Last Name First Name University Role
Barchi Massimiliano Rinaldo University of Perugia, Department of Physics and Geology Professor, Coordinator of the Phd School
Baldanza Angela University of Perugia, Department of Physics and Geology Researcher
Balic-Zunic Tonci University of Copenaghen, Section of Geology Professor
Bennett Richard Anthony University of Arizona, Department of Geosciences Professor
Cardellini Carlo University of Perugia, Department of Physics and Geology Professor
Caricchi Luca Université de Genève Professor
Cencetti Corrado University of Perugia, Department of Physics and Geology Professor
Cherin Marco University of Perugia, Department of Physics and Geology Researcher, Phd Coordination group
Chiodini Giovanni Istituto Nazionale Geofisica e Vulcanologia Professor
Cirilli Simonetta University of Perugia, Department of Physics and Geology Professor
Comodi Paola University of Perugia, Department of Physics and Geology Professor
De Paola Nicola University of Durham Professor
Di Matteo Lucio University of Perugia, Department of Physics and Geology Professor
Frondini Francesco University of Perugia, Department of Physics and Geology Professor
Koyi Hemin Uppsala University Professor
Kueppers Ulrich Ludwig- Maximilians University, Munchen Professor
Martini Rossana Université de Genève Professor
Melelli Laura University of Perugia, Department of Physics and Geology Researcher, Phd Coordination group
Mondini Alessandro Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche Professor
Pauselli Cristina University of Perugia, Department of Physics and Geology Researcher
Perugini Diego University of Perugia, Department of Physics and Geology Professor
Petrelli Maurizio University of Perugia, Department of Physics and Geology Researcher, Phd Coordination group
Porreca Massimiliano University of Perugia, Department of Physics and Geology Researcher
Rettori Roberto University of Perugia, Department of Physics and Geology Professor
Robertson Peter Queen's University Belfast Professor
Rooney David Queen's University Belfast Professor

Matteo BISOLFATI

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PhD Project
Title: Constraining the geochemical composition of lavas erupted on extraterrestrial planets by spectral analysis of experimental samples. (Petrology, Planetary Geology)

Topic: This PhD work will focus on the analysis of the spectral response in the infrared range of samples rocks made in the laboratory by melting natural material. Gained results will be comparate with the cosmic radiometry measurements, in collaboration with the Italian Space Agency (ASI). In parallel we will analyze the fractal geometric characteristics through the analysis of Digital Elevation Models of natural surfaces with the purpose to extrapolate chemical, geometric and geomorphological information of geological environments.

Publications
Pisello et al., 2019. Retrieving magma composition from TIR spectra: implications for terrestrial planets investigations. Scientific Reports, doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-51543-9  

 

Andrea Fabbrizzi

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Title: Sediment accumulation over the off-axis seamount chain at 8°20’N, East Pacific Rise

Topic: My Ph.D. program is based on the interplay between tectonics and sedimentation in Marine Geology and Geophysics. Through a collaboration with the IGPP - Scripps Institution of Oceanography(University of California San Diego), I will study deep ocean sediment distribution across off-axis seamount structures along the southern segment of the East Pacific Rise. Using bathymetric seafloor imagery and CHIRP data, we will observe the sediment thickness variability to understand the relative-age distribution and age-progression along adjacent seamounts. Moreover, I will be studying the seismogenic behavior of a subducting seamounts: characterization of rupture network, fluid release, plate coupling and seismic hazard in convergent margins.

Publications
1. Porreca et al., 2020. 3D geological reconstruction of the M. Vettore seismogenic fault system (Central Apennines, Italy): Cross-cutting relationship with the M. Sibillini thrust. Journal of Structural Geology, doi: doi.org/10.1016/j.jsg.2019.103938

Nicola Mitillo

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PhD Project
Title: Characterization of CO2 Geological Reservoir Storage
Topic: Mostly of carbonates reservoirs have been used for oil and gas production for their favorable characteristics like porosity and permeability, but only recently researchers understood the potential value of these formations as tools in addressing climate change. From this point of view, carbonate reservoirs, which are known to be much more chemically reactive when interacting with CO2, were poorly investigated. For this reason, the aims of the PhD will be to fully understand the behavior and interaction between the injected CO2 and the hosting rock from a petrophysical, mineralogical and geochemical point of view.

