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Gianluca Vignaroli

Associate Professor

Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

Academic discipline: GEO/03 Structural Geology

Director of First Cycle Degree in Geological Sciences


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Publications prior to 2004

Peer-reviewed scientific articles on ISI (International Scientific Indexing) journals


  1. M. Mancini, G. Vignaroli, Bucci F., Cardinali M., Cavinato G.P., Moscatelli M., Polpetta F., Putignano M.L., Sirianni P., And Working Group. Stratigraphic and structural constraints to the syn-to-post-orogenic evolution of the Amatrice Basin (central Apennines, Italy). Geological Journal.
  2. G. Vignaroli, F. Rossetti, A. Billi, T. Theye, G. Belardi. Zooming into the structurally-controlled growth of fibrous amphiboles in ophiolitic rocks and the associated implications for asbestos hazard. Journal of Geological Society of London.
  3. L. Smeraglia, L. Aldega, A. Billi, E. Carminati, F. Di Fiore, A. Gerdes, R.A. Roper, F. Rossetti, G. Vignaroli. Development of an intra-wedge tectonic mélange by buttress and out-of sequence thrusting, Mt. Massico ridge, central-southern Apennines, Italy. Tectonics.



  1. A. Billi and G. Vignaroli. Early or late structures in thermogene travertines? Open-air lessons across Rome to focus on and answer this question. Elsevier, Special Volume: “Developments in Structural Geology and Tectonics”, Volume 5,
  2. G. Belardi, G. Vignaroli, F. Trapasso, A. Pacella, D. Passeri. Detecting asbestos fibres and cleavage fragments produced after mechanical tests on ophiolite rocks: clues for the asbestos hazard evaluation. Journal of Mediterranean Earth Sciences, 10, doi: 10.3304/JMES.2018.016.
  3. Vignaroli G., Giallini S., Polpetta F., Sirianni P., Gaudiosi I., Simionato M., Razzano R., Pagliaroli A., Moscatelli M., Mancini M., Cavinato G.P., Avalle A. Domains of seismic noise response in faulted limestone (central Apennines, Italy): insights into fault-related site effects and seismic hazard. Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, DOI 10.1007/s10064-018-1276-8
  4. Andrea Billi, Gabriele Berardi, Jean-Pierre Gratier, Federico Rossetti, Gianluca Vignaroli, Oruc Baykara, Stefano M Bernasconi, Sandor Kele, Michele Soligo, Luigi De Filippis, Chuan-Chou Shen. Reply to the comment on “First records of syn-diagenetic non-tectonic folding in Quaternary thermogene travertines caused by hydrothermal incremental veining” by Billi et alii. Tectonophysics, 721, 501-512,
  5. Andrea Billi, Gabriele Berardi, Jean-Pierre Gratier, Federico Rossetti, Gianluca Vignaroli, Oruc Baykara, Stefano M Bernasconi, Sandor Kele, Michele Soligo, Luigi De Filippis, Chuan-Chou Shen. First records of syn-diagenetic non-tectonic folding in quaternary thermogene travertines caused by hydrothermal incremental veining. Tectonophysics, 700–701, 60–79
  6. Iolanda Gaudiosi, Gianluca Vignaroli, Pietro Sirianni, Silvia Giallini, Federico Mori, Federica Polpetta, Roberto Razzano, Maurizio Simionato, Massimiliano Moscatelli. Local seismic response studies in the north-western portion of the August 24th, 2016 Mw 6.0 earthquake affected area. The case of Visso village (Central Apennines). Annals of Geophysics, 59, Fast Track 5, 2016; DOI: 10.4401 / ag – 7258.
  7. G. Vignaroli, G. Urru, F. Rossetti, G. Belardi, L. Piaggi. Tectonic structures and commercial compartments in active quarrying: a case history from the northern Italy. Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment. doi: 10.1007/s10064-016-0925-z.
  8. Gianluca Vignaroli, Gabriele Berardi, Andrea Billi, Sándor Kele, Federico Rossetti, Michele Soligo, Stefano M. Bernasconi. Tectonics, hydrothermalism, and paleoclimate recorded by Quaternary travertines and their spatio-temporal distribution in the Albegna basin, Italy: Insights on Tyrrhenian margin neotectonics. Lithosphere, doi:10.1130/L507.1.
