As petrologist, I am fascinated by metamorphism and the complex compositional and textural record of rocks that formed in the Earth interior.
I am here tracing the History of the Earth itself, from its own Monuments.
Jean André Deluc
I have developed a strong two-folds expertise in computational petrology and analytical geochemistry. I pursue research in the area of fundamental petrochronology and its applications to deepen our understanding of complex metamorphic systems.
University of Bern
Leader of the research group Computational Petrology
University of Bern
Senior Research Scientist
Oberassistant in Petrology
University of Bern
Postdoc and Assistant in Petrology. EPMA Lab Manager since 2015
University of Grenoble
Petrology and Structural Geology
Awards & Education
European Research Council (ERC)
ERC-Stg (2 M€) Prograde metamorphism Modeling: a new petrochronological and computing framework
Supervision of Doctoral Students
 Paulo Paiva-Silva (co-supervisor (33%), Federal University of Minas Gerais; 2023-2027) – Fluid-rock interaction processes in the Raspas ophiolite.
 Nils Giels (co-supervisor (30%), University of Bern; 2021-2025) – Incorporation of hydrogen in metamorphic clinopyroxene.
 Thorsten Markmann (supervisor, University of Bern; 2020-2024) – Petrochronology of fluid-rock interaction processes with application to the Alps and the Cyclades.
 Hugo Dominguez Carranza (supervisor, University of Bern; 2020-2024) – Simulation of reactive multi-phase fluid flows in medium to high-grade metamorphic terranes.
 Jiahui Liu (co-supervisor (35%), University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; 1-year stay at University of Bern) – High-temperature metamorphism in the Fuping area of the Trans-North China Orogen.
 Qian Zhang (co-supervisor (35%), University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; 1-year stay at University of Bern) – Titanite petrochronology in HP mafic granulites of the Dunhuang orogenic belt in China
 Julien Reynes (co-supervisor (30%), University of Bern; 2016-2020) – Incorporation of hydrogen in metamorphic garnet.
 Alice Vho (co-supervisor (50%), University of Bern; 2016-2020) – Tracing the invisible fluid paths in the crust using forward oxygen modelling and an internally-consistent database (Sesia-Lanzo Zone, Italy).
 Thomas Bovay (co-supervisor * (30%), University of Bern; 2016-2021) – Tracing fluid paths in oceanic crust during Alpine subduction (Zermatt-Saas Zone).
 Angel Santamaria Lopez (co-supervisor * (30%, 4 months stay at the University of Bern), University of Malaga; 2014-2018) – tectono-metamorphic evolution of the Nevado-Filabride complex (Betic, Spain).
 Valentin Laurent (co-supervisor * (30%), Université d’Orléans; 2013-2017) – Strain localization in high-pressure low-temperature shear zones and the argon isotopic record.
 Mahyra Tedeschi (co-supervisor * (33%), Univ. Minas Gérais & Univ. Bern; 2014-2017) – Unravelling P-T-t evolution of the southern Brasilia Origen.
 Laura Airaghi (co-supervisor * (50%), Univ. Grenoble; 2014-2017) – The importance of geological inheritance in the short term/long term deformation and in the thickening of the Eastern border of Tibetan plateau.
 Camille Litty (co-supervisor * (20%), Univ. Bern; 2013-2017) – Erosional mechanisms and fluvial sediment transport in the Western Peruvian Andes.
 Marco Burn (co-supervisor (50%), Univ. Bern; 2012-2016) – LA-ICP-QMS Th-U/Pb allanite dating: methods and applications.
 Chloé Loury (co-supervisor * (33%), Univ. Nice; 2013-2016) – Palezoic structuration of the Tianshan range and and role of tectonic inheritance (Kyrgyzstan).
 Francesco Guintoli (co-supervisor * (33%), Univ. Bern; 2011-2015) – P-T-t-d evolution of the Sesia Zone (Aosta Valley, Westen Alps).
 Barbara Kunz (co-supervisor (20%), Univ Bern; 2011-2016) – Petrochronological evolution of the lower continental crust fragments of the Sesia Zone.
 Vincent Trincal (co-supervisor * (20%), Univ. Franche-Comté; 2011-2014). Fluid-rock interaction in greenschist facies faults.
Supervision of Undergraduate Students
 Philip Hartmeier (supervisor, University of Bern, Master thesis, 2022-2024) – Application of artificial intelligence in petrology and geochemistry.
 Philip Hartmeier (supervisor, University of Bern, Bachelor thesis, 2021-2022) – Classification of garnet shape in 3D using convolutional neural networks.
 Julia Dietrich (supervisor, University of Bern, Bachelor thesis, 2020-2021) – Grain size distribution of garnet in metasediments from the Central Alps.
 Maria Thereza A. G. Yogi (co-supervisor (50%, 6 months stay at the University of Bern), Master thesis, University of São Paulo, 2018-2019) – Petrochronological approach for constraining P–T–D–t paths in mylonitic metapelites from Votuverava Group.
