Eugenio Fazio

Ricercatore di Petrologia e Petrografia [GEO/07]
Sezione di appartenenza: Scienze della Terra
Ufficio: Palazzo Ramondetta / Corso Italia 57
Email: efazio@unict.it
Telefono: 0957195752


Fazio Eugenio, nato a Catania il 19/06/1976, laureato in Scienze Geologiche nel 2001 con il massimo dei voti, abilitato all’esercizio della professione nello stesso anno, iscritto all’Albo dei Geologi dal 2004. Le discipline approfondite nell’ambito della ricerca svolta riguardano i campi della petrografia e geologia strutturale. Le competenze tecniche comprendono: il rilevamento geologico-strutturale in aree cristalline; l’analisi petrografica-microstrutturale quantitativa di rocce attraverso tecniche di analisi di immagine e di microtomografia; la determinazione delle caratteristiche petrofisiche dei materiali naturali ed artificiali; l’utilizzo di tecniche analitiche non distruttive per la caratterizzazione di materiali lapidei e ceramici d’interesse storico-culturale; i rilievi geomeccanici; l’elaborazione statistica di dati minero- e petro-chimici; la costruzione di banche dati georeferenziate ed elaborati cartografici (GIS).

È ricercatore dal 2011 (SSD GEO/07) presso l’Università degli Studi di Catania, afferisce al Dipartimento di Science Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali, Sezione di Scienze della Terra, dove svolge attività di docenza per il Corso di Laurea in Scienze Geologiche.

Ha svolto attività di ricerca, presso l’Università di Catania, in qualità di assegnista (S.S.D. GEO/07):

2010-2011 “Studio petrologico e microstrutturale di rocce milonitiche”;
2008-2005 “Studio petrografico-strutturale di metamorfiti e magmatiti dell’Arco Calabro-Peloritano”. L’attività di ricerca ha compreso: il significato petrogenetico e geodinamico di rocce milonitiche; lo studio dei processi petrogenetici e delle associazioni di minerali stabili in rocce metamorfiche a condizioni di temperatura e pressione differenti e costruzione di diagrammi di petrologia di fase e ricostruzione delle possibili traiettorie P-T-t; la caratterizzazione petrochimica e petrofisica di rocce ignee e metamorfiche; rilevamenti e studi petrogenetico-strutturali di complessi ignei e metamorfici e raccolta di campioni orientati; l’applicazione di tecniche di analisi di immagine per la quantificazione delle microstrutture e la definizione dell’orientazione preferenziale degli assi cristallografici dei minerali.

È stato componente delle unità di ricerca dei seguenti progetti di interesse nazionale:
"Studio sperimentale delle trasformazioni chimiche e fisico-meccaniche di manufatti ceramici, in seguito all’interazione controllata con l’ambiente marino, in relazione alle loro caratteristiche tessiturali e composizionali" (PRIN 2009); “Gradienti di deformazione nelle rocce milonitiche e variazioni delle proprietà petrofisiche in shear zone” (PRIN 2007).

Ha svolto periodi di ricerca all’estero presso i seguenti enti: Dip. Sc. Terra e Oceani dell’Università di Liverpool (UK, Marzo 2008) in collaborazione con i Proff. D. Prior e E. Mariani; Dip. Sc. Geol. di Basilea (CH, Febbraio 2007) in collaborazione con la Prof.ssa Heilbronner.

Ha prestato servizi di formazione e ricerca presso i seguenti istituti pubblici e privati: 
2009: Centro di Ricerche Interdisciplinari per i Beni Culturali e Monumentali (C.R.I.Be.Cu.M.) per l’individuazione delle cause di degrado chimico-fisico-meccanico di materiali lapidei naturali ed artificiali.
2008-2006: Partecipazione a progetti di ricerca (P.R.A.) dell’Ateneo di Catania: 2008 “Petrologia, geocronologia e significato geodinamico delle magmatiti e metamorfiti del settore meridionale dell’Orogene Calabro-Peloritano”; 2007 “Petrologia dei prodotti filoniani affioranti nel settore meridionale dell’Orogene Calabro-Peloritano e rapporti con le zone di taglio profondo”; 2006 “Indagini petrografiche e petrochimiche di metamorfiti e magmatiti nel settore meridionale dell’Orogene Calabro-Peloritano (Peloritani, Aspromonte, Serre meridionali)”; 2005 - esperto in metodologie non distruttive per attività di analisi chimico-mineralogiche di reperti museali per il P.O.N. 2000-2006 “Ricerca, Sviluppo tecnologico, Alta Formazione” del Piano Coordinato delle Università di Catania e di Lecce, iniziativa n.11 “Laboratorio di Tecniche non distruttive”. 