Publications
1. Zucchini A. et al, 2019. The influence of the dolomitization process on texture and porosity of carbonates. Congresso congiunto SIMP-SGI SOGEI – Il tempo del pianeta Terra e il tempo dell'uomo: Le geoscienze fra passato e futuro (Parma, Italia)

Lisa Ricci

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Title: Tectonic and volcanic Earth degassing along the European Cenozoic Rift System (ECRIS): Origin of the fluids and quantification of the process.

Topic: My current project is focuses on the study of Earth degassing along the passive rift named European Cenozoic Rift System (ECRIS). The aims of the project are the quantitative estimation of the CO2 flux and the study of the chemical and isotopic composition of fluids discharged to the surface along the ECRIS system. The quantification of the total CO2 discharged to the atmosphere from rift areas is crucial for the correct definition of the present-day global Earth degassing.

Publications
1. Mancini et al., 2020. Geogenic CO2 flux calculations from the Late Pleistocene Tivoli travertines (Acque Albule Basin, Tivoli, Central Italy). DOI: 10.3301/IJG.2020.10
2. Ricci et al., 2018. Oxygen isotopic analysis of Mineo (Sicily, Italy) pallasite. Plinius, doi: 10.19276/plinius.2018.03016
3. Ricci et al., 2017. Oxygen isotopic analysis of Mineo (Sicily, Italy) pallasite. Geoscience: a tool in a changing world. Abstract book. Congresso SIMP-SGI-SOGEI-AIV 2017, doi: 10.3301/ABSGI/2017.01

The fields of Physics and Geology share several methodologies and research themes, such as the application of physical, numerical, experimental, and computer technology methods. Particularly relevant are the studies on the cosmic radiation and astroparticles, nuclear and elementary particle physics, the properties of condensed matter, cosmochemistry and geochemistry of the solar system bodies, the nuclear dating of meteorites and rocks, tectonics and geodynamics, the exploration of mineral and hydrocarbon resources, and the dynamics of earthquakes, landslides, and volcanic eruptions. The interdisciplinary teaching and research training approach is aimed at forming specialists with an outstanding scientific profile, who are able to develop their future career in both basic and applied research and the industry. Agreements with foreign high level Universities (such as the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenaghen) have been signed to insure the possibility of co-tutorship of the PhD Thesis and of achieving the title of Doctor Europaeus.

The integration between physical and geological disciplines occurs through the development of two interacting curricula: Physics and Geology.

The curriculum in Physics includes theoretical and experimental research carried out in collaboration with international organizations, such as CERN, ESA, ESO and NASA. It focuses on fundamental interactions, particle and astroparticle physics, and nuclear interactions. Moreover, the curriculum comprises education and research training in condensed matter and solid state physics, as well as in biophysics and nanoscience research, also in collaboration with international facilities such as Elettra, ILL and ESS.

The curriculum in Geology includes field and experimental research on the main constituents of the earth (minerals, rocks, fossils), on the magmatic, geomorphologic, sedimentologic and tectonic processes.  Moreover, it includes research training aimed at localizing and exploiting geologic resources such as geomaterials, water and hydrocarbon resources. Specific lines of research are developed in the context of engineering geology, hydrogeological, seismological, and volcanic risks.

A list of present and past specific research topics can be found in the section devoted to PhD Students.

Here you will find a collection of photos relative to the celebration of the PhD Honoris Causa to John Sandercock: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ylob0mf4o6um71o/AABNaEYBoFC_XDjJ1OblNJBTa?dl=0

Coordinator of the PhD Program and Responsible for the Curriculum in Physics

Prof Giovanni Carlotti 

tel.:  [+39] 075 585 2767

e-mail: giovanni.carlotti(at)unipg.it

Vice-Coordinator and Responsible for the Curriculum in Geology

Prof Diego Perugini 

tel.: [+39] 075 585 2608

e-mail: diego.perugini(at)unipg.it

The PhD board provides a Doctoral Training Program, consisting of a wide range of first-class teaching activities. Starting from this program, PhD students are strongly encouraged in customizing their personal training path, coherently with the objectives of their specific research project.

