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Dipartimento di Fisica e Scienze della Terra




tectonic and sedimentation, structural geology


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Curriculum vitae

Born in 1984 in Sassuolo (Modena).

2006 Bachelor’s Degree - University of Modena e Reggio Emilia (Italy). Topic: structural signature of sedimentary rocks of the Northern Apennines (Italy) deformed by frontal accretion and subsequent tectonic erosion in an oceanic accretionary wedge. Supervisors: Paola Vannucchi, Francesca Remitti.
2009 Master’s Degree - University of Modena e Reggio Emilia (Italy). Topic: paleothermal conditions of a shallow plate boundary interface in the Northern Apennines. Supervisors: Giuseppe Bettelli, Paola Vannucchi, Francesca Remitti, Sveva Corrado, Luca Aldega.
2012 PhD in Earth Sciences - University of Parma. Topic: late exhumation phases of the Northern Apennines, related to the coeval activity of contractional and extensional tectonics. The study integrated data from different methodologies and scales: low-T thermochronology, paleothermal analyses, field data, seismic lines interpretation and numerical modelling of thermochronological ages. Supervisors: Andrea Artoni, Massimo Bernini.
2013-2014 Post-doc – University of Parma (Italy). Topic: relationships between tectonics and sedimentation in the Miocene foredeep units of the Northern Apennines (Italy). Supervisor: Roberto Tinterri.
2014-2015 Post-doc – University of Parma (Italy). Topic: structural-stratigraphic evolution of the accretionary wedge of the external Calabrian Arc (Ionian Sea, Italy). Integration of high resolution bathymetry, multichannel seismic reflection and sedimentation data. Supervisor: Luigi Torelli.

Research Projects

  • 2013-2014 Temporary research fellow - “Physical stratigraphy and sedimentology of fluvio-deltaic systems and turbidite systems” funded by PETROBRAS.
  • 2014-2015 Temporary research fellow - PRIN Parma Unit “Active and recent geodynamics of Calabrian Arc and accretionary complex in the Ionian Sea”

Research themes

Orogenic wedge dynamics and exhumation processes, regional tectonics of convergent margins, low-T thermochronology, structural geology, seismic data interpretation, tectonics-sedimentation relationships, tectonic geomorphology.




  • Carlini Mirko, Chelli Alessandro, Vescovi Paolo, Artoni Andrea, Clemenzi Luca, Tellini Claudio, Torelli Luigi - in press - Tectonic control on the development and distribution of large landslides in the Northern Apennines (Italy), Geomorphology (2015) -


  • Paolo Vescovi, Mirko Carlini, Andrea Artoni, Luca Clemenzi, Luigi Torelli - 2014 - Evidences of late Miocene low-angle extensional tectonics affecting the western Northern Apennines orogenic wedge. Meeting in memory of Piero Elter - The relationships between Northern Apennine and western Alps: state of the art fifty years after the “Ruga del Bracco” - Pisa, June 26-27, 2014. 


  • 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, vol. 608, pp. 267-287 -


  • Bettelli, G., Panini, F.Fioroni, C.Nirta, G.Remitti, F.Vannucchi, P.Carlini, M. - 2012 - Revisiting the geology of the "Sillaro line", Northern Apennines, Italy. Rend. online Soc. Geol. It., Vol. 22 (2012), pp. 14-17, 1.