Roberto Barbieri

University of Bologna, Italy

Professor of Paleontology



1973-1979 Ph.D., University of Bologna

Publications (Selected)

  1. Barbieri, R., 2013. The role of terrestrial analogs in the exploration of the habitability of martian evaporite-derived environments. In De Vera, J.-P. and Seckbach, J. (eds.), Habitability of other Planets and Satellites. Springer (in press).
  2. Ferretti, A., Cavalazzi, B., Barbieri, R., Westall, F., Foucher, F., Todesco, R., 2012. From black-and-white to colour in the Silurian. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 367-368: 178–192.
  3. Barbieri, R., Stivaletta, N., 2012. Halophiles, continental evaporites and the search for biosignatures in environmental analogs for Mars. In Hanslmeier, A., Kempe, S., Seckbach, J. (Eds.), Life on Earth and other Planetary Bodies. Springer, pp. 15-26.
  4. Stivaletta, N., Barbieri, R., Billi, D., 2012. Microbial colonization of the salt deposits in the driest place of the Atacama Desert (Chile). Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres, 42: 187-200.
  5. Cavalazzi B., Barbieri R., Cady S.L., George A.D., Gennaro S., Westall F., Lui A., Canteri R., Rossi A.P., Ori G.G., Taj-Eddine K., 2012. Iron-framboids in the hydrocarbon-related Middle Devonian Hollard Mound of the Anti-Atlas mountain range in Morocco: Evidence of potential microbial biosignatures. Sedimentary Geology, 263-264: 183-193.
  6. Mauz B., Fanelli F., Elmejdoub N., Barbieri R., 2012. Coastal response to climate change: Mediterranean shorelines during the Last Interglacial (MIS 5). Quaternary Science Reviews, 54: 89–98.
  7. McLennan, S.M., Sephton, M.A., Allen, C., Allwood, A.C., Barbieri, R., Beaty, D.W., Boston, P., Carr, M., Grady, M., Grant, J., Heber, V.S., Herd, C.D.K., Hofmann, B., King, P., Mangold, N., Ori, G.G., Rossi, A.P., Raulin, F., Ruff, S.W., Sherwood Lollar, B., Symes, S., and Wilson, M.G., 2011. Planning for Mars returned sample science: final report of the MSR End-to-End International Science Analysis Group (E2E-iSAG). Astrobiology,12: 175–230.
  8. Cavalazzi, B., Westall, F., Cady, S.L., Barbieri, R., Foucher, F., 2011. Potential Fossil Endoliths in Vesicular Pillow Basalt, Coral Patch Seamount, Eastern North Atlantic Ocean. Astrobiology, 11: 619-632.
  9. Barbieri, R., Stivaletta, N., 2011. Continental evaporites and the search for evidence of life on Mars. Geological Journal, 46: 513-524.
  10. Van Rooij, D., Blamart, D., De Mol, L., Mienis, F., Pirlet, H., Wehrmann, L.M., Barbieri, R., Maignien, L., Templer, S.P., de Haas, H., Hebbeln, D., Frank, N., Larmagnat, S., Stadnitskaia, A., Stivaletta, N., van Weering, T., Zhang, Y., Hamoumi, N., Cnudde, V., Duyck, P., Henriet, J.-P. & the MiCROSYSTEMS MD 169 shipboard party, 2011. Cold-water coral mounds on the Pen Duick Escarpment, Gulf of Cadiz: the MiCROSYSTEMS approach. Marine Geology, 282: 102-117.
  11. Stivaletta, N., Barbieri, R., Cevenini, F., López-García, P., 2011. Physicochemical conditions and microbial diversity associated with the evaporite deposits in the Laguna de la Piedra (Salar de Atacama, Chile). Geomicrobiology Journal, 28: 83-95.
  12. Stivaletta, N., López-García, P., Boihem, L., Mille, D., Barbieri, R., 2010. Biomarkers of endolithic communities within gypsum crusts (southern Tunisia). Geomicrobiology Journal, 27: 1-10.
  13. Ori G.G., Pascucci V., Gasmi N., Barbieri R. (2009). Tunisian Desert: a perfect place to simulate the landing on Mars. In: IAS 2009, 27th Meeting - Field Trips Guide Book, EDES, Sassari, pp. 315-342.
  14. Barbieri, R., Cavalazzi, B., Stivaletta, P. Capaccioni, 2009. Life at the extremes: physical environments and microorganisms in the Atacama Desert. GeoActa, Special Publication 2: 141-154.
  15. Praeg, D., Ceramicola, S., Barbieri, R., Unnithan, V., Wardell, N., 2009. Tectonically-driven mud volcanism since the late Pliocene on the Calabrian accretionary prism, central Mediterranean Sea. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 26: 1849-1865.
