Audrey Decou graduated from the University of Clermont Ferrand (France) in 2007 (B.Sc. Hons in Earth Sciences). She continued her studies at the University of Göttingen (Germany) completing a PhD in 2011. Her PhD research investigated Andean uplift evolution and its implications in large-scale crustal processes inferred from the provenance analyses of the Cenozoic siliciclastic sandstones of the Moquegua Basin in southern Peru.
In order to develop a detailed provenance model Audrey used geochemistry on single grain heavy mineral as well as zircon U-Pb dating and zircon fission track thermochronology. Her research led to a better constraint of the timing of the early Andean uplift and allowed her to speculate on a new subduction evolution model explaining crustal thickening processes in the study area.
Audrey joined CASP in April 2011 as a geologist working on the East Greenland Project.
- Decou, A., von Eynatten, H., Dunkl, I., Wörner, G. and Frei, D. (2013). "Late Eocene to Early Oligocene Andean uplift inferred from detrital zircon fission track and U-Pb dating of Cenozoic siliciclastic forearc sediments (15-18ºS)". Journal of South American Earth Sciences 45: p6–23
- Wotzlaw, J.F., Decou, A., von Eynatten, H., Wörner, G. and Frei, D. (2011). "Jurassic to Palaeogene tectono-magmatic evolution of northern Chile and adjacent Bolivia from detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology and heavy mineral provenance". Terra Nova 23 (6): p399-406
- Decou, A., von Eynatten, H., Mamani, M., Sempere, T. and Wörner, G. (2011). "Cenozoic forearc basin sediments in Southern Peru (15–18°S): Stratigraphic and heavy mineral constraints for Eocene to Miocene evolution of the Central Andes". Sedimentary Geology 237 (1-2): p55-72