California State University Northridge
Department of Geological Sciences
Northridge, CA 91330-8266
Alessandro was born in Bologna, a city in
northern Italy founded by the Etruscans quite some years before the
arrival of the Romans. After some childhood years spent in Varese, in the
Lombard Prealps, he went back to his native city, where he obtained his
M.S. in Geological Sciences. Soon after that, he started working as an oil
geologist for ENI-AGIP, at first as a wellsite geologist, in Sicily, and
later as an exploration geologist in Milan. In 1994 he quitted his job,
ready to face another challenge, to start his Ph.D. studies at the
University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, where he expects to
take his degree by the end of 2000.
During his career, Alessandro almost always dealt with stratigraphy and
sedimentology, starting to work with the turbidites of the Northern
Apennines during the Bologna years. Later on, during the oil industry
years, geophysics applied to the sedimentary successions of Italy have
been his main interest. Finally, pelagic carbonates and their rhythmic
signal have attracted his attention during the California years.
At present, his interests include the study of cyclic climate changes
that occurred with different time frequencies, as caused possibly by
variations of the orbital parameters, and the detections of these changes
in sedimentary rocks of different type; the development and use of
advanced image analysis techniques for geologic studies; the use of
cyclostratigraphy as a tool for chronostratigraphic studies; the fractal
aspects of geology.
Alessandro likes to read, from fiction (he is in love with Cormack
McCarthy's books) to history and nature, and he also likes to write; other
hobbies include photography, travel and biking. He is also deeply in love
(actually, it was love at first sight) with the American West, its
landscapes, its nature, its history, its people. His dream of a reality
escape is to explore some deep lost canyon in southern Utah.
Photo: Alessandro in Olympic National Park, Washington.