Dr. Jörg Giese


Fachbereich Geowissenschaften

Institut für Geologische Wissenschaften

Tectonics and Sedimentology


Address Malteserstr. 74-100
Room B 137
12249 Berlin
Telephone (+49 30) 838 - 70191
Fax (+49 30) 838 - 458659
Email joerg.giese@fu-berlin.de

Professional Experience

Since 2013                 Post Doctoral Research Associate at the Tectonics and Sedimentary Geology Group at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

2011 - 2013

Project Manager Geology, Louis Ingenieurgeologie GmbH, Weggis, Switzerland (gravitational natural hazard assessment, hazard mapping and engineering geology)
2009 - 2011 Akademischer Rat a. Z. in the Tectonics- and Structural Geology Grout at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany
2005 - 2009 Research Associate (in combination with my PhD studies) in the Tectonics Group at the University of Bern, Switzerland
2005 - 2006 Free-lancing Geologist, GAF AG, Munich, Germany (several assignments, including analytical work and fieldwork in the course of World Bank (IDA) Project; “Réalisation des travaux de cartographie géologique de Madagascar, révision approfondie de la cartographie géologique et minière aux échelles 1/100.000 et 1/500.000 zone Sud”)
2004 - 2005 Service Contract, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, Sonderforschungsbereich 267


2009 PhD in Geology at the Universtiy of Bern, Switzerland

Diplom in Geology and Palaeontology at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Actively growing mountain chain of the northern Qilian Shan.

Freie Universität Berlin


  • Advanced geological field mapping                   

- Peshkopia, Albania       (2014)
- Kukes, Albania             (2015)

  • Geological methods – laboratory methods
  • Advanced geological map interpretation and profile construction – Karten und Profile II
  • Seminar on current work


  • Praxis I GP – “Die Erde”
  • Praxis II GP – Geological field mapping

- Adorf, Germany             (2013)
- Radenthein, Austria       (2014)

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

  • Interpretation of geological Maps                                          (BSc-Level)
  • Rock identification                                                              (BSc Level)
  • Geological maps and profiles 2                                            (MSc-Level
  • Advanced mapping class “Flumserberge, Switzerland”           (MSc-Level)

University of Bern (assistant)

  • Structural geology
  • Geological maps and profiles 1 & 2
  • Plate tectonics
  • Deformation mechanisms and microstructures
  • Field mapping class
  • Excursion “Kandersteg”
  • Excursion “Morcles Decke”

Freie Universität Berlin (student tutor)

  • Terrigenous sediments
  • Chemical sediments
  • Geological maps and profiles 1 & 2
  • Excursion tectonics and structural geology „Harz“
  • Excursion salt mechanics “underground mine – ASSE”

As clearly visible by my previous research and professional experiences I am not attached to a single discipline in geosciences. Although, deeply rooted in structural geology, I find the most exciting challenges in combining different methods and disciplines to tackle one and the same “Problem” from different sides, at different scales. This does not only result to more robust interpretations, but also raises new, and sometimes essential, questions.In this way, I conducted research on different aspects of geodynamics:

  • within the active orogenic belt of the Qilian Shan, flanking the eastern border of the Tibetan Plateau,

  • in the eastern Alps at the southern border of the Tauern Window,

  • and the deep crustal levels of the East African Orogen in Madagascar: from the Neoproterozoic to Palaeozoic amalgamation to Mesozoic to Cenozoic exhumation, rifting and finally the dispersal of Gondwana.

Besides classical methods of structural geology, sedimentology, petrography and petrology, I use methods of geochronology (In-situ U-Th-Pb dating of monazite using EMPA), thermochronology (apatite fission track analysis of crystalline and sedimentary rocks), cosmogenic nuclides (catchment wide erosion rates based on 10Be), as well as remote sensing.

