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ISTeP - UMR 7193
Institut des Sciences de la Terre de Paris

Agard Philippe

Equipe : Dynamique et évolution des Marges et des Orogènes


Sorbonne Université - Campus Pierre et Marie Curie, Tour 46 - 00 3ème étage, Bureau 314
Téléphone : 01 44 27 52 35
E-mail : philippe.agard @
Personal website


Regional-scale tectonics and lithosphere dynamics, metamorphic petrology and rheology – with a focus on convergent plate margins (subduction, obduction)

for bibliography see below





2009-present  Full Professor, Sorbonne Université, Paris

1999-2009      Associate Professor, UPMC


Fellowships and awards

2020-present  Member of Academia Europaea (the Academy of Europe)

2011-2016      Member of Institut Universitaire de France (IUF, Junior Academy of Sciences)



2007                Habilitation thesis, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), Paris

1999                PhD thesis in Material sciences, UPMC

1994                Masters in Geology, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris

1991-1995      Fellow of Ecole Normale Supérieure




2017-present    Coordinator of the French-Iranian Geoscience network (>70 scientists, 11 institutions)

2013-2017        PI of Marie Curie International Training Network (ZIP, Zooming in between plates, 4M€)

2011-2014        PI of ANR project (ONLAP, Obduction no longer a puzzle, 0.4M€)

Several other projects as PI (about 500 k€ in total) funded through Institut National des Sciences de l’Univers (CNRS), MEBE (consortium of petroleum companies), TOTAL, Egide (with UK and Turkey), BRGM (RGF-Alpes).




1999-present    As Associate or Full Professor at UPMC/Sorbonne: Introduction to Geosciences, Field mapping, Metamorphic petrology and mineral resources, Lithospheric-scale geodynamics, Tutored projects on climate change or geodynamics. At Ecole Normale Supérieure: Metamorphism and Geodynamics

2021                MOVE (virtual excursions), with Univ. Heidelberg and Prague,

2017                ZIP exhibition and ENVEXX (climate change with undergrad. students), ~2000 visitors

see virtual exhibitions @

2016                « Geopix », geological outreach for the wider public,



2015-present   Editor in Chief, Tectonophysics, Elsevier (~120 manuscripts/year)

2020-2025        Member of Commission Scientifique Terre Solide (National Committee), CNRS

2011-2017        Head of Earth Science Undergraduate Studies (150 students/level/year), UPMC

2012-2014        Deputy-Head of Terre vivante et environnement, 1 of the 4 UPMC divisions

2011-2015        Deputy-Head of Observatoire Sciences de l’Univers Ecce Terra (~1500 people), CNRS

2011-2014        Scientific Board of UPMC

2010-2020        PI of International Lithosphere Task force IX, International Union of Geological Sciences

2000-2003        Organizer of Internal seminars, Institut des Sciences de la Terre à Paris





Supervision of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows

— 10 former PhDs as main advisor:

  • Yamato  (2006) Full Professor, Université Rennes (IUF junior)
  • Omrani  (2008) Deputy-Head, Geological Survey of Iran
  • Angiboust (2011) Full Professor, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon
  • Plunder  (2013) Senior researcher, Bureau Recherches Géologiques Minières (BRGM)
  • Prigent  (2017) Associate Professor, Institut Physique du Globe, Paris
  • Soret  (2017) Post-doctoral fellow, U.B.C., now at Université Orléans
  • Tan  (2018) Associate Professor, Chinese Academy of sciences, Urumqi
  • Bonnet  (2018) Post-doctoral fellow, U.C.S.B. (EFIRE project), now Sorbonne Université
  • Lefeuvre (2020) Post-doctoral fellow, Université Pau
  • Jentzer  (2021) Post-doctoral fellow, Sorbonne Université

— 5 PhDs as co-advisor, 4 ongoing PhD students and 19 Master Students.

— 3 Post-docs: A. Vitale-Brovarone (2011-2013), Full Professor Bologna University; T. Duretz (2012-2013), Full Professor Frankfurt University; J. Ruh (2014-2016), Assistant Professor ETH


Invited presentations and visiting positions

Recent keynoytes at international conferences:

  • AGU Fall meeting 2013: « Into the subduction plate interface »
  • Geological Society of America 2014: « Accretion, underplating, detachment and exhumation »
  • EGU 2015: « Metamorphic probing of subduction dynamics and rheology »
  • EGU 2015: « Fluid content along the subduction plate interface »
  • EGU 2018: « How subduction initiation proceeds »
  • AGU Fall meeting 2019: « Metamorphic reactions, deformation and fluid migration »

In 2018, I was invited as Visiting Professor at UC Davis, USA (Oct.), Roma Tre, Italy (Jun.) and Prague University, Czech Republic (Mar.). I have also given 35 invited international seminars over the past 10 years (Rome, Oxford, Cambridge, Ankara, Edinburgh, Beijing, Medellin, Vancouver, Providence, Potsdam, Berlin, Zürich, Praha, Montpellier). In 2021: Genova University, Imperial College London, Pennsylvania State University, Carnegie Institution for Science. I was in sabbatical at Oxford for three months in 2009.


