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Pavel PITRA (english)

Associate professor (Lecturer)

Contact : pavel.pitra(at)univ-rennes1.fr ; +33 - 2 23 23 65 06

Areas of Expertise

- metamorphic geology, structural geology, tectonics

- numerical modelling of equilibrium mineral parageneses (THERMOCALC)

Research interests

Structural and metamorphic evolution of orogenic belts

My research activities are aimed at the parallel study of tectonics, structure, magmatic and metamorphic processes in different orogenic settings, based on extensive field work. The focus is on the study of PT conditions and their evolution with time. I approach these problems from a thermodynamic point of view, especially through numerical modelling of phase relations using various types of phase diagrams calculated with the help of some of the advanced features of the THERMOCALC software.

Degrees & Employment


- DEA (= MSc), University of Montpellier ; tutors : Jean-Pierre Burg and Karel Schulmann


- Thèse de Doctorat (= PhD), Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris and Universita Karlova, Prague ; tutors : Michel Guiraud, Jean-Pierre Burg and Karel Schulmann
- petrological and structural aspects of the juxtaposition of two major terranes of the Variscan Bohemian Massif (Czech Republic) - Tepla-Barrandian & Moldanubian ; the combination of the structural and petrological approach yielded novel results that claim revision of the current models of evolution of the Bohemian Massif.


- research assistant, Department of Mineralogy, Geochemistry & Mineral Resources, Universita Karlova, Prague
- petrology and structure of some granulites of the Bohemian Massif


- post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Geology, University of Pretoria (South Africa)
- metamorphism and structure of the "Marble Hall Fragment" and the implications for the emplacement of the Bushveld Complex ; exploration and re-interpretation of some symplectite textures (spinel + cordierite replacing andalusite)

since 1999

- lecturer / associate professor (Maître de Conférences), University of Rennes
- metamorphic record of continental collision



Ballèvre, M., Martínez Catalán, J. R., López-Carmona, A., Pitra, P., Abati, J., Díez Fernández, R., Ducassou, C., Arenas, R., Bosse, V., Castiñeiras, P., Fernández-Suárez, J., Gómez Barreiro, J., Paquette, J.-L., Peucat, J.-J., Poujol, M., Ruffet, G. & Sánchez Martínez, S., 2014. Correlation of the nappe stack in the Ibero-Armorican arc across the Bay of Biscay : a joint French-Spanish project. In : The Variscan Orogeny : Extent, Timescale and the Formation of the European Crust (eds Schulmann, K., Martínez Catalán, J. R., Lardeaux, J.-M., JanouÅ¡ek, V. & Oggiano, G.), Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 405, pp. 77-113, The Geological Society, London.

López-Carmona, A., Abati, J., Pitra, P., Lee, J. K. W., 2014. Retrogressed lawsonite blueschists from the NW Iberian Massif : P–T–t constraints from thermodynamic modelling and 40Ar/39Ar geochronology. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 167, 1-20.

Duprat-Oualid, S., Yamato, P., & Pitra, P., 2013. Major role of shear heating in intracontinental inverted metamorphism : Inference from a thermo-kinematic parametric study. Tectonophysics, 608, 812-831, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tecto.2....

Philippon, M., Gueydan, F., Pitra, P., & Brun, J.-P., 2013. Preservation of subduction-related prograde deformation in lawsonite pseudomorph-bearing rocks. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 31(5), 571–583.

López-Carmona, A., Pitra, P. & Abati, J., 2013. Blueschist-facies metapelites from the Malpica-Tui Unit (NW Iberian Massif) : phase equilibria modelling and H2O and Fe2O3 influence in high-pressure assemblages. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 31, 263-280.

Pitra, P., 2012. Emplacement, structural and P-T evolution of the 346 Ma MiÅ™etín Pluton (eastern Teplá-Barrandian Zone, Bohemian Massif) : implications for regional transpressional tectonics - Discussion. Journal of Geosciences, 57, 189-191.

Pitra, P., Poujol, M., Van Den Driessche, J., Poilvet, J.-C. & Paquette, J.-L., 2012. Early Permian extensional shearing of an Ordovician granite : The Saint-Eutrope "C/S-like" orthogneiss (Montagne Noire, French Massif Central). Comptes Rendus Geoscience, 344, 377-384. [ PDF ]

Van Den Driessche, J. & Pitra, P., 2012. Viscous collision in channel explains double domes in metamorphic core complexes : Comment. Geology, 40, e279. [ PDF ]

Chopin, F., Schulmann, K., Skrzypek, E., Lehmann, J., Dujardin, J. R., Martelat, J. E., Lexa, O., Corsini, M., Edel, J. B., Å típská, P. & Pitra, P., 2012. Crustal influx, indentation, ductile thinning and gravity redistribution in a continental wedge : Building a Moldanubian mantled gneiss dome with underthrust Saxothuringian material (European Variscan belt). Tectonics, 31, TC1013. [ PDF ]

