First Name Sonia
Last Name La Felice
Unit Pisa
Email sonia.lafelice(at)
Role Researcher
Phone 050 6212335
Research Gate Link


  • 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
  • 2012-2022  Post-doc research grants at CNR IGG (National Council of Research-Institute of Geosciences and Georesources) of Pisa
  • 2022 Researcher 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


  • La Felice S., Abebe T., Aquino A., Landi S., Lezzerini M., Principe C. (2019) - Geological and cultural heritage: Dissemination experiences in tuscany, Heritage, Volume 2, Issue 3, Pages 2171 - 2182, September 2019
  • Landi, P., La Felice, S., Petrelli, M., Vezzoli, L.M., Principe, C.(2019) - Deciphering textural and chemical zoning of K-feldspar megacrysts from Mt. Amiata Volcano (Southern Tuscany, Italy): Insights into the petrogenesis and abnormal crystal growth. Lithos 324-325, pp. 569-583
  • 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