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The First Iranian-Armenian Earth Scientist to be Honored by the Geological Society of America

Dr. Manuel Berberian will be the first Iranian-Armenian Earth Scientist to be honored at the 125th Anniversary of the Geological Society of America which will be held in Denver, Colorado in October 2013. Dr. Manuel Berberian will give the keynote presentation at the event.

Dr. Manuel Berberian

Celebrating Advances in Geoscience- Our science, our societal impact, and our unique thought processes
2013 GSA Annual Convention in Denver, Colorado, USA (27-30 October 2013)

Topical Session:
Tethyan Evolution and Seismotectonics of Southwest Asia: In Honor of the 40 Years of Dr. Manuel Berberian's Research Contributions

This interdisciplinary session focuses on the Late Proterozoic-Quaternary geologic evolution of the Iranian-Anatolian plateaus, Zagros-Caucasus-Bitlis orogens, and Arabian Plate with implications for the active deformation and seismotectonics of the region

This topical session aims to present the latest knowledge and analytical data on the Tethyan-collisional evolution of Southwest Asia encompassing the Arabian plate, Iranian-Anatolian plateaus, Zagros-Bitlis orogens, and Caspian-Caucasus region. The active seismotectonics and magmatism of this spectacular region make it ideally suited for understanding processes of continental deformation and evolution. Located between the Alps in Europe and the Himalayas in south-central Asia, Southwest Asia has been relatively less studied with modern analytical techniques and concepts although much progress in our geologic understanding of the region has been made in the last 40 years. Southwest Asia reveals a protracted and complex 600-million-year-old geologic history involving episodes of marginal arc magmatism, emergence and demise of oceanic tracts, the Tethyan sedimentary record, crustal extension and continental collision, which have important implications for the tectonic evolution and active deformation of Eurasia-Arabia continental collision.

Given that the 2013 Denver meeting marks the 125th Anniversary of the GSA and is titled “Celebrating Advances in Geosciences”, this proposed session highlights the geoscience knowledge-base of Southwest Asia over the past four decades during which plate tectonics has provided a unifying framework for understanding and interpreting various data-sets (structural, geophysical, sedimentary, magmatic, metamorphic, and morphotectonic) collected from various part of this vast, actively deforming region.

In so doing, the session honors the 40 years of Dr. Manuel Berberian’s research which has contributed significantly to our understanding of the geologic evolution and active tectonics of Southwest Asia. This multidisciplinary session is expected to bring together an international group of researchers, ranging from veteran experts to students, to present and identify frontier avenues of research involving the geology, geophysics, and active tectonics of Southwest Asia.

Dr. Manuel Berberian will kindly give a keynote presentation.

Read Safir's Interview with Dr. Berberian

Read Tethys' Interview with Dr. Berberian

Manuel Berberian (Manvel Manukian), Ph.D., PG, is a senior research scientist/project manager with 40 years of academic and research experience in earthquake seismology, active tectonics, field geological mapping, and earthquake-fault risk analysis; and 20 concurrent years of experience in environmental science/engineering and geo-hazards. He is the founder of the ‘Tectonic and Seismotectonic Research Department’ of the Geological Survey of Iran in Tehran (1971), and was teaching B.Sc. and M.Sc. courses at the Tehran and the Tarbiat Moddares Universities. He has been a pioneer in application of plate tectonics in the Iranian geology, and has been responsible for much of what is known about the geology, tectonics, seismotectonics, archaeoseismicity, active faulting/folding, and seismicity of the Iranian Plateau since historical times. Over the past 20 years from his office based in the United States of America, he has been working with scientists from the University of Cambridge (UK), University of Oxford (UK), Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR, USA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory of Caltech/NASA (CA, USA), NATO Scientific Affairs Division (Brussels, Belgium), UNESCO/INDRI (Paris, France), and Institute Mediterranean d'Ecologie et de Paleoecologie (Aix-en-Provence, France) on numerous international seismic hazard and earth science projects. Born in 1945 into an Armenian ethnic-religious minority in Tehran, Iran, from a 1915-Armenian massacre refugee family from Dikranagerd (Diarbakr), he received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Cambridge, U.K., in 1981. He is a certified professional geologist (USA); a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, NY, USA; and a fellow at the Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ, where he teaches Environmental science. He has written more than 300 scientific papers and books published in Iran, USA and Europe. For downloading the English published reports in the peer reviewed prestigious scientific journals see the website: He is working on three books on the Iranian seismicity, seismotectonics, and geology.

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