I graduated in 2002 with an undergraduate degree in Geological Sciences and in 2007 with a PhD in Earth Sciences both at the University of Bari, Italy.
I have always been interested in the physical processes that are at the base of the emplacement of volcanic deposits, as they are the key to truly understanding volcanic mechanisms. It is for this reason that I received a Diploma in Thermal-Fluid Dynamics in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Università di Tor Vergata in Rome after my PhD coursework.
Upon completion of my academic studies, I acquired my first postdoctoral position at the Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Naples on a project sponsored by the Italian Civil Protection, where I began studying the ash fallout dispersion from eruptive columns through field analysis and numerical simulations.
In 2010 I started working at the Centro de Geociencias at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México, in another postdoctoral position. There, I placed an emphasis on numerical simulations of volcanic ash dispersion from Mexican volcanoes and the implication of hazard assessment.
In October 2014 I have been awarded a research position at the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico City, with a project titled “Supercomputing application in preventing damages, through solid-fluid modeling”.
My research interests in recent years have focused on physical volcanology. The multidisciplinary nature of my curriculum, which includes the knowledge of geological processes coupled with physical notions, has allowed me to develop and use numerical models that describe the transference and deposition of volcanic particles. In recent years, this research field has gained a fundamental importance in the assessment of ash dispersal hazard from explosive eruptions.
Recently, I started new projects focused on numerical simulations of dam overflow with implications on flooding hazard assessment. I am specializing in the use of SPH models for solid-fluid interaction modeling.