Ritske S. Huismans
Professor Structural Geology and Tectonics

Head of Geodynamics Group
Department of Earth Sciences
Bergen University
Allegaten 41, N-5007 Bergen, Norway
(47) 55 58 81 17



research projects
  • 3D modeling of lithosphere extension and passive margin formation (NFR supported 2008-2010, 1 PhD and 1 Post doc). Main focus is to understand 3 dimensional aspects of rifting, passive margin formation, rift inversion, and collision.

  • Coordination of ESF Eurocores TopoEurope project: Coupling between tectonics and surface processes during lithosphere inversion of the Pyrenean-Cantabrian mountain belt (NFR supported 2009-2012, 1 PhD and 1 Post doc, total 6 PhD’s and post docs; see also http://pyrtec.uib.no). Main focus is to understand the relation between inheritance, surface processes, and tectonic deformation during crust and lithosphere scale rift and passive margin inversion.

  • Co-coordination of Earth System Modeling project (Statoil supported, 2010-2015, 2 post docs, total 7 PhD’s and post docs). Main focus is to understand the relation between topographic development, source to sink processes, and (paleo) climate in the context of rift and passive margin development.

  • Integrated study of the Barents Sea, Petrobar (UiO coordinator; NFR supported, 2008-2010, 1 post doc, total 7 post docs). Main aim of the subproject is to understand mechanisms underlying subsidence of the Eastern Barents Sea using petrological consistent density models.

  • Thermal-mechanical structure of ridges (UiB supported, 2007-2010, 1 post doc). Main focus is on controls on thermal and mechanical structure below ridges and rifts linking lithosphere deformation to upper mantle scale deformation.

  • Geothermal energy research (NFR-Renergi supported, 2009-2012, 1 PhD, total 4 PhD’s and post docs). Main focus is on reactive fluid and heat transport, deformation (compaction and hydro-fracturing), and chemistry in geothermal applications.

  • Rift and passive margin research (1 master student). Main focus is on understanding variation in structural style of rift and passive margin development in the context of South Atlantic, North Atlantic, Iberia-Newfoundland conjugate rifted margins (see also discussion of Thematic content below).

  • Coordination of IODP / ODC North Atlantic conjugate margin drilling proposal (pending). Main aim is to sample and constrain mechanisms for volcanic margin formation.

  • Advanced Solution Methods for Geophysical Simulation of Plate Tectonics (NOTUR funding, 2008-2009, Advanced user support). Main aim is to develop highly efficient parallel iterative solvers for 3D computational fluid dynamic modelling.






Updated: April, 2010