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Curriculum vitae

Born in Sorbolo (Parma, Italy) September the 2nd 1964

- 1983 maturità scientifica (High School Degree) from Liceo Scientifico Statale "G. Ulivi" di Parma.

- 1989: Master of Science in Geology University of Parma with the M.Sc. Thesis: "Geological and structural survey of High Lessini mountains between the Adige Valley and the Squaranto River" (Southern alps, Northern Italy).

- 1993: Ph.D. in Geology University of Ferrara, Firenze, Parma, Pavia e Total S.A.Ph.D. Thesis Title: "Sedimentary and flexural model of a sector of the Adriatic margin in the Central Apennines (Central Italy)".

- 1993-1994: PostDoc Research Fellow at ETH Zentrum Geologisches Institut (Zurich Switzerland) funded by Exchange Grant ETH Zurich - Ministero Affari Esteri carrying out researches on integration of structural and stratigraphic data in the study of growth folds in central Apennines (Italy).

- 1994-1996: Research Assistant at the l'ETH Zentrum-Geologisches Institut (Zurich, Switzerland) funded by BBW (Bundesamt fűr Bildung und Wissenshaft) Svizzera (BBW Project Nr. 94.0153) carrying out researches in the frame of JOULE - "Integrated Basin Studies (Phase II)" and dealing with growth folds in the Barreme basin (Subalpine Chain of SE France) and Ebro Basin (Pyrenees, Spain).

- since 1999: Researcher at the Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra of Università degli Studi di Parma, where I taught courses on field mapping, map interpretation, and regional geology of Italy and Mediterranean region for graduating and graduated students.

1) AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists) - Member 1986-2002
2) Sociàéte Géologique de France - Member since 1996-2010
3) Società Geologica Italiana - Member since 2003
4) European Geosciences Union - Member since 2004
5) Geosed (Associazione Italiana per la Geologia del Sedimentario) - Socio since 2004-2013
6) IAS (International Association of Sedimentologists) - Member since 2006
7) American Geophysical Union - Member since 2007.


1993 Exchange Grant ETH Zurich - Ministero Affari Esteri.

2009 LLP-Erasmus Teaching Exchange with Geological Institute Jagiellonian University Krakow POLAND

2010 LLP-Erasmus Teaching Exchange with Geological Institute Jagiellonian University Krakow POLAND

2013 LLP-Erasmus Teaching Exchange with Geological Institute Jagiellonian University Krakow POLAND


2012 Calaquake 2012 - Ionian Sea.


Research Projects

He participated to the following projects:

1994 Progetto JOULE Integrated Basin Studies (Phase II) – Integrated analysis of growth structures.

2000 Cofin – The Apennine foredeep record of Messinian salinity crisis events: regional synthesis of outcrop and subsurface datya and Medieterranean scale implications.

2000 CNR – The structural framework and Plio-Quaternary evolution of the Northern Apennines along the transect Cinque Terre_Parma.

2003 PRIN-Cofin Project "The late Messinian Lago Mare event: high-resolution stratigraphy, tectonic and climatic control on high-frequency paleoenvironmental changes related to the final stage of the Messinian Salinity Crisis of the Mediterranean area" 
2006 PRIN-Cofin Project "Crustal Deformation Processes at the Front of the External Calabrian Arc (Ionian Sea): Marine Geology and Seismic Reflection Investigation"
2010 PRIN-Cofin Project "Active and recent geodynamics of Calabrian Arc and accretionary complex in the Ionian Sea".

Other projects:

2000 Progetto Giovani Ricercatori – Tectono-sedimentary evolution of deformation front in a collisional mountain chain: the South Pyrenean Central Unit, Spain.

2007-2012 FIL - Growth modes of Northern Apennine orogenic wedge since Middle-Late Miocene. 

Research themes

Present main research topics are related to integration of stratigraphy and tectonics in the study of foreland basins system, fold and thrusts belts, foothills area in collisional orogen and accretionary/paleo-accretionary prisms of Europe and Mediterranean region in order to reconstruct their evolution through time with particular focus on their Cenozoic evolution.
Central Apennines (Foothill of Adriatic foredeep) (ITALY)
Southern Alps (Trento Plateaux) (ITALY)
Northern Apennines (ITALY)
External french Alps (Digne Arc, Barreme basin) (FRANCE)
Southern Apennines (Basilicata) (ITALY)
Pyrenees (Tremp-Jaca basin) (SPAIN)
Western Carpathian (POLAND, SLOVAKIA)




  • Mirko Carlini, Andrea  Artoni, Luca  Aldega, Maria Laura  Balestrieri, Sveva  Corrado, Paolo  Vescovi, Massimo  Bernini, Luigi  Torelli (2013) Exhumation and reshaping of far-travelled/allochthonous tectonic units in mountain belts. New insights for the relationships between shortening and coeval extension in the western Northern Apennines (Italy) .Tectonophysics, 21, 267- 287.
  • A. Artoni (2013) The Pliocene-Pleistocene stratigraphic and tectonic evolution of the Central Sector of the Western Periadriatic Basin of Italy. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 25, 82- 106.


