Cristian Scapozza was born in Faido the 23 May 1983. He comes from Olivone, in the Blenio Valley.
Cristian Scapozza made his studies at the University of Lausanne, with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Geosciences and environments, specialisation "Geography", in year 2006, and a Master of Science (MSc) in Geography, specialisation "Alpine environments", in year 2008. In 2012, he finished his PhD thesis in Geosciences and environments with a research on talus slopes of the alpine periglacial domain intituled "Stratigraphie, morphodynamique, paléoenvironnements des terrains sédimentaires meubles à forte déclivité du domaine périglaciaire alpin".
During his collaboration with the University of Lausanne, Cristian Scapozza has realised several research project in alpine quaternary geomorphology, in particular with studies about mountain permafrost, the last alpine deglaciation and the geoheritage. In 2011, he led a research project on the quaternary evolution of the Ticino and Verzasca rivers delta for the Fondazione Bolle di Magadino. In the same time of his work as a researcher at the SUPSI, he led a small office of geography/geomorphology.
Alpine glacial and periglacial geomorphology, Quaternary geology, applied geophysics (electrical and electromagnetic methods), geotourism and natural heritage
In 2008 and 2012, has received the price of the Faculty of geosciences and environment of the University of Lausanne for the Master thesis (2008) and the PhD thesis (2012). In 2008 he was also awarded with the prestigious A. F. Schläfli price of the Swiss Academy of Sciences.