Benjamin Guillaume

Assistant Professor in Tectonics, Géosciences Rennes

Géosciences Rennes, Campus de Beaulieu, 35042 Rennes Cedex France

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I am assistant professor in tectonics and geodynamics at the University of Rennes 1 since 2012. My research focus on the dynamics of subduction zones with an approach coupling field and remote data (structural geology, geomorphology, thermochronology) and analogue/numerical modeling. My main field targets are the South America and the Mediterranean. 

Active and recent projects :
• Interactions between subduction-induced and remotely-induced mantle flow from analogue/numerical modelling

• Exhumation history and erosion distribution constrained by detrital thermochronology on glacial deposits

• Transport of particles by glaciers from analogue modelling

• Tectonic reactivation of extensional basins from analogue modelling

• Role of plate age and upper plate kinematics on slab morphology from numerical modelling

• Deformation processes of lateral slab tearing, from crust to mantle

• Role of overriding plate rheology on subduction dynamics

Education and employment 

2012 - , Assistant Professor in Tectonics, Univ Rennes, Rennes (France).
2011-2012, Post-doctoral position, University of Nantes, Nantes (France). ANR GiSeLE (Geodynamics of Sea LEvel) project
2009-2011, Post-doctoral position, University of Roma Tre, Roma (Italy). TOPO-Europe project
2005-2008, PhD in Earth Sciences, University of Toulouse III, Toulouse (France).


• Geffroy, T., Guillaume, B., Simoes, M., Replumaz, A., Lacassin, R., Husson, L., & Kermarrec, J.-J., Role of Mantle Drag on the Tectonics of Subduction Zones: Insights From Laboratory Models, Tectonics, 42(12), e2023TC008018, 2023.[pdf]

• Habel, T., Replumaz, A., Guillaume, B., Simoes, M., Kermarrec, J.-J., & Lacassin, R., Upper-plate Shortening and Mountain-building in the Context of Mantle-driven Oceanic Subduction, Tektonika, 1(2), 158-176, 2023.[pdf]

Guillaume, B., Gianni, G.M., Kermarrec, J.-J., & Bock, K., Control of crustal strength, tectonic inheritance and stretching/shortening rates on crustal deformation and basin reactivation: insights from laboratory models, Solid Earth, 13, 1393-1414, 2022.[pdf]

• Suárez, R.J., Guillaume, B., Martinod, J., Ghiglione, M., Sue, C., & Kermarrec, J.-J., Role of convergence obliquity and inheritance on sliver tectonics: subduction experiments applied to the Patagonian Andes, Tectonophysics, 842, 229583, 2022.[link]

Guillaume, B., Funiciello, F., & Faccenna, C., Interplays between mantle flow and slab pull at subduction zones in 3D, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 126, e2020JB021574, 2021.[link]

• Suárez, R.J., Sue, C., Ghiglione, M.C., Guillaume, B., Ramos, M., Martinod, J., and Barberon, V., Seismotectonic implications of the South Chile Ridge subduction beneath the Patagonian Andes, Terra Nova, 2021.[link]

• Hertgen, S., Yamato, P., Guillaume, B., Magni, V., Schliffke, N., and van Hunen, J., Influence of the thickness of the overriding plate on convergence zone dynamics,  Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 21, e2019GC008678, 2020. [pdf]

• Fernández-García, C., Guillaume, B., and Brun, J.-P.,  3D slab breakoff in laboratory experiments, Tectonophysics, 773, 2019. [pdf]

• Husson, L., Guillaume, B., and Martinod, J., Comment on "Multichronometer thermochronologic modeling of migrating spreading ridge subduction in southern Patagonia" by Stevens Goddard and Fosdick (2019),  Geology Forum, 47 (10): e483, 2019. [pdf]

• Suárez, R.J., Ghiglione, M.C., Calderón, M., Sue, C., Martinod, J., Guillaume, B., and Rojo, D., The metamorphic rocks of the Nunatak Viedma in the Southern Patagonian Andes: Provenance sources and implications for the early Mesozoic Patagonia-Antarctic Peninsula connection, Journal of South American Earth Sciences, 90, 471-486, 2019. [link]

• Cerpa, N.G., Guillaume, B., and Martinod, J., The interplay between overriding plate kinematics, slab dip and tectonics, GJI, 215(3), 1789-1802, 2018. [link]

• Salze, M., Martinod, J., Guillaume, B., Kermarrec, J.-J., Ghiglione, M., and Sue, C., Trench-parallel spreading ridge subduction and its consequences for the geological evolution of the overriding plate: Insights from analogue models and comparison with the Neogene subduction beneath Patagonia, Tectonophysics, 737, 27-39, 2018. [link]

Guillaume, B., Hertgen, S., Martinod, J., and Cerpa, N.G., Slab dip, surface tectonics : How and when do they change following an acceleration/slow down of the overriding plate ?, Tectonophysics, 726, 110-120, 2018. [link]

Guillaume, B., Pochat, S., Monteux, J., Husson, L., and Choblet, G., Can eustatic charts go beyond first-order? Insights from the Permian-Triassic, Lithosphere, 8(5), 505-518, 2016. [pdf]

