Zattin Massimiliano





My research is mainly focused on geodynamic and tectonic evolution of convergent settings (Alps, Apennines, Carpathians, Anatolia region) through application of thermochronological techniques. These methods allow quantifying exhumation and denudation rates through time and space, offering clues to geomorphic evolution and constraints for a better understanding of the climate-tectonics feedbacks.  Other active research is based on detrital thermochronology to study the exhumational history of the Transantarctic Mountains.


Director of the Earth Sciences PhD Program 



"Introduction to Earth Sciences", 1st year of degree in Science and Technologies for the Environment

"Petroleum Geology", 1st year of degree in Georesources

"Basin Analysis", 1st year of degree in Georesources

Link to courses materials 



Benedetta Andreucci: 2010-present, "Tectonic evolution of the Western Carpathians".

Ada Castelluccio: 2011-present, "Tectonothermal evolution of the Central-Western Carpathians"




PERRI F., CRITELLI S., MARTIN-ALGARRA A., MARTIN-MARTIN M., PERRONE V., MONGELLI G., SONNINO M. & ZATTIN M. (2013) - Triassic redbeds in the Malaguide Complex (Betic Cordillera - Spain): petrography, geochemistry, and geodynamic implications. Earth Science Reviews, 117, 1-28.


ZATTIN M., ANDREUCCI B., THOMSON S.N., REINERS P.W. & TALARICO F.M. (2012) - New constraints on the provenance of the ANDRILL AND-2A succession (western Ross Sea, Antarctica) from apatite triple dating. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 13, Q10016.

WANG X., LI J., SONG C., ZATTIN M., ZHAO Z., ZHANG J., ZANG Y. & HE K. (2012) - Late Cenozoic orogenic history of Western Qinling inferred from sedimentation of Tianshui basin, northeastern margin of Tibetan plateau. Internation Journal of Earth Sciences, 101, 1345-1356.

CAVAZZA W., FEDERICI I., OKAY A.I. & ZATTIN M. (2012) - Apatite fission-track thermochronology of the Western Pontides (NW Turkey). Geological Magazine, 149, 133-144.

CIARCIA S., MAZZOLI S., VITALE S. & ZATTIN M. (2012) - On the tectonic evolution of the Ligurian accretionary complex in southern Italy. Geological Society of America Bulletin, 124, 463-483. 


ZATTIN M., ANDREUCCI B., MAZZOLI S., JANKOWSKI L. & SZANIAWSKI R. (2011) - Two-stages Neogene exhumation of the Western Carpathians. Terra Nova, 23, 283-291.

WANG X., ZATTIN M., LI J., SONG C., PENG T., LIU S. & LIU B. (2011) - Eocene to Pliocene exhumation history of the Tianshui-Huicheng region determined by apatite fission track thermochronology: implications for the evolution of the noertheastern Tibetan Plateau margin. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 42, 97-110.

PIGNALOSA A., ZATTIN M., MASSIRONI M. & CAVAZZA C. (2011) - Thermochronological evidence for a late Pliocene climate-induced erosion rate increase in the Alps. International Journal of Earth Sciences, 100, 847-859.


ZATTIN M., TALARICO F. & SANDRONI S. (2010) - Integrated provenance and detrital thermochronology studies in the ANDRILL AND-2A drill core: Late Oligocene-Early Miocene exhumation of the Transantarctic Mountains (southern Victoria Land, Antarctica). Terra Nova, 22, 361-368.

OKAY A.I., ZATTIN M. & CAVAZZA W. (2010) – Apatite fission-track data for the Miocene Arabia-Eurasia collision. Geology, 38, 35-38.

THOMSON S.T., BRANDON M.T., REINERS P.W., ZATTIN M., ISAACSON P.J. & BALESTRIERI M.L. (2010) - Thermochronologic evidence for orogen-parallel variability in wedge kinematics during extending convergent orogenesis of the northern Apennines, Italy. Geological Society of American Bullettin, 122, 1160-1179. 

FEDERICI I., CAVAZZA W., OKAY A.I., BEYSSAC O., ZATTIN M., CORRADO S. & DELLISANTI F. (2010) – Thermal evolution of the Permo-Triassic Karakaya subduction-accretion complex from the Biga peninsula to the Tokat Massif (Anatolia). Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences, 19, 409-429.

ZATTIN M., CAVAZZA W., OKAY A.I., FEDERICI I., FELLIN M.G., PIGNALOSA A. & REINERS P. (2010) – A precursor of the North Anatolian Fault in the Marmara Sea region. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 39, 97-108.

