Research in our group is directed towards the understanding of the geodynamics of  mountain belts and foreland basins. We study, tectonics, neo-tectonics and morpho-tectonics and links with surface processes.  Former projects also included plate-tectonics and evolution of passive margins.

Research is carried out with strong international collaboration and our most recent projects are about tectonics of the Molasse Basin, the Jura fold-and-thrust belt, and the Greater Caucasus. We also investigate the Stress State, Fault Criticallity and Fluids especially in the Alpine foreland in outstanding outcrops.

Recent News

EGU – Vienna – April 2018 – Geodynamics of the Greater Caucasus Special Session

The Greater Caucasus is an outstanding natural geodynamic laboratory located between  the Black Sea to the W and the Caspian Sea to the E. This intracontinental mountain belt is the result of the inversion of an intensely extended intra-continental rift basin, due to the collision of the Arabian and Eurasian (Scythian) plates. Though explored for…

Fribourg area keeps shaking

The larger Fribourg area keeps shaking. Thus the region around Châteaux d’Oex has been  shaken by a magnitude 4.3 quake on July first, followed by a swarm of dozens of aftershocks but also preceded by foreshocks (see: http://www.seismo.ethz.ch). The hypocenter has been located by SED at a depth of some 4.4 km right under the…

Triassic Alpine Décollement – A Review

In the course of June 2017 our paper on our present knowledge of the Triassic evaporites and the foreland décollements has been published in The Role of the Triassic Evaporites underneath the North Alpine Foreland , by Anna Sommaruga, Jon Mosar, Marc Schori, Marius Gruber. The paper covers different aspects of the Alpine foreland décollement levels.  You…