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Guillaume Dupont-Nivet

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NWO VIDI laureate
Dr. G. Dupont-Nivet
Paleomagnetic Laboratory
Fort Hoofddijk
Department of Earth Sciences
Utrecht University
Budapestlaan 17, 3584 CD Utrecht
The Netherlands

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Research of Guillaume Dupont-Nivet

Asian climate and tectonics
Himalayan chronostratigraphy
Hominid paleoenvironments

Asian climate and tectonics

The interplay between the Indo-Asia collision, uplift of the Tibetan Plateau and climate belongs to the most significant and fascinating issues of tectonics and paleoclimate (Fig. 1).

Fig. 1. The Paleogene world. In 3 target areas (red boxes) westudy links between (a) global cooling, (b) northward indentation of India into Asia, (c) uplift of the Tibetan Plateau, (d) westward retreat of the Paratethys sea over Eurasia, (e) onset of Asian monsoons, and (f) Asian aridification.

According to prevailing hypotheses supported by various tectonic and climate models the impact of the continental collision on climate is twofold:

  • (1) Globally, the orogenesis increases rock weathering and organic carbon burial which enhances consumption of atmospheric CO2 leading to Cenozoic global cooling. This mechanism, rather than the opening of a sea passage around Antarctica, is now believed to have pre-conditioned the Eocene-Oligocene transition (EOT), an abrupt cooling event associated with the onset of Antarctic ice-sheet formation 34.0 million years (Myrs) ago.
  • (2) Regionally, uplift of the Tibetan Plateau and the retreat of the Paratethys (an epicontinental sea formerly extending over Eurasia in the Paleogene) triggers dramatic aridification and cooling of continental Asia and the onset of the Asian monsoons.
  • Despite the profound implications of these hypotheses, the critical information required to testing them is still essentially lacking for the key Paleogene period, when these events are taking place. lWe previously provided evidence for regional aridification on the Tibetan Plateau, precisely dated at the Eocene Oligocene Transition (EOT). This remarkable correlation demonstrated that global climate, and not only Tibetan uplift and Paratethys retreat, must be recognized as a major contributor to Asian palaeoenvironment. Our study illustrated that distinguishing climate effects from tectonism can be accomplished using the multidisciplinary approach developed in Utrecht during my Veni (2005-2008). Building on this work, I have now identified outstanding key questions that remain to be answered in the Paleogene.
  • What triggered aridification, cooling and monsoon intensification?
  • How and when are these changes associated to Tibetan uplift, Paratethys retreat and/or global climate changes? What are the timing, cause and environmental impacts of the Paratethys retreat?
  • What is the precise timing of the Indo-Asia collision and how was continental shortening accommodated by continental deformation?
Based on expertise successfully acquired during my Veni roject funded by the Netherlands orgaisation for scientific research (NWO), I have now moved on to the 'next level' during a Vidi project funded by NWO. In order to answer these questions, I have further diversified my mutli-disciplinary approach, and applied it to three well-targeted research areas to provide an integrated tectonic and climatic dataset over the entire Indo-Asia collision system (Fig. 1).

During my Veni, I have developed a multi-disciplinary approach tailored for the research questions and geologic settings to be investigated in this new project. The aim is to constrain climatic and tectonic evolution independently during basin formation. Tectonic and paleo-environmental proxies are recorded within the basin strata that are calibrated to the astronomically tuned timescale using combined magnetostratigraphy and cyclostratigraphy. Tectonic events are recorded independently by thermochronologic analysis of the exhumation of neighbouring mountain ranges (Fig. 2). 

Fig. 2: Our multi-disciplinary approach constrains tectonic and climatic events recorded within a basin during orogenesis.

  • Magnetostratigraphy and cyclo-stratigraphy is performed to obtain a chronostratigraphic framework with a resolution down to the precession cycle (~20 kyr). A complete record of magnetic polarity zones (=chrons) throughout the sections is obtained by high-resolution sampling down to the shortest chron duration. This improves our ability to (1) determine a perfect correlation between our sections and the geomagnetic polarity time scale and (2) recognize astronomically driven cyclicity (eccentricity, obliquity and precession) expressed in the sediments, which improves correlation to the timescale and provides additional time resolution. Along with the age of sediments, magnetostratigraphy provides the timing and magnitude of tectonism through analysis of tectonic rotations, paleolatitude variations and changes in sediment accumulation rates.
  • Paleoenvironmental proxies are jointly gathered for paleoclimatic reconstruction and astronomical calibration of observed cyclicity. Grain-size analysis, palynologic analyses are performed and depending on environment and fossil content, paleontologic analysis of macro- and microfossils, such as ostracods and/or foraminifera, is performed in collaboration with various collabortive institutes. Complementing sedimentologic facies analysis, major element and stable isotope geochemistry, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), colour reflectance, susceptibility and rock magnetic properties are processed.
  • Low temperature thermochronology (Apatite Fission Track and U-Th/He) are performed both on the basin-bounding mountain ranges and in the sediments drained from those ranges. These tools provide timing and rate of exhumation as well as lag time (=exhumation age - depositional age) related to basin formation during mountain uplift.
1. Northeastern Tibet: Exceptional paleoenvironmental records

The aim of this sub-project is to recognize how Paleogene Asian environments (e.g. biotic changes, monsoons, aridification and cooling) responded to regional tectonic forcing (sea retreat or Tibetan uplift associated to local and regional tectonism) and to Paleogene global climate and astronomical forcing parameters before and during the Eocene Oligocene Transition (EOT).