Organisation of scientific meetings and outreach

2017-2019   PI, « Transdisciplinary Research on Geology, Geodynamics, Earthquakes and Resources », Iran. In 2017 (2 days, 270 participants), 2018 (4 days, ~300 participants) and 2019 (3 days, 130 participants)

2017   PI, « Subduction Interface Processes », 4 days, 100 participants

2015   PI, « Tectonic and geodynamic evolution of Eastern Iran », Iran, 4 days (110 participants )

2013   co-PI, with M. Cloos, UT Austin, « Franciscan Subd. complex », USA, 7 days (35 participants)

2011   PI, « Nature of the plate interface in subduction zones », Italy, 6 days (75 participants )

2017   ZIP exhibition and ENVEXX (climate change project with undergraduate students), ~2000 visitors

see virtual exhibitions,

2016   Geopix », geological outreachfor the wider public,

2003-2021   Teaching books (2003, 2005, 2011), outreach articles (2020, 2021), websites (2005, 2021)


Organisation of sessions

AGU: 2011, 2015 (2 sessions), 2016, 2019  // EGU: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018


Organisation of international excursions

Oman (2011; 6 days, 25 p.), Italy (2014; 8 days, 35 p.), Alpine Workshop (2015; 2 days, 18 p.), EFIRE Alpine field institutes (2017, 2019: 10 days, 30 p.).



107. Ioannidi P.I., Le Pourhiet L., Agard P., et al. EPSL 2021 [Effective rheology of a two-phase subduction shear zone…]
106. Herviou C., Verlaguet A., Agard P., et al. Lithos 2021 [Along dip variations of subduction fluids…]
105. Agard P., Handy M. Elements 2021 [Oceanic subduction dynamics in the Alps]
104. Pajang S., Cubas N., Letouzey J., Le Pourhiet L., Seyedali S.M., Agard P. et al., EPSL 2021 [Seismic hazard of Makran…]
103. Gyomlai T., Agard P. et al. Lithos 2021 [Metasomatism and deformation of block-in-matrix structures in Syros…]
102. Agard P. Earth Science Rev 2021. [Subduction of oceanic lithosphere in the Alps…]
101. Ninkabou D., Agard P. et al., JGR 2020 [Structure of the offshore obducted Oman margin…]
100. Jentzer M., Whitechurch H., Agard P., et al. JAES 2020 [Late Cretaceous calc-alkaline and adakitic magmatism in Sistan…]
99. Lefeuvre B., Agard P. et al., Lithos 2020 [Massive formation of lawsonite in subducted sediments…]
98. Gharibnejad P., Agard P., et al. JAES 2020 [Fossil thermal structure of the southern Sanandaj-Sirjan zone, SW Iran…]
97. Agard P., et al., Earth Science Rev 2020 [Slabitization: how subduction proceeds; accepted]
96. Gilio M.,… Agard P. et al., Lithos 2020 [Fingerprinting and relocating tectonic slices along the plate interface…]
95. Bonnet G., Agard P. et al., Gondwana Research 2020 [Fossil seamount in southeast Zagros…]
94. Rodriguez M.,… Agard, P. et al., J. Asian Earth Sc. 2020 [Successive shifts of the India-Africa transform plate boundary…]
93. Ioannidi P.I., Angiboust S., Oncken O., Agard P. et al., Geosphere 2020 [Deformation along a Fossil Subduction Interface…]
92. Tan Z., Agard P. et al., EPSL 2020 [Concordant pulse in Mn, Y and HREEs concentrations during garnet growth…]
91. Bayet L., Agard P. et al., Lithos 2020 [Tectonic evolution of the Tianshan Akeyasi metamorphic complex…]
90. Epstein G., Bebout G., Angiboust S., Agard P., Lithos 2020 [Scales of Fluid-Rock Interaction and Carbon Mobility…]
89. Locatelli M., Verlaguet A., Agard P. et al., GGG 2019 [Fluid pulses during stepwise brecciation at intermediate subduction…]
88. Bonnet G., Agard P. et al., Geosphere 2019 [Structure and metamorphism of a subducted seamount…]
87. Tan Z., Agard P. et al., Earth Science Rev. 2019 [Architecture and PT-deformation-time evolution of the SW-Tianshan…]
86. Soret M., Agard P. et al., Solid Earth 2019 [Deformation mechanisms in mafic amphibolites and granulites…]
85. Broadwell K.S., Locatelli M., Verlaguet A., Agard P. et al., EPSL 2019 [Transient and periodic brittle deformation of eclogites]
84. Bonnet G., Agard P. et al., Geology 2019 [No large earthquake in fully exposed subducted seamount]
83. Barnes J… and Agard P., Lithos 2019 [Chlorine and lithium behavior in metasedimentary rocks during prograde metamorphism…]
82. Locatelli M., Federico L., Agard P. et al., Journal of Maps 2019 [Geology of the southern Monviso metaophiolite complex]
81. Dubacq B., Soret M., Jewison E., Agard P., Lithos 2019 [Early subduction dynamics recorded by the metamorphic sole…]
80. Locatelli M., Verlaguet A., Agard P. et al., Lithos 2018 [Intermediate-depth brecciation along the subduction plate interface]
79. Agard P., et al. Lithos 2018 [The subduction plate interface: rock record and mechanical coupling…]
78. Prigent C., Agard P. et al., J. Petrology 2018 [Mantle wedge (de)formation during subduction infancy…]
77. Prigent C., Guillot S., Agard P., Ildefonse B., JGR 2018 [Fluid‐assisted deformation and strain localization in the cooling mantle]

