Alberto Zanetti is Research Director of the National Research Council at the Pavia branch of the Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources. He received his research doctorate in 1994 at the University of Pavia (Italy), and has always carried out research and analytical development at the geochemical microanalysis laboratories of the CNR of Pavia, holding both CNR and university researcher positions. His research is mainly focused on the geochemical and petrological characterization of the production and migration processes of mantle melts, with particular focus on their emplacement at both mantle and crustal levels. These studies are aimed at understanding elementary and isotopic cycles on a geological scale. The research activity has seen the Ivrea-Verbano zone as a privileged area of research since the early 90s. However, research has been carried out to define the processes of mantle evolution and the interplay with the crust in practically every terrestrial geodynamic environment.