My principal interests lie mainly in mountain building processes. My approach to this problem ranges from the microscopic scale such relation between deformation and minerals growth up to large orogen scale, e.g. effect of rheology changes according to phase transition on orogenic processes (e.g. tectonics), particularly those that release and consume water, and on such ones that influence geophysical signals. My research activity focuses, until now, on the following themes:

  • -> Field studies by describing, characterizing and quantifying tectonic processes during the evolution of metamorphic belts

  • -> Modeling rocks properties changes under transient conditions according to the metamorphic and geodynamic evolution

  • -> Numerical modeling by investigating the influence of geochemistry, layering and phase transition on the dynamic of frontier regions

  • Ph.D
  • 2010- Erik Düsterhöft Petrological models of lithospheric density constrained by satellite-derived gravity data” in the frame of the DFG project NOGRAVSGAP

  • 2007-2010 Henry Wichura Modeling physical properties of rocks as function of geodynamic and erosional processes and its feedback". DFG

  • 2005-2008 Robab Hajialioghli Study of metabasites, ultramafic rocks and calc-silicates from the Mahneshan area, western Iran” (co-tutelle with Prof. M. Moazzen, Tabriz) Iran national foundation

  • 2005-2009 Michael Wiederkher: Transition from amphibolite facies to HP-LT conditions in meta-sediments from the example of the Lepontine dome (Central Alps): petrology and geodynamic consequences” (co-tutelle with Prof. S.M. Schmid, Basel) SNF

  • 2002-2005 Rachid El Mamoun: "Fission track dating and metamorphism of the panafrican events in Precambrian inlets (Morocco) " (in collaboration with Prof. O. Saddiqi, Casablanca, & Prof. B. Goffé, Paris). France-Morocco joint project

  • 1999-2003 Stefan Bucher: "Metamorphic and tectonic evolution of the Zone Houillère and its relations with the internal massifs of the Briançonnais domain (Western Alps)" (40%, principal advisor S.M. Schmid, Basel). Swiss National Fonds

  • Masters
  • 2009-2010 Erik Düsterhöft Discovery of eclogites in the Bancrof terrane Central Metasedimentary Belt, Grenville”

  • 2009-2010 Jürgen Mey Evolution of the Paleoproterozoic crust of the Western African Craton, Kerdous Inlier, Morocco”

  • 2008-2009 Clara-Marine Pellet Quantification of the temperature gap along an exhumation fault: the Combin fault in the Alps”

  • 2007-2008: Thorsten Gresky Quantification of the thermal gradient in the Tauern window, Alps”

  • 2006-2007: Verena Werner Metamorphic evolution of the country rocks of the Tafraoute granite, Anti-Atlas, Morocco”

  • 2005-2006: Henry Wichura: Attempt of a quantification of volume changes of rock and of fluid production in carpholite-bearing quartz segregations and their wallrocks, Western and Central Alps”

  • 2005-2006: Astrid Riemann Eingrenzung der PT-Bedingungen der Metapelite von Naran, Kaghan Tal, NO Pakistan - Eine petrographische und quantitative Untersuchung”

  • 2003-2005: Matthias Gutweniger: Tectonic evolution of HT rocks, related to a granite emplacement: the Gruf unit, Central Alps” (30%; principal advisor S. Schmid, Basel).

  • 2003-2005: Senecio Schefer: Metamorphic evolution of HT rocks, related to a granite emplacement: the Gruf unit, Central Alps” (70%; co-advisor S. Schmid, Basel).

  • 2002-2004: Michael Wiederkher: Prograde and retrograde evolution of HP-metasediments in relation with the deformation history (Avers, Switzerland)”.

  • 2002-2005: Jeannette Schaub: Metamorphism and deformation of the metapelites at the contact Combin-Zermatt zones (Switzerland).

  • 2001-2002: Marie-Alix. Kaczmarek: Caractérisation métamorphique et structurale du contact Schistes Lustrés/Briançonnais dans les Alpes Occidentales: Application à la région d’Acceglio (Italie)” (30%; co-advisors O. Vanderhaeghe, S. Duchêne, Nancy)