Daniele Trippanera


Now Post-doc at INGV - Rome - Italy


Research Interests

Oceanic and continental divergent and trans-tensional plate boundaries; rift structures formation and evolution; surface deformation induced by magma; relationship between tectonics and magma; volcano deformation; earthquakes-volcanoes interaction along subduction zones.

Methods: structural fieldwork, drone and satellite imaging, multibeam mapping, Anisotropy of Magnetic Susceptibility (AMS), analogue modeling of volcano-tectonic processes, optical and electronic microscope analysis (SEM) on dike samples.
Studied areas: active and fossilized magmatic systems (Iceland and Ethiopia); Nevados dos Chillán (Central Chile), Kirishima and Sakurajima (Japan), Askja volcanoes (Iceland); Faial Island (Azores, Portugal); Harrat Lunayyir volcanic field (Saudi Arabia); Northern Red Sea.

Selected Publications

  • Trippanera D., Ruch J., Acocella V., Thordarson T. and Urbani S (2018). Interaction between central volcanoes and regional tectonics along divergent plate boundaries: Askja, Iceland. Bulletin of Volcanology, 80, 1, doi.org/10.1007/s00445-017-1179-8.
  • Acocella V. and Trippanera, D. (2016).How diking affects the tectono-magmatic evolution of slow spreading plate boundaries: Overview and model. Geosphere, 12, 3, 1-17, doi:10.1130/GES01271.1.
  • Urbani, S., Trippanera D., Porreca M., Kissel C., and Acocella V. (2015). Anatomy of an extinct magmatic system along a divergent plate boundary: Alftafjordur, Iceland. Geophysical Research Letters, 42, 6306–6313, doi:10.1002/ 2015GL065087.
  • Trippanera, D., Acocella V., Ruch J., and Abebe B. (2015). Fault and graben growth along active magmatic divergent plate boundaries in Iceland and Ethiopia, Tectonics, 34, doi:10.1002/ 2015TC003991.
  • Trippanera D., Ruch J., Acocella V. and Rivalta E. (2015). Experiments of dike-induced deformation: insights on the long-term evolution of divergent plate boundaries. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth,120, doi:10.1002/2014JB011850.
  • Trippanera D., Acocella V. and Ruch J. (2014). Dike-induced contraction along oceanic and continental divergent plate boundaries. Geophysical Research Letters, 40. Doi:10.1002/2014GL061570
  • Trippanera D., Porreca M., Ruch J., Pimentel A., Acocella V., Pacheco J. and Salvatore M. (2014). Relationships between tectonics and magmatism in a transtensive/transform setting: An example from Faial Island (Azores, Portugal). GSA Bulletin, 126, 1-2, 164-181. Doi:10.1130/B30758.1​


  • Ph.D., Environmental Geology and Geodynamics, Roma Tre University, Italy
  • M.S., Geology and Earth Resources, Roma Tre University, Italy
  • B.S., Geology, Roma Tre University, Italy

Professional Profile

  • ​October 2017 - January 2021: Post-Doc Fellowship at Physical Science and Engineering Division, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia. 
  • January 2016 – July 2017: Research Grant on “Development of EPOS platform – European Plate Observing System for Working Package 16 – Multi-Scale Laboratories”, Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy.

Scientific and Professional Membership

​International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI) association member


  • ​March 2015: “Renato Funiciello Award”, best PhD thesis of Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy
  • September 2014: Geomod2014 conference participation grant (Potsdam, Germany).
  • April 2014: EGU “Young scientist” grant, EGU meeting (Wien, Austria).
  • 2010 - 2014: PhD co-founded by the Italian PRIN National Project on “Analysis of magma induced deformation along the divergent plate boundaries”.​

Non-KAUST Affiliations