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Dipartimento di Fisica e Scienze della Terra

Fabrizio BALSAMO


structural geology



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Curriculum vitae

I was born in Marino (Roma), Italy, on December 28th 1973. I had a degree in Geological Sciences and a Ph.D. in Geodynamics in 2002 and 2006, respectively, from the Department of Earth Sciences at University of Roma Tre, Rome (Italy). From 2006 to 2011 I had a Post Doc fellowship at the Department of Geological Sciences (Roma Tre University), and from 2011 to 1013 at Department of Physic and Earth Sciences (Parma University, Italy). I participated at 9 short course in Tectonics and Structural Geology. In 2009 I was visiting researcher at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Brazil. In 2012 I had a “Royal Society” fellowship sponsored by the Italian Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei to perform friction experiments at Department of Earth Sciences, Durham (UK). I was convener and co-convener of 10 scientific sessions at European Geoscience Union, General Assemblies, Vienna. I am reviewer of scientific articles in peer-review international journals of Geology, Structural Geology, Tectonics, and Geodynamics. I am a contract researcher at Department of Physic and Earth Sciences “Macedonio Melloni”, Parma University, Italy. I am scientific coordinator of Laboratory of Microstructures and Petrophysics. I was involved in Italian PRIN projects and I am currently involved in research projects funded by oil company (SHELL, PETROBRAS; ENI). I participated to 3 field expeditions in Antarctica funded by “Progetto Nazionale di Ricerche in Antartide”. I am involved in teaching support activities in the courses of Tectonics and Structural Geology. I was co-supervisor and supervisor of 8 master thesis and degree thesis in Geology. In 2012-2013 I taught "Structural Geology and Tectonics" course at University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. I am author and coauthor of more than 20 scientific papers in peer-reviewed international journals, and I authored more than 80 oral and poster presentations at national and international scientific congresses.

Research Projects

I am involved in the following research projects:

  • Deformation and petrophysical properties in poorly lithified sediments of the Crotone basin (Calabria, Italy) to investigate the signatures of the seismic cycle (in collaboration with N. De Paola, Durham University, UK).
  • Analysis of different type of carbonate concretions in poorly lithified sediments for constraining palaeofluid flow directions and velocities in faulted groundwater reservoirs;
  • Deformation and petrophysical properties in poorly lithified sediments of the Barreiras Sandstones (NE Brazil) and analysis of diagenetic alterations (iron oxide concretions and Liesegang band patterns) to constrain palaeofluid flow around fault zones (in collaboration with F.H.R. Bezerra, UFRN University, Brazil);
  • Deformation and neotectonics in Paraiba and Pernambuco basins in NE Brazil (in collaboration with D. Rossetti, UFSP, and M. Vieira and F.H.R. Bezerra, UFRN University, Brazil);
  • Relationships among deformation and dolomitization along fault zones developed in layered limestones of the Northern and Central Apennines (in collaboration with R. Swennen, KU Leuven University, Belgium; funded by Shell);
  • Structural diagenesis of the Jabal Qusaibah anticline, Oman, and anatomy and palaeofluid flow of extensional and strike-slip fault zones associated with this fold (in collaboration with R. Swennen, Leuven University, Belgium; funded by Shell);
  • Fracturing modes in folded siliciclastic turbidites (funded by Petrobras);
  • Cenozoic tectono-magmatic evolution of the Ross Sea Region, Antarctica (in collaboration with colleagues from Roma Tre, Pisa, and Bremen Universities, and the Italian CNR).
  • Geometrical complexities associated with the Campo Imperatore extensional fault system, L'Aquila, Italy, and coseismic signature  (in collaboration with G. Di Toro, University of Padova, Italy).

Research themes

My research interests include the study of (1) quantification of brittle deformation pattern associated with fault zones in different tectonic contexts, (2) petrophysical changes induced by development of fault zones, (3) diagenetic alterations (concretions, Liesegang bands) as a tool to reconstructs fossil fluid flows around fault zones, (4) coseismic signature recorded in fault zones developed in poorly lithified sediments and granular materials.


