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Curriculum Vitae

  • 04/04/2017 - 04/04/2023 ASN (Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale) Scientific Habilitation as Associate Professor, Geophysics (04/A4), Italian Ministry of University and Research
  • 2011- University Assistant/Post-Doc University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  • 2010-2011 Post- Doc Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), Rome, Italy
  • 2008 Visiting Assistant in Research, Yale University, CT, USA
  • 2007-2010 Doctoral Student, School of Geophysics, Department of Physics, Università di Bologna, and Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), Rome, Italy
  • 2006 Research grant, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), Rome, Italy
  • 2006 Degree in Geology, Università  “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy


My research interests are focused on the understanding of the dynamics of the shallowest layers of the Earth’s. In particular I use the Receiver Function methodology to give constraints on the anisotropic features of the crust and of the upper mantle, together with a fine detail on depth and thickness of the layers. This anisotropy reflects the deformations occurred after tectonic activity, and its measurement and interpretation is linked to the actual and paleo tectonic stress field.


EASI-13.4” project (07/2014-07/2015), funded by the Austrian Academy of Science.

“AlpArray Austria” (2014-2017). FWF-Project: P26391 (Austrian Science Fund).

Ground Truth and Application for the Anisotropic Receiver Functions Technique(2012-2014). FWF-Project: P 24218-N24 (Austrian Science Fund).

Aktuelle Forschungsbeiträge

  • Detecting the Lithosphere-Asthenosphere boundary in the Mediterranean area
  • Structure of the crust in Eastern Austria, concerning its thickness and its 3 D features
  • unraveling the anisotropic characteristics of the shallow crust at the German KTB site
  • Anisotropy variation in Northern Japan's crust


