Professore ordinario
Full Professor
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Short Curriculum

Born in Feltre (Italy), 1957; Liceo Classico (Feltre), 1975; Doctor in Geology at the University of Ferrara, 1981; Assistant at the University of Ferrara, 1981-1983; Post-Doc at the University of Basel (CH), 1983-1984; Researcher at the University of Ferrara, 1983-1992; Associate professor University of Bari 1992-1994; Full Professor University of Basilicata, 1994-1997; Full Professor of Geodynamics, Sapienza University – Roma, 1997-present; President Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, 2016- present


1985 - Visiting researcher at the University of Oxford, 
1988; 1992; 1994 - Visiting researcher at the Rice University in Houston, 
2015 - Visiting researcher at Columbia University, Lamont-Doherty Lab, New York, 
1995 - Scientific party ODP Leg 161 in the western Mediterranean
1999 – present Research Associate of CNR-IGAG, 
Field areas besides Italy: in Morocco, Mexico, Iran, Tunisia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece, Turkey, Japan, California, El Salvador, Ecuador, Iceland
Supervisor of 15 PhD thesis



1986 - Dal Piaz Award of the Italian Geological Society
1994 - Distinguished Lecturer of the AAPG, US tour
2004 - Spendiarov Award of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 32° IGC
2005 - Distinguished Lecturer of the AAPG, Europe tour
2009 - Alfred Wegener Award, European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers
2009 - Premio Sapienza Ricerca
2009 - Premio Bellunesi nel Mondo
2013 - Premio SS Vittore e Corona, Feltre
2015 - Honorary Professor of Chinese Geosciences University, Beijing
2016 - 100 Eccellenze Italiane
2017 - Premio Speciale Majella 2017 con Silvia Peppoloni
2018 - Robert R. Berg AAPG Award for Outstanding Research
2018 - School of Advanced Studies Award UniCam Università di Camerino


2009 - Member of the Accademia dei Lincei
2011 - Member of the Accademia Nazionale delle Scienze, detta dei XL
2005 - Member of the Academia Europaea
2014 - Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts
2006 - Member of the Istituto Lombardo di Scienze Lettere ed Arti
2007 - Member of the Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti
2016 - Member of the Accademia delle Scienze di Torino


Member of the Tectonics Panel, Ocean Drilling Program, 1992-1994
Director of the Geodynamics Department at the University of Basilicata, 1994-1997
President of the CNR strategic project CROP – Crosta Profonda (CNR-AGIP-ENEL), 1999- 
Member of the Italian Geological Committee, 2003-
Vice-President of the Italian Geological Society, 2003-2008
Editor-in-Chief of Terra Nova 2003-
Editor-in-Chief of Earth Science Reviews 2012- 
Associate Editor of Tectonics 2004-2012
Associate Editor of the Brazilian Journal of Geology 2013-
Council member of Geoscience Frontiers, 2020-
Editorial board Journal Structural Geology, 1987-2007; Bull. Soc. Géol. de France, 2000-2005 Compte Rendu Ac. Sci. Bulgare, 2006-; Italian Journal of Geosciences, 2000- 
Coordinator project–PI of Sismologia 1 of the Italian Civil Protection, 2008-2010
Chairman of the School in Geological Sciences (Sapienza University), 2009-2012
President of the Italian Geological Society, 2009-2014
Scientific Panel of the CNR-Dipartimento Terra e Ambiente, 2010-2014
Research Panel (Sapienza University), 2010-2011
Commission of the Accademia dei Lincei for Environment and the Natural Hazards 2010-
Commission of the Accademia dei Lincei for Scientific Research 2014-
Reviewer of ERC, ESF, MIUR-PRIN, CIVR, ANVUR, International Private and Public universities, foundations and institutions, etc.
Chairman Commissione Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale Area 04/A2 - 2012-2014 
International Atomic Energy Agency-IAEA expert
Member of the National Committee for International Union of Geological Sciences 2010-
Member of the CIRM, Ministry of Industry of Italy 2013-
Member of the Scuola Studi Avanzati Sapienza 2014-2018
Member of the ANVUR-GEV 04 panel 2015-2016


Research activity:

  • Asymmetry of orogens and foreland basins as a function of the subduction polarity
  • Asymmetry of rift zones
  • Rotational and tidal forces on plate tectonics
  • Evidence for the polarization of plate tectonics and westward drift of the lithosphere
  • Seismicity versus Earth's rotation, lithostatic load and tectonic setting
  • Mechanism of earthquakes
  • Structure and geodynamic evolution of the Alps, Apennines and the Mediterranean
  • Relationship between tectonics and sedimentation


Main achievements:

  • Tectonic mainstream of plate motion 
  • Tectonic asymmetry of plate boundaries
  • Earth’s rotation and tidal drag in driving plate tectonics
  • New model on earthquake generation (graviquakes and elastoquakes)
  • Atlas of the Italian deep crust (CNR-Agip-Enel) - Mediterranean geodynamics


Fundings and research grants:

  • PI of Euroepan Project, Miur-Prin (both national and local coordinator), ASI, CNR, Sapienza University, PI of several industrial contracts


Stanford University evaluation of world Geoscientists:




  • Geodynamics and sedimentary basins



Google Scholar: H factor 63, Citations 14000
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