Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Research Fellow



m.paulatto Website




2.41Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





I am a NERC Independent Research Fellow and I study active volcanic and tectonic processes at plate margins. In 2018 I am starting a project to study magma/water interaction in the oceanic lithosphere integrating geophysical imaging, rock physics, and laboratory experiments.

Expertise: Marine Geophysics, Tectonics, Volcano seismology, Seismic Tomography

Short bio. After graduating in Physics of the Earth and Environment from the University of Trieste (Italy), I obtained a PhD in Marine Geophysics at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton (UK). This was followed by three years as a PostDoc at The University of Oxford working on a NERC-funded project to study seamount subduction. From January 2014 to October 2016 I was based at GĂ©oazur (Nice, France) supported by an AXA Postdoctoral Fellowship.

2020 PhD opportunities:

Multi-parameter geophysical imaging and interpretation of magmatic systems

Multi-scale characterization of water flow in submarine hydrothermal systems

High resolution 3D imaging of an oceanic core complex: interaction of magma, water and faults on the mid-Atlantic ridge

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Recent publication:

Paulatto et al. (2019), Vertically Extensive Magma Reservoir Revealed From Joint Inversion and Quantitative Interpretation of Seismic and Gravity Data, JGR, doi: 10.1029/2019JB018476.

3d view of the magmatic system

Top: P-wave velocity anomaly contours. Bottom: Density anomaly contours

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Paulatto M, Moorkamp M, Hautmann S, et al., 2019, Vertically extensive magma reservoir revealed from joint inversion and quantitative interpretation of seismic and gravity data, Journal of Geophysical Research. Solid Earth, Vol:124, ISSN:2169-9356, Pages:11170-11191

Heath BA, Hooft EEE, Toomey DR, et al., 2019, Tectonism and Its Relation to Magmatism Around Santorini Volcano From Upper Crustal P Wave Velocity, Journal of Geophysical Research-solid Earth, Vol:124, ISSN:2169-9313, Pages:10610-10629

Agurto-Detzel H, Font Y, Charvis P, et al., 2019, Ridge subduction and afterslip control aftershock distribution of the 2016 Mw 7.8 Ecuador earthquake, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol:520, ISSN:0012-821X, Pages:63-76

Hooft EEE, Heath BA, Toomey DR, et al., 2019, Corrigendum to “Seismic imaging of Santorini: Subsurface constraints on caldera collapse and present-day magma recharge” [Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 514 (2019) 48–61], Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol:515, ISSN:0012-821X, Pages:291-291

Hooft EEE, Heath BA, Toomey DR, et al., 2019, Seismic imaging of Santorini: Subsurface constraints on caldera collapse and present-day magma recharge, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol:514, ISSN:0012-821X, Pages:48-61

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