First NameGianluca
Last NameFrasca
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  • 2019-present, Researcher at IGG-CNR, Torino
  • 2018-2019, Post-Doctoral fellow at EOST Strasbourg
  • 2016-2018, Post-Doctoral fellow at CRPG Nancy
  • 2015, PhD, Earth Sciences, Géosciences Montpellier and Rennes (Topomod ETN)
  • 2011, MSc, Earth Sciences at “Università degli Studi di Torino”


  • My main research interests are in the mechanics of lithosphere deformation at rifted margins and subduction rollback systems. My research method is field-based (geological mapping, structural analysis) and aims at identifying information for modeling set-ups and kinematic/paleogeographic reconstructions (GPlates software)

  • In my analysis of large-scale dynamic systems, structural and stratigraphical field-derived datasets are integrated with microstructural, petrological and low-T/high-T geochronological studies, using GIS packages (ArcGis, QGis), optical microscopy, SEM-EDS, LA-ICP-MS, and classical thermobarometry

  • I address my scientific questions by a multidisciplinary approach, working in collaboration with modelers and scientists from other branches of geology such as geochemistry and paleontology


  • Fieldwork experience in the Mediterranean region (Betics, Calabria, Pyrenees, Sardinia, W Alps, Rif)

  • Convener at EGU2019, Vienna, for the session "Cross-disciplinary investigations of extensional systems". TS6.4/GD5.7/GMPV7.26/SM1.25/ SSP3.30 (co-organized)

  • Supervision of students' master thesis (Master 1 and 2: Montpellier, Rennes, Nancy) (Tesi di Laurea: Torino) (2012-2014, 2017, 2020)

  • Ground logistics and scientific supervision during master and bachelor field courses (ENS, Nancy; Géosciences Montpellier; 2012-2015; 2017-2018, 2020)

  • "Qualification à Maître de conférences", French Habilitation to Assistant Professorships, 2017


  • Invited talks at GFZ Potsdam, Milano Bicocca, Torino, Pisa, BRGM Orléans, ISTO Orléans, CSIC Barcelona, SIG Bonn, CRPG Nancy (2016-2020)
  • Premio GIGS (Gruppo Italiano di Geologia Strutturale), award for the best PhD thesis in Tectonics, 2016. Title of the PhD Thesis: “Tectonics of the Western Betics: From mantle extensional exhumation to westward thrusting”. Advisors: F. Gueydan, J.P Brun
  • “Ugo Pognante'' award for the best master thesis on the Alpine orogen, 2011
  • Erasmus Fellowship, Institutionen för Geologiska Vetenskaper, Stockholm, Sweden, 2010


  • Dielforder, A., Frasca, G., Brune, S., Ford, M. (2019) Formation of the Iberian-European convergent plate boundary fault and its effect on intraplate deformation in central Europe. G-Cubed, http://dx.doi:10.1029/2018GC007840

  • Gueydan, F., Frasca, G. (2017) Western Alboran Peridotite exhumation in an Oligocene-Miocene oblique continental rift system, in Bianchini, G., Bodinier, J.-L., Braga, R., and Wilson, M., eds., The Crust-Mantle and Lithosphere-Asthenosphere Boundaries: Insights from Xenoliths, Orogenic Deep Sections, and Geophysical Studies: Geological Society of America Special Paper, 526, 73-87, doi:10.1130/2017.2526(04)

  • Frasca, G., Gueydan, F., Poujol, M., Monié, P., Brun, J.-P., Parat, F., Pichat, A., Mazier, S. (2017) Fast switch from extensional exhumation to thrusting (Ronda Peridotites, South Spain). Terra Nova. 1-10. DOI: 10.1111/ter.12255

  • Frasca, G., Gueydan, F., Brun, J.-P., Monié, P. (2016) Deformation mechanisms in a continental rift up to mantle exhumation. Field evidence from the western Betics, Spain. Marine and Petroleum Geology. 76. 310-328. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2016.04.020

  • Frasca, G., Gueydan, F. and Brun, J.-P. (2015) Structural record of Lower Miocene westward motion of the Alboran Domain, Western Betics, Spain. Tectonophysics. 657. 1-20. DOI: 10.1016/j.tecto.2015.05.01