Giacomo Corti (CNR-IGG, Florence)
Giacomo Corti is a Researcher at the Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources (IGG) of the National Research Council (CNR) of Italy. He received a Ph.D. in Mineralogy and Petrology at the University of Pisa (2003). His research currently focuses on continental extensional tectonics, with special interest on the evolution of the East African Rift System; this research integrates field geological-structural studies, analogue modelling and geophysical data. His scientific interests also include the analogue modelling of deformation processes at various scales, including continental collision, strike-slip deformation, multiphase deformation, magma emplacement, geomorphic processes. He is also involved in projects analyzing the active tectonics in the Northern Apennines, the Quaternary magmatism of the Tuscan Magmatic Province, and the tectonics of Central America (El Salvador). He is currently involved in many international cooperations with experimental modelling laboratories and other scientific institutions worldwide.
Marco Bonini (CNR-IGG, Florence)
Marco Bonini is a Researcher at the Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources (IGG) of the National Research Council (CNR) of Italy, and manager of the Tectonic Modelling Laboratory at the same institution. He received his PhD (1995) at Firenze University, Italy, in Tectonics and Structural Geology. His main research interests integrate field geological-structural studies, analogue modelling and geophysical data for investigating the dynamics of various kinds of tectonic processes. His research includes basin analysis, thrust and active tectonics in the Apennines, and extensional tectonics in the Ethiopian Rift. At present, he is mainly involved in analogue modelling studies addressing the mechanics of thrust tectonics and fault-reactivation, as well as of continental collision and continental extension processes. Another field of interest concerns the study of mud volcanoes of Northern Apennines. He is presently involved in several collaborations with international tectonic modelling laboratories.
Prof. Piero Manetti (University of Florence)
Piero Manetti received a degree in Geology at the University of Florence (1962). He obtained the university teaching qualification in Sedimentary Petrology (1971); he is full professor of Petrology at University of Florence since 1986. His scientific activity focuses on: petrological and geochemical studies on volcanic rocks from convergent systems of the Mediterranean areas ( South Italy, Macedonia, Greece, Bulgaria, Western Anatolia); petrological, geochemical and volcanological studies in continental rifting areas from Africa (Ethiopia) and South Arabia (Yemen); evolution of convergent systems in Central and South America (Mexico, Salvador, Chile and Argentina) using both field and laboratory data; analogue modelling of rifting areas. He has been president of the National Committee for Geologic and Mining Sciences and member of the Council of Presidency of the CNR; president of the Committee of Coordination of the Deep Crust Project (CROP). He has also been director of the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Florence and director of the Institut of Geosciences and Earth Resources of the CNR.
Giovanna Moratti (CNR-IGG, Florence)
Giovanna Moratti received a degree in Geology at the University of Florence (1980). She has been researcher at ENEL-UNG (1981-1982) and at CNR (since 1982), where she has been director of the “Centro di Studio per la Geologia dell'Appennino in rapporto alle Geosinclinali Mediterranee”. She is currently Senior Researcher. Her main scientific activity focuses on paleogeography and geodynamics of the Mediterranean area, Neogene-Quaternary evolution of sedimentary basins and Perimediterranean chains (Northern and Southern Apennines, Betic chain, Rif, Atlas), geological mapping in the Apennines and in Atlas, Quaternary tectonics, active tectonics and seismotectonics (Italy, Morocco, Romania, Bulgaria), dynamics of the emplacement of granitic bodies through structural and modelling studies, ductile tectonics in metamorphic poly-deformed terrains (Apuan Alps, Italy).
Federico Sani (University of Florence)
Federico Sani received a degree in Geology in 1983 and a Ph.D. in 1990. He has been researcher (since 1990) at the University of Florence where he is currently Associate Professor of Structural Geology. His main scientific activity focuses on: analysis of both brittle (fracture and fault systems) and ductile (meso- and microscopic structural analysis of metamorphic structures) deformation at different scales; evolution of the Perimediterranean chains, with special reference to the Apennines (Northern, Central and Southern sectors) and Moroccan chains (Rif and associated foreland basins); relations between tectonics and sedimentation in various sedimentary basins associated to the main Mediterranean chains; structural interpretation through analysis of seismic lines; analogue modelling; dynamics of the emplacement of granitic bodies through structural and modelling studies; ductile tectonics in metamorphic poly-deformed terrains (Apuan Alps, Italy); geological mapping. He is the coordinator of various research and geological mapping projects.