• 23/03/2012: Bachelor degree in Geology (Sapienza University of Rome)
  • 17/07/2014: Master degree in Exploration Geology (Sapienza University of Rome)
  • 21/02/2018: PhD in Earth Sciences at the Doctoral School “Vito Volterra” (Sapienza University of Rome)
  • 10/2018-11/2019: Postdoc at the GeoZentrum Nordbayern (Friedrich-Alexander University di Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germania)
  • 28/11/2019-present: Researcher at IGG-CNR Pisa


  • Facies and microfacies analyses of marine carbonates for paleoenvironment reconstructions
  • Cenozoic C-isotope stratigraphy to identify the response of shallow-water carbonate systems to global C-cycle perturbations
  • Sr and Nd isotopic analyses for paleoceanographic reconstructions and to discriminate the complex relationship between global climatic changes and regional controlling factors on carbonate production.


  • Leader of the project: “La risposta dei sistemi carbonatici del Mediterraneo Centrale alle perturbazioni cenozoiche del ciclo del carbonio [Central Mediterranean carbonate systems response to the Cenozoic carbon cycle perturbations”. Funded by the Sapienza University of Rome, February 2019-August 2019.  The project has been carried out at the GeoZentrum NordBayern, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen (Germany). 

  • Leader of the project: “Unravelling the Miocene oceanographic control on the carbon cycle dynamics in the Central Mediterranean”. Funded by the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen (Germany), october 2018- january 2019. Funding were made available within the Programme to realize equal opportunities for women in research and teaching.

  • Leader of the project for young researchers "Avvio alla Ricerca" funded by Sapienza, University of Rome, 2016. Title of the project: "Sr isotope composition of the Miocene central Mediterranean carbonate successions and paleoceanographic implications".

  • Leader of the project "Dating the Monterey event in the Central Mediterranean shallow-water record: the Latium-Abruzzi Platform case study", within the Synthesys Framework, performed at the Geochemistry laboratory of the Natural History Museum of Stockholm (SE-TAF). Funding to SYNTHESYS is made available by the European Community – Research Infrastructure Action under the FP7 "Capacities" Specific Programme.

  • Winner of the “IAS Post Graduate Grant Scheme” 2015. Title of the project: “The impact of isotopic events on the central Mediterranean carbonate successions between the late Eocene and middle Miocene”.

  • Lecturer within the “Flügel Course 2019, the International Course on Carbonate Microfacies” (two 1-week courses) organised by Prof. Dr. Axel Munnecke of the GeoZentrum Nordbayern, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen (Germany).

  • Second tutor for 1 Bachelor Thesis in Geology at the Earth Sciences Department of the Sapienza, University of Rome.

  • Second tutor for 3 Master Thesis in Exploration Geology at the Earth Sciences Department of the Sapienza, University of Rome (Italy). 


  • Cornacchia, I., Brandano, M., Raffi, I., Tomassetti, L. and Flores, I. (2018). The Eocene–Oligocene transition in the C-isotope record of the carbonate successions in the Central Mediterranean. Global and Planetary Change, 167, 110-122.
  • Cornacchia, I., Agostini, S. and Brandano, M. (2018). Miocene Oceanographic Evolution based on the Sr and Nd Isotope Record of the Central Mediterranean. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, 33(1), 31-47.
  • Cornacchia, I., Andersson, P., Agostini, S., Brandano, M. and Di Bella, L. (2017). Strontium stratigraphy of the upper Miocene Lithothamnion Limestone in the Majella Mountain, central Italy, and its palaeoenvironmental implications. Lethaia, 50(4), 561-575.
  • Brandano, M., Cornacchia, I., Raffi, I., Tomassetti, L. and Agostini, S. (2017). The Monterey Event within the Central Mediterranean area: the shallow-water record. Sedimentology, 64(1), 286-310.
  • Brandano, M., Cornacchia, I., Raffi, I. and Tomassetti, L. (2016). The Oligocene-Miocene stratigraphic evolution of the Majella carbonate platform (Central Apennines, Italy). Sedimentary Geolology, 333, 1-14.