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Alvisi Francesca

Researcher Scientist
Laurea cum laude in Geological Sciences, 1988, University of Bologna, Bologna (Italy)
Postgraduate specialisation in ‘Geography and Regional Planning’, 1989, Università degli Studi di Bologna, Bologna (Italy)
PhD in Earth Sciences, 1993, University of Bologna, Bologna (Italy)
International Advanced School ‘Processes in the coastal zone: links to management issues’, 2000, CNR, Bologna (Italy)

National Research Council – Institute of Marine Sciences
CNR-ISMAR - Via P. Gobetti, 101, 40129 Bologna (Italy)

Phone +39 051 6398932


MA in Geological Sciences in 1988. PhD in Earth Sciences in 1993. Research scientist  at the National Research Council since 2004 at the Institute of Marine Sciences in Bologna. She worked for around 10 years in sedimentology, stratigraphy, geochemistry and palinology of alluvial and lacustrine environments aimed at the paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatological reconstruction of the study areas, within the framework of several multidisciplinary research projects in collaboration with national (University and NRC) and local (Emilia Romagna EPA) research institutes. In 1996, she began to collaborate with the NRC also studying coastal and shelf marine environment within the Group of Environmental Geology of ISMAR. Since 15 years, she is involved in the study of marine depositional phenomena at the sediment-water interface at different space and temporal scales, of biogeochemical fluxes, of recent and present marine sedimentary processes and of their interaction with the human impact and the climate during the Quaternary and in historical time. She participated in 14 research projects either regional, national or international and to 10 related oceanographic cruises, in 5 of them as chief scientist. In the last few years she particularly developed an experience on anoxic phenomena and distrophic crisis in continental shelf environments.


She is working on the pubblication of scientific results of the projects in which she was involved in, in scientific dissemination and communication activity and in scientific project planning on environmental management and sustainable development issues.
She is member of the Association of Oceanology and Limnology (AIOL) whose aim is to favour multidisciplinary scientific collaboration between research scientists and of the Association Geology Without Frontiers Onlus (GSF) which deals with analyzing and solving problems related to the interaction between man, the physical environment and the biosphere.
She is also member of the National Organizing Commission of the International Conference of Adolescents and Young Adults CONFINT 2010 ‘Let’s take care of the Planet’ ( that is an initiative promoted by the Brazilian government to allow adolescents and young people around the world to meet in Brazil to discuss alternatives for the construction of environmentally sustainable and socially fair society.


She wrote 10 scientific JCR papers, 5 international scientific papers, 13 papers published on national journals. She collaborated to the realisation of a CD-ROM graphic atlas collecting the scientific results of the italian project Prisma2. She was involved in the planning and realisation of the documentary produced by the EC-DG Environment on the European project EMMA for the presentation of the European Strategy on the Sea and the documentary produced by TG-Leonardo RAI3 on the problem of anoxia in the Adriatic Sea. She participated in the planning and delivery of the day's presentation of the activities of CNR to the schools and the citizenship of Bologna event "The Trampled Research" ( and the replication of such an event in Venice.


Google Scholar Profile

  • Giani M., Berto D., Rampazzo F., Savelli F., Alvisi F., Giordano P., Ravaioli M., Frascari F. (2009). Origin of sedimentary organic matter in the north-western Adriatic Sea. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, in press.
  • Alvisi F. (2009). A simplified approach to evaluate sedimentary organic matter fluxes and accumulation on the NW Adriatic shelf (Italy). Chemistry and Ecology, 25(02): 119-134. DOI: 10.1080/02757540902762935.
  • Gasperini L., Bonatti E., Albertazzi S., Forlani L., Accorsi C., Longo G., Ravaioli M., Alvisi F., Polonia A., Sacchetti F. (2009). Sediments from Lake Cheko (Siberia), a possible impact crater for the 1908 Tunguska Event. Terra Nova, 00, 1–6, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3121.2009.00906.x..
  • Palanques A., Masqué, P., Puig, P., Sanchez-Cabeza, J.A., Frignani M., Alvisi, F. (2008). Anthropogenic trace metals in the sedimentary record of the Llobregat continental shelf and adjacent Foix submarine canyon (northwestern Mediterranean). Marine Geology, 248: 213-227.
  • Picone S., Alvisi F., Dinelli E., Morigi C., Negri A., Ravaioli M., Vaccaro C. (2008). New insights on late Quaternary palaeogeographic setting in the Northern Adriatic Sea (Italy). Journal of Quaternary Science, (DOI: 10.1002/jqs.1152).
  • Gasperini L., Alvisi F., E. Bonatti, Ravaioli M. (2007). A possible impact crater for the 1908 Tunguska event. Terra Nova 00, 1–7 ( doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3121.2007.00742.x).
  • Alvisi F., M. Frignani, M. Brunetti, M. Maugeri, T. Nanni, S. Albertazzi, M. Ravaioli (2006). Climate vs. anthropogenic changes in the riverine-influenced sediments of the N Adriatic shelf. Climate Research, 31: 167-179.
  • Frignani, M., L. Langone, M. Ravaioli, D. Sorgente, F. Alvisi, S. Albertazzi (2005). Fine-sediment mass balance in the western Adriatic continental shelf over a century time scale. Marine Geology, 222-223: 113-133.
  • Ravaioli M., Alvisi F., L. Menegazzo Vitturi (2003). Dolomite as a tracer for sediment transport and deposition on the northwestern Adriatic continental shelf (Adriatic Sea, Italy). Continental Shelf Research, 23: 1359-1377.
  • Alvisi F. e E. Dinelli (2002). Evolution of sediment composition of the coastal Lake San Puoto (Latium, Italy). J. Limnol., 61, 1: 15-26.
  • Alvisi F., M. Frignani, M. Ravaioli (2002). Seasonal and pluriannual variability of sediment accumulation and organic matter fluxes in the Northwestern Adriatic shelf and their relationship with the frontal system. Chemistry and Ecology, 18, 1/2: 143-154.
  • Alvisi F., M. Frignani, M. Ravaioli (2001). Seasonal influence of the front area on sedimentation in the Northwestern Adriatic Sea. In: F.M. Faranda, L. Guglielmo e G. Spezie (eds.) ‘Mediterranean ecosystems. Structures and processes’, Springer-Verlag Italia, Milano: 415-425.
  • Gasperini L., Alvisi F., G. Biasini, E. Bonatti, M. Di Martino, C. Morigi, G. Longo, M. Pipan, M. Ravaioli, F. Sacchetti, M. Sacchi, L.Vigliotti (2001). Geophysical/sedimentological study of a lake close to the epicenter of the great 1908 Siberian (Tunguska) explosion. Lecture Notes in Earth Sciences (Springer Verlag).
  • Guilizzoni P., A. Lami, A. Marchetto, P.G. Appleby e Alvisi F. (2001). Fourteen years of palaeolimnological research of a past industrial polluted lake (L. Orta, Northern Italy): an overview. J. Limnol., 60 (2): 249-262.
  • Sanchez-Cabeza, J.A., P. Masqué, I. Ani-Ragolta, J. Merino, M. Frigani, F. Alvisi, A. Palanques and P. Puig (1999). Sediment accumulation rates in the southern Barcelona continental margin (NW Mediterranean Sea) derived from 210Pb and 137Cs chronology. Progress in Oceanography, 44 (1-3): 313-332.
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