The EOT is the most dramatic climate event since the onset of the collision of India and Asia but its cause remains uncertain. However, continental records of athmospheric changes during this major transition are still essentially lacking.

Continental climate records are needed globally - especially in the Paleogene - to test climate hypotheses and models. In Asia however, poor time resolution of the few existing Paleogene records (with typical Myr uncertainty), precludes understanding of links between continental and oceanic climate during major episodes of global change.

In contrast, the accurately dated climate proxy records that we propose to build and extend in Northeastern Tibet (Fig. 3), provide the opportunity to solve outstanding issues.

  • Specifically, we want to understand the significance of the observed Asian aridification at the EOT.
  • Is it associated to atmospheric cooling and/or to biotic events as suggested by floral changes and mammal turnovers of the 'Mongolian remodelling'?
  • Can the aridification be attributed to cooling of global (surface) ocean temperatures and reduction of moisture supply to continental interiors?
  • Or, is aridification related to a large Paratethys retreat induced by glacio-eustatic sea level lowering driven by Antarctic glaciation (see next project 2)?
Ultimately, we want to test the exciting possibility that global cooling was caused by the Tibetan uplift which in turn caused the aridification.

Fig. 3. Northeastern Tibetan Plateau: Sampling of cyclic  records of Paleogene global climate trends and Tibetan uplift by Roderic Bosboom, Hemmo Abels and Huang Wentao.

2. Northwestern Tibet: Sea Retreat, Aridification and Global Climate Change.

The aim of this sub-project is to determine the timing, the cause and the effects of the westward retreat of the epicontinental sea formerly covering Eurasia in the Paleogene (Fig. 1). Climate models suggest that the impact of this sea retreat on Asian environment (aridification and monsoons) was possibly more important than uplift of the Tibetan Plateau. To understand what has governed Asian environments it is therefore necessary to accurately date and quantify this sea retreat. This will enable to distinguish whether observed regional paleo-environmental changes can be associated to either sea retreat or Tibetan uplift. In addition, we want to understand the cause of the sea retreat. A logical hypothesis is that it is related to eustatic sea-level drop such as the ~60 m lowering at the EOT as we previously proposed as a possible explanation for Asian aridification at this time. However, this remains to be proven. Regression could be related to other Paleogene eustatic fluctuations or to tectonics. The sea may have been disconnected from oceans to the west by northward indentation along the Western Kunlun Shan during the Indo Asia collision. To test these hypotheses we have scouted for the perfect record of the Paratethys retreat and found it in the remote region of the Western Tibetan Plateau (Fig. 4).

Fig. 4. Left: Location of targeted sedimentary sections on geologic map of Northwestern Tibet. Right: Field view of lower part of one of the targeted sections (road for scale). Inset shows fossil from marine horizons.

3. Southern Tibet: Paleolatitude, age and convergence of the Indo-Asia collision

Despite the profound and widespread impact of the Indo-Asia collision estimates for the age of the onset of the collision remain uncertain.
Collision ages range from 70 to 35 Ma which equates to an uncertainty of several thousand kilometres in the magnitude of subsequent intra-continental shortening (Fig. 5).
The relative positions of the Indian and Eurasian continents throughout the Cenozoic are well constrained by paleomagnetic poles and marine magnetic anomalies, but reconstructing the original geographic boundaries of these continents before being affected by collision and shortening is highly controversial.
In principle, paleomagnetism can estimate paleolatitudes of terranes found on either side suture zone (Lhasa terrane vs. Tethyan Himalaya representing the northern extent of India).
However, paleolatitude estimates for the southern Lhasa terrane range from 6–20°N (~1500 km uncertainty) based on sediments and volcanics loosely constrained in age. Paleolatitudes for the northern margin of India before suturing are based on very few datasets from Tethyan Himalayan sedimentary rocks.
To complicate matters, it has been established that sediments usually yield paleomagnetic inclinations that are too shallow giving paleolatitude error up to ~3000 km. fortunately, recent techniques now allow testing and correction of shallow inclinations.

Fig 5. Convergence of India and Eurasia. Paleolatitude estimates are based on reliable volcanics only and sedimentary datasets corrected here for shallow bias in paleomagnetic inclination.

