Geodynamics of Mountain Belts

The primary objective is to understand and quantify the geodynamic processes responsible for mountain building. These include (i) the formation of tectonic nappes, (ii) coupling of rock deformation with fluid flow and metamorphic reactions, (iii) the formation and exhumation of (U)HP rock, (iv) coupling of tectonic and surface processes, and (v) the control of current and pre-orogenic structures on mountain building. The applied multi-disciplinary approach includes process-oriented detailed geological mapping, geophysical imaging and data analysis, mathematical modelling, high-performance scientific computing, and laboratory microanalysis.

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Figure: Locating a historical earthquake in the Bhutan Himalaya, from Hetényi etal., 2016. More information on the OROG3NY project can be found at:



Figure: Folds superimposition patterns (refolded  folds). Alternation of decimetric beds of sandstones, calcareous sandstones and calcschists, St-Christophe Formation, Sion-Courmayeur Nappe (Lower Penninics). The outcrop is located 1 km East of the Simplon Pass.

Associated research groups


Permanent staff

Research team

  • Dr. Celso Alvizuri
  • Dr. Shiba Subedi
  • Adrien Pantet
  • Joshua Vaughan
  • Lorenzo Candioti
  • Matteo Scarponi
  • Alessia Tagliaferri
  • Annelore Bessat
  • Christophe Jossevel
  • Emilie Macherel

Former members

  • Dr. Evangelous Moulas
  • Dr. Thibault Duretz
  • Dr. Daniel Kiss
  • Dr. Leonardo Colavitti
  • Dr. Ludovic Raess
  • Dr. Nicolas Buchs
  • Dr. Richard Spitz
  • Dr. Yoann Jaquet

Associated research groups

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