Maria-Angela Bassetti


Cefrem, Université de Perpignan

52, av. Paul Alduy
66860, Perpignan cedex, France

33 (0)4 68 66 1747
33 (0)4 68 66 1747

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I am a geologist and I obtained her PhD in Sedimentology at the University of Bologna (Italy). Since then I have been collaborating with research fellows from several Italian universities and with other research teams in the European Research Area. The main research topic has been focused over several years on stratigraphic and sedimentologic study of upper Miocene deposits related to Miocene Salinity Crisis over the Mediterranean Sea as a consequence of its isolation from the Atlantic ocean and desiccation. My main research topic is now focused on marine geology, exploring research fields such as the sea-level changes and their paleoclimatic and paleo-environmental implications, using a multi-proxy approach (carbonate microfossil assemblages-ostracods and benthic foraminifera-geochemical sediment composition) at different time scales.

I currently have several major research interests: Holocene and Pleistocene climate changes in the Mediterranean area. In the Holocene time, I study the ultra-high resolution deltaic sequences (mainly in the Rhone area) that allows a very detailed reconstruction of climate conditions and also detecting the imprint of major “catastrophic” events, such as storms and floods in the shallow water deposits. Besides the Mediterranean I focus my research on the late Pleistocene variability of the monsoon in Asia and Australia, based on the study of sequences recovered during the IODP Expeditions 346 and 356, and on the impact of changes in thermo-haline circulation in the deposition of contourites in the Guyana margin.

Participiation in National and International Projects (last 2 years)

PaleoMex-Mistrals – INSU-CNRS (


ActionMarges -INSU-CNRS

IODP Exp 346 Asian Monsoon

IODP Exp 356 (Indonesian Throughflow,

Ocean forcing of Iberian Precipitation variability and Marine Ecosystem Response to Anthropogenic CO2  (, University of Barcelona (I. Cacho)




Undergraduate (Licence): Paleontology (L1/L2), Methods in Geosciences (L1), Sedimentology (L2)

Graduate (Master): Field Training (M2), Paleoclimatology (M2), Mediterranean Geology and Paleoceanography (M1)


Selected publications (last 3 years)

Cossa D., Fanget A.S., Chiffoleau J.F., Bassetti M.A.,  Buscail R., Dennielou B., Briggs K., Arnaud M., Guédron S., Berné S. (2017), Chronology of anthropogenic trace elements accumulation in the Rhone Delta sediments (Northwestern Mediterranean) during last 400 years. Progress in Oceanography,

Jalali B., Sicre M.A., Kallel N;, Azuara J., Comborieu-Nebout N., Bassetti M.A., Klein V. (2017), High-resolution Holocene climate and hydrological variability from two Mediterranean deltas (Nile and Rhone Rivers). The Holocene, DOI: 10.1177/0959683616683258

Sicre M.A., Martrat B., Jalali B., Schmidt S., Bassetti M.A., Kallel N., Sea surface temperature variability in the North Western Mediterranean Sea (Gulf of Lions) during the Common Era (2016). Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 456, 124-133,

Fanget, A.S., Bassetti, M.A., Fontanier C., Tudryn A., Berné S. (2016): Sedimentary archives of climate and sea-level changes during the Holocene in the Rhone prodelta (NW Mediterranean Sea). Climate of the Past, doi:10.5194/cp-12-2161-2016,2016

Bassetti M.A., Berné S., Sicre M.A,Dennielou B., Alonso Y., Buscail R., Jalali B., Hebert B., Menniti C., Holocene hydrological changes of the Rhone River (NW Mediterranean) as recorded in the marine mud belt. doi:10.5194/cp-2016-8, 2016, Climate of the Past 

Jallali B., Sicre M.A., Bassetti M.A, Kallel N. (2016), Holocene climate variability in the North-Western Mediterranean Sea (Gulf of Lions). Climate of the Past 12, 91-101, 2016,, doi:10.5194/cp-12-91-2016

Tallobre C., Loncke L., Giresse P., Bassetti M.A., Bayon G., Buscail R., Durrieu du Madron X., Bourrin F., Vanhaesebroucke M., Description of a Contourite Depositional System on the Demerara Plateau : Results from geophysical data and sediment cores (2016). Marine Geology, doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2016.01.003

Poisson A., Vrielynck B., Wemli R., Negri A., Bassetti M.A., Buyukmeric Y., Kaval K.S., Temiz H. (2016). The Miocene transgression in the central and eastern parts of the Sivas basin (Central Anatolia, Turkey). International Journal of Earth Sciences,Volume 105 (339-368 , doi: 10.1007/s00531-015-1248-1

Lallemand S., Lehu R., Rétif F., Hsu S.K., Babonneau N., Ratzov G., Bassetti M.A., Dezileau L., Hsieh M.L., Dominguez S. (2015), A ∼3000 years-old extreme event revealed by marine and shore deposits east of Taiwan. Tectonopysics, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2015.11.001

L Loncke, A Maillard, C Basile, WR Roest, G Bayon, V Gaullier, F Pattier, M Mercier de Lépinay, C Grall, L Droz, T Marsset, P Giresse, JC Caprais, C Cathalot, D Graindorge, A Heuret, JF Lebrun, S Bermell, B Marcaillou, C Sotin, B Hebert, M Patriat, M.A. Bassetti, C Tallobre, R Buscail, X Durrieu de Madron, F Bourrin (2015). Structure of Demerara passive-transform margin and associated sedimentary processes. Initial results from IGUANES Cruise. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, SP431. 7

