Aug 2010	GeoGovernance ist zentrales Element Im Antrag zur Exzellenzinitiative

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Sep 2010	Beim Schiffbauergasse-Fest wird Wissenschaft zum Anfassen präsentiert

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29.10.2010: PCPM Climate Breakfast with Prof. Bierbaum         > read more

Apr 2010	Geo- und Klimawissenschaften im Auswärtigen Amt

Apr 2010: Earth and Environmental Sciences in the Federal Foreign Office.


Feb 2010	PROGRESS startet mit Kickoff-Meeting

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Professor Dr. Patrick O`Brien

University of Potsdam
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25
Building 27, Room 1.29
D-14476 Potsdam

Website: http://www.geo.uni-potsdam.de/webpage/mitarbeiterdetails/show/75.html
E-Mail: obrien@geo.uni-potsdam.de
Phone: +49 331 977 5807
Fax: +49 331 977 5700

Research Interests
Temperature-depth-time evolution of metamorphic rocks & geodynamic consequences.
Kinetics of metamorphic reactions

Academic Training

1995 – 1999 Habilitation in Geochemisty (University of Bayreuth)
1984 – 1989 Ph.D. Geology (University of Sheffield, UK.)
1980 – 1983 B.Sc. Geology (University of London, U.K.)


Professional Experience

2000 – current Professor of Petrology, University of Potsdam
1995 – 2000 Assistant Professor, University of Bayreuth
1991 – 1992 Postdoctoral researcher, University of Münster
1989 – 1994 Postdoctoral researcher, University of Bayreuth


Cooperation with other institutions / Consultancy in National and International Committees

  • Committee Member, Metamorphic Studies Group U.K.) 1994-1996 & 2000-2005
  • International Lithosphere Program (ILP) Task Group III-8 vice-chairman 2004-2009


Editorial Activities

  • Editorial Board: Lithos (since 1998)
  • Editorial Board: Journal of Metamorphic Geology (since 2000)
  • Editorial Board: Chemie der Erde/Geochemistry (since 2003)


Professional Service (University)
Faculty of Maths and Natural Science: Dean of Studies (since 06), Faculty Board (since
04, Deputy Chair 05-08). Faculty higher degrees committee (02-07), Commission for
Teaching and Studies (since 06, Chair)
University Senate: Deputy Senator (since 09), Commission for Teaching and Studies
(since 06), Soft Skills Committee (since 07), Accreditisation and Quality Management
Committee (since 2010), Transport Commission (since 02).

Other Professional Service Activities (national and international)
Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft: Higher Education and Universities Commission   
Reviewer for German (DFG), Swiss (SNF), Austrian (FWF), American (NSF), Czech (GACR), Slovak (SRDA) and Hong Kong (RGA) research funding agencies.
Accreditisation of Bachelor/Master Programs (ACQUIN)

Honors, Awards, Nominations and Special Appointments

7-10, 2005
CNRS Visiting Professor, Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble (France)
2005/6 Mineralogical Society of America Distinguished Lecturer
2008 Emanuel Boricky Medal, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague


Selected Invited Lectures (last 12 months)
06.09.2009, International discussion meeting on Continental Geology and Tectonics, Northwest University, Xian, China, “Hotter, deeper, faster: continental tectonics in the 21st century“

Selected peer-reviewed publications

  • Carswell, D.A.; O’Brien, P.J.; Wilson, R.N. & Zhai, M., 1997. Thermobarometry of phengite-bearing eclogites in the Dabie Mountains of central China. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 15, 239-252.
  • O’Brien, P.J., Rötzler, J., 2003. High-Pressure Granulites: Formation, Recovery of Peak Conditions, and Implications for  Tectonics. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 21, 3-20.
  • Carswell, D.A. & O’Brien, P.J., 1993. Thermobarometry and geotectonic significance of High Pressure granulites: examples from the Moldanubian Zone of the Bohemian Massif in Lower Austria. Journal of Petrology, 34, 427-459.
  • O’Brien, P.J.; Zotov, N.; Law, R.; Khan, M.A.; Jan, M.Q., 2001. Coesite in Himalayan eclogite and implications for models of India-Asia collision. Geology, v29, 435-438.
  • Kröner, A; O’Brien, P.J.; Nemchin, A.A., Pidgeon, R.T., 2000. Zircon ages for high pressure granulites from South Bohemia, Czech Republic, and their connection to Carboniferous high temperature processes. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 138, 127-142.
  • O’Brien, P.J. & Carswell, D.A., 1993. The tectonometamorphic evolution of the Bohemian Massif: evidence from High Pressure metamorphic rocks. Geologische Rundschau, 82, 531-555.
  • Guo, J.H., O’Brien, P.J., Zhai, M.G., 2002. High pressure granulites in the Sanggan area, North China craton: metamorphic evolution, P-T paths and geotectonic significance. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 20, 741-756.
  • O’Brien, P.J.,1997. Garnet zoning and reaction textures in overprinted eclogites, Bohemian Massif, European Variscides: a record of their thermal history during exhumation. Lithos, 41, 119-133.
  • Möller, A., O’Brien, P.J., Kennedy, A., Kröner, A., 2002. Polyphase zircon in ultrahigh-temperature granulites (Rogaland, SW Norway): constraints for Pb diffusion. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 20, 727-740.
  • Kröner, A., Wilde, S.A., Zhao, G.C., O’Brien, P.J., Sun, M., Liu, D.Y., Wan, Y.S., Liu, S.W., Guo, J.H., 2006. Zircon chronology and metamorphic evolution of mafic dykes in the Hengshan Complex of North China: evidence for late Proterozoic extension and subsequent high pressure metamorphism in the North China Craton. Precambrian Research, 146, 45-67.