Interests: Geology, Tectonics, Provenance, Paleo-geographic and tectonic reconstructions, Zircon U-Pb-Hf studies
My Ph.D. is dedicated to provenance studies in the Easternmost Mediterranean region in order to better evaluate its paleo-geographic and tectonic evolution in terms of timing and the sequence of events that led to its present architecture. One of my greatest interests is to characterize the Oligo-Miocene source-to-sink systems around the Levant basin which are responsible for its thick siliciclastic sediment fill. Identifying the provenance of these siliciclastic sediments will allow me to generate a comprehensive paleo-geographic model for the region with a special reference to the collision between the Arabian and Eurasian plates. My work includes field geology and deep-sea boreholes sampling, followed by petrographic examinations and detrital zircon U-Pb-Hf analyses. These techniques allow me to constrain tectonic events in time and place, and to unravel the paleo-geographic arrangement of the region.