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Institut de minéralogie, de physique des matériaux et de cosmochimie
UMR 7590 - Sorbonne Université/CNRS/MNHN/IRD

Alberto Vitale-BrovaroneCR CNRS

Scientific Expertise


HP-LT metamorphic petrology

Evolution of subducting oceanic crust

HP fluid-rock interactions and metasomatism

Linking seafloor and HP processes

Contact Details

Office: T13-23, 3th Floor, Room 303

Telephone: 01 44 27 98 19

E-mail adress: alberto.vitale_brovarone(at)


Analytical Skills

  - Fieldwork, optical microscopy, SEM-EDS, EMPA, thermodynamic modeling

Professional Resume

  - Since 2014: CNRS Researcher in Mineralogy/Geochemistry

  - 2012-2014: Postdoctoral Scientist at IMPMC, Paris

  - 2011-2012: Postdoctoral Scientist at ISTeP, Paris VI, CNRS, Paris, France

  - 2011: Research grant funded by the Department of Mineralogical and Petrological Sciences (Torino) and GDP

Educational Background

  - Ph.D. in Geology – Torino University and Université Montpellier II - 2011


  - Soret, M., Agard, P., Dubacq, B., Vitale Brovarone, A., Manié, P., Chauvet, A., Whitchurch, H., Vilement, B., Strain localization and fluid infiltration in the mantle wedge during subduction initiation: evidence from the base of the New Caledonia ophiolite. Lithos, in press.

  -  Lagabrielle Y., Vitale Brovarone A, Ildefonse B. Fossil Oceanic Core Complexes recognized in the blueschist metaophiolites of Western Alps and Corsica. Earth-Science Reviews, 141, 1-26, 2015.

  - Martin, L.A.J., Hermann, J., Gauthiez-Putallaz, L., Whitney, D., Vitale Brovarone, A., Evans, N. Lawsonite geochemistry and stability - Implication for trace element and water cycles in subduction zones. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 32, 455-478, 2014. DOI:10.1111/jmg.12093

  - Martin, L.A.J., Rubatto, D., Hermann, J., Crépisson, C., Putliz, B., Vitale Brovarone A. Garnet oxygen analysis by SHRIMP-SI: matrix corrections and application to high pressure metasomatic rocks from Alpine Corsica. Chemical Geology, 374-375, 25-36, 2014.

  - Vitale Brovarone, A., Beyssac, O. Lawsonite metasomatism: a new route for water to the deep Earth. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 393, 275-284, 2014.

  - Beltrando, M., Manatschal, G., Mohn, G., Vitale Brovarone, A., Dal Piaz, G.V., Masini, E. Recognizing magma-poor rifted margins in high-pressure orogenic belts : the Alpine case study. Earth Science Reviews, 131, 88-115, 2014.

  - Vitale Brovarone, A., Picatto, M., Beyssac, O., Lagabrielle, Y., Castelli, D. The blueschist-eclogite transition in Alpine orogenic belts: PT paths and the role of slow-spreading extensional structures in the evolution of HP-LT mountain belts. Tectonophysics, 615-616, 96-121, 2014.

  - Vitale Brovarone, A., Beyssac, O., Alard, O., Martin, L., Picatto, M. Lawsonite metasomatism and trace element recycling in subduction zones. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 32, 498-514, 2014.

  - Agard, P., Vitale Brovarone, A. Thermal regime of continental subduction: the record from exhumed HP-LT terranes (Oman, N. Caledonia, Corsica). Tectonophysics, 602, 206-215, 2013 DOI:10.1016/j.tecto.2013.05.011

  - Vitale Brovarone, A., Agard, P. True metamorphic isograds or tectonically sliced metamorphic sequence? New high-spatial resolution petrological data for the New Caledonia case-study. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 166, 451-469, 2013. DOI:10.1007/s00410-013-0885-2

  - Vitale Brovarone, A. Lawsonite-bearing omphacitites from Alpine Corsica (France). Int J Earth Sci (Geol Rundsch) 102, 1377–1379, 2013.

