Lucia Savastano

Lucia Savastano


CV summary
After having graduated in Geological Science (BSc, University of Naples Federico II, 2014), in 2017 I obtained a MSc degree in Natural Resources Geology (University of Roma Tre) focusing on Geodynamics. In 2016 I was awarded an Erasmus+ Grant which gave me the opportunity to work on my Master thesis in partnership with the University of Orleans, France. Main target of the project was the structural emplacement of the Ronda peridotites (Betic Cordillera, Spain), implying my engagement in local structural fieldwork and Raman Spectroscopy analysis at IMPMC, Paris. I was supervised by Prof L. Jolivet (University of Orleans), by Prof C. Faccenna and Dr F. Rossetti (University of Roma Tre).
During my Master I also had the chance to handle active- and passive-source seismic data, acquired along the CROP-04 line (Southern Apennines), in collaboration with Dr N. Piana Agostinetti.
In December 2017, I was selected to participate in an EU funded training program (overall duration >6 months) for being qualified as Environmental management and monitoring Technician. Over its final stage I have worked as an intern at Tecno In SpA, an Italian company based in Naples which is mostly committed in environmental surveying/mapping and core logging.
I joined the University of Leeds (Ores and Mineralisation Group) in October 2018, to start my PhD. I am currently member of IoM3 (Intitute of Materials, Minerals and Mining) and SEG (Society of Economic Geologists). 


PhD project introduction
The primary objective of my PhD is a spatial characterization of gold compositional variations in association with fault networks, to inform on the styles of Au-related mineralisation and identify potential hydrothermal fluid pathways at the local and regional scale.
Gold compositional signatures of different alluvial populations, represented by the alloy composition and suites of mineral inclusions of a gold particle (Chapman et al. 2000), help predicting whether the Au source is orogenic or magmatic-related. Faults at different scales are, in this framework, assumed to act as conduits for Au-related fluids and may represent a spatial linkage where commonalities in detrital gold signatures are observed (yet to be tested). In addition, structural and petrographic (paragenetic relationships) analyses of ore-related quartz veins can provide further constraints on the nature of the mineralising hydrothermal systems.
This PhD project will not simply contribute to the understanding of the metallogeny in the study area, an ideal natural laboratory located in the Grampian Terrane of Scotland, but would generate a new, transferable approach to modeling regional metallogeny in complex orogenic terranes.

Research outputs to date

- Savastano L., Piana Agostinetti N., 2019. "Deep structure of the Southern Apennines as imaged by active and passive seismic data along the CROP04 (crustal) reflection seismic profile". Journal of the Geological Society, Vol. 176 (2019), pp. 1284-1290
- Savastano L., Chapman R.J., Torvela T.M. “Assessing the variability in gold mineralisation styles in the Loch Tay area, Scotland”. Online talk, MDSG Winter Meeting 2020
- Savastano L., Torvela T.M., Chapman R.J. “A new approach to modeling gold mineralization in complex orogenic settings". Poster presentation, AME Roundup 2020, Vancouver 
- Savastano L., Piana Agostinetti N. “Elaboration of active and passive seismic data along the CROP 04 line, Southern Apennines”. Poster presentation, EGU 2018, Wien
- Bessière E., Romagny A., Jolivet L., Augier R., Savastano L.  “New field evidence for the emplacement of the Ronda peridotite” . Poster citation – EGU 2017, Wien




  • Master’s degree in Field and Natural Resources Geology - University of Roma Tre, July 2017
  • Bachelor’s degree in Geological Sciences - University of Napoli Federico II, March 2014

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Applied Geoscience
  • Ores and Mineralization