Earth and Environmental Sciences PhD Program

2018/19 Call for application is online – Deadline 13th June

The PhD program in Earth and Environmental Sciences was established in 2013, through the fusion of two previously existing and well established PhD programs at the University of Pavia: the PhD program in Earth Sciences and the PhD program in Experimental Ecology and Geobotany.

The main objective of our PhD program is to provide young graduates with the critical and analytical skills and technical expertise to conduct independent and creative research in geological and ecological disciplines. The PhD students, through field research activity and tematic courses, in a three-year program will gain exposure to geological and ecological research methods; learn to pose scientific questions; learn to design and implement studies to answer geo/eco-logical questions; gain experience in reading, analysing and discussing scientific literature; practice analysing and interpreting ecological and geological data.

Coordinator: prof. Roberto Sacchi
Vice-coordinator: prof. Miriam Cobianchi
PhD board


The PhD program in Earth and Environmental Sciences was designed to meet knowledge from  earth and life science to increase our understanding of environmental and natural processes shaping the Earth system in all biotic and abiotic components. Knowledge of the interaction among physical, biological, and environmental factor is a prerequisite to find solutions to the environmental problems at local, regional, and global scales. This knowledge includes how Earth formed and progressed to its present state, how biodiversity originated and evolved on Earth, and how the Earth’s climate and environment have changed in the past and will continue to change as a result of natural processes and human activities. From another perspective, solving environmental problem also implies detection and safeguard of the natural resources (geothermal energy, water, hydrocarbons, minerals), evaluation and mitigation of geological risks (hydrogeological, seismic and volcanic) and bioremediation of hydrocarbon contamination in soil and water.

Research Areas