School of Earth and Environment

Jacopo Dal Corso Jacopo Dal Corso

Research Fellow

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 31182
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Room: 9.160

Affiliation: Earth Surface Science Institute


I am a geologist working on major climate and biological changes linked to the eruption of large igneous provinces using a multidisciplinary approach that ranges from geochemistry to stratigraphy and palaeontology.

I received my PhD in Earth Sciences at the University of Padova (Italy) in 2011 with a thesis on “The Middle – Late Triassic d13Cplant trend and the Carnian Pluvial Event C-isotope signature”. I was awarded a UNESCO Dolomites Foundation prize for my PhD thesis study, which contributed to "raising the profile of the entire Dolomites territory".

I have a 6+ years of postdoctoral research experience. From 2011 to 2013 I was a Research Fellow at the Department of Geosciences at the University of Padova to study the C-cycle perturbations during the Carnian Pluvial Episode and the end-Triassic mass extinction. In 2013 I was awarded a “Young Research Grant” to study Late Triassic changes in marine carbonate production and climate. After, I was Research Fellow at the Department of Physics and Earth Sciences at the University of Ferrara, Italy, from 2015-2016 where I studied the relationship between “humid” phases and C-isotope perturbations during the Carnian.

From September 2016 until August 2017 I was a Junior Fellow at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Institute for Advanced Study (HWK, Delmenhorst, Germany) together with the Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT, Bremen, Germany) as a joint host institution. The research theme of this fellowship was to model the Late Triassic carbonate systems and palaeoclimate in collaboration with Prof. Agostino Merico (ZMT).

I joined the University of Leeds in October 2017 to work as a Research Fellow with Dr. Rob Newton and Prof. Paul Wignall to investigate the causes of the terrestrial mass extinction at the Permian–Triassic boundary.

Please visit my personal webpage to find out more about my research.


  • PhD in Earth Sciences (University of Padova, Italy): The Middle – Late Triassic δ13Cplant trend and the Carnian Pluvial Event C-isotope signature.
  • MSc in Geology cum laude (University of Padova, Italy): Palynology and integrated stratigraphy of the late Anisian (Triassic) in selected sections of the Southern Alps (Italy).
  • BSc in Earth Sciences (University of Padova, Italy)


  • European Association of Geochemistry - Member
  • Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Institute for Advanced Study, Alumni Club - Member

Research Interests

My research aims to study past major perturbations of the climate using geochemical proxies to contribute understanding today climate change. My research goes from the evaluation of palaeoclimate proxies to the application of these proxies for the reconstruction of past climate and environments. My approach is multidisciplinary and includes stable isotope geochemistry, organic geochemistry, stratigraphy, sedimentology, and palaeontology.

I'm currently working on:

  • The end-Permian mass extinction.
  • The Carnian Pluvial Episode (Late Triassic). The CPE is a major climate change that happened in the early Late Triassic. This climate change is characterised by a sudden enhancement of the global hydrological cycle, increased in sea-surface temperatures, and biotic turnover in the ocean and on land. I study the relationships between the CPE and the global carbon-cycle by coupling carbon-isotope geochemistry to sedimentological, stratigraphic, and palaeontological data.
  • The end-Triassic mass extinction. At the end of the Triassic one of the "big five" mass extinctions in Earth's hystory occurred. About 50% of marine genera disappeared and a major floral turnover occurred on land. This extinction is sinchronous with increasing pCO2 in the atmosphere probably linked to the emplacement of the Central Atlantic magmatic province (CAMP). In collaboration with a number of scientists from Europe, North Africa and North America I explore the timing and cause-and-effect relationship between the end-Triassic carbon-cycle perturbation, the mass extinction and environmental disruption, and the CAMP volcanism using geochemical, palynological, and mineralogical proxies.
  • The Sinemurian-Pliensbachian boundary event (Early Jurassic). The S-P Event is a perturbation of the global carbon-cycle marked by a prominent negative excursion in the carbon-isotope composition of the oceans and the atmosphere. I am involved in a project that aims to understand the links between the carbon-cycle perturbation and the environmental changes that are observed at the Sinemurian-Pliensbachian boundary.
  • Plants' carbon. Since my PhD I've studied the carbon-isotope geochemistry of the terrestrial plant remains, from macroscopic to molecular scale, with the aim to reconstruct the isotopic composition of the past atmosphere. My research included the evaluation of the diagenetic and environmental processes that cause carbon-isotope fractionation and variability in fossil plants' remains. I've studied wood, leaf, and amber from the Triassic and the Cretaceous, in addition to the modern analogues.


