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My research is dedicated to understand how terrestrial planets work and especially the role of magma in planetary interiors, from the scale of volcanic magma reservoirs to planetary-scale magma oceans. Scientific interests span “deep time” (e.g., planet formation and evolution) to the present (e.g., kinetics of magmatic processes). The adopted approach consists of investigating scientific questions based on laboratory measurements, by conducting experiments under pressure and temperature in order to probe the physical and chemical properties of dry and hydrous magmas. The technique I use is based on experimental petrology, including phase-relationship experiments and the use of in situ and real-time techniques such as impedance spectroscopy. 

While powerful, laboratory measurements alone are not sufficient to improve our understanding of geological processes. Therefore, I am developing close collaborations with researchers in geophysics, planetary sciences, geodynamics, field petrology, in order to further our interpretation of both lab and field data and to better constrain scientific questions involving, for instance, the presence of partially molten areas in the upper mantle and the time-evolution of terrestrial magma oceans.



                        Assistant Professor at UC San Diego

                        Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO)

                        Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP)

                        La Jolla, CA 92093-0225, USA

                        Phone: (+1) 858-822-5025