Dr. Federica Tamburini

ETH, Group of Plant Nutrition, D-USYS, Eschikon, Lindau

Present Position

Technician/researcher at the Group of Plant Nutrition, ETH, Switzerland

Educational Background

PhD in Geosciences, January 2002, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Thesis Title: "Phosphorus in marine sediments during the last 150,000 years: exploring relationships between continental weathering, productivity, and climate"

Laurea in Geology*, March 10th, 1995, Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Urbino, Italy. (* U.S. graduate degree in geology equivalent). Grading: full marks and honours.

Diploma di Maturità Scientifica*, July 1990, Liceo Marconi, Pesaro, Italy.
(* U.S. General Science Secondary Education Certificate equivalent). Grading: 52/60

Appointments and Awards

› August 2007 – present. Researcher and technician at D-USYS, ETH, Zürich, Switzerland
› August 2003 – present. Postdoctoral investigator at the ERDW Department, ETH, Zürich, Switzerland
› November 2002. Award (Prix Guébhard-Séverine) granted by the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
› January 2002 – June 2003. Swiss National Science Fondation postdoctoral fellowship at the WHOI, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA (Dr. K. C. Ruttenberg)
› October 1997 – December 2001. PhD student and assistant at the Institut de Géologie, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland (Prof. K. B. Föllmi)
› January - July 1997. International scholar award granted by the Urbino University (Italy), to study abroad (ETH-Zürich, Switzerland. Prof. J. A. McKenzie)

Undergraduate courses (Teaching assistantship)

› 1997 - 2001 Mineralogy and Crystallography

Graduate courses

› May 2002 Special course (10 hours) as integration of the Micropaleontology class (Prof. R. Coccioni) at the University of Urbino (Italy): Paleoclimatology, paleoceanography and geochemistry.
› 1998-2001 Lectures in the framework of the Geophysiology Course.


› January – February 2003 Partecipation to COAST3 cruise (chief scientist Pat Wheeler) on board of the RV-Revelle (Scripps Institution)
› February – April 1999 Participation to ODP Leg 184 (South China Sea) as a Sedimentologist

Analytical Expertise

› Oxygen isotopes in phosphate; purification methods; IRMS.
› Phosphorus SEDEX and SPEM-SEDEX extraction methods (organization of the extraction line in Neuchâtel and testing of the new method at WHOI, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA).
› Colorimetric methods for phosphate and iron.
› Pore water methods.
› Perkin-Elmer UV/Vis spectrophotometer Lambda 10.
› SCINTAG XRD 2000 Diffractometer.
› Grain Size Laser Oriel CIS.