Curriculum

2019-present Postdoc in structural geology, University of Bern (Switzerland) & SNSF
2018-2019 Postdoc in structural geology, Uni Florence (Italy) & Uni Southampton (UK) with SNSF grant P2BEP2_178523
2013-2017 PhD in structural geology, University of Bern (Switzerland) & SNSF
2010-2013 MSc (joint degree) in Geology, VU University Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and University Rennes1 (France), including a MSc thesis project/traineeship at Royal Dutch Shell (The Netherlands)
2006-2011 BSc in Earth Sciences/Geology, VU University Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Current key research topics

  • Analogue modelling: (oblique) rifting, salt tectonics, compressional tectonics

  • Field-based studies: Rifting and active continental break-up in Afar, East Africa

General research interests

  • Structural geology, (salt) tectonics, analogue and numerical tectonic modelling, petroleum geology, geomorphology, (carbonate) sedimentology, natural resources and (renewable) energy

Main research projects

  • 4D lithospheric-scale analogue modelling of oblique rifts and obliquely rifted margins (SNF Postdoc research project)
  • Structural and tectonic interpretation of the Western Afar Margin, East Africa (SNF Postdoc Mobility research project)
  • 4D Analogue modelling of oblique extension: from continental rifting to passive margin formation 
    (SNF PhD research project)
  • Structural interpretation of the Norwegian Central Graben, North Sea: implications for Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous reservoir quality sands (MSc thesis project)
  • Analogue modelling to explore the influence of initial passive margin basin geometry on the development of salt tectonic structures. (MSc research project 2)
  • Lateral extrusion in the Eastern Alps: analogue modelling and structural fieldwork (Austria) to reconstruct the regional tectonic history (MSc research project 1)

Research group Tectonics and Structural Geology

 

 

 

 

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2021

Martini, Ivan; Ambrosetti, Elisa; Brogi, Andrea; Aldinucci, Mauro; Zwaan, Frank; Sandrelli, Fabio (2021). Polyphase extensional basins: interplay between tectonics and sedimentation in the Neogene Siena‐Radicofani Basin (Northern Apennines, Italy). International journal of earth sciences Springer-Verlag 10.1007/s00531-021-02038-4

Zwaan, Frank; Schreurs, Guido (2021). Analogue modelling of continental rifting: an overview (In Press). In: Rifted Margins. ISTE-Wiley

2020

Zwaan, Frank; Rudolf, Michael; Corti, Giacomo; Keir, Derek; Sani, Federico (2020). Rheology of viscous materials from the CNR-IGG Tectonic Modelling Laboratory at the University of Florence (Italy) [Dataset]. Potsdam: GFZ Data Services 10.5880/fidgeo.2020.018

Zwaan, Frank; Rudolf, Michael; Pohlenz, Andre; Corti, Giacomo; Keir, Derek; Sani, Federico (2020). Ring-shear test data of feldspar sand from the CNR-IGG Tectonic Modelling Laboratory at the University of Florence (Italy) [Dataset]. Potsdam: GFZ Data Services

Zwaan, Frank; Corti, Giacomo; Keir, Derek; Sani, Federico (2020). Images and videos of analogue centrifuge models exploring marginal flexure during rifting in Afar, East Africa [Dataset]. Potsdam: GFZ Data Services 10.5880/fidgeo.2020.020

Zwaan, Frank; Corti, Giacomo; Keir, Derek; Sani, Federico (2020). Analogue modelling of marginal flexure in Afar, East Africa: Implications for passive margin formation (In Press). Tectonophysics Elsevier

Zwaan, Frank; Schreurs, Guido (2020). Rift segment interaction in orthogonal and rotational extension experiments: Implications for the large-scale development of rift systems. Journal of structural geology, 140(104119), p. 104119. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jsg.2020.104119

Zwaan, Frank; Schreurs, Guido; Rosenau, Matthias (2020). Rift propagation in rotational versus orthogonal extension: Insights from 4D analogue models. Journal of structural geology, 135, p. 103946. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jsg.2019.103946

Zwaan, Frank; Schreurs, Guido (2020). 4D X-Ray CT data and surface view videos of analogue models exploring rift interaction in orthogonal and rotational extension [Dataset]. GFZ Data Services 10.5880/fidgeo.2020.031

Zwaan, F.; Corti, G.; Sani, F.; Keir, D.; Muluneh, A. A.; Illsley-Kemp, F.; Papini, M. (2020). Structural Analysis of the Western Afar Margin, East Africa: Evidence for Multiphase Rotational Rifting. Tectonics, 39(7) American Geophysical Union, European Geophysical Society 10.1029/2019TC006043

