Mario Giuseppe Guarcello

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum vitae et studiorum of MARIO GIUSEPPE GUARCELLO


Personal Data


Actual position

  • Staff astronomer at the INAF-OAPA Astronomical Observatory of Palermo


  • 1994-1999: I attended  an experimental Course of physic and computer science at the “Liceo Scientifico E. Fermi” in Sant’Agata Militello. I graduated with 54/60.
  • 1999-2006: Master’s degree in Physic at the University of Palermo; grade 104/110. Title: “Circumstellar disks in the stars-forming region NGC~6611: optical, NIR and X-rays observations”. Supervisor: Prof. G. Peres.
  • 2007-2010: Ph.D. degree at the Palermo University. Dissertation: “Star formation in massive clusters: a multiwavelength study of NGC6611 and the Eagle Nebula”. Supervisor: prof. G. Peres.


Professional Experiences

  • August/01/2006 – December/31/2006: Scientific collaboration with INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico G. S. Vaiana di Palermo on the evolution of circumstellar disks in stars forming regions.
  • January/01/2007 – December/31/2009: Ph.D. student at the Palermo University.
  • January/12/2006 – January/26/2006: scientific collaboration with prof. L. Testi as visiting student at the European Southern Observatory, on the reduction and analysis of photometric infrared data, acquired with NICS camera mounted on the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (TNG).
  • January/01/2010 – March/31/2010: Post-doc fellowship at INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico G. S. Vaiana di Palermo on the influence of massive stars on circumstellar disk evolution and star formation.
  • April/01/2010 – February/21/2014: post-doc fellowship at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, for collaboration with the Chandra Cygnus OB2 Legacy Survey.
  • March/01/2014 – November/30/2018: Post-doc fellowship at the “INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico G. S. Vaiana”, Palermo, to study variability in young stars and feedback from the environment on the evolution of protoplanetary disks and star formation process.
  • December/01/2018 – Present day: Staff astronomer at Inaf – Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo “G. S. Vaiana”
  • April 01/2016 – Present day: Founding member of the ltd company “Science \& Joy s.r.l.”


Talks as invited speaker

  • Invited talk at the conference: “Life in the Cosmos Workshop”, September 5-7 2012, Washington (USA). Title: Where planets are formed: Protoplanetary disk evolution and planet formation in different Galactic environments. Url:
  • Talk at the Dartmouth College: May 29th 2013. Title: “Star Formation in Massive Clusters: The Outstanding Cases of the Eagle Nebula and CygOB2
  • Invited talk at the splinter session “Ages and timescales of young stars” at the conference “Star Formation 2016”, August 24th 2016: “Photoevaporation and close encounters: how the environment around Cygnus OB2 affects the evolution of protoplanetary disks


Scientific programs approved as Principal Investigator

  • Effects of massive star radiation on circumstellar disks evolution in the Eagle Nebula, Instrument: CHANDRA/ACIS-I – Target: Eagle Nebula – Observing time: 160Ksec – Proposal n.: 09200559.
  • Deep IR photometry of the Cygnus OB2 young globular cluster, Instrument: NICS@TNG – Target: Cygnus OB2 – Observing time: 9 hours – Program_code: TAC39.
  • Effects of UV radiation from massive stars on the evolution of circumstellar disks in NGC~6611, Instruments: VIMOS@ESO, GIRAFFE/FLAMES@ESO – Target: Eagle Nebula – Observing time: 15 hours – Program ID: 083.C-0837.
  • Star formation close to the most massive stars in our Galaxy: unveiling the PMS members of Pismis 11, Instrument: CHANDRA/ACIS-I – Target: Pismis11 and HD80077 – Observing time: 100Ksec – Proposal n.: 200845.
  • Star formation, disk evolution and coronal activity at low metallicity, Instrument: CHANDRA/ACIS-I – Target: Dolidze25 – Observing time: 150Ksec – Proposal n.: 200866
  • Star formation in starburst: a deep ACIS-I observation of Westerlund 1, Instrument: CHANDRA/ACIS-I – Target: Westerlund 1 – Observing Time: 1 Msec – Proposal n.: 21200267


