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Giacomo Corti

Giacomo Corti is a Senior Researcher at the Institue of Geosciences and Earth Resources of the National Research Council of Italy. He received a MsC-equivalent degree (Laurea) in Geology at the University of Florence (1997) and a Ph.D. in Mineralogy and Petrology at the University of Pisa (2003). His Ph.D. thesis focused on analogue modelling of continental extension with special reference to the relations between the patterns of deformation and the presence of magma. His research currently focuses on continental extensional tectonics, with special interest on the evolution of the East African Rift System; this research integrates field geological-structural studies, analogue modelling and geophysical data. His scientific interests also include the analogue modelling of deformation processes at various scales, including continental collision, strike-slip deformation, multiphase deformation, magma emplacement, geomorphic processes (e.g., ice flow dynamics). He is also involved or has been involved in projects analyzing the evolution of the Gulf of California (Mexico), evolution of the Baikal Rift (Russia), active tectonics in the Northern Apennines, the processes of ice flow and meteorite accumulation in the Antarctic ice, the Quaternary magmatism of the Tuscan Magmatic Province and the tectonics of Central America (El Salvador).

He is currently involved in many international cooperations with experimental modelling laboratories and other scientific institutions worldwide. He is the author or co-author of 70 peer-reviewed international publications, 3 geological maps, 5 national publications and more than 100 presentations at international or national congresses. He is the author of the divulgative book "Geologia e paesaggi della rift valley in Etiopia (Geology and landscapes of the Ethiopian Rift Valley)" (Pacini Editore, Pisa, 2012). He is a Reviewer Editor for Frontiers in Earth Science and is a Reviewer for international Journals (including: Nature Geoscience, Nature Communications, Geology, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Journal of Geophysical Research, Tectonics, GCubed, Geophysical Journal International, Tectonophysics, Journal of Structural Geology, Geological Society of London Special Publications, etc.) and has acted a reviewer for projects of foreign research institutes (such as: European Geophysical Union; National Science Foundation, USA; American Chemical Society, USA; Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canada; National Center for Scientific Research, France; Swiss National Science Foundation, Switzerland; Natural Environment Research Council, United Kingdom; Helmholtz Association, Germany). He is Guest Editor of Tectonphysics for the special volume “Quantitative modelling of geological processes” (2010) and of the Bollettino di Geofisica Teorica e Applicata, 49, 2 supplement (extended abstract of Geomod2008). He has been an invited speaker at both international and national congresses (eg. EGU Vienna, Riftlink Germany, SIMP-AIC meeting, Geoitalia, Congresso Società Geologica Italiana) and has been invited to give seminar in numerous national and international institutions (e.g., Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Finland, Mexico). He cooperates with several schools and local institutions in the field of divulgation activities aimed at increasing awareness of seismic risk in the population. He is the main organizer of GeoMod2008, the Third International Geological Modelling (Florence, 21-26 Sept 2008), and Geomod-it, the first workshop on analogue modelling in Italy (Florence, 03 Jun 2015). He has been convenor and chairman at both national and international congresses (e.g., AGU San Francisco, EGU Vienna, Geomod, Congress of the Italian Geological Society). He is a scientific divulgator in the frame of the Resism network of secondary schools.

He is a contract Professor at the University of Florence (Laurea Magistrale in Scienze e Tecnologie Geologiche - courses: Models of Structural Associations; Geodynamics). He has been member of examining committees of PhD students at both national and international institutions (Finland, Spain, Sweden).

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List of recent publications (2017-2007):

Minissale A., Corti G., Tassi F., Darrah T., Vaselli O., Montanari D., Montegrossi G., Yirgu G., Selmo E., Teclu A. (2017). Geothermal potential and origin of natural thermal fluids in the northern Lake Abaya area, Main Ethiopian Rift, East Africa. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, in press.

Ferrer O., Dooley T.P., Corti G., Vidal-RoyoO.,. Hearon IV T.E., Reber J., Graveleau F. (2017). Introduction to Special Section: Analog modeling as an aid to structural interpretation. Interpretation, in press.

Philippon M., Corti G. (2016). Obliquity along plate boundaries. Tectonophysics, 693, 171–182.

