Claudia Bertoni

Claudia Bertoni

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Tel: +44 (0) 1865 272062

My work focuses on identifying and characterising the effects of fluid mobilization in the subsurface, in order to understand the mechanisms that drive migration and expulsion events in marine sedimentary basins, e.g. tectonics and eustatic changes.  I apply seismic stratigraphy and attribute analysis to investigate how low-permeability rocks act alternatively as seals or migration pathways. I also investigate the complex and variable interaction between fluids and evaporites in ‘salt giants’ basins such as the Mediterranean Messinian Salinity Crisis. An important part of my work is dedicated to understanding global mechanism leading to the formation and demise of these giant evaporitic basins in Earth’s history, and to analysing the related water fluxes and sediment budgets.

I am currently leading the efforts for proposal 857C to the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) for scientific drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean ( and one of the UK representatives of the COST MEDSALT Action ( focused on scientific networking and outreach around the theme of the Messinian Salinity Crisis.

Previous research

My background is in sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy and petroleum geology. My PhD focused on the tectono-stratigraphic analysis of the Messinian evaporites in the Eastern Mediterranean. As an exploration geoscientist in the energy industry, I have applied the interpretation of integrated subsurface data to a variety of sedimentary basins, in the circum-European, Asia-Pacific and East Africa regions.


Madof AS, Bertoni C, Lofi J. (2019) Discovery of vast fluvial deposits provides evidence for drawdown during the late Miocene Messinian salinity crisis. Geology, 47(2): 171-174.

Bertoni, C., Madof, A., Lofi, J., Kirkham, C., Cartwright, J., Rodriguez, K. and Hodgson, N. (2019). The Forgotten Rivers of the Late Miocene Levant Basin: Implications for Sediment Provenance and Trap Timing. In 81st EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2019.

Kirkham, C., Cartwright, J., Bertoni, C., Rodriguez, K. and Hodgson, N., (2019). June. An insight Into the 3D Kinematics of a Thick Salt Sheet Using Fluids Escape Pipes as Natural Markers for Deformation. In 81st EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2019.

Camerlenghi A., Aloisi V., Bertoni C., Lofi J. (2018) COST Action MEDSALT – an incubator of cross-disciplinary research. EGU, Vienna, 8-13 April 2018, Abstract n. EGU2018-12191.

Bertoni C., Cartwright, J., Foschi M., Martin J. (2018). Spectrum of gas migration phenomena in multi-layered sealing sequences. American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin 102 (6), 1011-1034.

Cartwright, J., Kirkham, C., Bertoni, C., Hodgson, N. and Rodriguez, K., (2018). Direct calibration of salt sheet kinematics during gravity-driven deformation. Geology, 46(7), pp.623-626.

Bertoni, C., Kirkham, C., Cartwright, J., Hodgson, N. and Rodriguez, K. (2017). Seismic indicators of focused fluid flow and cross-evaporitic seepage in the Eastern Mediterranean. Marine and Petroleum Geology.

Morley, C.K., Maczak, A., Rungprom, T., Ghosh, J., Cartwright, J.A., Bertoni, C. and Panpichityota, N. (2017). New style of honeycomb structures revealed on 3D seismic data indicate widespread diagenesis offshore Great South Basin, New Zealand. Marine and Petroleum Geology.

Bertoni C., Cartwright, J. (2015) ‘Messinian evaporites and fluid flow’. Marine and Petroleum Geology, v. 66, Part 1, Pages 165–176

Bertoni C., Cartwright J. & Hermanrud C. (2013) “Evidence for large scale methane venting due to rapid drawdown of sea level during the Messinian Salinity Crisis”. Geology, v. 41, p. 371-374.

Bertoni C. & Alvarez J. (2012) “Interplay between submarine depositional processes and recent tectonics in the Biak Basin, Western Papua, Eastern Indonesia. Berita Sedimentologi 23, 42-46.

Frey, J., Bertoni C., Gerard J., Matias H. (2010) “3D seismic analysis of submarine landsliding and fluid escape structures on the Ebro Continental Margin: Implications for offshore facility planning” SEPM Special Publication 96, 181-198.

Bertoni C., Vallaure, T. Herra A. Gorocica, K. (2007) “Seal characterization by integrated 3D seismic and well data: CO2 storage-Casablanca Field (Offshore Spain)”, AAPG International Conference.

Bertoni C. & Cartwright J. (2007) “Clastic depositional systems at the base of the late Miocene evaporites in the Levant region, Eastern Mediterranean”. in: Evaporites through space and time, Ed. C. Schreiber et al., Geological Society of London Special Publications, 285, 37-52.

Bertoni C. & Cartwright J. (2007) “Major erosion at the end of the Messinian Salinity Crisis: evidence from the Levant Basin, Eastern Mediterranean”. Basin Research, 19, 1-18.

Bertoni C. & Cartwright J. (2006) “Controls on the basinwide architecture of the Messinian evaporites on the Levant margin, Eastern Mediterranean”. Sedimentary Geology 188-189, 93-114.

Bertoni C. & Cartwright J. (2005) “3D seismic analysis of evaporite dissolution structures in the Eastern Mediterranean”. Journal of the Geological Society of London, 162, 909-926.

Bertoni C. & Cartwright J. (2005) “3D seismic analysis of slope-confined canyons from the Plio-Pleistocene of the Ebro Continental Margin (Western Mediterranean)”. Basin Research 17, 43-62.