Dr. Inna Yu. Safonova
senior research scientist

Magmatic Petrology and Ore Formation Lab


V.S. Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy SB RAS

inna@igm.nsc.ru; inna03-64@mail.ru


Research interests:

1.        Geochemistry: major, trace and isotope composition of rocks and its relation to geodynamics;

2.        Petrology and volcanology: petrogenesis and mantle sources of oceanic, island-arc and continental basalts, and volcanism environmental impacts;

3.        Geochronology: U-Pb zircon dating and problems of continental growth through magmatism and tectonics;

4.        Plate Tectonics: birth, life and death of paleooceans (oceanic magmatism, stratigraphy and environments); petrology-geochemistry-based tectonic modeling;

5.        Geology: extent of magmatism and mineral resources of orogenic belts, magmatism-tectonics-stratigraphy correlations; magmatic petrology and volcanology.



1. United Institute of Geology, Geophysics and Mineralogy SB RAS, Novosibirsk; 2005, PhD (Candidate of Geologo-Mineralogical
    Sciences) in
Geotectonics&Geodynamics, Petrology&Volcanology

2. Russian Business Academy, Moscow; 2004; M.S. in Business Administration (Honors)

3. Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk; 1987, M.S. in Geochemistry (Honors)


Professional experience, positions and grants (h-index = 14)

- Associate Editor of Gondwana Research journal (IF=7.4); June 2010-present

- Associate Editor of Geoscience Frontiers journal; October 2011-present

- Visiting scientist in the Tokyo Institute of Technology (2004, 2006-2008; 2013);

- Visiting scientist in the Tokyo University (October 2010- February 2011);

- Visiting scientist in Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (AIST), Japan (Nov., 2010 - Jan., 2011);

- Korea Institute of Geology and Mineral Resources (KIGAM), Brain Pool Program Researcher, August-September 2010; March 2011-January 2012;

- Scientific Associate at the Centre for Russian and Central EurAsian Mineral Studies (CERCAMS), Natural History Museum, London, 2011 – present;

- Institute of Geology and Mineralogy SB RAS; junior research scientist, 1991-1994; research scientist, 1994-2007; senior research scientist, 2007-present;

- Tokyo Institute of Technology; JSPS Invited Program Researcher; April 2014 - January 2015.


Editorial responsibilities

Associate Editor of Gondwana Research (IF=8.1) è Geoscience Frontiers

Guest Editor of Special Issues of Gondwana Research and Journal of Asian Earth Sciences.

Professional membership

Secretary of the International Association for Gondwana Research

PI (Leader):          


IGCP # 592  (UNESCO-IUGS) "Continental construction of the Altaids (Central Asian Orogenic Belt) compared to actualistic examples from the Western Pacific",
2012-2015; web:  https://sites.google.com/site/igcp592/home  or http://igcp592.igm.nsc.ru .

RFBR - JSPS (Japan Society for Promotion of Science), “Evolution of the Pacific superplume during the Late Proterozoic to the Mesozoic and its impact to the

             surface environment: petrogenetic and geochemical implications from oceanic basalts and carbonates», no. 07-05-91211; 2007-2009

RFBR,Oceanic crust of the Paleo-Asian Ocean in the Altai-Sayan foldbelt: age, structural position, composition, geochemical and paleomagnetic characteristics;

             grant no. 03-05-64668; 2003-2005

Co-PI:   INTAS, “Continental Rift Tectonics and Evolution of Sedimentary Basins”; 1994 – 1997

              RFBR, "Interaction of thermochemical plumes with horizontal mantle flows and lithosphere
               (experimental and theoretical modeling, natural objects)
"; no. 08-05-00301; 2008-2010

              INCO-COPERNICUS, “Landslides Triggered by Earthquakes in Kyrgyzstan, Tian Shan”; no. PL96-3212.2; 1997- 2000

              RFBR, Formation and evolution of the layered upper mantle beneath Southern Siberian in Mesozoic and Cenozoic times:
              dynamics of interaction with mantle plumes and relation to geological processes;
; no. 99-05-65688; 1999-2001

              RFBR, Tectonics and geodynamics of folded areas in Central Asia; no. 01-05-65090; 2001-2003

Cooperative Research Agreements:

PI:     IGM SB RAS – Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2006-2008, «Age populations of Zircons from River Mouth Sands of Siberia:
        Correlation with Global Cycles of Continental Growth in Asia and Worldwide».

        IGM SB RASUniversity of Leicester, 2007-2009, «Timing, Extent and Causes of Magmatism Associated with the Permo-Triassic
  Siberian Large Igneous Province».


  1. Refereed Journal Publications
  2. Book Chapters and Special Volumes
  3. Abstracts of presented papers
  4. PhD Thesis Abstract (in Russian) (PDF).


