BALSAMO Fabrizio

Professore di II fascia
Settore scientifico disciplinare
Geologia strutturale e tettonica
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Name and surname: Fabrizio BALSAMO

Place and date of birth: Marino (Rome, Italy), 28th December 1973

Address: Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability,

Pad. 7 – Scienze della Terra, Parco Area delle Scienze 157/A, 43124, Parma, Italy.

University of Parma

Phone: +39 0521 905365, FAX: +39 0521905327





Associate professor at Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability (SCVSA) at University of Parma, Italy. My primary interests concern structural geology and tectonics, with focus on the quantitative analysis of brittle deformation at different scales (micro to regional) aimed to understand (1) the structural architecture of fault systems, (2) petrophysical properties of fault rocks, (3) signature of seismic vs aseismic slip in shallow sediments, and (4) interplay between deformation and fluid flow to constrain (i) fault-related mineralization, (ii) diagenetic alterations, (iii) karst development, (iv) fault sealing analysis. I am currently involved in research project devoted to understand the tectonic evolution of NE Brazil, Northern Victoria Land in Antarctica, Central Apennines in Italy, Central Oman Mountains, Western Italian Alps. Principal investigator and team member of research projects funded by Italian and European institutions and energy industries. Scientific coordinator of the “Laboratory of petrophysics and microstructure” in Parma University. Author and coauthor of >70 articles in international peer-review journals, and more than 160 conference papers. National Scientific Qualification for full professor in 2018.




2002: Graduation thesis in Structural Geology (University of Roma Tre, Italy) on “Surface and sub-surface geological setting of the Boccheggiano mining area, Colline Metallifere, Southern Tuscany, Italy”. Supervisor prof. R. Funiciello.

2006: PhD in Geodynamics (University of Roma Tre, Italy) on “Structural and permeability evolution of fault zones developed in poorly lithified sediments”. Supervisor prof. F. Salvini.

2006-2011: Post-doc at Department of Geology (University of Roma Tre, Italy).

2011-2013: Post-doc Department of Physics and Earth Sciences (University of Parma, Italy).

2009: Visiting researcher at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Brazil, funded by the Brazilian Petroleum Agency (ANP).

2002-2015: participation to 10 national and international Short Courses in Tectonics, Structural Geology, and Petroleum Geology.

2014-2017: Research fellow at Department of Physics and Earth Sciences (University of Parma, Italy).

2017-2019: Assistant professor at Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, University of Parma, Italy.




2005: Research fellowship (1 month) at Petrobras CENPES laboratories (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) funded by University of Roma Tre, Italy.

2010: Honorable mention “Ramsay Medal” (Tectonic Studies Group Meeting, Birmingham, UK).

2012: “Royal Society” fellowship funded by the “Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Italy”: Coseismic slip in granular materials and carbonates by high-velocity friction experiments (6 months at Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University, Durham, UK).

2016: Overworld 2016 fellowship to supervise 3 Italian master students in NE Brazil (Rio do Peixe basin) in collaboration with Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) and Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (funding: Parma University).

2017: Overworld 2017 fellowship to supervise 3 Italian master students in NE Brazil (Potiguar basin) in collaboration with UFRN (funding: Parma University).

2021: Research project “Geological and seismotectonic study of the Santa Maria del taro dam, Parma, Italy” (funding 30000 euro, Tirreno Power SpA, Italy).

2021-2023: Research project “Earthquake cycle in shallow sediments” (funding 80.000 euro, University of Parma and Cariparma, Italy).

2022-2025: Research project “Fault Architecture in Space and Time – FAST” (funding 165.000 euro, Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research – MIUR).




2002-ongoing: Article reviewer for Journal of Structural geology, Computer Geosciences, Earth Science Reviews, Geological Society of America Bulletin, Marine and Petroleum Geology, South America Journal of Earth Sciences.

2003-2015: Convener and co convener of 9 scientific sessions at European Geoscience Union General Assemblies (Vienna).

2005: translator of 4 scientific articles (English to Italian) in the “Hydrocarbon encyclopedia, ENI”, Editor Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani.

2012: Invited speaker “Geology of Antarctica”, Museo del Fiume di Nazzano, Rome, Italy.

2012-2017: judge for 9 posters eligible for “Outstanding Poster Pico Presentation” at EGU assembly.

2014: Member of committee of the PhD thesis “Deformation style and hydraulic properties of tight carbonates within Apulian platform and slope-to-basin succession (southern Italy)”, I. Korneva, University of Camerino, Italy.

2015: Reviewer of the PhD Thesis “Fractured carbonate reservoir characterization by means of surface analogs analysis” E. Pansa, University of Basilicata.

2015-ongoing: Member of committee of PhD school in Earth Sciences at Parma University.