  - Vitale Brovarone,A., Herwartz, D. Timing of metamorphism in Alpine Corsica. Lithos, 172-173, 175–191, 2013.

  - Vitale Brovarone,A., Beyssac,O., Malavieille,J., Molli G., Beltrando, M. & Compagnoni,R. Stacking and metamorphism of continuous segments of subducted lithosphere in a high-pressure wedge: the example of Alpine Corsica (France). Earth Science Reviews, 116, 35-56, 2013.

  - Beltrando M., Frasca G., Compagnoni R. & Vitale Brovarone A. The Valaisian conundrum revisited: multi-stage folding of Mesozoic hyper-extended margin in the Petit St Bernard Pass area. Tectonophysics, 2012. 

  - Martin, A.J., Rubatto, D., Vitale Brovarone, A., Hermann, J. Late Eocene lawsonite-eclogite facies metasomatism of a granulite sliver associated to ophiolites in Alpine Corsica. Lithos, 125, 620-641, 2011. doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2011.03.015

  - Vitale Brovarone,A., Beltrando,M., Malavieille,J., Giuntoli,F, Tondella,E, Groppo,C., Beyssac,O. & Compagnoni,R. Inherited Ocean-Continent Transition zones in deeply subducted terranes: Insights from Alpine Corsica. Lithos, 124, 273-290, 2011. doi: 10.1016/j.lithos.2011.02.013.

  - Vitale Brovarone, A., Groppo, C., Hetenyi, G., Compagnoni, R., Malavieille, J. Coexistence of lawsonite-eclogite and blueschist: phase equilibria modeling of Alpine Corsica metabasalts and petrological evolution of subducting slabs. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 29, 583-600, 2011.

  - Malavieille J., Molli G., Vitale Brovarone A., Beyssac O. CorseAlp 2011 – Field Trip Guidebook. Journal of Virtual Explorer, 39, 2011.

  - Vitale Brovarone A., Malavieille J., Beltrando M., Molli G., Compagnoni R. CorseAlp 2011 – Field Trip Guidebook. Field Trip 1 - Geology and petrology of Ocean Continent Transition (OCT) zones metamorphosed under eclogite facies conditions. Journal of Virtual Explorer, 39, 2011.

  - Malavieille J., Molli G., Ferrandini M., Ferrandini J., Ottaviani Spella M., Vitale Brovarone A., Beyssac O., Ciancaleoni L., Maggi M., Rossetti F. CorseAlp 2011 – Field Trip Guidebook. Field Trip 2 - General Architecture and tectonic evolution of Alpine Corsica. Insights from a transect between Bastia and the Balagne region. Journal of Virtual Explorer, 39, 2011.

  - Healy, D., Reddy, S. M., Timms, N. E., Gray, E. M., & Vitale Brovarone, A. Trench-parallel fast axes of seismic anisotropy due to fluid-filled cracks in subducting slabs. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 283, 75-86, 2009.


  - Philippe Agard (Paris VI)

  - Olivier, Alard (Montpellier II)

  - Thibault Duretz (Université de Lausanne)

  - Christian Chopin (ENS Paris)

  - Patrick Monié (University Montpellier II)

  - Daniela Rubatto and Joerg Hermann (ANU, Canberra, Australia)

  - Laure Martin (Monash University)

  - David Healy (Curtin University, Perth, Australia)

  - Gyorgy Hetenyi (ETH, Zurich, Switzerland)

  - Giancarlo Molli (Pisa University, Italy)

  - Daniel Herwartz (Bonn University, Germany)

  - Jacques Malavieille (University Montpellier II)

  - Chiara Groppo (Torino University)

  - Marco Beltrando (Torino University)

  - Kazuaki Okamoto (Saitama University, Japan)


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