Maria-Angela Bassetti


CEFREM, Université de Perpignan

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

33 (0)4 68 66 1747




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 4 years)

Tallobre C, Giresse P., Bassetti , MA, Loncke L., Bayon G., Buscil R., Tudryn A., Zaragosi S.(2019), Formation and evolution of glauconite in the Demerara Contourite Depositional system related to NADW circulation changes during late Quaternary (French Guiana), Journal of South American Earth Sciences, sous-presse

Angue Minto'O C.M., Da Silva Jacinto R., Bassetti M.A., Jouet G. (2018) Paleo-depths reconstruction of the last 550,000 years based on the transfer function on recent and Quaternary benthic foraminifers of the East Corsica margin, Comptes Rendus Geoscience,

Huang H.H.M., Yasuhara M., Iwatani H., Alvarez-Zarikian C.A., Bassetti M.A., Sagawa T. (2018). Benthic biotic response to climate change over the last 700,000 years in a deep marginal sea: ostracode assemblages from the Sea of Japan. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology,

Gallagher S., Sagawa T., Henderson A., Saavedra-Pellittero M., De Vleeschouwer D., Black H., Itaki T., Toucanne S., Bassetti M.A., Clemens S., Anderson W., Alvarez-Zarikian C., Tada R. (2018).    Paleoceanography and monsoonal history of the Japan Sea over the last 460,000 years. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology,

Jalali B, Sicre  M.A., Klein V., Schmidt  S., Maselli V., Lirer F., Bassetti M.A., Toucanne S., Jorry S.J., Insinga D., Petrosino P., Châles . Deltaic and coastal sediments as recorders of Mediterranean regional climate and human impact over the past three millennia. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology,

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. (2016). Hydrological changes of the Rhone River (NW Mediterranean) as recorded in the marine mud belt. Climate of the Past, doi: 10.5194/cp-12-1539-2016

Ben Rouina S., Bassetti M.A., Touir J., Berné S. (2016). Sedimentary and microfauna evolution in the quaternary deposits in El Akarit river mouth (Gulf of Gabes, Tunisia): paleo-environments and   extreme events. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 121, 30-41,

Angue Minto’o C., Bassetti M.A., Toucanne S., Jouet G. (2016). Distribution of ostracods and benthic foraminifera assemblages during the last 550 kyr in the East-Corsica basin, western Mediterranean Sea: a paleoenvironmental reconstruction. Revue de Micropaleontologie, doi:10.1016/j.revmic.2016.01.002

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 (1), 339-368 , doi: 10.1007/s00531-015-1248-1

Tallobre C., Loncke L., Bassetti M.A., Giresse P., 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, 378, 56-73, doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2016.01.003

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

Popescu M.S., Dalibard M., Suc J.P., Barhoun N., Melinte-Dobrinescu M.C., M.A. Bassetti, Deaconu F., Head M., Gorini C., Do Couto D., Rubino J.L., Auxietre J.L., Floodpage J. (2015). Lago-Mare episodes around the Messinian-Zanclean boundary in the deep southwestern Mediterranean. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 66 (1), 55-70,

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, MA Bassetti, C Tallobre, R Buscail, X Durrieu de Madron, F Bourrin (2015). Structure of the Demerara passive-transform margin and associated sedimentary processes. Initial results from the 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

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