2015-ongoing: Review Editor in Tectonics and Structural Geology of the open access Frontiers journal.

2015-2016: Coordinator of Geoscience activities during “European Researcher’s Night” at University of Parma, Italy.

2017-2021: Officer and Coordinator of “Outstanding Student Poster & Pico Presentation (OSPP)” in the Tectonics and Structural Geology Division at European Geoscience Union (EGU).

Reviewer of scientific research projects of National Science Foundation, USA.

2017-ongoing: Member of committee for Internationalization activities at SCVSA Department (Parma University). Coordinator of Overworld fellowships in Geoscience at Parma University.

2017: Invited speaker “Earthquakes: historical seismicity in Viadana site, Italy” Viadana, Mantova.

2017-ongoing: Referent of additional agreement in Geoscience between Univeristy of Parma and UFRN, Brazil.

2018: Reviewer of the PhD Thesis “Tectonic and gravity-driven structures in the near slope basinal carbonates”, D. Jablonska, University of Camerino, Italy.

2002-ongoing: active collaborations with R. Swennen and P. Muchez (K.U. Uniersity, Belgium), G. Di Toro (Padua University, Italy), N. De Paola (Durham University, UK), F.H. Bezerra (UFRN, Brazil), P. Vannuchi (Royal Holloway University, UK), A. Munoz (University of Barcelona), F. Rossetti (University of Roma Tre, Italy), A. Billi (CNR, Italy), L. Aldega (Sapienza University, Italy), S. Tavani (Federico II University, Italy), E. Tondi (Camerino University, Italy), J. Solum and C. Taberner (Shell, the Netherlands), M. Meda (ENI, Italy), G. Viola (Bologna University, Italy), G. Bertotti (Tu Delft University, the Netherlands), K. Ogata (Federico II University, Napoli, Italy).

2019-2020: Co-editor of the Special Issue “Faults, fractures and fluid flow in the shallow crust” published in Solid Earth online Journal, Copernicus.

2019-ongoing: Reviewer Board della rivista scientifica “Minerals”, Basel, Switzerland, MDPI (2019-in corso) (ISSN 2075-163X; IF 2.250).

2021-ongoing: Editorial Board member of Applied Sciences, Basel, Switzerland, MDPI (IF 2.679, ISSN 2076-3417)

Co-editor Special Issue in Geological Magazine “Faults and fractures in rocks: mechanics, occurrence, dating, stress history and fluid flow” (2021). Editors: O. Lacombe, S. Tavani, J. Lamarche, F. Balsamo, F. Agosta.




2002-2007: TRAFUR I/II (Transmissibility of Faults in Unconsolidated Rocks), University of Roma Tre, funded by PETROBRAS.

2002-2004: Italian Antarctic Research Project 5.4-2002: Link between Cenozoic tectonics and oceanic fracture zones in Victoria Land and Ross Sea, Antarctica. Coordinator F: Salvini.

2004-2006: Italian Antarctic Research Project 4.6-2004: Dinamic and Chronological zonation of the Ross orogeny, Antarctica. Coordinator F. Storti.

2009 - PRIN 2009N73SR4_003. Structural and petrophysical properties of cataclastic fault rocks in carbonates: implications for subsurface fluid flow (PI E. Tondi)

2009-2010: Geological characterization of the Planta Piloto CO2 storage complex and exposed analog structures (Campo de Ayoluengo), coordinator J.A. Muoz, University of Barcelona.

2009-2010: Neotectonics in NE Brazil (PI F.H. Bezerrra, UFRN, Brazil), funded by Instituto Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia em Geotectônica (INCT-ET) and the Brazilian Research Council (CNPq).

2010-2011: Italian Antarctic Research Project A2.16-2009: Geological continental markers of Cenozoic climate changes in Victoria Land, Antarctica. Coordinator S. Rocchi.

2010-2013: DADO (Damage Zone Dolomitization, PI F. Storti, University of Parma), funded by SHELL.

2013-2016: FRASI (Fractured Siliciclastics, PI F. Storti, University of Parma), funded by PETROBRAS.

2014-2016: POROCARSTE (Karst porosity in carbonates, PI F.H. Bezerra, UFRN, Brazil). Funded by PETROBRAS.

2014-2018: TRIASNORTH (Reconstructing the Triassic northern Barents Shelf; basin infill patterns controlled by gentle sags and faults) funding Resource Council of Norway.

2015-2017: DEBRIP (Deformation bands in Rio do Peixe basin, NE Brazil; PI C. Nogueira, UECG, Brazil). Funded by PETROBRAS.

2016-ongoing: SEFRAC (Atlas of fractured carbonate reservoir, PI F. Storti, A. Bistacchi, G. Bertotti). Funded by ENI.

2017-ongoing: PROCARSTE 3D (Karst porosity in carbonates, PI F.H. Bezerra, UFRN, Brazil). Funded by PETROBRAS.

