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Miss Francesca Claudia Rotondo BSc, MSc

Postgraduate research student

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Francesca Claudia Rotondo is a Postgraduate Research student within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

Academic qualifications:

MSc Dissertation: The metasomatic reaction rim between serpentinites and metasediments in the high Champorcher valley Metaophiolite (Aosta Valley, Western Alps): structural and petrographic features and inference for the oceanic and subduction evolution

Supervisor: Prof. P. Tartarotti
Co-supervisor: Prof. M. Scambelluri

Project: Geology of the Western Alps Ophiolites

Research interests

  • Structural geology and geodynamics, specifically lithostratigraphy, structure and petrology of ancient and modern oceanic lithosphere.
  • Relationships between metamorphism and deformation within ophiolitic complexes.
  • Role of fluids, both at seafloor hydrothermal systems and at convergent margin along slabs interfaces.

Research project: Does seawater cross the Crust-Mantle Boundary at Mid-Ocean Ridges? Unique constraints from Oman Drilling Project Holes CM1A and CM2B

My research is deciphering the deep fluid flow pathways of seawater derived hydrothermal fluids in the lowermost ocean crust and the uppermost mantle. Through petrology, mineralogy, isotope geochemistry and modelling I am determining the extent of hydrothermal alteration and the conditions of fluid-rock interactions.

Prof Damon Teagle
Dr Blair Thornton
Dr Michelle Harris
Dr Rosalind Coggon

Research group


Affiliate research group

Southampton Marine & Maritime Institute

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Miss Francesca Claudia Rotondo
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number NNN: NOCS/186/17/N1

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