Zwaan, Frank; Corti, Giacomo; Keir, Derek; Sani, Federico (2020). A review of tectonic models for the rifted margin of Afar: Implications for continental break-up and passive margin formation. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 164, p. 103649. Elsevier Science 10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2019.103649

Zwaan, Frank; Schreurs, Guido; Schmid, Timothy; Warzitzka, Michael; Rosenau, Matthias (2020). Digital image correlation data from analogue modelling experiments addressing orthogonal and rotational extension at the Tectonic Modelling Lab of the University of Bern (CH) [Dataset]. Potsdam: GFZ Data Services 10.5880/FIDGEO.2020.001

Zwaan, Frank; Corti, Giacomo; Keir, Derek; Sani, Federico; Muluneh, Ameha; Illsley-Kemp, Finnigan; Papini, Mauro (2020). Geological data from the Western Afar Margin, East Africa [Dataset]. Potsdam: GFZ Data Services 10.5880/fidgeo.2020.017

2019

Zwaan, Frank; Schreurs, Guido; Buiter, Susanne J. H. (2019). A systematic comparison of experimental set-ups for modelling extensional tectonics. Solid Earth, 10(4), pp. 1063-1097. Copernicus Publications 10.5194/se-10-1063-2019

Zwaan, Frank; Schreurs, Guido; Buiter, Susanne (2019). 4D X-Ray CT data and surface view videos of a systematic comparison of experimental set-ups for modelling extensional tectonics [Dataset]. In: 4D X-Ray CT data and surface view videos of a systematic comparison of experimental set-ups for modelling extensional tectonics. Potsdam: GFZ Data Services 10.5880/fidgeo.2019.018

Fedorik, Jakub; Zwaan, Frank; Schreurs, Guido; Toscani, Giovanni; Bonini, Lorenzo; Seno, Silvio (2019). The interaction between strike-slip dominated fault zones and thrust belt structures: Insights from 4D analogue models. Journal of structural geology, 122, pp. 89-105. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jsg.2019.02.010

2018

Zwaan, Frank (2018). Lower Cretaceous reservoir development in the North Sea Central Graben, and potential analogue settings in the Southern Permian Basin and South Viking Graben. Geological Society Special Publications, 469(1), pp. 479-504. Geological Society 10.1144/SP469.3

Zwaan, Frank; Schreurs, Guido; Adam, Jürgen (2018). Effects of sedimentation on rift segment evolution and rift interaction in orthogonal and oblique extensional settings: Insights from analogue models analysed with 4D X-ray computed tomography and digital volume correlation techniques. Global and planetary change, 171, pp. 110-133. Elsevier Science 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2017.11.002

Zwaan, Frank; Schreurs, Guido; Gentzmann, Robert; Warsitzka, Michael; Rosenau, Matthias (2018). Ring-shear test data of quartz sand from the Tectonic Modelling Lab of the University of Bern (CH) [Dataset]. Potsdam, Germany: GFZ Data Services 10.5880/fidgeo.2018.028

Zwaan, Frank; Schreurs, Guido; Ritter, Malte; Santimano, Tasca; Rosenau, Matthias (2018). Rheology of PDMS-corundum sand mixtures from the Tectonic Modelling Lab of the University of Bern (CH) [Dataset]. Potsdam, Germany: GFZ Data Services 10.5880/fidgeo.2018.023

2017

Zwaan, Frank (2017). 4D laboratory experiments of oblique extension and scissor tectonics, structural inheritance and sedimentation: implications for rift evolution, rift propagation and rift segment interaction. (Dissertation, Institut für Geologie, PHILNAT)

Zwaan, Frank; Schreurs, Guido (2017). How oblique extension and structural inheritance influence rift segment interaction: Insights from 4D analog models. Interpretation, 5(1), SD119-SD138. SEG Society of Exploration Geophysicists 10.1190/INT-2016-0063.1

2016

Zwaan, Frank; Schreurs, Guido; Naliboff, John; Buiter, Susanne J.H. (2016). Insights into the effects of oblique extension on continental rift interaction from 3D analogue and numerical models. Tectonophysics, 693, pp. 239-260. Elsevier 10.1016/j.tecto.2016.02.036

2015

Zwaan, Frank (February 2015). La tectonique des plaques dans un bac à sable. Geo Panorama, 2, pp. 5-10. Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT)

Zwaan, Frank (February 2015). Plaattektoniek in de zandbak van de Universiteit Bern. Geo.brief, 1, pp. 10-11. KNGMG

Zwaan, Frank; Schreurs, Guido (2015). Effects of transtension on continental rift interaction: a 4D analogue modeling study. Geotectonic research, 97(1), pp. 116-119. Schweizerbart 10.1127/1864-5658/2015-44