2018-ongoing: Italian Antarctic Research Project PNRA16_00263: fault dating of Transantarctic Mountains in Northern Victoria Land, Antarctica. Coordinator V. Olivetti.

2018-ongoing: DEBRIP 2 (Deformation bands in Rio do Peixe basin, NE Brazil; PI C. Nogueira, UECG, Brazil). Funded by PETROBRAS.

2020-ongoing: 3D digital model of the Cristal cave, Morro do Chapéu, Bahia, Brazil (CristalDOM). PI F.H.R. Bezerra. Funded by PETROBRAS.




Teaching support activities and supervision

2004-2011 – Teaching support activities for Structural Geology, Interpretation of geological maps, and Field Geological Survey courses (University of Roma Tre, Italy)

2011-ongoing – Supervisor of 5 BS thesis, 15 MS thesis, 3 PhD student. Co-Supervisor of 7 PhD students, and undergraduate student (9 MS thesis, 13 BS thesis) at Parma University, Italy.


Class taught

2006-2007: Teaching activities for ENI and Petrobras oil companies in Structural Geology.

2012-2013 – Course of “Structural Geology” (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy)

2014-2016 – Course of “Earthquake geology” (University of Parma, Italy)

2015 – Short Course in “Analysis of brittle deformation in fractured reservoirs”, Natal, UFRN.

2016-2017 – Course of “Earthquake geology” and “Global tectonics” (University of Parma, Italy)

2017-2018 – Course of “Earthquake geology” and “Global tectonics” (University of Parma, Italy)

2018-2019 – Course of “Earthquake geology” and “Global tectonics” (University of Parma, Italy)

2019-2020 – Course of “Earthquake geology” and “Applied Structural Geology” (University of Parma, Italy)

2020 – Short course of “Applied Structural Geology” at University of Vienna (January 2020)

2020-2021 – Course of “Earthquake geology” and “Rock Fracturing” (University of Parma, Italy)

2021-2022 – Course of “Earthquake geology” and “Rock Fracturing” (University of Parma, Italy)




  1. Storti F., Balsamo F., Salvini F. (2007). Particle shape evolution in natural carbonate granular wear material. Terra Nova, 19, 344-352.


  1. Rossetti F., Balsamo F., Villa I. M., Bouybaouenne M., Faccenna C., Funiciello R. (2008). Pliocene-Pleistocene high-T/low-P metamorphism during multiple granitic intrusions in the southern branch of the Larderello geothermal field (Southern Tuscany, Italy). Journal of Geological Society of London, Vol. 165, pp. 247-262.


  1. Storti, F., M. L. Balestrieri, F. Balsamo, and F. Rossetti (2008). Structural and thermochronological constraints to the evolution of the West Antarctic Rift System in central Victoria Land. Tectonics, 27, TC4012, doi:10.1029/2006TC002066


  1. Balsamo, F., Storti F., Piovano B., Cifelli F., Salvini F., Lima C (2008). Time dependent structural architecture of subsidiary fracturing and stress pattern in the tip region of an extensional growth fault system, Tarquinia basin, Italy. Tectonophysics, 454, pp. 54-69.


  1. F. Balsamo, F. Storti, F. Salvini, A. T. Silva, C. Lima (2010). Structural and petrophysical evolution of extensional fault zones in poorly lithified low-porosity sandstones of the Barreiras Formation, NE Brazil. Journal of Structural Geology, Vol. 32, p. 1806-1826. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsg2009.10.010


  1. Balsamo F & Storti F (2010). Grain size and permeability evolution of soft-sediment extensional sub-seismic and seismic fault zones in high-porosity sediments from the Crotone basin, southern Apennines, Italy. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 27, p. 822-837.


  1. Storti F.& Balsamo F (2010). Impact of ephemeral cataclastic fabrics on laser diffraction particle size distribution analysis in loose carbonate fault breccia. Journal of Structural Geology, v. 32, p. 507-522. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsg.2010.02.006


  1. Storti F. and Balsamo F., (2010). Particle size distributions by laser diffraction: sensitivity of granular material strength to analytical operating procedures. Solid Earth, v. 1, p. 25-48.


  1. F. Rossetti, L. Aldega, F. Tecce, F. Balsamo, A. Billi, M. Brilli (2011). Fluid flow within the damage zone of the Boccheggiano extensional Fault (Larderello-Travale geothermal field, central Italy): structures, alteration, and implications for hydrothermal mineralization in extensional settings. Geological Magazine, v. 148, p. 558-579. Doi:10.1017/S001675681000097X.


