Curriculum Vitae of Prof. Dr. Yildirm Dilek


Project co-leader: YILDIRIM DILEK, Department of Geology & Environmental Earth Sciences

1989 Ph.D., Geology, University of California, Davis. Specialty: Structural Geology, Geochemistry & Tectonics.

1985 M.S., Geology, University of California, Davis. Specialty: Petrology & Tectonics.

Dr Dilek is one of the leading ophiolite specialists in the geoscience community.  He has worked on ophiolites in many parts of the world and has published extensively on the origin, classification and tectonic environments of these bodies. He brings firsthand knowledge of many ophiolites, particularly those of the eastern Mediterranean region, the Cordilleran ophiolites in western North America, and the Caledonian-Appalachian ophiolites in eastern North America and western Norway, which will be invaluable in developing a detailed sampling strategy. He also participated in several Ocean Drilling Program cruises to study in-situ oceanic lithosphere in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the East Pacific Rise, and the Costa Rica Rift.

Recent Publications

Dilek, Y. and Furnes, H., 2011, Ophiolite genesis and global tectonics: geochemical  and tectonic fingerprinting  of ancient oceanic lithosphere: The Geological Society of America Bulletin, vol. 123, p. 387-411, DOI: 10.1130/B30446.1.

Dilek, Y., Festa, A., Pini, G.A., and Ogawa,  Y., Chaos and Geodynamics:  Mélanges,  Mélange  Forming  Processes  andTheir Significance in the Geological Record, Tectonophysics  Special Issue (in press).

Dilek, Y., Alpine Concepts in Geology, International Geology Review Special Issue, Vol. 52, No: 1-12.

Dilek, Y. and Altunkaynak, S., 2010, Geochemistry of Neogene-Quaternary alkaline volcanism in western Anatolia, Turkey, and implications for the Aegean mantle: International Geology Review, DOI:

Dilek, Y., Imamverdiyev, N., and Altunkaynak, S., 2010, Geochemistry and tectonics of Cenozoic volcanism in the Lesser Caucasus(Azerbaijan)  and the peri-Arabian  region: Collision-induced  mantle dynamics and its magmatic fingerprint: International  Geology Review, DOI: 10.1080/00206810903360422.

Dilek,  Y.,  Eastern   Mediterranean   Geodynamics,   International   Geology   Review   Special   Issue,  Part-1,  p.  111-368, ISSN:0020-6814(20)52:2-3;1-U.

Dilek,  Y.  and  Robinson,  P.,  Editors,  Mantle  Dynamics  And  Crust-Mantle  Interactions  in  Collisional  Orogens,  LITHOS Special Issue, vol. 113, No. 1-2, 356 pp.

Dilek, Y. and Morishita, T., 2009, Melt migration and upper mantle evolution during incipient arc construction: Jurassic Eastern Mirditaophiolite, Albania: Island Arc, vol. 18, p. 551-554, DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1738.2009.00692.x.

Dilek, Y. and Thy, P., 2009, Island arc tholeiite to boninitic melt evolution of the Cretaceous  Kizildag (Turkey) ophiolite: Model for multi-stage early arc-forearc magmatism in Tethyan subduction factories: Lithos, vol. 113, No. 1-2, p. 68-87.

Dilek, Y., Altunkaynak, S. &Oner, Z., 2009, Syn-extensional  Miocene granitoids in the Menderes core complex (Western Anatolia), and their role in the late Cenozoic extensional tectonics of the Aegean province. In: Ring, U., Wernicke, B.B. (Eds.), Continental Extensional Tectonics, Geological Society of London Special Publications, vol. 321, p. 197-223.

Dilek,  Y. and Furnes,  H., 2009, Structure  and geochemistry  of Tethyanophiolites  and their petrogenesis  in subduction  rollback systems: Lithos, vol. 113, No. 1-2, p. 1-20, DOI:10.1016/j.lithos.2009.04.022.

Dilek,  Y. and  Sandvol,  E., 2009,  Seismic  Structure,  Crustal  Architecture  and  Tectonic  Evolution  of the  Anatolian-African  Plate Boundary and the CenozoicOrogenic Belts in the Eastern Mediterranean  Region. In: Murphy, J.B., Keppie, J.D. & Hynes, A.J. (Eds.), Ancient Orogens and Modern Analogues, Geological Society of London Special Publications, vol. 327, p. 127-160.