Publications in peer-reviewed international journals

Rindraharisaona, E.J., Tilmann, F., Yuan, X., Rümpker, G., Giese, J. and Rambolamanana, G. (2017). Crustal structure of southern Madagascar from receiver functions and ambient noise correlation: implications for the crustal evolution. Akzeptiert im Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth, 122, doi:10.1002/2016JB013565

Giese, J., Schreurs, G., Berger, A. and Herwegh, M. (2016). Kinematics and significance of a poly-deformed crustal-scale shear zone in central to south-eastern Madagascar: the Itremo-Ikalamavony thrust. Int. J. Earth Sci., DOI: 10.1007/s00531-016-1415-z

Reiss, M.C., Rümpker, G., Tilmann, F., Yuan, X., Giese, J. and Rindraharisaona, E.J. (2016). Seismic anisotropy of the lithosphere and asthenosphere beneath southern Madagascar from teleseismic shear-wave splitting analysis and waveform modeling. J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 121, 6627-6643, doi: 10.1002/2016JB013020

Giese, J., Seward, D and Schreurs, G. (2012): Low-temperature evolution of the Morondava rift basin shoulder in western Madagascar: An apatite fission track study. Tectonics, 31, TC2009, doi:10.1029/2011TC002921.

Giese, J., Berger, A., Schreurs, G. and Gnos, E. (2011). The timing of the tectono-metamorphic evolution at the Neoproterozoic-Phanerozoic boundary in central southern Madagascar. Precambrian Res., 185, 131-148.

Giese, J., Seward, D., Stuart, F.M., Wüthrich, E., Gnos, E., Kurz, D., Eggenberger, U., Schreurs, G. (2010). Electrodynamic disaggregation: Does it affect apatite fission-track and (U-Th)/He analyses? Geostand. Geoanal. Res., 34, 39-48, DOI: 10.1111/j.1751-908X.2009.00013.x

Schreurs, G., Giese, J., Berger, A., Gnos, E. (2010). A new perspective on the significance of the Ranotsara shear zone in Madagascar. Int. J. Earth Sci., 99, 1827-1847, DOI: 10.1007/s00531-009-0490-9

Berger, A., Gnos, E., Janots, E., Fernandez, A., Giese, J. (2008). Formation and composition of rhapdophane, bastnäsite and hydrated thorium minerals during alteration: Implications for geochronology and low-temperature processes. Chem. Geol., 254, 238-248.


Conference abstracts

Handy, M.R., Kissling, E., Spakman, W., Ustaszewski, K., Le Breton, E. and Giese, J. (2017). Crust-mantle decoupling in the Alps, Carpathians, Dinarides and Hellenides – the next targets of AlpArray? Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 19, EGU 2017

Giese, J., M.C. Reiss, E.J. Rindraharisaona, G. Rümpker, G. Schreurs, F. Tilmann, X. Yuan (2016). Brittle reactivation of inherited late Neoproterozoic/Cambrian lithospheric-scale structures during extension and break-up of Madagascar from Africa. AGU 2016, AGU Fall Meeting.

Menneken, M., T. John, A. Läufer, J. Berndt, F. Henjes-Kunst, J. Giese (2016). Magmatic origin and fluid alteration versus inheritance: Complex history of accessory minerals I-type granites from northern Victoria Land (Antarctica). AGU 2016, AGU Fall Meeting.

Handy M.R., B. Fügenschuh, J. Giese, E. Le Breton, B. Muceku, K. Onuzi, J. Pleuger, S.M. Schmid and K. Ustaszewski (2015). Orogen-parallel and -normal extension at the Dinarides-Hellenides junction during clockwise rotation and radial expansion of the retreating Hellenic arc-trench system. AGU 2015-T23F-06, 2015 AGU Fall Meeting.

Handy, M.R., Cionoiu, S., Giese, J., Groß, P., Le Breton, E., Onuzi, K., Pleuger, J., Schmid, S.M., Ustaszewski, K. and Zertani, S. (2015): Overlapping orogen-parallel and orogen-normal extension related to ongoing clockwise rotation at the junction of the Dinarides and Hellenides (Northern Albania). Annual Meeting DGGV DMG, GeoBerlin 2015.

Menneken, M., John, T., Läufer, A., Berndt, J. and Giese, J. (2015): Zircon Pb-Pb ages, chemistry and inclusion data of granitoids from the Wilson Terrane of northern Victoria Land (Antarctica): evidence for an immature Andean-type continental margin. 26. Internationale Polartagung, München.