  16. Stivaletta, N., Barbieri, R., Picard, C., Bosco, 2009 M. Astrobiological significance of the sabkha life and environments of southern Tunisia. Planetary and Space Science, 57: 597-605.
  17. Cavalazzi, B., Westall, F., Barbieri, R., Microborings from outer rims of altered basaltic oceanic crust, Coral Patch Seamount, Eastern North Atlantic Ocean. Studi Trentini di Scienze Naturali, Acta Geologica, 83: 177-182.
  18. Stivaletta, N., Barbieri, R., 2009. Endolithic microorganisms from spring mound evaporite deposits (southern Tunisia). Journal of Arid Environments, 73: 33-39.
  19. Barbieri, R., Cavalazzi, B., 2008. Fossil microorganisms at methane seeps: an astrobiological perspective. In Seckbach, J. and Walsh, M. (Eds), From Fossils to Astrobiology. Records of Life on Earth and the Search for Extraterrestrial Biosignatures. Springer, pp. 297-317.
  20. Stivaletta, N., Barbieri, R., 2008. Survival strategies of endoliths in terrestrial arid environments: implications for astrobiology. In Seckbach, J. and Walsh, M. (Eds), From Fossils to Astrobiology. Records of Life on Earth and the Search for Extraterrestrial Biosignatures. Springer, pp. 319-333.
  21. Cavalazzi, B., Barbieri, R., Ori, G.G., 2007. Chemosynthetic microbialites in the Devonian carbonate mounds of the Hamar Laghdad (Anti-Atlas, Morocco). Sedimentary Geology, 200: 73-88.
  22. Barbieri, R., Hohenegger, J., Pugliese, N., (Eds.), 2006. Foraminifera and Environmental Micropaleontology. Marine Micropaleontology (special issue), 61: 1-154.
  23. Barbieri, R., Stivaletta, N., Marinangeli, L., Ori, G.G., 2006. Microbial signatures in sabkha evaporite deposits of Chott el Gharsa (Tunisia) and their astrobiological implications. Planetary and Space Science, 54: 726-736.
  24. Barbieri, R., 2006. Fossil cold-seep ecosystem. In: McGraw-Hill 2006 Yearbook of Science and Technology, McGraw-Hill, New York, pp. 136-138.
  25. Cavalazzi, B., Barbieri, R., 2006. Prokaryote-derived morphologies in fossil cold-seep carbonates of the Mediterranean region. In: Fluid seepages/mud volcanism in the Mediterranean and adjacent domains. CIESM Workshop Monograph 29, pp. 123 – 132.
  26. Barbieri, R., Cavalazzi, B., 2005. Microbial fabrics from Neogene cold seep carbonates, Northern Apennine, Italy. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 227: 143-155.
  27. Panieri, G., Gamberi, F., Marani, M., Barbieri, R., 2005. Benthic foraminifera from recent, shallow-water hydrothermal environment in the Aeolian Arc (Tyrrhenian Sea). Marine Geology, 218: 207-229.
  28. Barbieri, R., Ori, G.G., Cavalazzi, B., 2004. A Silurian cold seep ecosystem from Middle Atlas, Morocco. Palaios, 19: 527-542.
  29. Barbieri, R., Cavalazzi, B. 2004. Astrobiological implications of microbial morphologies in cold fluid-generated carbonates. Advances in Space Research, 33: 1262-1267.
  30. Barbieri, R., Panieri, G., 2004. How are benthic foraminiferal faunas influenced by cold seeps? Evidence from the Miocene of Italy. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 204: 257-275.
  31. Barbieri, R., Benjamini, C., Monechi, S., Reale, V., 2003. Stratigraphy and benthic foraminiferal events across the Middle-Late Eocene transition in western Negev (Israel). In: Prothero, D.R. et al. (Eds.), From Greenhouse to Icehouse: The Marine Eocene-Oligocene Transition, Columbia University Press, New York, pp. 452-470.
  32. Barbieri, R., 2001. Microbial structures from hypersaline playa deposits of the southern Tunisian chotts. In: Ori, G.G., Komatsu, G. e Marinangeli, L. (Eds.), Exploring Mars Surface and its Terrestrial Analogues, Field trip Guidebook, Chott el Gharsa and Chott el Jerid, Alenia Spazio, pp. 31-34.
  33. Barbieri, R., 2001. Taphonomic implications of foraminiferal composition and abundance in intertidal mud flats, Colorado River Delta (Mexico). Micropaleontology, 47: 73-86.
  34. Barbieri, R., Ori, G.G. 2000. Neogene paleoenvironmental evolution in the Atlantic side of the Rifian Corridor (Morocco). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 163: 1-31.

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