Petrology and Geodynamics

Prof. Dr. Romain Bousquet

Head of the working group

Ludewig-Meyn Str. 10, R. 463
Phone: +49 (0)431 880 2888

- Chair of the examinations board
- Deputy chair of the Department of Geosciences
- Deputy member of the commission "Research and knowledge transfer"

- Secretary General of the commission for Magmatic and metamorphic Maps of the CGMW

Research Interests

  • Dynamics of the Lithosphere
  • Modeling of metamorphic processes
  • Tectonometamorphic evolution of the Alps
  • Kinematics of orogenic processes


Selected articles

  • Oalmann, J., Duesterhoeft, E., Möller, A. and Bousquet, R. (2019),  Constraining the pressure–temperature evolution and geodynamic setting of UHT granulites and migmatitic paragneisses of the Gruf Complex, Central Alps, International Journal of Earth Sciences,
  • Robert C. & Bousquet R., 2018, Geowissenschaften - Die Dynamik des Systems Erde, 1017 pp (Textbook in german), Springer-Spektrum, Heidelberg
  • Clerc, C., Lagabrielle, Y., Labaume, P., Ringenbach, J.-C., Vauchez, A., Nalpas, T., Bousquet, R.,   Ballard, J.-F., Lahfid, A. & Fourcade, S. 2016. Basement – Cover decoupling and progressive exhumation of metamorphic sediments at hot rifted margin. Insights from the Northeastern Pyrenean analog. Tectonophysics, 686, 82–97.
  • Chelalou, R., Nalpas, T., Bousquet, R., Prevost, M., Lahfid, A., Ringenbach, J.-C., & Ballard, J.-F. 2016. New sedimentological, structural and paleo-thermicity data in the Boucheville Basin (eastern North Pyrenean Zone, France). C. R. Geoscience, 348: 312-321.
  • Duesterhoeft E.*, Bousquet R., Wichura H. & Oberhaensli R., 2012, Anorogenic plateau formation: the importance of density changes in the lithosphere, Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, B07204, doi: 10.1029/2011JB00900
  • Wiederkehr M*, Bousquet, R., Ziemann M., Berger A. & Schmid S. M., 2011, 3-D assessment of peak-metamorphic conditions by Raman spectroscopy of carbonaceous material: an example from the margin of the Lepontine dome (Swiss Central Alps), International Journal of Earth Sciences, doi: 10.1007/s00531-010-0622-2
  • Wichura H*, Bousquet, R., Oberhänsli R., Strecker MR. & Trauth M., 2010, Evidence for Mid-Miocene uplift of the East African Plateau, Geology, 38, 6; 543–546
  • Bousquet, R., Oberhänsli R., Goffé B., Wiederkehr M., Koller F., Schmid S. M., Schuster R., Engi M., Berger A. & Martinotti G., 2008 Metamorphism of metasediments in the scale of an orogen: A key to the Tertiary geodynamic evolution of the Alps. in Tectonic Aspects of the Alpine-Dinaride-Carpathian System Eds Siegesmund, S., Fügenschuh, B. & Froitzheim, N. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 298, 393-412
  • Bousquet, R., El Mamoun, R., Saddiqi, O. & Goffé, B., 2008 Mélanges and ophiolites: was the Bou-Azzer’s ophiolite suite (Morocco) a Franciscan-type wedge during the Pan-African orogeny?, in “The Boundaries of the West African Craton” Eds Ennih, N. & Liégois, J.-P., Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 297: 233-247.
  • Bousquet, R., 2008, Metamorphic heterogeneities within a same HP unit: overprint effect or metamorphic mix?, Lithos, 103, 46-69.
  • Bousquet, R., Goffé, B., de Capitani, C., Chopin, C., Le Pichon, X. & Henry, P., 2005, Comment on "€œSubduction factory 1. Theoritical mineralogy, densities, seismic wave speeds and H2O contents" by Bradley R. Hacker, Geoffrey A. Abers and Simon M. Peacock, Journal of Geophysical Research, 110, B02206
  • Bousquet, R., Goffé B., Henry P., Le Pichon X. & Chopin C., 1997. Kinematic, thermal and petrological model of the Central Alps: Lepontine metamorphism in the upper crust and eclogitisation of the lower crust. In: Collision Orogens: Zones of Active Transfers between Crust and Mantle (eds. Touret, J. R. L. & Austrheim, H.) Tectonophysics, 273, n°1-2, 105-127

Curriculum Vitae


  • 2013-today Professor for metamorphic and magmatic Petrology, University Kiel, Germany
  • 2011-today Guest Professor, University Potsdam, Germany
  • 2010-2012 Professor for lithosphere dynamics, Université de Rennes, France
  • 2005-2010 Assistant Professor, University Potsdam, Germany
  • 2001-2005 Assistant, Mineralogical and Petrological Institute, University Basel, Swizerland
  • 1999-2001 Post-doc at Geological Institute, University Basel, Switzerland
  • 1998-1999 Post-doc for the Oil company consortium "DOTS" (Conoco, ELF, EXXON, TOTAL, UNOCAL), Paris France
  • 1995-1998 Dissertation, University Paris XI-ENS Paris, France
    "Titel of the dissertation"
  • 1995-1998 Student Assistant, Université de Versailles-St Quentin, France
  • 1994-1995 Research Assistant, University Mainz, Germany
  • 1993 DEA (diploma) with "distinction/award" at University Paris XI, France
    "Titel of thesis" Advisors: X. Le Pichon, B. Goffe, P. Henry
  • 1991-1993 Studies of geology and geophysics at Magistère Interuniversitaire of Science de la Terre, Paris, France