76. Bonnet G., Agard P. et al., Lithos 2018 [Tectonic slicing and mixing processes along the subduction interface…]
75. Bayet L., John T., Agard P. et al., Geology 2018 [Massive sediment accretion at ~80 km depth along the subduction interface…]
74. Vitale-Brovarone A., Agard P. et al., Earth Science Rev. 2018 [Tectonometamorphic architecture of the HP belt, N. Caledonia]
73. Prigent C., Guillot S., Agard P. et al., EPSL 2018 [Transfer of subduction fluids into the deforming mantle wedge…]
72. Bebout, GE., Scholl D.W., Stern R., Wallace L.M., Agard P., GSA Today 2018 [Twenty Years of Subduction Zone Science]
71. Soret M., Agard P. et al., J. Metam. Geol. 2017 [Petrological evidence for stepwise accretion of metamorphic soles…]
70. Jentzer, M., M. Fournier, P Agard P. et al., Tectonics 2017 [Neogene to Present paleostress field in Eastern Iran…]
69. Tan Z., Agard P. et al., Lithos 2017 [P–T–time-isotopic evolution of coesite-bearing eclogites…]
68. Plunder A., Agard P. et al., Terra Nova 2016 [Metamorphic sole formation, emplacement and blueschist-facies overprint…]
67. Agard P., et al. EPSL 2016 [Plate interface rheological switches during subduction infancy…]
66. Angiboust S., Agard P. et al., EPSL 2016 [Zagros blueschists: Episodic underplating and long-lived cooling of a subduction zone]
65. Jolivet L., Faccenna C., Agard P. et al., Can. J. Earth Sc. 2016 [Neo-Tethys geodynamics and mantle convection…]
64. Soret M., P., Agard P. et al., Lithos 2015 [Strain localization and fluid infiltration in the mantle wedge during subduction initiation]
63. Ruh J.B., Le Pourhiet L., Agard P. et al., GGG 2015 [Tectonic slicing of subducting oceanic crust along plate interfaces]
62. Collins N.C., Bebout G.E., Angiboust S., Agard P. et al., Chem. Geol. 2015 [Subduction Zone Metamorphic Pathway, II…]
61. Plunder A., Agard P. et al., Lithos 2015 [Accretion, underplating and exhumation along a subduction interface]
60. Duretz T., Agard P. et al., Gondwana Research 2015 [Thermo-mechanical modeling of the obduction process…]
59. Guillot S., Schwartz S., Reynard B., Agard P., Prigent C., Tectonophysics 2015 [Tectonic significance of serpentinites]
58. François T., Agard P. et al., Lithos 2014 [Cenozoic exhumation of the internal Zagros: constraints from low-T thermochronology]

