Dr. Mohammad R. Ghassemi

Position: Associate Professor


Contacts Details

Tel: (9821)64592476

Fax: (9821)66070511

E-Mail: ghassemi.m.r@gmail.com

Address: Research Institute for Earth Sciences (RIES), Geological Survey of Iran (GSI), Mera, Ave., Azadi Sq.

Tehran, Iran



  • Associate Professor; RIES;   2013-present
  •  Assistant Professor; RIES; 2003-2013
  •  Assistant Professor; Damghan Basic Sciences University; 1992-2003
  •  Deputy Director for Geology, GSI; 2005-2011
  •  Manager for Regional Geology, GSI; 2003-2005
  • Head of Tectonics Group, GSI; 2000-2003



Major: Structural Geology, Teconics

Research Interests:

  •  Active teconics
  •  Seismotectonics
  •  Folding and faulting processes
  •  Field geology


Recent Projects

  • Surface ruptures of Iranian earthquakes
  •  Surface cracking in Zagros foreland region
  •  Balanced cross-sections in western Kopeh-Dagh
  •  Folding processes in Mianeh region


Chosen Publications


  • Benn, K., Miles, W., Ghassemi, M.R., and Gillett, J., 1994, Crustal structure and kinematic framework of Pontiac Subprovince, Quebec: an integrated structural and geophysical study. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, v.31, p.271-281.
  • Allen, M.B., Ghassemi, M.R., Shahrabi, M., and Qorashi, M., 2003, Accommodation of late Cenozoic oblique shortening in the Alborz range, Northern Iran.,  Journal of Structural Geology, v.25, p.659-672.
  • Ghassemi, M.R., 2005, Drainage evolution in response to fold growth in the hanging-wall of the Khazar fault, north-eastern Alborz, Iran, Basin Research, v.17, n.3, p.425-436.
  • Zanchi, A., Berra, F., Mattei, M., Ghassemi, M.R., Sabouri, J., 2005, Inversion of Cimmerian extensional structures: insights on the tectonic evolution of the Central Alborz, Iran, Rend. Soc. Geol. It., 1 (2005), Nuova Serie, 2p.
  • Allen, M.B., Blanc, J.-P., Walker, R., Jackson, J., Talebian, M., and Ghassemi, M.R., 2006, Contrasting styles of convergence in the Arabia-Eurasia collision: Why escape tectonics does not occur in Iran, in Delik, Y., and Pavlides, S., eds., Postcollisional tectonics and magmatism in the Mediteranean region and Asia: Geological Society of America Special Paper 409, p. 579-589.
  • Zanchi, A., Berra, F., Mattei, M., Ghassemi, M.R., and Sabouri, J., 2006, Inversion tectonics in central Alborz, Iran, Journal of Structural Geology, v.28, p.2023-2037.
  • Zanchi A., Zanchetta S., Berra, F., Mattei M., Ghassemi, M.R., Sabouri J., Nawab A., 2007, L’orogenesi Eo-Cimmerica nell’Iran del Nord. Rend. Soc. Geol. It., 4 (2007), Nuova Serie, 319-322.
  • Naimi-Ghassabiyan, N., Saidi, A., Aghanabati, A., Qorashi, M., and Ghassemi, M.R., 2010, Geohistory analysis of the Tabas block (Abdoughi-Parvadeh basins) as seen the Late Triassic through Early Cretaceous subsidence curves. Journal of Sciences, Islamic Republic of Iran, v.21, No. 1, p.49-63.
  • Taghizadeh-Farahmand, F., Sodoudi, F., Afsari, N, and Ghassemi, M.R., 2010, Lithospheric structure of NW Iran P and S receiver functions. Journal of Seismology, p.823-836, DOI 10.1007/s10950-010-9199-2.
  • Ghassemi M.R., Schmalholz, S.M., Ghassemi, A.R., 2010, Kinematics of constant arc length folding for different fold shapes. Journal of Structural Geology, v.32, p.755-765.
  • Afsari, N. Sodoudi, F., Taghizadeh-Farahmand, F., and Ghassemi, M.R., 2011, Crustal structure of Northwest Zagros (Kermanshah) and Central Iran (Yazd and Isfahan) using teleseismic Ps converted phases. Journal of Seismology, p.341-353, DOI 10.1007/s10950-011-9227-x