  9. Gabriele Berardi, Gianluca Vignaroli, Andrea Billi, Federico Rossetti, Michele Soligo, Sándor Kele, Mehmet Oruç Baykara, Stefano M. Bernasconi, Francesca Castorina, Francesca Tecce, Chuan-Chou Shen. Growth of a Pleistocene giant carbonate vein and nearby thermogene travertine deposits at Semproniano, southern Tuscany, Italy: estimate of CO2 leakage. Tectonophysics,
  10. Gabriele Calzolari, Marta Della Seta, Federico Rossetti, Reza Nozaem, Gianluca Vignaroli, Domenico Cosentino, Claudio Faccenna. Geomorphic signal of active faulting at the northern edge of Lut Block: Insights on the kinematic scenario of Central Iran. Tectonics, 35, doi:10.1002/2015TC003869.
  11. Gabriele Calzolari, Federico Rossetti, Marta Della Seta, Reza Nozaem, Valerio Olivetti, Maria Laura Balestrieri, Domenico Cosentino, Claudio Faccenna, Finlay M. Stuart, Gianluca Vignaroli. Spatio-temporal evolution of intraplate strike-slip faulting: the Neogene-Quaternary Kuh-E-Faghan Fault, central Iran. GSA Bulletin. doi: 10.1130/B31266.1
  12. Tavani S., Vignaroli G., Parente M. Transverse vs longitudinal extension in the foredeep peripheral bulge system: role of Cretaceous structural inheritances during Early Miocene extensional faulting in inner central Apennines Belt. Tectonics, DOI: 10.1002/2015TC003836
  13. Gianluca Vignaroli, Fabrizio Balsamo, Guido Giordano, Federico Rossetti, Fabrizio Storti. Miocene-to-Quaternary oblique rifting signature in the Western Ross Sea from fault patterns in the McMurdo Volcanic Group, north Victoria Land, Antarctica. Tectonophysics, 656, 74-90,
  14. Gianluca Vignaroli, Luca Aldega, Fabrizio Balsamo, Andrea Billi, Arnaldo A De Benedetti, Luigi De Filippis, Guido Giordano, Federico Rossetti (2015). A way to hydrothermal paroxysm, Colli Albani Volcano, Italy. GSA Bulletin, 127, 672-687,. doi: 10.1130/B31139.1
  15. Federico Rossetti, Reza Nozaem, Federico Lucci, Gianluca Vignaroli, Axel Gerdes, Mohsen Nasrabady, Thomas Theye (2015). Tectonic setting and geochronology of the Cadomian (Ediacaran-Cambrian) magmatism in Central Iran, Kuh-e-Sarhangi region (NW Lut Block). Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 102, 24-44,
  16. Vinicio Gragnanini, Lucia Mastrorillo, Gianluca Vignaroli, Roberto Mazza, Federico Rossetti (2015). Hydrolithological map for the area between Tuscany, Latium, and Umbria regions (Italy). Journal of Maps, 11, 464-479,
  17. Federico Rossetti, Mohsen Nasrabady, Thomas Theye, Axel Gerdes, Patrick Monié, Federico Lucci, Gianluca Vignaroli (2014). Adakite differentiation and emplacement in a subduction channel: the Late Paleocene Sabzevar magmatism (NE Iran). GSA Bulletin, 126, 317-343, doi:10.1130/B30913.1.
  18. Gianluca Vignaroli, Paolo Ballirano, Girolamo Belardi, Federico Rossetti (2014). Asbestos fibre identification vs. evaluation of asbestos hazard in ophiolitic rock mélanges, a case study from the Ligurian Alps (Italy). Environmental Earth Sciences, 72, 3679-3698, doi10.1007/s12665-014-3303-9.
  19. Gianluca Vignaroli, Annamaria Pinton, Arnaldo A. De Benedetti, Guido Giordano, Federico Rossetti, Michele Soligo, Gabriele Berardi (2013). Structural compartmentalization of a geothermal system, the Torre Alfina field (central Italy). Tectonophysics, 608, 482-498, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2013.08.040.
  20. Gianluca Vignaroli, Girolamo Belardi, Marcello Serracino (2013). Multi-scale geological evaluation for quarrying activities in ophiolitic rocks: implications for asbestos-related legislation. Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, 72, 285-302, DOI 10.1007/s10064-013-0475-6
  21. R. Nozaem, M. Mohajjel, F. Rossetti, M. Della Seta, G. Vignaroli, A. Yassaghi, F. Salvini, M. Elyasi (2013). Post-Neogene right-1 lateral strike-slip tectonics at the north-western edge of the Lut Block (Kuh-e-Sarhangi Fault), Central Iran. Tectonophysics, 589, 220-233.
  22. G. Belardi, G. Vignaroli, P.Plescia, L. Passeri (2013). The assessment of particulate matter emitted from stone-crushing industry by correlating rock textures with particles generated after comminution and dispersed in air environment. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 20, 4711-4728, DOI 10.1007/s11356-012-1434-7.
