Prof. Aaron Micallef

Prof. Aaron Micallef

Prof. Aaron Micallef


Associate Professor

Faculty of Science
Marine Geology and Seafloor Surveying
37, Triq ta' Xmiexi
  +356 2340 3662
2004 - 2008 PhD in Marine Geology and Geophysics
National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton, UK
2002 - 2003 MSc in Environmental Geomorphology (Distinction)
School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, UK
1998 - 2002 BA (Hons) in Geography (First Class Honours)
Department of Geography, University of Malta, Malta

2015 – present Associate professor, Department of Geosciences, University of Malta, Malta

2009 – 2015; Lecturer/Senior lecturer, Department of Physics, University of Malta, Malta
2010 – 2012 Marie Curie fellow, GRC Geociences Marines, University of Barcelona, Spain
  • Submarine mass movements
  • Submarine canyons and gullies
  • Marine hydrogeology
  • Carbonate escarpments
  • Continental shelf dynamics and palaeolandscapes
  • Geomorphometry and seafloor mapping

Micallef, A., Krastel, S. & Savini, A. 2017, "Submarine Geomorphology", .

Micallef, A., Georgiopoulou, A., Mountjoy, J., Huvenne, V.A., Iacono, C.L., Le Bas, T., Del Carlo, P. & Otero, D.C. 2016, "Outer shelf seafloor geomorphology along a carbonate escarpment: The eastern Malta Plateau, Mediterranean Sea", Continental Shelf Research, vol. 131, pp. 12-27.

Micallef, A., Mountjoy, J., Barnes, P.M., Canals, M. & Lastras, G. 2014, "Geomorphic response of submarine canyons to tectonic activity: Insights from the Cook Strait canyon system, New Zealand", Geosphere, vol. 10, no. 5, pp. 905-929.

Micallef, A., Ribó, M., Canals, M., Puig, P., Lastras, G. & Tubau, X. 2014, "Space-for-time substitution and the evolution of a submarine canyon-channel system in a passive progradational margin", Geomorphology, vol. 221, pp. 34-50.

Micallef, A., Foglini, F., Le Bas, T., Angeletti, L., Maselli, V., Pasuto, A. & Taviani, M. 2013, "The submerged paleolandscape of the Maltese Islands: Morphology, evolution and relation to Quaternary environmental change", Marine Geology, vol. 335, pp. 129-147.

Rivera, J., Lastras, G., Canals, M., Acosta, J., Arrese, B., Hermida, N., Micallef, A., Tello, O. & Amblas, D. 2013, "Construction of an oceanic island: Insights from El Hierro 2011-2012 submarine volcanic eruption.", Geology, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 355-358.

Micallef, A., Le Bas, T.P., Huvenne, V.A.I., Blondel, P., Hühnerbach, V. & Deidun, A. 2012, "A multi-method approach for benthic habitat mapping of shallow coastal areas with high resolution multibeam data", Continental Shelf Research, vol. 39-40, pp. 14-26.

Micallef, A., Berndt, C. & Debono, G. 2011, "Fluid flow systems of the Malta Plateau, Central Mediterranean Sea", Marine Geology, vol. 284, pp. 74-85.

Micallef, A. & Mountjoy, J.J. 2011, "A topographic signature of a hydrodynamic origin for submarine gullies", Geology, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 115-118.

Micallef, A., Masson, D.G., Berndt, C. & Stow, D.A.V. 2009, "Development and mass movement processes of the north-eastern Storegga Slide", Quaternary Science Reviews, vol. 28, no. 5-6, pp. 433-448.

Micallef, A., Berndt, C., Masson, D.G. & Stow, D.A.V. 2008, "Scale invariant characteristics of the Storegga Slide and implications for large-scale submarine mass movements", Marine Geology, vol. 247, pp. 46-60.

Micallef, A., Berndt, C., Masson, D.G. & Stow, D.A.V. 2007, "A technique for the morphological characterization of submarine landscapes as exemplified by debris flows of the Storegga Slide", Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 112, pp. F02001.

Micallef, A., Masson, D.G., Berndt, C. & Stow, D.A.V. 2007, "Morphology and mechanics of submarine spreading: A case study from the Storegga Slide", Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 112, pp. F03023.

  • GSC1100 - Geology 1 - Fundamentals of Geology
  • GSC1400 - IT Skills for Geoscientists (GIS)
  • OMS5001 - Scientific Baseline of Oceanography
  • PHY3212 - Science of the Ocean Floor

MARCAN ( is a 5 year research project, funded by a European Research Council
Starting Grant, which investigates the role of offshore groundwater in the geomorphic
evolution of continental margins.

SCARP ( is a 4-year project funded by a Marie Curie Career Integration
Grant. The aim of SCARP is to characterise the morphology of non-tropical carbonate
escarpments in unprecedented detail, investigate the nature and dynamics of canyon and
landslide processes responsible for their morphology, and understand their role in sediment
export and non-tropical carbonate margin development.

EMODnet ( consists of more than 100 organisations assembling marine data,
products and metadata to make these fragmented resources more available to public and private
users relying on quality-assured, standardised and harmonised marine data.

S4SLIDE ( focuses on facilitating the
interaction of scientists, engineers, industry and government representatives, and other
parties interested in submarine mass movements and their geohazard potential. This project is
part of an initiative by the International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) and UNESCO.

MEDSALT ( is a COST Action that aims to address the causes,
timing, emplacement mechanisms, and consequences at local and planetary scale of the largest
and most recent 'salt giant' on Earth.

MIGRATE ( is a COST Action that integrates the expertise of a large
number of European research groups and industrial players to promote the development of
multidisciplinary knowledge on the potential of gas hydrates as energy resource.


2015 ERC Starting Grant, University of Malta, Malta; 2014 Fulbright Visiting Scholarship,
USA; 2013–2017 Marie Curie Career Integration Grant, University of Malta, Malta; 2010–2012
Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship, University of Barcelona, Spain; 2004–2008 Research
studentship, University of Southampton, United Kingdom; 2002– 2003 Shell Centenary
Scholarship, Shell, United Kingdom.