Dr. Silvia spezzaferri

 

Phone: +41 26 300 89 77 

E-mail: silvia.spezzaferri(at)unifr.ch

Office: 2.307

Fonction: M.E.R.


Personal Info

Present Position:

  • Maîtresse d'enseignement et de rechercheMicropaleontology and Paleoceanography. Department of Geosciences - Earth Sciences, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, since November 2004.
  • Professional consultant for various Oil Companies, since January 2001.

 

Education Positions:

  • Maîtresse assistante – Micropaleontology and Paleoceanography. Department of Geosciences - Earth Sciences, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, October 2002-October 2004.
  • Venia Legendi & Habilitation, University of Fribourg, Department of Geosciences, Faculty of Sciences, Fribourg, Switzerland, January 2004.
  • Associate Researcher, Institute of Paleontology, Geo-Zentrum, University of Vienna, Austria, March 2000-September 2002.
  • Habilitation for “Maître de Conférénce” at French Universities from 18 March, 1999.
  • Habilitation for “Maître de Conférénce” at the National Museum of Natural History, Paris,   18 March, 1999. 
  • Associate Researcher, Institute of Geology - ETH-Zentrum, Zurich, Switzerland, July 1995-September 1999.
  • Science Co-ordinator and Associate Researcher of the European Science Foundation Scientific Committee for the Ocean Drilling (ESCO Secretariat), Institute of Geology, ETH-Zentrum, Zurich, Switzerland, July 1995-June 1998.
  • PostDoc, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Milan, Italy, September 1992-April 1995.
  • Doctorate in Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Milan, Italy, Title: The Oligocene/Miocene boundary in the "oceanic record" (Atlantic, Indian and South Pacific): biostratigraphy and paleoclimatology, July 1992.
  • Laurea in Geology (equivalent to Master), Department of Earth Sciences, University of Milan, Italy. Title of the thesis: Biostratigraphy and paleoclimatology based on Oligocene planktonic foraminifera, Hole 538A, Gulf of Mexico. Title of the short thesis: Mapping of the Triassic succession of the Triangolo Lariano area (Northern Italy) and paleoceanographic interpretation. Title of the practical: Interpretation of satellite images in the laboratories of the Italian Oil Company AGIP. July 1987.
  • Maturità Scientifica, Liceo Alessandro Volta, Milano, Italy.

Teaching

I have started teaching micropaleontology and paleoceanography in 1988 and since then I have taught courses forBachelor, Master, PhD students and advanced level (3ème cycle), including specific stages in micropaleontology for the oil industy.

Topics Taught

  • General Micropaleontology
  • Stratigraphical Micropalentology
  • Paleoceanography
  • Pelagic Microfacies
  • Paleoclimate
  • Paleoecology
  • General Geology
  • Marine Geology
  • Biomonitoring based on microfossils on reefs and soft sediments
  • Excursions and field trips related to marine research (e.g., outreach oceanographic cruises, excursions in tidal flats, or tropical marine ecology in tropical environments and reefs such as Maldives archipelago, Egypt).

 

Courses taught presently at Fribourg
 

  • General Micropaleontology course (Bachelor Fribourg and Master BeFri), 2 hours per week in SA (3 ECTS).
  • General Micropaleontology practical (Bachelor Fribourg and Master BeFri), 2 hours per week in SA (2 ECTS).
  • Paleoclimate (Master BeFri), 2 hours per week in SA (3 ECTS).
  • Marine Geology, (Master BeFri), 2 hours per week in SA (3ECTS).
  • Stratigraphical Micropaleontology (Master BeFri), 1 week, 8 hours per week, in SP (2.5 ECTS).
  • Paleoceanography (Master BeFri), with excursion, 3 days in SP (1.5 ECTS).
  • Stratigraphy and Chronology, (Master BeFri), 3 days in SP (2 ECTS).

 

Research

  • Micropaleontology
  • Paleoceanography 

Projects

Since I am at the University of Fribourg I have obtained funding for around 3.000.000 of Swiss Francs with my projects submitted to various funding agencies such as the Swiss National Science Foundation, The European Science Foundation, the EU-FP7 Eurofleets program, the SCOPES and the Sciex Program for collaboration with Eastern European Countries.