  • Kakroodi, A.A., Kroonenberg, S.B., Hoogendoorn, R.M., Mohammd Khani, H., Yamani, M., Ghassemi M.R., Lahijani, H.A.K., 2012, Rapid Holocene sea-level changes along the Iranian Caspian coast. Quaternary International, p. 1-12, doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2011.12.021.
  • Alipoor, R., Zaré, M., Ghassemi, M.R., 2012, Inception of activity and slip rate on the Main Recent Fault of Zagros Mountains, Iran. Geomorphology, v.175–176, p.86–97.
  • Ballato, P., Stockli, D.F., Ghassemi, M.R., Landgraf, A., Strecker, M.R., Hassanzadeh, J., Friedrich, A., and Tabatabaei, S.H., 2013, Accommodation of transpressional strain in the Arabia-Eurasia collision zone: new constraints (U-Th)/He thermochronology in the Alborz mountains, north Iran. TECTONICS, VOL. 32, 1-18, doi:10.1029/2012TC003159.
  • Javadi, H.R., Ghassemi, M.R., Shahpasandzadeh, M., Guest, B., Estrabi-Ashtiani, M., Yassaghi, A.,  Kouhpeyma, M., 2013, History of faulting on the Doruneh Fault System: implications for the kinematic changes of the Central Iranian Microplate. Geol. Mag., Cambridge University Press 2013, doi:10.1017/S0016756812000751, 22p.
  • Mahmoudpour, M., Khamehchiyan, M., Nikudel, M.R., Ghassemi, M.R., 2013. Characterization of regional land subsidence induced by groundwater withdrawals in Tehran, Iran. Journal of Geopersia v. 3 (2), pp. 49-62. Autumn 2013
  • Safari, H., Ghassemi, M.R., Razavi-Pash, R., 2013. Determination and Structural Analysis of the Lahijan Transverse Fault in Forestall Region of Alborz Mountains, Iran: A Geospatial Application. International Journal of Remote Sensing Applications 3(4), 215-224. doi: 10.14355/ijrsa.2013.0304.06. December 2013
  • Ghassemi, M.R., Fattahi, M., Landgraf, A., Ahmadi, M., Ballato, P., and Tabatabaei, S.H., 2014. Kinematic links between the Eastern Mosha Fault and the North Tehran Fault, Alborz range, northern Iran. Tectonophysics v. 622, p. 81–95. 21 May 2014
  • Pireh, A., Alavi, S.A., Ghassemi, M.R., Shaban, A., 2014. Analysis of natural fractures and effect of deformation intensity on fracture density in Garau formation for shale gas development within two anticlines of Zagros fold and thrust belt, Iran. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering. Available online 3 December 2014
  • Ballato, P., Landgraf, A., Schildgen, T.F., Stockli, D.F., Fox, M., Ghassemi, M.R., Kirby, E., Strecker, M.R., 2015. The growth of a mountain belt forced by base-level fall: Tectonics and surface processes during the evolution of the Alborz Mountains, N Iran. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 425, 204–218. Available online 10 June 2015 (Impact factor: 4.734)
  • Ghassemi, M.R. and Nayeb, S., 2015. Active surface cracking in Aghajari Formation of the Azar oil field, Zagros, western Iran. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 68, 498-508. (online on Dec. 17, 2015) (available online Jan. 21, 2016)
  • Mahmoudpour, M., Khamehchiyan, M., Nikudel, M.R. and Ghassemi, M.R., 2016. Numerical simulation and prediction of regional land subsidence caused by groundwater exploitation in the southwest plain of Tehran, Iran. Engineering Geology, 201, 6-28. (Feb. 9, 2016)
  • Ghassemi, M.R., 2016. Surface ruptures of the Iranian earthquakes 1900–2014: Insights for earthquake fault rupture hazards and empirical relationships. Earth Science Reviews, 156, 1-13. (May, 2016).