Sani F., Vannucci G., Boccaletti M., Bonini M., Corti G., Serpelloni E. (2016). Insights into the fragmentation of the Adria Plate. Journal of Geodynamics, 102, 121-138.

Erbello A., Corti G., Agostini A., Sani F., Kidane T., Buccianti A. (2016). Modeling along-axis variations in fault architecture in the Main Ethiopian Rift: implications for Nubia-Somalia kinematics. Journal of Geodynamics, 102, 24-38.

Bonini M., Delle Donne D., Corti G., Sani F., Piccardi L., Vannucci G., Genco R., Martelli L., Ripepe M. (2016). Seismic sources and stress transfer interaction among axial normal faults and external thrust fronts in the Northern Apennines (Italy): A working hypothesis based on the 1916-1920 time-space cluster of earthquakes. Tectonophysics, 680, 67-89.

Bonini M., Delle Donne D., Corti G., Sani F., Piccardi L., Vannucci G., Genco R., Martelli L., Ripepe M. (2016). Seismic sources and stress transfer interaction among axial normal faults and external thrust fronts in the Northern Apennines (Italy): A working hypothesis based on the 1916-1920 time-space cluster of earthquakes. Tectonophysics, in press.

Balestrieri M.L., Bonini M., Corti G., Sani F., Philippon M. (2016). A refinement of the chronology of rift-related faulting in the Broadly Rifted Zone, southern Ethiopia, through apatite fission-track analysis. Tectonophysics, 671, 42–55.

Martínez F., Bonini M., Montanari D., Corti G. (2016). Tectonic inversion and magmatism in the Lautaro Basin, northern Chile, Central Andes: A comparative approach from field data and analogue models. Journal of Geodynamics,  94–95, 68–83.

Piccardi L., Dobrev N., Moratti G., Corti G., Tondi E., Vannucci G., Matova M., Spina V. (2016). Overview and new data on the active tectonics of Bulgaria: towards a comprehensive seismotectonic map. Acta Vulcanologica, 25, 67-82.

Sani F., Bonini M., Montanari D., Moratti G., Corti G., Del Ventisette C. (2016). The structural evolution of the Radicondoli–Volterra Basin (southern Tuscany, Italy): Relationships with magmatism and geothermal implications. Geothermics, 59, 38-55.

Molin P., Corti G. (2015). Topography, river network and recent fault activity at the margins of the Central Main Ethiopian Rift (East Africa). Tectonophysics, 664, 67–82, DOI: 10.1016/j.tecto.2015.08.045.

Corti G., Dooley T.P. (2015). Lithospheric-scale centrifuge models of pull-apart basins. Tectonophysics, 664, 154–163, DOI: 10.1016/j.tecto.2015.09.004.

Corti G., Agostini A., Keir D., Van Wijk J., Bastow I.D., Ranalli G. (2015). Magma-induced axial subsidence during final-stage rifting: implications for the development of seaward dipping reflectors. Geosphere, 11, 563–571, DOI: 10.1130/GES01076.1.

Keir D., Bastow I.D., Corti G., Mazzarini F., Rooney T.O. (2015). The origin of along-rift variations in faulting and magmatism in the Ethiopian rift. Tectonics,  34, 464-477, DOI: 10.1002/2014TC003698.

Corti G., Bastow I.D., Keir D., Pagli C., Baker E. (2015). Rift-related morphology of the Afar Depression. In: Landscapes and Landforms of Ethiopia, Billi P. (Ed.)., Series: World Geomorphological Landscapes, Springer, 251-274.

Corti G., Costagliola P., Bonini M., Benvenuti M., Pecchioni E., Vaiani A., Landucci F. (2015). Modelling the failure mechanisms of Michelangelo’s David through small-scale centrifuge experiments. Journal of Cultural Heritage, 16, 26–31.

Philippon M., Willingshofer E., Sokoutis D., Corti G., Sani F., Bonini M., Cloetingh S. (2015). Slip re-orientation in oblique rifts. Geology, 43, 147–150.

Del Ventisette C., Gigli G., Bonini M., Corti G., Montanari M., Santoro S., Sani F., Fanti R., Casagli N. (2015). Insights from analogue modelling into the factors triggering the Vaiont landslide. Geomorphology, 228, 52–59.

