Michael Nirrengarten

Postdoctoral researcher

Research interests
My research aims at characterizing the deformation processes of hyper-extended rifted margins through time and space

- Kinematic of the southern North Atlantic opening
- IODP 367/367 South China Sea rifted margin


-Seismic interpretation (Petrel software)
-Kinematic reconstructions (Gplates software)
-Potential field modeling (Oasis montaj software, 3D gravity inversion)

PhD thesis

Modes of deformation and kinematic implication of hyper-extended, magma poor rifted margins: The examples of the southern North Atlantic
Novemberr 2013, defended the 1st December 2016


Gianreto Manatschal
Nick Kusznir (University of Liverpool)

Jury Members

Tim Reston (University of Birmingham)
Laurent Jolivet (Université d'Orléans)
Christian Heine (Shell International)
Daniel Sauter (Institut de Physique du Globe de Strasbourg)
Dominique Frizon de Lamotte (Université de Cergy Pontoise)


Xiaoping Yuan (Ecole Normale Supérieure)
Bertrand Maillot (Université de Cergy-Pontoise)
All the MM3-4 project team and partners

Project description:

My project aims to analyze and quantify the deformation of hyper-extended magma poor rifted margins either in 2D and 3D. The approach links direct geological observations, geophysical data, 3D gravity modeling and kinematical reconstructions. It also tries to describe the shape of the most distal continental crust and to compare it to classical physical theories.


-Hyper-extended rifted margin
-Propagation of deformation
-Southern North Atlantic magma poor rift systems
-Kinematical reconstructions
-Modes of deformation
-Hyper-extended continental wedge


Nirrengarten M., Gernigon, L. and Manatschal, G., 2014. Lower crustal bodies in the Møre volcanic rifted margin: Geophysical determination and geological implications: Tectonophysics, 636, p. 143–157, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2014.08.004.

Nirrengarten, M., Manatschal, G., Yuan, X.P., Kusznir, N.J., Maillot, B., 2016. Application of the critical Coulomb wedge theory to hyper-extended, magma-poor rifted margins. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 442, 121–132. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2016.03.004

Nirrengarten, M., Manatschal, G., Tugend, J., Kusznir, N.J., Sauter, D., 2016. Nature and origin of the J-magnetic anomaly offshore Iberia-Newfoundland: implications for plate reconstructions. Terra Nov. doi:10.1111/ter.12240

-June 2013: Master degree in Earth Sciences, option geology, geophysics and earth system dynamics - Université de Strasbourg, Strasbourg.
-June 2011: Bachelor degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences, Université de Strasbourg, Strasbourg.

Teaching experience:

-Macroscopic petrology, L2 students, 28h
-Introduction to geosciences, L1 students, 20 h
- Staff member for tectonic and sedimentologic field courses in French southern Alps, L3 students, 30h
-Staff member for volcanic field courses, L2 students, 16h

Scientific Affiliation

European Geosciences Union (EGU)