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Douwe van Hinsbergen
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Dr. D. van Hinsbergen
Phd 2000-2004
Postdoc 2004-2006 at:
Department of Geology
University of Leicester
University Road
Leicester, England LE1 7RH
Phone +31 (0) 116 2523629 


Research of Douwe van Hinsbergen

The architecture of orogens
Douwe's main research interest interest focusses on the evolution of the architecture of orogens. It is his belief that the only way of achieving a reliable picture of the development of mountain ranges is to incorporate all fields of earth sciences.

He has therefore never chosen a single direction, but aimed to be all-round. Both in Greece (PhD project, Utrecht) and Mongolia (postdoc project at Leicester, UK), he has combined sedimentology, stratigraphy, structural geology, metamorphism, geochemistry, volcanology, paleontology and paleomagnetism, combined, of course, with the wealth of information on these and other topics in literature.
Douwe carried out his PhD research at the department of Stratigraphy and Paleontology of Utrecht University (the Netherlands). The research topic was the reconstruction of the tectonic history of the Aegean region (Greece) since the Oligocene. He carried out fieldwork in the sedimentary basins and underlying basement of the external Hellenides (from Albania, via the Peloponnesos and Crete to Rhodos). The results have been or are being published (see Publications below).
A first field trip was carried out to reconstruct the Mesozoic tectonic history of the Gobi Altai region in southern Mongolia. In the Cenozoic, the region was deformed into high, narrow ridges and wide valleys, as a result of transpressional strike-slip activity. Along these ridges, Mesozoic sediments and volcanics crop out. 

Integrated stratigraphy, sedimentology, structural geology and volcanic geochemistry will be applied to reconstruct the preceding geologic history.


publications Publications of Douwe van Hinsbergen


  • Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Hafkenscheid, E., Spakman, W., Meulenkamp, J.E., and Wortel, M.J.R. (in press). Nappe stacking resulting from subduction of oceanic and continental lithosphere below Greece, Geology.
  • Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Langereis, C.G., and Meulenkamp, J.E. (2005). Revision of the timing, magnitude and distribution of Neogene rotations in the western Aegean region, Tectonophysics, 396, 1-34


  • Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J. (2004). The evolving anatomy of a collapsing orogen (PhD Thesis Utrecht University), Geologica Ultraiectina, 243, 280pp.
  • Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Snel, E., Garstman, S.A., Marunteanu, M. , Langereis, C.G., Wortel, M.J.R. and Meulenkamp, J.E. (2004). Vertical motions in the Aegean volcanic arc: evidence for rapid subsidence preceding volcanic activity on Milos and Aegina, Mar. Geol., 209, 329-345.