Manel Fernandez Ortiga - Curriculum Vitae#


Education
  • 1983 BSc in Physics. University of Barcelona
  • 1985 MSc in Geophysics. University of Barcelona
  • 1988 PhD in Geophysics. University of Barcelona. Advisor: Prof. E. Banda. Dissertation: Geothermal gradients in Catalonia. Origin of the thermal anomalies and interpretation of the geothermal regime (in Catalan).

Previous positions
  • 1984-1990 Geological Survey of Catalonia. Geophysicist.
  • 1990-2000 Institute Earth Sciences Jaume Almera – CSIC. Tenure Researcher
  • 2000-2007 Institute Earth Sciences Jaume Almera – CSIC. Senior Researcher
  • 2007-present Institute Earth Sciences Jaume Almera – CSIC. Research Professor

Research Interest
  • Topics: Thermal regime, lithosphere structure and dynamics, passive continental margins and sedimentary basins, lithosphere-asthenosphere interaction, numerical modeling.
  • Present interest: Large-scale tectonophysics. Integrated studies of crust and upper mantle structure combining geopotential fields, thermal regime, mineral physics and geochemistry, and elastic properties. Upper mantle structure and dynamic topography.
  • Geographic areas: Western Mediterranean, Iberian Peninsula and margins, Alpine-Himalayan System, Africa continent.

Professional Services
  • Director of the Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera – CSIC (2005 - 2012)
  • Vice-director of the Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera – CSIC (2001 - 2005)
  • Membership of the Executive Board of the Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera – CSIC (1998-2012)
  • Membership of the Programme Science Forum of EuroMARGINS (panel of coordinators, 2003-2007)
  • Coordinator of the European Human Capital and Mobility Network ‘Geodynamic Modelling of the Western Mediterranean’ European Union (CHRX-CT94-0607) integrated by: Barcelona, Milan, Potenza, Paris and Lion. 1995 – 1998
  • Coordinator of the Collaborative Research Grant ‘The Iberian-African plate boundary: lithospheric structure and geodynamic evolution’ NATO (EST.CLG978922) integrated by: Barcelona, Madrid, Rabat, Paris, Amsterdam and Milan. 2002-2004
  • Coordinator of the Collaborative Research Project ‘WESTMED: Imaging de Western Mediterranean Margins. A key target to understand the interaction between deep and shallow processes’ ESF-EUROMARGINS (01-LEC-ENA22F) integrated by: Universidad de Barcelona, CMIMA-CSIC, ICTJA-CSIC, IACT-CSIC, Universite de Paris VI, CNRS-Villefranche Sur Mer, Utrecht University, Vrije-Amsterdam University, GEOMAR-Kiel, Universita Roma 3 and CNR-Padova. 2004-2007
  • Spanish Coordinator of the Collaborative Research Project ‘TOPOMED: Plate re-organization in the western Mediterranean. Lithospheric causes and topographic consequences’ ESF-TOPOEUROPE (07-FP-006) integrated by: ICTJA-CSIC, IACTA-CSIC and Universidad de Granada, Universidad de Vigo, UTM-CSIC, ICM-CSIC, Universidad de Cadiz, Universidad de Salamanca, MNCN-CSIC, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Instituto Geologico y Minero de España y Universidad de Barcelona. European partners are: The Netherlands (coordinator), Portugal, Germany, Ireland and Italy. 2009-2012
  • Spanish Coordinator of the Initial Training Network TOPOMOD – Sculpting the Earth’s topography: insights from modelling deep-surface processes. EU-FP7-PEOPLE-2010-ITN Marie Curie Actions. (2011 – 2014). General coordinator Prof. Claudio Faccenna, Roma Tre
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Geodynamics - Elsevier Science (1994-2010).
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Studia Geophysica & Geodetica – Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic (1997-2003)
  • Associated Editor of Studia Geophysica & Geodetica – Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic (since 2004)
  • Membership of the Spanish Commission of Geodesy and Geophysics (2005-2008)
  • Member of the Pool of Reviewers of the European Science Foundation for Earth Sciences (2009-2011)
  • Member of the Pool of Reviewers of the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia of Portugal for the Earth Space Sciences (2011-2012)
  • Honorary Associte with the Macquarie University at Sydney, Australia (2012-2017)
  • Member of the ERC-Starting Grant Remote Review Panel 'Earth System Science' (2010-2013)
  • Member of the ERC Advance Grant Evaluation Panel 'Earth System Science' (2013)

