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)



  • Nov. 2018 – presentOberassistant (Assistant Professor) & EPMA Laboratory ManagerInstitute of Geological Sciences – University of Bern
  • Aug. 2015 – Nov. 2018: Research Assistant (Assistant Professor) & EPMA Laboratory ManagerInstitute of Geological Sciences – University of Bern
  • 2013 – 2015: Research Assistant (Assistant Professor)Institute of Geological Sciences – University of Bern
  • 2012 – 2013: SNF Postdoctoral fellow, Institute of Geological Sciences – University of Bern
  • 2009-2012: PhD student and Teaching Assistant, ISTerre University of Grenoble


  • 2009-2012:  Ph. D. in Geology, University of Grenoble, France
  • 2007-2009:  M. S. in Geology, University of Grenoble, France
  • 2004-2007:  B. S. in Geology, University of Savoie, Chambéry, France

Awards and Honors

  • 2017: Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology & Volcanology Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Awards from the European Geoscience Union (link)
  • 2013: Haüy-Lacroix medal of the Société Française de Minéralogie et de Cristallographie (link)
  • 2013: University of Grenoble medal for outstanding thesis  (link)


International Linkage

  • France: Université de Grenoble; Université Nice Sophia-Antipolis; Université Lille 1; Université Jean-Monnet (Saint-Étienne); Université de Franche-Comté (Besançon); Université de Lorraine (Nancy); Université d’Orléans; Université de Montpellier
  • Switzerland: UNIL (Lausanne); University of Basel
  • Canada: Geological Survey of Canada
  • Germany: University of Potsdam; University of Kiel
  • USA: American Museum of Natural History (NY); University of Charlotte; Boise State University
  • Australia: CURTIN University; University of South Australia
  • Brazil: Geological Survey of Brazil
  • Norway: University of Bergen
  • Finland: University of Helsinki
  • Spain: Universitat de Barcelona
  • Chile: Universidad Austral de Chile


Laboratory Skills

  • Advanced skills in MATLAB© (statistics, image and signal processing, nonlinear optimization), Graphic User Interface (GUI) Development and thermodynamics modeling
  • Electron microprobe (JEOL JXA-8200; Cameca SX50; Cameca SX100); 2 years of experience as EPMA laboratory manager
  • La-ICP-MS (Elan 6100; in situ U-Th-Pb dating and trace elements analysis)
  • SIMS (Cameca IMS 1280-HR; in situ U-Th-Pb dating)
  • Ar-Ar dating techniques (Step-heating)
  • RAMAN (graphite thermometry), SEM
  • Polished thin-section preparation
  • Mineral separation and hand-picking
  • Experience in XANES analysis (ESRF syncrotron – Grenoble)

Supervision of Doctoral Students

  • (12) Alice Vho (co-supervisor (50%), University of Bern; 2017-2021) – Tracing the invisible fluid paths in the crust using forward oxygen modelling and an internally-consistent database (Sesia-Lanzo Zone, Italy).
  • (11) Thomas Bovay (co-supervisor * (30%), University of Bern; 2017-2021) -Tracing fluid paths in oceanic crust during Alpine subduction (Zermatt-Saas Zone).
  • (10) 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).
  • (9) Valentin Laurent (co-supervisor * (30%), Université d’Orléans; 2013-2017) – Strain localization in high-pressure low-temperature shear zones and the argon isotopic record.
  • (8) Mahyra Tedeschi (co-supervisor * (33%), Univ. Minas Gérais & Univ. Bern; 2014-2017) – Unravelling P-T-t evolution of the southern Brasilia Origen.
  • (7) 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.
  • (6) Camille Litty (co-supervisor * (20%), Univ. Bern; 2013-2017) – Erosional mechanisms and fluvial sediment transport in the Western Peruvian Andes.
  • (5) Marco Burn (co-supervisor (50%), Univ. Bern; 2012-2016) – LA-ICP-QMS Th-U/Pb allanite dating: methods and applications.
  • (4) Chloé Loury (co-supervisor * (33%), Univ. Nice; 2013-2016) – Palezoic structuration of the Tianshan range and and role of tectonic inheritance (Kyrgyzstan).
  • (3) Francesco Guintoli (co-supervisor * (33%), Univ. Bern; 2011-2015) – P-T-t-d evolution of the Sesia Zone (Aosta Valley, Western Alps).
  • (2) Barbara Kunz (co-supervisor (20%), Univ Bern; 2011-2016) – Petrochronological evolution of the lower continental crust fragments of the Sesia Zone.
  • (1) Vincent Trincal (co-supervisor * (20%), Univ. Franche-Comté; 2011-2014). Fluid-rock interaction in greenschist facies faults.

Supervision of Undergraduate & Graduate Students

  • (11) 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).
  • (10) 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).
  • (9) 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.
  • (8) Aude Verly (co-supervisor (50%), Master 2 thesis, Grenoble 2015) – Tectono-metamorphic evolution of the Alpine continental subduction  (Acceglio, Western Alps).
  • (7) 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?
  • (6) Aude Verly (co-supervisor (33%), Master 1 thesis, Grenoble 2014) – Pre-collision structural and metamorphic evolution of the Briançonnais sedimentary cover (Montgenèvre, Western Alps).
  • (5) 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.
  • (4) Valentin Nigg (co-supervisor (25%), Bachelor thesis, Bern 2013) – Rb-Sr analyses of carbonates (internal zone, central Alps).
  • (3) Stefanie Diener (co-supervisor (25%), Bachelor thesis, Bern, 2013) – Petrological study of magmatic intrusions using microprobe X-ray images (Central Alps).
  • (2) 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.
  • (1) Félix Bernier (co-supervisor (50%), Master 1 thesis, Grenoble, 2011) – Chlorite-mica-chloritoid equilibria in green-schist facies metasediments (Urseren outcrop, Central Alps).


