Yildirim Dilek

Yildirim Dilek

Professor

Ph.D. 1989 University of California, Davis
208 Shideler Hall
513-529-2212
dileky@MiamiOH.edu


Yildririm DilekStructure, 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

  • Yao Zhang, Y., Yang, S.M., Chen, H., Dilek, Y., Cheng, X.G., Lin, X., Wang, C.Y., Zhu, T.X., (2019) The effect of overburden thickness on deformation mechanisms in the Keping fold-thrust belt, southwestern Chinese Tian Shan Mountains: Insights from analogue modeling: Tectonophysics, vol. 753, p. 79-92, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2019.01.005.
  • Festa, A., Pini, G.A., Ogata, K. and Dilek, Y., (2019) Diagnostic features and field-criteria in recognition of tectonic, sedimentary and diapiric mélanges in orogenic belts and exhumed subduction-accretion complexes: Gondwana Research, doi: 10.1016/j.gr.2019.01.003, invited paper.
  • Tian, Z.-X., Yan, Y., Huang, C.-Y., Zhang, X., Liu, H.-Q., Yu, M.M., Yao, D. and Dilek, Y., (2019) Geochemistry and geochronology of accreted mafic rocks from the Hengchun Peninsula, Southern Taiwan: Origin and tectonic implications: Journal of Geophysical Research, doi: 10.1029/2018JB016562.

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.

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 2019/2020 Miami Bulletin.