Davide Berno

Postdoctoral Fellows

Post-Doctoral Fellow - Afifi Group


Research Interests

My research has been devoted to a better understanding of the magmatic and metamorphic processes that contribute to the formation and evolution of the lower-to-middle crust with a major focus on melt-rock interactions and ultrafemic lithologies. In particular, I use a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses multiple geochemical investigations (EMPA, LA-ICP-MS, TIMS, etc.) with field work and petrography.

Selected Publications

  • Reactive flow as dominant evolution process in the lowermost oceanic crust: evidence from olivine of the Pineto ophiolite (Corsica).
    Sanfilippo, A., Tribuzio, R., Tiepolo, M., Berno, D.
    Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 170 (4), art. no. 38, 12 p. (2015) - DOI: 10.1007/s00410-015- 1194-8;
  • Reactive melt migration controls the trace element budget of the lower oceanic crust: insights from the troctolite-olivine gabbro association of the Pineto ophiolite (Corsica, France)
    Berno, D., Sanfilippo, A., Zanetti A., Tribuzio, R.
    Ofioliti, 2019, 44 (2), 71-82 (2019) - DOI: 10.4454/ofioliti.v44i2.465;
  • Evolution of mantle melts intruding the lowermost continental crust: constraints from the Monte Capio–Alpe Cevia mafic–ultramafic sequences (Ivrea–Verbano Zone, northern Italy).
    Berno, D., Tribuzio, R., Zanetti, A., & Hémond, C.
    Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 175(1), 2.(2020) - DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00410-019-1637-8


  • Research Doctorate in Earth Sciences - Università degli studi di Pavia November 2014-November 2018
  • Master’s Degree in Applied Geological Sciences - Università degli studi di Pavia October 2012-October 2014
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Geological Sciences - Università degli studi di Pavia September 2009 - February 2013

Professional Profile

  • Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST - Thuwal, Saudi Arabia – January 2022 to Now
  • Geologist/Technical Collaborator (Freelance) – Italy -May 2021-September 2021
  • Research fellow - Università degli studi di Pavia August 2019 - November 2019
  • Research fellow - Università degli studi di Pavia April 2019 - July 2019
  • Trainee - Université de Bretagne Occidentale - Brest (France) June 2016-July 2016

KAUST Affiliations

  • Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center (ANPERC)
  • Physical Science and Engineering Division (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Volcanology Melt-rocks interactions Igneous Petrology