Dr. Agata Di Stefano

Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Science, Earth Science

University of Catania, ITALY

Associate Professor



2014-present Associate Professor, University of Catania, Italy

2002-2014 Researcher, University of Catania, Italy, in Stratigraphic Geology

1999-2002 Research fellowship, University of Catania, Italy

1994-1997 CNR grants in the framework of CARG Project

1989-1993 Ph.D., University of Catania and University of Padova, Italy, in Geological evolution of Mediterranean-typeorogens

1989 M. Sc., in Geological Science

Publications (Selected) 

1. Baldassini N., Di Stefano A. (2015) New insights on the phosphatic layers of the Oligo-Miocene succession of the Maltese Archipelago. Italian Journal of Geoscience, doi: 10.3301/IJG.2014.52.

2. Di Stefano A., Baldassini N., Maniscalco R., Speranza F., Maffione M., Cascella A., Foresi L.M. (2015) New bio-magnetostratigraphic data on the Miocene Moria section (Northern Apennines, Italy): connections between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean. Newsletter on Stratigraphy, 18 pp. doi: 10.1127/nos/2015/0057.

3. Di Stefano A., Foresi L.M., Incarbona A., Sproveri M., Vallefuoco M., Iorio M. Pelosi N., Di Stefano E., Sangiorgi P., Budillon F. (2015) Mediterranean Coccolithophore Ecobiostratigraphy since the penultimate Glacial (the last 145,000 years) and Ecobioevent Traceability. Marine Micropaleontology, 115, 24–38, doi: 10.1016/j.marmicro.2014.12.002.

4. Panzera F., Lombardo G., Monaco C., Di Stefano A. (2015) Seismic site effects observed on sediments and basaltic lavas outcropping in a test site of Catania, Italy. Natural Hazard, accepted 22 May 2015.

5. Foresi L.M., Baldassini N., Sagnotti, L. Lirer, F., Di Stefano A., Caricchi C., Verducci M., Salvatorini G., Mazzei R. (2014) Integrated stratigraphy of the St. Thomas section (Malta Island): a reference section for the lower Burdigalian of the Mediterranean Region. Marine Micropaleontology, 111, 66–89, doi: 10.1016/j.marmicro.2014.06.004.

6. Lombardo G., Panzera F., Salamanca V. V., Sicali S., Baldassini N., Barreca G., Di Stefano A.,Monaco C., D’Amico S. (2014) Detailed geophysical and geologic study in the Lampedusa Island: SIMIT Project. Atti 33° Convegno Nazionale GNGTS (Gruppo Nazionale di Geofisica della Terra Solida), Bologna 25-27 nov. 2014. Volume 2, 203-209, ISBN: 978-88-940442-2-5.

7. Di Stefano A., De Pietro R., Monaco C., Zanini A. (2013) Anthropogenic influence on coastal evolution: a case history from the Simeto River mouth (eastern Sicily, Italy). Ocean and Coastal management, 80, 133-148 doi: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2013.02.013.

8. Incarbona A., Sprovieri M., Di Stefano A., Di Stefano E., Salvagio Manta D., Pelosi N., Ribera d’Alcalà M., Sprovieri R., Ziveri P. (2013) Productivity modes in the Mediterranean Sea during Dansgaard-Oeschger (20,000-70,000 years ago) oscillations. Palaeog., Paleoc., Paleoec., 392, 128-137,

9. Firetto Carlino M., Di Stefano A., Budillon F. (2013) Seismic facies and seabed morphology in a tectonically controlled continental shelf: the Augusta Bay (SE Sicily, Italy). Marine Geology, 335, 35–51. doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2012.10.009

10. Ristuccia G.M., Di Stefano A., Gueli A.M., Monaco C., Stella G., Troja S.O. (2013) OSL chronology of Quaternary terraces between Etna Mt. and the Catania Plain (Sicily, southern Italy): Geodynamic implications. Physics and Chemistry of Earth, 63, 36-46, doi: 10.1016/j.pce.2013.03.002.

11. Zecchin M., Civile D., Caffau M., Muto F., Di Stefano A., Maniscalco R., Critelli S. (2013) The Messinian succession of the Crotone Basin (Southern Italy) I: Stratigraphic architecture reconstructed by seismic and well data. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 48, 455-473, doi: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2013.08.014.

12. Zecchin M., Caffau M., Di Stefano A., Maniscalco R., Lenaz D., Civile D., Muto F., Critelli S. (2013) The Messinian succession of the Crotone Basin (Southern Italy) II: Facies architecture and stratal surfaces across the Miocene-Pliocene boundary. Marine and Petroleum Geol., 48, 474-492, doi: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2013.08.013.

13. Longhitano S.G., Chiarella D., Di Stefano A., Messina C., Sabato L., Tropeano M. (2012) Tidal signatures in mixed Neogene-Quaternary deposits of the Southern Apennine, Italy: implications for palaeogeographic reconstructions. Sedimentary Geology, 279, 74-96, doi:10.1016/j.sedgeo.2011.04.019.

14. Panzera F., Lombardo G., Monaco C., Di Stefano A., D’Amico S. Galea P. (2012) Site effects on fault-zone: results from ambient noise measurements. Atti 31° Convegno Nazionale GNGTS - Tema 2: Caratterizzazione sismica del territorio, 214-220, ISBN: 978-88-902101-2-9.

