About me

I am a multidisciplinary Earth scientist working in Switzerland at the Institute of Geological Sciences of the Un iversity of Bern. This website contains research material such as articles and links to computer programs I developed.

Twitter: @PierreLanari | Links: XMapToolsPetrology-UniBe



Google stats: > 900 citations; h = 15; i10 = 27

Articles: 50 peer-reviewed papers published or in press; c. 15 papers in review/prep. Underlined names are students. ** Work done by a PhD student that is first author; I was the lead advisor for these papers. † = ≥ 25 citations; †† = ≥ 50 citations ; ††† = ≥ 100 citations (source: GS).

Books: 2 co-edited book published; 4 book chapters published 

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Highlighted recent paper(s)

  • Lanari, P. & Duesterhoeft, E. (2019). Modelling metamorphic rocks using equilibrium thermodynamics and internally consistent databases: past achievements, problems and perspectives. Journal of Petrology, 60, 19-56. pdf-outline Free access
  • Airaghi, L., Janots, E., Lanari, P., de Sigoyer, J., Magin, V. (2019). Allanite petrochronology in fresh and retrogressed garnet-biotite metapelites from the Longmen Shan (eastern Tibet). Journal of Petrology, 60, 151–176. pdf-outline pdf 
  • Lanari, P., Vho, A., Bovay, T., Airaghi, L., Centrella, S., (2018). Quantitative compositional mapping of mineral phases by electron probe micro-analyser. Geological Society of London Special Publication, DOI:10.1144/SP478.4 pdf-outline, pdf

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Research interests & CV


I am a a multidisciplinary geologist who has developed a strong two-folds expertise in petrology/mineralogy and analytical geochemistry. I  pursue research in the area of fundamental petrochronology and its applications.

My current research involves (not limited to):

  • Petrogenesis and scale of equilibrium in metamorphic rocks. Development of iterative thermodynamic models (programs: Bingo-Antidote & GRTMOD)
  • Quantitative compositional mapping to analyse the compositional variability of major and trace elements in rocks by EPMA and LA-ICP-MS. Development and improvement of XMapTools software
  • Thermodynamic properties and models of complex solid solutions; kinetics and phase equilibria; oxygen fractionation modelling
  • Micro-dating techniques: LA-ICP-MS and SIMS measurements (U-Th-Pb, allanite, monazite and zircon)
  • Geodynamic and structural evolution of orogenic belts: Internal western Alps (Briançonnais, Sesia and Liguro-Piémontais zones) and Himalaya (Western syntaxe)

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Computers programs


Quantitative compositional maps are used to depict the spatial distribution and compositional variability of mineral phases in thin sections of rock. I developed and I am improving XMapTools (Lanari et al., 2014; Lanari et al., 2018), a MATLAB©-based software solution for processing X-ray and trace element LA-ICPMS maps as well as to determine local bulk composition and perform thermobarometry analysis. The data reduction involves several steps such as (i) analytical standardization, (ii) classification, (iii) structural formulas calculation and (iv) determination of P-T conditions of formation or re-quilibration. XMapTools includes six chemical modules for data visualisation and a large set of  empirical and semi-empirical thermobarometry functions. 


More information: XMapTools website

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