 

Projects at the University of Fribourg

  • Benthic foraminiferal biomonitoring: a low cost tool to evaluate anthropogenic impact: a case study in the Gulf of Gabes (Tunisia). Swiss National Science Foundation, 2014-2016. PI.
  • 4D-DIAGENESIS@MOUND: Understanding the temporal and spatial variability of early diagenesis in carbonate mounds. Swiss National Science Foundation, 2014-2016. Co-PI.
  • Faunal assemblages from active, declining and buried cold-water coral ecosystems. Swiss National Science Foundation, 2014-2016. PI.
  • Paleoenvironments and biostratigraphy across the Oligocene-Miocene transition in the northwestern Transylvanian Basin based on fossil foraminifera. Sciex, Scientific Exchange Programme NMS-CH, 2013. PI.
  • CWC-Moira cruise along the Irish Offshore. FP7-EU-EUROFLEETS-11-011. June 2012. PI.
  • Cold-Water Carbonate Mounds in Shallow and Deep Time – The European Research Network (COCARDE-ERN). European Science Foundation. Chair of the Network.
  • Foraminifera from cold-water coral ecosystems: The Mediterranean connections. Swiss National Science Foundation, 2011-2013. PI.
  • The nature of the Mediterranean-Black   Sea connections, continuation. Swiss National Science Foundation, 2009-2010. PI.
  • Towards a better understanding of hydrocarbon potential at the cross-road of Europe, Middle-East and Asia (The Eastern Greater Caucasus). EU-INTAS Program. 2007-2009. PI and coordinator.
  • Foraminifera as paleoenvironmental tracers: mounds in the North Atlantic. Swiss National Science Foundation, 2007-2010. PI.
  • The nature of the Mediterranean-Black Sea connections. Swiss National Science Foundation, 2006-2009. PI
  • Sequence stratigraphy and palaeogeography: tools to investigate potential oil and gas resources in Georgia. Swiss National Science Foundation, SCOPES Program, 2006-2009. Co-PI.
  • Foraminifera as paleoenvironmental tracers. Swiss National Science Foundation, 2004-2007. PI (Principal Investigator=main proponent).
  • Traçage de la pollution par les foraminifères benthiques (microrganismes marins) dans et autour du port d’El Jadida, Maroc (2003-2009).
  • Biogeochemistry of corallinacean algae (2003-Present – In cooperation with D. Basso).
  • Mesozoic planktonic foraminifera, taxonomy, ecology and on-line taxonomic database (2002-Present – In cooperation with the Mesozoic Planktonic Foraminifera Working Group).
  • Biostratigraphy and paleoecology of the Molasse Basin in the Paratethys (2002-Present in cooperation with members of the Austrian Geological Survey).
  • Oligocene planktonic foraminifera, taxonomy, ecology and on-line taxonomic database (1988-Present - In cooperation with the Paleogene Planktonic Foraminifera Working Group).

 

Workshops/Conferences in Switzerland

Year

Title/Ref.

Source of Funding

Role in Project (PI/Cooperation)

6-8 June, 2005Fribourg

2nd Mesozoic planktonic foraminifera working group meeting.

Fonds de Recherche, Uni. Fribourg

Co-PI with M. Caron

26-29 April, 2007

Murten

Exploring escarpment mud mound systems and mud volcanoes with new European strategies for sustainable mid-depth coring.

European Science Foundation(ESF), Magellan Workshop Series

PI

23 May-2 June 2006 Fribourg

Paleogene and Mesozoic planktonic foraminifera working group meeting.

Fonds de Recherche, Uni. Fribourg

PI

22-24 June 2011 Fribourg

Foraminiferal Biomonitoring (FOBIMO),

 Ref. IZ32Z0-135895/1.

Swiss SNF, International Exploratory Workshop

PI

Same as above

 

Same as above.

To match SNF funding.

Fonds de Recherche, Uni. Fribourg

PI

30 August-1 September, 2012 -Fribourg

Foraminiferal Biomonitoring (FOBIMO II) – Follow-up.

Ref. IZ32Z0_143010.

Swiss SNF, International Exploratory Workshop

PI

Same as above

 

Same as above.

To match Swiss NSF funding.

University Fribourg- FN Overheads.

PI

21-25 January, 2009Fribourg

Cold-water carbonate reservoir systems in deep environments. A pilot Industry-Academia partnership in marine research drilling.

European Science Foundation (ESF) Magellan Workshop Series

PI

Same as above

Same as above.

To match ESF funding.

Swiss NSF

 

 

PI

 

 

 

November 2015 Ascona, Monte Verità

1st International Conference on Carbonate Mounds

ETHZ, Swiss NSF and Congressi Stefano Franscini

Co-PI with A. Foubert

D. Ariztegui (GE), F. Anselmetti (BE)

Publications


 

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