François Bussy is a professor for igneous petrology at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, where he studied Earth sciences and obtained his PhD degree in 1989. In 2012, he has been appointed Vice-dean for research in the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment at UNIL, which hosts researchers in a wide field ranging from the natural to the human and social sciences. He has been Dean of this faculty from 2013 to 2016, then Vice-rector for research and international relations at UNIL from 2016 to 2021.
After post-docs in geochronology at the University of Leeds (UK) and at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto (Canada), I went back to Lausanne where I specialized in microanalytical techniques. My first set up and managed an electron microprobe laboratory, then a laser-ablation ICPMS facility from 2000 to 2006. My main research interests are magmatic processes in orogenic settings, combining fieldwork, geochronology and mineral geochemistry.
I teach introductory courses in general geology at the University of Lausanne to all students of the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment, as well as specialized courses in magmatic petrology and analytical geochemistry. My research is focused on the mechanisms of magma emplacement in the earth’s crust and more broadly on the evolution of mountain ranges that have disappeared, because, yes and quite paradoxically, mountains are ephemeral objects, but their temporality is counted in tens of millions of years…