  • Bianchi, I., Bokelmann, G., Imaging the Variscan suture at the KTB deep drilling site, Germany, Geophysical Journal International, Volume 213, 3, 1 June 2018, Pages 2138–2146, https://doi.org/10.1093/gji/ggy098
  • Bianchi, I., F. P. Lucente, M. Di Bona, A. Govoni, N. Piana Agostinetti, (2016), Crustal structure and deformation across a mature slab tear zone: the case of southern Tyrrhenian Subduction (Italy), Geophys. Res. Lett; 10.1002/2016GL070978, accepted for publication
  • Chiarabba, C., N. P. Agostinetti, and I. Bianchi, 2016, Lithospheric fault and kinematic decoupling o f the Apennines system across the Pollino range, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43,3201–3207, doi:10.1002/2015GL067610
  • Bianchi, I., Bokelmann, G., Shiomi, K., 2015, Crustal anisotropy across northern Japan from receiver functions, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 120/7, DOI: 10.1002/2014JB011681
  • Bianchi, I., Anselmi, M., Apoloner, M. T., et al., 2015, The installation campaign of 9 seismic stations around the KTB site to test anisotropy detection by the Receiver Function Technique, Advances in Geosciences, 41
  • Bianchi, I., Behm, M., Rumpfhuber E.-M., Bokelmann, G., 2015, A new seismic data set on the depth of the Moho in the Alps, Pure and Applied Geophysics
  • Qorbani, E., Kurz, W., Bianchi, I., Bokelmann, G., 2015, Correlated crustal and mantle deformation in the Tauern Window, Eastern Alps, Austrian Journal of Earth Sciences
  • Amato, A., Bianchi, I., Piana Agostinetti, N., 2014, Apulian crust: Top to bottom, Journal of Geodynamics, DOI: 10.1016/j.jog.2014.09.007
  • Apoloner, M.-T., Bokelmann, G., Bianchi, I., Brückl, E., Hausmann, H., Mertl, S., Meurers, R., The 2013 Earthquake Series in the Southern Vienna Basin: location, Adv. Geosci., 36,77-80, doi: 10.5194/adgeo-36-77-2014, 2014
  • Bianchi, I., Bokelmann, G., 2014, Seismic signature of the Alpine indentation, evidence from the Eastern Alps, Journal of Geodynamics, 10.1016/j.jog.2014.07.005
  • Chiarabba, C., Giacomuzzi, G., Bianchi, I., Agostinetti, N.P., Park, J., 2014, From underplating to delamination-retreat in the northern Apennines, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 403, 108–116, DOI:10.1016/j.epsl.2014.06.041
  • Bianchi, I., Miller, M.S., Bokelmann, G., 2014, Insights on the upper mantle beneath the Eastern Alps, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 403, 199-209, DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2014.06.051
  • Buttinelli M., Chiarabba C., Anselmi M., Bianchi I., De Rita D., Quattrocchi F., 2014, Crustal structure of Northern Latium (central Italy) from receiver functions analysis: new evidences of a post-collisional back-arc margin evolution, Tectonophysics, 621, 148–158, DOI: 10.1016/j.tecto.2014.02.010
  • Bokelmann, G., Qorbani Chegeni, E., Bianchi, I., 2013, Seismic Anisotropy and Large-Scale Deformation of the Eastern Alps, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2013.09.019
  • M. Spada, I. Bianchi, E. Kissling, N. Piana Agostinetti, and S. Wiemer, 2013, Combining controlled-source seismology and receiver function information to derive 3-D Moho topography for Italy, Geophys. J. Int., doi:10.1093/gji/ggt148
  • Király E., I. Bianchi, G. Bokelmann, 2012, Seismic anisotropy in the south western pacific region from shear wave splitting, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1029/2011GL050407
  • Seccia, D., C. Chiarabba, P. De Gori, I. Bianchi, D. Hill (2011), Evidence for the contemporary magmatic system beneath Long Valley Caldera from local earthquake tomography and receiver function analysis, J.Geophys. Res., (2011) accepted for publicatio
  • Di Stefano, R., I. Bianchi, M. G. Ciaccio, G. Carrara, and E. Kissling (2011), Three-dimensional Moho topography in Italy: New constraints from receiver functions and controlled source seismology, Geochem. Geophys.Geosyst., 12, Q09006, doi:10.1029/2011GC003649
  • N. Piana Agostinetti, I. Bianchi, A. Amato, C. Chiarabba. Fluid Migration in Continental Subduction. PSL, (2011), Volume 302, Issues 3‐4, Pages 267‐278
  • I. Bianchi, C. Chiarabba, N. Piana Agostinetti. The 2009 L'Aquila (central Italy) earthquake rupture controlled by a high Vs barrier: a Receiver Function application. J. Geophys. Res., (2010) 115, B12326, doi:10.1029/2009JB007087
  • I. Bianchi, J. J. Park, N. Piana Agostinetti, V. Levin. Mapping seismic anisotropy using harmonic decomposition of Receiver Functions: an application to Northern Apennines, Italy. J. Geophys. Res., (2010), 115, B12317, doi:10.1029/2009JB007061
  • C. Chiarabba, Bagh S., Bianchi I., De Gori P., Barchi M. Deep structural heterogeneities and the tectonic evolution of the Abruzzi region (Central Apennines, Italy) revealed by microseismicity, seismic tomography, and teleseismic receiver functions. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. (2010), doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2010.04.028
  • C. Chiarabba, Amato A., Anselmi M., Baccheschi P., Bianchi I., Cattaneo M., Cecere G., Chiaraluce L., Ciaccio M.G., De Gori P., De Luca g., Di Bona M., Di Stefano R., Faenza L., Govoni A., Improta L., Lucente F.P., Marchetti A., Margheriti L., Mele G., Michelini A., Monachesi G., Moretti M., Pastori M., Piana Agostinetti N., Piccinini D., Roselli P., Seccia D., Valoroso L. The 2009 l'Aquila (central Italy) Mw 6.3 earthquake: main shock and aftershocks. Geophys. Res. Lett., (2009), 36, L18308, doi:10.1029/2009GL039627
  • Bianchi, I., N. Piana Agostinetti, P. De Gori, C. Chiarabba. Deep structure of the Colli Albani Volcanic District (central Italy) from Receiver Function analysis. J. Geophys. Res., (2008), 113, B09313, doi:10.1029/2007JB005548

Invited talks and conference contributions

Technical Reports

Milena Moretti, Paolo Augliera, Irene Bianchi, Lauro Chiaraluce, Giovanni Battista Cimini, Gianfranco Colasanti, Ezio D’Alema, Raffaele Di Stefano, Alberto Frepoli, Lucian Giovani, Aladino Govoni, Diana Latorre, Alessandro Marchetti, Simone Marzorati, Marco Massa, Marcello Silvestri. Il terremoto del 23 Dicembre 2008 nell’Appennino Reggiano­Parmense: l’intervento della RE.MO (Rete Sismica Mobile Stand Alone). Rapporti tecnici INGV. Jan 2011, n. 179.  

Mario Anselmi, Mauro Buttinelli, Irene Bianchi, Gianfranco Colasanti, Claudio Chiarabba, Fedora Quattrocchi. La Campagna sismica del Progetto Alto-Lazio: Rapporto delle Attivita’ 2008-2009. Rapporti tecnici INGV, Feb 2011, n. 183.


Reviewer for international Journals

Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth; Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems; Earth and Planetary Science Letters; Solid Earth; Terra Nova; Tectonics

Editorial Board

AIMS Geosciences


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