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Fabrizio Storti - Associate Professor.  I had a degree in Geology in 1989 and a Ph.D. in Structural Geology in 1995 from the Earth Science Department of the Pisa University, Italy. From 2005 to 2010 I was Associate Professor of Structural Geology and Tectonics at the Geology Department of the Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy. At present I’m Associate Professor of Structural Geology and Tectonics at the Department of Physics and Earth Sciences “Macedonio Melloni”, Parma University. My research interests include: (i) the evolution of fault-related folds and of their deformation patterns, with implications for fluid flow (using geometric-kinematic modeling, field work and statistical data analysis, and analogue modelling); (ii) the evolution of fault zones and fault systems, with implications for permeability and fluid flow (using field work and statistical data analysis, laser diffraction granulometry, Hg porosimetry, in situ permeability, and optical morphometry); (iii) the evolution of thrust and fold belts and their interaction with surface processes (using field work, analogue modelling, cross-section balancing, and interpretation of reflection seismic profiles); (iv) the evolution of passive margins, with particular emphasis on the Ross Sea region, Antarctica (using field work and statistical data analysis, and interpretation of reflection seismic profiles). I participated to two field expeditions in Antarctica. I published more than 80 scientific papers in peer reviewed international journals and I authored a great number of presentations at scientific congresses. I review manuscripts for almost all international journals dealing with Structural Geology, Tectonics and Geodynamics, and I’m a reviewer for research projects submitted to national iand international research agencies like the European Research Council (ERC) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). I was Editor-in-Chief of Tectonophysics for the term 2010-2012 and member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Journal of Structural Geology since 2003. I was President of the Tectonics and Structural Geology division (TS) of the European Geoscience Union (EGU) for the term 2009-2012. At present I’m President of the Topical Events Committee of the EGU council for the term 2013-2015. I’m member 3287 of the Academia Europaea.

Research Projects

  • The ongoing research of my research group is focused on the following projects:
  • Analogue modeling of the deep architecture and evolution of sedimentary basins developed in convergent and divergent margins (funded by ENI);
  • Deep structural architecture and evolution of the external sector of the Northern Apennines, using available reflection seismic profiles, cross-section balancing, field work and analogue modeling (in collaboration with the Pisa University);
  • Deformation and petrophysical properties in poorly lithified sediments of Eastern Calabria and analysis of carbonate concretions as a tool for constraining both fossil fluid flow directions and velocities in faulted groundwater reservoirs (in collaboration with the Durham University, UK);
  • Deformation and petrophysical properties in poorly lithified sediments of Northeastern Brazil and analysis of iron concretions as a tool for constraining fossil fluid flow around fault zones (in collaboration with the Natal University, Brazil);
  • Relationships among diagenesys, deformation and dolomitization along fault zones developed in layered limestones of the Northern Apennines (in collaboration with the Leuven University, Belgium; funded by Shell);
  • Evolution of the Jabal Qusaibah anticline, Oman, and of the extensional and strike-slip fault zones associated with this fold (in collaboration with the Leuven University, Belgium; funded by Shell);
  • Fracturing modes in folded siliciclastic turbidites (funded by Petrobras)
  • Cenozoic tectonic evolution of the Ross Sea Region, Antarctica (in collaboration with the Roma Tre, Pisa, and Bremen Universities, and the Italian CNR)



Cristian Cavozzi - Technical leader  I was born in Parma (Italy) on 8th July 1971. I had a degree in Natural Sciences in 2002 and a Ph.D. in Structural Geology in 2005 from the Parma University. From 2005 to 2008 I taught “GIS and geological hazards assessment” and “tectonics of sedimentary cover” for the undergraduate degree inNatural science and Geological Sciences, University of Parma. From 2005 to 2012 I was research fellow at the Earth Sciences Department of the same university. Since December 2012, I’mtechnical engineer and technical leader of the Analogue Modelling Laboratory "Elisabetta Costa", Department of Physics and Earth Sciences, University of Parma. Which is partially funded by Eni. I also deal with GIS (Geographic Information System), in collaboration with other departments of my university and abroad

 Curriculum vitae et studiorum



 Fabrizio Balsamo - Researcher

 Curriculum vitae et studiorum 





Luca Barchi - technical leader of micro analisys lab ,  SEM lab and applied Petrography Laboratory