Research Funding

Spanish Agencies
  • Tectonics of the Gibraltar Arc and Atlas Mountains: lithospheric causes and topographic effects (TOPOMED-Spain). (2008-2012). 395.000 €.
  • Analysis of thermal and gravity data in Catalonia (NE Spain). (2007-2008). 60.862 €.
  • The Gibraltar Arc System: active geodynamic processes in the South-Iberian margins. (2005-2009). 72.590 €.
  • Crustal and lithosphere structure, vertical movements and sediment dynamics in the Western Mediterranean margins (WESTMED-Spain). (2003-2007). 140.000 €.
  • Integrated geological and geophysical studies in the South Iberian margins and sedimentary basins: relationships between lithospheric structure and vertical movements. (2001-2004). 63.076 €.
  • Lithospheric thermal regime in the Western Iberian Peninsula. (1996-1997). 6.000 €.
  • Delamination and orogenic collapse in the Western Mediterranean. Geodynamic modelling. (1993-1994). 2.600 €.
  • Developments in numerical modelling to study extensional processes in the continental lithosphere. (1992-1994). 12.450 €.
  • Measurements and inventory of heat flow data in Spain: Betic Mountains and SW-Iberia. (1990-1993). 90.000 €.
  • Heat flow in the Balearic Islands. (1989-1990). 15.000 €.
  • Measurements and inventory of heat flow data in the Iberian Hercynian Massif. (1988-1990). 54.000 €.
  • The geothermal gradient map of Catalonia (NE-Spain). (1986-1988). 60.000 €.

International Agencies
  • TOPOMOD – Sculpting the Earth’s topography: insights from modelling deep-surface processes. EU-FP7-PEOPLE-2010-ITN Marie Curie Actions. (2011 – 2014). 465.152 €.
  • Plate re-organization in the western Mediterranean: Lithospheric causes and topographic consequences (TopoMed). 07-TOPO-EUROPE FP-006, ESF Eurocores. (2008-2011). Spanish project linked to TOPOMED-Spain.
  • Imaging the Western Mediterranean Margins: A key target to understand the interaction between deep and shallow processes. 01-LEC-EMA22F, ESF Eurocores – EUROMARGINS. (2004-2007). Linked to WESTMED-Spain.
  • The Iberian-African plate boundary: lithospheric structure and geodynamic evolution. NATO (EST.CLG.978922). (2002-2004). 22.700 €.
  • Geodynamic Modelling of the Western Mediterranean. EU (CHRX-CT94-0607). (1995-1998). 84.017 €.
  • Atlas of Geothermal Resources in Europe. Spain. EU (JOU2-CT93-0298). (1994-1997). 44.468 €.
  • Formation modelling of the Guadalquivir Foreland Basin: Integrated Basin Studies. EU ((JOU2-CT92-110). (1993-1995). 150.000 €.

Industry
  • The Global Structure of the Lithosphere. NORSK-HYDRO (Oil Division). (2005-2006). 112.530 €.
  • Estimation of Radiogenic Heat Production from Indirect Regional. NORSK-HYDRO (Oil Division). (2004-2005). 72.000 €.
  • Global Radiogenic Heat Production Studies. NORSK-HYDRO (Oil Division). (2003-2004). 114.200 €.
  • Compressional Tectonics and Geophysical Study of the More Basin. NORSK-HYDRO (Oil Division). (2002-2003). 115.695 €.

