Marco Merella

Geologist and paleontologist, passionate with trekking and field trips. Since I was a child, I was totally fascinated by natures and animals. During the high school I figured out that I wanted to study Earth Science, in particular paleontology, and I decided to follow my passion. I started my studies in geology with a main focus on vertebrate paleontology, in particular on terrestrial mammals. My master studies have lead me on my current focus which is the study of marine vertebrates.
Bachelor’s degree in Geological Sciences at the University of “Roma Tre” of Rome, in 2017. Thesis title: “Canis (Mammalia, Canidae) from the Holocene deposits of Grotta la Sassa (Latina, Central Italy)”.
Master’s degree with honour in Geoscience and Geotechnologies at the University of Pisa, in 2019. Thesis title: “The lower Pliocene elasmobranch assemblage from Arcille (Campagnatico, Grosseto Province): paleoecological and paleoenvironmental significance”. 
Ph.D. student in Earth Science at the University of Pisa. I am currently studying how to use the innovation of virtual technologies, for instance the 3D modeling, in vertebrate paleontology.


  • Vertebrate Paleontology
  • Paleobiology
  • Paleogeography
  • 3D modeling

Research project: 3D technologies and virtual reality for the study and museum valorisation of marine vertebrate fossils from the Pliocene of Tuscany


Professor Giovanni Bianucci
Dr. Alberto Collareta

Marco Merella

Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra
Università di Pisa
Via Santa Maria 53
56126 Pisa

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