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Prof. Jacques Déverchère

Prof. Jacques Déverchère


Domaines Océaniques / Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer
Université de Bretagne Occidentale
Place Nicolas Copernic
29280 Plouzane, France


Skills and interests:

  • Experience in marine geophysical data acquisition & interpretation (multi-and mono-channel seismic reflection, swath bathymetry, coring, OBS's launch & recovery, wide angle seismics, etc...
  • Experience with seismological field data acquisition with various types of seismographs, data processing softwares, stress deduced from inversion of focal mechanisms, velocities deduced from 3D-inversion of P and S wave arrivals, etc...
  • Experience with GPS field data acquisition and interpretation
  • Experience in teaching Tectonics, Marine Geology and Geophysics, Seismology, Navigation, Geodynamics, to classes from Undergraduate ('Licence', 'Master1') to Graduate ('Master2') levels
  • Experience in training PhD students
  • Interests in continental rifting processes, passive margin formation and evolution, associated seismic and gravity hazards


  • Since Sept. 2002: Professor at Brest University (UBO), Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer (IUEM), France
  • 1989-2002: Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6), Villefranche-sur-mer, France, Maître de conférences
  • 1987-1988: Ministère de l’Education Nationale, Orsay, France, Assistant Normalien Doctorant
  • 1985-1986: ORSTOM, Lima, Pérou, Coopérant Scientifique (VSN)
  • 1980-1984: Ministère de l’Education Nationale, Saint-Cloud, France, Elève Normalien (St-Cloud)


  • HDR (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches), PARIS VI (Pierre et Marie Curie), octobre 1999
  • Doctorat Sciences de la Terre, PARIS XI (Orsay), juin 1988
  • DEA en Tectonophysique, PARIS XI (Orsay), octobre 1984
  • Agrégation de Sciences Naturelles, ENS Saint-Cloud, juin 1983

Past training:

  • 1985 - 1988: University of Orsay, Paris 11, France. Ph.D. in Earth Sciences. Dissertation: Crustal extension in a plate convergence frame: Example of the central Peruvian Andes constrained by seismotectonic data.
  • 1983 - 1984: University of Orsay, Paris 11, France. M.S. in Earth Sciences. Thesis: Seismotectonics of central Peru.
  • 1980 - 1983: University of Paris VI, France. B.S. in Natural Sciences. Studies in geology (major), biology (minor).
  • 1977 - 1980: Lyon, France. Preparation to the "Concours d'entrée aux Grandes Ecoles", E.N.S. St-Cloud, France. Studies in mathematics, physics, biology, geology.

Honors, primes:

  • Docteur Honoris Causa of Siberian Branch or Russian Academy of Science
  • Prime d’encadrement doctoral et de recherche (PEDR) obtained in 1993, 1997, 2001, 2005
  • Prime d’Excellence Scientifique (PES) obtained in 2009 et 2013
  • Prime de responsabilités pédagogiques (PRP) obtained in 2008-2009-2010 for direction of "Master Sciences de la Mer et du Littoral"

