Fernando Corfu

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Phone +47-22856680
Room 021
Visiting address Sem Sælands vei 1 Geologibygningen 0371 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1047 Blindern 0316 OSLO

Academic Interests

ID-TIMS U-Pb geochronology

Research Topics

  • Timing and rates of orogenic processes
  • Evolution of orogens
  • Temporal development of continental crust
  • Paleogeography
  • U-Pb systematics
  • Zirconology
  • Scandinavian Caledonides
  • Baltic Shield
  • Magmatic complexes
  • LIPs, time scale
  • Response of geochronometers to physico-chemical processes.


Higher education and employment history

  • Studies at ETH-Zürich, CH (Diploma 1974, PhD 1980)
  • post-doc, then research associate at Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON, CAN (1980-1999)
  • professor at University of Oslo, N (1999- ).


  • Editorial Board of PRECAMBRIAN RESEARCH
Tags: Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Geology, Isotop geology, Geochronology


Corfu F. and Hartz E. (in press). U-Pb geochronology in Liverpool Land and Canning Land, E-Greenland – the complex record of a polyphase Caledonian orogeny. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences,

Corfu F., Gerber M., Andersen T.B., Torsvik T.H. and Ashwal L.D. (in press) Age and significance of Grenvillian and Silurian orogenic events in the Finnmarkian Caledonides, northern Norway. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences.

Engvik A.K., Mezger K., Wortelkamp S., Bast R., Corfu F., Korneliussen A., Ihlen P., Austrheim H. and Bingen B. (in press). Metasomatism of gabbro – mineral replacement and element mobilization during amphibolite facies metamorphism. Journal of Metamorphic Geology,

Augland L. E., Andresen A. and Corfu, F. (in press) The Caledonian Liverpool Land eclogite terrane, East Greenland: a Baltic orphan in a Laurentian allochthon. Journal of the Geological Society, London.

Mazzini A., Svensen H., Leanza H., Corfu F. and Planke S. (2010). Early Jurassic shale chemostratigraphy and U-Pb ages from the Neuquén Basin (Argentina): implications for the Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 297: 631–643. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2010.07.017

Augland, L.E., Andresen, A. and Corfu, F. 2010. Age, structural setting, and exhumation of the Liverpool Land eclogite terrane, East Greenland Caledonides. Lithosphere 2: 267-286.

Corfu F., Svensen H., Neumann E.-R., Nakrem H.A. and Planke S. 2010. U-Pb and geochemical evidence for a Cryogenian magmatic arc in central Novaya Zemlya, Arctic Russia. Terra Nova 22: 116–124.

Bergh S.G., Kullerud K., Armitage P.E.B., Zwaan K.B., Corfu F., Ravna, E.J.K. and Myhre P.I. 2010. Neoarchaean to Svecofennian tectono-magmatic evolution of the West Troms Basement Complex, North Norway. Norwegian Journal of Geology 90, 21-48.

Svensen H., Planke S. and Corfu F. 2010. Zircon dating ties Northeast Atlantic sill emplacement to initial Eocene global warming. Journal of the Geological Society 167, 433-436. doi: 10.1144/0016-76492009-125

Roberts R.J., Corfu, F., Torsvik, T.H., Hetherington C.J., and Ashwal, L.D. 2010. Age of alkaline rocks in the Seiland Igneous Province, Northern Norway. Journal of the Geological Society 167, 71–81. doi: 10.1144/0016-76492009-014

Mahmoudi S., Masoudi F., Corfu F. and Mehrabi B. 2010. Magmatic and metamorphic history of the Deh-Salm metamorphic Complex, Eastern Lut block, (Eastern Iran), from U-Pb geochronology. International Journal of Earth Sciences (Geol Rundsch), 99: 1153-1165 DOI 10.1007/s00531-009-0465-x

Zozulya D., Kullerud K., Ravna E. K., Corfu F. and Savchenko Ye. 2009. Geology, age and geochemical constraints on the origin of the Late Archean Mikkelvik alkaline stock, West Troms Basement Complex in Northern Norway. Norwegian Journal of Geology, 89: 327-340, ISSN 029-196X.

