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Francis Chopin, Ph.D

Francis Chopin, Ph.D.
University Lecturer

Division of Geology
Department of Geosciences and Geography
P.O. Box 64 - Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2a
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

tel: +358.(0)5.044.80254
email:  francis.chopin[at]
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Ph.D. Geology, EOST, University of Strasbourg, 2010
M.Sc. Geology, EOST, University of Strasbourg, 2006
Licence Geology, EOST, University of Strasbourg, 2004
DEUG Geology, University of Saint-Étienne, 2003

Research and Teaching positions

Post-doctoral fellow at the University of Helsinki (2 years)
Post-doctoral fellow at the Czech Geological Survey, 2012 (2 months)
Researcher, University of Strasbourg (1 year)
Teaching and Research assistant, University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis (1 year)
Teaching and Research assistant, University of Strasbourg (1 year)
Ph.D. fellow and teaching assistant, University of Strasbourg (3 years)

Research Topics

What: Orogenenic processes from large (crustal flow) to small scale (deformation mechanisms)
When: Phanerozoic to Precambrian times
Where: Variscan (Central Europe, Morocco) and Svecofennian orogens (Finland)
How: Structural geology (field work), geographic information system (ArcGIS), metamorphic petrology (Perple_X modeling), geochronology (40Ar/39Ar, U/Pb Monazite) and quantitative microstructural and textural analysis (MATLAB PolyLX toolbox, EBSD)


Chopin, F., Corsini, M., Schulmann, K., El Houicha, M., Ghienne, J.F., Edel, J.-B, 2014. Tectonic evolution of the Rehamna metamorphic dome (Morocco) in the context of the Alleghanian−Variscan Orogeny. Tectonics, 33(6), 1154–1177, doi: 10.1002/2014TC003539

Lehmann, J., Schulmann, K., Edel, J.B., Ježek, J., Hrouda, F., Lexa, O., Chopin, F., 2013. Structural and anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility records of granitoid sheets emplacement during growth of a continental gneiss dome. Tectonics, 32(3), 797–820, doi:10.1002/tect.20028

Chopin, F., Schulmann, K., Skrzypek, E., Lehmann, J., Dujardin, J.R., Martelat, J.E., Lexa, O., Corsini, M., Edel, J.B., Štípská, P. & Pitra., P., 2012. Crustal influx, indentation, ductile thinning and gravity redistribution in a continental wedge: building a Moldanubian mantled gneiss dome with Saxothuringian material (European Variscan belt). Tectonics, 31(1), TC1013, doi:10.1029/2011TC002951

Chopin, F., Schulmann, K., Štípská, P., Martelat, J.E., Pitra., P., Lexa, O., & Petri, B., 2012. Microstructural and metamorphic evolution of a high pressure granitic orthogneiss during continental subduction (Orlica−Śnieżnik dome, Bohemian Massif). Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 30(4), 347-376, doi:10.1111/j.1525-1314.2011.00970.x

Štípská, P., Chopin., F., Skrzypek, E., Schulmann, K., Pitra., P., Lexa, O., Martelat., J.E., Bolinger, C. & Žáčková, E., 2012. The juxtaposition of eclogite and mid-crustal rocks in the Orlica-Śnieżnik Dome, Bohemian Massif. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 30(2), 213–234, doi:10.1111/j.1525-1314.2011.00964.x

Skrzypek, E., Schulmann, K., Štípská, P., Chopin, F., Lehmann, J., Lexa, O. & Haloda, J., 2011. Tectono-metamorphic history recorded in garnet porphyroblasts: insights from thermodynamic modelling and electron backscatter diffraction analysis of inclusion trails. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 29(4), 473-496, doi:10.1111/j.1525-1314.2010.00925.x

Teaching Topics

Structural geology (54018), GIS (54042), 3D-Modelling (54064), Field work (54040)