Arjan de Leeuw
Arjan de Leeuw completed his PhD in palaeomagnetism and geochronology at Utrecht University in 2011. His work addressed the Miocene evolution of semi-isolated basins in southeastern Europe. Convergence between Europe and Africa triggered the collision of multiple micro-continents in this area, which led to an intricate regional geological history.
Arjan used magnetostratigraphic and 40Ar/39Ar dating techniques to constrain the age of lacustrine and restricted marine deposits in the Transylvanian Basin (Romania) and the intermontane basins of the Dinarides (Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina). In addition, he used palaeomagnetic methods to determine the horizontal plane rotation of micro-continents involved in the collision. His research led to a better understanding of the regional geodynamic and palaeogeographic history. It pinpointed the timing of the main phase of subsidence and sediment accumulation in the Transylvanian Basin, and demonstrated that the timing of the formation of the intermontane basins of the Dinarides coincides with the syn-rift phase of the Pannonian Basin.
Arjan joined CASP in 2011 and works on projects addressing the regional geology of the western Black Sea.
- Vlahovic, I., Mandic, O., Mrinjek, E., Bergant, S., Cosovic, V., de Leeuw, A., Enos, P., Hrvatovic, H., Maticec, D., Miksa, G., Nemec, W., Pavelic, D., Pencinger, V., Velic, I. and Vranjkovic, A. (2012). "Marine to continental depositional systems of Outer Dinarides foreland and intra-montane basins (Eocene-Miocene, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina)". In Field Trip Guide for the 29th IAS Meeting of Sedimentology, Schladming/Austria, Vienna, Journal of Alpine Geology 54: p405-470
- De Leeuw, A., Filipescu, S., Matenco, L., Krijgsman, W., Kuiper, K. and Stoica, M. (2013). "Paleomagnetic and chronostratigraphic constraints on the Middle to Late Miocene evolution of the Transylvanian Basin (Romania): Implications for Central Paratethys stratigraphy and emplacement of the Tisza–Dacia plate". Global and Planetary Change 103: p82-98
- De Leeuw, A., Mandic, O., Krijgsman, W., Kuiper, K. and Hrvatović, H. (2012). "Paleomagnetic and geochronologic constraints on the geodynamic evolution of the Central Dinarides". Tectonophysics doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2012.01.004