First Name Valentina Marzia
Last Name Rossi
Unit Pavia
Email valentina.rossi(at) 
Role Researcher
Phone +39 0382 985883
Research Gate Link


  • December 2016: Ph.D., Geological Sciences. The University of Texas at Austin, Texas (USA). Dissertation: Mixed-energy shallow-marine systems with emphasis on tidal influence
  • July 2011: Master Degree in Geology. Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy). Thesis: sedimentological analysis of the Miocene mixed carbonate-siliciclastic succession of the Bonifacio Basin
  • December 2008: Bachelor Degree in Geological Sciences. Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy). Thesis: Geological survey of the Camisana Valley and stratigraphic analysis of the succession of the Pizzo  del Diavolo Formation (Lower Permian), Lago Nero area (Italy)


  • Sedimentolgy and stratigraphy of siliciclastic depositional systems, with focus on shallow marine and coastal systems
  • Forward numerical modeling to unravel the sensitivity of coastal systems to changing depositional processes and environmental conditions
  • Analysis of subsurface datasets (seismic, well logs and cores) to study depositional systems evolution in time and space
  • Multidisciplinary approach to the study of Earth past environmental, climatic and biotic perturbations.


  • Co-PI - “Ensuring resilience of the Po River Delta to rising relative sea levels using nature-based solutions for building land and mitigating subsidence – NatResPoNΔ”, funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU, and by the Italian Ministry of University and Research, PNRR programme. Total funding 240.000 euros (CNR Unit funding 132.809 euros)
  • Project Member - COST Action "CA21112 - Offshore freshened groundwater: An unconventional water resource in coastal regions? (OFF-SOURCE)
  • PI - IAS Postdoctoral Grant Scheme (International Association of Sedimentologists) “The Siderno Strait in southern Italy: an early Pleistocene paleoclimatic proxy for the central Mediterranean? A feasibility study”
  • Researcher for “Spatial-temporal reconstruction of the Triassic Hammerfest basin fill” project, University of Bergen, investigating sedimentological and stratigraphic aspects of Triassic deposits in the Barents Sea


  • Keynote speaker: Updated tide-influenced and tide-dominated delta model: the compound clinoform concept, at FORCE Tidal System Seminar, Stavanger, Norway, 28-29 March 2023
  • Keynote speaker: Tide influenced deltas: learnings from numerical models, subsurface data and outcrops, at International workshop: Fluvial and Tidal Coastal Networks - morpho-sedimentary dynamics of channels connecting the land with the sea, Padova, 27-28 September 2022
  • Keynote speaker: Two ways of connect basins: straits and seaways, at XIV Meeting GeoSed, Bari, 15-16 June 2022
  • Keynote speaker: The effect of tides on morphology, stratigraphic architecture and sediment bypass in river-dominated deltas, Italian Geological Society Congress, Catania, September 2018
  • Invited speaker: Quantifying mixed-process variability in shallow-marine depositional systems: why does it matter? at FORCE Conference, Stavanger, April 2018
  • Invited speaker: Process variability in a sand-rich mixed-energy delta system: the Lajas Formation, Argentina at University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, August 2014
  • Top downloaded paper 2018-2019 in Wiley-Sedimentology for article Mud-rich delta-scale compound clinoforms in the Triassic shelf of northern Pangea (Havert Formation, SW Barents Sea)
  • 1st place in the Petroleum Geology Student Contest Award, October 2017, University of Basilicata, Italian Geological Society, Shell Italia E&P, October 2017
  • Honorable Mention in “Gustavo Sclocchi” Thesis Award, SPE Italian Section, Assomineraria, EAGE, December 2017
  • DeFord Technical Sessions Best Speaker Award, The University of Texas at Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences, April 2017
  • Winner of GSA Research Grant 10724-14, 2014
  • Professor Franco Forcella Award for the best field work thesis, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, CNR-IDPA, Università degli Studi di Milano, February 2010


  • Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale – Settore Concorsuale 04/A2 – Fascia II
  • Member of SEPM Twenhofel Award Committee 2022-2024 and SEPM Nominating Committee 2021
  • Coordinating Editor for Geological Society of London Special Publication “STRAITS AND SEAWAYS: controls, processes and implications in modern and ancient systems”
  • Guest Editor for The Depositional Record; Geological Field Trips and Maps “Tidalites Field Trips Special Volume”
  • Reviewer for Sedimentology, Journal of Coastal Research, Geology, Sedimentary Geology, Basin Research, Frontiers in Earth Science
  • Sessions co-chair at AAPG, IAS Meeting, International Congress of Tidal Sedimentology, International Conference on Fluvial Sedimentology, Congress of the Italian Geological Society
  • Organizing Committee for the 10th International Congress of Tidal Sedimentology, Tidalites 2021
  • Teaching assistant at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Bergen
  • Committee member for PhD evaluation, PhD Midway assessment and internal examiner for Master’s theses
  • Co-supervisor of 1 BSc and 1 MSc theses, University of Basilicata
  • Internship at Equinor Exploration Excellence unit, Stavanger
  • Internship at Shell Technology Center – Clastic Research Team, Houston
  • Field trip co-leader for Lajas Project, Neuquén Basin, for company consortium (Statoil, Woodside, VNG Norge and BHP Billiton)