  • F. Sauro, L. Piccini, M. Menichetti,  A. Artoni, E. Migliorini (2012) Lithological and structural guidance on speleogenesis in Spluga della Preta cave, Lessini mountains  (Veneto, Italy). Geografia Fisica E Dinamica Quaternaria, 10, 167- 176.
  • Carlini M., Artoni A., Vescovi  P., Bernini M., Remitti F., Bettelli G., Vannucchi P., Aldega L., Balestrieri M. L., Corrado S., Torelli L. (2012). Late orogenic deformation of the shallowest portion of an orogenic wedge: coeval activity of extensional and compressional tectonics in the western Northern Apennines (Italy). Rendiconti Online Della Società Geologica Italiana, 21, 193-194.
  • Carlini M., L. Clemenzi, A. Artoni, A. Chelli, P. Vescovi, M. Bernini, C. Tellini, L. Torelli, M.L. Balestrieri (2012). Late orogenic thrust-related antiforms in the western portion of Northern Apennines (Parma Province, Italy): geometries and late Miocene to Recent activity constrained by structural, thermochronological and geomorphologic data. Rendiconti Online Della Società Geologica Italiana, 22, 36-39.
  • Capozzi R., Artoni A., Torelli L., Lorenzini S., Oppo D., Mussoni P., Polonia A. (2012) Neogene to Quaternary tectonics and mud diapirism in the Gulf of Squillace (Crotone-Spartivento Basin, Calabrian Arc, Italy). Marine and Petroleum Geology, 25, 219- 234.
  • Mussoni P., Torelli L., Polonia A., Gasperini L., Artoni A., Klaeschen D. (2012). Pre-stack depth migrated (PSDM) seismic transects across the Calabrian Arc: a Miocene-Pleistocene arcuate complex accretionary wedge in the Ionian sea. Rendiconti Online Della Società Geologica Italiana, 21, 232.
  • Polonia A., Torelli L., Mussoni P., Gasperini L., Artoni A. (2012). The Calabrian Arc Subduction Complex in the Ionian Sea: Structure, Evolution and Seismic Hazard. Rendiconti Online Della Società Geologica Italiana, 21, 249-250


  • A. Polonia,L.  Torelli,P.  Mussoni,L.  Gasperini,A.  Artoni,D.  Klaeschen (2011) The Calabrian Arc subduction complex in the Ionian Sea: Regional architecture, active deformation, and seismic hazard Tectonics, 28 (30, TC5018), 1- 28.
  • A. Artoni, E. Migliorini, A. Sganzerla, M. Rebesco, G. Roghi (2011) Stratigrafia e assetto strutturale dell’area in cui si sviluppa la Spluga della Preta. G. Troncon, F. Sauro, G. Annichini (eds.) Memorie dell'Istituto Italiano di Speleologia La Grafica, Verona:, XXV, ser. II, 45- 59.


  • T. Trua, V. Manzi, M. Roveri, A. Artoni (2010) The Messinian volcaniclastic layers of the Northern Apennines:evidence for the initial phases of the Southern Tyrrhenian spreading? Italian Journal of Geosciences, 11, 269- 279
  • A. Artoni, M. Bernini, G. Papani, F. Rizzini, G. Barbacini, M. Rossi, S. Rogledi, M. Ghielmi (2010) Mass-transport deposits in confined wedge-top basins: surficial processes shaping the messinian orogenic wedge of Northern Apennine of Italy Italian Journal of Geosciences, 18,  101- 118.


  • Artoni A., Chelli A., Clerici A., Contrada F., Santi M., Tellini C., Vescovi P. (2009). Excursion in the Pisa leaning tower, Alpi Apuane, Carrara marble quarries and landslides in the Parma Apennines. Field trip guide for the Department of Engineering Geology of Comenius University, Bratislava. September 26-27th 2009, pp. 1-70.
  • Artoni A., Clerici A., Monegatti P., Peis D., Perego S., Tellini C., Vescovi P. (2009) – IlWebGIS delle Emergenze geologiche nella provincia di Parma. Indirizzo del sito:


  • Tribaudino M; Artoni A.; Mavris C; Bersani D; Lottici P.P; Belletti D (2008) Single-crystal X-ray and Raman investigation on melanophlogite from Varano Marchesi (Parma, Italy). American Mineralogist, 93, 88- 94.
  • Artoni A; Torelli L.; Capozzi R; Polonia A; Lorenzini S; Oppo D; CALARC GROUP (2008) The Apenninic-Maghrebian Prism of Inner Calabrian Arc as imaged by subsurface data in the Squillace embayment (Calabria, Southern Italy). Rendiconti Online Della Società Geologica Italiana, 2, 38- 39.
  • Artoni A., Chelli A., Clerici A., Tellini C., Vescovi P. (2008). Excursion in the Parma Apennines, Alpi Apuane and Pisa leaning tower of the Department of Engineering Geology of Comenius University, Bratislava. September 27-28th 2008. Field trip guide (pp. 1-70).
  • Artoni A., Clerici A., Monegatti P., Perego S., Tellini C., Vescovi P. (2008) – Il WebGIS dei Geositi del territorio della provincia di Parma. Sistemi informativi. Analisi e Gestione del Territorio. Parma, 30 settembre 2008. (pp. 1-12).


