After getting the degree in Biology in 1969, Marco Vighi worked at the Water Research Institute of the Italian National Research Council. In 1983 he was professor of Ecotoxicology at the University of Milano. In 1998 he moved to the University of Milano-Bicocca, as professor of Ecology and Applied Ecology and responsible of the Research Group on Ecotoxicology up to 2015, when he retired. Since December 2015 he was incorporated at IMDEA Water where he was responsible of the research line on Ecotoxicology.
His scientific activity is focused on applied ecology and ecotoxicology: eutrophication of surface waters; effects and environmental fate of pollutants and mixtures on ecosystems; QSAR models; long range transport of persistent pollutants; environmental risk assessment. He published more than 180 scientific papers and books.
Since 1991 he was member of the Scientific Advisory Committees on Toxicology and Ecotoxicology of the European Commission, at present he is member of Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risk (SCHEER). He was consultant for the FAO/UNEP, for the WHO and for the UNEP/POPRC.
In 2018 he got the Environmental Education Award from the SETAC (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry).