First NameSimone
Last NameDa Prato
Phone050 6212388
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  • 2003: Degree in Geological Sciences (University of Pisa, Italy) discussing a thesis in stratigraphy and micropaleontology.
  • 2006-2009: PhD in Geological Sciences (University of Pisa, Italy). Title of the PhD dissertation: “The messinian lago-mare event: systematic, paleoecology and biostratigraphy of mediterranean ostracofaunes”.
  • 2009-2013: Research grant at the CNR (National Research Council of Italy) Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources (IGG) for stratigraphic reconstructions aimed to geometric and hydrostructural characterization of the regional geological bodies hosting aquifers.


  • The scientific activity has been carried out by taking part, as well as managing, several research projects.

The main thematic activities are:

  • Micropaleontological and sedimentological study of boreholes and field sections aimed to paleoenvironmental reconstructions.
  • Cyclostratigraphic study of neogenic sequences of the Mediterranean area.
  • Micropaleontology applied on archaeological topic.
  • Ecological analysis of the ostracod faunas from some italian areas.


  • Since 2009 operates at CNR Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources of Pisa as stratigraphy and micropaleontology expert in research agreements with the Tuscany Geological Survey and the LaMMA Consortium concerning the geometric and hydrostructural characterization of the regional geological bodies hosting aquifers.
  • 2007-2012: Program of Considerable National Interest (PRIN): “The GSSP (Global Stratigraphic Section and Point ) of the Burdigalian Stage: the missing piece of the Neogene geological time scale”.
  • 2003-2005: Program of Considerable National Interest (PRIN): "The late Messinian Lago Mare event: high-resolution stratigraphy, tectonic and climatic control on high-frequency paleoenvironmental changes related to the final stage of the Messinian Salinity Crisis of the Mediterranean area".


  • Cornamusini G., Foresi L., Massa G., Bonciani F., Callegari I., Da Prato S. & Ielpi A., 2011. The Miocene succesions of the Fiora Hills: considerations about the development of the minor basins of southern Tuscany. In: Italian Journal of Geosciences, 130 (3) pp. 404 - 424. Societa Geologica Italiana.
  • Foresi L. M., Verducci M., Baldassini N., Lirer F., Mazzei R., Salvatorini G., Ferraro L. & Da Prato S. 2011. Integrated stratigraphy of St. Peter’s Pool section (Malta): new age for the Upper Globigerina Limestone member and progress towards the Langhian GSSP. Stratigraphy, 8, 2-3, pp. 125-143, plate 1, table 1, text-figures 1-7.
  • Iaccarino S. M., Di Stefano A., Foresi L. M., Turco E., Baldassini N., Cascella A., Da Prato S., Ferraro L., Gennari R., Hilgen F.J., Lirer F., Maniscalco R., Mazzei R., Riforgiato F., Russo B., Sagnotti L., Salvatorini G., Speranza F. & Verducci M., 2011. High-resolution integrated stratigraphy of the upper Burdigalian-lower Langhian in the Mediterranean: the Langhian historical stratotype and new candidate sections for defining its GSSP. Stratigraphy, 8, 2-3, pp. 199-215, text-figures 1-6, tables 1-3.
  • Bini M., Brückner H., Cellic A., Pappalardo M., Da Prato S., Gervasini L., 2012. Palaeogeographies of the Magra Valley coastal plain to constrain the location of the Roman harbour of Luna (NW Italy). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, pp. 337–338, 37–51,.
  • Doveri M., Nisi B., Cerrina Feroni A., Ellero A., Menichini M., Lelli M., Masetti G., Da Prato S., Principe C., & Raco B., 2012. Geological, hydrodynamic and geochemical features of the volcanic aquifer of Mt. Amiata (Tuscany, central Italy): An overview. In: Acta Vulcanologica, 23/24 (1/2) pp. 51 - 72. Fabrizio Serra Editore.