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Jiří Žák


Address: Institute of Geology and Paleontology, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Albertov 6, Prague, 12843, Czech Republic

Office: ground floor, P16B

Email: jirizak@natur.cuni.cz | jiri.zak@natur.cuni.cz

Phone: +420221951475

Research group website: Continental Tectonics Group

Professional Career

1997 Bachelor of Geological Sciences, Charles University

1998/1999 Undergraduate fellowship at the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London, UK

2000 Graduated from Charles University in Petrology and Structural Geology

Since 2002 Appointed at the Institute of Geology and Paleontology, Faculty of Science, Charles University

2004 Ph.D. in Geological Sciences, Charles University

2004/2011 Research Geologist at the Czech Geological Survey, Prague

2010 Associate Professor, since 2015 Full Professor of Geology

2016/2020 Head of the Institute of Geology and Paleontology, Faculty of Science, Charles University

Since 2020 Vice Dean for Geology, Faculty of Science, Charles University

​Research Interests

Physical Geology | Tectonics | Detrital zircon geochronology | Magmatic processes | Rock magnetism |Precambrian Earth

Field Areas & Geologic Expeditions

Bohemian Massif (20+ years of continuous field work) |Balkans (Bulgaria, Serbia) | Alps| Western Carpathians | North American Cordillera (Sierra Nevada in California, Blue Mountains in northeastern Oregon) | Superior Province (Québec, Manitoba) | Antarctica and Patagonia


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Recent Grant Projects

2023/2025 Detrital zircon geochronology as a tool for interpreting terrane provenance (PI, Czech Science Foundation, No. 23-06708S)

2023/2025 Magnetic fabric of accretionary wedge mélanges: a new tool for interpreting subduction zone dynamics? (supervisor, Grant Agency of Charles University, No. 260923)

2020/2023 Cherts and carbonates as geochemical proxies of paleoenvironmental conditions and Ocean Plate Stratigraphy (co-PI, Czech Science Foundation, No. 20-13644S)

2020/2022 The role of tectonic inheritance in continental rifting and basin inversion (supervisor, Grant Agency of Charles University, No. 952220)

2019/2021 Late Archean granites: markers of modern-style plate tectonics? (PI, Czech Science Foundation, No. 19-08066S)

2017/2019 Black shale formations as geochemical markers of paleoenvironmental changes and tectonic setting along active continental margins (co-PI, Czech Science Foundation, No. 17-15700S)

2016/2018 Sedimentary record and mechanics of collapse of orogenic belts (PI, Czech Science Foundation, No. 16-11500S)

Supervising Ph.D. theses

Tatiana Tkáčiková (in progress) Exploring the link between tectonic deformation and provenance signal at active plate margins

Reza Syahputra (2023) Mechanisms and time scales of formation of ribbon continents

Filip Tomek (2015) Magnetic fabric, magma flow and tectonic deformation in volcano-plutonic systems

Jaroslava Hajná (2012) Tectonic evolution of the central part of the Teplá-Barrandian unit


MG421P00 Physical Geology I | MG421P47 Introduction to Physical Geology | MG420P05 Dynamic Earth: outstanding issues of modern geologyMG421T04 Geologic field trips | MG421T02G Field course in Physical Geology 

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