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Directeur d'Unité





Marc-André Gutscher on ResearchGate


Research Interests: Great earthquakes and tsunamis, tectonics, mapping active faults



3/ 2000 Habilitation to Direct Research, UNIVERSITY OF MONTPELLIER

Title: Relations between the upper and lower plate in subduction zones

1/1992 – 7/1996 Ph. D. in Geophysics, CHRISTIAN ALBRECHTS UNIVERSITY KIEL

Thesis: Accretionary Wedges and the Evolution of Convergent Margins

9/1987 – 9/1989 Master of Science in Geology, UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT, USA

9/1982 – 6/1986 Bachelor of Arts in Physics, WILLIAMS COLLEGE, Mass., USA



since Oct. 2000 CNRS SENIOR RESEARCHER: (seismicity and tectonics of subduction zones)

IUEM, Univ. Brest, Research Lab UMR6538, Plouzané, France

12/1999 – 9/2000 POST DOCTORAL RESEARCHER: GEOMAR, Research Center, Kiel, Germany.

9/1997 – 9/1999 POST DOCTORAL RESEARCHER: (geodynamics, seismotectonics) Lab. de Géophysique et Tectonique, University Montpellier, France.

1991-1997 Ph. D Stipend and Post-doc: GEOMAR, Research Center, Kiel, Germany.

10/1989 – 11/1991 RESEARCH SCIENTIST (full time): Geophysical Inst., Univ. Karlsruhe, Germany.


Research and Administrative Responsibilities

Dept. Chair, Research Lab Géosciences Océan (~120 staff and students), UMR6538, Plouzané, France (since Jan. 2017)

Head of the Institute’s scientific advisory board (2012-2016), Member of the scientific advisory board (2007-2016)

Member of the department’s advisory board (since 2005)

Head of the Research group “Geo-hazards” (2007-2010), Head of the group “Margins and Arcs” (2011-2016)

Member of the international IODP (Integrated Ocean Drilling Program) Site Survey Panel (SSP) (2002-2006)

Member of IODP Scientific Evaluation Panel (SEP) (2015-2018)

Advisor of 7 PhD students and 16 Master’s students (since 2000)

16 oceanographic surveys (5 times Chief scientist: TV-GIB 2003, Delila 2004, DelSis 2005, CIRCEE 2013, CRACK 2016)

Author or co-author of 81 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, (34 as first author)

4142 citations, H-index = 36 (ISI Web of Science, ID# A-2137-2009); 6202 citations, H-index = 41 (Google Scholar)

Contributed to >60 articles in the printed press (Newspapers, magazines), Several radio interviews, 6 TV appearances

Laureate and PI of ERC (European Research Council) Advanced Grant – FOCUS (2018-2023) 3.5 M€


Languages: fluent in English, French, German


Most recent major publications

Gutscher, M.-A., 2018. Scraped by flat-slab subduction. Nature Geoscience, News and Views, 26 Nov. 2018, doi:10.1038/s41561-018-0270-x.

Gutscher, M.-A., Kopp, H., Krastel, S., Bohrmann, G., Garlan, T., Zaragosi, S., Klaucke, I., Wintersteller, P., Loubrieu, B., LeFaou, Y., San Pedro, L., Dominguez, S., Rovere, M., Mercier de Lepinay, B., Ranero, C., and Sallares, V., 2017. Active tectonics of the Calabrian subduction revealed by new multi-beam bathymetric data and high-resolution seismic profiles in the Ionian Sea (Central Mediterranean). Earth and Planet. Sci. Lett., v. 461, 61-72, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2016.12.020.

Gutscher, M.-A., Dominguez, S., Mercier de Lepinay, B., Pinheiro, L., Gallais, F., Babonneau, N., Cattaneo, A. LeFaou, Y. Barreca, G. Micallef , A., and Rovere, M., 2016. Tectonic expression of an active slab tear from high-resolution seismic and bathymetric data offshore Sicily (Ionian Sea). Tectonics, v. 35, n.1, doi:10.1002/2015TC003898.

Gutscher, M.-A., Dominguez, S., Westbrook, G., Le Roy, P., Rosas, F.M., Duarte, J.C., Terrinha, P., Miranda, J.M., Gailler, A., Sallares, V., and Bartolome, R., 2012. The Gibraltar subduction: A decade of new geophysical data. Tectonophysics (invited review paper) v. 574-575, p. 72-91, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2012.08.038.


Earlier major publications

Gutscher, M.-A., 2004. What caused the Great Lisbon Earthquake? Science, v. 305, p. 1247-1248.

Gutscher, M.-A., Malod, J., Rehault, J.-P., Contrucci, I., Klingelhoefer, F., Mendes-Victor, L., and Spakman, W., 2002. Evidence for active subduction beneath Gibraltar. Geology, v. 30, p. 1071-1074.

Gutscher, M.-A., Spakman, W., Bijwaard, H., and Engdahl, E.R., 2000. Geodynamics of flat subduction: Seismicity and tomographic constraints from the Andean margin. Tectonics, v. 19, p. 814-833.

Gutscher, M.-A., Maury, R., Eissen, J.-P., and Bourdon, E., 2000. Can slab melting be caused by flat subduction? Geology, v. 28, p. 535-538.