About

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

More insight into the Jura Mountain thrust development

The Master work of Valentin Rime has been published together with coauthors Anna Sommaruga,  Marc Schori, and Jon Mosar in the Swiss Journal of Geosciences. The detailed field investigation in the Neuchâtel Jura was combined with kinematic forward modelling to propose a new, innovative solution to the development of the High Range of the Jura. The proposed model implies…
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Greetings from Tien-Shan

Greetings from our team  in Kyrgistan, where Sandra and Janine are exploring fault and thrust processes in the southern Tien-Shan mountain range in collaboration with our colleague Cholponbek.   Janine – Cholponbek – Sandra and a beautifull strike-slip fault
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Tectonics possibly control fluvial landscape in western Switzerland in the Jura Mountains and the Molasse Basin.

Recent work by our team (Omar Radaideh & Jon Mosar) confirms that there is a significant tectonic control on the evolution of drainage systems, but also revealed a possible evidence for the reactivation of some inherited faults. This work is now published in Tectonophysics : Tectonic controls on fluvial landscapes and drainage development in the westernmost…
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