Ha svolto (2005) incarichi di docenza per corsi di formazione professionale finanziati da FSE, MIUR e Regione Siciliana, per le qualifiche di: “Tecnico superiore per il monitoraggio e la gestione del territorio e dell’ambiente”; “Addetto al cantiere per il recupero e la conservazione degli edifici”. 

Ha partecipato in qualità di relatore (e organizzatore di sessioni scientifiche in alcuni casi) ai seguenti congressi e convegni nazionali e internazionali: 

Sett 2018, Catania (Italy) - "Geosciences for the environment, natural hazard and cultural heritage" Congresso congiunto SGI-SIMP - Università di Catania

Sett 2017 Pisa (Italy) - "Geosciences: a tool in a changing world" (Congresso congiunto AIV, SGI, SIMP e SoGeI) - Università di Pisa

Apr 2017, Inverness (UK) DRT 2017 - 21st International Conference on Deformation Mechanisms, Rheology and Tectonics (Aberdeen University)

Sett 2009, Rimini - FIST Geoitalia 2009, Federazione Italiana di Scienze della Terra; 27 Sett. - 2 Ott. 2007,

DRT conference 16° (Deformation mechanisms, rheology and tectonics) Università di Milano, Dip. Sc. Geol.

È peer review per le seguenti riviste internazionali: Lithos (Elsevier), Journal of Microscopy (Wiley), Geological Society of London (Special Publication), International Journal of Earth Sciences (Springer), Arabian Journal of Geosciences (Springer), Mineralogy and Petrology (Springer), Comptes Rendus Geoscience (Elsevier), Periodico di Mineralogia (Università Roma La Sapienza).
 

È Associate Editor per la seguente rivista internazionale: Arabian Journal of Geosciences (Springer)

Ha partecipato come Guest Edirtor ed ha collaborato con il comitato editoriale per le seguenti riviste internazionali: Italian Journal of Geosciences (Società Geologica Italiana); Periodico di Mineralogia (Università Roma La Sapienza).

Ha partecipato ai seguenti congressi, corsi, seminari e conferenze:

29 Ottobre 2018, Catania "Folds and fabrics, reading records of flow in shear zones" del Prof. Alsop Ian (Aberdeen University).

24 Giu 2010, Catania “AMS, AARM and SEM-EBSD Analysis. Deformation Mechanism of Magnetite in Polymineralic Rocks “ del Prof. M. A. Mamtani (Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India).

27 Sett-2 Ott 2007, Università di Milano, Dip. Sc. Geol. Escursione pre-conferenza sul Monviso del 16° DRT conference (Deformation mechanisms, rheology and tectonics). Fieldtrip leaders: Proff. R. Compagnoni e D. Castelli.

Luglio 2005, Basel University – Dept. of Geosciences (CH) “Image Analysis & orientation imaging in geosciences” della Prof. R. Heilbronner (Basel University).

10-12 Nov 2004, Zurigo (CH) E.T.H. - Federal Institute of Technology – Institut Fur Mineralogie und Petrographie. “Geothermobarometry” del Prof. R. Powell (University of Melbourne).

13-17 Ott 2003, Venezia - Microstructural Analysis of Metamorphic Rocks. Università degli Studi di Padova. Seminario I.S.P.E.T. (International Seminars of Petrology) finanziato M.I.U.R. Resp. Comm. Scient. Prof. R. Vernon (Sydney), Coord. Progetto Prof. B. Cesare (Padova).