57. Cook-Kollars J., Bebout G.E., Collins N.C., Angiboust S., Agard P., Chem. Geol. 2014 [Subduction Zone Metamorphic Pathway]
56. Burov E., Francois T., Agard P. et al., Tectonophysics 2014 [Rheological and geodynamic controls…]
55. François T., Burov E., Agard P., Meyer B., GGG 2014 [Buildup of a dynamically supported orogenic plateau…]
54. Agard P., et al. EPSL 2014 [Obduction: why, how and where. Clues from analog models]
53. Plunder A., Agard P. et al., Tectonophysics 2013 [Geodynamics from the Tavsanli zone, western Turkey]
52. Whitechurch H., Omrani J., Agard P. et al., Lithos 2013 [Evidence for Paleocene-Eocene evolution of the Eurasian margin…]
51. Agard P., Vitale-Brovarone A., Tectonophysics 2013 [Thermal regime of continental subduction…]
50. Vitale-Brovarone A., Agard P., Contrib. Min. Petr. 2013 [True metamorphic isograds or tectonically sliced metamorphic sequence]
49. Le Pourhiet L.,… Agard P., et al., Solid Earth 2013 [Strain localisation in mechanically layered rocks beneath detachment zones]
48. Bebout G., Agard P. et al., Chem. Geol. 2013 [Devolatilization history and trace element mobility in deeply subducted…]
47. Angiboust S., Agard P. et al., Lithos 2013 [Insights on deep, accretionary subduction processes from the Sistan…]
46. François T., Burov E., Meyer B., Agard P., Tectonophysics 2012 [Surface topography as key constraint on stable cratons…]
45. Angiboust S., Wolf S., Burov E., Agard P., Yamato P., EPSL 2012 [Effect of fluid circulation on subduction interface…]
44. Angiboust S., Agard P. et al., Geology 2012 [Eclogite breccias in a subducted ophiolite record intermediate-depth earthquakes?]
43. Plunder A., Agard P. et al., J. Metam. Geol. 2012 [How continuous and precise is the record of P-T paths?]
42. Angiboust S., Agard P. et al., Lithos 2011 [Subduction interface processes recorded by eclogite-facies shear zones…]
41. Agard P., et al., Geol. Magazine 2011 [Zagros orogeny: a subduction-dominated process]
40. Angiboust S., Langdon R., Agard P. et al., J. Metam. Geol. 2011 [Multi-approach thermobarometry for eclogitization…]
39. Agard P., Augier R., Monié P, J. Struct. Geol 2010 [Shear band formation and strain localization on a regional-scale…]
38. Angiboust S. &Agard P., Lithos 2010 [Initial water budget: the key to detaching large volumes of eclogitized oceanic crust….]
37. Agard P., et al., Tectonics 2010 [Crustal stacking and expulsion tectonics during continental subduction…]
36. Jolivet L., Labrousse L., Agard P. et al., Tectonophysics 2010 [Rifting and shallow-dipping detachments…]
35. Jolivet L.,… Agard P., Ghorbal B., Tectonophysics 2010 [Along-strike variations of P-T conditions in accretionary wedges…]
34. Monié P. & Agard P., GGG 2009 [Coeval blueschist exhumation along thousands of km…]
33. Agard P., Yamato P., Jolivet L., Burov E., Earth Science Rev 2009 [Exhumation of oceanic blueschists and eclogites…
32. Gabalda S., Beyssac O., Jolivet L., Agard P., Chopin C., Terra Nova 2009 [Thermal structure of a fossil subduction wedge]
31. Guillot S., Hattori K., Agard P. et al., Front. Earth Sc. 2009 [Exhumation Processes in Oceanic and Continental Subduction…]
30. Angiboust S., Agard P. et al., Terra Nova 2009 [The Zermatt-Saas ophiolite : the largest and deepest continuous slice…]
29. Omrani J., Agard P. et al., Lithos 2020 [Reply to : Comment by Aftabi and Atapour on ‘Arc magmatism…’]
28. Fournier M., Agard P., Petit C., Bull. SGF 2008 [Tectonic evolution of the Barles half-window from microstructural analysis…]
27. Jolivet L.,… Agard P. et al. Bull. SGF 2008 [Subduction, convergence and the mode of backarc extension in the Mediterranean…]
26. Labrousse L., Elvevold S., Lepvrier C., Agard P., Tectonics 2008 [Structural analysis of HP metamorphic rocks of Svalbard…]
25. Omrani J., Agard P. et al., Lithos 2008 [Arc-magmatism and subduction history beneath Zagros…]
24. Yamato P., Burov E., Agard P. et al., EPSL 2008 [HP-UHP exhumation during slow continental subduction…]
23. Yamato P., Agard P. et al., 2007, J. Metam. Geol. 2007 [New, high-precision P-T estimates for Oman blueschists…]
22. Agard P., et al. EPSL 2007 [Plate acceleration : the obduction trigger?]
21. Yamato P., Agard P. et al., JGR 2007 [Burial and exhumation in a subduction wedge…]
20. Negro F., Agard P. et al., J. Geol. Soc. London 2007 [Tectono-metamorphic evolution of the Temsamane (Rif, Morocco)]
19. De Andrade V.,… Agard P., J. Metam. Geol. 2006 [Quantification of electron microprobe compositional maps of rock thin sections]
18. Meyer B., Mouthereau F., Lacombe O., Agard P., GJI 2006 [Evidence for Quaternary activity along the Deshir Fault…]
17. Agard P., et al., JGR 2006 [Transient, synobduction exhumation of Zagros blueschists inferred from P-T, deformation, time…]
16. Augier R., Agard P. et al., J. Metam. Geol. 2005 [P-T-D-t retrograde evolution of the Nevado-Filabride complex (SE Spain)…]
15. Agard P., Labrousse, L., Elvevold S., Lepvrier C., Geology 2005 [Discovery of Palaeozoic Fe-Mg carpholite…]
14. Augier R., Booth-Rea G., Agard P. et al., Bull. SGF 2005 [Exhumation constraints for the lower Nevado-Filabride Complex…]
13. Agard P., et al., Int. J. Earth Sci 2005 [Convergence history across Zagros (Iran)…]
12. Labrousse L.,… Agard P. et al., Geol. Soc. Am. Sp. Paper 2004 [P-T–Time-Deformation history of the exhumation…, Norway]
11. Famin V., P. Philippot, L. Jolivet &P. Agard, Tectonics 2004 [Evolution of hydrothermal regime along a crustal shear zone, Tinos]
10. Jolivet L, Faccenna C., Goffé B., Burov. E. & Agard P., Am. J. Sci 2003 [Subduction tectonics and exhumation]
9. Gueydan F., Leroy Y., Jolivet L & Agard P., JGR 2003 [Continental mid-crustal shear zones induced by reaction softening…]
8. Agard P., et al., Terra Nova 2003 [Post-nappe extension in the inner Western Alps (Liguro-Piemontese Schistes Lustrés)…]
7. Labrousse L, Jolivet L, Agard P. et al., Terra Nova 2002 [Partial melting during exhumation of UHP eclogites (WGR, Norway)
6. Parra T., Vidal O., Agard P., Contrib. Min. Petr. 2002 [A thermodynamic model for Fe-Mg dioctahedral K-white micas…]
5. Agard P., Monié P., Goffé B. & Jolivet L., J. Metam. Geol. 2002 [In situ laser probe 40Ar/39Ar constraints on the exhumation…]
4. Agard P., Jolivet L., Goffé B., Bull. SGF 2001 [The Schistes lustrés complex : a key for understanding the exhumation…]
3. Agard P., Vidal O., Goffé B., J. Metam. Geol. 2001 [Interlayer and Si content of phengite in HP-LT carpholite-bearing metapelites]

