Last update: 13 June 2019
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NEWS 1 - Recently accepted papers

van Hinsbergen , D.J.J., Maffione, M., Koornneef, L., Guilmette, C. Kinematic and paleomagnetic restoration of the Semail Ophiolite (Oman) reveals subduction initiation along an ancient Neotethyan fracture zone. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 518, 183-196.






I am a Lecturer in Earth Sciences at the University of Birmingham (UK), where I teach tectonics and structural geology.

My research revolves around the broad field of tectonics in both collisional and extensional settings. I investigate large-scale tectonic processes, with a specific focus on detachment faulting kinematics at mid-ocean ridges, subduction initiation mechanisms, and the origin of ophiolites. My main research tools are paleomagnetic, magnetic fabric, and structural geological analysis. This multidisciplinary approach allow me to perform kinematic and paleogeographic reconstructions and understand how key tectonic processes work.

My research has a broad geographic character that involves fieldwork in the large Neo-Tethyan ophiolite belt (Albania, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Oman, and Tibet), but also analysis of rocks recovered at various IODP sites like the Philippine Sea (Japan) and the Gulf of Corinth (Greece).

International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) related research
I have been involved twice in IODP expeditions. In 2014 I sailed with Expedition 351 - IBM Arc Origins, which was focussed on the study of subduction initiation in the west Pacific at ~50 Ma. For more info on the main results of IODP Exp. 351 see Proceedings of the International Ocean Discovery Program Volume 351.
More recently (February 2018) I have participated to the onshore party of Expedition 381 "Corinth Active Rift Development", which was aimed to studying the tectonic and paleoenvironment evolution during the early stages of continental rifting.


My interest/expertise areas are:
  • Tectono-magmatic evolution of ophiolites from accretion to emplacement; 
  • Subduction initiation: kinematics and driving forces;
  • Relationship between subduction initiation and upper-plate extension;
  • Geodynamics of spreading systems (oceanic detachment faults and oceanic core complexes);
  • Kinematics and tectonics of curved mountain belts (oroclines);
  • Serpentinization of ultramafic rocks and their magnetic signature;
  • Magnetic fabric of sedimentary rocks;

I have carried out fieldworks in the following areas:
  • Ophiolites of the Tethyan realm (Oman, Tibet, Cyprus, Albania, Greece, Turkey, and Serbia)
  • Southern Andes (Tierra del Fuego)
  • Central Andes (Puna Plateau, Eastern Cordillera)
  • Tibet-Himalaya suture zone (Yarlung-Tzangbo suture zone)
  • Western Alps
  • Northern and Southern Apennines
  • Sardinia