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Prof. Roberto Sacchi
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra e dell’Ambiente
Universitą di Pavia


Prof.ssa Miriam Cobianchi
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra e dell'Ambiente
Universitą di Pavia,

email: dottorato@dsta.unipv.it

phd program web site: http://phdsta.unipv.eu

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences web site: http://dsta.unipv.it

PhD Program in Earth and Environmental Sciences
PhD Program in Earth and Environmental Sciences

The PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences, which has been running since 2013 (Cycle XXIX), offers 4 possible curricula: Earth, Environment, MARES and NASSTEC.

The “Earth” curriculum includes three possible branches of research:
1) Geology and Paleontology
2) Applied Earth Sciences
3) Chemistry and Physics of the Earth System.

The “Environment” curriculum includes two possible branches of research:
1) Botany and Mycology
2) Ecology and Zoology.

The MARES curriculum is part of the “Doctoral Programme on Marine Ecosystem Health and Conservation – MARES” (funded by the Erasmus Mundus project), which is run by a consortium of 24 European partner institutions, including the University of Pavia. Each year the programme offers “Transferable Skills and Training Courses” on different topics (Applications of fuzzy logic to marine environmental research; Effects of ocean acidification and global warming on Mediterranean marine organisms; Scientific diving and long-term monitoring projects).

The NASSTEC curriculum is available thanks to the EU project NASSTEC, The NAtive Seed Science, TEchnology and Conservation Initial Training Network (Marie Curie Actions ITN EU FP VII), which is run by 14 European partners (research institutions and private companies): 7 full partners and 7 associated partners. This programme will allow 11 graduates to qualify as Early Stage Researchers by the end of their PhD at the University of Pavia.

Our PhD graduates are trained to conduct research in the following fields: protection of the environment and of cultural heritage; characterization of geological materials; mitigation of natural hazards; location, management and protection of natural resources.

Course Structure
The course structure PhD students follow (180 credits in total) depends on their chosen curriculum. More detailed information can be found in the section “PhD Programme Structure”. Activities include postgraduate-level taught courses, conferences and seminars, research study periods at research institutions in Italy and abroad, experimental research. PhD activites are carried out in collaboration with research laboratories at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, at CNR-IGG, and at other institutions in Italy and abroad. In order to graduate, PhD students must write a thesis and/or scientific publications.
Research and training activities are shared with international projects such as MARES (www.mares-eu.org), funded by Erasmus Mundus, and NASSTEC (www.nasstec.eu), The NAtive Seed Science, TEchnology and Conservation Initial Training Network, EU Project VII FVP, 2014/2018.

Research Topics

The Earth curriculum includes:
1) Geology e Paleontology: basin analysis and thermal history of sediments; structural analysis and analogue modelling of tectonic systems; Micropaleontology used for paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic purposes.
2) Applied Earth Sciences: analysis of landscape structure and geomorphic processes; remote sensing and GIS; geological danger and risk; applied Hydrology; applied Geophysics.
3) Physics and Chemistry of the Earth system: petrology and geochemistry of magmatic, metamorphic and mantle-derived rocks; geochronology; fluid-rock interactions; Chrystallography and Chrystal Chemistry; high temperature and pressure mineralogy; application of mineralogoy and petrography to cultural heritage.

The Environment curriculum includes:
1) Botany and Micology: Plant Ecology; agricultural and natural ecosystems; Dendroecology; Fungal Ecology; Biorimediation; Biocontrol; climate change.
2) Ecology and Zoology: Ecology in aquatic systems; biotic indices; risk assessment of the introduction of alien species; species and community management; Behavioural Ecology; habitat selection; reproductive Biology; sexual selection; Bioacoustics.

The MARES curriculum includes:
Global climate change; hypoxia; acidification; biodiversity effects on ecosystem functioning; biological invasions; overexploitation of marine resources; ocean noise pollution; urban development in coastal areas and habitat loss.

The NASSTEC curriculum includes:
Seed Biology; conservation and use of native seeds; environmental recovery.

Career prospects
PhD graduates from the “Earth” curriculum have career prospects in public and local authorities; national and international environmental agencies; national and international research agencies in the field of Earth Sciences; analysis and certification laboratories; I.T. companies in the field of Earth Sciences; public and private research companies in the field of natural resources; professional studios that operate in the fields of Geology, Technical Geology and Environmental Geology.
PhD graduates from the “Environment”, “MARES” and “NASSTEC” curricula have career prospects in governmental and non-governmental organisations for the resolution of ecological and environmental problems; public administration; public and private research laboratories; industry; professional studios; teaching institutions.

Coordinator: Prof. Anna Maria Picco
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Micology Laboratory
University of Pavia, Via S. Epifanio, 14
Tel.: 0382- 984874
e-mail: annamaria.picco@unipv.it

Vice-Coordinator: Prof. M.Chiara Domeneghetti
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Pavia, Via Ferrata n.1
Tel. + 39 0382-985871
e-mail: chiara.domeneghetti@unipv.it

web site: http://phdsta.unipv.eu/

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