9-13 Giu 2003, Università di Torino – Dip. Sc. Mineral. Petrol. “Petrologia di fase: principi e metodi” Docente: Prof. D. Castelli .

2-8 Sett 2002, Londra (UK). “Transport and Flow Processes in Shear Zones” Geological Society of London ed escursione post-conferenza nelle Scottish Highlands. Fieldtrip leaders: Proff. I. Alsop e B. Holdsworth.

13-15 Giu 2002, Università di Pisa “Microtectonics: the recognition and interpretation of microstructures” del Prof. C. W. Passchier (University of Mainz -Germany).


È membro/socio delle seguenti associazioni, gruppi di ricerca, società scientifiche:

SGI: Società Geologica Italiana

SIMP: Società Italiana di Mineralogia e Petrografia (dal 2007)

GNP: Gruppo Nazionale Petrografia (dal 2006);

GIGS: Gruppo Italiano di Geologia Strutturale (dal 2006);

MSA: Mineralogical Society of America (2006-2008);

TecTask: Task Group on Tectonics and Structural Geology (dal 2008)

MeIGePeG: Metamorphic and Igneous Geo-Petrology group at the University of Catania (dal 2008). www.meigepeg.it 

University of Catania

Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences (BIOMLG)

Corso Italia 57

Catania, CT 95129

Italy

efazio@unict.it

Phone: +39 095 7195752

Mobile: +39 347 3062704

Fax: +39 095 7195760

Website: http://www.dipbiogeo.unict.it/

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Eugenio Fazio, PhD

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Eugenio_Fazio

http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1802-8207

Scopus Author ID:35555899600

 

Biography

Born in Catania on 1976, married, three children, graduated in Geology at the University of Catania in 2001 (summa cum laude), researcher from 2011 at the same university, where in 2005 he received the Ph.D. in Petrology & Petrography. Since 2006 he conducts scientific investigations about metamorphic petrology, structural geology, petrophysics, microtectonics, field survey of crystalline terrains, GIS. In parallel he conducted petrophysical laboratory tests on rocks to explore correlations between fabrics and seismic anisotropies. He spent abroad periods of study, consolidating international scientific collaborations with various research groups (Aberdeen, Basel, Berkeley, Clausthal, Kharagpur, Kiel, Liverpool, Stuttgart, Turin) for the study of metamorphic complexes. He was member of various research groups participating to different national research projects since 2007 (PRIN and FIR). He has participated in numerous courses and seminars and conferences dealing with the techniques of image analysis and microstructures of naturally deformed rocks. Since 2005 he lectured several courses at the University of Catania and holds a course about Optical Mineralogy in the Master of Science in Geology. Current research is aimed at quantifying microstructures (e.g., lattice preferred orientations of minerals, LPO), strain rates of crustal scale shear zones, and petrophysical characteristics of naturally deformed rocks.

 

Education

Sep 2002 – Dec 2004

Università degli Studi di Catania

Ph.D., Petrography and Petrology, Catania, Italy

 

Apr 2001 – Apr 2001

Università degli Studi di Catania

Laurea in Scienze Geologiche, Metamorphic Geology, Catania, Italy

Research and Scientific Meeting Organization Experience

Apr 2018 – Sep 2018

Organization Committee of SGI-SIMP national congress "Geosciences for the environment, natural hazard and cultural heritage"

University of Catania, Italy

Dec 2011 – present

Researcher

University of Catania, Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences (BIOMLG) Catania, Italy

Apr 2007 – Aug 2008

PRIN 2007 - Strain partitioning within natural crustal-scale shear zone

Università degli Studi di Catania, Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences (BIOMLG) Catania, Italy

 

Funded Research Projects (last update November 2018)

Fondo per il finanziamento delle attività base di ricerca” FFABR annualità 2017 - MIUR

2017

FIR Attività di  Ricerca di Base UniCT

2017

Piano Triennale della Ricerca Dipartimentale

2018

Micorstrutture e assi c del quarzo

2015

 

Statistics (last update November 2018)

Researchgate Score

21.09

h-index (Scopus)

10

Publications

46

Publications

26

Reads

4,173

Co-authors

38

Citations

266

Citations

250

 

Awards & Grants

Sep 2018

Award: Premio "Secondo Franchi" - Società Geologica Italiana

Dec 2005

Grant: Assegnista di ricerca at Università di Catania

Skills & Activities

Skills

Metamorphic Petrology, Structural Geology, Microstructures, Microscopic Techniques, Petrophysics, Geological Mapping, Geographic Information System, Mineralogy, Rock rheology, UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and drones survey.

