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Marani Michael

Marani Michael

Senior Scientist
Laurea 110/110 in Geological Sciences, 1984, University of Bologna
MSc in Coastal Management (1993) at University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

Institute of Marine Science - National Research Council
ISMAR-CNR, Via Gobetti 101, Bologna, Italy

Phone +39 051 6398887


Research scientist  at the National Research Council since 1990, now senior scientist at the Institute of Marine Sciences in Bologna. His research work has dealt with deep-sea tectonics and sedimentary depositional systems of the central Mediterranean. He was involved as coordinator of the seafloor bathymetric and geophysical mapping of the Tyrrhenian Sea.  He has been and is now working on submarine volcanic processes, including the study of modern shallow-water hydrothermal deposits and the broad relationships between eruptive styles and submerged volcanic landforms, leading to the development of geodynamic models for the Quaternary evolution of the Tyrrhenian subduction system. His work has had a common theme involving the recognition and study of the natural hazards posed by the geological processes at work in the marine environment.


He has written more than 35 scientific paper in ISI journals and numerous out-reach articles and interviews in popular scientific news sites. He was chief editor of “From Seafloor to Deep Mantle: Architecture of the Tyrrhenian Backarc Basin” (Memorie Descrittive della Carta Geologica d'Italia, volume LXIV, 2004), a collection of the most recent research results concerning the Tyrrhenian –Apeninne system.

An updated list of recent papers is available, when permitted, in open access

  • Marani M. P., Gamberi F.,. Rosi M, Bertagnini A., Di Roberto A. (2009) Subaqueous density flow processes and deposits of an island volcano landslide (Stromboli Island, Italy) Sedimentology, 56, 1488-1504.
  • Cocchi L., F. Caratori Tontini, F. Muccini, M. P. Marani, G. Bortoluzzi,  C. Carmisciano (2009). Chronology of the transition from a spreading ridge to an accretional seamount in the Marsili backarc basin (Tyrrhenian Sea). Terra Nova, 21, 369–374.
  • Tibaldi A., C. Corazzato, M. Marani, F. Gamberi (2009) Subaerial-submarine evidence of structures feeding magma to StromboliVolcano, Italy, and relations with edifice flank failure and creep. Tectonophysics, 469 112–136.
  • Marani M. P., Gamberi F.,. Rosi M, Bertagnini A., Di Roberto A. (2008) Deep-sea deposits of the stromboli 30 december 2002 landslide, 157-170. In Calvari et al., Eds, AGU Geophysical Monograph Series182.
  • Gamberi F. And Marani M. (2008) Controls on Holocene Deep-Water Sedimentation in the Northern Gioia Basin, Tyrrhenian Sea Sedimentology, 55, 1889–1903
  • Cocchi L., F. Caratori Tontini, M. Marani, C. Carmisciano (2008) Tortonian-Pleistocenic oceanic features in the Southern Tyrrhenian Sea: magnetic inverse model of the Selli-Vavilov region. Mar Geophys Res 29:251–266
  • Di Roberto A., Rosi M., Bertagnini A., Marani M. P., Gamberi F.,. Del Principe A. (2008)  Deep water gravity core from the Marsili Basin (Tyrrhenian Sea) records Pleistocenic–Holocenic explosive events and instability of the Aeolian Archipelago, (Italy). Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 177 (2008) 133–144.
  • Trua T. & Marani, M.P. (2007) "Geochemical features and geodynamic significance of the southern Tyrrhenian backarc basin; Cenozoic volcanism in the Mediterranean area", Special Paper - Geological Society of America, vol. 418, pp. 221-233.
  • Gamberi F., Marani M. (2007). Downstream Evolution of the Stromboli Slope Valley (Southeastern Tyrrhenian Sea). Marine Geology, 243, 180-199
  • Di Roberto A., Bertagnini A.,. Pompilio M, Gamberi F., Marani M. P., Rosi M (2008) Newly Discovered Submarine Flank Eruption at Stromboli Volcano (Aeolian Islands, Italy) Geophysical Research Letters, 35,
  • Marani M. P., Gamberi F., Bonatti E. (2004). Editors: From seafloor to deep mantle: architecture of the Tyrrhenian backarc basin. Memorie Descrittive Della Carta Geologica d’Italia, (pp. 1-194).
  • Marani M. P., Trua T., (2002) - Thermal constriction and slab tearing at the origin of a superinflated spreading ridge: Marsili volcano (Tyrrhenian Sea), J. Geophys. Res., 107, B9, doi: 10.1029/2001JB000285.
  • Marani M. P., F. Gamberi, R.A. Binns, J.M. Parr (1999) - Results from recent seabed sampling of hydrothermal deposits in the south Tyrrhenian Sea. Mineral Deposits: Processes to Processing, Stanley et al., Eds., 547-550.
  • Marani M. P., Gamberi F., Savelli C. (1997). Shallow-Water Polymetallic Sulfide Deposits In The Aeolian Island Arc. Geology,  25, 815-818
  • Gamberi F., Marani M, Savelli C. (1997). Tectonic, Volcanic and Hydrothermal Features of a Submarine Portion Of The Aeolian Arc (Tyrrhenian Sea). Marine Geology, 140, 167-181.
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