  1. Balsamo F & Storti F (2011). Size-dependent comminution, tectonic mixing, and sealing behaviour of a "structurally oversimplified" fault zone in poorly lithified sands: evidence for a coseismic rupture? Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 123; no. 3/4; p. 601–619; doi: 10.1130/B30099.1.


  1. Storti F, Balsamo F, Cappanera F, Tosi G. (2011). Sub-seismic scale fracture pattern and in situ permeability data in the chalk atop the Krempe salt ridge at Lagerdorf, NW Germany: inferences on synfolding stress field rotation and its impact on fracture connectivity. Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 28, p. 1315-1332.



  1. Cas R.; Giordano G.; Balsamo F.; Esposito A.; Lo Mastro S. (2011). Hydrothermal breccia textures and processes: Lisca Bianca Islet, Panarea, Eolian Islands, Italy. Economic Geology, v. 106, p. 437-450.



  1.  Federico Rossetti, Gianluca Vignaroli, Gianfranco Di Vincenzo, Axel Gerdes, Claudio Ghezzo, Thomas Theye, Fabrizio Balsamo (2011). Long-lived orogenic construction along the paleo-Pacific margin of Gondwana (Deep Freeze Range, north Victoria Land, Antarctica). Tectonics, v. 30, 27 p., TC4008, doi:10.1029/2010TC002804


  1. Balsamo F, Storti F, Grocke D. (2012). Fault-related fluid flow history in shallow marine sediments from carbonate concretions, Crotone Basin, south Italy. Journal of the Geological Society, London, v. 169, p. 613-626. doi: 10.1144/0016-76492011-109


  1. Di Vincenzo, G., Rossetti, F., Viti, C., Balsamo, F. (2013). Constraining the timing of fault reactivation: Eocene coseismic slip along a Late Ordovician ductile shear zone (northern Victoria Land, Antarctica). Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 125, p. 609-624.


  1. Balsamo F, Bezerra FH, Vieira M, Storti F. (2013). Structural control on the formation of iron oxide concretions and Liesegang bands in faulted, poorly lithified Cenozoic sandstones of the Paraiba basin, Brazil. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 125, p. 913-931 doi:10.1130/B30686.1.


  1. F. Storti, L. Aldega, F. Balsamo , S. Corrado , F. Del Monaco , L. Di Paolo , M. Mastalerz , P. Monaco , M. Tallini (2013). Evidence for strong Middle Pleistocene earthquakes in the epicentral area of the 6 April 2009 L'Aquila seismic event from sediment paleofluidization and overconsolidation. Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth, v. 118, Issue 6, DOI: 10.1002/jgrb.50254.


  1.  F.Bezerra, D. F Rossetti, R. G Oliveira, W. E Medeiros,. B. B Brito Neves, F. Balsamo, F. C Nogueira, E. L Dantas, C. Andrades Filho, A. M Goes (2014). Neotectonic reactivation of shear zones and implications for faulting style and geometry in the continental margin of NE Brazil. Tectonophysics, (2014) Tectonophysics, v. 614, p. 78-90.


  1.  F. Balsamo, L. Aldega, N. De Paola, I. Faoro, F. Storti (2014). The signature and mechanics of earthquake ruptures along shallow creeping faults in sediments. Geology, v. 42, no. 5, p. 435–438; doi:10.1130/G35272.1


  1. G. Vignaroli, L. Aldega, F. Balsamo, A. Billi, A.A. De Benedetti, L. De Filippis, G. Giordano, F. Rossetti, (2015). A way to hydrothermal paroxysm, Colli Albani Volcano, Italy. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 127, p. 672-687, doi:10.1130/B31139.1.


  1. F. Storti, F. Balsamo, L. Clemenzi, M. Mozafari, M. Al-Kindy, J. Solum, R. Swennen, C. Taberner, C. Tueckmantel (2015). Complex fault-fold interactions during the growth of the Jabal Qusaybah inversion anticline at western tip of the Salakh Arch, Oman. Tectonics, v. 34, p. 488–509, doi:10.1002/2014TC003725.


  1. Clemenzi, L., Storti, F., Balsamo F., Molli G., Ellam R., Muchez P., Swennen R., (2015). Fluid pressure cycles, variations in permeability and weakening mechanisms along low-angle normal faults: the Tellaro Detachment, Italy: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 127, p. 1689–1710, doi:10.1130/B31203.1


  1. G. Vignaroli, F. Balsamo, G. Giordano, F. Rossetti, F. Storti, (2015). Miocene-to-Quaternary oblique rifting signature in the Western Ross Sea from fault patterns in the McMurdo Volcanic Group, North Victoria Land, Antarctica. Tectonophysics, v. 656, p. 74-90, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2015.05.027


