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Laura De Santis

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Laurea cum laude in Geology, University of Parma, Department of Earth Science, 1990

Dottorate of Research in Earth Science, Consortium of Universities of Parma, Modena, Firenze, 1995


Researcher (with permanent position), at OGS, Department of Geophysics of the Lithoshere (GDL) since 2003.

Contract researcher (with temporary position), at OGS, Department of Geophysics of the Lithoshere (GDL) from1996 to 2003

Research fellow  at OGS Department of Geophysics of the Lithoshere (GDL) from 1995 to 1996

Complementary Research Associate  at Department  of Geology and Geophysics - Rice University, Houston, Texas (USA).  August 1993 - November 1994.

Research grant at OGS from 1991 to 1993

Guest researcher at Geology and Geophysics Dept., Victoria University, Wellington (New Zealand), March-April 1998

Guest researcher at Australian Geophysical Survey Organization (Camberra, Australia) July 1997

Guest researcher at United States Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California (USA), February - April 1993

Lecturer, Geosciences, Univ. of Parma (1998 and 2005), Univ. of Trieste (since 2012), Univ. Venezia-CMCC-OGS PhD consortium on Science and Management of Climate Change (since 2016)

participation to 11 oceanographic geophysical cruises in the Mediterranean Sea and in Antarctica

Since 2016: co-chief officer of the SCAR Geoscience program PAIS (Past Antarctic Ice Sheet dynamics).

2008-2015: PNRA/CSNA Antarctic National Research Program scientific and strategy advisory board for the Italian Ministry of Research. 

2008-2017: EU-FP7/Eurofleets 1 and 2 projects, Role: member of the scientific review panel, and chair of the Polar regional call 2013.

Since 2014: Italian delegate (head officer in 2016) for the SCAR Standing Scientific Group on Geosciences.

2015-2018: Italian delegate (Alternate) at the European Consortium for Ocean Drilling ECORD Council

2004-2018: member of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), Italian Coordination Group

Skills & Interests: 

Geology and geophysics of the Polar continental margins

Major projects: 

PI: WEGA - Wilkes Basin Glacial History project funded by Programma Nazionale delle Ricerche in Antartide – PNRA and by the Australian National Agency for Research Expedition (1999-2001).

PI: MOGAM - MOrphology and Geology of Antarctic Margins. Funded by PNRA (2002-2004).

PI: GSLAISS Global Sea Level Rise and Antarctic Ice Sheet stability prediction: guessing future by learning from past. Italy-USA bilateral significant projects funded by Foreigner Affair Minister funding agency (2016-2018)

PI: WHISPERS (West Antarctic Ice Sheet HIstory from Slope Processes – Eastern Ross Sea. - funded by PNRA (2016-2018)

Co-chief of IODP Expedition 374 (2018) in the Ross Sea (Antarctica)

Scientific Responsible and supervisor :  EU-Marie Curie European Re-Integration Grant (ERG).  “HoloSed” HOLOocene SEDdiment record of Antarctic deep water production project (2006-07). The project is linked to 2003 IMAGES X° – CADO (Coring Adélie Diatom Oozes) project. Coordinated by E. Michel (LSCE, Paris, France) and X. Crosta (Univ. of Bordeaux, France). Partners: Australia, Italy.

Participant - ANTOSTRAT (Antarctic Offshore Acoustic Stratigraphy) SCAR Geoscience project. PNRA/Ross Sea Atlas maps (1991-95). Coordinated by A. Cooper (USGS, USA), G. Brancolini (OGS,I), P. Barker (BAS, UK).

Participant - CAPE ROBERTS PROJECT CRP 1 (Ross Sea, Antarctica). (1998). Deep Drilling project from fast ice, Coordinated by P. Barrett (Victoria Univ., Wellington, NZ).

Italian Partner: STRATAGEM Stratigraphical Development of the Glaciated European Margin funded by Energy Environment and Sustainable Development EU 5th Framework (2000-2003). Project coordinated by UK.

Italian Partner  (representing Programma Nazionale delle Ricerche in Antartide): European Polar Research Icebreaker Consortium (ERICON) - AURORA BOREALIS Project. Funded by Research Infrastructures EU 7th Framework (2008-2012). Project coordinated by ESF.

Italian Partner: Marine National Facility, Australian Program, “Interactions of the Totten Glacier with the Southern Ocean through multiple glacial cycles” 30 days cruise project. Cruise approved and scheduled for 2017 with the R/V Investigator. Coordinated by Leanne Armand, Dept Biological Sciences Macquarie University (Australia).

Italian partner: EU FP7/EUROFLEETS-2 –Antarctic ice Sheet Stability from continental Slope process investigation ANTSSS project. crusie scheduled for 2017. Coordinated by Paolo Stocchi (NIOZ, NL)

Co-proponent and seismic data reference person: IODP Ross Sea project 751-full2  “Ocean-ice sheet interactions and West Antarctic Ice Sheet vulnerability: clues from the Neogene and Quaternary record of the outer Ross Sea continental margin”. Coordinated by Rob McKay (Univversity of Victoria, Wellington, NZ). The drilling leg is planned for 2018

Co-proponent: IODP Ross Sea project MSP-813 “Greenhouse to Icehouse Antarctic paleoclimate and ice history from George V Land and Adélie Land shelf sediments” Coordinated by Trevor Williams (IODP-Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas). The drilling leg is planned for 2018

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Spoken languages: 
italiano e inglese