Giuliana Mele was born in Foggia, Italy, in 1964. After attending the Classical Lyceum, in 1983 she moved to Rome to study geology at the University "La Sapienza." Her research activity started in 1988 at the Department of Seismology and Physics of the Earth Interior of the National Institute of Geophysics (ING, now INGV: National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology) of Rome, where she began working during the degree thesis on the seismotectonics of the central Adriatic Sea, in the Mediterranean region. After obtaining the academic degree (Laurea) in geology, in May 1989, her research activity continued at the ING as a long-term contractor and included the study of seismomagnetic effects in collaboration with the Geomagnetic and Aeronomy Department of ING. From 1993 till 2001, she mainly worked on the propagation of regional waves in Italy and surrounding areas. In the last years, she has been working also on teleseismic receiver functions to estimate the depth of the crust-mantle boundary in Italy. She brought new information on this topic and showed that beneath the Apennine chain, the crust is thicker than previously reported in the literature. This opened new possible scenarios for understanding the geodynamic evolution and setting of a key area in the Mediterranean region. In January 1999, she won a national competition for a permanent researcher position in Observational and Experimental Seismology at the ING. In August 2003, she became a Senior Research Scientist at the Department of Seismology and Tectonophysics of the INGV.
Biography Updated on 24 February 2012