Å típská, P., Chopin, F., Skrzypek, E., Schulmann, K., Pitra, P., Lexa, O., Martelat, J. E., Bollinger, C. & Å½Ã¡Ä ková, E., 2012. The juxtaposition of eclogite and mid-crustal rocks in the Orlica–Śnieżnik Dome, Bohemian Massif. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 30, 213-234. [ PDF ]

Chopin, F., Schulmann, K., Štípská, P., Martelat, J. E., Pitra, P., Lexa, O. & Petri, B., 2012. Microstructural and metamorphic evolution of a high-pressure granitic orthogneiss during continental subduction (Orlica–Śnieżnik dome, Bohemian Massif). Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 30, 347-376. [ PDF ]

Poilvet, J.-C., Poujol, M., Pitra, P., Van Den Driessche, J. & Paquette, J.-L., 2011. The Montalet granite, Montagne Noire, France : An Early Permian syn-extensional pluton as evidenced by new U-Th-Pb data on zircon and monazite. Comptes Rendus Geoscience, 343, 454-461. [ article in PDF format ]

Afiri, A., Gueydan, F., Pitra, P., Essaifi, A. & Précigout, J., 2011. Oligo-Miocene exhumation of the Beni-Bousera peridotite through a lithosphere-scale extensional shear-zone. Geodinamica Acta, 24, 49-60. [ article in PDF format ]

Pitra P., Kouamelan A. N., Ballèvre M., Peucat JJ., 2010. Palaeoproterozoic high-pressure granulite overprint of the Archaean continental crust : evidence for homogeneous crustal thickening (Man Rise, Ivory Coast), Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 28, 41-58. DOI : 10.1111/j.1525-1314.2009.00852.x. [ article in PDF format ]

Pitra, P., Ballèvre, M., Ruffet, G., 2010. Inverted metamorphic field gradient along a Variscan suture zone (Champtoceaux Complex, Armorican Massif, France). Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 28, 183-208. DOI : 10.1111/j.1525-1314.2009.00862.x. [ article in PDF format ]

Ballèvre, M., Bosse, V., Ducassou, C. & Pitra, P., 2009. Palaeozoic history of the Armorican Massif : Models for the tectonic evolution of the suture zones. Comptes Rendus Geoscience, 341, 174-201. [ article in PDF format ]

Pitra, P., Boulvais, P., Antonoff, V. & Diot, H., 2008. Wagnerite in a cordierite-gedrite gneiss : Witness of long-term fluid-rock interaction in the continental crust (Ile d’Yeu, Armorican Massif, France). American Mineralogist, 93, 315-326. [ article in PDF format ]

Le Bayon, B., Pitra, P. Ballèvre, M. & Bohn, M. 2006. Reconstructing P-T paths during continental collision using multi-stage garnets (Gran Paradiso nappe, Western Alps). Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 24(6), 477-496. [ article in PDF format ]

Stípská, P., Pitra, P. & Powell, R., 2006. Separate or shared metamorphic histories of eclogites and surrounding rocks ? An example from the Bohemian Massif. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 24(3), 219-240. [ article in PDF format ]

Racek, M., Stípská, P., Pitra, P., Schulmann, K. & Lexa, O., 2006. Metamorphic record of burial and exhumation of orogenic lower and middle crust : new tectonothermal model for the Drosendorf window, Bohemian Massif. Mineralogy and Petrology, 86, 221-251. [ article in PDF format ]

Ballèvre, M., Pitra, P. & Bohn, M. 2003. Lawsonite growth in the epidote blueschists from the Ile de Groix (Armorican Massif, France) : a potential geobarometer. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 21(7) : 723-735, [ article in PDF format ] - [Abstract]

Pitra, P. & de Waal, S.A. 2001. High-temperature, low-pressure metamorphism and development of prograde symplectites, Marble Hall Fragment, Bushveld Complex (South Africa). Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 19(3), 311-325. [ article in PDF format ] - [Abstract]

Pitra, P., Burg, J.-P. & Guiraud, M. 1999. Late-Variscan strike-slip tectonics between the Teplá-Barrandian and Moldanubian terranes (Czech Bohemian Massif) : petrostructural evidence. Journal of the Geological Society, London, 156(5), 1003-1020. [ article in PDF format ] [Abstract]

Pitra, P. & Guiraud, M. 1996. Probable anticlockwise P-T evolution in extending crust : Hlinsko region, Bohemian Massif. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 14, 49-60. [ article in PDF format ] [Abstract]

Pitra, P., Burg, J.-P., Schulmann, K. & Ledru, P. 1994. Late orogenic extension in the Bohemian Massif : petrostructural evidence in the Hlinsko region. Geodinamica Acta, 7(1), 15-30. [ article in PDF format ] [Abstract]

Personal interests

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