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Dipartimento di Fisica e Scienze della Terra

 

Alessandra MONTANINI

Assistant Professor

e-mail: alessandra.montanini@unipr.it

telephone: +39 0521 905342

skype: alenini26

 

Education

-1992: Ph.D. in Earth Sciences at the University of Bologna, Italy (Petrology of Monte Arci volcanic Complex, Sardinia)

-1987: Graduated cum laude in Geology at the University of  Parma

-1976-1981: Secondary School certificate at the State Scientific Secondary School "G. Marconi" (Parma) with marks 60/60 (1981)

Positions

-Since 1994: Assistant Professor of Petrology at the Earth Sciences Department (University of Parma)

-2014 National Academic Qualification as Associate Professor

Research interests

-Petrology and geochemistry of ophiolitic rocks (Liguria, Corsica, New Caledonia)

-Lithological and geochemical heterogeneities in the subcontinental mantle

-Petrology, geochemistry and tectono-metamorphic evolution of continental lower crustal rocks

-Petrology and geochemistry of post-collisional and anorogenic Cenozoic magmatism the Mediterranean area

 

Scientific activities

- Coordinator of the Working Group on Mediterranean Ophiolites from 2003 to 2011

- Organizer of international workshop and field meetings on ophiolites and oceanic lithosphere: Peridotite Workshop” 2005, Lanzo (TO) Italy - Corsica Field trip, 2007 - Alpine Ophiolites and Modern Analogues Workshop,  Parma, 2009

- Session convener and chair at Geoitalia (2005, 2007, 2009) and Italian Geological Society (2010) meetings

 

Current international scientific collaborations:

Steinmann Institute, University of Bonn, Germany

Geoscience Montpellier, Universitè Montpellier 2, France

Chemistry and Physics of Earth Materials, GeoForschungsZentrum, Potsdam, Germany

Geol. Survey of Western Australia, Dept. of Mines and Petroleum, Australia

 

Editorial activity

-Co-editor of "Ofioliti" journal special issues on modern and fossil oceanic lithosphere (2006 “Modern and fossile oceanic lithosphere”, 2008 “Geodynamics and tectonic significance of the ophiolites from the peri-Mediterranean belts”)

-Guest Editor of a Lithos Special issue entitled “Alpine Ophiolites and Modern Analogues” (doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2011.03.012)

-“Ofioliti” Associate Editor since 2014

- Manuscript reviewer of the following Journals:

Chemical Geology, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Geochemical Journal, Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, Lithos, Mineralogy and Petrology, Ofioliti, Tectonophysics, International Journal of Earth Sciences

 

Projects and Grants:

-CNR (Italian National Research Council) grants on tectono-metamorphic evolution of the continental and transitional lithosphere of the Western Tethys margins (1998-2000).

-Participation since 2003 to National Research Projects financed by the Italian Ministry of Research and University (COFIN and PRIN projects) on mantle petrology and geodynamic evolution of the asthenosphere-lithosphere system

- PRIN 2015 GRANT  "Melt-rock reaction and melt migration in the MORB mantle through combined natural and experimental studies"

 

Teaching

Optical Mineralogy and Petrography, Introduction to Geology, Metamorphic Petrology, Geodynamics and Petrogenesis

 

Selected Pubblications

 

  • SECCHIARI, A., MONTANINI, A., BOSCH, D.,  MACERA, P., CLUZEL, D.  (2016)  Melt extraction and enrichment processes in the New Caledonia lherzolites: evidence from geochemical and Sr-Nd isotope data. Lithos 260, 28-43, doi: 10.1016/j.lithos.2016.04.030

  • LO PO, D., BRAGA, R., MASSONNE, H.C., MOLLI, G. MONTANINI, A., THEYE, T. (2016) "Fluid-induced breakdown of monazite in medium-grade metasedimentary rocks of the Pontremoli basement (Northern Apennines, Italy)", Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 34: 63-84, doi: 10.1111/jmg.12171