 Silvia Lomonte (co-supervisor (50%), 3 weeks stay at the University of Bern), Master thesis, Pisa 2017-2017) – Tectono-metamorphic evolution of the Massa Unit: an integrated approach (N-Apennines, Italy).
 Inès Naïr (co-supervisor (25%), Master 2 thesis, Orléans 2016) – Tectonometamorphic evolution of a fossilized subduction channel: Insights from a multi- thermobarometry approach (Cycladic Blueschist Unit, Syros, Greece).
 Simon Hafner (co-supervisor (33%), Master thesis, Bern 2016) – The thermal peak in metamorphic black shales: Gradients in the Valaisan units and contrast to tectonic neighbours.
 Aude Verly (co-supervisor (50%), Master 2 thesis, Grenoble 2015) – Tectono-metamorphic evolution of the Alpine continental subduction (Acceglio, Western Alps).
 Rahel Baumann (co-supervisor (30%), Bachelor thesis, Bern 2015) – Zwischen Hammer und Amboss: Wie gerieten die schwarzen Schiefer um Brig zwischen den penninischen Deckenstappel und das Aar-Massiv?
 Aude Verly (co-supervisor (33%), Master 1 thesis, Grenoble 2014) – Pre-collision structural and metamorphic evolution of the Briançonnais sedimentary cover (Montgenèvre, Western Alps).
 Chloé Loury (co-supervisor (33%), Master 2 thesis, Nice 2013) – HP metamorphism in Atbashi range (South Tianshan, Kyrgyzstan): evidence for eclogites exhumation in a sedimentary subduction channel.
 Valentin Nigg (co-supervisor (25%), Bachelor thesis, Bern 2013) – Rb-Sr analyses of carbonates (internal zone, central Alps).
 Stefanie Diener (co-supervisor (25%), Bachelor thesis, Bern, 2013) – Petrological study of magmatic intrusions using microprobe X-ray images (Central Alps).
 Blandine Gardonio (supervisor (100%), Master 1 thesis, Grenoble, 2012) – P-T estimate in chloritoid-grade metasediments using a multi-equilibrium approach and X-ray images.
 Félix Bernier (co-supervisor (50%), Master 1 thesis, Grenoble, 2011) – Chlorite-mica-chloritoid equilibria in green-schist facies metasediments (Urseren outcrop, Central Alps).
Services to the Scientific Community
Associate editor: Computers & Geosciences (2018-present)
Guest co-editor & author: Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry (2016-2017); Special publication of the Geological Society of London (2017-2019)
Reviewer for 22 international scientific journals (alphabetic order): American Mineralogist; Applied Geochemistry; Chemical Geology; Clay Minerals; Computers and Geosciences; Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology; Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems; Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta; Geological Society of London, Special Publications; Geology; Geoscience Frontiers; International Journal of Physical Sciences; Journal of Geodynamics; Journal of Metamorphic Geology; Journal of Petrology; Lithos; Lithosphere; Mineralogia; Mineralogical Magazine; Minerals; Reviews in Mineralogy and Petrology; Tectonophysics
Session(s) organizer at EGU: 2014, 2015, 2016 (2), 2017, 2018; AGU: 2014; GSA: 2017; Goldschmidt: 2018; IAMG: 2022.
2013-2019 Founder, main organizer and teacher of the international workshop and short course series “PETROCHRO” with ten events since 2013 (Nice, Potsdam, Bern, Vienna, Seattle, Belo Horizonte, Boston, Sète, Potsdam, Barcelona).
2017-19 Early Career Scientist (ECS) co-representative and webmaster of the GMPV division of EGU
2016-19 Member of the scientific board and member of the evaluation committee for the Haüy-Lacroix medal of the Société Française de Minéralogie et Cristallographie (SFMC)
2019-2021 SFMC Officer (vice treasurer)
2021-present SFMC Officer (vice secretary)
Invited Seminar Presentations and Keynotes
2023: University of Turin; Sorbonne University; Goldschmidt (Lyon); 2023 Annual Meeting of China Geoscience Electron Probe Microanalysis Technology Platform (keynote)
2022: Journées SFMC (Lille, keynote); UNIL Lausanne; International Eclogite Conference 14 (Lyon);
2021: Petrochronics talk (online); MSG-meeting (keynote)
2019: University of Geneva; EMAS conference (Trondheim, Norway, keynote); EGU conference (Vienna)
2018: Syracuse University; University of Mainz; University of Bern; ETH Zurich
2017: University of Montpellier; EGU-2017 Vienna; Geosciences: a tool in a changing world, Pisa-2017 (keynote)
2016: American Museum of Science (NY)
2015: ETH Zurich; University of Orléans; University of Kiel; University of Bern
2014: UNIL Lausanne; University of Bern; ISTerre Grenoble; University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis
2013: University Franche-Comté (Besançon); SFMC Paris
2012: University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis; University of Jean-Monnet (Saint-Étienne)