  • Steel R. J., Olariu C., Rossi V.M., Minisini D., Brinkworth W., Loss L.M., Giunta D., Vocaturo G. (2023), Prograding early to middle Jurassic margin, Neuquén Basin: Topset process stratigraphy and morphodynamic sediment partitioning, doi: 10.1111/bre.12743, Basin Research, vol. 35 (3), p. 978-1011
  • Rossi V.M., Longhitano S.G., Olariu C., Chiocci F.L. (2022). Straits and Seaways: controls, processes and implications in modern and ancient systems, doi: 10.1144/SP523-2022-271, The Geological Society Special Publication 523, p. 1-15
  • Rossi V.M., Longhitano S.G., Olariu C., Chiocci F.L. (2022). Straits and Seaways: end members within the continuous spectrum of the dynamic connection between basins, doi: 10.1144/SP523-2022-159, The Geological Society Special Publication 523, p. 85-109
  • Gan Y., de Almeida F.N. Jr., Rossi V.M., Steel R. J., Olariu C. (2022). Sediment transfer from shelf to deepwater slope: How does it happen?, ISSN: 1527-1404, doi: 10.2110/jsr.2021.013, Journal of Sedimentary Research, vol. 92, p. 570-590
  • Gilmullina A., Klausen T.G., Doré, A.G., Rossi V.M., Suslova A. and Eide, C.H. (2022), Linking sediment supply variations and tectonic evolution in deep time, source-to-sink systems—The Triassic Greater Barents Sea Basin, doi:  10.1130/B36090.1, GSA Bulletin.
  • Longhitano S.G., Rossi V.M., Chiarella D., Mellere D., Tropeano M., Olita F., Nappi A., Steel R.J., Dalrymple R.W. (2021), Anatomy of a mixed bioclastic-siliciclastic regressive tidal sand ridge: facies-based case study from the lower Pleistocene Siderno Strait, southern Italy, doi: 10.1111/sed.12853, Sedimentology, v. 68 (6), p. 2293-2333.
  • Rossi V. M., Olaussen S., Staine I. N., Gennaro M. (2020), Development of the Middle Triassic Kobbe Formation shelf-margin prism and transgressive-regressive cycles on the shelf (Hammerfest Basin, SW Barents Sea), doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2019.08.043,  Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 111, p. 868-885.
  • Zhang J., Rossi V. M., Peng Y., Steel R. J., Ambrose W. (2019), Revisiting late Paleocene lower Wilcox deltas, Gulf of Mexico: River-dominated or mixed-dominated process deltas?, doi: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2019.05.007, Sedimentary Geology, v.389, p. 1-12
  • Rossi V. M., Paterson N. W., Helland-Hansen W., Klausen T., Eide C. (2019), Mud-rich delta-scale compound clinoforms in the Triassic shelf of northern Pangea (Havert Formation, SW Barents Sea), doi: 10.1111/sed.12598, Sedimentology, v. 66, p. 2234-2267
  • Peng Y., Steel R. J., Rossi V. M., Olariu C. (2018), Mixed-energy Process Interactions Read from a Compound-clinoform Delta (paleo–orinoco Delta, Trinidad): Preservation of River and Tide Signals By Mud-induced Wave Damping, doi:10.2110/jsr.2018.3, Journal of Sedimentary Research, v.88, p. 75-90.
  • Rossi V. M., Perillo M. M., Olariu, C., Steel R. (2017), Quantifying process regime in ancient mixed-energy systems: what are sedimentary structures really telling us?, doi:10.2110/jsr.2017.49, JSR, v.87, p. 1060-174.
  • Rossi V. M., Longhitano S. G., Mellere D., Dalrymple R. W., Steel R. J., Chiarella D., Olariu C. (2017), Interplay of Tidal and Fluvial Processes in an Early Pleistocene, Delta-Fed, Strait Margin (Calabria, southern Italy), doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2017.02.021, Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 87, p. 14-30. 
  • Rossi V. M., Kim W., Leva Lopez J., Edmonds D., Geleynse N., Olariu C., Steel R., Hiatt M., Passalacqua P. (2016), Impact of tidal currents on delta-channel deepening, stratigraphic architecture and sediment bypass beyond the shoreline, doi: 10.1130/G38334.1, Geology, v. 44, p. 927-930.
  • Rossi V. M. & Steel R. (2016), The role of tidal, wave and river currents in the evolution of mixed-energy deltas: example from the Lajas Formation (Argentina), doi:10.1111/sed.12240, Sedimentology, v. 63, p. 824–864.