Languages

English, Italian

Scientific Memberships

• 2006 - 2009: MSA (Mineralogical Society of America)
• 2006 - : GIGS (Gruppo Informale di Geologia Strutturale)
• 2006 - :SIMP (Società Italiana di Mineralogia e Petrologia)
• 2014 - : GNP (Gruppo Nazionale Petrografia)
• 2014 - : EGU (European Geoscience Union)
• 2015 - : SGI (Società Geologica Italiana)

Interests

Volley, snorkeling, trekking, photography, equal opportunity

Publication Highlights

Fazio E, Cirrincione R, Pezzino A: Tectono-metamorphic map of the south-western flank of the Aspromonte Massif (southern Calabria -Italy). Journal of Maps 10/2014; 11(1)., DOI:10.1080/17445647.2014.962634

Fazio E., R. Cirrincione, A. Pezzino: Estimating P–T conditions of Alpine-type metamorphism using multistage garnet in the tectonic windows of the Cardeto area (southern Aspromonte Massif, Calabria). Mineralogy and Petrology 05/2008; 93(1):111-142., DOI:10.1007/s00710-007-0216-2

Fazio E, Punturo R, Cirrincione R: Quartz c-axis Texture Mapping of Mylonitic Metapelite with Rod Structures (Calabria, southern Italy): Clues for Hidden Shear Flow Direction. Journal of the Geological Society of India 02/2010; 75(1):171-182., DOI:10.1007/s12594-010-0006-z

Book Chapters

Fazio E: Recognition of Structures in Mid-crustal Shear Zones and How to Discern Between Them. Problems and Solutions in Structural Geology and Tectonics, Volume 5, 1st Edition, 10/2018: pages 350; Elsevier., ISBN: 9780128140482

Cirrincione R, Fazio E, Heilbronner R, Kern H, Mengel K, Ortolano G, Pezzino A, Punturo R: Microstructure and elastic anisotropy of naturally deformed leucogneiss from a shear zone in Montalto (southern Calabria, Italy). Advances in Interpretation of Geological Processes: Refinement of Multiscale data and Integration in Numerical Modeling, Edited by M.I. Spalla, A.M. Marotta, G. Gosso, 04/2010: pages 49-68; Geological Society Special Publication 332., DOI:10.1144/SP332.4

Journal Publications

Gambino S, Fazio E, Maniscalco R, Punturo R., Lanzafame G, Barreca G, Butler R.W.H.: Fold-related deformation bands in a weakly buried sandstone reservoir analogue: A multi-disciplinary case study from the Numidian (Miocene) of Sicily (Italy). Journal of Structural Geology 10/2018; 113., DOI: 10.1016/j.jsg.2018.10.005

Punturo R., Cirrincione R, Pappalardo G, Mineo S, Fazio E, Bloise A.: Preliminary laboratory characterization of serpentinite rocks from Calabria (southern Italy) employed as stone material. Journal of Mediterranean Earth Sciences 10/2018; 10(2018):79-87., DOI:10.3304/JMES.2018.017

Fazio E, Ortolano G, Visalli R, Cirrincione R, Fiannacca P, Kern H, Mengel K, Pezzino A, Punturo R: Strain rates of the syn-tectonic Symvolon pluton (Southern Rhodope Core Complex, Greece): An integrated approach combining quartz paleopiezometry, flow laws and PT pseudosections. Italian Journal of Geosciences 03/2018; 137(2)., DOI:10.3301/IJG.2018.10