  • Dal Corso J; Gianolla P; Rigo M; Franceschi M; Roghi G; Mietto P; Manfrin S; Raucsik B; Budai T; Jenkyns HC; Reymond CE; Caggiati M; Gattolin G; Breda A; Merico A; Preto N (2018) Multiple negative carbon-isotope excursions during the Carnian Pluvial Episode (Late Triassic), Earth-Science Reviews, 185, pp.732-750. doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2018.07.004
  • Seyfullah LJ; Beimforde C; Dal Corso J; Perrichot V; Rikkinen J; Schmidt AR (2018) Production and preservation of resins - past and present, Biological Reviews, 93, pp.1684-1714. doi: 10.1111/brv.12414
  • Marzoli A; Davies JHFL; Youbi N; Merle R; Dal Corso J; Dunkley DJ; Fioretti AM; Bellieni G; Medina F; Wotzlaw JF; McHone G; Font E; Bensalah MK (2017) Proterozoic to Mesozoic evolution of North-West Africa and Peri-Gondwana microplates: Detrital zircon ages from Morocco and Canada, Lithos, 278-281, pp.229-239. doi: 10.1016/j.lithos.2017.01.016
  • Dal Corso J; Schmidt AR; Seyfullah LJ; Preto N; Ragazzi E; Jenkyns HC; Delclòs X; Néraudeau D; Roghi G (2017) Evaluating the use of amber in palaeoatmospheric reconstructions: The carbon-isotope variability of modern and Cretaceous conifer resins, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 199, pp.351-369. doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2016.11.025
  • Preto N; Breda A; Dal Corso J; Franceschi M; Rocca F; Spada C; Roghi G (2017) The Loppio Oolitic Limestone (Early Jurassic, Southern Alps): A prograding oolitic body with high original porosity originated by a carbonate platform crisis and recovery, Marine and Petroleum Geology, 79, pp.394-411. doi: 10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2016.10.027
  • Dal Corso J; Roghi G; Kustatscher E; Preto N; Gianolla P; Manfrin S; Mietto P (2015) Ammonoid-calibrated sporomorph assemblages reflect a shift from hygrophytic to xerophytic elements in the late Anisian (Middle Triassic) of the Southern Alps (Italy), Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 218, pp.15-27. doi: 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2014.02.010
  • Dal Corso J; Gianolla P; Newton RJ; Franceschi M; Roghi G; Caggiati M; Raucsik B; Budai T; Haas J; Preto N (2015) Carbon isotope records reveal synchronicity between carbon cycle perturbation and the "Carnian Pluvial Event" in the Tethys realm (Late Triassic), Global and Planetary Change, 127, pp.79-90. doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2015.01.013
  • Preto N; Breda A; Dal Corso J; Spötl C; Zorzi F; Frisia S (2015) Primary dolomite in the Late Triassic Travenanzes Formation, Dolomites, Northern Italy: Facies control and possible bacterial influence, Sedimentology, 62, pp.697-716. doi: 10.1111/sed.12157
  • Youbi N; Marzoli A; Bertrand H; Font E; Dal Corso J; Martins L; Madeira J; Mata J; Bellieni G; Callegaro S; Bensalah MK; Bahir M (2014) Assessing the causes of the end-triassic biotic crisis, a review, Comunicacoes Geologicas, 101, pp.1473-1476.
  • Franceschi M; Dal Corso J; Posenato R; Roghi G; Masetti D; Jenkyns HC (2014) Early Pliensbachian (Early Jurassic) C-isotope perturbation and the diffusion of the Lithiotis Fauna: Insights from the western Tethys, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 410, pp.255-263. doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2014.05.025
  • Dal Corso J; Marzoli A; Tateo F; Jenkyns HC; Bertrand H; Youbi N; Mahmoudi A; Font E; Burati N; Cirili S (2014) The dawn of CAMP volcanism and its bearing on the end-Triassic carbon cycle disruption, Journal of the Geological Society, 171, pp.153-164. doi: 10.1144/jgs2013-063
  • Dal Corso J; Roghi G; Ragazzi E; Angelini I; Giaretta A; Soriano C; Delclòs X; Jenkyns HC (2013) Physico-chemical analysis of Albian (Lower Cretaceous) amber from San Just (Spain): Implications for palaeoenvironmental and palaeoecological studies, Geologica Acta, 11, pp.359-370. doi: 10.1344/105.000001871
  • Dal Corso J; Mietto P; Newton RJ; Pancost RD; Preto N; Roghi G; Wignall PB (2012) Discovery of a major negative δ13C spike in the Carnian (Late Triassic) linked to the eruption of Wrangellia flood basalts, Geology, 40, pp.79-82. doi: 10.1130/G32473.1
  • Dal Corso J; Preto N; Kustatscher E; Mietto P; Roghi G; Jenkyns HC (2011) Carbon-isotope variability of Triassic amber, as compared with wood and leaves (Southern Alps, Italy), Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 302, pp.187-193. doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2011.01.007