  23. G. Vignaroli, L. Minelli, F.Rossetti, M.L. Balestrieri, C. Faccenna (2012). Miocene thrusting in the eastern Sila Massif: Implication for the evolution of the Calabria-Peloritani orogenic wedge (southern Italy). Tectonophysics, 538-540, 105-119, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2012.03.011.
  24. M. Nasrabady, F. Rossetti, T. Theye, and G. Vignaroli (2011). Metamorphic history and geodynamic significance of the Early Cretaceous Sabzevar granulites (Sabzevar structural zone, NE Iran). Solid Earth, 2, 219–243, 2011, doi:10.5194/se-2-219-2011.
  25. Gianluca Vignaroli, Federico Rossetti, Girolamo Belardi, Andrea Billi (2011). Linking rock fabric to fibrous mineralisation: a basic tool for the asbestos hazard. Natural Hazards and Earth Science Systems, 11, 1267-1280, doi:10.5194/nhess-11-1267-2011.
  26. Federico Rossetti, Gianluca Vignaroli, Gianfranco Di Vincenzo, Axel Gerdes, Claudio Ghezzo, Thomas Theye, Fabrizio Balsamo (2011). Long-lived orogenic construction along the paleo-Pacific margin of Gondwana (Deep Freeze Range, North Victoria Land, Antarctica). Tectonics, 30, TC4008, doi:10.1029/2010TC002804.
  27. Gianluca Vignaroli, Federico Rossetti, Daniela Rubatto, Thomas Theye, Frank Lisker, David Phillips (2010). Pressure-Temperature-Deformation-time (P-T-d-t) exhumation history of the Voltri Massif HP-complex, Ligurian Alps, Italy. Tectonics, 29, TC6009, doi:10.1029/2009TC002621.
  28. Olivetti V., Balestrieri M. L., Faccenna C., Stuart F. M., and Vignaroli G. (2010). Middle Miocene out-of-sequence thrusting and successive exhumation in the Peloritani Mountains, Sicily: Late stage evolution of an orogen unraveled by apatite fission track and (U-Th)/He thermochronometry. Tectonics, doi:10.1029/2009TC002659.
  29. Federico Rossetti, Mohsen Nasrabady, Gianluca Vignaroli, Thomas Theye, Axel Gerdes, Mohammad Hossein Razavi and Hosein Moin Vaziri (2010). Early Cretaceous migmatitic mafic granulites from the Sabzevar range (NE Iran): implications for the closure of the mesozoic peri-tethyan oceans in central Iran. Terra Nova, 22, 26-34, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3121.2009.00912.x.
  30. Vignaroli G., Faccenna C. and Rossetti F. (2009). Retrogressive fabric development during exhumation of the Voltri Massif (Ligurian Alps, Italy): arguments for an extensional origin and implications for the Alps-Apennine linkage. International Journal of Earth Sciences, 98, 1077-1093, doi: 10.1007/s00531-008-0305-4.
  31. G. Vignaroli, C. Faccenna, L. Jolivet, C. Piromallo, F. Rossetti (2009). Reply to the Comment by G. Capponi et al. on “Subduction polarity reversal at the junction between the Western Alps and the Northern Apennines, Italy” by G. Vignaroli et al. (Tectonophysics, 2008, 450, 34-50). Tectonophysics, 465, 227-231.
  32. G. Vignaroli, C. Faccenna, L. Jolivet, C. Piromallo, F. Rossetti (2008). Subduction polarity reversal at the junction between the Western Alps and the Northern Apennines, Italy. Tectonophysics, 450, 34-50.
  33. Gianluca Vignaroli, Federico Rossetti, Thomas Theye and Claudio Faccenna (2008). Styles and regimes of orogenic thickening in the Peloritani Mountains (Sicily, Italy): new constraints on the tectono-metamorphic evolution of the Apennine belt. Geological Magazine, 145, 552-569, doi: 10.1017/S0016756807004293.
  34. Maffione M., Speranza F., Faccenna C., Cascella A., Vignaroli G. & Sagnotti L. (2008). A synchronous Alpine and Corsica-Sardinia rotation. Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, B03104, doi:10.1029/2007JB005214.
  35. Vignaroli G., Rossetti F., Bouybaouene M., Massonne H.J., Theye T, Faccenna C. and Funiciello R. (2005). A counter-clockwise P-T path for the Voltri Massif eclogites (Ligurian Alps, Italy). Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 23 (7), 533-555.
  36. Rossetti F., Goffé B., Monié P., Faccenna C. and Vignaroli G. (2004). Alpine orogenic P-T-t deformation history of the Catena Costiera area and surrounding regions (Calabrian Arc, southern Italy): the nappe edifice of north Calabria revised with insights on the Tyrrhenian-Apennine system formation. Tectonics, 23 (6), 1-26.


