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Jaume Vergés Masip

Scientific Staff


+34 93 634 4647 ext. 440656




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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Geology, 1993 Universitat de Barcelona
  • B.S., Geology, 1980, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


Research Interests

Jaume Vergés' research focusses on: a) tectonics and sedimentation mostly related to fold-and-thrust belts and adjacent foreland basins (Pyrenees, Iberian Range and Betic-Rif system in Spain, Precordillera in Andes of Argentina and Bolivia Fold Belt, La Popa Basin in Mexico and NW Cuba Fold Belt, Polish Carpathians, Zagros in Kurdistan and in Iran, Kopet Dagh in Iran, N Tarim Basin in China); and b) relationships between surficial and deep seated processes with ongoing investigation in Spain (NE corner of the Iberian Peninsula, in the Ebro-Duero conecting zone, and Atlantic Margin); Western Mediterranean and Norway (Vøring and Møre margins). 

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Casciello, E., J. W. Cosgrove, M. Cesarano, E. Romero, I. Queralt, and J. Vergés (2011), Illite-smectite patterns in sheared Pleistocene mudstones of the Southern Apennines and their implications regarding the process of illitization: A multiscale analysis, Journal of Structural Geology, 33(11), 1699-1711, doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2011.08.002.

Casciello, E., J. Vergés, E. Saura, G. Casini, N. Fernández, E. Blanc, S. Homke, and D. W. Hunt (2009), Fold patterns and multilayer rheology of the Lurestan Province, Zagros Simply Folded Belt (Iran), Journal of the Geological Society, 166(5), 947-959, doi: 10.1144/0016-76492008-138.

Casini, G., P. A. Gillespie, J. Vergés, I. Romaire, N. Fernández, E. Casciello, E. Saura, C. Mehl, S. Homke, J. C. Embry, L. Aghajari, and D. W. Hunt (2011), Sub-seismic fractures in foreland fold and thrust belts: Insight from the Lurestan Province, Zagros Mountains, Iran, Petroleum Geoscience, 17(3), 263-282, doi: 10.1144/1354-079310-043.

Dewit, J., M. Huysmans, P. Muchez, D. W. Hunt, J. B. Thurmond, J. Verges, E. Saura, N. Fernandez, I. Romaire, P. Esestime, and R. Swennen (2012), Reservoir characteristics of fault-controlled hydrothermal dolomite bodies: Ramales platform case study, edited, pp. 83-109.

Emami, H., J. Vergés, T. Nalpas, P. Gillespie, I. Sharp, R. Karpuz, E. P. Blanc, and M. G. H. Goodarzi (2010), Structure of the Mountain Front Flexure along the Anaran anticline in the Pusht-e Kuh Arc (NW Zagros, Iran): Insights from sand box models, edited, pp. 155-178.

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.

Gagala, L., J. Vergés, E. Saura, T. Malata, J. C. Ringenbach, P. Werner, and P. Krzywiec (2010), Forward model of the Eocene-Miocene orogenic evolution of Polish and Slovak Outer Carpathians.

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.

Głgała, T., J. Vergés, E. Saura, T. Malata, J. C. Ringenbach, P. Werner, and P. Krzywiec (2012), Architecture and orogenic evolution of the northeastern Outer Carpathians from cross-section balancing and forward modeling, Tectonophysics, 532-535, 223-241, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2012.02.014.

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.

Homke, S., J. Vergés, J. Serra-Kiel, G. Bernaola, I. Sharp, M. Garcés, I. Montero-Verdú, R. Karpuz, and M. H. Goodarzi (2009), Late Cretaceous-Paleocene formation of the proto-Zagros foreland basin, Lurestan Province, SW Iran, Bulletin of the Geological Society of America, 121(7-8), 963-978, doi: 10.1130/B26035.1.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Khadivi, S., F. Mouthereau, J. C. Larrasoaña, J. Vergés, 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.

Mouthereau, F., O. Lacombe, and J. Vergés (2012), Building the Zagros collisional orogen: Timing, strain distribution and the dynamics of Arabia/Eurasia plate convergence, Tectonophysics, 532-535, 27-60, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2012.01.022.

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.

Romaire, I., J. Verges, E. Casciello, E. Saura, N. Fernández, D. W. Hunt, and G. Casini (2010), Fracture distribution of a non-cylindrical anticline located on a major basement fault.

Saura, E., J. Vergés, D. Brown, P. Lukito, S. Soriano, S. Torrescusa, R. García, J. R. Sánchez, C. Sosa, and R. Tenreyro (2009), Reply to comment by Andrzej Pszczółkowski on "structural and tectonic evolution of western Cuba fold and thrust belt" by Eduard Saura et al, Tectonics, 28(2), doi: 10.1029/2008TC002429.

Saura, E., J. Vergés, S. Homke, E. Blanc, J. Serra-Kiel, G. Bernaola, E. Casciello, N. Fernández, I. Romaire, G. Casini, J. C. Embry, I. R. Sharp, and D. W. Hunt (2011), Basin architecture and growth folding of the NW Zagros early foreland basin during the Late Cretaceous and early Tertiary, Journal of the Geological Society, 168(1), 235-250, doi: 10.1144/0016-76492010-092.

Saura, E., L. Ardèvol i Oró, A. Teixell, and J. Vergés (2015), Rising and falling diapirs, shifting depocenters and flap overturning in the Cretaceous Sopeira and Sant Gervàs subbasins (Ribagorça basin, Southern Pyrenees), Tectonics, n/a-n/a, doi: 10.1002/2015TC004001.

Shackleton, J. R., M. L. Cooke, J. Vergés, and T. Simó (2011), Temporal constraints on fracturing associated with fault-related folding at Sant Corneli anticline, Spanish Pyrenees, Journal of Structural Geology, 33(1), 5-19, doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2010.11.003.

Urgeles, R., A. Camerlenghi, D. Garcia-Castellanos, B. De Mol, M. Garcés, J. Vergés, I. Haslam, and M. Hardman (2011), New constraints on the Messinian sealevel drawdown from 3D seismic data of the Ebro Margin, western Mediterranean, Basin Research, 23(2), 123-145, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2117.2010.00477.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.

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.

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