days, and in 2016 for 20 days.
Main interests: environmental geology, physical geography,
geomorphology, hydrogeology and palaeoclimate studies in karst
Participation in various research projects in several countries
among which: Italy, Morocco, Tunisia, Zambia, Chile, Egypt,
Austria, Croatia, Spain, USA, Philippines, etc.
Editor-in-Chief (from 2005) of the “International Journal of
Speleology” (ISSN 0392-6672, ISI listed since 2007) of U.I.S.
(Union International de Speleologie).
In Editorial board of Geomorphology (Elsevier) since September
Guest-Editor of the following journal issues: “Engineering and
Environmental Problems in Karst” Engineering Geology (Elsevier)
(2008), “Natural and Anthropogenic Hazards in Karst Areas”
Environmental Geology (Springer)(2009), “Surface and Subsurface
Karst Geomorphology” Geomorphology (Elsevier)(2009), “Pure and
Applied Karst Geomorphology” Zeitschrift fur Geomorphologie
(Borntraeger, Germania)(2010), “Karst Systems” Geodinamica
Acta (Lavoisier )(2011),
Acta Carsologica (Karst Research Institute, Slovenia)(January
2011), “Geomorphology and Natural Hazards in Karst Areas”
Geografia Fisica e Dinamica Quaternaria (December 2012)
Karst geomorphology: from hydrological functioning to
” Geomorphology (Elsevier)(2013-2014).
The results of his researches have been published in more than 350 scientific papers since 1993, of which over 90 papers are in
ISI listed journals.