Prof. Anneleen Foubert


Phone: +41 26 300 89 78 

E-mail: anneleen.foubert(at)

Office: 2.305

Function: Professor

Personal Info

Geo-biosphere interactions are one of the most fascinating processes active within the system ‘Earth’.  Especially the carbonate sedimentary record witnesses the complex interplay between the Geosphere and the Biosphere. Studying frontier carbonate systems is therefore my main research axis with a major emphasis on the comprehension of the evolution of carbonate mound systems through space and time. 

The thorough understanding of microbial-induced early diagenesis and the impact of diagenesis on the dynamic petrophysical behavior (porosity and permeability) in carbonate systems (through space and time) is hereby an additional crucial aspect. 

Through the active organization of fieldwork on land (e.g. Italy, Spain, Turkey, Morocco, US, Spitzbergen,…) or at sea (from the Norwegian margins to the North-African margins) and through international drilling campaigns (IODP – ICDP), one could decipher step by step the secrets of the carbonate world.

Education and Training

-       MSc in Geology – Basin Dynamics and Marine Geology, Ghent University, Belgium (2002)
-       Ph.D. in Sciences – Geology, Ghent University, Belgium (2007)

Professional experience

-       Research assistant (BOF-GOA ‘Porcupine Belgica’) - Renard Centre of Marine Geology, 
Ghent University, Belgium (2002-2003)

-       PhD research grant FWO (Aspirant - Research Foundation Flanders) - 
Renard Centre of Marine Geology, Ghent University, Belgium (2003-2007)

-       Carbonate Sedimentologist TOTAL S.A. – CSTJF 
(Centre Scientifique et Technique Jean Feger), Pau, France (2007-2008)

-       Doctor-assistant + research grant FWO (Research Foundation Flanders) – 
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, K.U. Leuven, Belgium (2008-2012)

-       Mobility grant FWO (Research Foundation Flanders) – GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany (2012-2013)

-       Invited Professor – Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA (2012)

-       Associate Professor in Carbonate Sedimentology – 
Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland (from February 2013 on)


  • Sedimentology
  • Methods in Sedimentology
  • Earth History
  • Cool-water carbonates


  • Carbonate sedimentology 
  • Carbonate mounds and cold-water coral ecosystems through space and time
  • Microbial carbonate systems in extreme environments
  • Depositional, diagenetic and microbial controls on the 3D distribution and evolution of porosity and permeability in carbonate systems 



Unit of Earth Sciences - Chemin du Musée 6 - 1700 Fribourg - Tel +41 26 / 300 89 70
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