  1. A. Bistacchi, F. Balsamo, F. Storti, M. Mozafari, R. Swennen, J. Solum, C. Tueckmantel, and C. Taberner. (2015) Photogrammetric digital outcrop reconstruction, visualization with textured surfaces, and three-dimensional structural analysis and modeling: Innovative methodologies applied to fault-related dolomitization (Vajont Limestone, Southern Alps, Italy). Geosphere, v. 11, n. 6, doi: 10.1130/GES01005.1



  1. Mozafari, M., Swennen, R., Balsamo, F., Clemenzi, L., Storti, F., El Desouky, H.A., F. Vanhaecke, F., Tueckmantel, C., Solum, J. and Taberner, C., (2015). Paleofluid evolution in fault-damage zones: Evidences from fault-fold interaction events in the Jabal Qusaybah Anticline (Adam Foothills, North Oman). Journal of Sedimentary Research, 2015, v. 85, p. 1525-1551, doi:10.2110/jsr.2015.95


  1. Alexander Klimchouk, Augusto S Auler, Francisco Bezerra, Caroline L Cazarin, Fabrizio Balsamo, Yuri Dublyansky, (2016). Hypogenic origin, geologic controls and functional organization of a giant cave system in Precambrian carbonates, Brazil. Geomorphology, v. 253, p. 385-405. DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2015.11.002



  1. R. A. Ennes-Silva, F. H.R. Bezerra, F. C.C. Nogueira, F. Balsamo, A. Klimchouk, C. L. Cazarin, A. Auler, (2016). Superposed folding and associated fracturing influence hypogene karst development in Neoproterozoic carbonates, São Francisco craton, Brazil. Tectonophysics, v. 266, p. 244-259. doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2015.11.006



  1. Balsamo, F., Clemenzi, L., Storti, F.,Mozafari, M., Solum, J., Swennen, R., Taberner, C., Tueckmantel, C., (2016). Anatomy and paleofluid evolution of laterally-restricted extensional fault zones in the Jabal Qusaybah anticline, Salakh Arc, Oman. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 128, p. 957–972, doi: 10.1130/B31317.1


  1. Tondi E., Rustichelli A., Cilona A., Balsamo F., Storti F., Napoli G., Agosta F., Renda P., Giorgioni M., (2016). Hydraulic properties of fault zones in porous carbonates, examples from central and southern Italy. Italian Journal of Geosciences, v. 135 no. 1 p. 68-79. DOI: 10.3301/IJG.2015.08
  3. A. Rustichelli, S. Torrieri, E. Tondi, S. Laurita, C. Strauss, F. Agosta, F. Balsamo, (2016). Fracture characteristics in Cretaceous platform and overlying ramp carbonates: an outcrop study from Maiella Mountain (central Italy). Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 76, p. 68-87. doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2016.05.020



  1. Sérgio Vieira Freire Borges, Fabrizio Balsamo, Marcela Marques Vieira, Paola Iacumin, Narendra Kumar Srivastava, Fabrizio Storti, Francisco Hilário Rêgo Bezerra, (2016). Pedogenic calcretes within fracture systems and beddings in Neoproterozoic limestones of the Irecê Basin, Northeastern Brazil. Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 341, pp. 119-133. DOI: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2016.05.012



  1. Irina Koneva, Emanuele Tondi, Fabrizio Balsamo, Fabrizio Agosta, (2016). Deformation mechanisms and petrophysical properties of chert and limestone fault rocks within slope-to-basin carbonates (Gargano Promontory, southern Italy). Tectonophysics, v. 690, pp. 52-62. doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2016.05.026


  1. Matteo Demurtas, Michele Fondriest, Fabrizio Balsamo, Luca Clemenzi, Fabrizio Storti, Andrea Bistacchi, Giulio Di Toro, (2016) Structure of a normal seismogenic fault zone in carbonates: the Vado di Corno Fault, Campo Imperatore, Central Apennines (Italy). Journal of Structural Geology, v. 90, p. 185-206.


  1. Kei Ogata, Fabrizio Storti, Fabrizio Balsamo, Roberto Tinterri, Enrico Bedogni, Marcos Fetter, Leonardo Gomes, Raphael Hatushika (2017). Sedimentary facies control on mechanical and fracture stratigraphy in turbidites. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 129, p. 76-92. doi: 10.1130/B31517.1


  1. Fabrizio Storti, Fabrizio Balsamo, and Anton Koopman (2017). Geological map of the partially dolomitized Jurassic succession exposed in the central sector of the Montagna dei Fiori Anticline, Central Apennines, Italy. Italian Journal of Geosciences, vol. 136, No. 1, pp. 121-131. DOI: 10.3301/IJG.2016.05


  1. Fabrizio Storti, Fabrizio Balsamo, and Anton Koopman (2017). Reply to: Discussion on “Geological map of the partially dolomitized Jurassic succession exposed in the central sector of the Montagna dei Fiori Anticline, Central Apennines, Italy” by M. Santantonio, S. Fabbi & S. Bigi. Italian Journal of Geosciences, vol. 136, No. 2, pp. 317-319. Doi: 10.3301/IJG.2017.09


