Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Research Fellow



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3.58Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





I am a NERC Independent Research Fellow and I study active volcanic and tectonic processes at plate margins. I am currently working on 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 Géoazur (Nice, France) supported by an AXA Postdoctoral Fellowship.

NEW 2023 PhD opportunity:

Teleseismic full waveform imaging of active volcanoes with massive arrays of seismic nodes. 

This is a PhD project within our SSCP DTP with CASE partner funding from SmartSolo. More info here:

All the information on how to apply can be found on the SSCP webpages

Recent publications:

Paulatto, M., Hooft, E., Chrapkiewicz, K., Heath, B., Toomey, D., & Morgan, J. (2022). Advances in seismic imaging of magma and crystal mush. Frontiers in Earth Science,

Schmid, F., Petersen, G., Hooft, E., Paulatto, M., Chrapkiewicz, K., Hensch, M., & Dahm, T. (2022). Heralds of Future Volcanism: Swarms of Microseismicity Beneath the Submarine Kolumbo Volcano Indicate Opening of Near‐Vertical Fractures Exploited by Ascending Melts. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems23(7), e2022GC010420,

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

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Chrapkiewicz K, Paulatto M, Heath BA, et al., 2022, Magma Chamber Detected Beneath an Arc Volcano With Full-Waveform Inversion of Active-Source Seismic Data, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, Vol:23

Paulatto M, Hooft E, Chrapkiewicz K, et al., 2022, Advances in seismic imaging of magma and crystal mush, Frontiers in Earth Science, Vol:10, ISSN:2296-6463, Pages:1-31

Schmid F, Petersen G, Hooft E, et al., 2022, Heralds of Future Volcanism: Swarms of Microseismicity Beneath the Submarine Kolumbo Volcano Indicate Opening of Near-Vertical Fractures Exploited by Ascending Melts, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, Vol:23

Chrapkiewicz K, Paulatto M, Morgan J, et al., 2022, Magma chamber imaged beneath an arc volcano

Paulatto M, Oxford T, Bardner R, 2022, An intrusive complex imaged within the roots of an oceanic core complex using 3D full-waveform inversion 

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