Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences

Staff Profile

Mr Giacomo Pozzi

Early Stage Researcher in the Department of Earth Sciences

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2009 - 2012: BSc Earth Sciences (110/110 c.l., first class), Università degli Studi di Padova, IT

2012 - 2014: MSc Geology and Technical Geology (110/110 c.l., first class), Università degli Studi di Padova, IT

2015: Early Stage Researcher - PhD student at Durham University - Member of the Rock Mechanics Laboratory (RML) group

PhD Funding

Horizon 2020 - Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions ITN - CREEP

PhD Research

My current research focuses on the rheology of fault gouges and the role of their mineralogy, the microstructural evolution and the physical parameters in controlling the weakening of faults during earthquake propagation (v>1m/s). Our goal is to shed light on a still uncomplete understanding of the mechanisms that lead to fault lubrication, trying to link micro- and nanoscale processes to a macroscopic bulk behaviour. Our apporach involves laboratory experiments, thorough microstructural analisys and data elaboration with physical tools.

Research Groups

Department of Earth Sciences

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  • Pozzi, Giacomo, De Paola, Nicola, Holdsworth, Robert E., Bowen, Leon, Nielsen, Stefan B. & Dempsey, Edward D. (2019). Coseismic ultramylonites: An investigation of nanoscale viscous flow and fault weakening during seismic slip. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 516: 164-175.
  • Pozzi, G., De Paola, N., Nielsen, S.B., Holdsworth, R.E. & Bowen, L. (2018). A new interpretation for the nature and significance of mirror-like surfaces in experimental carbonate-hosted seismic faults. Geology 46(7): 583-586.
  • Guastoni, A., Pennacchioni, G., Pozzi, G., Fioretti, A.M. & Walter, J.M. (2014). Tertiary pegmatite dikes of the Central Alps. The Canadian Mineralogist 52(2): 191-219.

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