  1. Augusto S. Auler, Alexander Klimchouk, Francisco Hilário R. Bezerra, Caroline L. Cazarin, Renata Ennes Silva, Fabrizio Balsamo (2017). Origin and evolution of Toca da Boa Vista and Toca da Barriguda system in Northestn Brazil. Chapter in a book titled “Hypogene Karst Regions and Caves of the World” in Series: Cave and Karst Systems of the World (Springer International Publishing), p. 827-840, A. Klimchouk, A. Palmer, J. De Waele, A. Auler, P. Audra (Eds.). DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-53348-3_56.



  1. J. G. Solum, K. Lauriks, A. Bistacchi, F. Storti, F. Balsamo, R. Swennen, M. Mozafari, C. Tueckmantel, C. Taberner, Seismic response and properties of non-stratabound dolostone reservoirs: scenario evaluation. In press in Mountjoy Special Publication, AAPG Memoir/SEPM Special Volume.



  1. Mahtab Mozafari, Rudy Swennen , Philippe Muchez, Elvira Vassilieva, Fabrizio Balsamo, Fabrizio Storti, Jacques Pironon, & Conxita Taberner (2017). Origin of the saline paleofluids in fault-damage zones of the Jabal Qusaybah Anticline (Adam Foothills, Oman): constrains from fluid inclusions geochemistry. Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 86, p. 537-546.



  1. Stefano Tavani, Pablo Granado, Fabrizio Balsamo, Mattia Pizzati, Irene Cantanero, Amerigo Corradetti, Muñoz A Josep, Shear-enhanced compaction-solution bands in quartz-rich calcarenites of the Cotiella Massif (Spanish Pyrenees). In press Journal of Structural Geology.



  1. Matheus A Nicchio, Francisco Cézar Costa Nogueira, Fabrizio Balsamo, Jorge André B Souza, Bruno Carvalho, Francisco Bezerra, Development of cataclastic foliation in deformation bands in feldspar-rich conglomerates of the Rio do Peixe Basin, NE Brazil, (2018). Journal of Structural Geology, v. 107, p. 132-141.


  1. Ogata, Kei; Mulrooney, Mark; Braathen, Alvar; Maher, Harmon; Osmundsen, Per Terje; Anell, Ingrid; Balsamo, Fabrizio, Late Triassic extensional growth fault system in southern Edgeøya (East Svalbard): architecture, deformation style and petrophysical properties. In press in Basin Research.


  1. Mattia Pizzati; Fabrizio Balsamo; Fabrizio Storti; Mahtab Mozafari; Paola Iacumin; Roberto Tinterri; Rudy Swennen, From axial-parallel to orthogonal groundwater flow during fold amplification: insights from carbonate concretion development during the growth of the Quattro Castella Anticline, Northern Apennines, Italy. In press in Journal of the Geological Society of London.


  1. Tavani S., Granado P., Balsamo F., Muñoz, J.A., Petroleum system in supra-salt strata of extensional forced-folds: a case-study from the Basque-Cantabrian basin (Spain). In press in Marine and Petroleum Geology.


  1. Harold Leah, Michele Fondriest, Alessio Lucca, Fabrizio Storti, Fabrizio Balsamo, Giulio Di Toro. Coseismic extension recorded within the damage zone of the Vado di Ferruccio Thrust Fault, Central Apennines, Italy. In press in Journal of Structural Geology.


  1. Molli, G., Carlini, M., Vescovi, P., Artoni, A., Balsamo., F., Camurri, F., Clemenzi, L., Storti, F., Torelli, L., (2018). Neogene 3D-structural architecture of the north-west Apenines: the role of the low-angle normal faults and basement thrust. Tectonics, Special Volume “Geodynamics, Crustal and Lithospheric Tectonics, and active deformation in the Mediterranean Regions. A tribute to Prof. Renato Funiciello, v. 37, n. 7, pp. 22165-2196.


  1. Storti, F., Balsamo F., Mozafari M., Koopman A., Swennen R. and Taberner C., (2018). Syn-contractional overprinting between extension and shortening along the Montagna dei Fiori Fault during Plio-Pleistocene antiformal stacking at the Central Apennines thrust wedge toe. Tectonics, Special Volume “Geodynamics, Crustal and Lithospheric Tectonics, and active deformation in the Mediterranean Regions. A tribute to Prof. Renato Funiciello”, v. 37, n. 10, pp. 3690-3720.