Fazio E., Ortolano G., Visalli R., Alsop I., Cirrincione R., Pezzino A.: Strain localization and sheath fold development during progressive deformation in a ductile shear zone: A case study of macro-to micro-scale structures from the Aspromonte Massif, Calabria. Italian Journal of Geosciences 03/2018; 137(2)., DOI:10.3301/IJG.2018.09

Cirrincione R, Monaco C, Ortolano G, Ferranti L, Barreca G, Fazio E, Pezzino A, Visalli R: From ductile to brittle tectonic evolution of the Aspromonte Massif. DOI:10.3301/GFT.2017.03

Punturo R, Mamtani MA., Fazio E, Occhipinti R, Renjith AR., Cirrincione R: Seismic and magnetic susceptibility anisotropy of middle-lower continental crust: Insights for their potential relationship from a study of intrusive rocks from the Serre Massif (Calabria, southern Italy). Tectonophysics 06/2017; 712., DOI: 10.1016/j.tecto.2017.06.020

Fazio E., Ortolano G., Cirrincione R.: Eye-type folds at the Palmi shear zone (Calabria, Italy). International Journal of Earth Sciences 04/2017; DOI:10.1007/s00531-017-1466-9

Fazio E, Punturo R, Cirrincione R, Kern H, Pezzino A, Wenk HR, Goswami S, Mamtani MA.: Quartz preferred orientation in naturally deformed mylonitic rocks (Montalto shear zone–Italy): a comparison of results by different techniques, their advantages and limitations. International Journal of Earth Sciences 12/2016; DOI:10.1007/s00531-016-1424-y

Fazio E, Fiannacca P, Ortolano G, Punturo R, Zanoni D, Zucali M: Preface Special Issue " Progresses in deciphering structures and compositions of basement rocks ". Periodico di Mineralogia 12/2015; 84(3B).

Cirrincione R, Fazio E, Fiannacca P, Ortolano G, Pezzino A, Punturo R: The Calabria-Peloritani Orogen, a composite terrane in Central Mediterranean; Its overall architecture and geodynamic significance for a pre-Alpine scenario around the Tethyan basin. Periodico di Mineralogia 12/2015; 84(3B):701-749., DOI:10.2451/2015PM0446

Fazio E., Ortolano G., Cirrincione R., Pezzino A., Visalli R.: Polyphase evolution of a crustal-scale shear zone during progressive exhumation from ductile to brittle behaviour: a case study from Calabria, Italy. Solid Earth Discussions 03/2015; 7(1):909-955., DOI:10.5194/sed-7-909-2015

Punturo R., Bloise A., Critelli T., Catalano M., Fazio E., Apollaro C.: Environmental Implications Related to Natural Asbestos Occurrences in the Ophiolites of the Gimigliano-Mount Reventino Unit (Calabria, Southern Italy). International Journal of Environmental Research 01/2015; 9(2):405-776.

Punturo R, Cirrincione R, Fazio E, Fiannacca P, Kern H, Mengel K, Ortolano G, Pezzino A: Microstructural, compositional and petrophysical properties of mylonitic granodiorites from an extensional shear zone (Rhodope Core complex, Greece). Geological Magazine 11/2014; 151(6)., DOI:10.1017/S001675681300109X

Fazio E, Cirrincione R, Pezzino A: Tectono-metamorphic map of the south-western flank of the Aspromonte Massif (southern Calabria -Italy). Journal of Maps 10/2014; 11(1)., DOI:10.1080/17445647.2014.962634

Fazio E., R. Punturo, R. Cirrincione, G. Ortolano, A. Pezzino: Quantitative microstructures of polycrystalline quartz aggregates in a mylonite: Implication for strain-rate evaluation. Rendiconti Online Societa Geologica Italiana 10/2013; 29:47-50.