  • MONTANINI, A., TRIBUZIO, R. (2015). Evolution of recycled crust within the mantle: constraints from the garnet pyroxenites of the External Ligurian ophiolites,  N Apennine, Italy. Geology, 43: 911-914, doi: 10.1130/G36877.1
  • BELTRANDO, M., ZIBRA, I., MONTANINI, A., TRIBUZIO, R. (2013) Crustal thinning and exhumation along a fossil magma-poor distal margin preserved in Corsica: a hot rift to drift transition? Lithos, 168-169: 99-112.
  • MONTANINI,A., TRIBUZIO, R., THIRLWALL, M. (2012) Garnet clinopyroxenite layers from the mantle sequences of the Northern Apennine ophiolites (Italy): evidence for recycling of crustal material. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 351-352: 171-181, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2012.07.033
  • ZIBRA I., KRUHL J.H. , MONTANINI, A.,  TRIBUZIO,(2012) Shearing of magma along a high-grade shear zone: evolution of microstructures during the transition from magmatic to solid state flow. Journal of Structural Geology 137, 150-160.
  • MONTANINI, A., TRIBUZIO, R., PICCARDO, G.B., DICK, H. (2011)  Alpine ophiolites and modern analogues, Lithos, 124 (3-4), doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2011.03.012
  • MONTANINI A., TRIBUZIO R., BERSANI D. (2010) Insights into the origin of mantle graphite and sulphides in garnet pyroxenites from the External Liguride peridotites (Northern Apennine, Italy) in :(M.Coltorti, H.Downes,M.Gregoire,O'Reilly S.Y. eds.)"Petrological evolution of the EuropeanLithospheric Mantle", GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON SPECIAL PUBLICATION. GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON ,London: vol. 337, p.87- 105
  • MONTANINI A.; TRIBUZIO R; VERNIA L (2008) Petrogenesis of basalts and gabbros from an ancient continent-ocean transition (External Liguride ophiolites, Northern Italy). LITHOS 101,453- 479.
  • MONTANINI A.; TRIBUZIO R; ANCZKIEWICZ R (2006) Exhumation history of a garnet pyroxenite-bearing mantle section from a continent-ocean transition(Northern Apennine ophiolites, Italy). JOURNAL OF PETROLOGY 47, 1943- 1971.
  • MONTANINI A.; TRAVAGLIOLI M; SERRI G; DOSTAL J. AND RICCI C.A (2006) Petrology of gabbroic to plagiogranitic rocks from southern Tuscany (Italy): evidence for magmatic differentiation in a ophiolitic sequence. OFIOLITI 31, 55- 69.
  • MONTANINI A.; HARLOV D (2006) Petrology and mineralogy of granulite-facies mafic xenoliths(Sardinia, Italy): evidence for KCl metasomatism in the lower crust. LITHOS 92, 588- 608.
  • MARRONI M.; MOLLI G.; MONTANINI A.; OTTRIA G.; PANDOLFI L.; TRIBUZIO R. (2002) The External Ligurian units (Northern Apennine, Italy): from rifting to convergence of a fossil ocean-continent transition zone. OFIOLITI 27, 119- 131.
  • MOLLI G.; MONTANINI A.; FRANK W. (2002) MORB-derived Variscan amphibolites in the Northern Apennine basement: the Cerreto metamorphic slices (Tuscan-Emilian Apennine, NW Italy). OFIOLITI 27, 17- 30.
  • DI BATTISTINI G.; MONTANINI A.; VERNIA L.; VENTURELLI G.; TONARINI S. (2001) Petrology of melilite-bearing rocks from Montefiascone Volcanic Complex (Roman Magmatic Province): new insights into the ultrapotassic volcanism of central Italy. LITHOS 59, 1- 24
  • MONTANINI A.; A.; TRIBUZIO; R. (2001) Gabbro-derived and felsic granulites from the Northern Apennines (Italy): evidence for emplacement of tholeiitic basalts in the post-Variscan lower crust. JOURNAL OF PETROLOGY 42, 2259- 2277.
  • MARRONI M.; MONTANINI A.; MOLLI G.; TRIBUZIO R (1998) The association of continental crust rocks with ophiolites in the Northern Apennines (Italy): implications for the continent-ocean transitionin the Western Tethys. TECTONOPHYSICS 292, 43- 66.
  • DI BATTISTINI G.; MONTANINI A.; VERNIA L.; BARGOSSI G.M.; CASTORINA F. (1998) Petrology and geochemistry of the highly potassic rocks from Montefiascone volcanic complex (Vulsini Volcanic District, Central Italy): petrogenesis and magmatic evolution. LITHOS 43, 169- 195.
  • MONTANINI A. (1997) Mafic granulites in the Cretaceous sedimentary melanges from the Northern Apennine (Italy): petrology and tectonic implications. SCHWEIZERISCHE MINERALOGISCHE UND PETROGRAPHISCHE MITTEILUNGEN 77: 51-72.
  • MELI S., MONTANINI A., THONI M., FRANK W. (1996) Age of mafic granulite blocks from the External Liguride Units (Northern Apennines, Italy). MEMORIE DI SCIENZE GEOLOGICHE DI PADOVA 48, 65-72.
  • MONTANINI A., BARBIERI M., CASTORINA F. (1994) The role of fractional crystallisation, crustal melting and magma mixing in the petrogenesis of rhyolites and mafic inclusion-bearing dacites from the Monte Arci volcanic complex (Sardinia, Italy). JOURNAL OF VOLCANOLOGY AND GEOTHERMAL RESEARCH 61, 95-120