  1. Alessio Lucca, Fabrizio Storti, Giancarlo Molli, Philippe Muchez, Andrea Schito, Andrea Artoni, Fabrizio Balsamo, Sveva Corrado, Emma Salvioli Mariani, (2019). Seismically enhanced hydrothermal plume advection through the process zone of the Compione extensional Fault, Northern Apennines, Italy. GSA Bulletin, v. 131 (3-4), pp. 547-571.


  1. Cayo C.C. Pontes, Francisco C.C. Nogueira, Francisco H.R. Bezerra, Fabrizio Balsamo, Tiago S. Miranda, Matheus A. Nicchio, Jorge A.B. Souza, Bruno R.B.M. Carvalho (2019). Petrophysical properties of deformation bands in high porous sandstone across faults zones in the Rio do Peixe Basin, Brazil. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, v. 114, pp. 153-163.


  1. Balsamo, F., Clemenzi, L., Storti, F., Solum, J., Taberner, C., (2019). Tectonic control on vein attributes and deformation intensity in fault damage zones affecting Natih platform carbonates, Jabal Qusaybah, North Oman. Journal of Structural geology, v. 122, pp. 38-57.


  1. Hannah Riegel, Miller Zambrano, Fabrizio Balsamo, Luca Mattioni and Emanuele Tondi, (2019). Petrophysical properties and micro structural analysis of faulted heterolithic packages: a case study from Miocene turbidite successions, Italy," Geofluids, Volume 2019, Article ID 9582359, 23 pages, Special issue “Geofluids and Energy for the XXI Century".


  1. Cristiane P Menezes. Francisco H. Bezerra, Fabrizio Balsamo, Mahtab Mozafari, Marcela M Vieira, Narendra K Srivastava, David L de Castro, (2019). Hydrothermal silicification along faults affecting carbonate-sandstone units and its impact on reservoir quality, Potiguar Basin, Brazil. Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol. 110, pp. 198-217.


  1. Mahtab Mozafari, Rudy Swennen, Fabrizio Balsamo, Hamdy El Desouky, Fabrizio Storti, and Conxita Taberner, (2019). Fault-controlled dolomitization in the Montagna dei Fiori Anticline (Central Apennines, Italy): Record of a dominantly pre-orogenic fluid migration. Solid Earth, 10, 1355-1383.


  1. Mattia Pizzati, Fabrizio Balsamo, Fabrizio Storti, and Paola Iacumin (2020). Physical and chemical strain-hardening during faulting in poorly lithified sandstone: the role of kinematic stress field and selective cementation (Crotone Basin, Italy). Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 132, pp. 1183-1200.


  1. M. Martinelli, A. Bistacchi, F. Balsamo, M. Meda (2019). Late Oligocene to Pliocene extensions in the Maltese Islands and implications for geodynamic of the Pantelleria Rift and Pelagian Platform. Tectonics, v. 38, p. 3394-3415.


  1. Cortinovis S., Balsamo F., Storti F., (2019). Influence of analytical operating procedures on particle size distributions in carbonate cataclastic rocks. in Journal of Structural Geology. V. 118, pp. 103884.


  1. Alessio Lucca, Fabrizio Storti, Fabrizio Balsamo, Luca Clemenzi, Michele Fondriest, Ray Burgess, and Giulio Di Toro (2019). From submarine to subaerial out-of-sequence thrusting and gravity-driven extensional faulting: Gran Sasso Massif, Central Apennines, Italy. Tectonics, v. 38, p. 4155-4184.


  1. Daniel Menezes, Francisco H. R. Bezerra, Fabrizio Balsamo, Andrea Arcari, Rubson P Maia, Caroline L Cazarin (2020). Subsidence rings and fracture pattern around dolines in carbonate platforms - implications for evolution of collapse structures and reservoir properties. Marine and Petroleum Geology, v.113,


  1. Balsamo, F., Bezerra, F.H.R., Klimchouk, A., Cazarin, C., Auler, A., Nogueira, C., Pontes C. (2020). Influence of fracture stratigraphy on hypogene cave development and fluid flow anisotropy in layered carbonates, NE Brazil. Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 114,


  1. Fabio Bagni, Francisco H Bezerra, Fabrizio Balsamo, Rubson P Maia, Marcello Dall'Aglio, 2020. Karst dissolution along fracture corridors in an anticline hinge, Jandaíra Formation, Brazil: implications for reservoir quality. Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 115.


  1. Mattia Pizzati, Fabrizio Balsamo, Fabrizio Storti, (2020). Displacement-dependent microstructural and petrophysical properties of deformation bands and gouges in poorly lithified sandstone deformed at shallow burial depth (Crotone Basin, Italy). Journal of Structural Geology, v. 137, 103069. Issn: 0191-8141.


  1. Mattia Martinelli, Andrea Bistacchi, Silvia Mitempergher, Francois Bonneau, Fabrizio Balsamo, Guillame Caumon, Marco Meda, 2020. Damage zone characterization combining scan-line and scan-area analysis on a km-scale Digital Outcrop Model: the Qala Fault (Gozo), Journal of Structural Geology, v. 140.


