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Fernández Ortiga, Manel

Manel Fernández Ortiga

Scientific staff

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., 1988, Geophysics, Universitat de Barcelona. Advisor: Prof. E. Banda. Dissertation: Geothermal gradients in Catalonia. Origin of the thermal anomalies and interpretation of the geothermal regime (in Catalan).

  • M.Sc., 1985, Geophysics, Universitat de Barcelona.

  • B.Sc., 1983, Physics, Universitat de Barcelona.


Research Interests

My research interests lie on large-scale tectonophysics and more specifically on the lithosphere structure and dynamics applied to the study of passive continental margins and sedimentary basins, continental collision regions and lithosphere-asthenosphere interaction. To address these questions I focused on the development of numerical approaches allowing for integrated studies of crust and upper mantle structure combining geopotential fields, thermal regime, mineral physics and geochemistry, and elastic properties. My recent research is concentrated on the study of the upper mantle structure and dynamic topography. Active research regions are the Western Mediterranean, the Iberian Peninsula and its margins, the Alpine-Himalayan System and the African continent.


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Jiménez-Munt, I., M. Fernàndez, E. Saura, J. Vergés, and D. Garcia-Castellanos (2012), 3-D lithospheric structure and regional/residual Bouguer anomalies in the Arabia-Eurasia collision (Iran), Geophysical Journal International, 190(3), 1311-1324, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2012.05580.x.

Vergés, J., and M. Fernàndez (2012), Tethys-Atlantic interaction along the Iberia-Africa plate boundary: The Betic-Rif orogenic system, Tectonophysics, 579, 144-172, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2012.08.032.

Jiménez-Munt, I., M. Fernàndez, J. Vergés, D. Garcia-Castellanos, J. Fullea, M. Pérez-Gussinyé, and J. C. Afonso (2011), Decoupled crust-mantle accommodation of Africa-Eurasia convergence in the NW Moroccan margin, Journal of Geophysical Research B: Solid Earth, 116(8), doi: 10.1029/2010JB008105.

Palomeras, I., R. Carbonell, P. Ayarza, M. Fernàndez, J. F. Simancas, D. M. Poyatos, F. González Lodeiro, and A. Pérez-Estaún (2011), Geophysical model of the lithosphere across the Variscan Belt of SW-Iberia: Multidisciplinary assessment, Tectonophysics, 508(1-4), 42-51, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2010.07.010.

Vergés, J., E. Saura, E. Casciello, M. Fernàndez, A. Villaseñor, I. Jiménez-Munt, and D. García-Castellanos (2011), Crustal-scale cross-sections across the NW Zagros belt: Implications for the Arabian margin reconstruction, Geological Magazine, 148(5-6), 739-761, doi: 10.1017/S0016756811000331.

Afonso, J. C., G. Ranalli, M. Fernàndez, W. L. Griffin, S. Y. O'Reilly, and U. Faul (2010), On the Vp/Vs-Mg# correlation in mantle peridotites: Implications for the identification of thermal and compositional anomalies in the upper mantle, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 289(3-4), 606-618, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2009.12.005.

Fernàndez, M., J. C. Afonso, and G. Ranalli (2010), The deep lithospheric structure of the Namibian volcanic margin, Tectonophysics, 481(1-4), 68-81, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2009.02.036.

Fullea, J., M. Fernàndez, J. C. Afonso, J. Vergés, and H. Zeyen (2010), The structure and evolution of the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary beneath the Atlantic-Mediterranean Transition Region, Lithos, 120(1-2), 74-95, doi: 10.1016/j.lithos.2010.03.003.

Homke, S., J. Vergés, P. van der Beek, M. Fernàndez, E. Saura, L. Barbero, B. Badics, and E. Labrin (2010), Insights in the exhumation history of the NW Zagros from bedrock and detrital apatite fission-track analysis: Evidence for a long-lived orogeny, Basin Research, 22(5), 659-680, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2117.2009.00431.x.

Jiménez-Munt, I., M. Fernàndez, J. Vergés, J. C. Afonso, D. Garcia-Castellanos, and J. Fullea (2010), Lithospheric structure of the Gorringe Bank: Insights into its origin and tectonic evolution, Tectonics, 29(5), doi: 10.1029/2009TC002458.

Vilà, M., M. Fernández, and I. Jiménez-Munt (2010), Radiogenic heat production variability of some common lithological groups and its significance to lithospheric thermal modeling, Tectonophysics, 490(3-4), 152-164, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2010.05.003.

Fullea, J., J. C. Afonso, J. A. D. Connolly, M. Fernàndez, D. García-Castellanos, and H. Zeyen (2009), LitMod3D: An interactive 3-D software to model the thermal, compositional, density, seismological, and rheological structure of the lithosphere and sublithospheric upper mantle, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 10(8), doi: 10.1029/2009GC002391.

Garcia-Castellanos, D., F. Estrada, I. Jiménez-Munt, C. Gorini, M. Fernández, J. Vergés, and R. De Vicente (2009), Catastrophic flood of the Mediterranean after the Messinian salinity crisis, Nature, 462(7274), 778-781, doi: 10.1038/nature08555.

Iribarren, L., J. Vergés, and M. Fernàndez (2009), Sediment supply from the Betic-Rif orogen to basins through Neogene, Tectonophysics, 475(1), 68-84, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2008.11.029.

Pérez-Gussinyé, M., M. Metois, M. Fernández, J. Vergés, J. Fullea, and A. R. Lowry (2009), Effective elastic thickness of Africa and its relationship to other proxies for lithospheric structure and surface tectonics, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 287(1-2), 152-167, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2009.08.004.

Torne, M., M. Fernàndez, J. Vergés, C. Ayala, M. C. Salas, I. Jimenez-Munt, G. G. Buffett, and J. Díaz (2015), Crust and mantle lithospheric structure of the Iberian Peninsula deduced from potential field modeling and thermal analysis, Tectonophysics, 663, 419-433, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tecto.2015.06.003.