Yildirim Dilek

Yildirim Dilek


Ph.D. 1989 University of California, Davis
208 Shideler Hall

My research interests include structure, petrology and geochemistry of ophiolites in Albania, California, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Oman, Turkey, Norway, California, China, Tibet, and peri-Caribbean; mid- ocean ridge tectonics and ocean crust generation in the MARK area (Mid-Atlantic Ridge) and the Costa Rica Rift (Eastern Equatorial Pacific Ocean); microbial alteration of oceanic lavas; active margin and strike-slip tectonics of the Caribbean region; tectonics of the Alpine-Himalayan, Cordilleran, Northern Appalachian, and Caledonian orogenic belts; Cenozoic tectonics and volcanism of Southern Tibet; post-collisional magmatism in the Alpine-Himalayan orogenic belt; geomorphology and neotectonics of continental collision zones (Caucasus Mountains, Republic of Georgia and Azerbaijan); Mesozoic tectonics and magmatism in East-SE China and Continental Dynamics of East Asia; extensional tectonics, core complex formation and magmatism in the Aegean Province (Greece and Turkey); Paleozoic tectonics of the Tarim Basin and the Tianshan orogenic belt, China; Precambrian tectonics of the Arabian-Nubian Shield (Egypt, Sudan and Saudi Arabia), Isua greenstone belt (Greenland), and Barberton greenstone belt (South Africa); tectonic evolution of the Chilean Patagonia and the Southern Andes; Archean Earth and evolution of life; rivers, dams and environmental issues; geohazards and their impact on nations and civilizations.

Possible Thesis/Dissertation Topics

  • Passive margin development, rift-drift tectonics and sedimentary basin evolution in Eastern Europe and Anatolia (involves fieldwork in Greece, Albania, and/or Turkey).
  • Structure, tectonics and geomorphology of the Northern Owens Valley and Evolution of the Great Basin-Sierra Nevada Boundary (involves fieldwork in Eastern California).
  • Structure, geochemistry and tectonics of ancient oceanic crust in arc-trench rollback systems (involves field work in Albania, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Iran and/or Chile).
  • Structure, geochemistry, geochronology and tectonics of orogenic vs. anorogenic Cenozoic magmatism (involves fieldwork on Aegean Islands, in Western Turkey, Azerbaijan, and/or Iran).
  • Structure, sedimentology, and tectonics of melanges (involves fieldwork in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and/or Turkey).

Current/Recent Graduate Student Research

  • Gozde Alpaslan IM.S. 2017) Seafloor Spreading Structure, Geochronology and Tectonic Evolution of the Kure Ophiolite, Turkey:  A Continental Backarc Basin Oceanic Lithosphere in Southern Eurasia
  • Eren Deniz Abus (M.S. 2016) 3D Structural and Geophysical Investigation of the Vlore-Elbasan Tectonic Lineament in the Albanide Orogenic Belt, Albania
  • Elif Altikulac (M.S. 2015) Structure and Tectonic Evolution of the Caldag High and the Golmarmara Basin in the Western Gediz Graben, Western Anatolia
  • Structural Architecture of the Western Termination of the Gediz Graben in Aegean Extensional Province, Western Anatolia.

Selected Publications

  • Dong, G., Dilek, Y., Mo, X.-X., Zhao, Z., Zhu, D.-C., Dong, P.S., Chang, Z.Q. and Fang, Y.F., (2022), Geochemical and geochronological transects across the Gangdese Magmatic Belt of Southern Tibet: New constraints on slab–controlled, diachronous granitoid magmatism along the southern edge of Eurasia during the Paleogene: Geological Society of America Bulletin, in revision.
  • *Engin, C and Dilek, Y, (2022), Structural architecture of the Cenozoic Ulukisla sedimentary basin, south-central Turkey, within the framework of the Eastern Mediterranean geodynamics: Basin Research (in final revision).
  • Turk, S and Dilek, Y., (2022) Subsurface structure and tectonics of the modern Gediz Graben (Western Anatolia) based on seismic and well-log data: Journal of Structural Geology, (in preparation).
  • Dilek, Y. and Furnes, H., (2022), Structure, geochronology and tectonics of the Mesozoic ophiolites in the Alpine-Himalayan orogenic belt: Divergent and convergent margin evolution of Neotethys through time. Earth-Science Reviews, (in preparation).
  • Puga, E., Dilek, Y., Nieto, J.M., (2022), Geochronology, geochemistry and structure of the Jurassic Betic Ophiolites, SE Iberian Peninsula: Reconstruction of the opening of the Central Atlantic and Western Tethys Oceans: Earth–Science Reviews, invited paper.
  • Gardideh, S., Ghasemi, H., Dilek, Y., Raith, J.G., Santos, J.F., Shi, Y., and Sadeghian, M., (2022), Neogene adakitic magmatism in the Quchan-Esfarayen magmatic belt, NE Iran: Cenozoic chemical geodynamics of the Sabzevar Ocean Basin: Lithos, (in preparation).

Postdoctoral Research Associates Mentored

  • Dr. Yusuf K. Kadioglue, University of Ankara-Turkey, Fulbright Research Fellow, the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), January - October 2002.
  • Dr. Nikolay Georgive Bonev, Sofia University of St. Kliment Ohridski-Bulgarie, Fulbright Research Fellow, The Council for the International Exhange of Scholars (CIES), August 2008 - January 2009.
  • Dr. Andrea Festa, Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Universita degli Studi di Torino, Torino, ITALY, May - October 2009.
  • Dr. Yener Eyuboglu, Gumushane Unviersity, Department of Geology, Gumushane, TURKEY, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) Post-Doctoral Fellowship Abroad, September 2009 - July 2010.
  • Dr. Lui Fei, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, State Key Laboratory for Continental Dynamics and Tectonics, Geological Survey of China, Beijing, CHINA, Visiting Scholar and Post-Doctoral Researcher, 2016-2017.

Awards and Honors

  • 2018 - Elected Honorary Fellow, The Geological Society of London, for being a strong advocate of interdisciplinary and international science, a major contributor to the global geoscience community, and serving as a science ambassador around the globe.

  • 2016 - International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) Best Paper Award of EPISODES for the period of 2012-2016, for the article: “Pre-Alpine Extensional Tectonics of a Peridotite-Localized Oceanic Core Complex in the Late Jurassic, High-Pressure Monviso ophiolite (Western Alps)” with Drs Andrea Festa, Gianni Balestro and Paola Tartarotti.

  • 2015 - Research Fellowship, Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.

  • 2009 - Distinguished Career Award of the Geological Society of America

Teaching Interests

  • GLG 322 - Structural Geology
  • GLG 492/592 - Global Tectonics
  • GLG 497 - Trends and Topics in Geosciences
  • GLG 499C - Tectonics and Geomorphology of Eastern California
  • GLG 661 - Continental Mantle Dynamics

For complete course descriptions, please see the 2022/2023 Miami Bulletin.