  1. Fondriest, M., Balsamo, F., Bistacchi, A., Clemenzi, L., Demurtas, M., Storti, F., Di Toro, G. (2020). Structural complexity and mechanics of a shallow crustal seismogenic source (Vado di Corno Fault Zone, Italy). Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth, v. 125, e2019JB018926.


  1. Leonardo Del Sole, Marco Antonellini, Roger Soliva, Gregory Ballas, Fabrizio Balsamo, and Giulio Viola (2020). Structural control on fluid flow and shallow diagenesis: Insights from calcite cementation along deformation bands in porous sandstones. Solid Earth, vol. 11(6), p. 2169-2195. Special Issue: Faults, fractures, and fluid flow in the shallow crust.


  1. Francisco Cézar Nogueira, Matheus Nicchio; Fabrizio Balsamo; Jorge A Souza; Igor Silva; Francisco H Bezerrra; David L Vasconcelos; Bruno R Carvalho (2021). The influence of the cataclastic matrix on the petrophysical properties of deformation bands in arkosic sandstones. Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol. 124, 104825. 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2020.104825


  1. Daniel H.S. de Souza, Francisco Nogueira, David Vasconcelos, Anita Torabi, Jorge André Braz de Souza, Matheus Amador Nicchio, Yoe Reyes Perez, Fabrizio Balsamo (2021). Growth of cataclastic bands into a fault zone: a multiscalar process by microcrack coalescence in sandstones of Rio do Peixe Basin, NE Brazil. Journal of Structural Geology, vol. 146, 104315.


  1. Cayo Pontes, Hilário Bezerra, Giovanni Bertotti, Vincenzo La Bruna, Philippe Audra, Jo De Waele, Augusto S Auler, Fabrizio Balsamo, Stephan De Hoop, M.D.; Luca Pisani (2021). Flow pathways in multiple-direction fold hinges below seismic resolution: Implications for fractured and karstified carbonate reservoirs. Journal of Structural Geology, vol. 146, 104324.


  1. Francisco H Bezerra, Fabrizio Balsamo, Giulia Corsi, Jean M Legrand, Maria O Sousa, Francisco C Nogueira, Emma Salvioli-Mariani, Cristiane P Menezes (2021). Hydrothermal silicification in the intraplate Samambaia seismogenic fault, Brazil: implications for fault loss of cohesion and healing in rifted crust. Tectonophysics, vol. 815, 20. 229002.


  1. Tavani, S., Cardello, Vignaroli G., Balsamo F., Parente M., Sabbatino M., Raffi, I., Billi A., Carminati E. (2021). Segmentation of the Apenninic margin of Tyrrhenian back-arc basin forced by the subduction of an inherited transform system. Tectonics, vol. 40(9), e2021TC006770.


  1. Anita Torabi; Fabrizio Balsamo; Francisco C. Nogueira; David L. Vasconcelos; Amanda C.E. Silva; Francisco H.R. Bezerra; Jorge A.B. Souza (2021). Variation of thickness, internal structure and petrophysical properties in a deformation band fault zone in siliciclastic rocks. Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 133, 105237.


  1.  L.R. Berio, F. Storti, F. Balsamo, S. Mittempergher, A. Bistacchi, M. Meda (2021). Structural evolution of the Parmelan anticline (Bornes Massif, France): recording the role of structural inheritance and stress field changes on the finite deformation pattern. Tectonics, 40, e2021TC006913.


  1. Silva, M.E., Nogueira, F.C.C., Pérez, Y.A.R., Vasconcelos, D.L., Stohler, R.C., Sanglard, J.C.D., Balsamo, F., Bezerra, F.H.R. Carvalho, B.R.B.M., Souza, J.A.B. (2022). Permeability modeling of a basin bounding fault damage zone in the Rio do Peixe Basin, Brazil. Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol. 135, 105409.


  1. L.S.B. Oliveira, F.C.C. Nogueira, D.L.Vasconcelos, F. Balsamo, F.H.R. Bezerra, Y.A.R. Perez (2022). Mechanical stratigraphy influences deformation band pattern in arkosic sandstones, Rio do Peixe Basin, Brazil. Journal of Structural Geology, vol. 155.


  1. Fabio Luiz Bagni, Marcelle Erthal; Sandra Tonietto; Rubson Maia; Francisco Bezerra; Fabrizio Balsamo; Valéria Córdoba; Flávia Souza; José Brod; Celso Fernandes; João Fonseca (2022). Karstified layers and caves formed by superposed epigenic dissolution along subaerial unconformities in carbonate rocks – impact on reservoir-scale permeability. Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol. 138.


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