15. Zecchin M., Caffau M., Civile D., Critelli S., Di Stefano A., Maniscalco R., Muto F., Sturiale G., Roda C. (2012) The Plio-Pleistocene evolution of the Crotone Basin (southern Italy): an interplay between sedimentation, tectonics and eustasy in the frame of Calabrian Arc migration. Earth Science Review, 115, 273-303; doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2012.10.005.

16. Di Stefano A., Verducci M., Maniscalco R., Speranza F., Foresi L.M. (2011) High–resolution stratigraphy of the Contrada Pesciarello borehole succession (SE Sicily): a lower Langhian reference section for the Mediterranean region. Stratigraphy, 8, 2-3, 111-124.

17. Di Stefano A., Verducci M., Cascella A., Iaccarino S.M. (2011) Calcareous plankton events at the Early/Middle Miocene transition of DSDP Hole 608: comparison with Mediterranean successions for the definition of the Langhian GSSP. Stratigraphy, 8, 2-3, 145-161.

18. Iaccarino S.M., Di Stefano A., Foresi L.M., Turco E., Baldassini N., Cascella A., Da Prato S., Ferraro L., Gennari R., Hilgen F.J., Lirer F., Maniscalco R., Mazzei R., Riforgiato F., Russo B., Sagnotti L., Salvatorini G., Speranza F., Verducci M. (2011) High-resolution integrated stratigraphy of the Mediterranean Langhian: Comparison with the historical stratotype and new perspectives for the GSSP. Stratigraphy, 8, 2-3, 199-215.

19. Iaccarino S.M., Di Stefano A., Turco E. (2011) Progress towards the definition of the Global Stratotype Section and Point of the Langhian Stage. Stratigraphy, 8, 2-3, 85-87.

20. Longhitano S.G., Chiarella D., Di Stefano A., Messina C., Sabato L, Tropeano M. (2011) Neogene to Quaternary tidalmixed deposits of southern Italy: implication for palaeogeographic reconstructions. Rend. online Soc. Geol. It., 17, 123-128 ISSN: 2035-8008, doi: 0.3301/ROL.2011.38.

21. Martino C., Curcuruto E., Di Stefano A., Monaco C., Zanini A. (2011) Fenomeni erosivi lungo il litorale di Marina di Butera (CL), Sicilia centro-meridionale. Geologi di Sicilia, 3, 4-14.

22. Mourik, A.A., Abels H. A., Hilgen F. J., Di Stefano A., Zachariasse W. J. (2011) Improved astronomical age constraints for the Middle Miocene Climate Transition based on high-resolution stable isotope records from the central Mediterranean Maltese Islands. Paleoceanography, doi: 10.1029/2010PA001981.

23. Riforgiato F., Foresi L.M., Di Stefano A., Aldinucci M., Pelosi N., Mazzei R., Salvatorini G., Sandrelli F. (2011) The Miocene/Pliocene boundary in the Mediterranean area: new insights from a high-resolution micropaleontological and cyclostratigraphic study (Cava Serredi section, Central Italy). Palaeog., Paleoc., Paleoec., 10.1016/j.palaeo.2011.03.014.

24. Spampinato C.R., Costa B., Di Stefano A., Monaco C., Scicchitano G. (2011) The contribution of tectonics to relative sea-level change during the Holocene in south-eastern Sicily coastal area: new data from bore-holes. Quaternary International, doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2010.06.025.

25. Di Stefano A. (2010) Evaluating repetition in sedimentary successions using high resolution integrated stratigraphy: an example in the Lower Pliocene sequence of ODP Hole 975b. Riv. It. Paleont. Strat., 116(1), 51-61.

26. Di Stefano A., Sturiale G. (2010) Refinements of calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy at the Miocene/Pliocene boundary in the Mediterranean region. Geobios, 449, 5-20. ISSN: 0016-6995, doi: 10.1016/j.geobios.2009.06.007.

27. Di Stefano A., Verducci M., Lirer F., Ferraro L., Iaccarino S.M., Hüsing S.K., Hilgen F.J. (2010) Paleoenvironmental conditions preceding the Messinian Salinity Crisis in the Central Mediterranean: integrated data from the Upper Miocene Trave section (Italy). Palaeog., Paleoc., Paleoec., doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2010.07.012.

28. Scicchitano G., Costa B., Di Stefano A., Monaco C., Longhitano S. (2010) Tsunami and storm deposits preserved within a ria-type rocky coastal setting (Siracusa, SE Sicily). Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, 54, suppl. 3, 51-77, doi: 10.1127/0372-88542010005453-000.

Other Relevant Activities

1. Coordinator of the PhD School of Geological, Biological and Environmental Science, University of Catania.

2. Responsible of the Erasmus Project and International Activities of the Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Science, University of Catania.

3. Member of the Regional Committee on Mediterranean Neogene Stratigraphy(RCMNS) Executive Board(2010-2015).

4. Corresponding Member of the Subcommission on Neogene Stratigraphy (International Commission on Stratigraphy).

5. Member of the Scientific Board of the Inter-Universities Center “ST-Integrated Ocean Drilling Program,Italy” and Coordinator of the Catania Unit.

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