Marco Sacchi was born in Napoli, Italy, in 1960, and graduated at the Federico II University, Napoli, in 1984, with a degree in geology, working on the tectono-stratigraphic setting of Mesozoic carbonate units of the Lucania Apennines. He was Research Associate at the Department of Geology and Geophysics of Rice University, Houston, TX, USA in 1986 and worked as consultant geologist for a number of companies in Southern Italy between 1987 and 1989. In 1990 he joined the CNR as Research fellow, working on regional geology of the Southern Apennines and the peri-Tyrrhenian and Pannonian basin systems. In 1995 he was Research Associate at the Department of Geophysics at Eötvös University in Budapest, and earned a PhD in geology from the same University in 2002. Since 1999 he is on staff as senior researcher at the Institute for Coastal Marine Environment of the Italian Research Council (CNR), Napoli, Italy.


His research career has mainly focussed on the study of sedimentary rocks, with emphasis on sedimentology of Mesozoic carbonates of the Southern Apennines and Neogene-Quaternary siliciclastic-volcaniclastic environments. He has a special interest in the study of seismic and sequence stratigraphy of both marine and non-marine strata, and has written a series of articles dealing with the Late Miocene stratigraphy of the continental record of western Pannonian Basin and the Quaternary marine record of the eastern Tyrrhenian Basin. He is author of over 100 papers published in international and national journals and has participated as chief and co-chief scientist in over 35 oceanographic cruises in the Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, and mission specific cruises on lakes (e.g. Lake Balaton, Hungary; Lake Cheko, Siberia, Russia).


He has been teaching “Marine Geology” and “Stratigraphic Geology” at the University of Napoli Federico II (1997-2000), as well as “Cultural Geology” at the University “Suor Orsola Benincasa” of Naples (2000-2005).


During the early years of his activity (1985-1996) Marco Sacchi has worked on facies analysis of Jurassic Carbonate slopes in the Lagonegro area (Southern Apennines) and tectonic interpretation of selected sectors of the western flanks of southern Apennines. Between the 1992 and 2002 he has been involved a long-term cooperation with Department of Geophysics at Eötvös University in Budapest with the aim of studying the Neogene post-rift continental succession of the Southern Transdanubia (Western Pannonian Basin). From 1997 until 2005 he has coordinated the offshore mapping of five sheets of the Geological Map of Italy, 1:50.000 scale. Since then he has been engaged in several projects including: 1) Quaternary stratigraphy and coastal environments of the eastern Tyrrhenian continental margin; 2) Stability of cliffed coasts; 3) Analysis of ground deformation of volcanic and non-volcanic coastal using Remote sensing data; 4) Offshore structure and stratigraphy of Vesuvius and the Campi Flegrei caldera. He is also a proponent of the “Campi Flegrei Caldera Drilling Project” that will be submitted to the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) in 2018-2019.


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CNR – National Research Council
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