Isola I., Mazzarini F., Corti G., Bonini M. (2014). Spatial variability of volcanic features in early-stage rift settings: the case of the Tanzania divergence, East African rift system. Terra Nova, 26, 461–468.

Corti G., Zeoli A., Iandelli I. (2014). Small-scale modelling of ice flow perturbations induced by sudden ice shelf breakup. Global and Planetary Change, 119, 51-55.

Philippon M., Corti G., Sani F., Bonini M., Balestrieri M.L., Molin P., Willingshofer E., Sokoutis D., Cloetingh S. (2014). Evolution, distribution and characteristics of rifting in southern Ethiopia. Tectonics, 33, 485-508, doi:10.1002/2013TC003430.

Corti G., Sani F., Philippon M., Sokoutis D., Willinghofer E., Molin P. (2013). Quaternary volcano-tectonic activity in the Soddo region, western margin of the Southern Main Ethiopian Rift. Tectonics, 32, 861-879.

Corti G. Philippon, M., Sani F., Keir, D., Kidane, T. (2013). Re-orientation of the extension direction and pure extensional faulting at oblique rift margins: comparison between the Main Ethiopian Rift and laboratory experiments. Terra Nova, 25, 396–404.

Corti G., Ranalli G., Agostini A., Sokoutis D. (2013). Inward migration of faulting during continental rifting: effects of pre-existing lithospheric structure and extension rate. Tectonophysics, 594, 137-148.

Corti G., Iandelli I., Cerca M. (2013). Experimental modeling of rifting at craton margins. Geosphere, 9(1), 138–154, doi:10.1130/GES00863.1.

Benvenuti M., Bonini M., Tassi F., Corti G., Sani F., Agostini A., Manetti P., Vaselli O. (2013).  Holocene lacustrine fluctuations and deep CO2 degassing in the northeastern Lake Langano Basin (Main Ethiopian Rift). Journal of African Earth Sciences, 77, 1–10.

Corti G., Manetti P. (2012). Geologia e paesaggi della rift valley in Etiopia. Edizioni CNR, Roma-Pacini Editore, Pisa, 160pp.

Corti G. (2012). Evolution and characteristics of continental rifting: analogue modeling-inspired view and comparison with examples from the East African Rift System. Tectonophysics, 522-523, 1-33, The paper ranked 9th on the ScienceDirect Top25 most downloaded articles for Tectonophysics - January to December 2013 (full year)

Agostini A., Bonini M., Corti G., Sani F., Manetti P. (2011). Distribution of Quaternary deformation in the central Main Ethiopian Rift, East Africa. Tectonics, 30, TC4010, doi:10.1029/2010TC002833.

Boccaletti M., Corti G., Martelli, L. (2011). Recent and active tectonics of the external zone of the Northern Apennines (Italy), International Journal of Earth Sciences, 100, 1331-1348, doi: 10.1007/s00531-010-0545-y.

Corti G., Calignano E., Petit C., Sani F. (2011). Controls of lithospheric structure and plate kinematics on rift architecture and evolution: an experimental modeling of the Baikal Rift. Tectonics, 30, TC3011, doi:10.1029/2011TC002871.

Agostini A., Bonini M., Corti G., Sani F., Mazzarini F. (2011).  Fault architecture in the Main Ethiopian Rift and comparison with experimental models: implications for rift evolution and Nubia-Somalia kinematics. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 301, 479-492.

Corti G., Ranalli G., Sokoutis D. (2010). Guest Editors of the special volume "Quantitative modelling of geological processes", Tectonophysics, Volume 484, Issues 1-4, Pages 1-194 (19 March 2010).

Corti G., Ranalli G., Sokoutis D. (2010). Preface to Quantitative modelling of geological processes. Tectonophysics, 484, 1-3.

Mazzarini F., Musumeci G., Montanari D., Corti G. (2010). Relations between deformation and upper crustal magma emplacement in laboratory physical models. Tectonophysics, 484, 139-146.

Montanari D., Corti G., Sani F., Del Ventisette C., Bonini M., Moratti G. (2010). Experimental investigation on granite emplacement during shortening. Tectonophysics, 484, 147-155.

Corti G., Ranalli G., Mulugeta G., Agostini A., Sani F., Zugu A. (2010). Control of the rheological structure of the lithosphere on the inward migration of tectonic activity during continental rifting. Tectonophysics, 490, 165-172.