Editor Activities
  • “EUROMARGINS: Imaging, monitoring, and modelling physical, chemical and biological processes in the European passive continental margins”. Juergen Mienert, Jean-Paul Foucher, Didier Hauglustaine and Manuel Fernandez (Eds.), Tectonophysics, Spec. Issue, vol. 261/1-4, 2009.
  • “Evolución Alpina del Mediterráneo Occidental y regiones vecinas”. Revista de la Sociedad Geológica de España, Vol. 20, (3-4), 2008. Special Volume in Memoriam of Prof. Victor Garcia-Dueñas. Editorial Board.
  • “Cenozoic Foreland Basins of Western Europe”. A. Mascle, C. Puigdefábregas, H.P. Luterbacher and M. Fernàndez (Eds.). Geol. Soc. London Spec. Publ., vol. 134, 1998.
  • “Structural Controls on Sedimentary Basin Formation”. S. Cloetingh, M. Fernàndez, J.A. Muñoz, W. Sassi and F. Horvath (Eds.). Tectonophysics, Spec. Issue, vol. 282/1-4, 1997.
  • “Mechanics Problems in Geodynamics. Part II”. R. Wang and K. Aki (Eds), Pageoph. Topical Volumes, Birkhäuser, Basel, 1996, 344 pp. Book Review published in Surveys in Geophysics, 18, 650-651, 1997.
  • “Atlas Nacional de España. Sección II – Geofísica”. Instituto Geográfico Nacional, MOPT, 1991. Member of the Scientific Advisory Board.

Advising of Ph. D. Degree and Post-Doctoral Researchers

Present advising
Ph. D. Thesis
  • Alberto Carballo. ‘The lithospheric structure of the Iberian Peninsula. Modelling the physical properties of the upper mantle’. Starting date: December 2010. Advisor: M. Fernandez, co-advisor: I. Jimenez-Munt.
  • Lavinia Tunini. ‘Integrated modelling of the upper mantle in the Alpine-Himalayan orogen: Comparison between the Atlas, Zagros and Tibet’. Starting date: September 2010. Advisor: I. Jimenez-Munt, co-advisor: M. Fernandez.
  • Jan Globig. ‘Mantle characterization and dynamic topography in Africa’. Starting date: November 2011. Advisor: M. Fernandez, co-advisor: C. Faccenna.

Past advising
Ph. D. Thesis
  • 2008. Javier Fullea. ‘Development of numerical methods to determine the lithospheric structure combining geopotential, lithostatic and heat transport equations. Application to the Gibraltar Arc System’.
  • 2008. Sergio Zlotnik. ‘Numerical modelling of transient multiphase thermo-mechanical problems: application to the oceanic lithosphere’. Special Award Faculty of Geology, University of Barcelona.
  • 2007. Leire Iribarren. ‘Surface mass-balance in the Betic-Rif orogen during the Neogene. Relationships with tectonic evolution and vertical movements (in Spanish)’.
  • 2006. Juan Carlos Afonso. ‘Thermal, density, seismological and rheological structure of the lithospheric-sublithospheric mantle from combining petrological-geophysical modelling: Insights on lithospheric stability and the initiation of subduction’. Carleton University in Ottawa. Special Award University of Carleton.
  • 2000. Ignacio Marzan Blas. ‘Thermal regime in the Iberian Peninsula. Lithosphere structure through the Iberian Massif and the South-Portuguese Margin (in Spanish)’.
  • 1999. Ivone Jimenez-Munt. ‘Development of thin sheet numerical models to study lithospheric deformation. Application to the Azores-Gibraltar región (in Catalan)’.
  • 1998. Daniel Garcia-Castellanos. ‘Development of lithosphere flexure numerical models: application to ocean trenches and foreland basin (in Spanish)’. Special Award Garcia-Siñeriz Foundation.
  • 1996. Ana Negredo. ‘Development of numerical models applied to extensional basins formation: Kinematic and dynamic aspects (in Spanish)’.
  • 1993. Julia Cabal. ‘Thermal regime in the NW-Iberian Peninsula and its continental margins: Heat flow, radiogenic heat production and lithosphere thermal structure (in Spanish)’.

Post-Doctoral and Tenure Researchers
  • 1996-1997. Anna M. Marotta. ‘Geodynamic Modelling of the Western Mediterranean’. Human Capital and Mobility – European Union.
  • 1995. Alba Zappone. ‘Formation modelling of the Guadalquivir Foreland Basin: Integrated Basin Studies’. Joule II – European Union.
  • 2003-2004. Miquel Vila. ‘Global Radiogenic Heat Production’. Collaborative project with Norsk-Hydro Research Center.
  • 2007-2008. Juan C. Afonso. ‘Imaging the Western Mediterranean Margins: A key target to understand the interaction between deep and shallow processes’. EUROMARGINS – European Science Foundation.
  • 2004-2009. Daniel Garcia-Castellanos. ‘Numerical modelling of landscape evolution and drainage network in the Iberian Peninsula’. Tenure researcher at Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Amera.
  • 2004-2010. Ivone Jimenez-Munt. ‘Thermomechanical modelling of continental collision Application to the Alpine orogenesis’. Tenure researcher at Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Amera.
  • 2005-2008. Marta Perez-Gussinye. ‘Long-Term Lithospheric Strength: Implications for Plate & Mantle Dynamics’. Tenure researcher contract, presently at Royal Holloway, London University.

