Lidia Pittarello

Staff scientist, curator of the rock collection
  • Curation of the rock collection
  • Petrographic and petrologic research (e.g., shock metamorphic effects in minerals, tectonic deformation, microstructures)
  • Public outreach
Phone: +43 1 52177-270
Fax: +43 1 52177-264

Born on 8th April 1980 in Padua (Italy)

  • 2018 Italian Academic Habilitation (Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale) for Petrography and Petrology, Ministry for University and Research (MIUR), Italy.
  • 2005-2009 Dottorato di Ricerca (PhD) in Earth Science, University of Padua, Padua, Italy. Thesis: Study of exhumed paleo-seismic faults as a gauge to estimate earthquake source parameters. Supervisors: Prof. G. Pennacchioni and Prof. G. Di Toro.
  • 2007 Diploma (MMus) in Organ und organ composition, Conservatorium A. Steffani, Castelfranco Veneto, Italy.
  • 1999-2004 Laurea in Geological Science (MSc), Specialization in Mineralogy, Petrography, and Geochemistry, 110/110 with honors, University of Padua, Padua, Italy. Thesis: Microstructural study of Arolla mylonites, Aosta Valley (Italy). Supervisor: Prof. G. Pennacchioni.
Professional Experience
  • Since 09/2019 Scientist and curator in the Department of Mineralogy and Petrography of the Natural History Museum Vienna, Austria.
  • 2016-2019 Research Associate, FWF Elise Richter grant, at the Department of Lithospheric Research, University of Vienna, Austria.
  • 2013-2016 Postdoc and curator, Analytical, Environmental, and Geo-Chemistry, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussel, Belgium.
  • 2010-2013 Postdoc, Department of Lithospheric Research, University of Vienna, Austria.
  • 2009-2010 Research Assistant, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Padua, Padua, Italy.


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