Research interests

-Sedimentology and biostratigraphy of shallow water carbonates

-Isotope stratigraphy (carbon and strontium isotopes) for regional to global correlations

-The record (facies, biota and geochemical cycles) of Oceanic Anoxic Events in Mesozoic carbonate -platforms

-Micropaleontology of carbonate platforms (larger foraminifers)

-Sequence stratigraphy of carbonate systems.

-Carbonate geochemistry and carbonate diagenesis

-Carbonate petrophysics and applied sedimentology for characterization of hydrocarbon reservoir rocks.


-04/2018: ASN (National scientific abilitation) as Associate Professor (SETTORE CONCORSUALE 04/A2


-01/2006: PhD in Sedimentary Geology - Università Federico II di Napoli.

-2003 (I session): Qualification/License for the professional practice of Geology

-10/2002 - 06/2003: Master in “Sistemi informativi geografici” (G.I.S.).

-06/2002: Laurea  in Geology (Bsc & Msc equivalent) (110/110 with honors) - Università Federico II di Napoli (Italy).



-November 2017- present: Ass. Professor (tenure track) in sedimentology and stratigraphy, Dip. di Fisica e Scienze della Terra, Università di Ferrara (Italy)

-October 2015- October 2017: Assistant Professor in Carbonate sedimentology, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

-June 2008 – March 2015: University senior lecturer/Assistant Professor, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Science, Potsdam University.

-March 2007 – May 2008: Senior Carbonate Sedimentologist, Oolithica Geoscience Ltd, Cheltenham, U.K.

-March 2006 – Jan 2007: Research Associate (Post-doc), ”Università Federico II di Napoli” in association with Shell “Dolomitized Cretaceous platform carbonates of the southern Apennines: stratigraphic, structural, geochemical and petrophysical characterization”.

-Nov 2002 – Nov.2005 (PhD defense 01/2006): Research Associate (PhD project), Università Federico II di Napoli “Integrate stratigraphy (bio- and chemo-stratigraphy) of Upper Cretaceous shallow-water carbonates of southern Apennines (Italy).”


Funded projects

Principal Investigator

  1. 2009-2010: “Carbon isotope stratigraphy of shallow water carbonates of Sarvak Formation (Upper Cretaceous) of Chenareh River Gorge (Iran). Principal Investigator:  Gianluca Frijia. Funded by STATOIL- Completed (15000 Euro)
  2. 2012-2013: Geochemical and petrophysical analyses of a fractured reservoir from the Aptian of Oman. Principal Investigator:  Gianluca Frijia. Funded by STATOIL-Completed (5000 Euro)
  3. 2013-2015 The sedimentological and geochemical response of OAE2 across a spectrum of carbonate depositional settings: a case study from examples in central Italy. Principal Investigator: Gianluca Frijia. Funded by SHELL- Completed (20000 Euro).
  4. From January 2017- Chemostratigraphy (C and Sr Isotopes), facies analysis and biostratigraphy of Natih A and B members in the Jabel Akhdar area (northern  Oman).Funded by SQU, project IG/SCI/ETHS/17/01 (4150 OR= 10000 Euro).
  5. From June 2019- “Analisi degli isotopi del B e Ca in gusci di bivalvi della piattaforma appenninica durante l’AOE2 (Evento Anossico Oceanico 2 – Cretaceo Superiore, Italia meridionale)”. Funded by University of Ferrara, FIR 2019 (5000 euro).


Co- Investigator

  1. 2002-2005 “Dinamiche di produzione, rielaborazione e accumulo di sedimenti bioclastici in sistemi carbonatici di tipo temperato. Anatomia ed architettura dei relativi corpi sedimentari in aree di piattaforma aperta (facies foramol) e di limitrofe aree marginali”. Principal Investigator:  Prof. L. Simone, University of Naples federico II. Funded by MIUR.
  2. 2007-2009 “Upper Cretaceous Larger Foraminifera biozonation (KSBZ) and its correlation with pelagic organisms and isotope stratigraphy: a high-resolution tool in reconstructing palaeobiogeography, palaeoceanography and palaeoclimatology”. Principal Investigator: Prof. Esmeralda Caus, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain). Funded by Ministerio de Education y Ciencia, Spain.
  3. 2009-2011 “Patterns of survival and recovery of Larger Foraminifera after the mass extinction of the Cenomanian-Turonian boundary (CTB). Principal Investigator: Prof. E. Caus, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain). Funded by Ministerio de Education y Ciencia, Spain.
  4. 2012-2016 “Case-studies for Sr-isotope-ratio-based numerical dating of Senonian and Oligocene- Miocene geological events in the Western Tethys and adjacent seas”. Principal Investigator: Prof. Gyorgy Less, University of Miskolc (Ungary).Funded by OTKA, Hungary
  5. 2013-2015 “The Late Cretaceous Global Community maturation Cycle: tempo and mode of larger foraminifera evolution and their relations with climate and sea-level changes.” Principal Investigator: Prof. E. Caus, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain). Funded by Ministerio de Education y Ciencia (Spain).
  6. From November 2015 “ Reconstruction of Cenomanian shoal-water temperatures using integrated rudist shell sclerochemistry (δ18O, Mg/Ca, Δ47)”. Principal Investigator: Stefan Huck, University of Hannover (Germany). Funded DFG project HU 2258/2-1
  7. From January 2017 “Diagenesis of the pre-ordovician hijam fm. (hi2), wadi amdeh, saih hatat, north Oman “Principal Investigator:Frank Mattern, Co-PI: Gianluca Frijia. Funded by SQU, project  IG/SCI/ETHS/17/02.
  8. From March 2019: “ Biota resilience to global change: biomineralization of planktic and benthic calcifiers in the past,present and future”  PRIN 2017. Principal investigator: Elisabetta Erba, University of Milan (Italy). Funded by MIUR (Italy).
  9. From: August, 2019 (Ending date: July 31, 2024): CAREER: Environmental forcing on the resilience of carbonate platforms during the Early Cretaceous super greenhouse period. Funded by NAS. Principal Investigator: Alexis Godet, UTSA (USA).


