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  • July 2005 - Degree in Physics, University of Naples Federico II, 107/110. Thesis: 3D image of the dissipative structure of the crust: application to Mt. Vesuvius. Tutor: Prof. Aldo Zollo, Prof. Edoardo Del Pezzo.
  • April 2007 - September 2007: Visiting scientist at the LGIT, Université Joseph Fourier de Grenoble. Supervisor: Prof. Michael Campillo.
  • June 2009 - PhD thesis in Geophysics, defense at the University of Bologna. Thesis: Attenuation tomography of the main volcanic regions of the Campanian Plain. Tutor: Prof. Edoardo Del Pezzo.
  • March - June 2009. Scientific consultant as scattering propagation expert.
  • June 2009 - March 2010. Post-doc researcher at the INGV for the development of a ”cluster analysis” on tomographic data.
  • April 2010 - September 2014. Research Assistant on the base of a 2+4 year contract at the Istitut für Geophysik - Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Correnstrasse 24 - 48149 - Münster, Germany.
  • 29 September - 12 November 2011. Visiting scientist at the EPCC (Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre) and Geosciences Mathematical Institute in Edinburgh in the frame of the HPC-Europa2 project. Supervisors: Dr. Adam Carter (EPCC), Prof. Andrew Curtis (Geosciences)
  • September 2014 - Today. Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, School of Geosciences, Dept. of Geology and Petroleum Geology, Meston Build- ing, King’s College, Aberdeen AB24 3UE Scotland, UK. 

Research Interests

Velocity, attenuation, and scattering tomography.
Volcano seismology.
Scattering in the heterogeneous Earth.
Coda and noise interferometry.
Computational seismology.

Current Research

Forward-modeling attenuation and scattering tomography: from lab to the Deep Earth.

Volcano monitoring/imaging/interpretation with active/passive methods.

Seismic imaging at different Earth scales and in different Earth environments.


Institut für Geophysik, University of Münster, Germany

Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Italy

Universidad de Granada, Spain


Université de Toulouse, France

Tohoku University, Japan

Research Grants

2011 - Grant as visiting scientist at the EPCC (Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre) and Geosciences Mathematical Institute in Edinburgh in the frame of the HPC-Europa2 project. Supervisors: Dr. Adam Carter (EPCC), Prof. Andrew Curtis (Geosciences)

2015 - RSE-Accademia dei lincei bilateral program grant.

2015 - Santander Mobility Award (COPS).

2015 - TIDES COST EU travel grant.


Teaching Responsibilities

Coordinator: 5308 - Time Series Analysis (Msc Geophysics).

Coordinator: 5704 - Topics in Advanced Applied Geophysics (Msc Geophysics)

Teaching: Restless Volcan (Sixth Century)

Teaching: The Earth Through Geological Time (BsC Geology/Geography/Archeology)

Teaching: The Physics of Waves (BsC Geophysics/Physics/Geology)


PhD Students:

Gabrielli, Simona (October 2016 - )

Pugsley, Jessica (October 2016 - )

Stetsiou, Panaiyota (October 2016 - )

Wakeford, Zoë (October 2016 - )



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Contributions to Journals


  • King, T., Benson, P., de Siena, L. & Vinciguerra, S. (in press). 'Investigating the Apparent Seismic Diffusivity of Near-Receiver Geology at Mount St. Helens Volcano, USA'. Geosciences.
  • Guardo, R. & de Siena, L. (2017). 'Integrating ambient noise with GIS for a new perspective on volcano imaging and monitoring: The case study of Mt. Etna'. Journal of volcanology and geothermal research, vol 347, pp. 397-407.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2017.10.007
  • De Siena, L., Chiodini, G., Vilardo, G., Del Pezzo, E., Castellano, M., Colombelli, S., Tisato, N. & Ventura, G. (2017). 'Source and dynamics of a volcanic caldera unrest: Campi Flegrei, 1983–84'. Scientific Reports, vol 7, 8099, pp. 1-13.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-08192-7
    [Online] AURA: s41598_017_08192_7.pdf
  • Chiodini, G., Selva, J., Del Pezzo, E., Marsan, D., De Siena, L., D'Auria, L., Bianco, F., Caliro, S., De Martino, P., Ricciolino, P. & Petrillo, Z. (2017). 'Clues on the origin of post-2000 earthquakes at Campi Flegrei caldera (Italy)'. Scientific Reports, vol 7, 4472, pp. 1-10.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-04845-9
    [Online] AURA: s41598_017_04845_9.pdf
  • Borleanu, F., De Siena, L., Thomas, C., Popa, M. & Radulian, M. (2017). 'Seismic scattering and absorption mapping from intermediate-depth earthquakes reveals complex tectonic interactions acting in the Vrancea region and surroundings (Romania)'. Tectonophysics, vol 706-707, pp. 129-142.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.tecto.2017.04.013
  • De Siena, L., Amoruso, A., Del Pezzo, E., Wakeford, Z., Castellano, M. & Crescentini, L. (2017). 'Space-weighted seismic attenuation mapping of the aseismic source of Campi Flegrei 1983-84 unrest'. Geophysical Research Letters, vol 44, no. 4, pp. 1740-1748.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1002/2017GL072507
    [Online] AURA: Siena_et_al_2017_Geophysical_Research_Letters.pdf
  • Rizzo, RE., Healy, D. & De Siena, L. (2017). 'Benefits of maximum likelihood estimators for fracture attribute analysis: Implications for permeability and up-scaling'. Journal of Structural Geology, vol 95, pp. 17-31.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.jsg.2016.12.005
    [Online] AURA: 1_s2.0_S0191814116302097_main.pdf
  • Del Pezzo, E., Ibanez, J., Prudencio, J., Bianco, F. & De Siena, L. (2016). 'Absorption and Scattering 2D Volcano Images from Numerically Calculated Space-weighting functions'. Geophysical Journal International, vol 206, no. 2, pp. 742-756.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1093/gji/ggw171
    [Online] AURA: DelPezzoetal_4thVersion.pdf
  • De Siena, L., Calvet, M., Watson, KJ., Jonkers, ART. & Thomas, C. (2016). 'Seismic scattering and absorption mapping of debris flows, feeding paths, and tectonic units at Mount St. Helens volcano'. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol 442, pp. 21-31.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2016.02.026
    [Online] AURA: DeSienaetal_EPSL_review_nobold.pdf
  • Prudencio, J., Ibanez, JM., Del Pezzo, E., Martí, J., Garcia-Yeguas, A. & De Siena, L. (2015). '3D Attenuation Tomography of the Volcanic Island of Tenerife (Canary Islands)'. Surveys in Geophysics, vol 36, no. 5, pp. 693-716.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1007/s10712-015-9333-3
    [Online] AURA: GEOP_S_15_00039.pdf
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