Stern R., Bodorkos S., Kamo S., Hickman A. and Corfu F. 2009. Measurement of SIMS instrumental mass fractionation of Pb-isotopes during zircon dating. Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research 33: 145-168.

Kalleson E., Corfu F. and Dypvik H. 2009. U-Pb systematics of zircon and titanite from the Gardnos impact structure, Norway: evidence for impact at 546 Ma? Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 73: 3077–3092 doi:10.1016/j.gca.2009.02.020

Svensen H., Planke S., Polozov A.G., Schmidbauer N., Corfu F., Podladchikov Y.Y. and Jamtveit B. 2009. Siberian gas venting and the end-Permian environmental crisis. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 277: 490–500 doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2008.11.015

Lundmark A.M. and Corfu F. 2009. Reply to comment by C.J. Talbot (2008) on ‘‘Emplacement of a Silurian granitic dyke swarm during nappe translation in the Scandinavian Caledonides’’. Journal of Structural Geology 30: 918–928. Journal of Structural Geology 31: 350-351.

Antunes I.M.H.R., Neiva A.M.R., Silva M.M.V.G. and Corfu F. 2009. The genesis of I- and S-type granitoid rocks of the Early Ordovician Oledo pluton, Central Iberian Zone (central Portugal). Lithos 111: 168-185.

Austrheim H. and Corfu F. 2009. Formation of planar deformation features (PDFs) in zircon during coseismic faulting and an evaluation of potential effects on U–Pb systematics. Chemical Geology 261: 24-30 doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2008.09.012

Andresen A., Abu El-Rus M.A., Myhre P.I., Boghdady G.Y. and Corfu F. 2009. U-Pb TIMS age constraints on the evolution of the Pan-African Meatiq Gneiss Dome, Eastern Desert, Egypt. International Journal of Earth Sciences 98: 481-497. DOI: 10.1007/s0053-007-0276-x

Myhre P.I., Corfu F. and Andresen A. 2008. Caledonian anatexis of Grenvillian crust: a U/Pb study of Albert I Land, NW Svalbard. Norwegian Journal of Geology 89: 173-191.

Nasdala L., Hofmeister W., Norberg N., Mattinson J., Corfu F., Dörr W., Kamo S.L., Kennedy A.K., Kronz A., Reiners P.W., Frei D., Kosler J., Wan Y.S., Götze J., Häger T., Kröner A. and Valley J.W. 2008. Zircon M257 - a homogeneous natural reference material for the ion microprobe U-Pb analysis of zircon. Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research 32: 247-265.

Gutiérrez-Alonso G., Fernandez-Suarez J., Weil A.B, Murphy J.B., Nance R.D., Corfu F. and Johnston S.T. 2008. Self-subduction of the Pangean global plate. Nature Geoscience 1: 549-553. doi:10.1038/ngeoXXXX

Lundmark A.M. and Corfu F. 2008. Emplacement of a Silurian granitic dyke swarm during nappe translation in the Scandinavian Caledonides. Journal of Structural Geology30: 918-928, doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2008.03.008

Antunes I.M.H.R., Neiva A.M.R., Silva M.M.V.G. and Corfu F. 2008. Geochemistry of S-type granitic rocks from the reversely zoned Castelo Branco pluton (central Portugal). Lithos 103: 445–465, doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2007.10.003

Hermansson T., Stephens M.B., Corfu F., Page L.M. and Andersson J. 2008. Migratory tectonic switching, western Svecofennian orogen, central Sweden: Constraints from U/Pb zircon and titanite geochronology. Precambrian Research 161: 250–278. doi:10.1016/j.precamres.2007.08.008

