Laurea cum laude in Earth Sciences at the Department of Earth Sciencesm University of Milano, Italy, on November 15 1984. Thesis: " Evoluzione Geologica Post-Messiniana e Geomorfologia del Bacino di Sora (Valle del Liri )" (Post-Messinian Geological Evolution and Geomorphology of Sora Basin (Liri Valley)". Scientific advisors: M.B. Cita and M. Coltorti.
Master of Sciences in Geological Oceanography at the Department of Oceanography of Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas on December 17 1988. Thesis: "Subsurface Dissolution of Evaporites in Eastern Mediterranean Sea". Scientific advisor: W.R. Bryant.
Research Doctorate in Earth Sciences at the Department of Earth Sciences University of Milano, Italy, on July 17 1991. Thesis: " Il Diapirismo d'Argilla sulla Dorsale Mediterranea" (Mud Diapirism on the Mediterranean Ridge). Scientific advisor: M.B. Cita.
Assistant Curator at the Civic Museum of Natural Sciences E. Caffi, Bergamo, Italy from May 1985 to May 1986.
Research Assistant at the Ocean Drilling Program, 1000 Discovery Dr., Texas 77843 from September 1986 to September 1988.
Assistant Secretary at the ESCO (ESF Scientific Consortium for ODP) Secretariat, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Milano, from July 1989 to September 1991.
Junior Researcher (Ricercatore) at Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale (OGS) from December 1991 to December 1996 with a 3+2 years contract.
Senior Researcher (Primo Ricercatore) with permanent position at Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale, Borgo Grotta Gigante 42/C, I-34010 Sgonico (TS) Italy (OGS) from December 30 1996 to August 30 2004.
Research Professor and Associate Professor ICREA, with permanent position at Istitució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats, C/o Departament d'Estratigrafia, P. i Geociències Marines Universitat de Barcelona / Facultat de Geologia, from September 2004 to July 2012.
Contract Professor, University of Trieste, Department of Mathematics and Geosciences, Course: Marine Geology, since 2012.