Educational Background

  • Ph. D., 2000, Earth Sciences, University of Zaragoza, entitled Paleomagnetism of the transition between the central and western Pyrenees; tectonic implications (in Spanish).
  • B. Sc., 1995, Geology, Universitat de Barcelona.


Research Interests

I have devoted my career to the application of paleomagnetic and rock magnetic techniques to solve different problems within the field of Earth Sciences. Some of this problems include the dating of marine and continental sedimentary sequences in foreland basins and fold-and-thrust belts, the paleomagnetic implications of magnetic iron sulphide formation in marine sediments, the study of paleoenvironmental and paleosecular variations recorded in Neogene and Quaternary sediments, the environmental and paleomagnetic significance of magnetofossils in sediments and sedimentary rocks, the implications of North African climate change in hominin evolution, and the tectonic implications of paleomagnetic data and magnetic fabrics in foreland basins and fold-and-thrust belts. As a staff scientist at the IGME and Visiting Scientist at the ICTJA-CSIC, my main topics of research at present are the dating and identification of environmental variations and tectonic processes recorded in sediments and the study of African climate change and its implications for hominin evolution. In the last years, I have started to dedicate attention to popular science with the aim of explaining and transferring to the society the knowledge gained through research in Earth Sciences.








Chang, L., A. P. Roberts, W. Williams, J. D. F. Gerald, J. C. Larrasoana, L. Jovane, and A. R. Muxworthy (2012), Giant magnetofossils and hyperthermal events, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 351, 258-269, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2012.07.031.

Gomez-Paccard, M., M. Lopez-Blanco, E. Costa, M. Garces, E. Beamud, and J. C. Larrasoana (2012), Tectonic and climatic controls on the sequential arrangement of an alluvial fan/fan-delta complex (Montserrat, Eocene, Ebro Basin, NE Spain), Basin Research, 24(4), 437-455, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2117.2011.00532.x.

Gomez-Paccard, M., J. C. Larrasoana, S. Giralt, and A. P. Roberts (2012), First paleomagnetic results of mid- to late Holocene sediments from Lake Issyk-Kul (Kyrgyzstan): Implications for paleosecular variation in central Asia, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems, 13, doi: 10.1029/2011gc004015.

Grellet-Tinner, G., X. Murelaga, J. C. Larrasoana, L. F. Silveira, M. Olivares, L. A. Ortega, P. W. Trimby, and A. Pascual (2012), The First Occurrence in the Fossil Record of an Aquatic Avian Twig-Nest with Phoenicopteriformes Eggs: Evolutionary Implications, Plos One, 7(10), doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0046972.

Jin, C., Q. Liu, and J. Cruz Larrasoana (2012), A precursor to the Matuyama-Brunhes reversal in Chinese loess and its palaeomagnetic and stratigraphic significance, Geophysical Journal International, 190(2), 829-842, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2012.05537.x.

Larrasoana, J. C., A. P. Roberts, L. Chang, S. A. Schellenberg, J. D. F. Gerald, R. D. Norris, and J. C. Zachos (2012), Magnetotactic bacterial response to Antarctic dust supply during the Palaeocene-Eocene thermal maximum, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 333, 122-133, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2012.04.003.

Liu, Q., J. C. Larrasoana, J. Torrent, A. P. Roberts, E. J. Rohling, Z. Liu, and Z. Jiang (2012a), New constraints on climate forcing and variability in the circum-Mediterranean region from magnetic and geochemical observations of sapropels S1, S5 and S6, Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 333, 1-12, doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2012.02.036.

Liu, Q., A. P. Roberts, J. C. Larrasoana, S. K. Banerjee, Y. Guyodo, L. Tauxe, and F. Oldfield (2012b), ENVIRONMENTAL MAGNETISM: PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS, Reviews of Geophysics, 50, doi: 10.1029/2012rg000393.

Oliva-Urcia, B., E. L. Pueyo, J. Cruz Larrasoana, A. M. Casas, T. Roman-Berdiel, R. Van der Voo, and R. Scholger (2012), New and revisited paleomagnetic data from Permian-Triassic red beds: Two kinematic domains in the west-central Pyrenees, Tectonophysics, 522, 158-175, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2011.11.023.

Perez-Rodriguez, I., J. A. Lees, J. C. Larrasoana, J. A. Arz, and I. Arenillas (2012), Planktonic foraminiferal and calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy and magnetostratigraphy of the uppermost Campanian and Maastrichtian at Zumaia, northern Spain, Cretaceous Research, 37, 100-126, doi: 10.1016/j.cretres.2012.03.011.

Roberts, A. P., L. Chang, D. Heslop, F. Florindo, and J. C. Larrasoana (2012), Searching for single domain magnetite in the "pseudo-single-domain" sedimentary haystack: Implications of biogenic magnetite preservation for sediment magnetism and relative paleointensity determinations, Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 117, doi: 10.1029/2012jb009412.

Ruiz-Sanchez, F. J., X. Murelaga, M. Freudenthal, J. C. Larrasoana, M. Furio, M. Garces, M. Gonzalez-Pardos, and O. Suarez-Hernando (2012), Rodents and insectivores from the Lower Miocene (Agenian and Ramblian) of the Tudela Formation (Ebro Basin, Spain), Journal of Iberian Geology, 38(2), 349-372, doi: 10.5209/rev_JIGE.2012.v38.n2.40463.

Ruiz-Sanchez, F. J., X. Murelaga, M. Freudenthal, J. C. Larrasoana, and M. Garces (2012a), A new species of glirid rodent Vasseuromys from the Aragonian (Miocene) of the Ebro Basin (north-eastern Spain), Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 57(2), 225-239, doi: 10.4202/app.2010.0081.

