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Dr Maria Filomena Loreto : Leading Researcher in Natural Hazard

National Research Council – Institute of Marine Sciences, Italy
We are thrilled to extend our heartfelt congratulations to you on receiving the prestigious Best Researcher Award! ๐Ÿ† Your dedication, expertise, and outstanding contributions in the field of marine geology and geophysics have truly set you apart.๐ŸŒŸ As you continue to explore the depths of our oceans and contribute to cutting-edge research, may this award serve as a testament to your remarkable accomplishments and inspire future generations in the field.

Maria Filomena Loreto, a marine geologist specializing in geophysical approaches, embarked on her career at ISMAR-CNR Bologna. She earned her Ph.D. in collaboration with the University of Parma and ISMAR-CNR, followed by a post-doc at OGS. Since 2012, she holds a permanent position as a researcher at ISMAR-CNR.

Her research spans back-arc basins, crustal thinning, seafloor spreading, and subduction-related deformation. She’s also involved in active tectonics, sea-level changes, and Quaternary fault slip rates. With expertise in seismic data processing, interpretation, and geological modeling, Maria has contributed to 43 publications, 31 technician reports, and over 115 conference abstracts.


Professional Profiles:




๐ŸŽ“ Education:

1998: Master’s Degree in Geology (Geophysics and Structural Geology), University of Basilicata

๐Ÿ“Œ Career:

2012-Present: Researcher, Institute of Marine Sciences (ISMAR) โ€“ National Research Council (CNR), Bologna

2006-2012: Researcher, National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS), Trieste

2005-2006: Research Grant, OGS, Trieste

2001-2005: Ph.D., University of Parma and ISMAR-CNR, Bologna

2000-2001: Scholarship, ISMAR-CNR, Bologna

๐ŸŒ Work Experiences:

Participated in 16 marine geological/geophysical surveys in the Mediterranean Seas and the Pacific Ocean.

Processing multichannel seismic datasets and 3D geological models.

Involved in various national and international projects.

๐Ÿ”ฌ Research Projects:

POSEIDON (Eurofleet+ 2023 project)

Seismic Hazard in the west Peloponnese – Ionian Islands Domain.

PI: R. Cesar Ranero; ISMAR-CNR WP Leader: M-Filomena Loreto

IODP-TIME Tyrrhenian Continent-Ocean Transition (Expedition 402)

PI: Dr. Nevio Zitellini; Other Leader: Dr. M.F. Loreto

IONIANS 2022 project

Study of seismic faults off the Ionian Islands, Northwestern Greece.

PI: M. Filomena Loreto


Evolutionary Model of the Italian Territory in the Quaternary time

๐ŸŒ Seminars:

26/05/2021: Back-Arc Tyrrhenian Basin history, online OGS seminars.

5/12/2015: Multi-scale approach to a submarine volcano, University of Istanbul.

6/12/2015: Antarctic Gas Hydrates Reservoirs, Istanbul Technical University and University of Istanbul.

20/11/2012: Potential of KINGDOM software in geophysical data analysis, ISMAR-CNR Bologna.


H Index of 16 and i10-index of 20 as of 07/12/2023.

Active participation in prestigious projects funded by institutions like Eurofleet+ and IODP.


Loreto, M. F., Capotondi, L., Insinga, D. D., Molisso, F., Vigliotti, L., Albertazzi, S., P. Giordano, F. Muto & Romano,S. (2023). Slip-rates and time recurrences of the seismogenic Santโ€™Eufemia normal fault (SE Tyrrhenian Sea), amultiscale and multidisciplinary approach. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 106453.

Palmiotto, C., Braga, R., Corda, L., Di Bella, L., Ferrante, V., Loreto, M. F., & Muccini, F. (2022). New insights on thefossil arc of the Tyrrhenian Back-Arc Basin (Mediterranean Sea). Tectonophysics, 229640.

Lodolo E; Loreto M F; Mellini D; Spada G; Civile D. (2022). Palaeo-Shoreline Configuration of the Adventure Plateau(Sicilian Channel) at the Last Glacial Maximum. Geosciences, 12(125). https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences12030125

Loreto, M. F. (2022). Editorial of Special Issue โ€œTectonics and Morphology of Back-Arc Basinsโ€. Geosciences, 12(2),86. doi.org/10.3390/geosciences12020086

Palmiotto, C., Ficini, E., Loreto, M. F., Muccini, F., & Cuffaro, M. (2022). Back-Arc Spreading Centers and Superfast Subduction: The Case of the Northern Lau Basin (SW Pacific Ocean). Geosciences, 12(2), 50. doi.org/10.3390/geosciences12020050

Maria Filomena Loreto, Camilla Palmiotto, Filippo Muccini, Valentina Ferrante and Nevio Zitellini. Inverted basins by Africa โ€“ Eurasia convergence at the southern Back-Arc Tyrrhenian Basin. Geosciences 2021, 11, doi.org/10.3390/geosciences11030117


H Index: 16, All Quotations: 777

Author of 43 publications in ISI journals

Presented at numerous national and international conferences


Evolution and geodynamics of back-arc basins

Structural setting and its relationships with morphology and seismicity

Crustal thinning and seafloor spreading processes

Slab subduction-related shallow deformation

Relationships between active tectonics and sea-level changes

Assessment of slip rates of Quaternary faults


Scheduled for oceanographic cruises in February-April 2024 aboard JOIDES Resolution (IODP programme).

Maria Filomena Loreto’s journey in marine geology is marked by a wealth of experiences, significant contributions to research, and a commitment to advancing the understanding of Earth’s geophysical processes. Her expertise, leadership, and international collaborations continue to shape the field.


In concluding the illustrious journey of Dr. Maria Filomena Loreto, it is evident that her unwavering commitment to marine geology and geophysics has left an indelible mark on the scientific landscape. ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ”ฌ

๐ŸŒŸ Dr. Loreto’s pioneering research in back-arc basins, seismicity, and crustal processes has not only expanded our understanding of Earth’s dynamics but has also positioned her as a beacon of excellence in the field. The impressive H Index, extensive list of publications, and active involvement in groundbreaking projects underscore her profound impact.

Dr Maria Filomena Loreto | Natural Hazard

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