Approved Grants

  • From Disks to Planetary Systems. Understanding the Origins and Demographics of Solar and Extrasolar Planetary Systems – Role: Co.I. – PRIN INAF – Grant: 105000€
  • Star formation close to the most massive stars in our Galaxy: unveiling the PMS members of Pismis 11 – Role: P.I. – NASA Grant – Grant: 49000$
  • Star formation, disk evolution and coronal activity at low metallicity – Role: P.I. – NASA Grant – Grant: 50774$


Scientific programs approved as a Co-Investigator

  • NGC6611: triggered star formation or disks scattering?, Instrument: OSIRIS@GTC – Target: NGC6611 – Observing time: 35 hours.
  • Probing the Population of the Nearby Cygnus OB2 Supercluster, Instrument: OSIRIS@GTC – Target: CygnusOB2 – Observing time: 5 hours
  • The Stellar Content and Dynamics of Cygnus OB2, Instrument: MMT/HectoSpec – Target: CygnusOB2 – Observing time: 25 hours.
  • Spectral classification of candidate OB stars with disk in Cygnus OB2, Instrument: OSIRIS@GTC – Target: OB stars in Cygnus~OB2 – Observing time: 4 hours
  • Probing the nature of the central sources in the proplyds in Cygnus OB2, Instrument: OSIRIS@GTC – Target: proplyds in Cygnus OB2 – Observing time: 3 hours
  • How massive are the proto-planetary discs in Cygnus OB2?, Instrument: ALMA – Target: Cygnus~OB2 – Observing time: 5.8 hours


Participation to international scientific programs

  • Member of the Chandra Cygnus OB2 Legacy Project team.
  • Member and Co-I of the Gaia-ESO Survey.
  • Member of the Athena Working Group 3.2.
  • Member of the WEAVE/SCIP Working Group 4.
  • Member of the WEAVE/Cygnus High Resolution project
  • Member of the Ariel Working Group
  • Member of the Plato Consortium


Observing runs

  • Instrument: MMT@HectoSpec, Number of nights: 3 (June 7-8-9 2012)
  • Instrument: MMT@HectoSpec, Number of nights: 3 (October 5-6-7 2012)


Computer skills

  • Programming language: C++.
  • High performance computing: MPI (basic knowledge)
  • Operating systems: LINUX, Windows, MAC OS X.
  • Software for data analysis: IDL, IRAF, DAOPHOT package, SNAP, CIAO, HEASOFT, AcisExtract, PWDetect, R, XSPEC, MARX, TOPCAT, XMM-SAS
  • Software for documents compilation: LaTex, MS WORD


Activities for the scientific community

  • Scientific reviewer for proposals submitted to the LBT TAC
  • Scientific reviewer for MNRAS and ApJ.
  • Scientific reviewer for ECOS-CONICYT projects.
  • Member of the CfA post-doc council during the 2012.
  • Member of the American Astronomical Society.
  • Organizer of the OAPA Star Formation meetings
  • Responsible for the research news of the Astronomical Observatory of Palermo’s website and authors of 12 articles published by Media INAF.
  • Member of the ASI-INAF Task Force established in June 2017 in order to perform a trade-off study on the suitability of selected Italian astronomical sites to host the NEOSTEL telescope devoted to NEO survey within the framework of the NEO Segment of the ESA Space Situational Awareness programme. I have also contributed to the installation of a seeing camera and a weather station.
  • Member of selection boards for research scholarships


Participation to education courses

  • Education course “Safety regulations in offices with computers” at the Astronomical Observatory of Palermo – March 12, 13 2015.
  • “ALMA Data Handling Workshop” February 9th-12th 2016.
  • I have attended a training in fire prevention and emergency fire management in workplace. (February 2018)
  • I have attended a training course on first aid