Francesca C.  Ghisetti 


Ruby Bay, New Zealand


Education and Academic Career

Scientific Co-operation 

Ongoing Research 

Education and Academic Career


Dottore in Scienze Geologiche, University of Catania, 1976

Post-doctorate in Geology, Columbia University, New York, U.S.A., 1977-1978

Italian Ministry of Education fellowship, Laboratoire Geologie Dynamique Interne, Univ .  d'Orsay, France, 1979 

MSc Course in Structural Geology, Imperial College, London, 1980 

C.N.R. Post-doctorate, University of Catania, 1980

Associate Professor of Structural Geology, University of Catania, 1987-1993

Full Professor (Professore Ordinario) of Structural Geology, University of Catania, 1993-2003

Honorary Research Fellow, Dept. of Geology, University of Otago, New Zealand, May-October 2003

Visiting Professor, Dept. of Geology, University of Otago, New Zealand, 2003-2005

Research Professor, Dept. of Geology, University of Otago, New Zealand, 2006-2007

Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Geological Sciences, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2009-present

Scientific Co-operation 


University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Sub-contract for the Research Project: "Lessons learned from Christchurch" (Project leader B. Bradley, Civil and Natural Resources Engineering), 2014.  

Marsden Fund (Principal investigator S. Ellis, GNS, New-Zealand): "Sticky or creepy: What causes abrupt changes in seismic behavior along subduction plate boundaries?" in co-operation with researchers from GNS and NIWA (New Zealand), University of Texas (Austin), Penn State University and University of Cape Town, 2012.  

University of Otago, New Zealand. EQC Project 08/547: "Assessing seismic hazard from compressional inversion structures, NW South Island, New Zealand" (Project leader R.H. Sibson), 2008-2009.  

ETH, Zurich, Switzerland. "Structural Analysis of the Ostler Fault, New Zealand, 2008-2010.  

Tohoku and Kyoto Universities, Japan. "Assessing seismic hazard from compressional inversion structures, Murchison Basin, New Zealand" 2008-2010.  

Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, New Zealand. Compressional fault inversion in the NW South Island, New Zealand, 2004.  

Institut Francais du Petrole, Paris France, DGLab-European Community Project, Corinth, Greece,2000-2002.

University of Saint Louis, USA, Stable isotope sampling in deformed systems of the central Apennines, 2000-2001.  


Ongoing Research 


Geological and structural mapping of the Nelson-Richmond urban area, South Island, New Zealand Collaborative Project with M. Johnston and P. Wopereis, partly supported by the Tasman District Council and Nelson City Council.

Map-view restorations of the Alpine and Wairau faults in the last 10 Myr Retro-deformation of horizontal and vertical displacements is used to reconstruct the evolution of the South Island plate boundary faults since the Late Miocene. The reconstructions focus on the coupling of accumulating dextral offset on the Alpine Fault, and a NE-migrating wave of exhumation and uplift of its hanging wall, tracked by syntectonic terrestrial deposits.

Development of the New Zealand Community Fault Model v. 1.0. The model is aimed at providing a simplified 3D representation of active and potentially seismogenic faults of the whole New Zealand region. The project is led by GNS Science, with participation of researchers from different institutions.


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