Cerca M., Ferrari L., Corti G., Bonini M., Manetti P. (2010). Analogue model of inversion tectonics explaining the structural diversity of Late Cretaceous shortening in southwestern Mexico. Lithosphere, 2, 172-187.

Montanari D., Corti G., Simakin A. (2010). Magma chambers and localization of deformation during thrusting. Terra Nova, 22, 390-395.

Corti G., Manetti P., Abebe T., Bonini M., Mazzarini F. (2010). The volcano-tectonic activity of the Main Ethiopian Rift, East Africa: Insights into the evolution of continental rifting. Acta Vulcanologica, 20-21, 133-144.

Agostini A., Corti G., Zeoli A., Mulugeta G. (2009). Evolution, pattern and partitioning of deformation during oblique continental rifting: Inferences from lithospheric-scale centrifuge models. Geochemistry, Geosphysics, Geosystems (GCubed), 10, Q11015, doi:10.1029/2009GC002676.

Corti G., 2009. Continental rift evolution: from rift initiation to incipient break-up in the Main Ethiopian Rift, East Africa. Earth Science Reviews, 96, 1–53. The paper ranked 6th on the ScienceDirect Top25 most downloaded articles for Earth-Science Reviews - October 2009 to November 2010 (full year)

Cerca M., Ferrari L., Tolson G., Bonini M., Corti G., Manetti P. (2009). Analogue models of an early Cenozoic transpressive regime in southern Mexico: implications on the evolution of the Xolapa complex and the North American–Caribbean plate boundarys. In: The Origin and Evolution of the Caribbean Plate, K.H.. James, M.A.. Lorente, & J.L. Pindell (Eds.). Geological Society of London, Special Publication, 328, 179-193.

Sani F., M. Bonini, L. Piccardi, G. Vannucci, D. Delle Donne, M. Benvenuti, G. Moratti, G. Corti, D. Montanari, L. Sedda, C. Tanini (2009). Late Pliocene?Quaternary evolution of outermost hinterland basins of the Northern Apennines (Italy), and their relevance to active tectonics. Tectonophysics, 476, 336-356.

Sani F., M. Bonini, A. Cerrina Feroni, F. Mazzarini, G. Moratti, G. Musumeci, G. Corti, F. Iatta, A. Ellero (2009). Messinian-Early Pliocene crustal shortening along the Tyrrhenian margin of Tuscany, Italy. Bollettino della Società Geologica Italiana, Bollettino della Società Geologica Italiana, 128, 593-604.

Corti G., Zeoli A., Belmaggio P., Folco L. (2008). Physical modelling of the influence of bedrock topography and ablation on ice flow and meteorite concentration in Antarctica. Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, F01018, doi:10.1029/2006JF000708.

Corti G. (2008). Control of rift obliquity on the evolution and segmentation of the main Ethiopian rift. Nature Geoscience, 1, 258-262.

Deponti A., Zeoli A., Corti G. (2008). Numeric and Analogue Modelling of Ice Flow: A Preliminary Study. Terra Antarctica Reports, 14, 15-21.

Corti G., Bonini, M., Innocenti, F., Manetti, P., Piccardo, G.B., Ranalli, G. (2007). Experimental models of extension of continental lithosphere weakened by percolation of asthenospheric melts. Journal of Geodynamics, 43, 465–483.

Del Ventisette C., Montanari D., Sani F., Bonini M., Corti G. (2007). Reply to: Comment by J. Wickham on "Basin inversion and fault reactivation in laboratory experiments". Journal of Structural Geology, 29, 1417-1418.

Bonini M., Corti G., Del Ventisette C., Manetti P., Mulugeta G., Sokoutis D. (2007). Modelling the lithospheric rheology control on the Cretaceous rifting in West Antarctica. Terra Nova, 19, 360-366.

Corti, G., J. van Wijk, S. Cloetingh, and C. K. Morley (2007). Tectonic inheritance and continental rift architecture: Numerical and analogue models of the East African Rift system. Tectonics, 26, TC6006,

Sokoutis D., Corti G., Bonini M., Brun J.-P., Cloetingh S. Mauduit T., Manetti P. (2007). Modelling the extension of heterogeneous hot lithosphere. Tectonophysics, 444, 63-79.


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