CORRADO S., INVERNIZZI C., ALDEGA L., D’ERRICO M., DI LEO P., MAZZOLI S. & ZATTIN M. (2010) – Testing the validity of organic and inorganic thermal indicators in different tectonic settings from continental subduction to collision: the case history of the Calabria-Lucania border (Southern Apennines, Italy). Journal of Geological Society of London, 167, 1-15.

MONEGATO G., STEFANI S. & ZATTIN M. (2010) – From present rivers to old terrigenous sediments: the evolution of the drainage system in the eastern Southern Alps. Terra Nova, 22, 218-226.

MAZZOLI S., JANKOWSKI L., SZANIAWSKI R. & ZATTIN M. (2010) – Low-T thermochronometric evidence for post thrusting (< 11 Ma) exhumation in the Western Outer Carpathians, Poland. Compte Rendue Geosciences, 342, 162-169.


BERNET M., BRANDON M., GARVER J., BALESTRIERI M.L., VENTURA B. & ZATTIN M. (2009) – Exhuming the Alps through time: clues from detrital zircon fission-track thermochronology. Basin Research, 21, 781-798.

MALUSA’ M., ZATTIN M., ANDO’ S., GARZANTI E. & VEZZOLI G. (2009) – Focused erosion in the Alps constrained by fission-track ages on detrital apatites. From: LISKER, F.,VENTURA, B. & GLASMACHER, U. (eds) Thermochronological Methods: From Palaeotemperature Constraints to Landscape Evolution Models. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 324, 141–152.

CAVAZZA W., OKAY A.I. & ZATTIN M. (2009) – Rapid early-middle Miocene exhumation of the Kazdag Massif (western Anatolia). International Journal of Earth Science, 98, 1935-1947.

KETCHAM R.A., DONELICK R.A., BALESTRIERI M.L. & ZATTIN M. (2009) – Reproducibility of fission-track length data and thermal history reconstruction. Earth Planetary Science Letters, 284, 504-515.

MALUSA’ M., POLINO R. & ZATTIN M. (2009) – Strain partitioning in the axial NW Alps since the Oligocene. Tectonics, 28, TC3005. 


ZATTIN M., MASSARI F. & DIENI I. (2008)  - Thermochronological evidence for Mesozoic-Tertiary tectonic evolution in the eastern Sardinia. Terra Nova, 20, 469-474.

INVERNIZZI C., BIGAZZI G., CORRADO S., DI LEO P., SCHIATTARELLA M., ZATTIN M. (2008) - New thermo-baric constraints on the Liguride accretionary wedge (southern Italy). Ofioliti, 33, 21-32.

MAZZOLI S., D’ERRICO M., ALDEGA L., CORRADO S., INVERNIZZI C., SHINER P. & ZATTIN M. (2008) - Tectonic burial and 'young' (< 10 Ma) exhumation in the southern Apennines fold-and-thrust belt (Italy). Geology, 36, 243-246.

OKAY A.I., SATIR M., ZATTIN M., CAVAZZA W. & TOPUZ G. (2008) - An Oligocene ductile strike-slip shear zone: the Uludag Massif, northwest Turkey – implications for the westward translation of Anatolia. GSA Bullettin, 120, 893-911.


IANNACE A., VITALE S., D’ERRICO M., MAZZOLI S., DI STASO A., MACAIONE E., MESSINA A., REDDY S.M., SOMMA R., ZAMPARELLI V., ZATTIN M. & BONARDI G. (2007) - The carbonate units of northern Calabria (Italy): A record of Apulian paleomargin evolution and Miocene convergence, continental crust subduction, and exhumation of HP-LT rocks. Journal of Geological Society of London, 164, 1-22.

 ZATTIN M., BERSANI D. & CARTER A. (2007) - Raman microspectroscopy: a non-destructive tool for routine calibration of apatite crystallographic structure for fission-track analyses. Chemical Geology, 240, 197-204.

STEFANI S., FELLIN M.G., ZATTIN M., ZUFFA G.G., DALMONTE C., MANCIN N. & ZANFERRARI A. (2007) - Provenance and paleogeographic evolution in a multi-source foreland: the cenozoic venetian-friulan basin (NE Italy). Journal of Sedimentary Research, 77, 867-887.

