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Javier Martín-Chivelet

Javier Martín-ChiveletEnglish Spanish

Full Professor

Dean of Research and Infrastructure

Signature of papers: Martín-Chivelet, J.


Departamento de Geodinámica, Estratigrafía y Paleontología
Facultad de Ciencias Geológicas
Universidad Complutense
José Antonio Nováis, 12, 3th floor, Office 4C
28040 Madrid, Spain

  • Phone: +34 91 394 4818
  • e-mail: j.m.chivelet@ucm.es

Areas of Interest

Palaeoclimatology and Global Change. Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Basin Analysis


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Javier Martín-Chivelet (Madrid, 1964) is full Professor at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) since 2008. His teaching and research fields are paleoclimatology, sedimentology and basin stratigraphy. Javier studied Geological Sciences at the UCM. In 1992 he completed his PhD at the Institute of Economic Geology (CSIC-UCM) in the field of stratigraphy and sedimentary basin analysis. His dissertation focused on Cretaceous carbonate platforms in the Betic Ranges, SE Spain. In fall 1991 he joined the Department of Stratigraphy at the UCM, as an assistant professor, and in 1997 he was appointed a senior lecturer in the field of sedimentary basin geology. During his career, he has spent two sabbaticals. The first one was at the University of California - Riverside (1995-96) where he worked with the carbonate research group (D. Osleger and I.P. Motañez) on Cambrian Platforms in the Cordilleran margin (SW USA). The second was at the University of Minnesota (2008), where he worked with L.R. Edwards team on radiometric dating of Quaternary speleothems. Current research interests include: Speleothems and caves as high-resolution records of climate change; Carbonate platform sequence stratigraphy; Event stratigraphy in marine sequences; and Stable Isotopes in carbonates. He was a member of the editorial board of "Sedimentary Geology" during 1998-2011, and currently is co-editor of "Journal of Iberian Geology". During the last five years, he has been actively participating in the development of national research programmes in Spain, including the FPU programme for pre-doctoral fellowships, and the National Plan of RDI for Earth Sciences (MINECO).

