School: School of Earth Sciences
Address: The University of Western Australia, (M006) 35 Stirling Highway Perth WA 6009
Mobile Phone: +61 488357198
Francesco graduated in Earth Sciences in 2019 at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre (Rome, Italy) before moving to Bologna (Italy) to carry out an master science course at the Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, from which he graduated in 2022. The MSc he attended, funded by the European Institute of Technology – RawMaterials (EIT), was mainly focused on circular economy and critical raw material mineral exploration. During his academic career, Francesco specialized on ore deposit geology and mineral exploration techniques, extraction-related environmental impact, and resource and waste recovery. The aim of his master thesis project was to evaluate the metallogenic potential of the Roman Magmatic Province melts (Central Italy).
Francesco has always been passionate about geology and pursues a philosophy that merges scientific knowledge and moral integrity for the sake of truth, permeated with an unconditioned love for the Earth, its history, and its future.
Since November 2022, he is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Exploration Targeting under the supervision of Prof. Marco Fiorentini, Prof. Robert Loucks and Prof. Charlotte Allen, but his research project also involves international collaboration with the the Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Türkiye), the Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra (Granada, Spain) and the Australian National University (Canberra).
The topic of his research is Cenozoic potassium-rich alkaline and calc-alkaline magmatism in the circum-Mediterranean. Eastern Mediterranean alkaline and calc-alkaline melts are often associated with precious metal-rich deposits, but no such deposits have been discovered in the Western Mediterranean. He is trying to understand lithosphere-scale processes that affected precious metal endowment and key indicators of fertility for this area, facing complexities of one of the most dynamic and geologically intricated region on the Earth.