Curriculum Vitae
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General information
Living in a couple, three children
Motorcycle and car licenses
Contact Information
Postdoctoral position at University of Bergen since November, 1 2013.
Professor "Agrégé" (Life and Earth sciences) secondment from the Rector of the Academy of Versailles.

Univeristy of Bergen
Allegaten, 41
Postboks 7803
N-5020 Bergen (NORWAY)

Voice : +47 55 58 33 98 / +33 (0)61389-5961
E-mail : thomas.theunissen(@)geo.uib.no
Research Interests
  • Geodynamics, Seismology, earthquake location, seismotectonics, rifting, subduction zone processes, seismic hazard
Academic Experience
  • University of Bergen, Department of Earth Science, Geodynamics group, NORWAY

    Postdoctoral position
    November, 2016 - Present

    2-D and 3-D thermo-mechanical modeling of magma-poor passive margin formation coupled with surface processes. What are factors controlling the formation of magma-poor distal margins? What are the deep mantle (<400km) controls on the relief evolution during rifting? What are the effects of obliquity on rifting? (COLORS project - TOTAL). Advisor : Ritske Huismans.
  • University of Bergen, Department of Earth Science, Geodynamics group, NORWAY

    Postdoctoral position
    November, 2013 - November, 2016

    2-D thermo-mechanical modeling of magma-poor passive margin formation coupled with surface processes - What is the role of pre-existing structures on tectonics during rifting? What are the effects of mass redistribution by surface processes on tectonics during rifting? What are feedbacks between surface processes and tectonics during rifting? (MultiRift project - Statoil, Forskningsrådet). Advisor : Ritske Huismans.
  • IRAP (Institut de Recherche en Astronomie et Planétologie), Toulouse, FRANCE

    Postdoctoral position
    September, 2012 - November, 2013

    Pyrenean orogenic wedge southwest of France : Understanding of the 3D structure and its associated seismicity from crust to mantle. Earthquake location, arrival-times tomography, receiver functions, joint inversion (Pyrope / Topo-Iberia projects). Advisors : Sébastien Chevrot / Matthieu Sylvander.
  • University of Paul Sabatier III - IRAP, Toulouse, FRANCE

    Teaching Assistant
    September, 2011 - August, 2012

    General geology at Licence level and geophysics/seismology at Master level (Plate tectonics, subduction zones, seismology).
  • University of Montpellier II - Geosciences Montpellier, Montpellier, FRANCE

    - Teaching Assistant
    September, 2010 - August, 2011

    General geology at Licence level and geophysics/seismology at Master level. Field trip in sedimentology, volcanology and geodynamics in Limagne Basin and in the Chaˆıne des Puys (France).

    - Graduate Student - Teaching assistant
    September, 2007 - September, 2010

    Includes within Ph.D. research, Teaching general geology at Licence level and geophysics/seismology at Master level. Field trip in sedimentology, volcanology and geodynamics in Limagne Basin and in the Chaˆıne des Puys (France).
  • Secondary School, Paris, FRANCE Professor
    September, 2004 - September 2006

    Teachers in secondary school of Life and Earth Sciences for Baccalaureat preparation.
Education
  • University of Montpellier II, Geosciences Montpellier, FRANCE Ph.D., Geophysics-Seismology-Seismotectonics-Geodynamics, (defense in July 2011)
    • Dissertation Topic : "Deformation at the transition between subduction and collision east of Taiwan : seismological approach"
    • Advisors : Serge Lallemand and Yvonne Font
  • University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, GeoAzur, FRANCE M.S., Geophysics (Seismology), June, 2007
    • Dissertation Topic : "Crustal discontinuities in the region of the Gulf of Corinth from receiver functions using teleseismic and local earthquakes"
    • Advisor : Anne Deschamps
  • University of Paris 6, Paris, FRANCE M.S., Life and Earth Sciences with a speciality in Geology, Agregation (National competitive exam), June, 2004
  • Licence, Biology, biochemistry, geology, June, 2002
  • Lycee Janson de Sailly, Paris, FRANCE Post-secondary preparatory school, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Sciences, June, 1998
Field and Laboratory Experiences
  • Extraction and analysis of seismological data, Institute of Earth Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
    Collaboration
    October, 2008 - December, 2008

    Collaborations with Wen-Tzong Liang, Min-Hung Shih, Yi-Lin Huang and Bor-Shouh Huang. Use of the IRIS Antelope software.
  • OBS deployment and recovery, Pacific Ocean (North China Sea) east of Taiwan
    • RATS experiment
      July, 19-22, 2008 and October, 19-24, 2008
      Deployment and recovery of CNRS-INSU instruments. R/V : Ocean Researcher 1 (Taiwan).
    • TAIGER experiment
      November, 2007
      Deployment of Lamont and Scripps instruments (USA). R/V : Ocean Researcher 1 (Taiwan).
Computer Skills
  • Languages : C, C++, Unix shell scripts, HTML, PHP, MySql, some use of Fortran and Pascal
  • Applications : Generic Mapping Tools (GMT) - Unix mapping software, LATEX, Matlab, Antelope
  • (Seismic Database Management), Microsoft Office
  • Algorithms : Maximum Intersection Algorithm for Absolute Earthquake Location
  • Operating Systems : Unix/Linux, Windows.
Honors and Awards
  • Outstanding student paper award of the Tectonophysics Section of the American Geophysical Union, 2011. (AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, California)pdf EOS_journal, AGU website
Other Volunteer Work
  • PhD students assistant-delegate 2008-2009 and 2009-2010.
  • PhD student day organization at Geosciences Montpellier 2008, 2009 and 2010
  • Webmaster : http ://www.surmonventre.com
Main References
  • Serge Lallemand (Geosciences Montpellier - France) 0033(0)46714-3301
  • Yvonne Font (GeoAzur - France) 0033(0)49376-3888
  • Wen-Tzong Liang (IES - Academia Sinica - Taiwan) 00886-2-2783-9910 ext. 522
  • Francis Wu (DGSES - Binghamton University - USA)(607) 777-2512
  • Stéphanie Gautier (Geosciences Montpellier - France) 0033(0)46714-3648
  • Sébastien Chevrot (IRAP - France) 0033(0)556133-3030
  • Anne Deschamps (GeoAzur - France) 0033(0)49294-2616
spare-time activities
  • Horse riding
  • Football
  • Couple danse