 

Scientific Reports- Congress Abstracts 2000-2016

  • SECCHIARI A., MONTANINI A., BOSCH D., MACERA P., CLUZEL D. (2016). Subduction-related ultradepleted melts in a nascent arc: geochemical and isotopic evidence from the intrusive sequence of the New Caledonia ophiolite. 2nd European Mineralogical Conference (EMC 2016), Rimini 11-15 September 2016
  •     SECCHIARI A., MONTANINI A., BOSCH D., MACERA P., CLUZEL D. (2016). Melt extraction and enrichment processes in the New Caledonia lherzolites Rend. Online Soc. Geol. It., Suppl. n. 1 al Vol. 40 (2016) 88° Congresso SGI, Napoli 2016
  •     MONTANINI, A., LUGUET A., VAN ACKEN D., TRIBUZIO, R. (2015). Highly siderophile elements and Os isotope compositions of recycled mantle pyroxenites: a case study from the Ligurian mantle section (N Apennine, Italy). 2nd European Mantle Workshop, Wroclaw Poland 26-28 August 2015
  •     LO PO', D. , BRAGA R., THEYE T., MASSONNE H.-J., MONTANINI A. & MOLLI G. (2014): Linking the formation of coronitic microstructures around monazite to the growth of garnet in the Pontremoli well metapelites (Northern Apennines, Italy). Rendiconti Soc. Geol. It., 31 Suppl. 1: 473. Congresso SGI-SIMP, Milano 10-12 settembre 2014
  •     SECCHIARI, A., BOSCH, D., CLUZEL, D., MACERA. P., MONTANINI A. (2014); Ultra-depleted peridotites from New Caledonia: a reappraisal. Rendiconti Soc. Geol. It., 31 Suppl. 1: 399. Congresso SGI-SIMP, Milano 10-12 settembre 2014
  •     MONTANINI A., TRIBUZIO R., ZANETTI A., ZIBRA A. (2014): Refertilization of subcontinental mantle recorded by the lherzolite-websterite-horneblendite association from St. Lucia (Corsica). association from St. Lucia (Corsica). Rendiconti Soc. Geol. It., 31 Suppl. 1: 392. Congresso SGI-SIMP, Milano 10-12 settembre 2014
  •     MONTANINI A., BRUNELLI, D., PAGANELLI E. (2014). Mantle xenoliths from Sardinia (Italy): evidence for reaction between refractory peridotites and carbonatite melts. 6th Lherzolite Conf., 4-15 Maggio 2014, Marrakech, Morocco.
  •     SECCHIARI, A., BOSCH, D., CLUZEL, D., MACERA. P., MONTANINI A. (2014). Multi-stage evolution of peridotites from New Caledonia: preliminary results. 6th Lherzolite Conf., 4-15 Maggio 2014, Marrakech, Morocco.
  •     MONTANINI, A., LUGUET, A., KÖNIG, S., TRIBUZIO, R. (2013). Highly siderophile and chalcophile element systematics of crust-derived Ligurian garnet pyroxenites. Mineral. Mag. 77(5), 1782
  •     MONTANINI,A., TRIBUZIO, R., THIRLWALL, M. (2012). Garnet clinopyroxenite layers from the mantle sequences of the Northern Apennine ophiolites (Italy): evidence for recycling of crustal materiaL. European Mineralogical Conference (EMC 2012), Frankfurt (Germany), 2-6 settembre 2012
  •     DEBORAH LO PO, ROBERTO BRAGA, ALESSANDRA MONTANINI, GIANCARLO MOLLI (2012). Tectono-metamorphic evolution of medium-grade metapelites of the Northern Apennine Paleozoic basement inferred from quantitative modeling of microstructures. (2012). European Mineralogical Conference (EMC 2012), Frankfurt (Germany), 2-6 settembre 2012
  •     VALERIO PASINI, DANIELE BRUNELLI, FRANCOIS GUYOT, MONTANINI A., MURIEL ANDREANI, KARIM BENZERARA, SYLVAIN BERNARD, PAUL DUMAS, JONI FREDERICK, CHRISTOPHE SANDT, MAURO ZAPPAROLI, BÉNÉDICTE MÉNEZ (2012) Serpentinization fuel deep microbial ecosystems in the hydrating mantle, The deep sea and sub seafloor frontiers conference,  Sitges (Spain), 11-14 marzo 2012
  •     MONTANINI, R. TRIBUZIO, M. THIRLWALL (2011). Multi-stage evolution of the External Liguride mantle section. In: Corse Alp 2011 - Abstract Volume. St. Florent, Corsica (Francia), 12-13 aprile 2011
