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Serena Tarlati

Serena Tarlati

I started my higher education studies at Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna (Italy). In 2010 I graduated in Geological and Earth Science with a thesis project in paleoecology.  In 2013, with a Master of Science in Geology and Land Management, I decided to continue research in the fields of paleoecology and Quaternary geology. I am really appassionate about micropaleontology and sedimentology and I am currently a PhD student at Ulster University working on the “Variability of the British-Irish Ice Sheet in the Rockall Trough (North Atlantic) through ice-rafted debris and micro-faunal record”.

Current Research

The North West European Continental Margin is strongly affected by Pleistocene glaciations; the morphology of this margin reflects the occurrence, the movement of ice sheets on the continental shelf. Ice sheets also have a strong influence upon climate and oceanic circulation in North Atlantic. The British-Irish Ice Sheet (BIIS) had a significant expansion onto the shelf during several stages within the last glaciation and in this project we are going to describe and date some of them on the basis of glacially-derived offshore deposits. The chronology of these stages will be based on IRD (ice-rafted detritus) and microfossils in deep-sea cores from the Rockall Trough and the continental slopes of UK and Ireland. The methodologies planned for this PhD include the identification of sedimentary facies, fossil fauna populations and IRD records. The determination of core chronology and sedimentation rates have the intent to investigate the possible role of British-Irish Ice Sheets on the climate and the oceanic circulation.

Contact email address: [email protected]


Master of Science (MSc), Geology and Land Management (Cirriculum b: Underground fluid resources)

Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, School of Sciences, Italy

  • Thesis title: “Ecobiostratigraphic analysis of Enza Section”
  • Main topics: Coastal Dynamics, Seismic Interpretation, Sedimentary Basin Analysis, Stratigraphic Paleontology and Paleoenvironmental Study, Quaternary Geology, Sequence Stratigraphy, Petroleum Geology, Geological Surveying

Bachelor Degree (BSc), Geological and Earth Sciences

Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Italy

  • Thesis title: “Foraminiferal Association of Pliocenic section in Castellina’s Cave, Grosseto”
  • Main topics: Geological Surveying,  Paleontology, Idrogeology, Geomorphology, Petrography, Vulcanology, Paleoecology and Paleoclimatology