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Professore Ordinario






University of Padova , Agricultural Science, B.S. 1991
University of Padova, Environmental Agronomy (Soil Physics), Ph.D. 1996

Research Interests

Sustainability of agricultural systems and soil and water quality; soil mapping and precision agriculture; best management practices; GHGs monitoring and mitigation.


2017-present Professor of Agronomy and Soil Physics, Department of Environmental Agronomy and Crop Production, University of Padova
2017-present Adjunct Professor, Department of Crop and Soil Science, University of Georgia, USA
2005-2017 Associate Professor, University of Padova
1998-2005 Researcher, University of Padova.
1995-1998 Assistant Professor of Environmental Agronomy, University of Padova.

•Soil Physics (taught annually)
•Soil and water conservation (taught annually)
•Agricultural Management of Biogeochemical Cycles (taught annually)

Synergistic Activities

•Co-developer of the PROTINUS group, a multi-disciplinary team from the EU and three associated countries, namely France, Italy, Denmark, New Zealand, Mexico and Japan, dedicated to combine advanced, experimental and theoretical research expertise in soil physics and chemistry, microbiology, image analysis, computer sciences, and systems modeling.
•Co-Leader and developer of a dual Master’s degree in Sustainable Agriculture between the University of Padova, Italy and the University of Georgia, USA.
•Co-developer of the TransAtlantic Precision Agriculture Consortium (TAPAC) – a group of 3 American and 3 European universities dedicated to internationalizing the teaching, research and extension programs of the member universities.

Grants (active)

-Environmental Monitoring of the Agro-environmental Schemes in Veneto Region ”, Veneto Government, January 2018-December 2020.
-Experimenting controlled distribution techniques of digestates and nitrification inhibitors”. Measures 16.2.1 & 16.2.2 Rural Development Programme, January 2018 –December 2021.
-Precision Positioning for Precision Agriculture”, Excellence Projects. Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo, January 2018-December 2020.
-Applications of remote and proximal sensing techniques to estimate hail and wind damages on maize and wheat, Cattolica Assicurazioni, January 2020-December 2022

Authors of more than 280 scientific and technical papers, 2 patents and 1 book.

Collaborators, Mentors, and Mentees
•Collaborations (last 5-years)
Per Schoenning & Mathieu Lamande, Aarhus University (DK); George Vellidis & Miguel Cabrera, University of Georgia (USA); Daniel Corwin & Elia Scudiero, USDA-ARS United States Salinity Laboratory, Riverside (USA); Patrice Delmas, University of Auckland (NZ); Celine Duwig, Institute of Research for Development, Marseille, (FR); Budiman Minasny, University of Sydney (AU); Karin Mueller, Plant & Food Research (NZ); Brenda Ortiz, Auburn University (USA); Carlo Grignani & Chiara Bertora, University of Turin; Marco Bittelli, University of Bologna; Marco Bindi & Roberto ferrise, University of Florence; Yafit Cohen &Victor Alchanati, Volcani Center (Israel)

•Graduate Students
15 Ph.D. students and 40 M.S. students advised as major Professor

•Undergraduate Students
20 undegraduate students advised as major Professor


Office hours

  • Friday from 14:00 to 15:00
    at Studio docente
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