Dipartimento di
Scienze della Terra e Geoambientali

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Ruolo: Professore Associato
SSD: GEO03 Geologia strutturale

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Professional experience
Domenico Liotta graduated in geological Sciences at Siena University in March, 1985. In the same university he completed his Earth Sciences PhD course, with a dissertation on brittle deformation affecting the Larderello geothermal area, in the frame of the Northern Apennines tectonic evolution. He got the PhD-diplom in October 1990. From 1990 to 1993 Domenico Liotta was employed by CNR post-doc scholarships, to investigate the relationships between tectonic and sedimentary evolution in the Neogene basins located in the inner part of the Northern Apennines. He got also professional contracts dealing with the structural setting of the Larderello and Monte Amiata geothermal fields. From April1994 to October 1998 he got permanent position of lecturer in structural geology at Siena University. Since November 1998, Domenico Liotta is associate professor of structural geology at the University of Bari, where is dealing with the following teaching courses, in the last five years (2013-2017):
-  structural geology and laboratory (semester)
- Mediterranean geodynamics and laboratory (semester)
- field mapping and laboratory (semester)
Domenico Liotta was tutor of numerous diploma, master and PhD theses, the bulk of them dealing with the relationships between geological structures and hydrothermal fluid flow and regional geology. Geo-structural fieldwork mapping was always part of the work in each thesis.
He gave seminars and lectures for PhD and master students in several universities: ETH-Zurich, Roma 3, Parma, Pisa, Genova, Siena,  Bari, Camerino, TUM-Munich, Napoli, Trieste, Morelia, Delft, Potsdam, Bochum. During 2011-12 was part of the international committee dealing with the social issues related to the geothermal exploration and exploitation of Tuscany.


Scientific experience
The main research is addressed to the relationships between geothermal resources and geological structures, to contribute to a more efficient exploration and exploitation, thus reducing the mining risk. To this goal, studies were addressed to fossil, exhumed, geothermal systems as proxies of the active ones. By this, analyses of the relationships between hydrothermal minerals, fractures and metasomatic bodies were carried out in different countries and tectonic settings, such as in Italy, Iceland, Turkey, Mexico, Hungary, Germany and Iceland. Active systems, studied in Italy and Turkey mostly, are differently analysed through integration among geophysical, geochemical and structural methods. 
The study of the regional framework in which the geothermal provinces were located represented also an important line of research. This brought to papers based on the integration between sedimentology and structural geology in different areas, especially in crucial areas of Italy and Turkey.
Finally the deep roots of the geothermal systems were analyzed at the surface, looking at mid-crustal Hercynian plutonic system where the relationships among magmatism, crustal shear zones and hydrothermal circulation were investigated in southern Italy and in Germany.
These researches were funded by different national and international projects. Among the latter, the most significant are the two linked to the FP7 and H2020 European frameworks, respectively named IMAGE and GEMEX. Both of them are dealing with the exploration and exploitation of geothermal resources, in Europe and in Mexico. In particular, the GEMEX project is a joined with a specular Mexican scientific project, thus favoring exchanges of students and researchers between Europe and Mexico.