Ruiz-Sanchez, F. J., X. Murelaga, M. Freudenthal, J. C. Larrasoana, and M. Garces (2012b), Vasseuromys rambliensis sp nov (Gliridae, Mammalia) from the Ramblian (Lower Miocene) of the Tudela Formation (Ebro basin, Spain), Palaeontologia Electronica, 15(1).

Ruiz-Sanchez, F. J., X. Murelaga, J. C. Larrasoana, M. Freudenthal, and M. Garces (2012c), Hypsodont Myomiminae (Gliridae, Rodentia) from five new localities in the Lower Miocene Tudela Formation (Bardenas Reales, Ebro Basin, Spain) and their bearing on the age of the Agenian-Ramblian boundary, Geodiversitas, 34(3), 645-663, doi: 10.5252/g2012n3a10.

Larrasoana, J. C., M. Gomez-Paccard, S. Giralt, and A. P. Roberts (2011), Rapid locking of tectonic magnetic fabrics in weakly deformed mudrocks, Tectonophysics, 507(1-4), 16-25, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2011.05.003.

Maria Salvany, J., J. Cruz Larrasoana, C. Mediavilla, and A. Rebollo (2011), Chronology and tectono-sedimentary evolution of the Upper Pliocene to Quaternary deposits of the lower Guadalquivir foreland basin, SW Spain, Sedimentary Geology, 241(1-4), 22-39, doi: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2011.09.009.

Molina, E., et al. (2011), The Global Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP) for the base of the Lutetian Stage at the Gorrondatxe section, Spain, Episodes, 34(2), 86-108.

Quiralte, V., X. Murelaga, J. C. Larrasoana, H. Astibia, and J. Morales (2011), New data on Andegameryx (Mammalia, Ruminantia) from the Lower Miocene of Bardenas Reales (Navarre, Spain), Estudios Geologicos-Madrid, 67(2), 629-635, doi: 10.3989/egeol.40609.210.

Roberts, A. P., E. J. Rohling, K. M. Grant, J. C. Larrasoana, and Q. Liu (2011a), Atmospheric dust variability from Arabia and China over the last 500,000 years, Quaternary Science Reviews, 30(25-26), 3537-3541, doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2011.09.007.

Roberts, A. P., F. Florindo, G. Villa, L. Chang, L. Jovane, S. M. Bohaty, J. C. Larrasoana, D. Heslop, and J. D. F. Gerald (2011b), Magnetotactic bacterial abundance in pelagic marine environments is limited by organic carbon flux and availability of dissolved iron, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 310(3-4), 441-452, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2011.08.011.

Costa, E., M. Garces, M. Lopez-Blanco, E. Beamud, M. Gomez-Paccard, and J. Cruz Larrasoana (2010), Closing and continentalization of the South Pyrenean foreland basin (NE Spain): magnetochronological constraints, Basin Research, 22(6), 904-917, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2117.2009.00452.x.

Khadivi, S., F. Mouthereau, J. C. Larrasoana, J. Verges, O. Lacombe, E. Khademi, E. Beamud, M. Melinte-Dobrinescu, and J. P. Suc (2010), Magnetochronology of synorogenic Miocene foreland sediments in the Fars arc of the Zagros Folded Belt (SW Iran), Basin Research, 22(6), 918-932, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2117.2009.00446.x.

Larrasoana, J. C., M. Ortuno, H. H. Birks, B. Valero-Garces, J. M. Pares, R. Copons, L. Camarero, and J. Bordonau (2010), Palaeoenvironmental and palaeoseismic implications of a 3700-year sedimentary record from proglacial Lake Barrancs (Maladeta Massif, Central Pyrenees, Spain), Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology, 294(1-2), 83-93, doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2009.04.003.

Roberts, A. P., F. Florindo, J. C. Larrasoana, M. A. O'Regan, and X. Zhao (2010), Complex polarity pattern at the former Plio-Pleistocene global stratotype section at Vrica (Italy): Remagnetization by magnetic iron sulphides, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 292(1-2), 98-111, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2010.01.025.

Ruiz-Sanchez, F. J., X. Murelaga, M. Freudenthal, J. C. Larrasoana, and M. Garces (2010a), Presence of Vasseuromys genus (Gliridae, Rodentia) in Pico del Fraile section (Bardenas Reales de Navarra, Ebro basin, Spain), Publicaciones del Seminario de Paleontologia de Zaragoza, 9, 277-280.

Ruiz-Sanchez, F. J., X. Murelaga, M. Freudenthal, J. C. Larrasoana, M. Garces, V. D. Crespo-Roures, S. Mansino-Paris, and M. Gonzalez-Pardos (2010b), Pico del Fraile 2 (PF2) a new Aragonian locality from the Ebro basin (Bardenas Reales de Navarra), Publicaciones del Seminario de Paleontologia de Zaragoza, 9, 281-284.

Oliva-Urcia, B., J. C. Larrasoana, E. L. Pueyo, A. Gil, P. Mata, J. M. Pares, A. M. Schleicher, and O. Pueyo (2009), Disentangling magnetic subfabrics and their link to deformation processes in cleaved sedimentary rocks from the Internal Sierras (west central Pyrenees, Spain), Journal of Structural Geology, 31(2), 163-176, doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2008.11.002.

Soto, R., J. C. Larrasoana, L. E. Arlegui, E. Beamud, B. Oliva-Urcia, and J. L. Simon (2009), Reliability of magnetic fabric of weakly deformed mudrocks as a palaeostress indicator in compressive settings, Journal of Structural Geology, 31(5), 512-522, doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2009.03.006.

Trauth, M. H., J. C. Larrasoana, and M. Mudelsee (2009), Trends, rhythms and events in Plio-Pleistocene African climate, Quaternary Science Reviews, 28(5-6), 399-411, doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2008.11.003.

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