2. Agard P., Goffé B., Touret J., Vidal O., Contrib. Min. Petr. 2000 [Retrograde fluid evolution in blueschist-facies metapelites…]
1. Agard P., et al., Eur. J. Min. 1999 [TEM evidence for HT (300°C) smectite in a multistage clay-mineral pseudomorph…]


2003 — Agard P. Lemoine M., Visage des Alpes : Structure et évolution géodynamique, CCGM-CGMW, 50 p.
2005 — Agard P. Lemoine M., Faces of the Alps : Structural and geodynamic evolution, , CCGM-CGMW, 50 p.
2011 — Beaux J.F., Fogelsang J.F., Agard P., Boutin V., Atlas de Géologie-Pétrologie, Dunod, 176 p.
2020 — Agard P., Plunder A., Subduction et obduction: le destin de la lithosphère vu à travers ses reliques, 18 p.
2021 — Agard P., Obduction: l’ophiolite d’Oman portée aux nues, Géochronique, 13 p.


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    L'ISTeP comprend 108 membres dont :

    • 12 professeurs
    • 21 maîtres de conférences
    • 2 directeurs de recherche CNRS
    • 2 chargés de recherche CNRS
    • 7 ATER et post-docs
    • 26 doctorants
    • 21 ITA-IATSS
    • 17 collaborateurs bénévoles / émérites