International Meetings

  • Convener (with C. Storey, M. Ingalls, C. Mottram, J. Barnes, M. Lloyd & E. Bruand) of a session at Goldschmidt 2018: Mineral Recorders of Earth and Planetary Processes (03g)
  • Convener (with E. Janots & S. Ferrero) of a session at EGU-2018: Progress in Metamorphic Geology: Multi-scale Model Testing from Minerals to Tectonic Plates (GMPV3.1/TS3.9)
  • Convener (with M. Kohn & Martin Engi) of a session at GSA-2017: Petrochronology: Advances and Applications to Petrogenesis and Tectonics (T163)
  • Convener (with E. Janots & S. Ferrero) of a session at EGU-2017: Progress in Metamorphic Geology: Petrochronology (including GMPV Division Outstanding ECS Award Lecture) (GMPV3.4)
  • Convener (with A. Paul & G. Hetényi) of a session at EGU-2016: The Alps and European Alpine-type orogens: a multidisciplinary vision (TS6.2/GD6.6/SM6.16)
  • Convener (with S. Ferrerro, P. Gonclaves and E. Grosch) of a session at EGU-2016: Progress in metamorphic geology and geodynamic processes in high-grade metamorphic terrains (GMPV2.3/GD8.7)
  • Convener (with E. Grosch, P. Goncalves and S. Ferrero) of a session at the EGU-2015: Contributions to metamorphic geology (GMPV2.4/IG18)
  • Convener (with M. Kohn, B. Hacker and M. Engi) of a session at the AGU-2014: Petrochronology (V54B)
  • Convener (with E. Grosch and P. Goncalvez) of a session at the EGU-2014: Frontiers in metamorphic petrology and the evolution of metamorphic belts (GMPV18/TS7.10)


Invited Seminar Presentations and Keynotes

  • 2017: University of Montpellier; EGU-2017 Vienna; Geosciences: a tool in a changing world, Pisa-2017
  • 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)


Editorial Work and Reviews

  • Associate editor: Computer & Geosciences
  • Invited editor: Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry (2016-2017); Geological Society of London Special publications (2017-2018)
  • Reviewer for scientific journals (alphabetic order): American Mineralogist; Applied Geochemistry; Clay Minerals; Computers and Geosciences; Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology; Geological Society of London SP; International Journal of Physical Sciences; Journal of Geodynamics; Journal of Metamorphic Geology; Journal of Petrology; Lithos; Lithosphere; Mineralogical Magazine; Minerals; Reviews in Mineralogy and Petrology; Tectonophysics
  • Reviewer for funding agencies: INSU (France)


Professional Memberships (current only)

  • Société Française de Minéralogie et Cristallographie (membre du comité scientifique et webmaster)
  • European Geosciences Union (EGU); Early Career Scientist co-representative of the GMPV division and webmaster (2017-present).
  • Geochemical Society (GS)
  • Geological Society of America (GSA)


Field Experience

  • 2018: Mapping and metamorphism. Ivrea, Italy – 3 days*
  • 2017: Petrology. Piora, Switzerland – 7 days*
  • 2017: Mapping and metamorphism. Ivrea, Italy – 3 days*
  • 2016: Mapping and metamorphism. Ivrea, Italy – 3 days*
  • 2015: Petrology. Piora, Switzerland – 7 days*
  • 2015: Volcanology. Eifel, Germany – 10 days*
  • 2015: Mapping and metamorphism. Ivrea, Italy – 3 days*
  • 2014: Metamorphic petrology. Alps, France + Italy – 2 weeks
  • 2014: Petrology. Varallo, Italy – 4 days*
  • 2014: Mapping and metamorphism. Ivrea, Italy – 3 days*
  • 2013: Petrology. Adamello, Italy – 8 days*
  • 2013: Metamorphic petrology. Sesia Zone, Italy – 1 week
  • 2013: Petrology. Varallo, Italy – 4 days*
  • 2013: Volcanology. Gran Canaria, Spain – 12 days*
  • 2013: Mapping and metamorphism. Ivrea, Italy – 3 days*
  • 2011: Metamorphism and deformation. Granada, Spain – 2 days
  • 2011: Tectonophysics. Montagne Noire, France – 5 days*
  • 2010: Metamorphism in a paleo-subduction wedge. Schistes Lustrés, Queyras, France and Italy – 1 week
  • 2010: Tectonophysics. Montagne Noire, France – 5 days*
  • 2009: Metamorphism and structural geology in the Briançonnais area. Guillestre – Briançon, France – 3 weeks
  • 2009: Tectonophysics. Montagne Noire, France – 5 days*
  • 2008: Sedimentary, structural and petrological analyses of a foreland basin. Champsaur, France – 8 days
  • 2008: Pluridisciplinary geological analyses in the Western Alps. Queyras, France – 8 days
  • 2008: Petrology, cartography and volcanology. Massif Central, France – 5 days
  • 2008: Stratigraphy and structural analyses of a foreland basin. Bareme, France – 4 days
  • 2007: Metamorphism in a paleo-subduction channel. Viso, Italy – 3 days
  • 2007: Tectonophysics. Montagne Noire, France – 5 days
  • 2006: Structural geology and metamorphism. Massif central, France – 5 days
  • 2006: Sedimentary and structural geology. Corbières, France – 5 days
* Field course assistant


  • 2009-2012 : PhD thesis (University of Grenoble, France)
  • 2007-2009 : Master in Geology (University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France)
  • 2004-2007 : Bachelor in Geology (University of Savoie, Chambéry, France)