Visits and Collaborations with Foreign Research Centres
  • 2009 & 2012 GEMOC ARC National Key Centre, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. “Integrated petrological and geophysical models of the upper mantle".
  • 2005 Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. “Integrated petrological and geophysical models to study the lithospheric structure and conditions for subduction initiation”.
  • 2003-2004 Universite de Paris-Sud, Paris, France. “The Iberian-African plate boundary: lithospheric structure and geodynamic evolution”.
  • 1997 Universita degli Studi di Milano, Italy. “Geodynamic Modelling of the Western Mediterranean”.
  • 1996 Universidade de Evora, Evora, Portugal. “Lithospheric termal regime in the Western Iberian Peninsula”.
  • 1995 Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. “Origin of Sedimentary Basins, International Lithosphere Programme”.
  • 1994 Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, United Kingdom. “Integrated Basin Studies. The Guadalquivir Foreland Basin”.
  • 1994 Geological Institute-Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscú, Rusia “Heat Flow in the Alboran Sea”.
  • 1993 Universidad de Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Alemania. “Development of numerical models for the study of extensional processes in the continental lithosphere”.
  • 1990 Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, U.S.A. “Heat Flow in Neogene basins of the Iberian Peninsula”.
  • 1990 IFREMER - Geosciences Marines, Brest, Francia. “Studying an aborted rift: the Valencia Trough”

Organization of Workshops
  • “Convection in the Earth´s Crust and Mantle and the Thermal State of the Lithosphere”. XVIII General Assembly of the European Geophysical Society. Wiesbaden, Germany, 1993.
  • “Thermomechanical Behaviour of the Lithosphere, Continental and Oceanic”. XIX General Assembly of the European Geophysical Society. Grenoble, France, 1994.
  • “Extensional basin modelling and Rheology”. International Lithosphere Programme – Origin of Sedimentary Basins. Tel Aviv, Israel, 1994.
  • “Origin of Sedimentary Basins”. 6th Workshop of the International Lithosphere Programme. Sitges, Spain, 1995.
  • “Thermomechanical Behaviour of the Continental Lithosphere”. XXI General Assembly of the European Geophysical Society. The Hague, Netherlands, 1996.
  • “Continental rifts and passive continental margins”. XXVI General Assembly of the European Geophysical Society. Nice, France, 2001.
  • “The lithosphere: Continental rifts and passive continental margins”. XXVII General Assembly of the European Geophysical Society. Nice, France, 2002.
  • “The Mediterranean-Atlantic Region. MEDIATIC”. European Science Foundation – EUROMARGINS. Barcelona, Spain, 2004.
  • “PICASSO-TOPO_Europe Workshop”. International Lithosphere Programme and European Science Foundation. Granada, Spain, 2005.
  • “Dynamics and Thermal Structure of Subduction Zones”. European Geosciences Union, General Assembly. Vienna, Austria, 2007.
  • “The Mediterranean-Atlantic Region. MEDIATIC-II”. European Science Foundation – EUROMARGINS. Barcelona, Spain, 2007.
  • “The Geology of Vertical Movements: Uplift and Subsidence, Mountains and Basins”. Member of the Scientific Committee. International Lithosphere Programme. Marrakech, Morocco, 2007.
  • “ThermodynaMix II: Building a community data base of thermodynamic parameters for mantle minerals”. Barcelona, Spain, 2008.
  • “Third International Geomodelling Conference – GEOMOD 2008”. Member of the Scientific Committee. Firenze, Italy, 2008.
  • “Geodynamics of the Westernmost Mediterranean and Northwest Africa”. European Geosciences Union, General Assembly. Vienna, Austria, 2011.
  • “Lithosphere dynamics and sedimentary basins: The circum-Mediterranean Basins and analogues”. Member of the Scientific Committee. 8th Workshop of the International Lithosphere Program, ILP-Task Force on Sedimentary Basins. Marseille, France, 2013.
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