First NameSonia
Last NameLa Felice
RoleResearch Fellow
Phone050 6212335
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  • 2004 - Degree in Geology at University of Palermo (summa cum laude)
  • 2009 - PhD in Geochemistry at Dept. of Chemistry and Physics of the Earth, University of Palermo, in collaboration with Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement (CNRS-LSCE), France
  • 2009-2010 Postdoc fellowship at National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) - Pisa (Italy). Study of interaction between magmas with different volatile content, through compositional and textural analysis of products of recent activity of Stromboli"
  • 2011- Senior technician of environmental monitoring and territorial management
  • 2012 - today - Post-doc research grants at CNR IGG (National Council of Research-Institute of Geosciences and Georesources) of Pisa


  • Geochemistry and petrology of igneous rocks: crystal-liquid equilibria, mixing/mingling, shallow magmatic systems, magmatic processes and eruption dynamics
  • Geological mapping, volcano-stratigraphy and geochronology of volcanic sequences
  • Hydrothermal mineralization in geothermal areas
  • Rheology and emplacement modality of silicic magmas
  • Archeomagnetic dating of rock and furnaces for the reconstruction of the Geomagnetic Secular Variation Curve of the last 10 Ka
  • Microstratigraphic coring method to the reconstruction of paleo-environments. 


  • 2009 – “A. Rittmann prize” for young researchers to the Conference A. Rittmann "The Italian Volcanology: current status and future prospects"


  • Regional project LAMMA-CNR agreement for study volcanology and production of a monography of Mount Amiata volcano

  • Project VEGEO funded by the National Park of Vesuvius

  • Project: An alternative eruptive scenario at Vesuvius - (DPC-INGV 2012-2021. Project V1 –Vesuvio)

  • Dissemination: organization of seminars, exhibition and educational workshops


  • S. La Felice, D. Montanari, S. Battaglia, G. Bertini, G. Gianelli (2014) - Fracture permeability and water–rock interaction in a shallow volcanic groundwater reservoir and the concern of its interaction with the deep geothermal reservoir of Mt. Amiata, Italy.  Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 284 (2014) 95–105

  • S. Scaillet, S.G. Rotolo, S. La Felice and G. Vita-Scaillet (2011) - High-resolution 40Ar/39Ar chronostratigraphy of the post-caldera (<20 ka) volcanic activity at Pantelleria, Sicily Strait, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 309 Issue 3-4, 280-290

  • S. La Felice, P. Landi (2011) - The 2009 paroxysms at Stromboli: magma mixing and eruption dynamics, Bulletin of Volcanology, DOI 10.1007/s00445-011-0502-z

  • S. La Felice, P. Landi (2011) - A spatter-forming, large-scale paroxysm at Stromboli Volcano (Aeolian Islands, Italy): insight into magma evolution and eruption dynamics - Bulletin of Volcanology, doi:10.1007/s00445-011-0476-x

  • P. Landi, E. Marchetti, S. La Felice, M. Ripepe, M. Rosi, (2011) - Integrated petrochemical and geophysical data reveals thermal distribution of the feeding conduits at Stromboli. - Geophysical Research Letter - 38, L08305 - doi:10.1029/2010GL046296