STEFANI C., ZATTIN M. & GRANDESSO P. (2007) – Petrographic of Paleogene turbiditic sedimentation in northeastern Italy. In: Sedimentary Provenance and Petrogenesis: Perspectives from Petrography and Geochemistry (Arribas J., Critelli S. and Johnsson M.J., eds.), Geological Society of America, Special Paper 420, 37-56.


FELLIN M.G., VANCE J., GARVER J. & ZATTIN M. (2006) – The thermal evolution of Corsica as recorded by zircon fission-tracks. Tectonophysics, 421, 299-317.

MALUSÀ M.G., PHILIPPOT P., ZATTIN M. & MARTIN S. (2006) - Late stages of exhumation constrained by structural, fluid inclusion and fission track analyses (Sesia-Lanzo unit, Western European Alps).  Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 243, 565-580.

MAZZOLI S., ALDEGA L., CORRADO S., INVERNIZZI C. & ZATTIN M. (2006) - Pliocene-Quaternary thrusting, syn-orogenic extension and tectonic exhumation in the Southern Apennines (Italy): Insights from the Monte Alpi area. In: Styles of Continental Contraction (Mazzoli S. & Butler R.W.H., eds.), Geological Society of America, Special Paper, Vol. 414, 55-77, doi: 10.1130/2006.2414(04).

ZATTIN M., CUMAN A., FANTONI R., MARTIN S., SCOTTI P. & STEFANI C. (2006) – From Middle Jurassic heating to Neogene cooling: the thermochronological evolution of the southern Alps. Tectonophysics, 414, 191-202.


MALUSA’ M., POLINO R., ZATTIN M., BIGAZZI G., MARTIN S. & PIANA F. (2005) - Tectonically driven exhumation in the Western Alps: insights from fission track thermochronology. Tectonics, 24, TC3004, doi:10.1029/2004TC001782.

FELLIN M.G., PICOTTI V. & ZATTIN M. (2005) – Neogene to Quaternary rifting and inversion in Corsica: retreat and collision in the western Mediterranean. Tectonics, 24, TC1011.

ZATTIN M., OKAY A. & CAVAZZA W. (2005) - Fission-track evidence for late Oligocene and mid-Miocene activity along the North Anatolian Fault in south-western Thrace. Terra Nova, 17, 95-101.

CORRADO S., ALDEGA L., DI LEO P., GIAMPAOLO C., INVERNIZZI C., MAZZOLI C. & ZATTIN M. (2005) – Thermal maturity of the axial zone of the southern Apennines fold-and-thrust belt (Italy) from multiple organic and inorganic indicators. Terra Nova, 17, 56-65.

FELLIN M.G., ZATTIN M., PICOTTI V., REINERS P.W. & NICOLESCU S. (2005) – Relief evolution in northern Corsica (western Mediterranean): constraints on uplift and erosion on long-term and short-term time scales. Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface, 110, F01016.


ZATTIN M., STEFANI C. & MARTIN S. (2003) - Detrital Fission-Track Analysis and Petrography as keys of Alpine Exhumation: the Example of the Veneto Foreland (Southern Alps, Italy). Journal of Sedimentary Research, 7, 1051-1061.

BALESTRIERI M.L., BERNET M., BRANDON M.T., PICOTTI V., REINERS P. & ZATTIN M. (2003) – Pliocene and Pleistocene exhumation and uplift of two key areas of the Northern Apennines. Quaternary International, 101-102C, 67-73


ZATTIN M., PICOTTI V. & ZUFFA G.G. (2002) – Fission-track reconstruction of the front of the northern Apennine thrust wedge and overlying Ligurian unit. American Journal of Sciences, 302, 346-379.


BERNET M., ZATTIN M., GARVER J.I., BRANDON M., & VANCE J.A. (2001)  - Steady-state erosion of the European Alps. Geology, 29, 35-38.

CAVAZZA W., ZATTIN M., VENTURA B. & ZUFFA G.G. (2001) – Apatite fission-track analysis and Neogene low-temperature thermochronology of northern  Corsica (France). Terra Nova, 13, 51-57

BISTACCHI A., DAL PIAZ G.V., MASSIRONI M., ZATTIN M. & BALESTRIERI M.L. (2001) – The Aosta-Ranzola extensional fault system and Oligocene-Present evolution of the Austroalpine-Penninic wedge in the north-western Alps. International Journal of Earth Sciences, 90, 654-667.


Zattin M., Landuzzi A., Picotti V., & Zuffa G.G. (2000) - Discriminating between tectonic and sedimentary burial in a foredeep succession, Northern Apennines. Journal of Geological Society of London, 157, 629-633.


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