Doctoral Courses and Schools

The courses will be taken by teachers belonging to the PhD board or by qualified external teachers, and may also be organized as thematic schools and workshops. All courses and schools will be open to students from other Italian or international PhD programs, promoting intellectual, scientific and personal exchanges among the participants. Eight courses (on average 3 ECTS each) will be offered, distributed in two periods: First semester (and winter schools), November-February; Second semester (and summer schools), March-October.

Doctoral Courses

Title: Inverse Problems in Geophysics
Teacher: Prof. Rick Bennett Introduction to Atmospheric Physics and Climate
ETCS and Scheduling: 3 ECTS credits, Online, second semester

Title: Introduction to Atmospheric Physics and Climate
Teacher: Dr. Paolina Bongioannini Cerlini
ETCS and Scheduling: 6 ECTS credits, possibly in presence, second semester

Title: Combining GIS, Machine Learning, and Remote Sensing: how the spatial analysis could improve your research
Teachers: Dr. Laura Melelli, Dr. Alessandro Mondini, Dr. Maurizio Petrelli
ETCS and Scheduling: 3 ECTS credits, possibly in presence, second semester

Schools

Title: School in Structural Geology “G. Pialli”
ETCS and Scheduling: 6 ETCS credits, possibly in presence, second semester (tentatively in September)

Title: School of Paleoanthropology
ETCS and Scheduling: 6 ECTS credits, possibly in presence, second semester (tentatively in June)

Title: International Short Course on Application of Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry to Earth Sciences
ETCS and Scheduling: 3 ECTS credits), possibly in presence, 25-25 June 2021

Courses offered by the MSc in Geology, University of Perugia
The Department of Physics and Geology activated two new MSc courses ("GeoSciences for Risk and Environment Management" and "Geology for Energy Resources"), whose topics effectively interface with the educational objectives of the PhD program. Three courses (6 ECTS each), borrowed from the MSc classes, will be included in the PhD program, aimed to integrate specific training demands.

Title and MsC: Earth System Science, MsC in Geosciences for Risks and Environment
Management
Teacher: Prof. Diego Perugini
6 ECTS credits, possibly in presence, first semester

Title and MsC: Mathematical methods for Geosciences, MsC in Geosciences for Risks and Environment Management
Teacher: Dr. Maurizio Petrelli
ETCS and Scheduling: 6 ECTS credits, possibly in presence, first semester

Title and MsC: Environmental geochemistry, MsC in Geosciences for Risks and Environment Management
Teacher: Prof. Francesco Frondini
ETCS and Scheduling: 6 ECTS credits, possibly in presence, second semester

Seminars

Seminars and Lectures, on topics not strictly related to the student research projects, will be organized, usually in the period between November 1st and May 31st, aimed at broadening the skills and increasing the awareness of PhD students. The lectures will be given by Italian and foreign qualified experts, by members of the PhD Board, as well as by former PhD students.

Title: Optimization of geomorphological slope units
Speaker: Massimiliano Alvioli (CNR-IRPI)
Scheduling: 27/01/2020

Title: Analytical techniques for geological sites characterization
Speaker: Andrea Chiuri (ENEA)
Scheduling: To be defined

Title: How safe is the “safe”; salt structures as repositories for radioactive waste disposal
Speaker: Hemin Koyi (University of Uppsala)
Scheduling: To be defined

Title: Diffraction, a basic method in Geosciences
Speaker: Tonci Balic-Zunic (University of Copenhagen)
Scheduling: To be defined

Further training activities

The doctoral training program also comprises further activities, shared with other University of Perugia PhD programs, as described in the following.
Disciplinary and interdisciplinary training, advanced linguistic and computing training:
- Foreign language courses at CLA (Centro Linguistico d'Ateneo/University Language Center) according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), of six-month (10 CFU/ECTS) or annual (13 CFU/ECTS) duration;
- Computer lab courses or specific modules (1-2 CFU/ECTS) related to software for data analysis (R, Stata, GIS), word processing programs (LaTeX), specialized software, dedicated to geological data processing;
- Research management, knowledge of research systems and funding systems (1 CFU/ECTS);
- Enhancement of research results and intellectual property (6 courses, each 1 CFU/ECTS each). Each course is focused on the transition from basic research to applied research; research enhancement techniques; the funding of applied research; the protection of intellectual property; the university's actions to promote patents; business creation and research spin-offs. All the courses and modules described in this section require a final check.

