First NameGuia
Last NameMorelli
Telephone055 2757507
Research Gate Link
Google Scholar Link


  • 2006 – 2011- Ph.D. in Geochemistry, The University of Queensland, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Brisbane, Australia

  • 1997 – 2003 – Master degree in Geological Sciences, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Firenze, Italy. Final exit mark 110/110

  • 2002 – Stage in laboratory (Erasmus scholarship), Department of Sedimentary Geology, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France


  • Environmental geochemistry applied to the monitoring of heavy metals contamination in river/estuarine sediments and other environmental matrices;
  • Analyses of trace metals and Hg in sediments, soil, water, and other environmental matrices;
  • Geochronology of Quaternary environments (210Pb e 137Cs);
  • Analyses of fluid inclusions on idrothermal minerals;
  • Paleo-environemntal reconstruction of anthropic contamination using sediment cores.


  • 2019 - present. Researcher at IGG - (Section of Florence) National Research Council, Italy.
  • 2017 – 2019. Post-doctoral Fellow. IGG – (Section of Florence), National Research Council, Italy. Research topic: Analyses of fluid inclusions on idrothermal minerals for the research project GEMEX – Cooperation in geothermal energy research Europe-Mexico for development of enhanced and superhot geothermal systems.
  • 2015 – 2016. Teaching assistant. The University of Queensland, Moreton Bay Research Station, Australia. 
  • 2015.  Post-doctoral Fellow. Univerisité de Bordeaux, UMR CNRS 5805 EPOC, Bordeaux, France. Research topic: Assessment of historic heavy metal contamination (Cd, Zn, Pb, Cu, As e Hg) in river/estuarine sediments and the impact of sediment remobilization caused by climate variability in estuarine sediments (Gironde estuary, France) and surface sediments along the Loire River (France).
  • 2011 – 2015. Post-doctoral Fellow. The University of Queensland, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Radiogenic Isotope Facility (RIF) Laboratory, Australia. Research topic: Management of projects on the environmental monitoring of sediments, soils, water and groundwater. Quantitative metal analyses in "ultra clean" laboratory (total and partial dissolution) by Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS) and Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES).
  • 2010  – 2014. Teaching assistant for the undergraduate courses of: Geology (ERTH1000), Sedimentology (ERTH2003), Field geology (ERTH2050).  School of Earth Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia


Ruggieri, G., Morelli, G., Benvenuti, M., Lattanzi, P., Livi, L., Rimondi, V., Costagliola, P. 2021. Origin of the As anomaly in Quaternary sediments of Southern Tuscany (Italy): new insights from geological, geochemical and fluid inclusion data from the Pecora River and Bruna River Valleys. Sedimentary Geology, in press.

Rimondi, V., Benesperi, R., Beutel, M.W., Chiarantini, L., Costagliola, P., LAttanzi, P., Medas, D., Morelli, G. 2020. Monitoring of Airborne Mercury: Comparison of Different Techniques in the Monte Amiata District, Southern Tuscany, Italy. 2020. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 17, 2353; doi:10.3390/ijerph17072353.

Lattanzi P., Benesperi R., Morelli G., Rimondi V. and Ruggieri G., 2020. Biomonitoring Studies in Geothermal Areas: A Review. Front. Environ. Sci. 8:579343. doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2020.579343.

Rimondi, V., Costagliola, P., Lattanzi, P., Morelli, G., Cara, G., Cencetti, C., Fagotti, C., Fredduzzi, A., Marchetti, G., Sconocchia, A., Torricelli, S. 2019. A 200 km-long mercury contamination of the Paglia and Tiber floodplain: Monitoring results and implications for environmental management. Environmental Pollution, 255, Part 1, 2019, 113191.

Morelli G., Rimondi, V., Benvenuti, M., Medas, D., Gasparon, M., Costagliola, P. Experimental simulation arsenic desorption from quaternary aquifer sediments following sea water intrusion. 2017. Applied Geochemistry, 87, 176-187. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2017.10.024.

Coynel, A., Gorse, L., Curti, C., Mojtahid, M., Grosbois, C., Morelli, G., Ducassou, E., Blanc., G., Maillet, G., Schafer, J. 2016. Spatial distribution of trace elements in the surface sediments of a major European estuary (Loire Estuary): source identification and evaluation of anthropogenic contribution. Journal of Sea Research. 118, 77-91. DOI: 10.1016/j.seares.2016.08.005.

Rimondi, V., Costagliola, P., Ruggeri, G., Benvenuti, M., Boschi, C., Brogi, A., Capezzuoli, E., Morelli, G., Gasparon, M., Liotta, D. 2016. Investigating fossil hydrothermal systems by means of fluid inclusions and stable isotopes in banded travertine: an example from Castelnuovo dell’Abate (southern Tuscany, Italy). International Journal of Earth Sciences, 105, 2, 659-679. DOI 10.1007/s00531-015-1186-y.

Morelli G. and Gasparon, M. 2015. Depositional variability of estuarine intertidal sediments and implications for metal distribution: an example from Moreton Bay (Australia). Continental Shelf Research, 108, 41-54. DOI 10.1016/j.csr.2015.07.017.

Morelli G. and Gasparon, M. 2014. Metal contamination of estuarine intertidal sediments of Moreton Bay, Australia. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 89 1-2: 435-443. DOI 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2014.10.002.

Italiano, F., Yuce, G., Uysal, I.T., Gasparon, M., Morelli, G. 2014. Insights into mantle-type volatiles    contribution from dissolved gases in artesian waters of the Great Artesian Basin, Australia. Chemical Geology, 378-379, 75-88. DOI 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2014.04.013.

Morelli, G., Gasparon, M., Fierro, D., Hu, W.-P., Zawadzki, A. 2012. Historical trends in trace metal and sediment accumulation in intertidal sediments of Moreton Bay, southeast Queensland, Australia. Chemical Geology, 300-301, 152-164. DOI 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2012.01.023.