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Doctorate of

Earth, Environmental and Resources Science


The understanding and definition of both static and evolutionary geological aspects is indispensable for any territorial and environment management. With the established experience gained in the previous cycles of this same doctoral program, we aim to form a researcher in Earth Sciences with both specific and transverse knowledge, able to coordinate differentiated activities for geological analysis of the territory and for the study of interactions with the environment related to the static and dynamic attributes of the physical environment. This is particularly useful for the complex management of the Neapolitan and Campania regions, with high seismic, volcanic, hydrogeological and environmental risks (this last due to cultural-artistic heritage and waste pollution). The training profile will favor aspects related to the past geological phenomena (with their influence on the distribution and magnitude of geo resources) and those related to recent and current dynamics (with their influence on distribution and risk intensity), in addition to the application and development of geophysical, geochemical and geological technologies ranging from monitoring to 3D modeling of physical-chemical parameters, both for predictive and indirect exploration of the subsoil for the purpose of identifying, enhancing and managing the resources of the territory, Including oil and mining.
The main reseach themes for the XXXIII Cycle are :
  •  Development and optimization of models for the characterization of geochemical-environmental risk at urban and regional scale and exposure conditions (Prof. Stefano Albanese)
  •  Rising groundwater levels in the Neapolitan area and its impacts on civil engineering structures, agricultural soils and archaeological sites (Dr. Vincenzo Allocca)
  •  Modelling of infiltration-groundwater recharge processes in karst aquifers of southern Italy (Prof. Pantaleone De Vita)
  •  Surface uplift history of the southern Apennines (Italy) (Prof. Alessandra Ascione)
  •  Trends in Taxonomic diversification inferred from the fossil record (Prof. Filippo Barattolo)
  •  The geographic distribution of Homo and its environmental correlates (Prof. Diana Barra)
  •  Geology, Mineralogy and Geochemistry of Supergene Ore Deposits: Characteristics of Ni-Co Mineralizations in Lateritic Profiles (Prof. Maria Boni)
  •  Hazard assessment of slow- to fast-moving landslides in southern Italy  (Prof. Domenico Calcaterra)
  •  Hydrogeochemistry of the Campi Flegrei groundwaters and definition of the conceptual model of the hydrothermal system (Dr. Stefano Caliro)
  •  Characterization of magmatic sources in variable geodynamic contexts by means of the lithium and boron isotopic systematics (Prof. Massimo D’Antonio)
  •  Geophysical and engineering geological modelling for shallow landslide hazard assessment (Prof. Rosa Di Maio)
  •  Integrated analysis of Mediterranean lagoon-dune-beach systems in relation to climate, environmental and anthropic changes during the Late Quaternary (Dr. Carlo Donadio)
  •  Definizione del Geo-Pedo-Fingerprint (GPF) di alcune filiere vitivinicole europee e latino-americane mediante il dosaggio di rapporti isotopici radiogenici (87Sr/86Sr) (Dr. Lorenzo Fedele)
  •  Cooperative Inversion of gravity and ground deformation data (Prof. Maurizio Fedi)
  •  Active tectonic structures in the Ionian coastal zones of the Calabrian Arc (Prof. Luigi Ferranti)
  •  Modelling of potential fields data in the CWT domain (Prof. Giovanni Florio)
  •  Study of magma dynamics associated to Mt. Somma-Vesuvius  eruptions and residence times of  minerals  before to be erupted (Prof. Annamaria Lima)
  •  Genesi dei magmi nel mantello in ambienti orogenici ed anorogenici: evoluzione magmatica intracrostale (Prof. Leone Melluso)
  •  Caratterizzazione mineralogica e petrografica di ceramiche archeologiche del bacino del Mediterraneo, del Medio Oriente e dell’Africa (Prof. Vincenzo Morra)
  •  Micro-Analytical and experimental investigations of Campi Flegrei and Somma-Vesuvius pyroclastic rocks :implications for syn-eruptive and post-eruptive volcanic processes (Dr. Lucia Pappalardo) (Dr. Lucia Pappalardo)
  •  Sr-isotope stratigraphy and structural analysis of the Upper Cretaceous and Miocene shallow water carbonates bracketing the forebulge unconformity in the Central-Southern Apennine (Prof. Mariano Parente)
  •  Trophic adaptations in large mammals evolution (Prof. Pasquale Raia)
  •  The Late Roman-Medieval transition in the southern Italian landscapes. Natural vs man-induced forcing (Dr. Elda Russo Ermolli)
  •  Flash flood susceptibility evaluation in Mediterranean environments (Prof. Nicoletta Santangelo)
  •  Tectonostratigraphic characterization of the Namibe basin, Angola (Prof. Stefano Tavani)
  •  Reconstruction of the deformation at Campi Flegrei in the last 15 ka by means of a multidiplinary study of meso- and macro-structures (Prof. Stefano Vitale)