Lundmark M. and Corfu F. 2008. Late-orogenic Sveconorwegian massif anorthosite in the Jotun Nappe Complex, SW Norway, and causes of repeated AMCG magmatism along the Baltoscandian margin. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 155: 147–163 doi: 10.1007/s00410-007-0233-5

Corfu F. and Laajoki K. 2008. An uncommon episode of mafic magmatism at 1347 Ma in the Mesoproterozoic Telemark supracrustals, Sveconorwegian orogen - implications for stratigraphy and tectonic evolution. Precambrian Research 160: 299–307, doi:10.1016/j.precamres.2007.08.003

Corfu F. and Dahlgren S. 2008. Perovskite U-Pb ages and the Pb isotopic composition of alkaline volcanism initiating the Permo-Carboniferous Oslo Rift. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 265: 256-269, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2007.10.019

  • Gürer, D.; Plunder, A.; Kirst, F.; Corfu, Fernando; Schmid, S.M. & van Hinsbergen, D.J.J. (2018). A long-lived Late Cretaceous-Early Eocene extensional province in Anatolia? Structural evidence from the Ivriz Detachment, southern central Turkey. Earth and Planetary Science Letters.  ISSN 0012-821X.  481, s 111- 124 . doi: doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2017.10.008

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  • Andersen, Torgeir Bjørge; Jakob, Johannes; Kjøll, Hans Jørgen; Corfu, Fernando; Planke, Sverre; Torsvik, Trond Helge; Tegner, Christian; Labrousse, Loic & Mohn, Geoffroy (2018). The Pre-Caledonian Margin of Baltica: overview and research in progress. Show summary
  • Kjøll, Hans Jørgen; Andersen, Torgeir Bjørge; Labrousse, Loic & Corfu, Fernando (2018). A new tectonic model for the Seve Nappe Complex in Norrland, Sweden. Show summary
  • Kjøll, Hans Jørgen; Andersen, Torgeir Bjørge; Tegner, Christian; Labrousse, Loic; Corfu, Fernando & Planke, Sverre (2018). Defining a magma-rich rifted margin fossil analogue in the Scandinavian Caledonides. Show summary
  • Tegner, Christian; Andersen, Torgeir Bjørge; Kjøll, Hans Jørgen; Brown, Eric L.; Hagen-Peter, Graham; Corfu, Fernando; Planke, Sverre & Torsvik, Trond Helge (2018). The pre-Caledonian Scandinavian Dyke Complex and 600 Ma plate reconstructions of Baltica. Show summary
  • Andersen, Torgeir Bjørge; Jakob, Johannes; Kjøll, Hans Jørgen; Corfu, Fernando; Planke, Sverre; Torsvik, Trond Helge; Tegner, Christian & Labrousse, Loic (2017). The Pre-Caledonian Margin of Baltica. Show summary
  • Andersen, Torgeir Bjørge; Jakob, Johannes; Kjøll, Hans Jørgen; Corfu, Fernando & Tegner, Christian (2017). A new look at the pre-Caledonian margin of Baltica. Show summary
  • Andersen, Torgeir Bjørge; Jakob, Johannes; Kjøll, Hans Jørgen; Corfu, Fernando; Tegner, Christian; Mohn, Geoffroy; Labrousse, Loic; Planke, Sverre & Abdelmalak, Mohamed Mansour (2017). The Magma-poor and Magma-rich settings; the onshore perspective: The Caledonian case.
  • Andersen, Torgeir Bjørge; Kjøll, Hans Jørgen; Jakob, Johannes; Corfu, Fernando & Tegner, Christian (2017). The pre-Caledonian margin of Baltica.
  • Bingen, Bernard; Seydoux-Guillaume, A.-M.; Corfu, Fernando; Whitehouse, Martin J.; Bosse, V.; Müller, Axel & Guillaume, D. (2017). Low temperature alteration of monazite phenocrysts in pegmatite: a general feature.

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