Roberto Rizzo


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Research Interests

My research interests span structural geology, geomechanics and image analysis. I’m interested in the patterns and processes of strain localisation, in the statistical distribution of fracture networks, and in the mechanical, thermal and seismic anisotropies of rocks. I tackle problems through field work, laboratory experiments, theoretical analysis and numerical modelling. I use numerical models to integrate observations with, and explore the consequences of, physical theory. I have developed codes freely available for the geoscience community, such as a wavelet analysis toolbox and the statistical analysis, permeability and connectivity suites within the FracPaQ toolbox (

Current Research Interests

My current research combines computational analysis and mathematical modelling of fundamental feedbacks between chemical, hydraulic and mechanical processes during the dehydration of minerals in the Earth’s crust.I am using time-resolved (4D) synchrotron microtomographic imaging to directly document the link between dehydration reactions and rock deformation at the grain scale. The main scope is to determine how mineral dehydration reactions on the grain scale can lead to mechanical failure in deforming rocks.

Education/Academic qualification

Geology, Doctor in Philosophy, University of Aberdeen


Award Date: 6 Nov 2017

Geology and Geophysics , Master in Science, Università degli Studi di Bari, Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra e Geoambientali

Award Date: 8 Oct 2012

External positions

Honorary Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen



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  • Ramsay Medal

    Rizzo, Roberto (Recipient), 2019

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