PhD in Earth, Life and Environmental Sciences

Academic Year 2017-2018
Subject area Biological, Geological and Agricultural Sciences
Cycle XXXIII
Coordinator Prof.ssa Barbara Mantovani. Starting form 13/11/2017 Prof. Giulio Viola.
Language English, Italian
Duration 3 years
Positions and scholarships 11 positions, of which 10 with scholarship and 1 reserved position
Application deadline May 29, 2017 at 01:00 PM (Expired)
Final ranking list Final ranking list available on Studenti Online
Enrollment period From Aug 23, 2017 to Sep 01, 2017
Doctoral programme start date Nov 01, 2017
Main Department
Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences - BiGeA
Doctoral Programme in collaboration with research institutions (art. 2, comma 2, lett. a) del D.M. n. 45/2013)
ARPAE - Agenzia Regionale per la Prevenzione, l'Ambiente e l'Energia dell'Emilia-Romagna
Mobility abroad
Yes (3 months)
Curricula and Research topics
  • Geology:
    - Stratigraphy and structural geology
    - Geosphere-biosphere interactions
    - Geochemistry, magmatism and metamorphism
    - Marine geology
    - Environmental geology
    - Geological hazards and natural resources
    - Engineering geology, hydrogeology and geomorphology
  • Biology
    - Molecular and cellular biodiversity
    - Animal biodiversity and evolution
    - Plant biodiversity and evolution
    - Human biodiversity and evolution
    - Population biology and ecology
    - Environmental monitoring
    - Marine biology
    - Computational biology
Job opportunities and potential areas of employment
- Geology Ccurriculum
- development/management/consulting activities for institutions/enterprises operating for mineral, hydrological and/or energy resources
- reservoir characterization
- carbon sequestration
- environmental monitoring and protection; environmental geochemistry; territorial planning/preservation
- remote sensing
- engineering geology
- natural hazards mitigation
- geologic mapping
- geological/hydrogeological/seismic/volcanic hazard
- geophysics and marine geology
- micropaleontology
- geoarcheology, paleoclimate modeling/research; optical imaging and nanomaterials. Biology Curriculum
- development/management/consulting activities for institutions/enterprises for : animal/plant/human biodiversity analyses/monitoring
- evolutionary mechanisms studies in botany/zoology/anthropology/ecology
- projecting/management of biological and environmental Technologies
- biomolecular/bioinformatic/biostatistic technologies for evolutionary biology studies
- bio-archeological/osteological/forensic analyses
- environmental impact evaluation, in relation to flora/fauna and to anthropic/bio-demographic aspects
- techniques for science diffusion and education
- developing sustainability programs for economic/social activities with environmental impact
- marine environments planning/management.
For both Curricula:
- scientific museums and natural reserves management/direction
- projecting/coordination/execution of didactic programs for schools and for visitors in natural reserves/naturalistic museums.
Admission Board

Members
Rossella Capozzi Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali Docente di II fascia Curriculum Geologia
Alessandro Chiarucci Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali Docente di I fascia Curriculum Biologia
Enrico Dinelli Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali Docente di I fascia Curriculum Geologia
Federico Lucchi Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali Ricercatore Curriculum Geologia
Andrea Luchetti Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali Ricercatore Curriculum Biologia
Donata Luiselli Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali Docente di II fascia Curriculum Biologia
Enzo Spisni Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali Ricercatore Curriculum Biologia
Giulio Viola Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali Docente di I fascia Curriculum Geologia
Substitutes
Alessandro Amorosi Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali Docente di I fascia Curriculum Geologia
Marco Antonellini Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali Docente di II fascia Curriculum Geologia
Roberto Braga Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali Ricercatore Curriculum Geologia
Alessandro Gargini Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali Docente di I fascia Curriculum Geologia
Stefano Goffredo Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali Docente di II fascia Curriculum Biologia
Barbara Mantovani Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali Docente di I fascia Curriculum Biologia
Davide Pettener Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali Ricercatore Curriculum Biologia
Annalisa Tassoni Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali Ricercatore Curriculum Biologia
Learning outcomes
The main goal is to train students to organize/perform innovative, rigorous scientific research in the different branches of Earth, Life and Environmental Sciences.
