Earth sciences

Dottorati
Doctoral programme (PhD)
A.Y. 2021/2022
Study area
Science and Technology
Doctoral programme (PhD)
3
Years
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra 'Ardito Desio' - Via L. Mangiagalli, 34 - 20133 Milano
English
PhD Coordinator
The doctoral programme in Earth Sciences aims to train young researchers so that they are able to autonomously investigate a broad range of geoscience topics. The mission is to form high profile geologists with scientific-technical-experimental training in the study, modelling and management of georesources who are able to solve problems effectively. Based on past experience, the programme will focus on immediately marketable hard & soft skills and meet the need for post-graduate education with up-to-date, innovative know-how. In particular, it will provide advanced specialist training
1. in basic, applied and theoretical research on problems relating to the structure, composition, evolution and dynamics of the Earth;
2. in the characterisation and modelling of the Earth System;
3. in basic and applied research on land use, natural hazards, energy and water resources, geomaterials, mineral prospecting and enhancement of cultural heritage.
The geological perspective of the overall functioning of the Earth System includes research centred on the processes at work on the surface and inside the Earth, on their impact on ecosystems and human activities and, conversely, the short and long-term consequences of human activity on the environment. The complex interactions between geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere are stored in the geological record, which can be decoded to:
a) reconstruct the development and evolution of our planet, combining experimental observations and models;
b) Define natural resources (oil, gas, mineral raw materials, water), their use and sustainable exploitation;
c) Evaluate geological hazards (e.g., earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, landslides);
d) Devise works of geological engineering and infrastructures;
e) Implement environmental reclamation technologies;
f) Develop exploitation of raw materials for industrial applications;
g) Preserve and make the most of our cultural geo-paleontological heritage;
h) Evaluate forensic applications.
The EARTH SYSTEM: PROCESSES AND MODELLING curriculum aims to develop scientific-technical skills for understanding, quantifying and modelling the current Earth System and the geological record, characterised by complex interactions between Geosphere, Biosphere, Atmosphere and Hydrosphere.
The GEORESOURCES curriculum aims to develop innovative skills to address the global challenges deriving from the growing need for Georesources. Research activities will focus on a wide spectrum of geological skills regarding the identification and exploitation of energy, mineral and water resources while preserving the landscape. The aim is to train high-profile geologists with scientific-technical-experimental training for research, modelling and management of georesources and for studying and enhancing the landscape and cultural heritage.
The programme is organised to meet teaching and research requirements related to the broad spectrum of geosciences. The lines of research developed during the doctoral programme in Earth Sciences are highly topical with extensive international significance, as witnessed by close cooperation with leading international research institutions. Special attention is dedicated to training researchers to tackle complex research topics in an independent and innovative manner. Training of doctoral students includes short courses and workshops, work experience in Italian and international institutions/laboratories, collaboration with industry, participation in Italian and international conferences and workshops, and other activities focused on overall training.
Classi di laurea magistrale - Classes of master's degree:

