Profile

I graduated in Geological Sciences at the University of Roma “La Sapienza” (Italy) in 1996, with a thesis about the “Oil Petrography” and working with the Agip S.p.A. oil company (1993-1995 ENI Group fellowship) – Milan. Between 1997 and 2001 I worked as freelance for companies and Public Administration in geo-structural and geomorphological mapping. In the same time interval I worked at the National Research Council (CNR, Institute of Acoustic O.M. Corbino – IDAC) working on the Acoustic Emission (AE) as a diagnostic tool in Geophysics.

I got a Phd in Geophysics at the Bologna University “Alma Mater Studiorum” in the 2004 with a research about the interpretation of the Vulcano island magnetic anomaly field (Aeolian Archipelago, Southern Tyrrhenian sea, Italy). Between 2005 and 2011 I conducted several aeromagnetic campaigns in the Aeolian islands (Salina, Lipari, Stromboli, Panarea, Alicudi and Filicudi), in the Northern Sicilian Offshore (Cefalù basin and Ustica island) and in the western Calabrian offshore (Capo Vaticano). I also participated to the Mt. Etna (Sicily, 2012) and Mt Teide (Tenerife, Canary island, Spain 2008) aeromagnetic surveys for the first high resolution magnetic anomaly maps of these volcanoes.

I’m currently working as a Researcher at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia of Rome (INGV – www.ingv.it) since the 2001, belonging to the “Technical and Operative Unit for the International and Environmental Security Unit”.

I’m member of the EMERGEO WORKING GROUP since 2009, a geologists task force activated within 24-48 hours after disruptive earthquakes (M > 5.5) in the Mediterranean region, in order to survey and monitor coseismal effects on land and in urban settings.

Expertise

I’m a skilled Geologist working on Potential Fields and Geoelectrical Tomographies, developing researches related to the arc and back volcanism, characterization and monitoring of active faults and sinkhole-subsidence phenomena. I’m used to deal with airborne and ground geophysical data collection, geo-structural surveys, data processing and direct and inverse problems. I spent working time in Wien at the Geologische Bundesanstalt in 2002 and 2003 to acquire the ability to process and interpret geophysical data. I carried out several geophysical campaigns in Italy, Europe, Atlantic Sea and South America. I participated to the CTBTO (Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive nuclear-test-ban treaty organization) training courses, Wien International Center (Austria).

My working approach is the integration of geophysical and geological data in order to constrain reliable model. I’m used to deal with 2D and 3D GIS system to collect and analyse geophysical and geological data.

tutoring
teaching

I was the PhD thesis director of a research inherent the structural and potential fields data interpretation of the Auca Mahuida volcano in the Quenca Nequina oil basin (Argentina Republic), in the framework of a collaboration agreement between the INGV, the YPF S.A. oil company and La Plata University of Buenos Aires, between 2001 and 2017. During this period I conducted a geophysical and geo-structural survey of the Auca Mahuida volcano and its volcanic plateau.

Since the 2017 I’m involved in on field geophysical measurements teaching to the Roma III University students (Roma).

research

My main research interest is concerned with the relationship between volcanism and tectonics in different geodynamics context of the Mediterranean region. I’m developing research in the characterization and forecasting of sinkholes and subsidence phenomena. I deal with geophysical and geological data at different scale, from wide regional processes to small occurrences.

I carry out high resolution magnetic/gravimetric surveys and 2D-3D geoelectrical tomographies using instruments such as: Scintrex optically pumped caesium vapour magnetometer (aeromagnetic data acquisition), Overhauser GEM GSM-90F5 (ground magnetic surveys, Scintrex Autograv CG-5 gravimeter, Lacoste Shlumberger G-898 (ground gravimetric survey), Syscal Pro standard & Switch (Geoelectrical measurements).

available geophysical equipment

Aero geophysical platform (magnetic, gravimetric and radiometric);

GEM Systems Proton Precession Magnetometer, Overhauser Magnetometer;

IRIS Syscal Pro switch, 10 channels, 720 m cables, 10 m spacing and 72 electrodes, 360 m, 5 m spacing, 72 electrodes;

AUV (Autonomous underwater vehicle).

Contacts

Technical Operational Unit for International and Environmental Safety
INGV – National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology
 
Roma
ITALY
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