We acquire large new datasets and apply and develop these correction techniques and carefully select reliable data to show that the evolution of India–Asia suturing can be vastly improved by analyzing large paleomagnetic datasets from well-dated sections and by using innovative processing techniques.
By constraining latitudes to within 5° (~550 km) uncertainty, we can significantly improve the resolution and accuracy of estimating the age of initial India–Asia contact and the history and kinematics of intracontinental shortening.
Results are associated to kinemqtic reconstructions as well as tomographic and seismic images to estimate the crustal and lithospheric material disappeared beneath Asia during subduction.
Ultimately, our data is used to discriminate hotly debated geodynamic models of collision and uplift such as eastward crustal flow, tectonic escape of lithospheric fragments in central Asia and in particular provide essential constraints for numerical models of the lithospheric collision integrated in this project.

Asian Climate and Tectonics Seminar 2010

  • Project collaborators:
    • Guo Zhaojie (Peking University)
    • Paul Kapp , Pete Lippert (University of Arizona)
    • Hemmo Abels (Utrecht University).
    • Carina Hoorn (University van Amsterdam)
    • Douwe van Hinsbergen (Geological Survey of Norway NGU)
    • Xiao Guoqiao (Xian Chinese Academy of Sciences)
    • Jean-Noel Proust (CNRS- Geosciences Rennes)
    • Yani Najman (Lancaster University)
  • Students:
    • Tamsin Blayney (Lancaster / Rennes University) PhD thesis started April 2013
    • Laurie Bougeois (Rennes University) PhD thesis started September 2011
    • Wei Yang (Peking / Rennes University) PhD thesis defended June 2014
    • Wentao Huang (Beijing / Utrecht University) PhD thesis started December 2010
    • Roderic  Bosboom (Utrecht University) PhD thesis defended July 2013 following his MSc thesis:  "Link between the Eocene-Oligocene climate transition and the retreat of the Paratethys in the Tarim Basin (NW China)"; Awarded a Molengraaff Fonds grant.
    • Bas van den Berg (Utrecht University) MSc thesis:  "Pollen record during Tibetan uplift and the Eocene-Oligocene transition ". "Late Eocene sediments in the Xining basin, China: recorders of local or global changes ?" Awarded a Molengraaff Fonds grant.
    • Julia Straathof (Utrecht University) MSc thesis:  "Pollen record during Tibetan uplift and the Eocene-Oligocene transition ". 
    • Femke Saulus  (Utrecht University) MSc thesis:  "Tectonic vs. Climatic Records on Tibetan Plateau Stratigraphy"; Awarded a Molengraaff Fonds grant. 
    • Veronique Erens (Utrecht University)  BSc thesis:  "Paleomagnetic research in the Xining-Lanzhou region, the deformation history of the Northeastern Tibetan Plateau"; MSc thesis: "Magnetostratigraphic record of tectonic-climate interactions in the Siwalik sediments of the Eastern Himalayas, Bhutan"
    • Mariel Reitsma  (Utrecht University) BSc thesis: "Paleomagnetic evidence for clockwise rotation of the Xining-Lanzhou region".

    Himalayan chronostratigraphy

    The history of the topography in the Himalaya orogen remains a major unresolved question with important implication for understanding the erosional processes, the tectonic history and the evolution of the climate during the uplift of the Himalaya. Successful research requires a multidisciplinary approach involving geologic tools as varied as structural geology, geochronology, geomorphology, geochemistry, paleoclimatology, palynology, sedimentology and paleomagnetism. 
    Despite the numerous geological investigations previously performed on the Himalayas, there are still some important unresolved questions, especially on the eastern side of the Himalaya region, in the remote kingdom of Bhutan and the Indian region of Arunashal Pradesh. The eastern Himalayas provide a unique opportunity to test the effect of climate on mountain uplift. 

    The late Miocene uplift of the Shillong plateau located to the south of the Eastern Himalayas, in India, has created a rain shadow shielding the eastern Himalayas from monsoonal precipitation and resulting in a totally different exhumation and erosion history of this part of the Himalayas (Grujic et al., 2006). This change has likely been recorded in the Siwalik sediments that have been deposited during the formation of the Himalayas. 
    The aim of this project - which is co-supervised by Guillaume Dupont-Nivet and lead by collaborators from the Universtiy of Grenoble (France) and the Dalhousie University (Canada) is to understand the tectonic-climatic interactions in the Siwalik sediments of the Eastern Himalayas.
    Within a team of international geoscientists studying the Siwalik sediments in the Eastern Himalayas, the aim of this research project is to date the sediments - using magnetostratigraphy - to provide the age framework for all other aspects of the project. The new paleomagnetic data of the Siwalik group in Buthan will add to previous paleomagnetic results of the Siwalik group in Pakistan and in Nepal (Ohja et al., 2000, 2008; Gautam et al., 1999, 2000), providing the first complete regional description and time frame of the detrital record of the Himalayas. 
    The study section is the Siwalik group exposed in the the Eastern Himalayas, deposited during the uplift of the Himalayan foreland basin (Ojha et al., 2008) and consisting of several kilometers of siltstone to sandstone sequences. Earlier paleomagnetic studies proved that this section is suitable for obtainig good paleomagnetic results. These will contribute to the tectonic history in the eastern part of the Himalaya orogen during the uplift.

    Project collaborators:

  • Students:
    • Francois Chirouze (Grenoble University) PhD thesis finished January 2011 "Contrôles tectonique et climatique du drainage himalayen et son évolution depuis 15MA".
    • Veronique Erens (Utrecht University)  BSc thesis:  "Paleomagnetic research in the Xining-Lanzhou region, the deformation history of the Northeastern Tibetan Plateau"; MSc thesis: "Magnetostratigraphic record of tectonic-climate interactions in the Siwalik sediments of the Eastern Himalayas, Bhutan"


    Hominid paleoenvironments 

    The East African rift region contains some of the world' s best known hominid fossils and span a time frame which is of major interest for paleoanthropologists. According to several workers the period between 4.5 and 1.0 million years ago was a period of major climatic change. It is not yet sure if these changes in the climate resulted in the diversity of our human ancestors and the origin of the oldest known tools. New research in a wide variety of fields related to the study of human evolution is trying to shed light on this possible relation between climatic change and increased diversity of African fauna.
    This project with the aims at collecting new data from various locations reported to span the 4.5-1.0 Ma period. The lacustrine sediments from these areas offer ideal distal settings to study climate evolution.

    Sampling and measuring Ledi-Geraru section: Chris Campisano, Ramon Arrowsmith, Erin DiMaggio and Bruno; Institute of Human Origin at the Arizona State University.
    The  project's main goals:
    1. Date the sediments using all possible tools at hand (magnetostratigraphy, radio-isotopic dating and stratigraphic and geochemical correlation through detailed mapping).
    2. Reconstruct the paleoenvironments.
    3. Collect and correlate fossils to the dated paleoenvironment reconstruction.
    4. What is the age range of the stratigraphy?
    5. Can the climate and tectonic signals be recognised and deciphered in the stratigraphy? 
    Furthermore a variety of proxies will be measured for getting a grip on the climatic signal in the sampled sediments.


  • Students:
    • Patrick Lemmers (Leiden University) MSc thesis: Awarded a Molengraaff Fonds grant.
    • Annabelle Bernard (Rennes Univ.) BSc thesis.  

    Grants and awards
    • ERC consolidator, MAGIC : Monsoons in Asia caused Greenhouse to Icehouse Cooling, European Research Council (2000 k€, 2015-2020)
    • Career Integration Grant, EU FP7 (100 k€, 2012-2014)
    • Allocation d'installation scientifique jeunes chercheurs, Rennes Metropole (2011)
    • Projets Emergents, Université de Rennes 1 (2011)
    • Geodynamic Darius Programme (9k€, 2010)
    • Chair Professorship at the Peking University.
    • Utrecht - Asia grant from the Utrecht University for organizing the "Asian Climate and Tectonics" seminar 2010 (15 k€, 2009).
    • VIDI grant from the Netherlands organization for scientific research (NWO), Is the collision between India and Asia responsible for global climate cooling? (600 k€, 2009-2013).
    • Van Gogh Fellowship, NWO/EGIDE exchange France / Netherlands (2008).
    • Netherlands-China collaboration grants NWO-NSFC (4.5 k€, 2008)
    • VENI grant from the Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO), Coupled geodynamic to climatic changes during Tibetan uplift, Postdoctoral funding (200 k€, 2005-2008).
    • Marie-Curie Fellowship from the European Union, Tibetan uplift and related climate change. Postdoctoral funding (140 k€, 2003-2005).
    • Outstanding Student Research Award of the Geological Society of America (2002).
    • Student research grant of the Geological Society of America (2002).
    • Student research grant Chevron Research Support (2001).
    • Tom Hedrick Award (Structure & Tectonics), University of Arizona Geodaze Symposium (2001).

    publicationsPublications of Guillaume Dupont-Nivet

    2016 onwards:
    • Villmoare et al., Early Homo at 2.8 Ma from Ledi-Geraru, Afar, Ethiopia, Science, doi:10.1126/science.aaa1343  
    •  IN THE NEWS
      Le pere de l'humanite a soudainement vieilli de 400.000 ans (Le Figaro, J.L. Nothias)
      Jaw bone fossil discovered in Ethiopia is oldest known human lineage remains (the Guardian)
      Fresh Fossil Studies Rewrite the History of Humanity's Genus Homo (NBC news)
      Discovery of 2.8-million-year-old jaw sheds light on early humans (Science Daily)
    • Bosboom, R. E., Dupont-Nivet, G., Mandic, O., Proust, J. N., Ormukov, C., Amminov, J. (2015). Late Eocene paleogeography of the Proto-Paratethys Sea in Central Asia (NW China, S Kyrgyzstan, and SW Tajikistan), In: Brunet, M.-F.,McCann, T. & Sobel, E. R. (eds), Geological Evolution of Central Asian Basins and the Western Tien Shan Range. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 427, 
    • DiMaggio, E.N., Campisano, C.J., Rowan, J., Dupont-Nivet, G., Deino, A.L., Bibi, F., Lewis, M.E., Souron, A., Garello, D., Werdelin, L., Reed, K., Arrowsmith, J.R., (2015), Late Pliocene Fossiliferous Sedimentary Record and the Environmental Context of early Homo from Afar, Ethiopia , Science, doi:10.1126/science.aaa1415  
    • Huang, W., Dupont-Nivet, G., Lippert, P.C., Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Dekkers, M.J., Guo, Z., Waldrip, R., Li, X., Zhang, X., Liu, D. & Kapp. P. (2015). Can a primary remanence be retrieved from partially remagnetized Eocence volcanics in the Nanmulin Basin (Southern Tibet) to date the India-Asia collision?, Journal of Geophysical Research, 120, doi:10.1002/ 2014JB011599     
    • Huang, W., van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Dekkers, M.J., Dupont-Nivet, G., Lippert, P.C., Li, X., Maffione, M., Langereis, C.G., Hu, X., Guo, Z., Kapp, P. (2015). Paleolatitudes of the Tibetan Himalaya from primary and secondary magnetizations of Jurassic to Lower Cretaceous sedimentary rocks,  Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 16, 77-100.   
    • Huang, W., van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Maffione, M., Orme, D., Dupont-Nivet, G., Guilmette, C., Ding, L., Guo, Z., and Kapp, P. (2015). Lower Cretaceous Xigaze ophiolites formed in the Gangdese forearc: Evidence from paleomagnetism, sediment provenance, and stratigraphy, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 415, 142-153. 
    • Huang, W., van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Lippert, P.C., Guo, Z., and Dupont-Nivet, G. (2015). Paleomagnetic tests of tectonic reconstructions of the India-Asia collision zone, Geophysical Research Letters42, 2642-2649.   
    • Huang, W., Dupont-Nivet, G., Lippert, P.C., van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Dekkers, M.J.,Waldrip, R., Ganerød, M., Li, X., Guo, Z., and Kapp, P. (2015). What was the Paleogene latitude of the Lhasa terrane? A reassessment of the geochronology and paleomagnetism of the Linzizong volcanic rocks (Linzhou Basin, Tibet), Tectonics, 34, 594-622.   
    • Yang,W., Dupont-Nivet, G., Jolivet, M., Guo, Z., Bougeois, L., Bosboom, R., Zhang, Z., Zhu, B. and Heilbronn, G. (2015), Magnetostratigraphic record of the early evolution of the southwestern Tian Shan foreland basin (Ulugqat area) , interactions with Pamir indentation and India-Asia collision, Tectonophysics, 644-645, 122-137.  
    • Chirouze, F., Huyghe, P., van der Beek, P., Chauvel, C., Chakraborty, T., Dupont-Nivet, G., and Bernet, M. (2013) Tectonics, exhumation, and drainage evolution of the eastern Himalaya since 13 Ma from detrital geochemistry and thermochronology, Kameng River Section, Arunachal Pradesh: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 125, p. 523-538, doi: 10.1130/B30697.1.
    • Huang, W., Dupont-Nivet, G., Lippert, P.C., Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Hallot, E. (2013). Inclination shallowing in Eocene linzizong sedimentary rocks from southern tibet: Correction, possible causes and implications for reconstructing the india-asia collision, Geophy. J. Int., 194, 1390-1411.
    • Joordens, J.C.A., Dupont-Nivet, G., Feibel, C.S., Spoor, F., Sier, M.J., Van der Lubbe, J.H.J.L., Kellberg Nielsen, T., Knul, M.V., Davies, G.R., Vonhof, H.B. (2013). Improved age control on early Homo fossils from the upper Burgi Member at Koobi Fora, Kenya, Journal of Human Evolution, p. 731–745   
    • Yang, W., Jolivet, M., Dupont-Nivet, G., Guo, Z., Zhang, Z., and Wu, C. (2013). Source to sink relations between the Tian Shan and Junggar Basin (northwest China) from Late Palaeozoic to Quaternary: evidence from detrital U-Pb zircon geochronology: Basin Research, 24, 1-22. 
    • Chirouze, F., Bernet, M., Huyghe, P., Erens, V., Dupont-Nivet, G., and Senebier, F., (2012), Detrital thermochronology and sediment petrology of the middle Siwaliks Molasse along the Muksar Khola section in eastern Nepal: Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, Asian Climate and Tectonics, v. 44, p.94-106, doi:10.1016/j.jseaes.2011.01.009.
    • Chirouze, F., Dupont-Nivet, G., Huyghe, P., Beek, P.v.d., Chakraborti, T., Bernet, M., and Erens, V., (2012), Magnetostratigraphy of the Neogene Siwalik Group of far eastern Himalaya, Kameng section, Arunachal Pradesh, India: Journal of Asian Earth Sciences,  Asian Climate and Tectonics, v. 44, p. 117-135, doi:10.1016/j.jseaes.2011.05.016.
    • Dupont-Nivet, G., Yin, A., and Clift, P.D., (2012), Introduction to the "Asian Climate and Tectonics" special issue: Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, Asian Climate and Tectonics, v. 44, p. 1-2, doi: 10.1016/j.jseaes.2011.12.001.
    • Guilbaud, R., Bernet, M., Erens, V., Chirouze, F., Huyghe, P. and Dupont-Nivet, G., (2012), On the influence of diagenesis on the original petrographic composition of Miocene-Pliocene fluvial sandstone in the Himalayan foreland basin of western-central Nepal: Journal of Asian Earth Sciences Asian Climate and Tectonics, v. 44, p. 107-116, doi:10.1016/j.jseaes.2011.04.025.
    • van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Lippert, P.C., Dupont-Nivet, G., McQuarrie, N., Doubrovine, P.V., Spakman, W. and Torsvik, T.H. (2012). Greater India Basin hypothesis and a two-stage Cenozoic collision between India and Asia: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 109(20), 7659-7664. . Supplementary information 
    • van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Lippert, P.C., Dupont-Nivet, G., McQuarrie, N., Doubrovine, P.V., Spakman, W. and Torsvik, T.H. (2012). Reply to Aitchison and Ali: Reconciling Himalayan ophiolite and Asian magmatic arc records with a two-stage India-Asia collision model, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), doi: 10.1073/pnas.1208836109 
    • van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Lippert, P.C., Dupont-Nivet, G., Kapp, P., DeCelles, P.G. and Torsvik, T.H. (2012). Reply to Ali & Aitchison's comment on 'Restoration of Cenozoic deformation in Asia, and the size of Greater India', Tectonics 31, TC4007, doi:10.1029/2012TC003144 
    • Hoorn, C., Straathof, J., Abels, H.A., Xu, Y., Utescher, T., and Dupont-Nivet, G. (2012). A Late Eocene palynological record of climate change and Tibetan Plateau uplift (Xining Basin, China), Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 344-345, 16-38. 
    • Xiao, G., Guo, Z., Dupont-Nivet, G., Lu, H., Wu, N., Ge, J., Hao, Q., Peng, S., Li, F., Abels, H.A., and Zhang, K., 2012, Evidence for northeastern Tibetan Plateau uplift between 25 and 20 Ma in the sedimentary archive of the Xining Basin, Northwestern China: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 317-318, p. 185-195, doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2011.11.008.
    • Xiao, G., Zong, K., Li, G., Hu, Z., Dupont-Nivet, G., Peng, S., and Zhang, K., 2012, Spatial and glacial-interglacial variations in provenance of the Chinese Loess Plateau: Geophys. Res. Lett., v. 39, p. L20715. doi:10.1029/2012GL053304 
    • Xu, Y., Zhang, K., Wang, G., Jiang, S., Chen, F., Xiang, S., Dupont-Nivet, G., and Hoorn, C., (2012), Extended stratigraphy, palynology and depositional environments record the initiation of the Himalayan Gyirong Basin (Neogene China): Journal of Asian Earth Sciences,  Asian Climate and Tectonics, p. 77-93, doi:10.1016/j.jseaes.2011.04.007.
    • Abels, H.A., Dupont-Nivet, G., Xiao, G., Bosboom, R.E. and Krijgsman, W. (2011). Step-wise change of Asian interior climate preceding the Eocene–Oligocene Transition (EOT). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 299, 399-412.  
    • Bosboom, R.E., Dupont-Nivet, G., Houben, A.J.P., Brinkhuis, H., Villa, G., Mandic, O., Stoica, M., Zachariasse, W.J., Guo, Z., Li, C. and Krijgsman, W. (2011). Late Eocene sea retreat from the Tarim Basin (west China) and concomitant Asian paleoenvironmental change, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 299, 385-398.   
    • Dupont-Nivet, G., and Krijgsman, W., (2012), Magnetostratigraphic methods and applications, in Busby, C., and Azor, A. (eds.), Recent Advances in Tectonics of Sedimentary Basins, Wiley-Blackwell, p 80-94.
    • van Hinsbergen, D. J. J., Kapp, P., Dupont-Nivet, G., Lippert, P. C., DeCelles, P. G., and Torsvik T. H., (2011), Restoration of Cenozoic deformation in Asia and the size of Greater India, Tectonics, 30, TC5003, doi:10.1029/2011tc002908.
    • Joordens, J.C.A., Vonhof, H.B., Feibel, C.S., Lourens, L.J., Dupont-Nivet, G., van der Lubbe, J.H.J.L., Sier, M.J., Davies, G.R., and Kroon, D., (In Press), An astronomically-tuned climate framework for hominins in the Turkana Basin : Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 307, 1-8, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2011.05.005......SCIENCE EDITOR'S' CHOICE, Mueller, K. and Yeston, J., In Synch with the Weather, Science, 333, 137-138 
    • Li, C., Guo, Z., and Dupont-Nivet, G., (2011), Late Cenozoic tectonic deformation across the northern foreland of the Chinese Tian Shan: Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, Continental accretion and intra-continental deformation of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt, v. 42, p. 1066-1073, doi: 10.1016/j.jseaes.2010.08.009.
    • Li C., Dupont-Nivet, G., Guo, Z., (2011). Magnetostratigraphy of the Northern Tian Shan foreland, Taxi He section, China, Basin Research, 23, 101-117, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2117.2010.00475.x. 
    • Dupont-Nivet, G., Lippert, P.C., van Hinsbergen, D.J.J.  Meijers, M.J.M. , Kapp, P., (2010). Palaeolatitude and age of the Indo–Asia collision: palaeomagnetic constraints, Geophysical Journal international, 182, 1189-1198. 
    • Dupont-Nivet, G., D. J.J. van Hinsbergen, and T. H. Torsvik (2010), Persistently low Asian paleolatitudes : Implications for the India-Asia collision history, Tectonics, 29, TC5016.   
    • Köhler, C.M.,  Krijgsman, W., van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Heslop, D. and Dupont-Nivet, G. (2010). Concurrent tectonic and climatic changes recorded in upper Tortonian sediments from the eastern Mediterranean, Terra Nova, 22, 52-63. 
    • Xiao, G.Q., Abels, H.A., Yao, Z.Q., Dupont-Nivet, G., and Hilgen, F.J., (2010), Asian aridification linked to the first step of the Eocene-Oligocene climate Transition (EOT) in obliquity-dominated terrestrial records (Xining Basin, China) : Climate of the Past, 6, 501-513.
    • Dupont-Nivet, G., Hoorn, C. and Konert, M. (2008). 2009, Erratum: Tibetan Uplift Prior to The Eocene-Oligocene Climate Transition: Evidence From Pollen Analysis of The Xining Basin, Geology, 37, p. 506 
    • Dupont-Nivet, G., Dai, S., Fang, X., Krijgsman, W., Erens, V., Reitsma, M. and Langereis, C.G. (2008). Timing and distribution of tectonic rotations in the northeastern Tibetan plateau, In: Burchfiel, C. and Wang, E. (eds.), Investigations into the Tectonics of the Tibetan Plateau, GSA Special Paper 444, 73–87, (doi: 10.1130/2008.2444). 
    • Dupont-Nivet, G., Hoorn, C. and Konert, M. (2008). Tibetan uplift prior to the Eocene-Oligocene climate transition: evidence from pollen analysis of the Xining Basin, Geology, 36 (12), 987–990.  (doi: 10.1130/GS25063A.1) .....RESEARCH FOCUS by Garzione, C.N. (2008). Surface uplift of Tibet and Cenozoic global cooling, Geology, 36, 1003-1004. .....Erratum:Geology, 37, p. 506......
    • Dupont-Nivet, G., Sier, M., Campisano, C.J., Arrowsmith, J.R., DiMaggio, E.N., Reed, K., Lockwood, C.A., Franke, C., and Huesing, S.K. (2009), Magnetostratigraphy of the eastern Hadar Basin (Ledi-Geraru research area, Ethiopia), implications for hominin paleoenvironments, In: Quade, J., and Wynn, J.G. (eds.), The Geology of Early Humans in the Horn of Africa, GSA Special Paper 446, 67-85. 
    • Quade, J., Levin, N., Simpson, S., Butler, R.F., McIntosh, W., Sileshi, S., Kleinasser, L., Dupont-Nivet, G., and Renne, P. (2009), The geology of Gona. In:  Quade, J., and Wynn, J.G. (eds.), The Geology of Early Humans in the Horn of Africa: Boulder, GSA Special Paper, 446, 1-31. 
