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Research interests

My research interests span structural geology, geomechanics and image analysis. I’m interested in the patterns and processes of strain localisation, in the statistical distribution of fracture networks, and in the mechanical, thermal and seismic anisotropies of rocks. I tackle problems through field work, laboratory experiments, theoretical analysis and numerical modelling. I use numerical models to integrate observations with, and explore the consequences of, physical theory. I have developed codes freely available for the geoscience community, such as a wavelet analysis toolbox and the statistical analysis, permeability and connectivity suites within the FracPaQ toolbox.


2018 – 2019 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow – Quantify directional variations in the permeability of rocks. Funded by NERC (NE/N003063/1).

2017 – 2018 Post-Doctoral Research Associate – In-situ (synchrotron) Shale Imaging and Geomechanics. Funded by the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 640979.

2013 – 2017 PhD – Quantifying Fracture Patterns: Implications for mechanical and transport properties of rocks. Funded by: UoA CoPS Studentship. University of Aberdeen.

2009 – 2012 MSc in Geology and Geophysics – Università degli studi Bari, Italy.

2005 – 2009 BSc in Geology – Università degli studi Bari, Italy. 

External positions

Fellow, University of Aberdeen

9 Sep 20199 Sep 2022

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Research Output

  • 7 Abstract
  • 7 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution

Multiple episodes of sand injection leading to accumulation and leakage of hydrocarbons along the San Andreas/San Gregorio fault system, California

Palladino, G., Rizzo, R. E., Zvirtes, G., Grippa, A., Philipp, R. P., Healy, D. & Alsop, G. I., Aug 2020, In : Marine and Petroleum Geology. 118, 104431.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Detecting the Onset of Strain Localisation using Two‐dimensional Wavelet Analysis on Sandstone Deformed at Different Effective Pressures

    Rizzo, R. E., Healy, D., Heap, M. J. & Farrell, N. J., Dec 2018, In : Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. 123, 12, p. 10460-10478 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    5 Downloads (Pure)

    Riding the Right Wavelet: Quantifying Scale Transitions in Fractured Rocks

    Rizzo, R. E., Healy, D., Farrell, N. J. & Heap, M. J., 16 Dec 2017, In : Geophysical Research Letters. 44, 23, p. 11808-11815 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Benefits of maximum likelihood estimators for fracture attribute analysis: Implications for permeability and up-scaling

    Rizzo, R., Healy, D. & De Siena, L., Feb 2017, In : Journal of Structural Geology. 95, p. 17-31 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 11 Citations (Scopus)

    FracPaQ: A MATLAB™ toolbox for the quantification of fracture patterns

    Healy, D., Rizzo, R. E., Cornwell, D. G., Farrell, N. J., Watkins, H., Timms, N. E., Gomez-Rivas, E. & Smith, M., Feb 2017, In : Journal of Structural Geology. 95, p. 1-16 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 61 Citations (Scopus)
    31 Downloads (Pure)


    Ramsay Medal

    Rizzo, Roberto (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Top Downloaded Paper 2018-2019

    Rizzo, Roberto (Recipient), 2020

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)



    • 1 Invited talk

    Using Wavelet analysis to detect cracks and pores in deformed rocks

    Roberto Rizzo (Speaker)

    May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk