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Dr. Lorenzo Gemignani


Department of Earth Sciences

Institute of Geological Sciences

Tectonics and Sedimentary Systems


Malteserstr. 74-100
Room B 137
12249 Berlin


November 2018 – Post Doctoral Research Associate at the Tectonics and Sedimentary Systems Group, Freie Universität Berlin

2018 - PhD in Thermochronology and Tectonics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA)

2017/2018 – Lecturer and Field assistant (project Mineral) at the University of Turin, Italy.

2013 - Marie Curie Fellowship: iTECC (investigating Tectonics-Erosion-Climate Coupling) ITN, supported by the EU FP7 (grant agreement no. 316966).

2011 - MSc of Geology at University of Pisa, Italy.



At The FU-Berlin (From November 2018)

- Advanced cartography (MSc Students)

- Field mapping (MSc Students)

- Laboratory Methods (Msc students)


At the university of Torino:

- Introduction to fold and thrust belts (MSc of Earth Science)

- Radio-Isotopic dating techniques (MSc of Earth Science)

- Seminars for current research

- Field Mapping and GIS (MSc of Earth Science)


I’m a geologist and geochronologist born and raised between the Apennines and the Alps. My research focuses on quantitatively understanding the tectonic evolution of orogenic belts looking at source rocks and erosional records. I investigate continental collision and feedback loop processes between tectonics, erosion, and climate. My research is deep-rooted upon laboratory analysis, field-based studies, and in collaborating with numerical modelers. I’m involved in projects in the Himalaya (Nepal, India), Tibet and China, Alps, Sardinia, and Dinarides.


Further information on ResearchGate.


Selected peer-reviewed journal publications:



Xilin Sun, Kuiper, K.F., Yuntao Tian, Chang'an Li, Zengjie Zhang, Gemignani, L., Rujun Guo, Wijbrans, J.R., (2020). 40Ar/39Ar mica dating of late Cenozoic sediments in SE Tibet: Implications for sediment recycling and drainage evolution. Journ. of the Geo. Soc., DOI: 10.1144/jgs2019-099

Huyghe, P., Bernet, M., Galy, A., Naylor, M., Cruz, J., Gyawalie, B.R., Gemignani, L., Mugnier, J-L. (2020), Rapid exhumation since at least 13 Ma in the Himalaya recorded by detrital apatite fission-track dating of Bengal fan (IODP Expedition 354) and modern Himalayan river sediments. Earth and Plan. Sci. Lett., 534, DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2020.116078

Xilin Sun, Kuiper, K.F., Yuntao Tian, Chang'an Li, Gemignani, L., Zengjie Zhang, J.R. Wijbrans, (2020). Impact of hydraulic sorting and weathering on mica provenance studies: An example from the Yangtze River. Chemical Geology, 532, DOI: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2019.119359



Gemignani, L., Kuiper, F.K., Wijbrans, J., Xilin Sun, Santato, A., (2019). Improving the precision of single grain mica 40Ar/39ArdatingonsmallerandyoungerMuscovite grains: application to provenance studies. Chemical Geology, 511, pp. 100-111, DOI: 110. 1016/j.cherngeo,2019.02.013.

Najman, Y., Mark, C., Barfod, D. N., Carter, A., Parrish, R., and Gemignani, L., (2019), Spatial and temporal trends in exhumation of the Eastern Himalaya and syntaxis as determined from a multitechnique detrital thermochronological study of the Bengal Fan. GSA Bulletin, DOI: 10.1130/B35031.1



Gemignani, L., Beek van der, P., Braun, J., Najman, Y., Bernet, M., Garzanti, E.A., Wijbrans R.J., (2018). Downstream evolution of the thermochronologic age signal in the Brahmaputra catchment (eastern Himalaya): implications for the detrital record of erosion. Earth Plan. Sci. Lett., n. 499, DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2018.07.019

Gemignani, L., (2018). Extracting erosion and exhumation patterns form detrital thermochronology: an example from the eastern Himalaya. ISBN: 978-90-9030865-4

Braun J, Gemignani, L., Beek van der, P. (2018). Extracting information on the spatial variability in erosion rate stored in detrital cooling age distributions in river sands. ESurf, vol. 6, p. 257-270, DOI: 10.5194/esurf-6-257-2018

Zhuang, G., Najman, Y., Tian, Y., Carter, A., Gemignani, L., Wijbrans, J., Qasim, M.J., Asif Khan, J. M., (2018). Insights into the evolution of the Hindu Kush- Kohistan- Karakoram from modern river sand detrital geo- and thermochronological studies. Journ. of the Geol. Society, ISSN: 0016-7649, DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.c.4124573



Gemignani, L., Sun, X., Braun, J., Gerve van der, T.D., Wijbrans, J. R., (2017). A new detrital mica 40Ar/39Ar dating approach for provenance and exhumation of the Eastern Alps. Tectonics, vol. 36, p. 1521-1537, DOI: 10.1002/2017TC004483



Carosi, R., Montomoli, C., Iaccarino, S., Massonne, H., Rubatto, D., Langone, A., Gemignani, L., Visonà, D. (2016). Middle to late Eocene exhumation of the Greater Himalayan Sequence in the Central Himalayas: Progressive accretion from the Indian plate. GSA Bulletin, vol. 128, DOI: 10.1130/B31471.1.



Carosi, R., Gemignani, L., Godin, L., Iaccarino, S., Larson, K.P., Montomoli, C., Rai, S.M. (2014). A geological journey through the deepest gorge on earth: The Kali Gandaki valley section, west-central Nepal. Journal of the Virtual Expr., ISSN: 1441-8142, DOI: 10.3809/jvirtex.vol.2014.052.