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M.Sc. Arthur Borzi

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Department of Earth Sciences

Institute of Geological Sciences

Tectonics and Sedimentary Systems

PhD Candidate

Malteserstr. 74-100
Room B 242
12249 Berlin

I am a geoscientist with a strong background in seismic interpretation and stratigraphy. These tools allow us to get a snapshot of past processes and events, which are well recorded in the sedimentary basins and thus give insights into the earth`s history. My goal is to contribute to a better understanding of those sediment sinks and especially to the great debate on Alpine orogenic structure.



2021 - present

PhD candidate

Sedimentary Systems Group, Institue of Geologiacal Sciences

Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

2013 - 2021

BSc and MSc

Technische Universität, Graz, Austria



HTBLVA Ortwein, Graz, Austria

“Comparing Pro- & Retro-deformation front evolution in 4D to detect changes in deep-seated slab behavior”

My research project is part of the joint DFG-funded priority program:” Mountain Building Processes in Four-Dimensions (MB-4D) SPP 2017, which represents an integral part of the European AlpArray project. It is supervised by Prof. Dr. Anne Bernhardt, Prof. Dr. Eline Le Breton and Prof. Dr. Mark R. Handy.

The goal of the project is to compare evolution of the deformation in the northern (pro) and southern (retro) Alpine deformation front in four dimensions to detect changes in deep-seated slab geometry.

While it is consensus that the Western Alps overly a South-East dipping slab of European lithosphere, the mantle structure beneath the Eastern Alps is controversial. There, global P-wave tomographic images indicate a subvertical to North- to North-East dipping slab anomaly, for which different affinities have been proposed: Adriatic, torn and overturned European or a combined Adriatic and European origin. Irrespective of its origin, the junction between the Eastern and Central Alps is an enigmatic site of a change in slab dip.

In order to give new insights to this enigmatic site, we will reconstruct the late Oligocene to Recent deformation history of the northern and southern Alpine deformation front, which represent the pro-deformation and retro-deformation front respectively. We also will investigate the adjacent peripheral foreland basins: The North Alpine Foreland Basin, (NAFB) and the Veneto Basin to study their evolution through time and analyze their subsurface structures and sedimentary successions. Furthermore, we will perform a high-resolution subsidence analysis of both Foreland Basins.