    Full list of peer-reviewed publications available at ResearchGate èëè GoogleScholar:



Field works:

Orogenic belts, accretionary complexes and sedimentary basins (photos): Altai, Êazakhstan, Êuzbass basin, Êrasnoyarsk Region, Japan, China, Korea.

Russia major rivers (photos): Ob' (Salekhard), Irtysh (Khanty-Mansiisk), Volga (Volgograd), Don (Rostov-na-Donu), Àmur (Komsomolsk-na-Amure), Yenisei (Igarka).

Korea rivers: Han, Geum, Nakdong

Symposia and Workshops attended

      2014    - International conference on "Continental Dynamics", Xi'an, China; April, 26-28; invited key talk

                  - International Workshop on "Convergent Margins"; Trabzon, Turkey; May 21-13; two invited key talks

                  - The 2014 IAGR Annual Convention and 11th “Gondwana to Asia” International Conference, CUGS, Beijing; September 19-21.

      2013    - IGCP#592 Meeting and Field Trip “Beishan Orogen in NW China: accretionary tectonics, magmatism, eclogites and granulites”,

                     Hami-Dunhuang, August 22-27; group photos 1, 2.

                  - The 2013 Annual Convention and 10th International Symposium on Gondwana to Asia, Daejeon, Korea, October 1-4; invited key talk;

2012012    - The 2012 IAGR Annual Convention and 9th International Symposium on Gondwana to Asia, 18-21 November, Adelaide, Australia:

                     invited key talk;

                  - IV International Conference and III Early Career Geoscientists Workshop “Ultramafic-mafic complexes of folded regions and their mineral

                     resources”, August 27-30, Ulan-Ude, Russia: invited key talk;

                  - IGCP # 592 International workshop “Geodynamic evolution of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt”, May 24-28, St.-Petersburg, Russia (photo)

2011    - Penrose International conference “Comparative evolution of past and present accretionary orogens: Central Asia and the Circum-Pacific”,
              September 4-10, Urumqi, China (abstract) (group photo)

2010    - 7th International Symposium on Gondwana to Asia, September 25-29, 2010, Qingdao, China (abstract volume)

            - International Workshop on Geodynamic Evolution, Tectonics and Magmatism of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt and pre-Workshop field excursion to
              Gorny Altay, Russia;

               June 20-30, 2010, Novosibirsk, Russia; 4 papers presented

2009    - XXVI International Conference «Geochemistry of magmatic rocks», School «Geochemistry of alkaline rocks», Vernadsky

               Institute  of Geochemistry  and Analytical Chemistry RAS, Moscow, Russia

            - IV Russian Conference on isotopic geochronology  «Isotopic systems  and time of geological processes», Institute  of

               Precambrian Geology and Geochronology  RAS, Sankt-Petersburg         

            - IAGR Annual Convention and 6th International Symposium on Gondwana to Asia, Hanoi, October 2-4, 2009 (PDF)

            - 4th Russian Symposium on Volcanology and Paleovolcanology, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, September 22-28, 2009

2008    - 3rd International Conference on the Geology of the Tethys, Aswan (photo 1, 2)

2007    - International Symposium «Large Igneous Provinces of Asia, Mantle Plumes and Metallogeny», Novosibirsk;
              2 papers presented (photo)

            - Leonid Parfenov Memorial Conference "Tectonics and Metallogeny of the Circum-North Pacific and Eastern Asia",
               Khabarovsk, 2 papers presented (photo)

            - All-Russian Conference "Problems of endogenic and environmental geochemistry", Irkutsk (photo)

2006    - 3rd All-Russian Symposium on Volcanology and Paleovolcanology, Ulan-Ude; 2 papers presented (photo)

2005    - Siberian Workshop on the IGCP Project 480, Irkutsk (photo)

2004    - XXXVII Conference "Evolution of Tectonic Processes in the Earth's History", Novosibirsk

                  - 32nd International Geological Congress, Florence (photo)

                  - 5th International Symposium on Eastern Mediterranean Geology, Thessaloniki

      2003    - 2nd All-Russian Symposium on Volcanology and Paleovolcanology, Institute of Geology and Geochemistry UrB RAS,
              Yekaterinburg (photo)

      2002    - International Symposium “Amalgamation of Precambrian blocks and the Role of the Paleozoic orogens in Asia”,
              Hokkaido University, Sapporo (photo)


Organization of scientific conferences

International Workshop on Geodynamic Evolution, Tectonics and Magmatism of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt



IGCP#592 associated conferences (see at https://sites.google.com/site/igcp592/home èëè http://igcp592.igm.nsc.ru )