Zertani, S., Giese, J. and Handy, M.R. (2015): Kinematics and low-temperature thermochronology of the Skutari-Pec-Fault in northern Albania: a combined structural and apatite fission-track study. Annual Meeting DGGV DMG, GeoBerlin 2015.

Handy, M.R., Schmid, S.M., Cionoiu, S., Deutsch, C., Evseev, S., Giese, J., Groß, S., Le Breton, E.,Onuzi, K., Pleuger, J., Ustaszewski, K., Wannek, D. and Zertani, S. (2014): Tectonics related to rotation at the western end of the Skutari-Pec Normal Fault. XX Congress of the Carpathian Balkan Geological Association, CBGA 2014, Tirana.

Wanneck D., Groß, P., Cionoiu, S., Deutsch, C., Evseev, S., Zertani, S., Giese, J., Le Breton, E., Handy, M.R., Onuzi, K., Pleuger, J. and Ustaszewski, K. (2014): A new 1:10,000 geological map of the Skutari-Pec Fault and surroundings, northern Albania – evidence of orogen-parallel extension. 15th Symposium on Tectonics, Structural Geology and Geology of Crystalline Rocks, TSK15, Potsdam.

Zertani, S., Cionoiu, S., Deutsch, C., Evseev, S., Groß, P., Wannek, D., Handy, M., Ustaszewski, K., Giese, J., Le Breton, E., Pleuger J. and Onuzi, K. (2014): Structure and kinematics of the Kutari-Pec-Fault in northern Albania. 15th Symposium on Tectonics, Structural Geology and Geology of Crystalline Rocks, TSK15, Potsdam.

Giese, J., Seward, D. and Schreurs, G. (2010): Low-temperature evolution of the Morondava rift shoulder in western Madagascar. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 12, EGU2010-11340, 2010.

Hetzel, R., Palumbo, L., Giese, J. and Guo, J. (2010): Growth and erosion of mountain ranges at the northeastern margin of Tibet. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 12, EGU2010-1537, 2010.

Giese, J., Seward, D. and Schreurs, G. (2008): Evolution of the Morondava basin shoulder in western Madagascar – an apatite fission-track study. 6th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, Lugano.

Giese, J., Schreurs, G., Berger, A., Herwegh, M., and Gnos, E. (2008): A new perspective on the significance of the Ranotsara Zone in central Madagascar. 33rd International Geological Congress, Oslo.

Giese, J., Schreurs, G., Berger, A., Herwegh, M. and Gnos, E. (2008): Indenter tectonics in central Madagascar. Geotectonic Research 95/01, TSK Abstracts, pp.51-53. DOI: 10.1127/1864-5658/08/9501-0051.

Giese, J., Schreurs, G., Berger, A. and Herwegh, M. (2007): Microstructures and textures of quartzites in a major ductile shear zone in central and southern Madagascar. 16th DRT Conference, Milano.

Giese, J., Seward, D., Gnos, E. and Kurz, D. (2007): Comparative apatite fission-track study of conventionally versus selFrag Lab fragmented samples. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 72(12), A 322.

Giese, J., Schreurs, G., Berger, A. and Gnos, E. (2006): The Ranotsara Zone in southern Madagascar – a „piercing point“ for Gondwana reconstructions? 4th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, Bern.

Schreurs, G., Giese, J., Berger, A. and Gnos, E. (2006): The role of the Ranotsara Zone in southern Madagascar for Gondwana correlations. TSK 11, Göttingen.

Giese, J., Rosenberg, C. and Handy, M.R. (2004): Constriction in front of the Dolomite Indenter (Alto Adige, Italy): Evidence from field studies and quartz textures. Terra Nostra, 2004/1, p.26, Proceedings of Tektonik-Struktur-Kristallin TSK 10, Aachen.


Unpublished monograph

Giese, J. (2009). Tectonic evolution of the East African Orogen in central southern Madagascar: Implications for assembly, exhumation and dispersal of Gondwana. PhD thesis, 294 pp., University of Bern, Switzerland.

Giese, J. (2004): Geologie der südwestlichen Grenze des Tauernfensters (Mühlwalder Kamm, Italien) und die Analyse von Quarztexturen und Mikrogefügen in L-Tektoniten. Unpubl. Diplom thesis, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.