  • Artoni A. (2007) Growth rates and two-mode accretion in the outer orogenic wedge - foreland basin system of Central Apennine (Italy) Bollettino della Società Geologica Italiana, 126, 531- 556
  • Artoni A.; Rizzini F; Roveri M; Gennari R; Manzi V; Papani G; Bernini M (2007) Tectonic and climatic controls on sedimentation in Late Miocene Cortemaggiore Wedge-Top Basin (Northwestern Apennines, Italy). Lacombe O.; Lave' J.; Roure F.M.; Verges J. EDS. (a cura di) Thrust Belts and Foreland BasinsFrom fold kinematics to hydrocarbon systems Springer, HEIDELBERG: 431- 456,
  • Artoni A.; Bernini M; Papani G; Rizzini F; Barbacini G (2007) From debris flows to sliding masses in a confined basin at the toe of an orogenic wedge: the case of the Messinian mass-wasting deposits of Northwestern Apennine of Italy. Rendiconti della Società Geologica Italiana, 5 44- 48.
  • Conti S; Artoni A.; Piola G (2007) Seep-carbonates in a thrust-related anticline at the leading edge of an orogenic wedge: The case of the middle–late Miocene Salsomaggiore Ridge (Northern Apennines, Italy.) Sedimentary Geology, 199, 233- 251


  • Artoni A; Bernini M; Vescovi P.; Lorenzi U; Missorini E (2006) Estensione alla sommità del cuneo orogenico appenninico: contatti tettonici elisionali nella Successione epiligure di M Barigazzo (Appennino settentrionale, prov. di Parma). Rendiconti della Società Geologica Italiana, 4, 69- 72.


  • Artoni A., Papani G., Rizzini F., Calderoni M., Bernini M., Argnani A., Roveri M., Rossi M., Rogledi S.; Gennari R. (2004) The Salsomaggiore structure (Northwestern Apennine foothills, Italy): a Messinian mountain front shaped by mass-wasting products Geoacta, 3, 107-128.


  • Artoni A. (2003) Messinian events within the tectono-stratigraphic evolution of the Southern Laga Basin (Central Apennines, Italy) Bollettino Della Società Geologica Italiana, 122, 447- 465.
  • Artoni A. (2003) La sezione stratigrafica del T. Parola (Salsomaggiore, Parma; Appennino Emiliano): confronto con le successioni ipoaline messiniane del margine appenninico padano Acta Naturalia De L'Ateneo ParmensE, 39, 5- 30.


  • Williams E., Ford M., Vergés J., Artoni A. (1998) Alluvial gravel sedimentology in a contractional growth fold setting, St Llorenç de Morunyc.. Mascle A.; Puigdefabregas C.; Luterbacher H.P.; Fernadez M. (eds.Cenozoic foreland basin of Western Europe Geological Society of London, London, Spec. Publ. 134, 69- 106
  • Artoni A., Meckel L.D. (1998) History and deformation rates of a thrust sheet top basin: the Barreme basin, western Alps, SE France. Mascle A.; Puigdefabregas C.; Luterbacher H.P.; Fernadez M. (eds.) Cenozoic Foreland Basins of Western Europe Geological Society of London, London: Spec. Publ. 134, 213- 237.


  • Ford M., Williams E., Artoni A., Vergés J., Hardy S. (1997) Progressive evolution of a fault-related fold pair from growth strata geometries, Sant Llorenç de Morunys, SE Pyrenees. Journal of Structural Geology, 19, 413- 441
  • Artoni A., Casero P. (1997) Sequential balancing of growth structures, a late Tertiary example from the central Apennines. Bulletin de la Société Géologique de France, 1, 35- 49.


  • Artoni A., Bernini M., Papani G., Vescovi P., Zanzucchi G. (1992) Sezione geologica schematica Bonassola (SP)-Felino (PR). , appendice, Crop 1-A. Studi Geologici Camerti. Vol. Spec. 1992/2, 61-63.


  • Argnani A; Artoni A.; Ori G.G; Roveri M (1991) Central Adriatic Foredeep: structural style and sedimentation. Studi Geologici Camerti. Vol. Spec. 1991/1, 371- 381.


  • Artoni A., Rebesco M (1990) Deformazione per thrusting nei Lessini occidentali (Verona-Northern Italy). Studi Geologici Camerti. Vol. Spec. 1990, 131- 137.


  • Artoni A., Rebesco M (1989) Evidenze di tettonica polifasata lungo la linea di Boscochiesanuova (Alti Lessini,Verona). Acta Naturalia de L'Ateneo Parmense, 25, 33- 43.