Prof. Aaron Micallef

Prof. Aaron Micallef

Prof. Aaron Micallef



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 to present Associate professor, Department of Geosciences, University of Malta, Malta

2009 to 2015 Lecturer/Senior lecturer, Department of Physics, University of Malta, Malta
2010 to 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
  • GSC3110 - Geoenvironmental Hazards and Related Risks

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.