Profile

I graduated (Laurea Thesis) in Geological Sciences at the University of Naples Federico II (Italy) in 1989, where I also obtained my PhD degree in 1995 working on the Miocene-Quaternary tectonic evolution of the Campania segment of the Southern Apennines fold and thrust belt. I have taught Tectonics and Structural Geology as Lecturer at the University of Potenza and Benevento, and finally I got a tenure position at the University of Naples as Researcher in 2000 and as Associate Professor in 2014. I am qualified as Full Professor in (2012 tournament).

Expertise

I am a structural geologist with experience in regional tectonics and active deformation. My work is largely field-based and includes geological and geomorphological mapping. Laboratory work includes quantitative kinematic analysis and three-dimensional restorations to develop regional syntheses and forward models of past and active deformation. I use interdisciplinary tools for quantitative tectonic analysis, including structural geology, morpho-tectonics, seismic profiles interpretation, GPS geodesy, seismology. I have been experienced in the integration and application of these analysis tools to regional tectonics problems and to processes related to active deformation. Collaboration with other researchers is fundamental in order to integrate these various techniques.

Teaching

I teach Tectonics and Filed mapping at the Laurea level, and short courses on Earthquake geology, Geodynamics and Coastal tectonics at the PhD level.

Research

My research interests focus on regional orogenic processes, on the characterization of onshore, coastal and offshore active faults and deformation belts, and on planetary tectonics. I have been carried research in several regions of Italy (central Mediterranean), in the western Great Basin and coastal California (US Cordillera), in the Aleutian Islands and in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean.

Regional-structural researches carried out in southern Italy and elsewhere in the Mediterranean area are devoted to decipher key topics in the tectonic evolution of the orogen: geometry, kinematics and rates of thrust and extensional belt emplacement; active regional deformation; active tectonic structures; pattern of vertical and horizontal tectonic displacements over the 1 My to 1 Ka scale at the local and regional scale.

Work in the western Great Basin has been centered on deciphering the three-dimensional geometry and kinematics of transpressional and transtensional deformational belts with primary emphasis on the structural evolution of curved fault arrays of south-western Nevada.

Work in the central part of the Aleutian islands arc was aimed at the characterization of the partitioning between thrust and trench-linked normal and strike-slip faults using structural geology and GPS geodesy.

Work in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean is aimed at exploring transform-related seamounts in the diffuse deformation plate boundary between the Azores triple junction and the Gibraltar Straits, and mainly reconstruct the pattern of vertical motion and seamount emplacement.

Current research projects include:

1. characterization of active faults in the Ionian and Tyrrhenian offshore of southern Italy and in the Siicly Channel;

2. coastal tectonic motions in Italy;

3. archeoseismological research in southern Italy and Sicily;

4. speleoseismological analysis in the Calabria and Abruzzi (central Italy);

5. seismotectonics of the western margin and of the axial belt of the Apennines;

6. tectonics of Mercury and coordination of a geological map of the planet.

Contacts

DiSTAR – Department of Earth, Environmental and Resources Science
University of Napoli “Federico II”
Complesso Universitario Monte Sant’Angelo, Via Cinzia 21
80126 Napoli
ITALY
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  • lferrant@unina.it
  • +39 081 2538180
  • +39 331 1117157
  • ORCID