Cirrincione R, Fazio E, Fiannacca P, Ortolano G, Pezzino A, Punturo R, Romano V, Sacco V: The Alpine evolution of the Aspromonte Massif: constraints for geodynamic reconstruction of the Calabria-Peloritani Orogen. 2013. DOI:10.3301/GFT.2013.01

Cirrincione R., Fazio E., Ortolano G., Pezzino A, Punturo R.: Fault-related rocks: Deciphering the structural-metamorphic evolution of an accretionary wedge in a collisional belt, NE Sicily. International Geology Review 06/2012; 54(8-8):940-956., DOI:10.1080/00206814.2011.623022

Pezzino A, Angì G, Fazio E, Fiannacca P, Lo Giudice A, Ortolano G, Punturo R, Cirrincione R, De Vuono E: Alpine Metamorphism in the Aspromonte Massif: Implications for a New Framework for the Southern Sector of the Calabria-Peloritani Orogen, Italy. International Geology Review 08/2010; May 2008(5-Vol. 50):423-441., DOI:10.2747/0020-6814.50.5.423

Fazio Eugenio, Punturo Rosalda, Cirrincione Rosolino: Quartz c-axis Texture Mapping of Mylonitic Metapelite with Rod Structures (Calabria, southern Italy): Clues for Hidden Shear Flow Direction. Journal of the Geological Society of India 02/2010; 75(1):171-182., DOI:10.1007/s12594-010-0006-z

Angì Gerolamo, Cirrincione Rosolino, Fazio Eugenio, Fiannacca Patrizia, Ortolano Gaetano, Pezzino Antonino: Metamorphic evolution of preserved Hercynian crustal section in the Serre Massif (Calabria–Peloritani Orogen, southern Italy). Lithos 01/2010; 2010(115):237-262., DOI: 10.1016/j.lithos.2009.12.008

Cirrincione R., De Vuono E., Fazio E., Fiannacca P., Ortolano G., Pezzino A., Punturo R.: The composite framework of the southern sector of the Calabria Peloritani Orogen. Rendiconti Online Societa Geologica Italiana 01/2010; 11(1):93-94.

Cirrincione Rosolino, Fazio Eugenio, Fiannacca Patrizia, Ortolano Gaetano, Punturo Rosalda: Microstructural Investigation of Naturally Deformed Leucogneiss from an Alpine Shear Zone (Southern Calabria-Italy). Pure and Applied Geophysics 07/2009; 166(5):995-1010., DOI:10.1007/978-3-0346-0122-1_12

Fazio Eugenio, Cirrincione Rosolino, Pezzino Antonino: Garnet crystal growth in sheared metapelites (southern Calabria-Italy): Relationships between isolated porphyroblasts and coalescing euhedral crystals. Periodico di Mineralogia 04/2009; 78(1)., DOI:10.2451/2009PM0001

Cirrincione R., Fazio E., Fiannacca P., Ortolano G., Pezzino A., Punturo R.: Petrological and microstructural constraints for orogenetic exhumation modelling of HP rocks: the example of Southern Calabria Peloritani Orogen (Western Mediterranean). Bollettino di Geofisica Teorica ed Applicata 09/2008; 49(2):141-146.

Angì G, Cirrincione R, Fazio E, Ortolano G, Pezzino A, Punturo R: Garnet growth in natural high-pressure regime: A key tool in unravelling the pressure-temperature path of rocks involved in mountain belt orogeny. Journal of Physics Conference Series 07/2008; 121(2):022002., DOI:10.1088/1742-6596/121/2/022002

Fazio E., Cirrincione R., Pezzino A.: Estimating P–T conditions of Alpine-type metamorphism using multistage garnet in the tectonic windows of the Cardeto area (southern Aspromonte Massif, Calabria). Mineralogy and Petrology 05/2008; 93(1):111-142., DOI:10.1007/s00710-007-0216-2

Fazio E, Heilbronner R, Punturo R: Microstructural study and petrophysical characterization of naturally deformed leuco-gneisses from the Montalto shear zone (Aspromonte Massif, southern Italy). Rendiconti Societa Geologica Italiana. 2007.

