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Prof. Dr. Jean Braun

Head of Earth Surface Process Modelling

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences

Telegrafenberg
Building F, room 451
14473 Potsdam
Phone: +49 331 288-27520
e-mail: jean.braun(at)gfz-potsdam.de

Publications

About the person

Function and Responsibilities:

Section Head, GFZ
Professor, University of Potsdam
Professor, University of Grenoble Alpes

Research Interests:

The quantitative modelling of complex Earth systems and their dynamical behaviour, including crustal and lithospheric deformation, surface processes (erosion, sedimentation and transport), thermal structure of the upper crust, fluid flow in the crust, subduction and mantle flow, rock deformation and scaled laboratory experiments. I have many years´ experience of collaboration with specialists in a wide range of fields, including structural geology, geomorphology (including fluvial, glacial geomorphology and soil dynamics), thermochronology, basis analysis, hydrology, seismography, metamorphic petrology, mantle flow (dynamic topography). Combining my knowledge of Earth sciences with my training in physics and mathematics, I develope and use sophisticated numerical models and methods to interpret the geological record and extract from it constraints on the physical processes at play in the Earth´s interior and near its surface.

Career:

2016 Guest Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, The University of California, Berkeley

2015 Guest Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University

2015-2016 Détachement to the CNRS (French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

2010-2015 Membre Senior de l’Institut Universitaire de France

2009-2015 Professor, Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France

2005-2009 Professor, Université de Rennes 1, Rennes, France

2005-2008 Professor, Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University (Adjunct)

2000-2004 Senior Fellow, Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University

1997-2000 Fellow, Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University

1992-1996 Research Fellow, Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University

1989-1991 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Research School of Earth Sciences, The Australian National University

1984-1987 I.W. Killam Doctoral Fellow, Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University, Canada

1982-1983 Assistant Preparateur, Departement de Physique, Université de Liege, Belgium

1979 Technicien, Departement de Geologie de l’Ingenieur, Université de Liege, Belgium

Education:

1983 Licence en Sciences Physiques, Université de Liege (Belgium) (Grande Distinction)

1988 PhD, Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University (Canada)

Research Boards and Committees:

Since 2013: Appeal Advisor, Discovery Grant Program, National Science and Engineering Research Council, Canada

Since 2013: Associate Editor, E-Surf

Since 2012: Scientific Editor, Terra Nova

Awards:

2015 Wiley Award for best paper in Earth Surface Processes and Landforms for 2014

2013 Robert Mitchum Award for best paper in Basin Research for 2012

2010 Membre Senior de l’Institut Universitaire de France

2009 Stillwell Award for the best paper in the Australian Journal of Earth Sciences for 2009

2006-2009 Chaire d’Excellence Senior de l’Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)

2005 Médaille de la Ville de Rennes

2001-2002 Professeur Invité, Université Joseph Fourier de Grenoble

1997-1998 Professeur Invité, Université de Montpellier II

1992-2014 Senior Fellow, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

1984-1987 Izaak Walton Killam Memorial PhD Scholarship