My research explores how the Earth’s vertical motions evolve over time. My research agenda is wide – it covers vertical motions in “passive” margins, neotectonics of big transform faults, mechanisms of orogenic plateau growth, landscapes record of fault mechanics, and interaction of plate boundaries. Using fieldwork and taking a holistic stand, I combine geomorphology, structural geology and tectono-stratigraphy approaches at regional scales. I’ve enjoyed working at various international institutions —VU Amsterdam, ETH Zürich, Universiteit Utrecht, IPGP Paris— and my passion for research is reflected in active community involvement and geo-communication efforts.
Tectonic forces conspire jointly or fight against each other to propel tectonic motions that scarf and wrinkle the Earth’s surface on a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. These intricate forces situate earthquakes and volcanoes that lead to devastating natural disasters, while conditioning climatic and biological evolution. Understanding the forces engineering plate tectonics provide the key motivation for my main research goals.
My research is three-fold:
 Main and foremost, I study vertical motions of the Earth’s surface and how they link to their geodynamic drivers.
 Secondly, I promote transdisciplinary actions to deepen and refine “old” research questions and define new ones.
 Finally, I create research tools, facilitate research access and enhance its communication.
My approach is markedly multidisciplinary. I link on- and offshore areas of the orogen-basin coupled system using geomorphological methods (spanning longer timescales than those common for the discipline) as well as structural and basin analysis approaches. Morphotectonic markers, deformation structures and sedimentation patterns in these transitional areas, taken together, record the evolution and complexity of the subsided sedimentary basin – uplifted topography. Quantification of vertical motions in basin-orogen transitional areas and of their along-strike chronology define evolving geometries and wavelengths that characterize crustal and deep-seated tectonic forcings and help assess geodynamic models.