 

Conference Proceedings

Fazio Eugenio, R. Punturo, Giovanni Barreca, Salvatore Gambino, Rosanna Maniscalco, R. W. H. Butler: Deformation bands in Numidian sandstones of Sicily: a petrographic-structural study. DRT 17 - Deformation Mechanisms, Rheology and Tectonics, Inverness (Scotland, UK); 05/2017

Catalano S., Cirrincione R., Fazio E., Ortolano G., Pezzino A., Romagnoli G., Tortorici G.: Paleogene collision tectonics in the Peloritani Mountains: geological and petrographical constraints. GIGS 2015, Catania; 09/2015

Fazio E., Fiannacca P., Ortolano G., Cirrincione R., Punturo R., Mamtani M.: Integrating field, microstructural and AMS data to determine the time relationship between granite emplacement and regional deformation: an example from Calabria (Italy). Rock Deformation & Structures Conference: RDS-III-2014, Dibrugarh University, Assam, India; 10/2014, DOI:10.13140/2.1.3399.4568

Punturo R, Bloise A, Critelli T, Catalano M, Fazio E, Apollaro C: Occurrence of natural asbestos in the historical quarries where “greenstones” are exploited: the example of the Gimigliano-Mount Reventino Unit ophiolite terranes (Calabria, Southern Italy). SIMP, Milano; 01/2014

Punturo R., Cirrincione R., Fazio E., Fiannacca P., Kern H., Mengel K., Ortolano G., Pezzino A.: Quartz deformation mechanisms in shear zones inferred by quantitative microstructural investigation: the case study of Kavala (Rhodope Massif, north-eastern Greece). 86° Congresso Nazionale della Società Geologica Italiana, Arcavacata di Rende (CS); 09/2012, DOI:10.13140/2.1.2973.4723

Cirrincione R., Fazio E., Fiannacca P., Ortolano G., Pezzino A., Punturo R.: Quartz annealing microstructures in sheared rocks from the Serre Massif (Calabria, Italy). 86° Congresso Nazionale della Società Geologica Italiana, Arcavacata di Rende (CS); 09/2012, DOI:10.13140/2.1.4284.1927

Pezzino Antonino, De Francesco Anna Maria, Montana Giuseppe, Azzaro Ettore M., Belfiore Cristina M., Fazio Eugenio, La Russa Mauro F., Polito Anna Maria, Punturo Rosalda, Randazzo Luciana: Innovative experimental approaches applied to the study of ceramics from underwater archaeological excavations. Società Geologica Italiana; 09/2012

Punturo R., Cirrincione R., Fazio E., Fiannacca P., Ortolano G., Kern H., Mengel K., Pezzino A.: Deformation-induced changes of mineralogy, chemistry, microstructure and physical properties in mylonitic rocks from the Kavala shear zone. 14th Experimental Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry Conference, Kiel (Germany); 03/2012, DOI:10.13140/2.1.2776.8647

 

 


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RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

Why shear-zones and associated mylonites are very important markers of paleo-tectonics setting? What fault related-rocks (cataclasites, pseudotachylytes) record in terms of paleo-seismicity? What microstructures can tell us about the whole P-T-D-t evolution of a tectono-metamorphic unit? What can metamorphic petrology tell us about the growth and unroofing of mountain belts? What happens when a rock is deformed at different temperatures, pressures, strain rates (wet or dry conditions)? Are paleopiezometry laws for quartz valid, or is rock rheology also controlled by other kinetic factors?

If you are interested in these sorts of problems, read on. Our Department has the facilities and expertise for a wide range of petrological and tectonic research. Visit my students page to see what my current students are doing, and what past students have done. Projects range from field-based to lab-based, and all gradations between. Many involve co-supervision with other members of the Department here at University of Catania, and with other organizations and institutions, including the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Turin (Italy), the Elettra-Sincrotrone (Trieste, Italy), the School of Geosciences at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland, UK), and the Indian Institute of Technology of Kharagpur (West Bengal, India).

 

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A good background in some or all of petrography, metamorphic petrology and physical chemistry applied to rocks. For field-based research, a good background in structural geology and field work. Above all, must have a real interest in petrology and structural geology, and a desire to pose questions and solve problems independently. Candidates should also have a valid driver's license.

In addition to producing a thesis, students will be expected to present their work orally/in poster form at relevant workshops and meetings during their program, and also try to submit one (MSc) manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal upon graduation. Students may also be asked to contribute to applications for travel support.