  •     MONTANINI A., TRIBUZIO R., THIRLWALL M. (2010). Tectono-magmatic evolution of the External Ligurian mantle section (Northern Apennine, Italy). In: -. Rendiconti della Società Geologica Italiana. RENDICONTI ONLINE DELLA SOCIETÀ GEOLOGICA ITALIANA, vol. 11, p. 132-133, ISSN: 2035-8008, Pisa, 6-8 Settembre 2010
  •     MONTANINI A., TRIBUZIO R., ZANETTI A. (2010). A subcontinental mantle-lower crust association: new data on the veined mantle from Santa Lucia Unit (Central Corsica). In: -. 89° Congresso Società Italiana di Mineralogia e Petrologia. PLINIUS, vol. 36, ISSN: 1972-1366, Ferrara, 13-15 settembre 2010
  •      MONTANINI A., BEGARANI S. (2010). Metasomatism in the lithospheric mantle beneath Sardinia: new evidence from wehrlite and harzburgite xenoliths. In: -. 89° Congresso Società Italiana di Mineralogia e Petrologia . PLINIUS, vol. 36, ISSN: 1972-1366, 13-15 settembre 2010
  •     MONTANINI A., TRIBUZIO R. THIRLWALL, M (2009). Evidence for crustal recycling and refertilisation in the subcontinental lithospheric mantle: the peridotite-pyroxenite sequence from the External Ligurides, Northern Italy. In: Awards Ceremony Speeches and Abstracts of the 19th Annual V.M. Goldschmidt Conference, V.M. Goldschmidt Conference. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA, vol. 73 , p. A896, ISSN: 0016-7037, Davos (Svizzera), 21-26 giugno 2009.
  •     MONTANINI A., TRIBUZIO R, THIRLWALL M (2009). Pre-oceanic evolution of lithospheric mantle from a non-volcanic margin: the peridotite-pyroxenite sequence from the External Liguride ophiolites (Northern Italy). In: "Alpine Ophiolites and Modern Analogues" Abstract Volume. p. 49-50, Parma, 30 settembre-2 ottobre
  •     MONTANINI A., TRIBUZIO R, BERSANI D (2008). Origin of graphite and sulphides in garnet clinopyroxenite layers from the External Liguride mantle peridotites (Northern Apennine ophiolites, Italy). In: AGU Chapman Conference on Shallow Mantle Composition and Dynamics, Fifth International Orogenic Lherzolite Conference- Abstracts. Mount Shasta CA (USA), 22-26 settembre 2008
  •     MONTANINI A., PICCARDO G.B, TRIBUZIO R (2008). Mantle Evolution from Continental Rifting to Ocean Birth: The Record of Alpine-Apennine Ophiolitic Peridotites. In: 2008 GSA Joint Annual Meeting Abstracts. Houston (USA), 5-9 ottobre 2008
  •     MONTANINI A., TRIBUZIO R. (2007). Record of lithospheric thinning in the subcontinental mantle (External Liguride Ophiolites, Northern Apennine, Italy): from rifting to continental breakup. In: -.Ofioliti Special Section "HT shear zones in the litosphere". OFIOLITI, vol. 32, p. 63, Pisa:Edizioni ETS, ISSN: 0391-2612, Chiavari, Italia, 23-24 maggio 2007
  •     MONTANINI A., TRIBUZIO R (2007). Serpentinization-related hydrothermal alteration of peridotites from the External Liguride ophiolites (Northern Apennine, Italy). In: -. Geoitalia 2007 - Epitome. EPITOME, vol. 2, p. 132, ISSN: 1972-1552, Rimini, Italia, 12-14 settembre 2007
  •     MONTANINI A., A, TRIBUZIO, R, VERNIA L (2006). Mantle-crust evolution and magmatic activity during continental breakup and ocean opening recorded by the External Liguride ophiolites (Northern Apennines, Italy).. In: POLAR RIDGES MEETING AND WORKSHOP 2006-ABSTRACTS. OFIOLITI, vol. 31, p. 240-241, ISSN: 0391-2612, SESTRI LEVANTE (GE), 20-22 settembre 2006
  •     MONTANINI A., TRIBUZIO, R, THIRLWALL, M (2006). Garnet pyroxenite layers from the mantle peridotites of the Northern Apennine ophiolites, Italy: evidence for recycling of crustal material ?. In: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta Supplement. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA, vol. 70, p. 426, ISSN: 0016-7037, MELBOURNE (AUSTRALIA), 27 AGOSTO-2 SETTEMBRE
