Alberto Malinverno

Alberto Malinverno received a degree in geology at the University of Milano, Italy, in 1981 and a Ph.D. in geology at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) of Columbia University, New York, in 1989. After graduating, he spent three years at LDEO as a post-doctoral scientist and research scientist, participating in a total of twelve marine geology and geophysics seagoing expeditions. In 1992 Alberto joined the Schlumberger-Doll Research center in Ridgefield, Connecticut, where he worked on the quantifying uncertainties in the inversion of borehole measurements. He returned to Lamont in 2005 as a principal research scientist at the LDEO Borehole Research Group. As a logging scientist, he participated in five scientific drilling expeditions on the US drilling vessel JOIDES Resolution (North Cascadia margin, Bay of Bengal, Equatorial Pacific, and twice on the Costa Rica Pacific margin). Alberto is now a Lamont Research Professor and an adjunct professor at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences of Columbia University, where he teaches "Quantitative Methods of Data Analysis" (EESC G6908). See also the career profile interview published in the September 2010 issue of Oceanography.

Fields of Interest

  • Microbial methanogenesis, gas hydrates, and carbon cycling in continental margin sediments
  • Marine magnetic anomalies and the time scale of geomagnetic field reversals
  • Sediment cycle analysis for astrochronology and for reconstructing the history of the Earth-Moon and Solar systems
  • Neogene tectonic evolution of the Mediterranean


  • Ph. D., Geological Sciences, Columbia University, New York, 1989
  • M. Ph., Geological Sciences, Columbia University, New York, 1986
  • Laurea, Geological Sciences (cum laude), Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy, 1981

Honors & Awards

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