About me

My name is Matteo, I was born in Italy in 1985 in a small but beautiful village in the Garda Lake district called San Felice del Benaco.

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Beautiful Alpine-Lake landscape, a few kilometres from my hometown

After getting my high-school diploma with a major in humanistic and classical studies, I shifted my interest towards science by pursuing a Bachelor and a Master Degree in Environmental Engineering at the University of Trento in Italy.

On February 2011 I defended my Master Thesis on “Rheology of Submerged Granular Mixtures: an Experimental Study” (Supervisors: prof. Aronne Armanini, Prof. Michele Larcher) with applications on debris flows and snow avalanches.

Piazza Duomo – Trento – Italy

After graduation I worked at the same University as a Postgraduate Researcher on a project funded by Piemonte region, involving a numerical model to forecast floodplain inundation in Ivrea, a small town in North-West of Italy.

In October 2012 I started a PhD at ETH Zurich (Switzerland), in the Hydrology and Water Resources Management group of Prof. Paolo Burlando. The core of my PhD has been the numerical modelling of step formation and stability in steep streams, a project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF (PI: Prof. Peter Molnar).

Zürich – Rooftop view (on the left the domes of ETH and the University of Zürich)

During the second year of my PhD I spent one semester as a Visiting Graduate Student at The University of British Columbia in Vancouver (Canada), thanks to a Doc.Mobility scholarship from the SNSF. In the Geography Department, I was under the supervision of Prof. Marwan Hassan, member of my doctoral committee.

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Vancouver – Burrard Bridge and English Bay

I passed my doctoral examination in September 2016,  and my thesis on “Modelling of Step Formation and Collapse in Steep Streams” has been awarded the Culmann Price from the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (D-BAUG) of ETH Zurich.

I have worked for a few months as a PostDoctoral Research Fellow in the Hydrology Group at ETH Zurich, in the context of the EU-funded project DAFNE which aims to build a robust Decision-Analytic Framework to address the Water-Energy-Food Nexus issues in two African basins (the Omo river and the Zambezi river).

Then, after being awarded an Early PostDoc.Mobility Fellowship from the SNSF, I moved back to Vancouver where I am currently a PostDoctoral Research Fellow in the Geography Department at UBC, studying the effect of unsteady flows and different sediment supply regimes on the morphology of mountain streams.