Dr. Silvia Favaro

Date of birth 16 November 1984
Place of birth Genoa, Italy
Citizenship Italian


·         Italian (mother tongue)

·         English (oral and written)

·         German (basic)

·         French (basic)

University education

05/2010 - today Start of the Ph. D fellow fellowship at the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany) – Department of Tektonik und Sedimentäre Geologie

Thesis advisors: Prof. Mark R. Handy, Ralf Schuster 

09/2006 – 10/2009 M.Sc. degree in Geology and Applied Geology, University of Padua, Padua, ItalyThesis: Ductile deformation of quartz mylonite within Lake Edison granodiorite (Bear Creek, Sierra Nevada, California): microstructure and crystallographic preferred orientation (CPO). (Abstract PDF) 

Thesis advisor: Prof. Giorgio Pennacchioni. 

09/2003 – 10/2006 B.Sc. degree in Geological Sciences, University of Padua, Padua, Italy.Thesis: Tectonic evolution of HHC in the region Sikkim – Kungchenzonga (India).Thesis advisor: Prof. Dario Visonà

Research interests

My broad research interests lie in the fascinating and complex array of processes governing the dynamic and tectonic of the Earth`s crust. I enjoy looking at the Earth’s system from a global and multi-disciplinary perspective, trying to tease out the key relationships and processes between components, guided by field observations and sample analysis. My research has focused on:

(1) Plate tectonics, structural geology, mountain building;

(2) Constrain T, P conditions of nappe or batholiths using geo-thermometer;

(3) Deformation processes that involved granitic rocks resulting from intrusion of other plutons or from regional stresses and fault;

(4) Evolution of crystallographic preferred orientation into Quartz-mylonite as T proxy in natural Qtz-vein samples.My researches combine several field observations, analytical studies of rocks with computer integrated analysis method and image analysis, petrological experiments and the editing geological map.


1.          Favaro, S., Schuster, R., Scharf, A., Hawemann, F., Gipper, P., Handy,M.R., Oberhänsli, R., 2013. Development of nappe stacking in the eastern Tauern Window with special attention to new Rb/Sr biotite and Ar/Ar white mica ages, and peak-temperature data. 11th Alpine Workshop “Emile Argand Conference”, Schladming, Austria.  pdf

2.           Favaro S., Schuster R., Handy M.R., Scharf A., and Pestal G., 2013.Relationship of orogen-parallel exhumation in the Tauern and Rechnitz Windows to eastward lateral escape of the Eastern Alps. Vol. 15, EGU2013-11548, Vienna, Austria.  pdf

3.           Favaro S., Schuster R., Handy M.R., Scharf A., and Pestal G., 2012. TheMallnitz synform and its relation to the Mölltal fault (Tauern Window, Eastern Alps, Austria). Vol. 14, EGU2012-10371, Vienna, Austria.  pdf

4.           Favaro S., Handy M. R., Scharf A., Schuster R., and Pestal G., 2012.Exhumation structures in the Tauern Window and their relation to present-day crust-mantle structure in the Eastern Alps. Vol. 14, EGU2012-5455, Vienna, Austria.  pdf

5.           Favaro S., Hawemann F., Scharf A., Gipper P., Handy M.R., Schmid, S.M.,2011. Tectonics of the eastern Tauern Window - Austria . GSA 2011-27-4, Münich, Germany.

6.           Pennacchioni G., Zucchi E., Favaro S., 2011. Structural gradients andbrittle-ductile behavior during high-temperature solid state deformation in Lake Edison granodiorite (Sierra Nevada, California). Penrose 2011, Barcellona, Spain.

7.           Pennacchioni G., Zucchi E., Favaro S., Leiss B. & Walter J., 2011.Development of crystallographic preferred orientation in natural quartz veins during post-magmatic cooling and deformation of granitoid plutons:comparison between Adamello (Avio intrusion; Southern Alps, Italy) and Sierra Nevada (Lake Edison intrusion; California). EGU 2011, Wien, Austria.  pdf

8.           Schneider S., Bertrand A.S., Favaro S., Garcia S., Hammerschmidt K.,Handy M.R., Rosenberg C.L., Scharf A. & Schmid S.M., 2011. Erosive Denudation vs. Extensional Unroofing; A Discussion on Exhumation of the Tauern Window. 10th Alpine Workshop “CorseAlp2011”, San Florant, Corse.

9.           Schmid S.M., Scharf A., Handy M.R., Rosenberg C., Favaro S. & BertrandA., 2011. New Tectonic map and Cross-Sections of the Tauern Window (Eastern Alps, Austria). 10th Alpine Workshop “CorseAlp2011”, San Florant, Corse.

10.         Scharf A., Favaro S., Handy M.R. & Schmid S.M., 2011.Exhumation-Related Structures at the Eastern Margin of theTauern Window (Eastern Alps, Austria). 10th Alpine Workshop “CorseAlp2011”, San Florant, Corse.

11.     Favaro S., Hawemann F., Gipper P., Scharf A., Handy M.R., SchmidS.M., 2011. Stucture and Kinematics in the Sonnblick Area (Eastern Tauern Window - Austria). 10th Alpine Workshop “CorseAlp2011”, San Florant, Corse.



1.  Scharf A., Handy M. R., Favaro S., Schmid S. M., Bertrand A. (2013).Modes of orogen-parallel stretching and extensional exhumation in response to microplate indentation and roll-back subduction (Tauern Window, Eastern Alps). Int J Earth Sci, 1437-3254.

2.  Favaro S. (2012). Bericht 2012 über geologische Aufnahmen auf denBlättern 154 Rauris und 181 Obervellach. Jb. Geol. B. –   A., 152/1-4, pp.265-268. pdf

3.  Favaro S., Schuster, R. (2012). Bericht 2012 über geologische Aufnahmenauf den Blättern 154 Rauris, 155 Bad Hofgastein und 181 Obervellach. Jb.Geol. B. –A., 152/1-4, pp. 268-272. pdf