  Mattia Pizzati - fellowship  was born in Parma on June 30th, 1990 and he graduated in “Geological Sciences” on February 28th, 2013 discussing a degree thesis entitled “Structural-geologic survey of the area comprising Monte Prinzera (Northern Apennines, Taro valley)”, supervisor Prof. Fabrizio Storti, assistant supervisor Dott. Roberto Tinterri.
During the last year of specialistic course he spent a three months stage as apprentice at Eni s.p.a division “Exploration & Production”, from  November 5th, 2014 to February 20th, 2015 in order to learn the use of software useful to 3D fracture prediction.
He graduated on April 23rd, 2015 discussing a specialistic degree thesis entitled “Use of integrated analogue and numerical modelling to predict tridimensional fracture intensity in fault-related folds”, supervisor Prof. Fabrizio Storti, assistant supervisors Dott. Cristian Cavozzi and Dott. Corrado Magistroni, revisor Dott. Fabrizio Balsamo.
From November 1st, 2015 he started the XXXI° Ph.D cycle at “Physics and Earth Sciences Department” at Università degli Studi di Parma, with the research project entitled: “Paleo-fluid flow within fault zones from diagenetic concretions study”.
In the field of geological sciences the major interests comprise:

  • Structural-geologic analysis of sedimentary basins and interplay between tectonic and sedimentation.
  • Structural-geologic, petro-physical and hydraulic analysis of fault zones established within siliciclastic sediments with different cementation degree.
  • Relations between genesis and development of diagenetic concretions and faults activity periods.

 Curriculum vitae et studiorum 


Alessio Lucca - fellowship  was born in Cremona on June 25th, 1991. He graduated in Geologic Sciences on December 5th, 2013. His First Level Degree Thesis deals with Granulometric and Permeability Variations induced by Fault Zones Development in the Varano Marchesi unconsolidated Sandstones, deformed in the Salsomaggiore Anticline (Northern Apennines). He graduated in Geologic Sciences and Technologies on October 29th, 2015 discussing his Master Degree Thesis: Structural Architecture and Paleofluid Evolution along the Compione Extensional Fault, Lunigiana, Northern Apennines. This Thesis work is characterized by a multidisciplinary approach involving structural geologic fieldwork, microstructural, cathodoluminescence, microtermometric and isotopic analysis. His Supervisor and assistant Supervisor are Full Professor Fabrizio Storti and Assistant Professor Ph.D Fabrizio Balsamo. From November 2nd, 2015 he started the Ph.D XXXI° cycle at “Dipartimento di Fisica di Scienze della Terra M. Melloni” at Università degli Studi di Parma. His Ph.D research focuses on Structural Architecture and Diagenetic Evolution in Fault Zones developed in Silicoclastic Rocks with different lithification and Paleohydrogeologic and Paleoseismologic Implications.
His ongoing research focuses on the following topics:

  • Fluid flow and diagenesis in post-orogenic extensional fault zones developed in lithified silicoclastic deposits;
  • Dolomitization and diagenetic evolution in fault zones developed in carbonate rocks;
  • Fracture nucleation and reactivation modes, and petrophysical properties of well lithified silicoclastic deposits in active extensional fault zones characterized by elevated structural complexity.

Curriculum vitae et studiorum 


Sivia Cortinovis - fellowship. She received her master’s degree in Geological Sciences and Technologies from the University of Milano-Bicocca in March 2016, discussing a thesis titled: “Dolomitization and over-dolomitization in the Vajont Limestone (Dolomiti Bellunesi, Italy) controlled by Mesozoic normal faults: a microstructural and diagenesis study”. The subject of this research is the influence of fault kinematics on the Vajont Limestone dolomitization. The thesis work consisted in the joint analysis of the structural, diagenetic and isotopic evolution of the porous dolomite bodies that outcrop in the Vajont Gorge. The thesis research was conducted partly at the University of Milano-Bicocca (IT) and partly at the University of Leuven (BE), under the supervision of Dr. Andrea Bistacchi (supervisor) and Prof. Rudy Swennen (co-supervisor) respectively.
Since November 2016, she is a PhD student (XXXII cycle) in the NEXT group at the University of Parma. Her PhD research is about the multi-scale analysis of fractures in faults zones within carbonate rocks. The project focuses on the study of some seismogenic faults from the Central Apennines. The PhD project includes both fieldwork, aimed at reconstructing the structural architecture of fault zones, and laboratory analyses, aimed at studying the microstructural and petrophysical evolution of cataclasites from fault core, with main implication for the study of mechanics of earthquakes.

Curriculum vitae et studiorum


Andrea Succo - fellowship XXXII phase


Luigi Berio - fellowship XXXIII phase




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