  •     MONTANINI A., TRIBUZIO R., ANCZKIEWICZ R. (2005). Exhumation history of subcontinental, garnet pyroxenite-bearing mantle from the External Liguride ophiolites (Northern Apennine, Italy): implications for rifting and mantle exhumation processes at ocean-continent transition. In: Special Section - ABSTRACTS OF PERIDOTITE WORKSHOP 2005. OFIOLITI, vol. 30, ISSN: 0391-2612, 27-30 settembre 2005, doi: 10.4454/ofioliti.v30i2.285
  •     MARRONI M., BORTOLOTTI V., PANDOLFI L., TREVES B., CORTESOGNO L., GAGGERO L., LAHONDERE D., ROSSI PH., MOLLI G., MONTANINI A., PRINCIPI G., SACCANI E., TRIBUZIO R.. (2004). Northern Apennines and Corsica ophiolites: the oceanic litosphere of the Ligure-Piemontese Basin and its transition to the Adria continental margin (Italy). In: 32nd International Geological Congress, Field Trip Guide Book - P27. APAT - Dipartimento Difesa del Suolo, Servizio Geologico D'Italia. Grafica e Stampa: S.EL.CA. Firenze, Firenze, August 20-28, 2004
  •     MONTANINI A., HARLOV D. (2004). Evidence for KCl metasomatism in mafic xenoliths from the lower crust. In: EOS, Transactions, American Geophysical Union. EOS, TRANSACTIONS, vol. 45, AGU Fall Meeting 13-17 Dicembre 2004 MONTANINI A., TRIBUZIO R. (2003). Igneous to metamorphic evolution of mafic rocks from a fossile ocean-continent transition (External Liguride ophiolites, Italy). In: EGS-AGU-EUG Joint Assembly, GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH ABSTRACTS. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH ABSTRACTS, vol. 5, ISSN:1607-7962, Nice (France), 6-11 aprile 2003
  •     MONTANINI A., MOLLI G. (2002). New petrologic and 39Ar/40Ar data on the Palaeozoic metamorphic basement of the Northern Apennines (NW Italy): evidence from surface and subsurface units. In: -. 81a Riunione Estiva della Società Geologica Italiana-Riassunti. Torino, 10-12 settembre 2002
  •     S. CHICCHI, E. COSTA, S.LUGLI, G.MOLLI, A. S. CHICCHI, E. COSTA, S.LUGLI, G.MOLLI, MONTANINI A., TORELLI L., C. CAVOZZI (2002). The Passo del Cerreto-Val Secchia evaporites and associated rocks. In: Field Trip Guidebook, REALMOD Conference. p. 1-40, San Donato Milanese (MI), 2-4 ottobre 2002 - Contributo in Atti di convegno
  •     E. COSTA, TORELLI L., F. CAMURRI, S. CHICCHI, S. LUGLI, G. MOLLI, MONTANINI A., C. CAVOZZI (2002). The role of the evaporites and associated metamorphic slices in the evolution of the Cerreto-val Secchia area (Northern Apennines, Italy): an integrated approach. In: -. Bollettino di Geofisica, teorica ed applicata. BOLLETTINO DI GEOFISICA TEORICA E APPLICATA, vol. 42, p. 157-161, ISSN: 0006-6729, San Donato Milanese (MI), 2-4 ottobre 2002
  •     DI BATTISTINI G., MONTANINI A., VERNIA L., VENTURELLI G. (2001). Petrology of melilite-bearing rocks from the Montefiascone Volcanic Complex (Roman Magmatic Province): new insights into the ultrapotassic volcanism of Central Italy. In: EUG XI Assembly, Journal of Conference Abstracts. JOURNAL OF CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS, ISSN: 1362-0886, Strasbourg, France, 8-12 aprile 2001
  •     PAPANI, G., ARGNANI A., BERNINI M., CAMURRI F., MONTANINI A., ROGLEDI S., TORELLI R. (2000). Basement Unit Architecture in the North-Western Apennines: results from the sub-surface analysis. In: Evoluzione Geologica e Geodinamica dell'Appennino-Abstracts . p. 251-252, Foligno, 16-18 febbraio 2000