• Martinod, J., Regard, V., Riquelme, R., Aguilar, G., Guillaume, B., Carretier, S., Cortes-Aranda, J., Leanni, L., and Hérail, G., Pleistocene uplift, climate, and morphological segmentation of the Northern Chile coasts (24◦S-32◦S): Insights from cosmogenic 10Be paleoshores dating, Geomorphology, 274, 78-91, 2016. [pdf]

• Martinod, J., Pouyaud, B., Carretier, S., Guillaume, B., Hérail, G., Comment on "Geomorphic Records along the General Carrera (Chile)-Buenos Aires (Argentina) Glacial Lake (46◦-48◦S), Climate Inferences, and Glacial Rebound for the Past 7-9 ka" by J. Bourgois et al. (2016), The Journal of Geology, 124, 631-635, 2016. [pdf]

Guillaume, B., Husson, L., Funiciello, F., and Faccenna, C., The dynamics of laterally variable subductions: laboratory models applied to the Hellenides, Solid Earth, 4, 179-200, 2013. [pdf]

Guillaume, B., Gautheron, C., Simon-Labric, T., Martinod, J., Roddaz, M., and Douville E., Dynamic topography control on Patagonian relief evolution as inferred from low temperature thermochronology, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 364, 157-167, 2013. [pdf]

• Martinod, J., Guillaume, B., Espurt, N., Faccenna, C., Funiciello, F., and Regard, V., Effect of aseismic ridge subduction on slab geometry and overriding plate deformation: Insights from analogue modeling, Tectonophysics, 588, 39-55, 2013. [pdf]

• Husson, L., Guillaume, B., Funiciello, F., Faccenna, C., and Royden, L.H., Unravelling topography around subduction zones from laboratory models, Tectonophysics, 526-529, 5-15, 2012. [pdf]

• Pedoja, K., Regard, V., Husson, L., Martinod, J., Guillaume, B., Fucks, E., Iglesias, M., and Weill, P., Uplift of Quaternary shorelines in Eastern Patagonia: Darwin revisited, Geomorphology, 127, 121-142, 2011. [pdf]

Guillaume, B., Moroni, M., Funiciello, F., Martinod, J., and Faccenna, C., Mantle flow and dynamic topography associated with slab window opening : Insights from laboratory models, Tectonophysics, 496, 83-98, 2010.[pdf]

• Martinod, J., Husson, L., Roperch, P., Guillaume, B., and Espurt, N., Horizontal subduction zones, convergence velocity and the building of the Andes, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 299, 299-309, 2010.[pdf]

Guillaume, B., Funiciello, F., Faccenna, C., Martinod, J., and Olivetti, V., Spreading pulses of the Tyrrhenian Sea during the narrowing of the Calabrian slab, Geology, 38(9), 819-822, 2010. [pdf]

Guillaume, B., Martinod, J., Husson, L., Roddaz, M., and Riquelme, R., Neogene uplift of central-eastern Patagonia: dynamic response to active spreading-ridge subduction?, Tectonics, 28, TC2009, 2009. [pdf]

Guillaume, B., Martinod, J., and Espurt, N., Variations of slab dip and overriding plate tectonics during subduction: insights from analogue modelling, Tectonophysics, 463, 167-174, 2009. [pdf]

• Espurt, N., Funiciello, F., Martinod, J., Guillaume, B., Regard, V., Faccenna, C., and Brusset, S., Flat subduction dynamics and deformation of the South American plate: insights from analogue modelling, Tectonics, 27, TC3011, 2008. [pdf]

Guillaume, B., Dhont, D., and Brusset, S., 3-D geologic imaging and tectonic control on stratigraphic architecture: Upper Cretaceous of the Tremp basin (south-central Pyrenees, Spain), AAPG Bulletin, 92(2), 249-269, 2008. [pdf]

• Dhont, D., and Guillaume, B., 2006. Tectonics of the Devonian basin of Spisbergen (Svalbard) to the East of Dicksonfjorden. Interpretation from Digital Elevation Model imagery and aerial photographs., Photo Interprétation, 42, 23-31. [pdf]

PhD thesis
• Cenozoic evolution of the southern Andes: morphotectonical and geochronological approaches and insights from analogue modelling. University of Toulouse, 330 p, 2008.  [pdf]

Teaching and supervision

• Coordinator of the "Licence 3 Sciences de la Terre" Univ Rennes

Courses (192 h/yr) 
• L3 Structural Geology (responsible)
• L3 Geological mapping (responsible)
• M1 GIS (responsible)
• M1 Tectonics
• M2 Biogeosciences SVT

PhD students (* Co-supervised, °External Supervisor)
• Thomas Geffroy* (2019-2022), Univ Rennes 1, France
• Solenn Hertgen* (2015-2018), Univ Rennes 1, France
• Carlos Fernández-García* (2016-2019), Univ Rennes 1, France 
• Méline Salze° (2015-2018), Université de Besançon, France
•  Rodrigo J. Suárez° (2017-2021), Universidad de Buenos Aires, CONICET, Argentina

Other activities

• Scientific coordinator of the Laboratory of analogue modelling of Univ. Rennes 1
• Co-responsible of the Démodé team at Géosciences Rennes