A/PROF Alessandro Toffoli

A/PROF Alessandro Toffoli


  • Air-Sea Interaction (breaking, ocean mixing and sea drag)
  • Coastal processes and hydrodynamic modelling (marine renewable energy)
  • Freak and Rogue waves (wave physics and statistics)
  • Ocean waves
  • Wave-Ice interaction (Antarctic sea ice)
  • Wave-Structure Interaction



  • Dr Toffoli has a wealth of experience in ocean and coastal engineering, physical oceanography and air-sea interactions, which includes research, teaching, consultancy, working at the Universities and industry. With a Master degree in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin (Italy) and PhD in Civil Engineering from the KU Leuven (Belgium), he went on working in shipping industry (DNVGL) in Norway, before joining Swinburne University of Technology (Australia) in 2009 as Research Fellow. In 2012, he accepted a position of Reader in Coastal Engineering at Plymouth University (UK), and returned to Swinburne as Associate professor in Maritime Engineering in 2013. He now holds a position as Associate Professor in Ocean Engineering at the University of Melbourne. He is also Visiting Professor at K.U. Leuven (Belgium).   


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Education and training

  • PhD, Katholiek Universiteit Leuven 2006
  • Master, Polytechnic of Turin 2001


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Available topics for PhD research 1) Waves in the Southern Ocean and Antarctic Marginal Ice Zone: Observations and modelling 2) Forecasting Extreme (Rogue) Waves