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Date Publication
06.02.2014 Article: Deep crustal earthquakes in North Tanzania, East Africa: Interplay between tectonic and magmatic processes in an incipient rift
Julie Albaric, Jacques Déverchère, Julie Perrot, Andrey Jakovlev, Anne Deschamps
Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 15(2), 374-394
DOI: 10.1002/2013GC005027
27.01.2014 Article: The transition from Alboran to Algerian basins (Western Mediterranean Sea): Chronostratigraphy, deep crustal structure and tectonic evolution at the rear of a narrow slab rollback system
Mourad Medaouri, Jacques Déverchère, David Graindorge, Rabah Bracene, Rabie Badji, Aziouz Ouabadi, Karim Yelles-Chaouche, Fethi Bendiab
Journal of Geodynamics, 77, 186-205
DOI: 10.1016/j.jog.2014.01.003
26.08.2013 Article: Multiphased tectonic evolution of the Central Algerian margin from combined wide-angle and reflection seismic data off Tipaza, Algeria
A. Leprêtre, F. Klingelhoefer, D. Graindorge, P. Schnurle, M. O. Beslier, K. Yelles, J. Déverchère, R. Bracene
J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 118(8), 3899-3916
DOI: 10.1002/jgrb.50318
15.08.2013 Article: Sediment accumulation rates and turbidite frequency in the eastern Algerian margin. An attempt to examine the triggering mechanisms
P. Giresse, M-A. Bassetti, H. Pauc, V. Gaullier, J. Déverchère, R. Bracene, K. Yelles
Sedimentary Geology, 294, 266-281
DOI: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2013.06.005
02.08.2013 Article: Comment on “Active coastal thrusting and folding, and uplift rate of the Sahel Anticline and Zemmouri earthquake area (Tell Atlas, Algeria)”, by S. Maouche, M. Meghraoui, C. Morhange, S. Belabbes, Y. Bouhadad, H. Haddoum. [Tectonophysics, 2011, 509, 69–80]
K. Pedoja, H. Djellit, C. Authemayou, J. Déverchère, P. Strzerzynski, A. Heddar, M. Nexer, A. Boudiaf
Tectonophysics, 601, 236-244
DOI: 10.1016/j.tecto.2012.08.043
17.07.2013 Article: Preliminary results of a paleoseismological analysis along the Sahel fault (Algeria): New evidence for historical seismic events
A. Heddar, C. Authemayou, H. Djellit, A.K. Yelles, J. Déverchère, S. Gharbi, A. Boudiaf, B. Van Vliet Lanoe
Quaternary International, 302, 210–223
DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2012.09.007
30.01.2013 Article: Introduction to special issue: Geology of the Lake Baikal region (preface)
A.V. Ivanov, D.P. Gladkochub, J. Déverchère, R.E. Ernst
Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 62, 1-3
DOI: 10.1016/j.jseaes.2012.12.010
01.11.2012 Book Section: The Kramis deep-sea Fan off western Algeria: Role of sediment waves in turbiditic levee growth SEPM Special Publication, in : "Application of the Principle of Seismic Geomorphology to Continental-Slope and Base-of-Slope Systems: Case Studies from Seafloor and Near-Seafloor Analogues"
N. Babonneau, A. Cattaneo, B. Savoye, G. Barjavel, J. Déverchère, K. Yelles
ISBN: 978-1-56576-304-3
10.07.2012 Article: Searching for the seafloor signature of the 21 May 2003 Boumerdès earthquake offshore central Algeria
A. Cattaneo, N. Babonneau, G. Ratzov, G. Dan-Unterseh, K. Yelles, R. Bracene, B. Mercier de Lépinay, Boudiaf, J. Déverchère
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. (NHESS), 12, 2159–2172
DOI: 10.5194/nhess-12-2159-2012
01.07.2012 Article: Structural styles and Neogene petroleum system around the Yusuf-Habibas ridge (Alboran basin, Mediterranean Sea)
M. Medaouri, R. Bracene, J. Déverchère, D. Graindorge, A. Ouabadi, A.K. Yelles-Chaouche
The Leading Edge, 31, 776-785
DOI: 10.1190/tle31070776.1
12.07.2011 Book Section: Algerian margin sedimentation patterns (Algiers area, south-western Mediterranean)
ISBN: 978-1-56576-287-9
30.04.2010 Article: Comment on "Zemmouri earthquake rupture zone (M-w 6.8, Algeria): Aftershocks sequence relocation and 3D velocity model" by A. Ayadi et al.
J. Déverchère, B. Mercier de Lépinay, A. Cattaneo, et al.
Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, B04320
DOI: 10.1029/2008JB006190
30.03.2010 Article: Tectonic inheritance and Pliocene-Pleistocene inversion of the Algerian margin around Algiers: Insights from multibeam and seismic reflection data
P. Strzerzynski, J. Déverchère, A., Cattaneo, A., Domzig, K. Yelles, B., Mercier de Lépinay, N. Babonneau, A. Boudiaf
Tectonics, 29, TC2008
DOI: 10.1029/2009TC002547
04.09.2009 Article: Contrasted seismogenic and rheological behaviours from shallow and deep earthquake sequences in the North Tanzanian Divergence, East Africa
J. Albaric, J. Perrot, J. Déverchère, A. Deschamps, B. Le Gall, R.W. Ferdinand, C. Petit, C. Tiberi, C. Sue, M.J. Songo
Journal of African Earth Sciences
DOI: 10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2009.09.005
11.12.2008 Article: Strain accommodation by slow slip and dyking in a youthful continental rift, East Africa
E. Calais, N. d’Oreye, J. Albaric, A. Deschamps, D. Delvaux, J. Déverchère, C. Ebinger, R. W. Ferdinand, F. Kervyn, A. S. Macheyeki, A. Oyen, J. Perrot, E. Saria, B. Smets, D. S. Stamps, C. Wauthier
Nature, 456, 783-787
DOI: 10.1038/nature07478
06.12.2008 Article: Plio-Quaternary reactivation of the Neogene margin off NW Algiers, Algeria: the Khayr-Al-Din bank
Yelles A., A. Domzig, J. Déverchère, R. Bracène, B. Mercier De Lépinay, P. Strzerzynski, G. Bertrand, A. Boudiaf, T. Winter, A. Kherroubi, P. Le Roy, H. Djellit
Tectonophysics, 475, 98-116
DOI: 10.1016/j.tecto.2008.11.030
28.07.2008 Article: Upper mantle flow beneath and around the Hangay dome, Central Mongolia
Barruol G., A. Deschamps, J. Déverchère, V. V. Mordvinova, M. Ulziibat, J. Perrot, A. A. Artemiev, T. Dugarmaa, G. H. R. Bokelmann
Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 274, 221-233
DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2008.07.027
29.05.2008 Article: Crustal rheology and depth distribution of earthquakes: Insights from the central and southern East African Rift System
J. Albaric, J. Déverchère, C. Petit, J. Perrot & B. Le Gal
Tectonophysics, 468, 28-41
DOI: 10.1016/j.tecto.2008.05.021

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