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Curriculum Vitae di Lucia Pappalardo

Lucia Pappalardo

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Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia
Sezione di Napoli - Osservatorio Vesuviano
Via Diocleziano 328, Napoli
ph: +39 081 6108444
fax: +39 081 6108351


  • Graduate Degree in Geological Sciences, University of Naples "Federico II", 1989.
  • Ph.D., Department of Geophysics and Volcanology, University of Naples "Federico II", 1990-1994.
  • CNR Fellow, Centro di Studio per la Geologia Strutturale e Dinamica dell'Appennino, CNR-Pisa, 1995.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geophysics and Volcanology, University of Naples "Federico II" , 1995-1997.
  • Geophysical Researcher, National Institute of Geophysic and Volcanology-Vesuvius Observatory (INGV-OV), since 1997.

Research Interests

My principally research interests are the study of magmas, their origin in the mantle, evolution in magma chambers and ascent to the surface during volcanic eruptions through field, analytical and experimental methods. Petrologic evolution and eruptive mechanism of large-scale ignimbrite eruptions. Reconstruction of mechanisms and effects of past eruptions through volcanological and archeological studies. Analogical and numerical modelling of eruptions and volcanic hazard evaluation. Divulgation of scientific results by volumes, DVD, web publications, newspapers .

Relevant Publications

Pappalardo L., Ottolini L., Mastrolorenzo G., 2007. The Campanian Ignimbrite (Southern Italy) geochemical zoning: insight on the generation of a super-eruption from catastrophic differentiation and fast withdrawal. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, published on line.

Mastrolorenzo G , Pappalardo L, Troise C., Rossano, S., Panizza, A., De Natale, G., 2006. Volcanic hazard assessment at Campi Flegrei caldera. From: Troise C, De Natale G. & Kilburn C. R. J. (eds). Mechanisms of Activity and Unrest at Large Calderas. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 269, 159-171.

De Natale G, Troise C, Pingue F, Mastrolorenzo G, Pappalardo L, Battaglia M, & Boschi E, 2006. The Campi Flegrei Caldera: unrest mechanisms and hazards. From: Troise C, De Natale G. & Kilburn C. R. J. (eds). Mechanisms of Activity and Unrest at Large Calderas. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 269, 25-45.

Mastrolorenzo G and Pappalardo L, 2006. Magma degassing and crystallization processes during eruptions of high-risk Neapolitan -volcanoes : Evidence of common equilibrium rising processes in alkaline magmas. EPSL, 250, 164-181.

Mastrolorenzo G, Petrone P, Pappalardo L., and Sheridan MF, 2006. The Avellino 3780-yr-B.P. catastrophe as a worst-case scenario for a future eruption at Vesuvius. PNAS, vol. 103 - no. 12, 4366-4370.

De Natale G, Troise C., Pingue F., Mastrolorenzo G. & Pappalardo L. 2006. The Somma–Vesuvius volcano (Southern Italy): structure, dynamics and hazard evaluation. Earth Science Reviews, 74, 73-111.

Piochi M, Mastrolorenzo G, Pappalardo L, 2005. Magma ascent and eruptive processes from textural and compositional features of Monte Nuovo pyroclastic products. Bull. Volcanol. 67, 663-678.

De Astis G, Pappalardo L, Piochi M, 2004. Procida Volcanic History: new insights into the evolution of the Phlegraean Volcanic District (Campania region, Italy). Bull Volcanol, 66:622-641.

Pappalardo L, Piochi M, Mastrolorenzo G, 2004. The 3550 YR BP - 1944 AD magma-plumbing system of Somma-Vesuvius: constraints on its behavior and present state through a review of Sr-Nd isotope data. Annals of Geophysics, vol. 47, n. 4, pp. 1471-1483.

Piochi M, Pappalardo L, De Astis G, 2004. Geochemical and Isotopical variation within the Campanian Comagmatic province: implications on magma source composition. Annals of Geophysics, vol. 47, n. 4, pp. 1485-1499.

Ort M, Orsi G, Pappalardo L, Fisher RV, 2003. Anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility studies of depositional processes in the Campanian Ignimbrite, Italy. Bull. Volcanol, 65:55-72.

Pappalardo L, Civetta L, de Vita S., Di Vito M.A., Orsi G, Carandente A, Fisher RV, 2002. Timing of magma extraction during the Campanian Ignimbrite eruption (Campi Flegrei caldera). J. Volcanol. Geotherm. Res., 114, 479-497.

Pappalardo L., Piochi M., D’Antonio M., Civetta L., Petrini R., 2002. Evidence for multi-stage magmatic evolution during the past 60 ka at Campi Flegrei (Italy) deduced from Sr, Nd and Pb isotope data. Jour Petrol., 43 (8), 1415-1434.

Di Vito, M.A., Isaia, R., Orsi, G., Southon, J., de Vita, S., D’Antonio, M., Pappalardo, L., Piochi, M., 1999. Volcanic and deformation history of the Campi Flegrei caldera in the past 12 ka. J. Volcanol. Geotherm. Res., 91 (2-4), 221-246.

de Vita S., Di Vito M., Orsi G., Carandente A., Civetta L., D'Antonio M., Di Cesare T., Isaia R., Marotta E., Necco A., Ort, M., Pappalardo L., Piochi M., Southon J., 1999. The Agnano - Monte Spina eruption in the resurgent nested Campi Flegrei caldera. J. Volcanol. Geotherm. Res., 91 (2-4) :269-301.

D'Antonio M., Civetta L., Orsi G., Pappalardo L., Piochi, Carandente A., de Vita S., Di Vito M., Isaia R., M., Southon J, 1999. The present state of the magmatic system of the Campi Flegrei Caldera based on reconstruction of its behavior in the past 12 ka. J. Volcanol. Geotherm. Res, 91 (2-4) :247-268.

Pappalardo L., Civetta L., D'Antonio M., Deino A., Di Vito M., Orsi G., Carandente A., de Vita S., Isaia R., Piochi M., 1999. Sr-isotopical and chemical evolution of the Phlegraean magmatic system before the Campanian Ignimbrite (37 ka) and the Neapolitan Yellow Tuff (12 ka) eruptions. J. Volcanol. Geotherm. Res.,91: 141-166.

Civetta, L, Orsi, G., Pappalardo L., Fisher R.V., Heiken, G., Ort, M., 1997. Geochemical zoning, mingling, eruptive dynamics and depositional processes:The Campanian Ignimbrite, Campi Flegrei, Italy. J. Volcanol. Geotherm. Res., 75: 183-219.

Testi divulgativi

Cuna, L., de Vita, S., De Astis, G., Di Vito, M., Isaia, R., Nave, R., Orsi, G., Pappalardo, L., Piochi M., Sansivero F. 2000. I vulcani napoletani: Pericolosità e Rischio.

Mastrolorenzo G. , De Natale G., Pappalardo L., Petrone P.P., Ricciardi I., Rossano S., Troise C. (2004).  Ricerca Scientifica e Mitigazione del Rischio vulcanico (Vol.I). Vesuvio : dentro il vulcano (Parte I). Osservatorio Vesuviano-INGV, I Edizione febbraio 2004.

Revision: 18 December 2007

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