Key Publications

  • Palma, R. M., Bressan, G. S., Riccardi, A. C., López-Gómez, J., & Martín-Chivelet, J. (2020). Environmental Controls and Facies Architecture of a Jurassic Carbonate Episode (La Manga Formation), Mendoza Province, Neuquén Basin. In Opening and Closure of the Neuquén Basin in the Southern Andes (pp. 75-105). Springer, Cham. Link
  • García-Escárzaga, A., Gutiérrez-Zugasti, I., Cobo, A., Cuenca-Solana, D., Martín-Chivelet, J., Roberts, P., González-Morales, M. R. 2019. Stable oxygen isotope analysis of Phorcus lineatus (da Costa, 1778) as a proxy for foraging seasonality during the Mesolithic in northern Iberia. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, 1-14. Link 
  • García-Escárzaga, A., Gutiérrez-Zugasti, I., Schöne, B. R., Cobo, A., Martín-Chivelet, J., González-Morales, M. R. 2019. Growth patterns of the topshell Phorcus lineatus (da Costa, 1778) in northern Iberia deduced from shell sclerochronology. Chemical Geology526, 49-61. LinK
  • García-Escárzaga,A., Gutiérrez-Zugasti, I.,Schöne, B.R., Cobo, A., Martín-Chivelet, J., González-Morales,M.R. 2018. Growth patterns of the topshell Phorcus lineatus (da Costa, 1778) in northern Iberia deduced from shell sclerochronology. Chemical Geology, Link 
  • Martín-Chivelet, J., Muñoz-García, M. B., Cruz, J. A., Ortega, A. I., & Turrero, M. J. 2017. Speleothem Architectural Analysis: Integrated approach for stalagmite-based paleoclimate research. Sedimentary Geology, 353, 28-45. Link
  • López-Gómez, J., Escudero-Mozo, M. J., Martín-Chivelet, J., Arche, A., Lago, M., & Galé, C. 2017. Western Tethys continental-marine responses to the Carnian Humid Episode: Palaeoclimatic and palaeogeographic implications. Global and Planetary Change148, 79-95. Link
  • Muñoz-García, M. B., Cruz, J., Martín-Chivelet, J., Ortega, A. I., Turrero, M. J., & López-Elorza, M. (2016). Comparison of speleothem fabrics and microstratigraphic stacking patterns in calcite stalagmites as indicators of paleoenvironmental change. Quaternary International, 407, 74-85. Link
  • Luterbacher, J., Werner, J. P., Smerdon, J. E., Fernández-Donado, L., González-Rouco, F. J., Barriopedro, D., ... Martín-Chivelet,J., ... Esper, J. (2016). European summer temperatures since Roman times. Environmental Research Letters, 11(2), 024001. Link
  • Cruz, J. A., Turrero, M. J., Cáceres, J. O., Marín-Roldán, A., Ortega, A. I., Garralón, A., ... & Martín-Chivelet, J. 2015. Long-term hydrological changes in northern Iberia (4.9–0.9 ky BP) from speleothem Mg/Ca ratios and cave monitoring (Ojo Guareña Karst Complex, Spain). Environmental Earth Sciences, 74(12), 7741-7753. Link
  • Gutiérrez-Zugasti, I., García-Escárzaga, A., Martín-Chivelet, J., onzález-Morales, M. R. 2015. Determination of sea surface temperatures using oxygen isotope ratios from Phorcus lineatus (Da Costa, 1778) in northern Spain: Implications for paleoclimate and archaeological studies. The Holocene, 25(6): 1002-1014. Link
  • Osete, M.L., Martín-Chivelet, J., Rossi, C., Edwards, R.L., Egli, R., Muñoz-García, M.B., Wang, X., Pavón-Carrasco, F.J., Heller, F. 2012. The Blake geomagnetic excursion recorded in a radiometrically dated speleothem. Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 353–35:173-181. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2012.07.041
  • Quijano, M.L., Castro, J.M., Pancost, R.D., de Gea, G.A., Najarro, M., Aguado, R., Rosales, I., Martín-Chivelet, J. (2012): Organic geochemistry, stable isotopes, and facies analysis of the Early Aptian OAE: New records from Spain (Western Tethys). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 365–366, 276–293, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2012.09.033
  • Muñoz-García, M.B., López-Arce, P., Fernández-Valle, M.E., Martín-Chivelet, J., Fort, R. (2012): Porosity and hydric behavior of some typical calcite microfacies in stalagmites. Sedimentary Geology. 265–266, 72–86. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sedgeo.2012.03.016,
  • Kietzmann, D.A., Martín-Chivelet, J., Palma, R.M., López-Gómez, J., Lescano, M., Concheyro, A. (2011). Evidence of precessional and eccentricity orbital cycles in a Tithonian source rock: The mid-outer carbonate ramp of the Vaca Muerta Formation, northern Neuquén Basin, Argentina.AAPG Bulletin, 95(9):1459–1474. doi:10.1306/01271110084
  • Martín-Chivelet, J., Muñoz-García, M.B., Edwards, R.L., Turrero, M.J., Ortega, A.I. (2011). Land surface temperature changes in Northern Iberia since 4000 yr BP, based in δ13C of speleothems. Global and Planetary Change 77 (1-2), 1-12, doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2011.02.002
  • Najarro, M., Rosales, I., Martín-Chivelet, J. (2011) Major palaeoenvironmental perturbation in an Early Aptian carbonate platform: prelude of the Oceanic Anoxic Event 1a? Sedimentary Geology, 235(1-2): 50-71, doi: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2010.03.011
  • Caus, E., Bernaus, J.M., Calonge, E., Martín-Chivelet, J. (2009): Mid Cenomanian separation of Atlantic and Tethyan domains in Iberia by a landbridge: the origin of larger foraminifera provinces?, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 283 (3-4), 172-181., doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2009.09.019
  • López-Gómez, J.; Martín-Chivelet, J.; Palma, R.M. (2009): Architecture and development of the alluvial sediments of the Upper Jurassic Tordillo Formation in the Cañada Ancha Valley, northern Neuquén Basin, Argentina. Sedimentary Geology, 219, 180-195, doi:10.1016/j.sedgeo.2009.05.006.
  • Chacón, B., Martín-Chivelet, J. (2008): Stratigraphy of Palaeocene phosphate pelagic stromatolites (Prebetic Zone, SE Spain). Facies 54, 361-376. doi:10.1007/s10347-008-0136-6
  • Domínguez-Villar, D., Wang, X., Cheng, H., Martín-Chivelet, J., Edwards, R.L. (2008): A high-resolution late Holocene Speleothem record from Kaite cave, Northern Spain: δ18O variability and possible causes. Quaternary International, 187, 40–51, doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2007.06.010.
  • Martín-Chivelet, J., Chacón, B. (2007): Event-stratigraphy of the upper Cretaceous to lower Eocene hemipelagic sequences of the Prebetic Zone (SE Spain): record of the onset of tectonic convergence in a passive continental margin. Sedimentary Geology, 197 (1-2), 141-163. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sedgeo.2006.09.007.