LM-11 Scienze per la conservazione dei beni culturali
LM-17 Fisica,
LM-18 Informatica,
LM-22 Ingegneria chimica,
LM-23 Ingegneria civile,
LM-27 Ingegneria delle telecomunicazioni,
LM-29 Ingegneria elettronica,
LM-30 Ingegneria energetica e nucleare,
LM-32 Ingegneria informatica,
LM-34 Ingegneria navale,
LM-35 Ingegneria per l'ambiente e il territorio,
LM-40 Matematica,
LM-48 Pianificazione territoriale urbanistica e ambientale,
LM-53 Scienza e ingegneria dei materiali,
LM-54 Scienze chimiche,
LM-58 Scienze dell'universo,
LM-60 Scienze della natura,
LM-69 Scienze e tecnologie agrarie,
LM-71 Scienze e tecnologie della chimica industriale,
LM-72 Scienze e tecnologie della navigazione,
LM-73 Scienze e tecnologie forestali ed ambientali,
LM-74 Scienze e tecnologie geologiche,
LM-75 Scienze e tecnologie per l'ambiente e il territorio,
LM-79 Scienze geofisiche,
LM-82 Scienze statistiche.
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra 'Ardito Desio' - Via L. Mangiagalli, 34 - 20133 Milano
Title Professor(s)
New geoarchaeological and geomorphological tools to reconstruct Quaternary environmental changes and archaeological landscapes: looking at the inception of the Anthropocene. The application of modern geoarchaeological and Quaternary Geology methods based on remote sensing, geospatial analysis and machine learning offers fresh opportunities for the study of the evolution of landforms and related surface processes, and on the human-environment nexus.
Requirements: Knowledge in Geomorphology, Quaternary Geology, Geoarchaeology, and GIS; basics in remote sensing, geospatial analysis, computer programing for geosciences
Curriculum: Georesources
Mineralogical analyses in the characterization of geomaterials in Cultural Heritage
Requirements: Basic knowledge of mineralogy and crystallography
Curriculum: Georesources
Graphitization and devolatilization of ocean phytoplankton in subduction zones beneath arcs and beyond: a multi-disciplinary experimental approach
Requirements: Basic knowledge of the principles of petrology, geochemistry, palaeoecology and palaeooceanography
Curriculum: Georesources
Oceanic anoxic events and georesources: the case of the Toarciano (Early Jurassic) of the Lombardy Basin. Multi-proxy micropaleontological and geochemical analyses for the reconstruction of the dynamics of anoxia with generation of energy and mineral resources.
Requirements: Knowledge in paleoceanography and paleoecology
Curriculum: Georesources
Multi-disciplinary approach to model clastic systems as outcrop analogue: the links between processes and architectures. The aim is to constrain facies and architectural interpretation to the genetic processes. The study will be based on facies analysis and physical sedimentology of well exposed outcrops, combined with geostatistical modelling
Requirements: Basic knowledge in sedimentology
Curriculum: Georesources
Influence of deformation gradient on the behaviour of strategic elements (Li, REE) during high-grade metamorphism and melting: an integrated microstructural and geochemical study
Requirements: Structural geology, geochemical and petrography knowledge
Curriculum: Georesources
Numerical analysis of energy geostructures (serving both structural and energy purposes), to assess any detrimental thermo-hydro-mechanical interactions and maximise their thermal performance, also in the presence of flowing groundwater. Assessment of possible coupling of EGs with energy storage systems (e.g. solar energy-based), also in view of expected climate change.
Requirements: Basic knowledge of geotechnics, aptitude for mathematical and numerical modelling
Curriculum: Georesources
Quantification and modelling of planktonic and benthic foraminiferal response to short and long term paleoceanographic changes, including oceanic anoxic events, across the rise and fall of the Cretaceous hot greenhouse climate from low to high latitudes.
Requirements: Knowledge on foraminiferal taxonomy and paleoecology. Expertise on stable isotope geochemistry.
Curriculum: Earth system: processes and modelling
Biomineralization and global change: the biotic response to the Gondwanan glaciation and the subsequent climate warming.
Requirements: Knowledge in invertebrate paleontology and paleoecology.
Curriculum: Earth system: processes and modelling
Analysis and development of GIS algorithms for quantitative multiscale geomorphology and automatic recognition of morphologies using remote sensing data from drone and satellite systems
Requirements: Knowledge of GIS and 3D modelling softwares
Curriculum: Earth system: processes and modelling
G. Groppelli
Analysis of the regolth/soil system formation rates and of sediment connectivity within the critical zone in Alpine environments. Determination of the relation with the geomorphological evolution of the territory and its fruition
Requirements: Basic knowledge of the geopedological analyses, of the geomorphological mapping techniques and of Geographical Information Systems
Curriculum: Earth system: processes and modelling
Advanced mineralogical models of the Earth's mantle: structural, physico-chemical and thermodynamic properties of high pressure minerals and role in planetary processes
Requirements: Basic mineralogical knowledge. Interest and curiosity for study and research activities
Curriculum: Earth system: processes and modelling
Study of elasticity in pyroxenes: ab-initio calculations and experimental determinations. The goal is to understand the evolution of the Raman signal in clinopyroxene inclusions as a function of the composition and intracrystalline order.
Requirements: Knowledge of mineralogy and crystallography and of the main investigation techniques
Curriculum: Earth system: processes and modelling
Melt-rock reactions play a key role in the petrologic evolution of the upper mantle and lower crust: they contribute to deeply modify the mineralogical and chemical composition of both the infiltrated rocks and the geochemical signature of the primary magma. This line of research aims to experimentally investigate the mineralogical changes and major and trace element distribution during such processes.
Requirements: Basic knowledge of petrology and geochemistry
Curriculum: Earth system: processes and modelling
Isotopic disequilibria in minerals as tracers of shallow and deep magmatic processes
Requirements: Basic knowledge of petrology and geochemistry
Curriculum: Earth system: processes and modelling
Minerals in Cultural Heritage: 1) degradation, restoration and conservation processes; 2) historical technological processes and archaeometry
Requirements: Basic knowledge of the natural (rocks) and synthetic (ceramics, pigments, …) materials used in ancient and modern cultural heritage; fundamentals of mineralogy
Curriculum: Earth system: processes and modelling
Gravitational signature along active margins inferred from numerical modeling and geodetic data.
Requirements: Basic knowledge of geophysics of the solid Earth. Programming experience.
Curriculum: Earth system: processes and modelling
Reconstruction of the stratigraphic evolution of carbonate depositional systems (geometry, internal architecture, facies distribution) with a multidisciplinary approach
Requirements: Good skills in stratigraphic and sedimentological field work and geological mapping; experience in carbonate microfacies petrography
Curriculum: Earth system: processes and modelling

Courses list

October 2021
Courses or activities Professor(s) ECTS Total hours Language
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Contents and applications of the Geological Map of Italy
3 15 Italian
February 2022
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Hydromorphology of Mountain rivers
2 10 Italian
November 2021
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Geomicrobiology of natural and built environments 3 15 English
February 2022
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Introduction to fluid inclusion studies in sedimentary basins 2 12 English
March 2022
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High-tech metals in mineral deposits
2 10 English
April 2022
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Climate Change and Modelling
3 12 Italian

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Places available: 14

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Application for admission: from 28/06/2021 to 01/09/2021

Application for matriculation: from 27/09/2021 to 06/10/2021

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Application for admission: from 15/10/2021 to 08/11/2021

Application for matriculation: from 18/11/2021 to 22/11/2021

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