Professor, University of Strasbourg

Main Interests in Research

Oceanic accretion : oceanic ridges (Mid Atlantic Ridge, Indian Ocean Ridges), ophiolites (French Alps, California, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Syria, Iran, Oman) ;

Subduction (Lau Basin, California,Turkey, Iran) ;

Five recent papers

Shafaii Moghadam, H., Rahgoshay, M., Whitechurch, H., (2008). The Mesozoic back-arc extension in the active margin of Iranian continental block: constraints from age and the geochemistry of the mafic lavas. Ofioliti, 23(2), 95-103.

Omrani J., Agard P., Whitechurch H., Benoit M., Prouteau G., Jolivet L., (2008) Arc magmatism and subduction history beneath Zagros: New report of adakites and geodynamic consequences, Lithos 106 (3-4), 380–398.

Shafaii Moghadam H., Whitechurch H., Rahgoshay M., Monsef I. (2009).Significance of Nain-Baft ophiolitic belt (Iran): short-lived, transtensional Cretaceous back-arc oceanic basins over the Tethyan subduction zone.  Comptes Rendus Geosciences, 341, 12, 1016-1028.

Agard P., Omrani J., Jolivet L., Whitechurch H., Vrielynck B., Spakman W., Monié P., Meyer B., Wortel R. (2011). Zagros orogeny: a subduction-dominated process, Geological Magazine, 148, pp 692-725.

Whitechurch H., Omrani J., Agard P., HumbertH., Montigny R. L., JolivetL (in press). Evidence for a Paleocene-Eocene Back-Arc to Arc evolution at the foot of the Eurasian margin (Kermanshah ophiolite, SW Iran): implications for regional geodynamics and obduction. Lithos


77 papers

104 scientific communications in international meetings ;

One textbook for advanced students : « Plate Tectonic » (2000) - Gordon and Breach eds, 307p. ;

Chaptersin Encyclopedia.


Numerous responsabilities in teaching and university organization

General manager in Metal Industry  (5 years)



Université de Strasbourg (UdS)
Ecole et Observatoire des Sciences de la Terre (EOST)
Institut de Physique du Globe (IPGS) (UMR CNRS/UdS 7516)
Institut de Géologie
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