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My research focuses on metamorphic rocks, mainly on high-pressure to ultrahigh-pressure rocks occurring along orogenic zones. These rocks were buried to or exhumed from extreme depths and during their way back to different crustal levels they underwent reequilibration at low-pressure conditions. It is aimed to find evidences for their earlier history and to reconstruct subudction/exhumation rate, heating/cooling and formation/breakdown of minerals and their inclusions. The areas of our investigation include the European Variscides, mainly the Bohemian Massif, Alpine-Carpathian belt, Iranian and Hindukosh segemts of the Alpine system.

Research projects since 2002

  • Pre- to syncollisional history of metamorphic rocks in orogenic zone recorded by chemical zoning in garnet; with application to the Bohemian Massif Financed by Czech Science Foundation, 2018-2020.
  • Mineral and textural signatures recording pre-exhumation and pre-collision history of high- to ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic rocks in orogenic zone. Financed by Czech Science Foundation, 2013-2016.
  • Material flow mechanism in the upper spheres of the Earth. Financed by Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (Czech Republic) 2007-2013
  • Early convergence and exhumation history of ultrahigh-pressure lithologies in the Variscan orogen. Financed by Czech Science Foundation, 2010-2012.
  • Inovation of electron microscope laboratory. Financed by Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (Czech Republic) 2010.
  • Thermal history and petrological model(s) for formation and exhumation of high-/ultra high-pressure rocks during Variscan orogeny in the Bohemian Massif. Financed by Czech Science Foundation, 2006-2008
  • Petrological features and structural evidences of exhumation of high-pressure rocks from the Meliata Unit (West Carpathians). Financed by Charles University Prague (Czech Republic), 2004-2006.
  • Development Assistance for Afghanistan in the Revival of Geological Institutions Activities Focused on Raw Materials Utilization, Financed by Ministry of Enviroment (Czech Republic),  2005-2007.
  • Cooling and exhumation rates of high-pressure amphibolite/ granulite facies crustal rocks; a mineral chemical approach, Financed by AKTION (Austria-Czech Republic),  2004-2005


PhD students

  • Jan Kulhánek: Látková bilance a zonální stavba hlavních a stopových prvků v atolovém granátu z metabazitu eklogitové facie.
  • Hezbullah Moiny: Implication of reaction textures and major and trace element distributions in garnet from the Kabul Block
  • Šarka Kubinová: Minerální a chemické změny během krystalizace magmatu a tvorby pozdně variských intruzí a žil v moldanubické zóně Českého masívu, Defense 2019
  • Radim Jedlička: Záznam před-exhumačního vývoje silně re-ekvilibrovaných vysoko- až ultra-vysokotlakých hornin v kolizním orogénu, Defense 2016.
  • Stephen Collette: Metamorphism and geodynamics of the Proterozoic Kabul Block: preservation and modification of crustal fragments within an orogenic zone, Defense 2015.
  • Radmila Nahodilová: High-pressure melting and its relation to granulite facies metamorphism: Example from felsic granulites in the Bohemian Massif, Defense 2011
  • Mahmoud Rahmati Ilkhchi: Tectonics and metamorphism of the Shotur Koh complex (Central Iran), Defense 2010
  • Petr Jeřábek: Tectonics and metamorphism of the Veporic unit (Western Carpathians), Defense 2008

Current MS and BC students

  •  Martin Tecl: Metamorphic histry and temperature-pressure conditions for the formation of eclogite with chrome kyanite from the Světlík area (Moldanubian zone)

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