EDUCATION 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
CURRENT POSITION 2015 to present Associate professor, Department of Geosciences, University of Malta, Malta
PREVIOUS POSITIONS 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
Continental shelf dynamics and palaeolandscapes
Geomorphometry and seafloor mapping
MARCAN (www.marcan.eu) 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 (www.scarp-project.com/) 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 (www.emodnet.eu) 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 (https://sites.google.com/a/utexas.edu/s4slide/home) 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 (https://medsalt.eu/the-project/) 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 (www.migrate-cost.eu) 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.
FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS
2015 ERC Starting Grant, University of Malta, Malta; 2014 Fulbright Visiting Scholarship, USA; 2013â€“2017 Marie Curie Career Integration Grant, University of Malta, Malta; 2010â€“2012 Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship, University of Barcelona, Spain; 2004â€“2008 Research studentship, University of Southampton, United Kingdom; 2002â€“ 2003 Shell Centenary Scholarship, Shell, United Kingdom.