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Oliver Jagoutz

Associate Professor of Geology

Oliver Jagoutz' research concerns the origin and evolution of the Lithosphere. Favoring addressing scientific questions by a multidisciplinary approach, his research includes fieldwork, petrology, isotope geochemistry, structural geology, and major and trace element geochemistry. Particular interests include field studies on magmatic processes, magmatic accretion of continental crust in subduction zone, oceanic crust evolution, formation and evolution of the ocean-continent transition zone.

At the undergraduate level Jagoutz studied Chemistry and Geology at the University of Mainz and as an Erasums student to ETH Zurich. After graduating in Geology (2000) he began a Ph.D. with J.P.Burg at ETH Zurich during which he spent three months at the Tokyo Institute of Technology with Shige Maruyama. On completion of his Ph.D. in 2004 Jagoutz worked as a postdoc with Othmar Müntener at the University of Bern. He joined the faculty in 2008.

Fieldwork is central to Jagoutz’s research: He usually spends around 3-4 months a year in the field and has extensive field experience in: Greece, Zimbabwe, Switzerland, Italy, Pakistan, India, Mongolia, Morocco and the western US.


Oliver Jagoutz, Francis A. Macdonald, and Leigh Royden (2016), Low-latitude arc–continent collision as a driver for global cooling, PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1523667113

Chatterjee, N. and Jagoutz, O. (2015) Exhumation of the UHP Tso Morari eclogite as a diapir rising through the mantle wedge Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, vol. 169, no. 1, doi: 10.1007/s00410-014-1099-y

Jagoutz, O. and Kelemen, P. B. (2015) Role of Arc Processes in the Formation of Continental Crust, vol. 43, pp. 363-404, doi: 10.1146/annurev-earth-040809-152345

Jagoutz, O. and Royden, L. and Holt, A. F. and Becker, T. W. (2015) Anomalously fast convergence of India and Eurasia caused by double subduction Nature Geoscience, vol. 8, no. 6, pp. 475-U78, doi: 10.1038/ngeo2418

Jicha, B. R. and Jagoutz, O. (2015) Magma Production Rates for Intraoceanic Arcs Elements, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 105-111, doi: 10.2113/gselements.11.2.105

Van Buer, N. J. and Jagoutz, O. and Upadhyay, R. and Guillong, M. (2015) Mid-crustal detachment beneath western Tibet exhumed where conjugate Karakoram and Longmu-Gozha Co faults intersect Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 413, pp. 144-157, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2014.12.053

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Kerr-McGee Career Development Chair (2008-2011) | Tokyo Tech Award, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich (2002) | Erasmus Scholar, European Union (1999)

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Ph.D., Geology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, 2006
M.Sc., Geology, Johannes Gutenberg University, 2000

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