Toucanne S., Angue Minto’ C.M., Fontanier C., Bassetti M.A., Jorry S., Jouet G. (2015). Tracking Rainfall in the northern Mediterranean borderlands during sapropel deposition. Quaternary Science Review,129, 178-195

Goineau A., Fontanier C., Mojtahid M., Fanget A.S., Bassetti M.A., Berné, Jorissen F. (2015). Live-dead comparison of benthic foraminiferal faunas from the Rhone prodelta (Gulf of Lions, NW Mediterranean) : Development of a proxy for paleoenvironmental reconstruction. Marine Micropaleontology, 119, 17-33, doi:10.1016/j.marmicro.2015.07.002

Lombo-Tombo S., Dennielou B., Berné S., Bassetti M.A., Toucanne S., Jorry S., Jouet G., Fontanier C. (2015). Sea-level control on turbiditic activity in the Rhone canyon and the upper fan during the Last Glacial Maximum and early Deglacial. Marine Geology , 323, 148-166, doi:10.1016/j.sedgeo.2015.04.009

Angue Minto’o, C., Bassetti M.A., Morigi, C., Ducassou E., Toucanne, S., Jouet G., Mulder T. (2015) Levantine intermediate water hydrodynamic and bottom water ventilation in the northern Tyrrhenian Sea over the past 56,000 years: new insights from benthic foraminifers and ostracods, Quaternary International, 357, 295-313 doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2014.11.038

Giresse, P., Bassetti M.A., Chanier F., Gaullier V., Maillard A., Thinon I., Lofi J., Lymer G., Reynaud J.Y., Negri A., Saavedra-Pellitero M. (2014) Depositional environment and age of some key Upper Pliocene deposits on the underfilled Cedrino paleovalley (Orosei): insight into the Neogene to Quaternary geodynamic evolution of Sardinia. Quaternary International, 357, 220-236doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2014.11.022

Kim J.H., Buscail R., FangetBassetti M.A., Dorhout D., Baas M., Berné S., and Sinninghe Damsté J. S.(2014), Impact of river channel shifts on tetraether lipids in the Rhône prodelta (NW Mediterranean): Implication for the BIT index as an indicator of paleoflood events. Organic Geochemistry, 75, 99-108, doi: 10.1016/j.orggeochem.2014.06.011

Fanget A.S., Berné S., Jouet G., Bassetti M.A., Dennielou B, Maillet G., Tondut M. (2014). Impact of sea-level and rapid climate changes on the architecture and lithofacies of the Holocene Rhone subaqueous delta (Western Mediterranean Sea). Sedimentary Geology,

Angue Minto’o, C., Bassetti M.A., Joeut G., Toucanne, S., Distribution of recent ostracoda and foraminifera from the Golo margin (East-Corsica) (2013). In Colin, J.-P. & J. Sauvagnat (Eds), 27e Réunion des Ostracodologistes de Langue Française (ROLF) en l’honneur de H.J. Oertli, 1-3 juin 2012, Revue de Paléobiologie, 32 (2), 607-628

Fanget A.S., Bassetti M.A., Berné S., Arnaud, M. (2013). Epi-bathyal-littoral ostracod assemblage in Holocene Rhone deltaic sediments (Gulf of Lions, NW Mediterranean) and their paleoecological implications. In Colin, J.-P. & J. Sauvagnat (Eds), 27e Réunion des Ostracodologistes de Langue Française (ROLF) en l’honneur de H.J. Oertli, 1-3 juin 2012, Revue de Paléobiologie, 32 (2), 589-606

Miller K. G., Mountain G.S., Browning J. V., Katz M. E.,Monteverde D., Sugarman P.J., Ando H., Bassetti M. A., C.J. Bjerrum , Hodgson D. , Hesselbo S., J.-N. Proust, Rabineau M. (2013).Testing sequence stratigraphic models by drilling Miocene clinothems on the New Jersey shallow shelf. Geosphere, 9, p.1236-1256, doi:.

Miller, K.G., Browning, J., Mountain, G.S., Bassetti M.A., Monteverde D., Katz, M.E., Inwood, J., Lofi, J., Proust, J.N. Sequence boundaires are impedance contrasts  (2013): core-seismic integration of Oligo-Miocene sequences, New Jersey shallow shelf. Geosphere, 9, p.1257-1285, doi:

Giresse P., Bassetti M.-A., Pauc H., Gaullier V., Déverchère J., Bracene R., Yelles K..(2013). Sediment accumulation rates as a result of environmental changes and seismic for turbidite mechanisms in the eastern Algerian margin. Sedimentary geology, 294, 266-28.

Fanget A.-S., Bassetti M.A., Arnaud M., Chiffoleau, F., Cossa D., Guineau A., Fontanier C., Buscail R., Jouet G., Maillet G., Negri A., Dennielou B., Berné S. 2012. Historical evolution and extreme climate events during the last 400 years on the Rhone prodelta(NW Mediterranean). Marine Geology,

Toucanne S., Jouet G., Ducassou E., Bassetti M.A., Denielou B., Angue Minto’o C., Touyet N., Charlier K., Lericolais G., Mulder T. (2012). A 130,000-year record of Levantine Intermediate Water flow variability from the Corsica Trough, Western Mediterranean Sea. Quaternary Science Review, doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2011.11.020




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