Short CV/Education and training

  • 1996
    Master degree in Physics

  • 2002
    PhD degree in Physics, with thesis in Geophysics

  • 2002 – 2003
    Post-doc at University of Hamburg, Germany

  • 2003 – 2006
    Post-doc at University of Bologna, Italy

  • 2006
    Visiting Scholar, Stanford University, California, USA

  • 2007 – 2009
    Lecturer at University of Leeds, UK

  • 2010 – 2012
    Research Group Leader, University of Hamburg, Germany

  • since 2012
    Research Group Leader, GFZ Potsdam, Germany

Selected publications

  • E. Rivalta and P. Segall, 2008. Magma compressibility and the missing magma source for some dike intrusions. Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L04306

  • F. Maccaferri, M. Bonafede, and E. Rivalta, 2010. A numerical model of dyke propagation in layered elastic media. Geophys. J. Int., 180, 1107 – 1123

  • E. Rivalta, 2010. Evidence that the coupling to magma chambers controls the volume history and velocity of laterally propagating intrusions. J. Geophys. Res., 115, B07203, 13 PP., doi:10.1029/2009JB006922

  • S. Calvari, L. Spampinato, A. Bonaccorso, C. Oppenheimer, E. Rivalta, and E. Boschi, 2011. Lava effusion: a slow fuse for paroxysms at Stromboli volcano. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 301, Pages 317-323

  • Maccaferri, F., Bonafede, M. and Rivalta, E., 2011. A quantitative study of the mechanisms governing dike propagation, dike arrest and sill forma- tion. JVGR, , 208, 39 – 50

  • Passarelli, L., Maccaferri, F., Rivalta, E., Dahm, T., 2011, Abebe Boku, E.. A probabilistic approach for the classification of earthquakes as 'triggered' or 'not triggered'. Accepted by Journal of Seismology.

Selected projects

  • ERC Starting Grant project CCMP – POMPEI

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of Editorial Board of JVGR, 2007 – 2010

  • Member of the Royal Society International Travel Grant's Review Panel

Additional qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Leeds, UK

  • Attended a 10 Credits Master-level course on Management of Research Projects

  • Attended a 10 Credits Master-level course on Supervision of Research Students


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