    • Simpson, S.W., Quade, J.,Levin, N.E., Butler, R.F., Dupont-Nivet, G., Everett, M. and Sileshi, S. (2008). A Female Homo erectus Pelvis from Gona, Ethiopia, Science, 322, 1089-1092. .....NEWSFOCUS by Ann Gibson, The Birth of Childhood, Science, 322, 1040-1043 
    • Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Dupont-Nivet, G., Nakov, R., Oud, K. and Panaiotu, C. (2008). No significant post-Eocene rotation of the Moesian Platform and Rhodope (Bulgaria): implications for the kinematic evolution of the Carpathian and Aegean arcs: Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 273, 345-358.  
    • Dupont-Nivet, G., Krijgsman, W., Langereis, C.G., Abels, H. A., Dai, S. and Fang, X. (2007). Tibetan Plateau Aridification linked to global cooling at the Eocene-Oligocene transition,  Nature, 445, 635-638   (see also Nature News & Views and  Geotimes article
    • Dai, S., X. Fang, G. Dupont-Nivet, C. Song, J. Gao, W. Krijgsman, C. Langereis, and W. Zhang (2006) Magnetostratigraphy of Cenozoic sediments from the Xining Basin: Tectonic implications for the northeastern Tibetan Plateau, J. Geophys. Res., 111, B11102, doi:10.1029/2005JB004187.
    • Dupont-Nivet, G., Vasiliev, I., Langereis, C.G., Krijgsman, W. and Panaiotu, C. (2005). Neogene tectonic evolution of the southern and eastern Carpathians constrained by paleomagnetism, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 236, 374– 387
    • Dupont-Nivet, G., Robinson, D., Butler, R. F., Yin, A., Zhang, Y., and Qiao, W. S, Melosh, J. (2004). Concentration of crustal displacement along a weak Altyn Tagh fault: Evidence from paleomagnetism of the northern Tibetan Plateau, Tectonics, doi: 2002TC001397 
    • Dupont-Nivet, G., B. K. Horton, R. F. Butler, J. Wang, J. Zhou, and G. L. Waanders (2004). Paleogene clockwise tectonic rotation of the Xining-Lanzhou region, northeastern Tibetan plateau, J. Geophys. Res., 109, doi: 2003JB002620 
    • Horton B. K., Dupont-Nivet, G., R. F. Butler, J. Wang, J. Zhou, and G. L. Waanders (2004). Mesozoic-Cenozoic evolution of the Xining-Minhe and Dangchang basins, northeastern Tibetan plateau: Magnetostratigraphic and biostratigraphic results, J. Geophys. Res. 109, doi: 2003JB002660 
    • Washburn, Z., Arrowsmith, J. R., Dupont-Nivet, G, Feng, X. F., Zhang, Y., Chen, Z. (2004). Paleoseismology of the Xorkol segment of the central Altyn Tagh Fault, Xinjiang, China, Annals of Geophysics, 45(5), 1015-1034.
    • Arriagada, C., Roperch, P., Mpodozis, C., Dupont-Nivet, G., Cobbold, P. R., Chauvin, A., and Cortés, J. (2003). Paleogene clockwise tectonic rotations in the forearc of central Andes, Antofagasta region, northern Chile: J. of  Geophys. Res, 105, doi:10.1029/2001JB001598.  
    • Dupont-Nivet, G., Butler, R. F., Yin, An, and Chen, Xuanhua. (2003). Paleomagnetism indicates no Neogene vertical-axis rotations of the northeastern Tibetan plateau, J. Geophys. Res., 108, 2386, doi: 10.1029/2003JB002399. 
    • Robinson, D., Dupont-Nivet, G., Gehrels, G. E., Zhang, Y. (2003). The Tula uplift, northwestern China: Evidence for regional tectonism of the northern Tibetan Plateau during late Mesozoic-early Cenozoic time, Geol. Soc. Am. Bulletin, 31, 35-47
    • Dupont-Nivet, G., Butler, R. F., Yin, A., and Chen, X. (2002). Paleomagnetism indicates no Neogene rotation of the Qaidam Basin in North Tibet during Indo-Asian Collision, Geology, 30, 263-266
    • Dupont-Nivet, G., Guo, Z., Butler, R. F., and Jia, C. (2002). Discordant paleomagnetic direction in Miocene rocks from the central Tarim Basin: Evidence for local deformation and inclination shallowing, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 199, p. 473-482
    • Dupont-Nivet, G., 2002, Constraints on the mechanism of the Altyn Tagh Fault from paleomagnetism (PhD. thesis, University of Arizona), pp. 118. 
    • Dupont-Nivet, G.,(1998), Carte 7032G, Natures de fond de l'Ile de Groix à Belle-Ile, abords de Lorient, 1:50,000, Etablissement Principal du Service Hydrographique et Océanographique de la Marine, Brest.
    • Dupont-Nivet, G. (1997). Mise en évidence paléomagnétique de rotations tectoniques au Nord du Chili, Mémoire de D.E.A, Géosciences Rennes, pp. 47.