  • Storti F., Balsamo F., Salvini F. (2007). Particle shape evolution in natural carbonate granular wear material. Terra Nova, 19, 344-352.
  • Rossetti F. , Balsamo F., Villa I. M, BouybaouenneM., Faccenna C., Funiciello R. (2008). Pliocene-Pleistocene high-T/low-P metamorphism during multiple granitic intrusions in the southern branch of the Larderello geothermal field (Southern Tuscany, Italy). Journal of Geological Society of London, Vol. 165, pp. 247-262.
  • Storti, F., M. L. Balestrieri, F. Balsamo, and F. Rossetti (2008).Structural and thermochronological constraints to the evolution of the West Antarctic Rift System in central Victoria Land. Tectonics, 27, TC4012, doi:10.1029/2006TC002066
  • Balsamo, F., Storti F., Piovano B., Cifelli F., Salvini F., Lima C (2008).Time dependent structural architecture of subsidiary fracturing and stress pattern in the tip region of an extensional growth fault system, Tarquinia basin, Italy. Tectonophysics, 454, pp. 54-69.
  • F. Balsamo, F. Storti, F. Salvini, A. T. Silva, C. Lima (2010).Structural and petrophysical evolution of extensional fault zones in poorly lithified low-porosity sandstones of the Barreiras Formation, NE Brazil.Journal of Structural Geology, Vol. 32, p. 1806-1826. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsg2009.10.010
  • Balsamo F& Storti F (2010).Grain size and permeability evolution of soft-sediment extensional sub-seismic and seismic fault zones in high-porosity sediments from the Crotone basin, southern Apennines, Italy. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 27, p. 822-837.
  • Storti F.& Balsamo F (2010).Impact of ephemeral cataclastic fabrics on laser diffraction particle size distribution analysis in loose carbonate fault breccia. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 32, p. 507-522. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsg.2010.02.006
  • Storti F. and Balsamo F., (2010).Particle size distributions by laser diffraction: sensitivity of granular material strength to analytical operating procedures. Solid Earth, v. 1, p. 25-48.
  • F. Rossetti, L. Aldega, F. Tecce,F. Balsamo, A. Billi, M. Brilli (2010).Fluid flow within the damage zone of the Boccheggiano extensional Fault (Larderello-Travale geothermal field, central Italy): structures, alteration, and implications for hydrothermal mineralization in extensional settings.Geological Magazine, v. 148, p. 558-579. Doi:10.1017/S001675681000097X.
  • Balsamo F& Storti F (2011).Size-dependent comminution, tectonic mixing, and sealing behaviour of a "structurally oversimplified" fault zone in poorly lithified sands: evidence for a coseismic rupture?. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 123; no. 3/4; p. 601–619; doi: 10.1130/B30099.1.
  • Storti F, Balsamo F, Cappanera F, Tosi G. (2011). Sub-seismic scale fracture pattern and in situ permeability data in the chalk atop the Krempe salt ridge at Lagerdorf, NW Germany: inferences on synfolding stress field rotation and its impact on fracture connectivity. Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 28, p. 1315-1332.
  •  Cas R.; Giordano G.; Balsamo F.; Esposito A.; Lo Mastro S. (2011). Hydrothermal breccia textures and processes: Lisca Bianca Islet, Panarea, Eolian Islands, Italy. Economic Geology, v. 106, p. 437-450.
  •  Federico Rossetti, Gianluca Vignaroli , Gianfranco Di Vincenzo, Axel Gerdes, Claudio Ghezzo, Thomas Theye, Fabrizio Balsamo (2011). Long-lived orogenic construction along the paleo-Pacific margin of Gondwana (Deep Freeze Range, north Victoria Land, Antarctica). Tectonics, v. 30, 27 p., TC4008, doi:10.1029/2010TC002804
  • Balsamo F, Storti F, Grocke D. (2012). Fault-related fluid flow history in shallow marine sediments from carbonate concretions, Crotone Basin, south Italy. Journal of the Geological Society, London, v. 169, p. 613-626. doi: 10.1144/0016-76492011-109
  • Di Vincenzo, G., Rossetti, F., Viti, C., Balsamo, F. (2013). Constraining the timing of fault reactivation: Eocene coseismic slip along a Late Ordovician ductile shear zone (northern Victoria Land, Antarctica). Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 125, p. 609-624.
  • Balsamo F, Bezerra FH, Vieira M, Storti F. (2013). Structural control on the formation of iron oxide concretions and Liesegang bands in faulted, poorly lithified Cenozoic sandstones of the Paraiba basin, Brazil. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 125, p. 913-931 doi:10.1130/B30686.1.
  • F. Storti, L. Aldega , F. Balsamo , S. Corrado , F. Del Monaco , L. Di Paolo , M. Mastalerz , P. Monaco , M. Tallini (2013). Evidence for strong Middle Pleistocene earthquakes in the epicentral area of the 6 April 2009 L'Aquila seismic event from sediment paleofluidization and overconsolidation. Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth, v. 118, Issue 6, DOI : 10.1002/jgrb.50254.
  •  F.Bezerra, D. F Rossetti, R. G Oliveira, W. E Medeiros,. B. B Brito Neves, F. Balsamo, F. C Nogueira, E. L Dantas, C. Andrades Filho, A. M Goes (2014).Neotectonic reactivation of shear zones and implications for faulting style and geometry in the continental margin of NE Brazil. Tectonophysics, (2014) Tectonophysics, v. 614, p. 78-90.
  •  F. Balsamo, L. Aldega, N. De Paola, I. Faoro; F. Storti (2014). The signature and mechanics of earthquake ruptures along shallow creeping faults in sediments. Geology, v. 42, no. 5, p. 435–438; doi:10.1130/G35272.1