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Lecturer in Geophysics, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz

I am a Physicist but I soon chose to become a Geophysicist, or better, a volcano-seismologist, having the chance of working in the oldest Volcano Observatory in the world, the INGV-Osservatorio Vesuviano. This has given me a certain fascination for volcanoes, a statement which would surprise my former Msc and Phd supervisor (defended in 2009 at the university of Bologna): he once stated that for me imaging a cake or a volcano would have been the same.

I have studied energy-propagation to obtain attenuation and scattering images of volcanoes as famous as Mt. Vesuvius and Campi Flegrei in Italy, Mount St. Helens in the US, Deception Island in Antartica, and Tenerife in Spain. To achieve my goals I have spent years working in research institutions across Europe, as Grenoble in France, Edinburgh in Scotland, and especially Münster in Germany, where I lived for over four years as a research/teaching assistant at the Institut für Geophysik - Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität. Now in Aberdeen, I have ongoing cooperations and projects with researchers in all the countries where I have lived plus the US, Spain, and Japan.

My research interests are quite well-defined: imaging the Earth and the Environment with whatever mean Physics provides. Volcanoes are my first love (and where my techniques work at best) but I am eager to study different scales (from the Core to surveys) as well as different fields. The possibility of scanning a cake is still on my mind.


  • 2019–present
    Associate professor, Johannes Gutenberg University
  • 2014–2019
    Lecturer, University of Aberdeen
  • 2010–2014
    Assistant researcher, University of Münster
  • 2009–2010
    Assistant researcher, INGV-Osservatorio Vesuviano


  • 2009 
    University of Bologna, Doctoral Degree in Geophysics
  • 2005 
    University of Naples, Diploma Magistralis in Physics

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Interferometric imaging at Campi Flegrei
    Funding Source:
    Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • 2015
    Mobility Award
    Funding Source:
    Santander Bank

Professional Memberships

  • BGS