Peer-reviewed scientific articles on non-ISI (International Scientific Indexing) journals


  1. Francesco Mariottini, Gianluca Vignaroli, Maurizio Mariottini, Mauro Roma (2018). Schists and pigments from ancient swat (Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, Pakistan). Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference of ASMOSIA, Split, 18–22 May 2015.
  2. Iolanda Gaudiosi, Gianluca Vignaroli, Pietro Sirianni, Silvia Siallini, Federico Mori, Federica Polpetta, Roberto Razzano, Maurizio Simionato, Massimiliano Moscatelli (2016). Local seismic response studies in the north-western portion of the August 24th, 2016 Mw 6.0 earthquake affected area. The case of Visso village (Central Apennines). ANNALS OF GEOPHYSICS, 59, Fast Track 5, 2016; DOI: 10.4401 / ag – 7258.
  3. Massimiliano Moscatelli, Gianluca Vignaroli, Alessandro Pagliaroli, Gianluca Sottili, Iolanda Gaudiosi, Alessandra Avalle, Maurizio Simionato, Sabatino Piscitelli, and Giuseppe Lanzo (2016). Assessment of local seismic response of the Stracciacappa maar (Central Italy). natural hazard_16, 12 pp.
  4. Giuseppe Guida, Maurizio Piersanti, Massimo Vidale, Gianluca Vignaroli. Osservazioni geopetrografiche preliminari sulle sculture Gandhariche (Swat, Pakistan) del MNAO. In: Gandhara: Tecnologia, produzione e conservazione, Gangemi Editore, 46-51.
  5. Gianluca Vignaroli, Federico Rossetti. Deformation and fibrous mineralization. In: “Atlas of Structural Geology” (Ed. Soumyajit Mukherjee), Elsevier, ISBN: 978-0-12-420152-1, pp. 96-98.
  6. Gianluca Vignaroli, Giorgia Urru, Federico Rossetti, Girolamo Belardi, Andrea Billi (2010). Analisi multidisciplinare e modello geologico-strutturale tridimensionale di cave attive. Quarry and Construction, 22-26.
  7. Gianluca Vignaroli, Federico Rossetti, Girolamo Belardi, Andrea Billi (2010). Studio geologico-strutturale per l’ottimizzazione della coltivazione di rocce ofiolitiche: il caso della cava “Tana dei Banditi” in località Carpenara (GE).Geoingegneria Ambientale e Mineraria (GEAM), 130, 5-14.
  8. Vignaroli G., Faccenna C., Rossetti F. and Jolivet L. (2009). Insights from the Apennines metamorphic complexes and their bearing on the kinematics evolution of the orogen. In: Collision and Collapse at the Africa-Arabia-Eurasia Subduction Zone, VAN HINSBERGEN, D. J. J., EDWARDS, M. A. & GOVERS, R. (eds). The Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 311, 235-256, DOI: 10.1144/SP311.9.



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