If sending an enquiry, please attach a CV, summary of your academic record (courses and grades). Any examples of work you have done (e.g., reports, papers, abstracts of theses/talks/papers) would be welcome. Please also provide a brief explanation of your background and what kind of research you wish to pursue.

 

 

2.Projects

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I have a range of possible research projects for MSc and BSc students, some examples of which are listed below. These are divided into three main groups: Microstructures and petrophysical properties of rocks; Metamorphic petrology; Metamorphism and tectonics. The projects range from field-based to lab-based, and gradations between. I am willing to supervise research problems that students bring to me, provided they have a petrological/structural geology component.

 

 

1. MICROSTRUCTURES AND PETROPHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF ROCKS

Relationships between rock fabric and petrophysics

  • The role of deformation bands in sandstones as analogues for oil/fluids reservoirs (Sicily). Microfabric analysis, microtomography, and porosimetry lab tests.

Quantitative microstructures

  • Grain shape analysis and lattice preferred orientation of minerals of mylonites (Palmi, Calabria)
  • Quartz CPO (Crystallographic Preferred Orientation), SPO (Shape Preferred Orientation) and paleopiezometry investigation (various locations).

 

2. METAMORPHIC PETROLOGY

Metamorphic reaction processes

  • Genesis and significance of tourmaline veins within high grade crystalline rocks (Peloritani Mountains, NE Sicily).
  • Conditions, timing and significance of metamorphic porphyroblasts (andalusite, staurolite, sillimanite) in metapelites (Aspromonte Massif, Southern Calabria)
  • Genesis of complex oscillatory zoning in garnets from low- to medium grade metapelites (Aspromonte Massif, Southern Calabria).

Contact metamorphism and relation to tectonics

  • The emplacement level of Variscan in age granitoids: intrusions of M.te Embrisi (Aspromonte Massif) and Serre Batholith (Serre Massif) from study of their contact aureoles (Calabria)

Petrology of metapelites

  • Phase diagram modelling and multiequilibrium/multispecies thermobarometry applied to metapelites (various locations).

 

3. METAMORPHISM AND TECTONICS

Regional metamorphism and tectonics in the southern Calabrian Peloritani Orogen (Sicily and Calabria)

  • 1. Petrological and structural characterization of the metamorphism in the Aspromonte Massif (Calabria) and Peloritani Mountains (Sicily).
  • 2. Regional study of the emplacement level of Late Variscan intrusions in the Serre Batholith and minor plutonic bodies (various locations). 
  • 3. Palmi Shear Zone: kinematic complexity and shear sense indicators.

Paleo seismicity in the rock record

  • 1. Microstructural analyses (optical microscopy, image analysis techniques, microtomography) and neutron diffraction study of mylonites and pseudotachylytes (various locations).

3.Students

 

 

MSc students (five years master degree)

  • Gambino S (co-tutor Prof Maniscalco R.) - Academic Year 2017/2018
  • Ruta E (co-tutor Prof Punturo R) - Academic Year 2013/2014
  • Fallone D (co-tutor Prof Fiannacca P.) - Academic Year 2012/2013
  • Quattrocchi A (co-tutor Prof Cirrincione R.-UniCal) - Academic Year 2012/2013
  • Patanè F (co-tutor Prof Pezzino A.) - Academic Year 2011/2012
  • Sapuppo A (co-tutor Prof Pezzino A.) - Academic Year 2010/2011
  • Orlando D (co-tutor Prof Cirrincione R.-UniCal) - Academic Year 2009/2010
  • Scidone D (co-tutor Prof Cirrincione R.-UniCal) - Academic Year 2008/2009
  • Artusa G (co-tutor Prof Cirrincione R.-UniCal) - Academic Year 2007/2008

 

 

 

BSc students (three years bachelor degree)

  • Giuffrida S (co-tutor Prof Fiannacca P.) - Academic Year 2017/2018
  • Bosco G - Academic Year 2015/2016
  • Gambino S (co-tutor Prof Cirrincione R.) - Academic Year 2014/2015
  • Gagliano A (co-tutor Prof Ortolano G.) - Academic Year 2013/2014