Referee for the journals and entities:

-Sedimentary Geology

-Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology


-The Depositional Record


- Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems

-GSA special publication

-Cretaceous Research

-Marine and Petroleum Geology

-National Science Centre (Narodowe Centrum Nauki) of Poland


Academic Community Services

-June 2008-Sept. 2015: Scientific responsible of the Petrographic laboratory, Petrophysic laboratory, Microdrilling laboratory and of the Sedimentology laboratory at the Department of Earth and Environmental Science of Potsdam university

-Course planner for the year 2012 (summer and winter semester) for the Bsc and Msc programs at the Institut für Erd- und Umweltwissenschaften of Potsdam University.

-October 2015- October 2017: Dept. Curriculum Committee Sedimentology, Sultan Qaboos University.

-October 2015- October 2016: Dept. Post Graduated Committee, Sultan Qaboos University.

-January 2016- October 2017: Dept. Procurement Committee, Sultan Qaboos University.

-January 2016- October 2017: Academic advisor (geology Major), Sultan Qaboos University.

-October 2016- October 2017: College Computer User’s Committee (CCUC)

-October 2016- October 2017: ES CC (curriculum comitee), Sultan Qaboos University.

-January 2016- October 2017: Scientific responsible of the Sedimentology and Microdrilling laboratory at the Department of Earth Sciences of Sultan Qaboos University.

-January 2018- present: member of the PhD comitee at the Dipartimento di Fisica e Scienze della Terra, Università di Ferrara

-June 2019- member of the judging comitee for the 35th cycle on the international PhD “Scienze della Terra e del Mare” at the Dipartimento di Fisica e Scienze della Terra, Università di Ferrara.


Invited Talks

-May 2009. Dept  of  Earth and Environmental Science, Potsdam University. Imperial Barrel Award: Evaluation of the petroleum potential of Block 35/8 (off-shore Norway)

-March 2011. Department of Earth Science, Potenza University (Italy). “Sr-Isotope ratio in marine carbonates: high resolution stratigraphy and  …much more”

-November 2013. University of Brunei. Sr-Isotope stratigraphy (SIS): principles, applications and...shortcomings

-March- April 2014. 1)Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) Austin, 2) Statoil reserch center Austin and 3) Shell reserch center Houston: Shallow water carbonates: unlocking a superb archive of palaeoclimatic, paleoceanographic and sea-level changes by high-resolution bio and chemostratigraphy

-September 17-18  2014. 1) Department of Geology and Mineral Resources, Miskolc University (Hungary) and 2) Department of Geology, University of Cluj-Napoca (Romania): Sr-isotope stratigraphy (SIS) and applications in basin analysis.

-January  2015. University of Alabama. Sedimentology and sea-level changes: what can we decipher from the rock record?

-April 2016. PDO (Petroleum Development Oman). Investigating shallow-water carbonates: a multidisciplinary approach

-May 2016. University of Geneva: Deciphering the shallow water record of paleoceanographic/paleoclimatic changes using high resolution chemo-, biostratigraphy and facies analysis

-February 2018. GSO (geological society of Oman): The record of paleoceanographic and paleoclimatic events in the carbonate platforms of Oman: Examples from the Natih and the Jafnayn fm.

-July 2018. University of Frankfurt:Carbonate platforms: invaluable archives of paleoceanographic and paleoclimatic events”.

-April 2019. University of Prague: “Shallow water carbonate platforms and paleoceanographic/paleoclimatic events”.

-April 2019. University of Prague, short course: “Sr isotope Stratigraphy (SIS)”

-May 2019. Universitat Autonoma De Barcelona: “Sr isotope Stratigraphy (SIS): applications and pitfalls


Other informations

-Awarded of  IAS postgraduate grant in the summer session 2004

-Supervisor of AAPG imperial Barrel Award Competition 2009 (university of Potsdam)

-Session chair AAPG 2014: Oceanic Anoxia Events and Unconventional Carbonate reservoirs. April 6-9, 2014, Houston (USA).

-Convener SEPM RESEARCH CONFERENCE –Oceanic Anoxic Events (OAEs):Drivers, Feedbacks, Paleoceanographic Conditions and related sedimentary products. October 31-Nov. 7, 2016, Austin (USA)

-Session chair- 10th Int. Symposium on the Cretaceous –Deciphering Cretaceous environmental and climate perturbations by means of high resolution bio-chemostratigraphic and geochemical approaches. August 21-25, 2017, Vienna (Austria).

-Session chair-20th international sedimentological congress (IAS) – Carbonate platforms as sedimentary archives of sea level and paleoceanographic changes: insights from the Mesozoic record. August 13-17, 2018, Quebec, Canada

-Session chair- 3rd International Congress on Stratigraphy (Strati)- High resolution stratigraphy of Carbonate Platforms: unlocking the shallow-water archive of extreme palaeoenvironmental events. July 2-5, 2019, Milan, Italy

-Teacher of short course at the 34th IAS Metting of Sedimentology: Sr-isotope stratigraphy (SIS): Methods, applications and limitations. September 10-13, Rome, Ital