 

General information

The new PhD program in Earth System and Global Changes aims to train specialists with interdisciplinary skills, able to deal with several significant and compelling problems of our rapidly changing world, mainly related to: Earth history and dynamics; exploitation of renewable and non-renewable energy resources and geomaterials, also in the perspective of a circular economy; mitigation of geological risks (seismic, volcanic, and hydro-geomorphological).
The PhD program provides international training opportunities on issues relating to climate change, strategies for mitigating natural and human-induced risks, demand for natural resources, and environmental sustainability.

Postdoctoral occupational contexts

The PhD program will train experts with high technical-scientific profile, able to fit into various public and private occupational contexts. The obtained updated and innovative skills will facilitate access to numerous work fields, such as (1) universities and other research institutions; (2) government agencies that require researchers who can support management and policy decisions to address major environmental problems that modern society is facing today, also promoting increased interactions between stakeholders and local communities (Social License); (3) public and private companies devoted to land management and geological risk mitigation, procurement, modelling, and management of geo-resources, sustainable production of minerals and energy resources, and the study and promotion of landscape and cultural heritage.

Educational and training activities

The PhD board provides a Doctoral Training Program, consisting of a wide range of first-class teaching activities. Starting from this program, PhD students are strongly encouraged in customizing their personal training path, coherently with the objectives of their specific research project.


Doctoral program courses

The courses will be taken by teachers belonging to the PhD board or by qualified external teachers, and may also be organized as thematic schools and/or workshops. All courses and schools will be open to students from other Italian or international PhD programs, promoting intellectual, scientific and personal exchanges among the participants. Eight courses (on average 3 ECTS each) will be offered, distributed in two periods: First semester (and winter schools), November-February; Second semester (and summer schools), March-October.

Courses offered by the MSc in Geology

The Department of Physics and Geology activated two new MSc courses ("GeoSciences for Risk and Environment Management" and "Geology for Energy Resources"), whose topics effectively interface with the educational objectives of the PhD program. Three courses (6 ECTS each), borrowed from the MSc classes, will be included in the PhD program, aimed to integrate specific training demands.

Seminar Cycles

Seminars and Lectures, on topics not strictly related to the student research projects, will be organized, usually in the period between November 1st and May 31st, aimed at broadening the skills and increasing the awareness of PhD students. The lectures will be given by Italian and foreign qualified experts, by members of the PhD Board, as well as by former PhD students.

Research stay in Italy and abroad

The PhD training program will be enhanced by stays at other universities or research institutions, in Italy (for an average period of 3 months) or abroad, both within the institutions involved in the PhD (for an average period of 12 months), and/or in other qualified universities or research institutions (for an average period of 6 months).

Further training activities

The doctoral training program also comprises further activities, shared with other University of Perugia PhD programs, as described in the following.
Disciplinary and interdisciplinary training, advanced linguistic and computing training:
- Foreign language courses at CLA (Centro Linguistico d'Ateneo/University Language Center) according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), of six-month (10 CFU/ECTS) or annual (13 CFU/ECTS) duration;
- Computer lab courses or specific modules (1-2 CFU/ECTS) related to software for data analysis (R, Stata, GIS), word processing programs (LaTeX), specialized software, dedicated to geological data processing;
- Research management, knowledge of research systems and funding systems (1 CFU/ECTS);
- Enhancement of research results and intellectual property (6 courses, each 1 CFU/ECTS each). Each course is focused on the transition from basic research to applied research; research enhancement techniques; the funding of applied research; the protection of intellectual property; the university's actions to promote patents; business creation and research spin-offs. All the courses and modules described in this section require a final check.