Geology Curriculum: It aims to prepare high-level researchers able to lead experimental research centered on the analysis/reconstruction of the events that punctuated the planet geologic history. Together with the pure scientific field, this program will form professional roles able to afford activities connected with the utilization of the natural resources/territorial planning and preservation.
Biology Curriculum: Specific knowledge on biodiversity, the underlying evolutionary mechanisms, the ecological processes involved and the potential anthropic threats will allow students to plan research strategies and perform data analyses by applying a wide/updated series of methodological approaches; scientific results will also be conjugated to their natural/social impacts and competences in the management of natural heritages developed.
Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates
Observation, measurements and evaluation of natural processes are all essential elements in the various fields of Earth, Life and Environmental Sciences. Specifically, the student’s activities include:
- field research
- lab research
- research periods in foreign research centers or museums
- bibliographic research
- data analysis
- attending courses and seminars held by national and international researchers/Teachers
- publication of at least one paper in an international Journal with Impact Factor within the 3-year program
- at least one participation to national or international conferences, by submitting a poster or an oral communication within the 3-year program.
Research training activities compliant with the Doctoral programme's learning outcomes
The main activity of the candidate is the development of an autonomous research project in one of the fields of the two curricula settled, under the supervision of an assigned Tutor. This will develop experimental skills and subsequent data interpretation.
Criticism abilities and a strong cultural background are also promoted by:
- the attendance to thematic/general courses and seminars, also organized by external Institutions
- own research results presentation in public workshops
- an abroad research period of at least three months
- national and international congresses attendance
- research results publication on I.F. Journals (at least one within the 3 years course)
- the drafting of the doctoral thesis in English.
The training activity may also be enriched by the student, allowed to autonomously choose courses/seminars of specific interest.
Finally, students may also contribute to complementary teaching activities, such as laboratory training, field activities, seminars for undergraduate and graduate students, and other.
Internationalization features
The following activities are scheduled to assure an international training of PhD candidates.
Abroad research periods:
To get the PhD title, candidates must spend a research period abroad. The period length is agreed between the Tutor, the PhD student and the coordinator, and may vary according to the teaching plan needs, although it must be at least 3 months long. Candidates are strongly encouraged to spend training periods abroad through massive use of Marco Polo grants and the 10% budget dedicated
Other internationalizing elements:
- the oral examination for admission to the PhD Course can be carried out in English
- PhD Theses must be written and discussed in English
- the commission for the final dissertation includes at least one foreign professor.
Foreign candidates are attracted to our PhD through the network that the Teaching Board members share at the international level. Supplementary positions are also available for foreign candidates in other research areas, whenever requested, being this PhD program already part of the Erasmus Mundus International Cooperation network.
Foreign teachers:
This activity is ensured by the numerous collaborations and international contacts of the Teaching Board members.
Participation to significant international projects, networks and programs.
Expected research results and products
- Publications:
Students are encouraged to publish the results of their research work in journals with high impact factor, and the Thesis itself can be prepared as a collection of scientific articles. The candidates must publish at least one scientific article on an international journal with IF within the PhD three-years period.
- Presentations/ thematic sessions at conferences and workshops; database development; softwares or patents.
Organization:
During the development of their doctoral program, students can organize thematic sessions and workshops.
Doctoral programme Academic Board
Surname Name University/Institution Qualification
AIROLDI LAURA Università di Bologna Professore associato
AMOROSI ALESSANDRO Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
BRAGA ROBERTO Università di Bologna Ricercatore
CAPRIOTTI EMIDIO Università di Bologna Ricercatore
CAVALAZZI BARBARA Università di Bologna Ricercatore
CHIARUCCI ALESSANDRO Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
DE WAELE JO HILAIRE AGNES Università di Bologna Professore associato
DINELLI ENRICO Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
FABBRI ELENA Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
GARGINI ALESSANDRO Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
GOFFREDO STEFANO Università di Bologna Professore associato
LUISELLI DONATA Università di Bologna Professore associato
MANTOVANI BARBARA Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
PISTOCCHI ROSSELLA Università di Bologna Professore associato
SCARPONI DANIELE Università di Bologna Ricercatore
VIOLA GIULIO Università di Bologna Professore ordinario